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 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
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’
Remember back in season four, when Nina Dobrev only had to play two characters at a time? From our lofty season 5 vantage point, filming an Elena vs. Katherine fight scene might not seem like as big a deal, but it’s still pretty complicated filming. Entertainment Weekly did separate interviews with Nina and John Copeman (stunt coordinator) to get their individual takes on the fight scene.
JOHN COPEMAN: The first thing I did was read the script and really block the fight, try to make some character beats. You don’t want to make it all big punches, big throws. At least if there’s a good line, accent that with a throw or a punch so it feels more character driven than just, “Hey let’s do a neat stunt.” And then I thought about what Nina can do, because Nina is stupidly flexible. So knowing that she could kick really high, we thought we would have Katherine, who’s wearing like spike boots, throw a side kick into her throat after she throws Elena against the lockers, pin her there, and then she’s delivering a line. And then Elena delivers a line back and kind of trips her, runs over and rips the locker off. So we were thinking about, “What can Nina do?”
NINA DOBREV: I like to push the envelope. They don’t like to let me do much at all. If it was up to them, they wouldn’t let me do any of it. If I was a stunt performer on our show, I would probably be a little frustrated because their whole job is to come to set and get to do the big cool crazy fun stuff, and I’ll usually ask John if I can do something. If they say no, I’ll kind of do it anyway, and then apologize later and be like, “Oops I forgot that I wasn’t supposed to do that!” [Laughs] It’s always easier to ask for forgiveness than for permission. They didn’t let me hit the glass, I know that for sure. But I definitely hit the locker. I try to do as much as I can if they let me.
Head over to Entertainment Weekly for an exclusive webclip from Thursday’s new episode of The Vampire Diaries, Dead Man on Campus (EP508), featuring Stefan, Damon, and Damon’s favorite reading chair.
Entertainment Weekly has our first look at The River in Reverse (EP108), the November 26th episode of The Originals – and it’s an 1820s flashback featuring Klaus and Elijah. Click on the thumbnail to see the full image as well as a second still featuring Elijah.
“Traveling back in time nearly 200 years, the episode will find Klaus and Elijah in 1820, where Klaus is in a dual [sic] with another fellow. From the looks of the photos, either that other fellow is Elijah, or the brothers are merely practicing their shooting skills (which is hilarious/unfair considering a bullet will not kill them).”
Crossover alert! There’s been a lot of speculation about whether or not there will be any traffic between Mystic Falls and New Orleans, and as Entertainment Weekly exclusively confirmed last week, Michael Trevino will be the first to make the trip. Tyler Lockwood will be heading South to The Originals, and everybody has questions about it.
“The crossover is happening very soon,” Plec teased. “I’m fairly certain we will see our first glimpse of Tyler before November is over. It will answer a couple of questions, one of which is at least answering the first piece of the mystery of the protective wolf.”
- Inside ‘The Originals’ & ‘TVD’ Crossover Ep [ETOnline]
- The Originals: Plec & Narducci Talk About The Vampire Diaries Crossover [KSiteTV]
- The Vampire Diaries EP: Tyler to Shake Up The Originals ‘Before November Is Over’ [TVLine]
- ‘The Originals’ Producer Promises ‘Vampire Diaries’ Crossover Will ‘Shake Things Up’ [The Hollywood Reporter]
It’s been widely rumored, and now the news is confirmed by Michael Trevino himself: According to Entertainment Weekly, his character Tyler Lockwood will be appearing on The Originals.
”A lot of fans are upset that Tyler has made the decision to leave as soon as he shows up. I’m getting a little bit of flack for it on the Twitterverse here,” Trevino says. “I just want to say everything will be explained, and I think Tyler will make it good once he shows up to The Originals…. I think everybody will be happy with Tyler’s reasoning when they see what he’s been up to and what he has planned.”
No word yet on exactly when he’ll be showing up or for how many episodes.