As the magical world of Wizards of Waverly Place continues to enchant viewers, the original showrunner reveals a different vision for Selena Gomez’s character, Alex Russo. While fans are familiar with her romance with werewolf Mason, there could have been another fascinating pairing that never made it to the screen.
In a recent episode of the rewatch podcast Wizards of Waverly Pod, Peter Murrieta, who was in charge of the show during its first three seasons (2007-2010), shared a storyline he would have liked to delve into further. It involved a potential relationship between Alex and bad-girl wizard Stevie, portrayed by Hayley Kiyoko in a four-episode arc.
Murrieta expressed his desire to explore the possibility of Stevie and Alex being more than friends but acknowledged that it wasn’t feasible at that time. “We weren’t able to in that time, but it was pretty clear to all of us what that relationship was. That would have been fun,” Murrieta said.
Podcast co-hosts Jennifer Stone and David DeLuise agreed that the storyline might have been possible just a few years later, with DeLuise noting that “nowadays that could happen” on Disney Channel. Murrieta added that while they did come close to pushing the boundaries, they couldn’t take the relationship further on the show.
The showrunner also shared his vision for the series’ ending, which involved focusing on the development of Alex and Mason’s relationship. In his imagined conclusion, Alex would win the family wizard competition but ultimately give up her powers for love, similar to her father’s story.
Murrieta’s ideal ending would also feature Rachel Dratch (playing grown-up Harper) reading the entire tale to a group of children, wrapping up the series with a sense of continuity and warmth. While this version of events never made it to our screens, it’s fascinating to think about the unexplored potential in the world of Wizards of Waverly Place.