MTV Hollywood Crush has an interesting chat with Daniel Gillies about the flashback episode of The Vampire Diaries he’s shooting for Season 4. In case you’d thought Elijah’s hair had revealed all of its secrets, Gillies assures us there will be yet another incarnation of the Original’s signature hairdo in the 11th century. Elijah’s coiffure aside, he does have plenty more to say on the subject of the Original family and why Elijah is an important force while Klaus is still in the picture.
“[Elijah is] going to be back, and what role do we expect him to play? I think Elijah brings order. Whenever he returns, s–t gets done,” Daniel explained. “He’s sort of the stabilizer. There’s always a shift in the equilibrium. I think he’s the only one who can truly sort of restrain his brother. I think he’s the only one with the dignity/lucidity to be able to strategize a way out of Mystic Falls and into some sort of sanctuary for their family. I’m not saying that’s what he’s going to do, I’m saying that’s what he’s capable of. I think if the family listened to Elijah, they’d be in an excellent place to position themselves in this very contemporary world that wants them all gone.”
Last weekend’s Vampire Diaries panel audience at PaleyFest were treated to an advance screening of last night’s new episode, 1912 (EP316), and Julie Plec and cast hit the stage immediately afterwards to discuss the revelations and repercussions as we head into the final episodes of Season 3.
Be warned: Every one of these discussion panel recaps is spoilerific, so steer clear if you haven’t watched 1912 yet.
We’re only hours away from a brand new episode of The Vampire Diaries and Ian Somerhalder tells Zap2It about tonight’s introduction of the “badass” Sage, played by guest star Cassidy Freeman. He also discusses Damon stepping up as an older brother to Stefan and how that affects his dynamic with Elena. Oh, and he also teased this:
Somerhalder can’t wait for fans to see what’s in store for the brothers as the season winds toward its conclusion. “I just talked to [producer Pascal Verschooris] last night, because we just got episode 21, which is episode 65… and I just learned about what the finale is. It’s really dynamic, man. There’s so much stuff happening.”
When we asked him if the finale would make us cry: “Yes,” he said bluntly.
And E!Online chats with Paul Wesley about the relationship between Stefan and Damon, Stefan’s dark side, and goes quite in-depth about the long road still ahead for Stefan and Elena.
Though Stefan will not have an easy time with it, Wesley says the process will lead him back to Elena. “The more he deals with moderation, the closer he grows to Elena. He was so involved in his own darkness, he didn’t have any time for romance. As the episodes progress, the audience is going to see Stefan maybe becoming more like he was season one and two, sort of the romantic lead hero.”
Cassidy Freeman gave Entertainment Weekly another few hints (SPOILER ALERT) about tonight’s episode and her character’s story, which is making us even more excited for tonight’s episode. The actress makes it clear that Sage has no designs on any long term relationship with Damon Salvatore, but she does assure us that the two vampires will have some fun.
“We’re party animals. We’re that friend that always comes to town and you end up drinking too much, and then you don’t really remember it the next day but you know you had a good time. That’s the kind of friends that we are, I think.”
Other vampires in town may not be getting in on the good times action, however. There are still (a few) humans left in Mystic Falls, and according to Paul Wesley, Stefan may have more to worry about than flashbacks.
Tonight’s episode also features a bonding moment between Elena and Matt. Should Stefan consider Matt a threat to the show’s central love triangle? “I think he absolutely should be a threat,” Wesley says. “I think there’s a level of simplicity to Matt. He’s a good, uncomplicated kind of guy. At the end of the day, Stefan and Damon both bring a huge bag of complication and things don’t go very well when Damon and Stefan are around. So I do believe that Elena should have some sort of a relationship with someone who is not supernatural. I think for sure that’s a threatening thing, to a degree.”
Who’s excited for a new episode of The Vampire Diaries on Thursday? Just a few more days until 1912 (EP316). It may seem like a lifetime, but Entertainment Weekly has a few behind-the-scenes pictures to tide you over.
Ready for a flashback? This webclip from 1912 (EP316) is taking us back in time. Ian Somerhalder and Paul Wesley are both in this one, and there’s plenty of Salvatore family drama to go around. Big thanks to @xLuvDamonx for the heads up and Mil2aCle for the clip.
Updated to include the official CW video.
The CW has released the official synopsis for The Vampire Diaries: 1912 (EP316), set to air when the show returns from hiatus on Thursday, March 15th. The episode marks the first TVD appearance of Cassidy Freeman as Sage. Highlight for spoilers or head to the Episode Index:
THE MURDER MYSTERY DEEPENS — The present-day murders in Mystic Falls remind Damon (Ian Somerhalder) of a similar crime spree a century earlier. In flashbacks to 1912, Damon recalls a beautiful vampire, Sage (guest star Cassidy Freeman), who showed him a whole new way to exist. Sheriff Forbes (Marguerite MacIntyre) warns Damon not to get involved in her investigation, but Damon is convinced she’s going after the wrong suspect. Elena (Nina Dobrev) and Matt (Zach Roerig) resort to breaking and entering in their search for evidence to prove Dr. Fell (guest star Torrey Devitto) is a murderer. For reasons known only to her, Rebekah (guest star Claire Holt), becomes interested in locating one of the town’s oldest landmarks. Finally, Elena comes to a new understanding of the path her life has taken, and Damon makes an emotional confession to Stefan (Paul Wesley).
The episode was directed by John Behring and written by Julie Plec with Elisabeth R. Finch.
We may not be getting a new episode tonight, but here’s a little treat from the CW to help make up for it: stills from the next episode, 1912 (EP316), which will air on March 15! And as the name of the episode suggests, we have some flashback images as well as some contemporary ones. Take a peek below and click them for bigger versions in the Gallery.
If fans of The Vampire Diaries agree on anything, it’s that people need to stop sticking daggers in Elijah, because we just can’t take it anymore. KSite TV interviewed Daniel Gillies about recent developments for his character (spoiler alert for Dangerous Liaisons (EP314)) and asked for his thoughts on Elijah’s immense popularity.
One of the perhaps unexpected things about Elijah is how warmly he has been accepted by the Vampire Diaries fan base. What does Gillies think? “I’m so grateful for it,” he says. “I’ve never really had a character like this before. My response to it that I’m extremely flattered. It’s what you would hope for, whenever you take a role. I had no idea that he would have the effect he did.”
Daniel also talks more about various developments in season 3.
Speaking of season 3 developments, Zap2it spoke with Julie Plec about what’s coming up next after last week’s eventful episode (another spoiler alert for Dangerous Liaisons!). Julie talks about the current state of things between Damon and Elena, and teases the upcoming flashback episode, which will guest star Cassidy Freeman.
“I haven’t seen [her episode], I’ve only heard that she’s awesome,” Plec says. “Cassidy Freeman’s character is a vampire that we’ll meet in our 16th episode, which is the first episode in March back. The episode is called ’1912′ and it’s timed about 100 years ago… when Damon was still the Damon that walked out the door in a huff of disappointment and piousness when his brother was out of control in 1864.”
After this week’s episode, All My Children (EP315), The Vampire Diaries will be going on a brief hiatus. We know, we know – major suckage. But the show returns with 1912 (EP316) on Thursday, March 15th – a flashback episode! The February 17th issue of Entertainment Weekly teased that this particular episode will “explain how Damon became the Casanova we know (and love-hate) today” and Julie Plec says:
“We get to see the birth and rebirth of that wicked, wonderful character.”
And to add to the awesome, TV Guide has our first look at 1912, including Damon in a sharp suit and guest star Cassidy Freeman as Sage. Says Freeman:
“[Sage is] really aware of what being a vampire is and owns it,” says Freeman, who says it “has been a dream to play a vampire” and that she was “jumping for joy” when she got the part.
FYI, book fans: This Sage is completely unrelated to the Sage of the book series. In case you were wondering!