There’s a lot to parse from last night’s Vampire Diaries Season 5 finale, but before we get to the handful of Julie Plec’s teases for Season 6, some excellent news: According to Julie, via Entertainment Weekly, Michael Malarkey has been promoted to series regular for Season 6. Enzo will be back. Huzzah!
And here’s a spoiler-filled post-mortem roundup courtesy of Julie, who clears up some foggy moments from last night’s finale and hints at what we can expect when The Vampire Diaries returns in Fall 2014:
- Entertainment Weekly: ‘Vampire Diaries’ season finale: EP Julie Plec answers burning questions
- TV Line: Post Mortem: Vampire Diaries Boss on the [spoiler]Bonnie/Damon[/spoiler] ‘Mystery,’ [spoiler]Alaric’s[/spoiler] Struggle, Stefan’s Journey and More Season 6 Scoop
- The Hollywood Reporter: ‘Vampire Diaries’ Boss on Season 6 ‘Reset': ‘Everybody Gets to Start Over’ (Q&A)
- TV Guide: Vampire Diaries’ Julie Plec on [spoiler]Damon and Bonnie[/spoiler]’s Fate, [spoiler]Magic-less[/spoiler] Mystic Falls and More
In case you haven’t seen last night’s Vampire Diaries, Man On Fire (EP519), let’s just say some stuff went down. Journalists were invited to a pre-screening of the episode, followed by a Q&A with Ian Somerhalder and executive producer Caroline Dries during which they discussed the ep itself and what’s to come in the final three (!!!) episodes of Season 5. Obviously, beware spoilers!
Here’s a teaser via TV Guide:
What’s next for the group?
Dries: Pushing towards the finale, they have a united cause because the Travelers are trying to rip away their home and this is something they rally around. The question is: What will happen to Bonnie and our friends who are over there [on the Other Side]? Do they just go away like Vicki (Kayla Ewell) did? These things are spiraling out of control around them and … when you see the finale, this giant thing happens. We’re breaking Season 6 and we start with everyone in a different orbit in a way. Season 6 will be a lot of bringing people back together [and] picking up the pieces.
- TV Guide – Vampire Diaries Boss on Enzo’s Next Move, the Fate of the Other Side and Three Major Deaths
- TV Fanatic – The Vampire Diaries Spoilers: Ghost Villains, Traveler Threats & Three Real Deaths
- The Hollywood Reporter – ‘Vampire Diaries’ Boss, Ian Somerhalder on Enzo’s Revenge and Damon’s New ‘Hell’
- Zap2It – ‘The Vampire Diaries': Ian Somerhalder, Caroline Dries reveal a twist on the big death
- TV Line – Post Mortem: Vampire Diaries Boss on [Spoiler]’s Next Move, Bonnie’s Lies, Tyler’s Fate and More
- Entertainment Weekly – ‘Vampire Diaries': [Spoiler] is dead but far from gone, plus producer Caroline Dries teases season 5 finale
Tonight’s much-anticipated return of The Vampire Diaries marks Paul Wesley‘s directorial debut with Resident Evil (EP518). Congratulations, Paul! He’s been making the rounds with the press in honor of the occasion, so we’ve got a whole lot of reading for you to help pass the time until the episode. If we find more interviews, we’ll add them on, so check back later! And make sure you tune in to the CW tonight at 8/7c for the episode!
- Paul Wesley Sinks His Fangs Into Directing ‘The Vampire Diaries’ [Wall Street Journal]
- ‘The Vampire Diaries': Director Paul Wesley explains why he nixed a shirtless moment in this week’s episode [Entertainment Weekly]
- The Vampire Diaries’ Paul Wesley: Directorial Debut Addresses the Future of Stefan and Elena [TV Guide]
- ‘The Vampire Diaries': Paul Wesley makes his directorial debut with ‘nostalgic’ episode filled with easter eggs [Zap2it]
- ‘Vampire Diaries': Paul Wesley on ‘Daunting’ Directorial Debut and Unexpected Hiccups [The Hollywood Reporter]
- THE VAMPIRE DIARIES: Paul Wesley on His Directorial Debut [Give Me My Remote]
Candice Accola chats with Entertainment Weekly about tonight’s episode The Vampire Diaries, including touching on a few points raised at this past weekend’s PaleyFest festival.
Paul [Wesley] got his say at PaleyFest when he mentioned how he’d like to see [Stefan and Caroline] take that next step and maybe make things romantic, but personally, would you want to see them go there?
Ever since season 2, when Stefan kind of took Caroline under his vampire wing and taught her how to behave like a good little vampire, there’s been a lot of viewers and fans in the Twitterverse expressing their hope of Steroline, I think they call it, to happen one day. So there’s definitely been speculation and some build up, and it would definitely be a bold choice for both of them to engage in any sort of romantic relationship given the friendship of Caroline and Elena and the history between Elena and Stefan. And so you never know what can happen in the future between these two characters, but I imagine it being very dramatic if anything were to happen.
We may not have a new episode of The Originals tonight, but thanks to Entertainment Weekly, we can console ourselves with a new webclip from Thursday’s episode of The Vampire Diaries, Rescue Me (EP517). And it involves PTA dues. Heh.
In honor of an all-new episode of The Originals, Entertainment Weekly is hosting a Google+ Hangout with Claire Holt today, February 25th, at 6pm ET/3pm PT.
To take part in the fun, RSVP on our event page and then pull up a seat at 6 p.m. ET/3 p.m. PT on Tuesday to enjoy the fun. Holt will be on hand to answer questions and tease all the action coming up with Rebekah and Co. Twitter-using fans can also use the hashtag #EWTalksOriginals to submit burning questions.
Entertainment Weekly has two exclusive stills from the February 25th episode of The Originals, Long Way Back from Hell (EP114). The stills feature Rebekah and Genevieve in a flashback and they’re dressed as nurses.
When The Originals returns on February 25, we’ll get a glimpse into Genevieve’s (Elyse Levesque) history with Rebekah when our favorite Original sister finds herself locked in the same sanatorium where she and Genevieve once worked in 1919. As Rebekah realizes that Genevieve is out for revenge and could reveal a secret that would destroy her, Rebekah immediately flashes back to a the early days of their relationship.
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 [spoiler]Katherine’s Shocking Fate[/spoiler]: Things Will Get Tricky (Q&A)
- TV LINE: Post Mortem: Vampire Diaries Boss on Caroline’s Surprise, [spoiler]Katherine’s Plan[/spoiler] 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 [spoiler]the Klaroline hookup, Katherine’s sneaky twist[/spoiler] and more
- TV GUIDE: Vampire Diaries’ Julie Plec on 100 Episodes, [spoiler]Crafty Katherine[/spoiler] 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
The Originals returns with new episodes next week and Entertainment Weekly has another peek at the January 14th mid-season premiere. Elijah, Hayley, and a dress – head over to EW.com to see the clip.
Caroline Dries was all over the place today dropping tidbits about tonight’s Vampire Diaries mid-season finale, Fifty Shades of Grayson (EP510). Think stuff is going down? We think stuff might be going down. Here’s a taster Dries gave The Hollywood Reporter:
This is an interesting season because usually there is one clear goal Elena and the others are working toward, but this time, there seems to be several different arcs, first with Silas and now Augustine.
That was intentional. We’re five seasons in — we learn a little bit every season — and last year was the season of the cure, the year before that was the moonstone and the sacrifice. When we found that we were stretching that out over 22 or 23 episodes, the mythology gets so dense and hijinks-y that the audience is like, “Wait, what?!” So we were like why don’t we break things down into chapters, a little cleaner, so we’re not having springs pop out of our ears every time we’re pitching something to the studio or the network or the audience. That’s what we’re trying to do. We wrapped up the doppelganger thing with Silas and Amara, but the travelers are still around in the ether. They still have an agenda that they haven’t carried out yet. Not to say things won’t come back that we haven’t seen. They certainly will. But it’s more about trying to make the stories have a beginning, middle and end. Have a conclusion.
- Entertainment Weekly: ‘The Vampire Diaries': Caroline Dries previews Enzo’s return, a Damon-Grayson ‘parallel’, and a ‘beautiful scene’ for Stefan and Katherine
- Zap2It: ‘The Vampire Diaries’ EP Caroline Dries talks Damon’s revenge, Delena’s future and more
- The Hollywood Reporter: ‘Vampire Diaries’ EP on Fall Finale: ‘It Will Have Massive Effects’ on Show (Q&A)
- TV Fanatic: The Vampire Diaries Producer Teases Augustine Vampire, Statherine & Klaus’ Return
- HitFix: ‘Vampire Diaries” scribe Caroline Dries talks Damon, Enzo ‘tension’