PopWrap‘s Jarett Wieselman has an excellent interview with Vampire Diaries executive producers Julie Plec and Kevin Williamson about the show’s Season 2 premiere and what fans can expect as we delve into the first few episodes. Not a lot of topics go untouched here (no talk of Bonnie?), with Julie and Kevin talking about everything from Caroline, Lockwoods, and Katherine, to the intricate relationships that may very well be blown apart (or put back together?) this season. And how much do we love the discussion of Sheriff Forbes? LOTS.
PW: How would you two describe the theme of season two?
Julie: The theme of the series is very much the idea of loss, grief and death, frankly.
Kevin: And redemption.
Julie: You think redemption?
Julie: Revenge! [laughs] We’re gunna talk this out with you on the phone. If last year was about finding the people that filled your soul, this year is very much about the complications and consequences that come along with feeling those powerful emotions. And how much that can have a pretty extreme and painful domino effect.
Executive producers Julie Plec and Kevin Williamson chat about Thursday’s episode of the Vampire Diaries, Brave New World. Usual spoiler warnings apply. If you haven’t watched The Return yet, you don’t want to watch this.
Oh, we’re so glad to see these sneak peek videos return! Vampire Diaries executive producers Julie Plec and Kevin Williamson sit down in front of a camera to preview The Return, the Vampire Diaries Season 2 premiere. And this clip features new scenes! Four hours to go, East coast…
Lots of Season 2 discussion from Vampire Diaries cast and producers in the last few days – most previously reported from the Comic Con press room, but some new tidbits as well.
First up, Pop Damage has discussion from executive producers Kevin Williamson and Julie Plec:
JH: Will there be any new supernaturals making their way to town this season?
Julie Plec: Ultimately, that notion is what got Kevin and me to want to do the series in the first place. Because in the books, I think it was a huge Civil War battle that shed a lot of blood and because of all the blood that had been shed from the soldiers, it’s just sort of a heightened hot bed of activity, and when we read that, we thought this is a show that can be more than just these characters and just these creatures because this town for whatever reason draws that kind of element in. And the deeper the series gets, hopefully we’ll be able to hold on for as long as possible, but the deeper the series gets, the more we’ll start to get a sense of what other elements might be either long gestating in this town or coming to town because it’s got a strong supernatural pull.
Will Tyler be a villain?
Michael: Yes. Tyler was always a bully and a prick, but now that he has this supernatural ability, he’ll be a villain. Yes, definitely. You can’t just have Damon around, kicking people’s asses and being a punk. If they can write for me as well as they write for Damon, then it will be fun.
Alix at the TV Chick talks with Steven R. McQueen about Jeremy’s future:
Has [Jeremy's] relationship with [John] influenced who he is this season?
Yeah, most definitely. I think every relationship with an older male figure affects Jeremy a lot, even with Damon. [John] affects him in the way that he’s around. He’s the only older male that is present. The only person I can pull any sort of guidance from. But [John] betrays me, and it’s an interesting, interesting relationship.
And finally, Katerina Graham talks season premiere on last month’s Teen Choice Awards red carpet:
More Vampire Diaries DVD special goodness for you! E!Online has the “extra credit” portion of Vampires 101:
And over at TV Guide, the cast discusses the appeal and sexiness of vampires:
As if we haven’t been spoiled enough with DVD extras today – FearNet has another exclusive clip from the The Vampire Diaries: The Complete First Season special features. This clip has the cast and producers discussing the changes from and differences between the Vampire Diaries book series and the show.
Friday the 13th is Vampire Diaries DVD and new promo day, didn’t you know? The NY Post’s PopWrap has the third new DVD clip of the past 24 hours – remember MTV Hollywood Crush’s Vampires 101 DVD clip? Well, this is a continuation of that pop quiz. And what better way to celebrate Friday the 13th than with some scary Mr. Tanner action? (Watch a bigger version of the clip over at PopWrap.)
Yahoo!TV’s has posted yet another exclusive clip from The Vampire Diaries: The Complete First Season DVD and this time the cast and producers discuss what sets the show apart as a television drama. Love this quote from Julie:
We always said in the pilot it’s a girl who feels dead inside and a boy who is dead inside and how they bring each other back to life.
BIG thanks to Denise for the heads up!
And thanks to @ara_celi for the heads up on this: Target will be selling an exclusive version of the Vampire Diaries DVD which includes footage from the Vampire Diaries panel at PaleyFest. This version of the set will only be available at Target.
Didn’t think we saw enough of the supporting characters last season? Want to know more about them? You’ll be pleased to hear that Kevin Williamson told Hollywood Crush that we’re going to be finding out a whole lot more about Matt, Caroline, Tyler and Bonnie this season.
Actually, Kevin said he’s excited to give the show’s sideline characters a lot more camera time in season 2. “What’s nice about this is that Matt, Caroline, Tyler, and Bonnie were all sort of our secondary characters — they are not part of the triangle. Now, all the storylines I wanted to tell last year and didn’t have time, I can tell them. I’m grateful I can tell the stories I’ve been sitting on.
Yeah, I’ll be over here furiously waving my Team Matt flag. While I do that (though feel free to join me), you guys watch the video.
Dead keen to find out what’s going to happen to Jeremy in season 2 of the Vampire Diaries? You won’t have to wait long, as Kevin Williamson revealed that’s going to be the first thing we find out about when ‘The Return’ premieres on September 9… though no word as to whether he’ll be living or undead. Along with this information, Hollywood Crush also reveal that Jeremy is going to be dealing with a change in his view of the world, and will be striking up an unlikely friendship. You can read the entire article over on Hollywood Crush, and watch the video of Steven talking about Jeremy below.