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!
In the wake of last night’s Dangerous Liaisons (EP314), several media outlets have follow-ups from a Q&A with Julie Plec. You should assume that these are all very spoilery for the episode, so don’t click through if you haven’t seen it yet! To whet your appetite, here are a few of the less spoilery tidbits.
Over at TV Guide, Julie answers a few big questions, like whether everyone actually took part in a certain toast and when Tyler might return. And on Damon’s actions at the end of the episode:
“The thing with Damon we’ve seen is that when he’s hurt, he lashes out. In a way, this is both the most cruel way he could’ve lashed out, but also shows a peculiar evolution in him as a character because rather than take it out on an innocent human in the middle of the road, he’s striking where it hurts the most.”
At E!Online, Julie hints at another requirement for a certain spell:
“Next episode, it takes place on a full moon. We’ll learn that, like most of the big, heavy-duty witch spells, there needs to be some sort of recurring celestial event or some recurring event attached to it.”
E!Online also has a few teasers in their Daily Spoiler Chat.
And at Entertainment Weekly, Julie talks the fun of exploring Klaus’s romantic side:
“For us, it’s fun to explore that side of Klaus — seeing a romantic vulnerability there, because it is giving us a window into him a little bit. We certainly find Klaus to be irresistible on a lot of levels, so it’s going to be interesting to see how that moves forward.”
KSiteTV attended yesterday’s press screening for Dangerous Liaisons (EP314) and has a write-up of the Julie Plec Q&A that took place after the episode viewing. She had some very interesting things to say about Matt, Jeremy, Tyler, Klaus, the triangle, the Originals, the Original Petrova, and the development of a surprising/not-so-surprising connection between two characters.
The whole character of Elijah – and I’ve said this before, but I can’t say it enough – has been such a glorious surprise to us as writers, because it’s really been as much of Daniel Gillies and what he’s brought to the character, that has fed into what we want to give to the character. So of course, when we decided that there needed to be a Big Bad Evil Vampire in the middle of last season, that paved the way to the introduction of Klaus, in a million years, never would we have said ‘Oh! And then one day he’ll have this magnificent and lovely friendship with Elena!’ You know? And yet, that has evolved over the course of a season and a half worth of stuff for Elijah and for Daniel. So we kind of like to watch it as it happens, more than we even like to lay the map for them, because they bring so much to it. And then we are able to play with that a little bit. Next week definitely is very much rooted in the foundation of this compassion that Elena has for Elijah.
Entertainment Weekly was also at the screening and Julie Plec underscores that there are no mortal (or immortal) certainties in Mystic Falls:
“I don’t know that you can be that certain about the fate of anybody,” she said. “Many of our characters are going to come face to face with their maker before the season is over. The question of whether they meet, shake hands, and get dragged away with the maker is another question. There’s going to be a lot of moments where we’re not really sure who is really safe and who is going to see it through.”
And The Futon Critic has more from the TVD cast, including Candice Accola, who points out the quirks of working on a show with such a large cast:
Joking aside, the actress said that the large number of characters on the show makes moments when they finally come together really pop. “It is an odd thing with these wonderful, wonderful characters developed throughout the show and the series but because there are so many of us on set at once… even Caroline and Elijah (Daniel Gillies) have never been in a scene together, ever! There’s all these different characters whose paths don’t cross… “
Yesterday, members of the media were invited to a special screening of tonight’s new (and highly anticipated) episode of The Vampire Diaries: Dangerous Liaisons (EP314), and they’re hinting we can expect healthy doses of angst alongside those sharp tuxes and glittering ballgowns. Is anyone surprised? First up, members of the TVD cast – Zach Roerig, Candice Accola, Kat Graham, Nina Dobrev – tease what’s coming tonight and in future episodes in another E!Online set visit video.
As for the finished product, E!Online has this to tease (SPOILERS):
Elena shares some very intense moments with both Salvatore brothers, including a scene where one of the brothers drops three very important words. Fans of both couples should prepare for some major angst, including Elena hurting Damon and possibly causing the return of the old Damon. We won’t lie, we kind of missed him!
On a related note, Zap2It also teases the triangle and five other things about tonight’s episode (SPOILERS):
Elena is caught in a virtual tug-of-war throughout the episode (at one point, they literally each have her by the arm). The question, as always, is whether Stefan can find it in himself to care about Elena — and whether or not she still wants him to care about her at this point. That will pretty much be answered by the end of the hour. Per usual, Paul Wesley’s performance will give you goose bumps.
Julie Plec was on hand for a Q&A during the episode screening yesterday, and The Insider has this amusing tidbit to share:
When I asked her about the likelihood of non-Mystic Falls law enforcement agents ever coming to town (ya know, like if this mysterious stabber continues his/her reign of terror for much longer), Julie said, “Truth be told we’ve had the “FBI Agents Come to Town” pitch on the board since episode three of season one. As this thought that somebody, at some point, is going to have to come to this town and be like, ‘What the hell is going on here?!? Sheriff you’re fired!’”
And if you need even more photos from Dangerous Liaisons, Hollywood Life has a handful of exclusive behind-the-scenes photos from filming.
As if our anticipation for Dangerous Liaisons (EP314), tomorrow night’s new episode of The Vampire Diaries, wasn’t unbearable enough – here come Julie Plec and Caroline Dries with a preview of what we can expect.
Well, we’re accustomed to seeing these “previews” before the episode, but looks like we’re getting this video with Julie Plec and Caroline Dries as a sort of retrospective. XOXO.
We’ve had a pretty good preview of tonight’s new episode of The Vampire Diaries from Michael Trevino, but now producers Julie Plec and Caroline Dries give us their take on what to expect at 8/7c on the CW.
TV Guide‘s Robyn Ross is whetting our appetite for tonight’s episode with some teasers from Michael Trevino and Joseph Morgan about what’s coming up for Tyler and Klaus, including an unlikely ally Tyler tries to enlist. WARNING: This has spoilers for Our Town (EP311) and tonight’s The Ties That Bind (EP312). On Tyler’s developing feelings about being a hybrid, Michael says:
“When Tyler drank Elena’s blood and transformed into a full-on hybrid … he had a swagger to him and confidence and felt chosen. Every male figure in Tyler’s life has either gone or passed away or has been killed and so there’s this little complex of daddy issues. He was chosen to become the first successful hybrid so he wants to make Klaus happy, but now he sees how evil Klaus is and maybe this is a curse upon the curse he already has of being a werewolf.”
And in this week’s Vampire Diaries Bite, Robyn has some interesting scoop from Julie Plec on that certain word choice Elena used at the end of Our Town (EP311):
Lucky Texas! Looks like Julie Plec (who is also on the advisory board for the festival) and Arielle Kebbel will be heading to the ATX Television Festival in Austin, TX. The event starts June 1st, 2012. TV Guide has the full story about the new festival, what it’s about and why it’s going to be awesome. If you’re in the area it definitely looks like something worth checking out!
Happy release day! Stefan’s Diaries #5: The Asylum is available TODAY at your local bookstore or online retailer. Pick up your paperback today, or order it right to your Kindle! If you’d like a taste before you buy, you can read the first four chapters online for free.
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