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
How’s everyone holding up after everything that went down on The Originals last night? Need some postmortems to get you through? These are all super-spoilery so we’re not going to say much, but enjoy:
At E!Online, a certain cast member discusses finding out what was going to happen:
“The day that that script had come out, I had a lot of dialogue that day. So I wasn’t going to read the script until I got home that night. All day, everyone was coming up to me and my friends, people on the crew, were coming to my trailer like, ‘Have you read the script yet?’” Campbell tells E! News. “I was like, ‘No, what happens? I’m so excited, tell me!’ And they were just like, ‘Oh, you should probably read it.’”
There’s another (spoilery!) interview with that cast member at TV Guide.
And then head over to TVLine for a (spoilery!) interview with Julie Plec about what went down last night and what’s to come.
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.”
Danielle Campbell‘s Davina had a big week on The Originals, and it looks like she’s in for another big one tonight in Apres Moi, Le Déluge (EP111)> Campbell talk to E!Online about her character’s relationships with Klaus, Marcel – and cookies?
“OK, it was a big joke on set because the dirt was really cookies,” she tells E! News. “So they were Oreo cookies, everyone was teasing me the whole day that I just got to sit in bed and eat cookies all day…It was a blast, I really enjoyed it.”
The week has finally arrived! The 100th episode of The Vampire Diaries, 500 Years of Solitude (EP511) airs this Thursday, January 23rd at 8/7, and the cast and current and late, lamented guest stars are chiming in on their favorite moments from the first 100 episodes of the show.
First up, TV Guide get Ian Somerhalder and Paul Wesley to talk about their favorite scenes from the first 100 episodes of TVD:
FAVORITE FLASHBACK ERA
Somerhalder: I kind of got [cheated] out of the ’20s, I would’ve loved that, but 1864 when Stefan and Damon were running around playing football just being young and happy and full of vitality and life it was good.
Wesley: I really liked the ’20s, but I also like the Civil War time. I thought that was really cool.
E!Online has a handful of fun videos featuring the cast’s reminiscing on early episodes and teasing this week’s milestone:
- Our Vampire Diaries 100th Episode Countdown Begins! Candice Accola and Kat Graham Look Back on the Pilot and Eluding Death
- Vampire Diaries Stars Dish on Their Favorite Scenes—and Crash Each Other’s Interviews!
Want one more interview to get you through the last little while until The Originals returns? Check out what Charles Michael Davis told E!Online about Marcel’s future, his relationships with Davina and Rebekah, and more.
“Davina sort of questions the relationship, and Marcel will definitely have to earn his trust back with her in hopes of keeping that relationship alive,” he says. “I like to think that it’s more of a big brother relationship, and I think there’s a lot of honesty in that conversation that Marcel had with Klaus at the bar in the previous episode, that he saw something in her that reminded him of himself at one point, something very personal. So I do think it’s all out of brotherly love.”
In advance of tonight’s midseason premiere of The Originals, The Casket Girls (EP110), Julie Plec talks about the real history behind the episode as well as the way this is the episode when the female characters start fighting back.
“Back in the late 1700s, all the men working in New Orleans — basically building the city — were the scourge of the Earth who’d been shipped over from the prisons of Europe,” she explains. Hard up for female companions, the men lured single women from Ireland and France with the promise of marriage. “These girls packed up all of their belongings in boxes that looked like caskets and set sail across the sea.” However, once their ship hit our shores, the girls mysteriously disappeared. Legend has it that the Vatican swept in and sealed off the women — and their caskets — in the attic of New Orleans’ allegedly haunted Old Ursuline’s Convent, where the girls lived as captive vampires. “So we took that basic story and shaped it into a story of female oppression and empowerment.”
Ooh, creepy! Claire Holt, Daniel Gillies, and Phoebe Tonkin also weigh in on the episode.
And make sure you also check out Julie Plec’s answers to TV Guide‘s Showrunner Survey!
TV Guide Magazine: Give us an equation for The Originals.
Plec: The Vampire Diaries plus Carrie plus The Sopranos minus New Jersey plus The Addams Family minus Lurch, divided by all Merchant Ivory movies.
With The Originals returning to our screens tonight, everyone wants to talk to the cast. Zap2it interviewed Charles Michael Davis and wanted to know where Marcel’s head is at as the season resumes.
“He’s patient right now. Things can definitely change but he knows not to freak out,” Charles Michael Davis tells Zap2it. “Losing the kingdom to Klaus was seemingly a failure, but definitely something to learn from. He’s still in the game.” Since “there’s no sort of timetable that applies like in the human world,” Marcel knows that “things change and times change and people’s interests change, so he’s going to stay pretty grounded and not make any rash decisions.”
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.
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’