On this week’s Vampire Diaries Bite at TV Guide, Ian Somerhalder talks about Damon in the 1970s and his relationship with Lexi, as well as his feelings toward Elena at the moment: “Damon gets another side of Elena that really solidifies that he’s not a fan of her current state.”
We know, we know: Hiatuses suck, but one Thursday down and only one more to go until The Vampire Diaries returns with all-new episodes on Thursday, March 14th! In the meantime, feast your eyes on some new episode stills for Bring It On (EP416) and Because the Night (EP417) and click the images to view the episode’s respective gallery on KSiteTV.
It’s the summer hiatus – and IT SUCKS. So to help wile away those lonely TVD-less hours as we await Vampire Diaries Season 3, we’ve rounded up a slew of guest bloggers (and huge Vampire Diaries fans) for a series called Ripping Open TVD. Each blogger will be focusing on one particular aspect of what we’ve just experienced in Vampire Diaries Season 2 and adding a hefty dose of Season 3 speculation. Remember: These are guest posts, so these are the opinions of the person writing them, not necessarily Vampire-Diaries.net. Cool? Cool. This week, Shira Rosenblatt makes the case for why death is no longer a “game changer” on The Vampire Diaries and why she hopes Season 3 will “reinvigorate” the stakes.
“There are more dead people than living. And their numbers are increasing. The living are getting rarer.” Eugene Ionesco, Rhinoceros
It is no surprise that death plays a major role on The Vampire Diaries. After all, two of the three main characters technically are dead. As much as we dread the killing of our favorite characters, whether we knew them a long time or fell in love with them at first guest starring sight, it is expected that on a supernatural show where the characters are in neverending life and death situations, we will inevitably say goodbye to some. In Season 1, Vampire Diaries excelled at killing characters at the right times for the right reasons, though I sometimes disagreed with the choice of character. In most cases, the major deaths last season moved the story forward or changed the story in ways that reverberated through to Season 2. When the show used the term “game changer” to describe a death, more often than not, the description was accurate.
Today was Vampire Diaries day at New York Comic Con (we think there might have been other stuff going on, but it pales in comparison to the Vampire Diaries, right?), with Kevin Williamson, Julie Plec, Steven R. McQueen, Katerina Graham, Zach Roerig and Sara Canning in attendance. Moderated by the lovely Carina MacKenzie (@cadlymack on Twitter – give her a follow), the panel was – by all accounts – a blast, with all kinds of intriguing spoilers and factoids being revealed (which you can see further down under the spoiler warning). Carina was also able to confirm with Steven that he doesn’t have a Twitter account. Anyone claiming to be him is a fake. Accept no substitutes.
Carina kindly gave permission for us to share a few of her photos from the event:
More media from NYCC
- Teaser footage for episodes 6 & 7.
- Pics by Ariel and JessiVanessi over at I Heart Vampire Diaries.
- Panel videos one and two from Ariel.
We’ll be adding links to videos and more pics when they’re uploaded (unfortunately cell service at the panel was poor, so many people weren’t able to tweet comments and pictures at the time). While we wait for that, get a load of the spoilery goodness revealed during the panel and in the press room.
This tidbit is actually five days old but it’s a great nugget, so I’m blogging it now. In the May 17th edition of TV Guide Magazine’s Ask Matt column, a reader asks Matt Roush to address what she perceives as two glaring flaws in The Vampire Diaries: the “lack of kick-ass women” (she specifies that while many of the main female characters are strong emotionally, she wishes they were more physical, “ala Buffy”), and the glossing over of slavery and other social issues in the 1864 flashbacks.
I never expected the show to delve deeply into issues of race and sexuality as True Blood does so well, but it would be nice if the show at least acknowledged that there were other things going on besides vampire vs. human Mystic Falls conflicts.
Here’s part of Roush’s response:
I’m afraid I don’t take the show seriously enough to lament its lack of social/historical context. Where would they fit a lecture on the evils of slavery in a show churning this much juicy melodrama this busily? I suppose it would be interesting if some of the vampire revolt had to do with seeking vengeance against the mores and masters of the antebellum past, but it’s intriguing to me that characters like Bonnie and her grandmother (and their ancestors) nurture a supernatural power that seems to render them pretty “kick-ass.”
Both of these topics have come up in our forums before, but on the heels of the season finale (oh, hey, Uncle John – you need an ice pack for that?) I thought I could bring it up in the blog. I have my own thoughts on both points (for starters, the idea that a “kick-ass woman” must be defined by her physical bravery, no matter how smart, savvy, or emotionally well-adjusted she is), but I’ll turn it over to you guys. Have your own thoughts on both issues? Agree/disagree with Roush’s reply?
We’re catching up on some tidbits, so there will be a few posts coming your way. But first up, a special reminder that Ian Somerhalder’s appearance on Live with Regis & Kelly airs tomorrow morning, Monday, January 18th. Check your local listings for times on their website.
Speaking of Mr. Somerhalder, he shares a very amusing anecdote involving Damon, Lexi, and Matthew Fox’s 12-year old daughter over at TV Guide Magazine. Not gonna lie – we kind of love her. (Read the entire story at TV Guide Magazine.)
“It’s 1:30 in the morning—there’s a six hour time difference between Hawaii and Atlanta—and Matthew calls me and says, ‘Listen, dude, she wants to talk to you. You need to justify some things to her. She’s not happy with you.’ So she drilled me with these questions and I was explaining my actions and saying, ‘There are times when you find yourself in situations that you may have to hurt someone for the betterment of the family, which is what Damon was doing.’ And every time I’d start explaining something, she’d go ‘Yep, uh huh. And…?’ It was an interesting hour for me!”
Unreality Primetime has some Ian London press which yields a few interesting nuggets (Damon’s age when he turned? 23). He talks about the usual, but it was his personal influences for Damon that made us smile:
Who or what were your influences when deciding on how to play the character of Damon?
“Three big ones. Josh Holloway, (Sawyer in Lost) Cary Grant and Dionysus. The marriage of a crazy crass redneck with the class of an eloquent man like Cary Grant is an interesting way to play a crazy well rounded 150 year old guy who likes a dance and the finer things in life – like blood, wine and Beethoven. Then you add in Dionysus – Damon is essentially Bacchus, he is that figure.”
And here we have a brief video chat with Ian and Nina Dobrev backstage at the TCA’s, in which Nina reveals a secret talent. We don’t know about you, but we are now earwormed. Thanks to VDO for the heads up.
TV Guide talks to Arielle Kebbel, who’s playing Lexi in 162 Candles, this week’s episode of The Vampire Diaries. She provides insight into Lexi and Stefan’s shared past, Lexi’s personality, and her effect on Stefan, Elena, and Damon:
TVGuide.com: Because Lexi is such a strong vampire, does Damon fear her?
Kebbel: Yeah, he fears her and it pisses him off. She knows it and loves it. She’s not scared of him at all and she likes to call him on his B.S. and meet him at his game. She likes to remind him that however evil he thinks he is, I’m still stronger and older and more powerful. I choose not to use my power the way he does because I choose to rise above it, but if push comes to shove, I will use it against him.
We’ve got stills from episode eight of the Vampire Diaries, “162 Candles” up in the gallery. Not really helping with the withdrawal, we have to admit. ;)
There’s also another one from “Haunted” of Elena and Vicki (first thumbnail above) via Entertainment Weekly, along with an article discussing the episode (thanks, @Joselito4390!):
“The school does an awesome haunted house Halloween party, where the parking lot is decorated and the whole interior hallway of the school is this cool, creepy haunted house,” Plec tells EW. “And all the action of the episode culminates there when you’ve got people in vampire costumes running around. You’ve got monsters and demons and, as everything with Vicki comes to a head, as she fights off her urges to feed, we’re in this haunted house and we’re at this Halloween party, and the s— hits the fan, as they say.”
Thanks to Fan Forum: Ian Somerhalder for the heads up on this super-brief video of Ian and Paul Wesley on the SCREAM Awards red (well, checkered) carpet:
Thanks to @LilMissX we’ve got our first look at Lexi, as played by Arielle Kebbel, who will be appearing in the eighth episode of The Vampire Diaries, 162 Candles. We’re not sure that Matt will be entirely pleased to find out his pool table has been hijacked…
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At last, some Vampire Diaries casting news for you all. TV Guide Magazine have reported that ex-Gilmore Girls star Arielle Kebbel will be playing the upcoming role of “Lexi”, an old friend of Stefan’s. You can find a little bit more detail about this role in the spoiler zone. TV Guide have listed Lexi’s appearance as being in episode seven, but last we knew the casting call for her character came with the production code of 107, which would make episode eight the one she appears in.
Now, if we could just find out who’ll be playing Alaric, we’ll be a pair of happy bunnies…
Paul Wesley has spoken to MTV regarding the comparisons between Stefan and Twilight’s Edward Cullen, suggesting that the comparisons are ‘inevitable’. You can listen to a clip of Paul talking about it as well as read a summary of it on the MTV website.