Tonight’s season finale brings the return of Inside the Vampire Diaries, a behind the scenes look at the show sponsored by Ford Fiesta and hosted by Candice Accola. This time around Candice is
bribing with cupcakes sitting down Julie Plec to ask her questions submitted by TVD fans via Facebook. Click the image below to watch the video at cwtv.com (international fans can view it, too!).
Season finale time means new stills and behind the pictures and we’ve collected a few for you below. Click the images to see the full versions at their respective sites.
PopWrap‘s Jarett Wieselman chats with Kat Graham about tonight’s Vampire Diaries season finale and hints that what goes down is “a breaking point for all the characters.” She also discussed Bonnie’s development over two season and points out that even though Damon and Bonnie have found common ground, don’t expect them to be besties any time soon, if ever.
PopWrap: What are you excited about fans seeing in tonight’s finale?
Kat: I think people are convinced that the finale is going to be about “let’s see who dies next!” and that’s not really the right perspective to have when watching the finale. You should be more concerned with the decisions that will be made, the outcome of those decisions and how they’re going to effect every single character. I think a good decision can be just as powerful as a bad decision, and both are more powerful than a death. The big death was Aunt Jenna and I think that’s oversaturating the audience with a sense of death, but that’s not what this show is about – “Vampire Diaries” is about second chances and choices and what you’re willing to sacrifice when you really love someone. That’s what I think the show is about. I think death is a very surface aspect of the show.
Happy season finale day! Following up yesterday’s PopWrap interview, we have a string of new interviews with Vampire Diaries guest star Daniel Gillies and he’s full of insight into the walking enigma that is Elijah. We’re sure a few more of these will be popping up throughout the day and we’ll add them to this post as they do, so check back. In the meantime, check out the interviews below to get Daniel’s take on the connection that is developing between Elijah and Elena, the relationship between Elijah and Klaus (past and future), and the challenges of playing such a stoic character.
Entertainment Weekly: ‘Vampire Diaries’: Daniel Gillies talks Elijah’s betrayal (and softening)
“His agenda is thousands of years old, so the fact that he turned and destroyed the plans of Stefan and Bonnie doesn’t surprise me at all. Other cast members came up to me and said, “Oh, how do you feel about that? Oh, man, it’s terrible, right?” Like it’s a bad thing. I personally love characters when they f— up. It’s exciting to me. When someone like Elijah — who almost seems robotic at times in his execution, the economy of his motion — does something like that, you actually see his humanity. I love the mistakes that people make. In as sense, for me at least, it brings me closer to them.”
Julie has said that next season will be the season of the originals, so I want to know where you see Elijah going in season three.
The truth is, he’s virtually indestructible. I don’t know…where would you go if you were Elijah? I guess he might — I don’t know, he seems like someone who would disappear once his purpose was complete, like someone who would, like an assassin, fulfill his task and then depart, but the spin in the works here, is this little thing called Elena. She’s got more of a grasp on him that he understands. Or let me rephrase that, I think he knows precisely the kind of grasp she has on him. I’m sensing something unselfish surfacing in him, like a devotional kind of love.
Julie Plec has said that watching you play Elijah made her and Kevin decide to make the Originals unkillable. And obviously they’ve kept your characters around. How does it feel to play God in that way?
[Laughs.] That’s very sweet. But they’re not unkillable. There’s a way to get them; there’s always a way. It’s amazingly gratifying to play this role in this show. I feel very, very lucky is the answer to that question. I’ve never played anything that’s had such a following, and believe me, I know there are some pretty entitled young actors out there who think they’ve got it coming to them. But I’m 35 and I feel very blessed to be doing this.
As we mentioned a few days ago, Stateless – the U.K. band responsible for the epic Vampire Diaries Season 1 finale track “Bloodstream” – has a special treat exclusively for TVD fans, in honor of tonight’s Season 2 finale: a new version of the song along with a track from their latest album, Matilda. And it’s FREE! The download is available NOW, but only for a limited time (until midnight PT on Sunday), so click the banner below to grab ‘em before they’re gone!
TV Guide‘s Robyn Ross has posted Part 2 of her Julie Plec interview (check out Part 1 here) and color us intrigued at the teases she drops about tomorrow night’s season finale. She stresses that everyone is at risk and there will be an emphasis on Damon, Stefan, and their bond as brothers as they face Damon’s current predicament head-on, as well as Elena’s efforts to keep going after the tragic, life-altering effects of the sacrifice ritual. She also explains why this is a big episode for Elena and Damon. And what’s a Vampire Diaries finale without a cliffhanger?
Can we expect a major cliff-hanger?
Plec: Put it this way, there is an out-of-left-field surprise at the end of this episode that tells the audience very clearly what road we’re traveling down Season 3. It’s not a big cliff-hanger episode. There’s a lot of emotional resolution, and then there’s a humdinger or two at the end that basically says: “You thought you knew what this show was. Well, we’re just getting started.”
PopWrap’s Jarett Wieselman caught up with Vampire Diaries guest star Daniel Gillies to talk about Elijah’s motivations and his split second decision at the end of The Sun Also Rises, his unique interest in Elena and the effect she has on Elijah, and the potential for the Originals’ story to expand in Season 3.
PW: Fans have wondered if Elijah & Klaus factor in to the finale.
Daniel: Yes, we do. I’ll just say that there was such fire and brimstone and apocalyptic energy in this last episode. I would caution against people expecting that to stop. I’ve heard a lot of fans saying that they think things are going to wind down this week because the big stuff is over, but that’s not how it is. We’re just kicking it up a notch.
If you’ve seen the As I Lay Dying extended promo, you know Bonnie won’t be getting much of a break after her badass showdown with Klaus last week. Zap2It chats with Katerina Graham about where Bonnie and Damon stand now, what she’d like to see in Season 3, and Bonnie’s role in tomorrow night’s episode.
We saw in the episode preview that Emily Bennett is going to return in this episode. How are she and Bonnie going to factor into the finale?
Emily comes when she needs to come. That’s all I can say. With Bonnie, I can definitely say that because it’s the last episode and Damon’s been bitten by the werewolf, what everyone is trying to do is figure out if there is a cure and how to get it, and how to move forward to save him — if that’s even possible.
And Kat tells HollywoodLife that fans should “prepare to be gutted.” Would we expect anything less?
Though he won’t be in tomorrow night’s finale, Michael Trevino talks with HollywoodLife about Caroline and Tyler’s reconciliation, Tyler’s friendships with Matt and Jeremy, and talks about the Save the Wolf project he’s working on with Scream For A Dream (formerly Vampire Support).
Is Tyler going to keep his promise to Caroline to stick around?
I would like to if my producers allow it! I’d like to see him stick around. You would figure he can’t leave again. He’s left once already. And his mother is in the hospital, so he probably wants to take care of her now that she’s in danger. She might be aware of vampires and werewolves, too. [Her fall down the stairs] was pretty bad, but it did warrant Tyler coming back to town. But I think Caroline is the main reason why he stays; Jules is dead now. There are other werewolves out there, obviously, but there are no other werewolves that he knows of, at this point anyway. Who knows, if they do a flashback episode, maybe there are other werewolves. But right now he doesn’t know any. He just knows Caroline.
Our FINAL WEEK of Vampire Diaries giveaways (courtesy of the CW) is upon us! One lucky winner will receive a prize pack containing 1) a Vampire Diaries travel mug, 2) Sunscream or Fang Floss, and 3) two different Vampire Diaries mini-posters. Fun stuff!
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Call us crazy, but we think the Vampire Diaries fandom might still be shell-shocked after last week’s episode. And that means we are going to be caught totally unprepared for what lies in store tomorrow night in As I Lay Dying, the Vampire Diaries Season 2 finale.
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