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
Everyone bracing themselves for the Vampire Diaries season finale tonight? If you need some teases, EP Caroline Dries has spoken with TV Guide about what we’re in for tonight.
“The finale will have major effects on our characters and they all will have their own way of dealing and moving on. We think of it as the college metaphor. You leave for college and then when you come home to visit, everything feels a little different and eventually you realize you don’t really live there anymore.”
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
After a press screening yesterday of tonight’s new episode of The Vampire Diaries, Man on Fire (EP519), actor Ian Somerhalder and EP Caroline Dries spoke with reporters about both the episode and the rest of the season – only a few episodes to go! So everything will be calm and happy, right? Heh. Beware of semi-spoilery teases, and we’ll add more links as they’re published, so check back later!
- Ian Somerhalder: Michael Malarkey Brings ‘Fresh Perspective’ to ‘The Vampire Diaries’ [Access Hollywood]
- THE VAMPIRE DIARIES: Caroline Dries Previews ‘Man on Fire,’ Plus 5 Teases About the Hour [Give Me My Remote]
- ‘Vampire Diaries’ EP, Ian Somerhalder on Romantic ‘Purgatory’ and ‘Giant’ Finale [The Hollywood Reporter]
- ‘Vampire Diaries” Ian Somerhalder and EP Caroline Dries Talk Big Changes Ahead [HitFix]
Fans have long been calling for gay characters on The Vampire Diaries (and now The Originals), and The Originals has begun to remedy this deficit with the introduction of Josh, a newbie vampire who also happens to be a young gay man. Actor Steven Krueger spoke with TheBacklot about the unusual aspects of this character:
“I feel like one of the things that kind of sets Josh apart from some of the other gay characters that are on television is [that] his sexuality is probably the most normal thing about his situation. I think a lot of things that drive gay characters is that sense of wanting normalcy and wanting inclusion and belonging and a community and that kind of thing.
And with Josh he still wants all those things. It just has nothing to do with him being gay. You know? He’s now a newbie vampire and he wants to find a normal life in this world but when you watch other character’s reactions to him talk about being gay they don’t bat an eye or raise an eyebrow. When you talk about him being a newbie vampire it’s like ‘Holy hell, that’s the worst thing you could possibly be, is a newbie vampire.’”
Krueger also discusses Josh’s future and his friendship with Davina, as well as his own career progression.
There’s a lot going down with the werewolves on The Originals these days, and actor Chase Coleman talked to HitFix about how his character Oliver feels about recent developments:
He’s extremely passionate, he has a lot of emotion, he has a lot of anger and rage he has built up over the years for his pack, and he feels things are not justified. He feels he deserves so much more, and that’s what’s leading to all this craziness. Things are coming to a head in the [French] Quarter. I feel the war is coming. There’s blood in the streets, and it’s just gonna happen. Something is going to happen.
He also discusses Oliver’s relationships with Klaus and with his brother, and his experiences working on the show.
Between her uncle Kieran, Klaus, and Marcel, Cami has a lot going on on The Originals right now, and actress Leah Pipes spoke with TV Guide about her character’s approach to the situation:
“She’s pretty desperate at this point so she’s taking some drastic measures — you see her at her wit’s end,” Pipes tells TVGuide.com. “It’s been a very emotional arc. But I think she has this wonderful ability of refusing to hit rock bottom. Her family life has been through many trials and tribulations, and the fact that she doesn’t give up and continues to fight on makes her really interesting. She’s not allowing herself to wallow in her own despair, and instead she’s trying to solve the problem.”
And she also has some interesting things to say about Cami’s feelings toward Klaus and Marcel . . .
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]
Fun news during tonight’s new episode of The Originals: The CW is bringing us a new recap/interview digital series for the show called Secrets from the Quarter and it is hosted by none other than Steven Krueger, aka Josh, First of His Name, Bestest of Best Friends, He Who Shall Never Die. Executive producers Michael Narducci and Julie Plec sit in on this round to discuss The Big Uneasy. WARNING: Wait until you’ve watched tonight’s episode before watching this, as it super-spoils everything that happens. (And a LOT happens.)
We’ll get to see Paul Wesley‘s directorial debut this Thursday on The Vampire Diaries with Resident Evil (EP518), and the actor/director stopped by PIX11 Morning News to talk about the experience and how his fellow cast members reacted to his new role. Head over to PIX11 to watch.