The CW has released the official synopsis for The Vampire Diaries: While You Were Sleeping (EP516), airing Thursday, March 20th at 8/7c. Highlight for spoilers:
A KILLER VIRUS — When Stefan (Paul Wesley) tries to explain recent events to a very sick Elena (Nina Dobrev), her first instinct is to call Damon (Ian Somerhalder). At the same time, Damon is trying to figure out how to make a disturbing confession to Elena. While going through Dr. Wes’ files, Caroline (Candice Accola) discovers a frightening secret, and is surprised when Enzo (guest star Michael Malarkey) appears, claiming to have the solution everyone is searching for. At Enzo’s insistence, Caroline asks Stefan to meet her at a mysterious location where they are joined by a group of Travelers, including Sloan (guest star Caitlin McHugh), who reveals new information on the importance of doppelgangers. During spring break on a mostly deserted Whitmore campus, Elena runs into Luke (guest star Chris Brochu), a student who seems to know her, though she has no memory of meeting him. Recently dumped by his boyfriend, Luke proposes that he and Elena spend the break getting drunk together, but she sends him off on an urgent mission to find Bonnie (Kat Graham) and the “newbie” witch, Liv (guest star Penelope Mitchell). Damon finally tells Elena the truth about his recent activities, and they come to a new agreement about their relationship.
The episode was directed by Pascal Verschooris and written by Caroline Dries.
So what exactly happened in the final moments of last night’s Vampire Diaries? (Other than a helluva lot of awesome, that is?) Caroline Dries chats with TV Guide about the events of Gone Girl. If you haven’t seen the episode yet, beware major spoilers!
“We’ve seen characters appear to Bonnie [Kat Graham], the anchor, and go through Bonnie and that’s their initiation into the other side. When Katherine died, that didn’t happen and [instead] she’s ripped out of Bonnie’s arms and sucked into wherever by some dark void. We don’t say anything religious like Heaven or Hell, but that’s the implication — she’s going to a dark world.”
More interviews with Caroline Dries as we prepare for tonight’s all-new episode of The Vampire Diaries, No Exit (EP514). First up, Dries talks to Alloy Entertainment about the fall-out from Total Eclipse of the Hart, including Katherine’s plans to get close to Stefan.
Alloy Entertainment: When Katherine was on her deathbed, fans was [sic] pleading for her life to be spared. After she took over Elena’s body, everyone was like “Off with her head!” And during TVD episode 5×14, she’s probably going to inspire even more passionate reactions since she’s going to shamelessly flirt with Stefan. How much fun did the writers have dreaming up seduction tactics for Katherine to use?
Caroline Dries: Are you kidding me? I was so excited for this storyline. When Brian [Young] was writing it and I was reading it — just to think about what could happen — I felt like we were brainstorming fan fiction. I love these scenes so much, and of course it was super fun. It’s a fine dance for Katherine because she has to pretend to be Elena, but, at that same time, she wants to put the moves on Stefan. So we had to figure out how to achieve that in a believable yet entertaining way. I would say it’s Katherine at her sexiest and it’s very intriguing to watch.
And over at Hollywood Life, Dries hints that Tyler and Caroline aren’t over the Klaus-shaped bump in the road.
“They still have a lot to deal with, with learning that Caroline slept with Klaus,” says Dries. “That’s a really deep wound for Tyler to come to terms with. They’re trying to be friends, but there’s this big, dark cloud hanging over them that he can’t erase… That conflict will rear its head again, so they’ll both have to talk about it.”
Need a few hints of what’s to come when The Vampire Diaries returns with No Exit (EP514) tonight? EP Caroline Dries has you covered with a few new interviews. At TVLine, she talks about Katherine-as-Elena’s plans for Stefan, whether Elena will be back, and Damon’s path:
“It’s not going to be an easy road for Damon to come back, because what he did was pretty bad. What we’re trying to explore is, now that Stefan is moving on from Elena after this whole Katherine chapter closes, he’s trying to figure out the next big movement in his life. And since his brother needs him more than ever, Stefan will be the one to kind of pick him up — in a very Stefan kind of way.”
She also talks Matt, Tyler, Caroline, and more.
And over at TV Guide, Dries discusses the complex relationships between the Salvatores, Elena, and Katherine, and how they will affect things going forward. On Damon’s infection:
“We knew what we were doing when we put this in him, but at the same time it’s like, ‘OK, what do we do now because he actually might not get out of it?’ So Damon’s objective is: How do I survive without killing all my friends who happen to be the thing I want to eat?”
PaleyFest has released their guest line-up for the Vampire Diaries and The Originals panels on Saturday, March 22nd in Los Angeles.
Need tickets? They’re still available! And see you there!
Confirmed guests are:
The Vampire Diaries (moderated by Kristin Dos Santos from E!News & E!Online)
- Nina Dobrev
- Paul Wesley
- Ian Somerhalder
- Caroline Dries
- Julie Plec
The Originals (moderated by Jarett Wieselman from BuzzFeed)
- Joseph Morgan
- Claire Holt
- Phoebe Tonkin
- Daniel Gillies
- Charles Michael Davis
- Leah Pipes
- Danielle Campbell
- Julie Plec
- Michael Narducci
OKAY? OKAY. If you’re jonesing for some insight and teases following last night’s epic 100th episode, behold! A list! Julie Plec talks about what went down in the 100th episode, how those events could reverberate throughout the rest of Season 5, and more.
OODLES OF SPOILERS AT THESE LINKS! Beware if you haven’t watched last night’s episode yet. But here’s a non-spoilery comment from Julie’s Q&A with The Hollywood Reporter:
We have a lot of stories to tell, which is the good news, so there doesn’t need to be an ultimate end date. I think we will keep going as long as we have good stories to tell and as long as people who work on the show want to stay with us and tell us good stories. When the stories start disintegrating into those pitches that we swore we’d never get to unless we were desperate, then we’ll try to wrap it up. But those decisions come with a lot of people’s input — a lot of people’s opinions so we shall see.
- THE HOLLYWOOD REPORTER: ‘Vampire Diaries’ Boss on Katherine’s Shocking Fate: Things Will Get Tricky (Q&A)
- TV LINE: Post Mortem: Vampire Diaries Boss on Caroline’s Surprise, Katherine’s Plan and Bonnie’s Future
- E!ONLINE: The Vampire Diaries: Julie Plec Dishes on 100th Episode Shockers (and Hookups!), Previews “Painful” Fallout
- ZAP2IT: ‘The Vampire Diaries’ 100th episode: Julie Plec breaks down the Klaroline hookup, Katherine’s sneaky twist and more
- TV GUIDE: Vampire Diaries’ Julie Plec on 100 Episodes, Crafty Katherine and Damon’s Downward Spiral
And here are a few leftover links TVD100 links from yesterday. First up, a must-read piece at Entertainment Weekly about TVD Writer’s Room debates, big and small:
The cure was something Plec and Williamson thought up before they even wrote one word of the series. When the decision was made to turn Elena, they knew they needed to be able to cure her. But four years later, they weren’t so sure she was the one they wanted to cure anymore. “When Kevin and I first started talking about it it was Elena, of course. And then it was Jose Molina, who was our writer during season 4 who said, ‘But if you start the season searching for a cure for Elena and then you end the season and you cure her, then isn’t that kind of a buzz kill because you accomplished the exact thing you set out to do and don’t you just generally want to twist that?’”
- BUZZFEED: “The Vampire Diaries” Welcomes Back A Familiar Face For The 100th Episode
- TV FANATIC: The Vampire Diaries Stars Celebrate 100 Episodes, Share Favorite Moments
Tomorrow’s the big day: the 100th episode of The Vampire Diaries, 500 Years of Solitude (EP511). Let’s kick off with a “Thank You TVD Fans!” video from the cast, shall we?
No, guys – thank you.
TV Line has this epic look back at favorite moments from the first 99 episodes of The Vampire Diaries, featuring the show’s cast, guest stars, and producers. Beware: You will shed a tear or two while flipping through this gallery. Here’s what Kat Graham has to say about hitting 100 eps:
“I didn’t think I was going to make it past the pilot. I thought I would have been recast or something. I had shot five pilots before The Vampire Diaries and not one of them got picked up. So a 100th episode is, like, not real to me. It’s a beautiful, humbling experience, but I still can’t believe I’ve been on it this long. It’s great.”
So what can we expect from the epic 100th episode, anyway? Executive producers Julie Plec and Caroline Dries gives some hints to Zap2It:
In addition to Katherine’s mortality drama, Dries emphasizes that the episode is for the fans in a lot of ways. “We for sure wanted it to be nostalgic. We wanted to make it for the fans who have been with the show from the beginning,” Dries tells us. “So they’ll get the references, specific scenes, and lines that we put in there as a love letter to the fans. It’s to show them how much we appreciate them. But it will be shocking and fun, also.”
Zap2It also has a heart-tugging thank you to fans courtesy of Matt Davis, whose Alaric Saltzman is still sorely missed:
When Zap2it caught up with Davis down in Atlanta during “The Vampire Diaries” 100th episode wrap party, he had a message for those dedicated fans. “I’d like to say to the fans, thank you. I love you. Alaric loves all of them,” Davis says with a smile. “It’s been this really wonderful experience for me as an actor to connect with the fans who have been so responsive to a character that I’ve been playing. Whenever Alaric comes back, whether he does or doesn’t in the future, it’s always fun for me because I know it’s a chance for me to reconnect with the fans who have been so generous and gracious.”
E!Online caught up with Ian Somerhalder to discuss his favorite TVD scene and the site reflects on Damon’s repertoire of killer one-liners (interview video at the link!):
So it shouldn’t come as much of a surprise that Somerhalder’s favorite scene comes from The Vampire Diaries’ earlier run of episodes. “My favorite scene was Damon turning Vicki into a vampire and they’re dancing all around. It’s also never bad having Kayla Ewell in her underwear,” he spills.
And Nina Dobrev also sits down with E!Online to talk about the Stefan-Elena-Damon love triangle and to tease tomorrow night’s episode:
Thursday marks the 100th episode of the five-year-old, fan favorite series, and Dobrev teases that it’s “an episode that will not be forgotten.” “It makes a big splash,” she teases, “and it has a huge impact on the show and all the characters. And [for] me, because I’m weird and strange and I like all the quirky, strange, awkward things, I loved filming it because I got to do some really weird, strange things myself and experience things and it was really fun to shoot.”
The CW has released the official synopsis for The Vampire Diaries: 500 Years of Solitude (EP511), airing Thursday, January 23rd. Highlight for spoilers:
THE 100th EPSIODE [sic]: FLASHBACKS TO KATHERINE’S EARLY LIFE — As she faces a new crisis, Katherine (Nina Dobrev) remembers the traumatic night in 1490 when she gave birth to the daughter who was immediately taken from her. Stefan (Paul Wesley) lets Elena, Caroline (Candice Accola) and Bonnie (Kat Graham) know that Katherine’s health has taken a turn for the worse, while Damon (Ian Somerhalder) Matt (Zach Roerig) and Jeremy (Steven R. McQueen) discuss some of Katherine’s most notorious moments. Nadia (guest star Olga Fonda) comes up with a frightening plan to protect her mother, and Stefan and Elena are forced to help her. Meanwhile, Caroline is mortified when she realizes she forgot to fill Elena in on the latest shocking gossip, then indulges in a little scandalous behavior of her own. Finally, Elena and Katherine share an unexpected moment of connection.
The episode was directed by Chris Grismer and written by Julie Plec and Caroline Dries.
- This photo of Joseph Morgan is hilarious and I would like to thank Persia White for making it happen. [JosephMorgan]
- The CW has scheduled Malese Jow’s new show, Star-Crossed, to debut on February 17th at 8 pm Eastern. The plot is centered on an alien/human romance. [Variety]
- A donation to the Ian Somerhalder Foundation could get you a follow from Ian on Twitter! [Crowdrise]
- HuffPo has a look at Ian on the cover of Annex Man Magazine. [Huffington Post]
- Sara Canning’s short film, Corvus, is now on iTunes. [saradjcanning]
- Every time The Fray’s music is used on TVD, it makes me cry because its always in a heartbreaking scene. Fortunately the band is making up for all my tears with a new music video starring Candice Accola. [Zap2It]
- Nina Dobrev & Kat Graham walked the red carpet at the TrevorLIVE event in Los Angeles. [JustJared]
- Its not every day you see someone order at In-N-Out while wearing couture, but Nina Dobrev couldn’t resist hitting the fast food place with Julie Plec & Caroline Dries while wearing Ellie Saab. [WhoSay]
- While at the event, Nina talked to E! about her own experience with bullying & why she supports the Trevor Project. [E!]
- Maniac Magazine has a behind the scenes shot of Joseph Morgan shooting the cover for their Men’s Issue. [ManiacMagazine]
Miss a post this week?
- Episode Downloads for The Vampire Diaries: Fifty Shades of Grayson (EP510)
- TV Line’s TVD: Fifty Shades of Grayson (EP510) Post-Mortem with Caroline Dries
- Complete Songlist for The Vampire Diaries: Fifty Shades of Grayson (EP510)
- Extended Promo for 500 Years of Solitude (EP511)
- Short Promo for 500 Years of Solitude (EP511)
- Reaction Post & Poll: Vampire Diaries – Fifty Shades of Grayson (EP510)
- More TVD: Fifty Shades of Grayson (EP510) Teases from Caroline Dries (Round-Up)
- TONIGHT – The Vampire Diaries: Fifty Shades of Grayson (EP510) Airs at 8/7c
- Caroline Dries Previews the TVD Mid-Season Finale at TV Guide
- The Originals In Review: Reigning Pain in New Orleans (EP109) – Exquisite Pain
- Previously On The Vampire Diaries: The Cell (EP509)
- Candice Accola on The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson (VIDEO)
- TV Fanatic Exclusive Webclip for The Vampire Diaries: Fifty Shades of Grayson (EP510)
- Webclip for The Vampire Diaries: Fifty Shades of Grayson (EP510)
- John Copeman & Nina Dobrev Talk TVD Doppelfights via EW
TV Line caught up with Caroline Dries to talk about the fall-out from last night’s Vampire Diaries mid-season finale and to get a few hints at what we can expect when TVD returns on Thursday, January 23rd with the show’s 100th episode, 500 Years of Solitude (EP511). WARNING: Major spoilers for Fifty Shades of Grayson.
TVLINE | The Damon and Elena break-up – what’s that going to do to him as a character going forward?
His character journey and Elena’s character journey thus far … they’ve been a really good couple, but Elena is in college. Her point of view is being influenced a bit by dating the bad boy. Damon’s fear is, “What if I end up changing her? What if I make her bad?” Stefan is good. Stefan’s knee-jerk reaction is to do the heroic thing. He can take care of Elena and influence her in the right ways. Elena is a strong female character, so she has a mind of her and her own moral compass. [Enzo is] starting to get into his head. So he’s starting to think, “What if I change her?” That’s why he made his decision. Going forward, the 100th episode will revisit this fight that they had, this break-up, and he’s going to get some good brotherly advice that will push him in the right direction.