Previously on The Vampire Diaries we got a refresher course in the art of unfriendly handshakes and comforting hugs. Things were heating up in the bathroom at the Mystic Grill and just about everyone we know was wrecked for days after a particularly emotional twist at the episode’s end. Oh, and there was an awesome shout out to the book fans. Relive the madness and get it all straight in your head before tomorrow night!
Let me start with an apology for taking so long to get this post written. But really, it’s not my fault. This episode left me in tears, and stunned at the show’s continual mastery at delivering a highly emotional but action-packed and sexy and funny and supernaturally interesting story. The bar is so high for TVD, and yet again I am blown away. How can I write about Memorial? I have too many feelings to think! Elena isn’t the only one with heightened emotions — we, the audience, are right there with her and the rest of the Mystic Falls team.
TV Guide sits down with Joseph Morgan to discuss what the arrival of big bad vampire hunter Connor (Todd Williams, introduced in last night’s episode) means for Klaus and whether the Original sibling showdown that happened between Klaus and Rebekah in the premiere will have long term repercussions.
“Season 4 will … see that bond tested more than it’s ever been,” Morgan told us on the Atlanta set of the CW series. “He goes a little further than he’s ever gone and [as usual] Klaus likes to ruin everything for himself and push people away.”
Watched last night’s episode? Then check out these spoilerific post-mortem interviews with Julie Plec, where she touches base on specific plot points (those of you who are little confused about a particular Damon and Elena moment will definitely want to read):
- Entertainment Weekly: ‘Vampire Diaries’ EP Julie Plec talks the meaning of blood-sharing, this week’s emotional final scene, and what’s next
- Zap2It: ‘Vampire Diaries’ ‘Memorial’ recap: Julie Plec talks Elena’s first ‘feed’ and that very special appearance
- Reaction post & poll: Memorial (EP402)
- Short & Canadian Promos for The Rager (EP403)
- Extended Promo for The Rager (EP403)
- Complete Songlist for Memorial (EP402)
- Read the synopsis
- See the episode stills
- Watch the short promo
- Watch the extended promo
- Watch the webclip
- Watch another webclip
- Julie Plec Talks Damon’s Reckless Side + Interviews with Zach Roerig & Nina Dobrev
- Official Synopsis for The Killer (EP405)
- Ian Somerhalder Talks Love, Loss & Losing Alaric with TV Fanatic
- Previously On The Vampire Diaries: Growing Pains (EP401)
- Second Webclip for Memorial (EP402)
- Vampire Diaries In Review: Growing Pains (EP401) – In Transition
- Webclip for Memorial (EP402)
- Friday Night Bites, Oct. 5-12: Good Books, Women’s Fitness & Hot Girls Of The CW
- Episode Downloads for Growing Pains (EP401)
- Growing Pains (EP401) Postmortems & More!
- Extended Promo for Memorial (EP402)
- Complete Songlist for Growing Pains (EP401)
- Short Promo for Memorial (EP402)
- Reaction Post & Poll: Vampire Diaries – Growing Pains (EP401 – Season Premiere!)
- Zach Roerig Talks Matt’s Changing Relationships + Take 5 with Ian Somerhalder
- Candice, Nina & Michael Tease Season 4 at Entertainment Weekly (VIDEO)
- More Season 4 Premiere Teases from Kat, Torrey & Nina
- A Flashback Still from The Five (EP404)
- Official Stills for The Five (EP404)
- New Exclusive Promo Pic at The Insider + Zach Roerig Interview at The Examiner
- Season 4 Promo Portrait: Damon
- More Pre-Premiere Interviews + Premiere-Themed Giveaway at GMMR
- Season 4 Promo Portrait: Elena
Well. WELL. So all THAT happened. We’re not quite sure we’re strong enough to watch Memorial (EP402) again just yet, but if you are, have at it. US fans can now download the episode from iTunes or Amazon; we’ll add the iTunes UK link once they post it. And remember, US fans can also watch the episode for free right now at the CW site.
UPDATED: iTunes UK link added.
Canadian fans can watch the episode over at the CTV website.
In case you missed ‘em:
Courtesy of Chris Mollere, Vampire Diaries’ music supervisor – follow him on Twitter!
Songs listed in order of appearance.
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New arrivals in Mystic Falls tonight; a vampire hunter and a high school student. Given past form with new kids in Mystic Falls, I’d be more worried about April the student than Connor the vampire hunter. That aside, there’s probably some serious betting pool action going on down at the Mystic Grill over which of them will be first to meet a grisly end secure their own place on the memorial table.
Once you’ve seen the episode and shaken yourself back to reality, swing by here to rate the new episode of The Vampire Diaries. Because the forums are no more, all discussion about the episode is welcomed and encouraged in the comments of this post. Just remember, beware of spoilers if you haven’t seen the episode yet!
Quick guide to the poll options: Lilies are traditional at memorials, though given who this memorial is for, would vervain be more appropriate? 5 lilies = LOVE, 1 lily = MEH.
Entertainment Weekly sat down with Nina Dobrev during a recent TVD set visit to talk about the Season 3 finale, Elena’s transition, and Salvatores:
“She’s confused and changing and having different cravings and having different urges,” says Dobrev. “I feel like she’s kind of gone back to being stuck in the middle between the two boys.”
Give Me My Remote has more with Julie Plec, who discusses the show’s success, Twitter reactions to the Season 3 finale, and why Season 4 will not be slowing things down:
JP: And so I went into season 3 and I told all the actors, “This is the year we really need to prove to everybody that we’re good at what we do and this show is never going to falter. And the quality of storytelling, quality of production, quality of performance is our priority, and we’re going to do it, we’re going to work our asses off so nobody thinks this was just a fluke.” And we did so well in season 3 that I think in the back of our heads, we thought we could step back a little in season 4 and sleep a little. And then we get to season 4 and we realized, no, it’s been going so well, we haven’t faltered yet, let’s just drive this train all the way to the end of the series and never let anyone say, “You really blew it.” So that’s the goal.
And Zap2It has a nice introduction to upcoming guest star Grace Phipps, whose character, April, takes her bow on The Vampire Diaries in tonight’s episode. Spoiler alert: Phipps is really charming.
Phipps brings a great new energy to the cast, while April shifts the dynamic of the show a bit. Now, Elena isn’t concerned about saving herself all the time — she’s got a new, innocent person in town who means a lot to her, and keeping April safe begins to take priority. As we’ll see in tonight’s episode, “Memorial,” keeping April safe is much easier said than done thanks to a new hunter in town.
The Insider caught up with Julie Plec for an excellent and lengthy discussion about tonight’s new episode, Memorial, and the events and fallout of last week’s Season 4 premiere, Growing Pains. In addition to touching on the big mystery set up in last week’s final moments and Elena’s journey as a newbie vampire, Plec also explains why tonight’s Memorial acts as a Season 3 finale:
Insider.com: Earlier you mentioned that you were slow playing these first few episodes. Does that allow these characters, whose lives whoosh by, to take stock of everything that’s happened?
Julie: For sure. I look at episode two in my own special way as the finale of last season’s journey. We never got a chance to mourn, we never got a chance to properly grieve Alaric. In a way, our characters are never given the opportunity to sit and think about the terrible things that happen to them. This is a way of saying to the audience, we are allowing ourselves this moment to grieve. We are putting this away and moving forward. In many ways, episode three is truly the launch of season three [four? - V.] in that we’re really beginning a new chapter. Episode one and two are almost like a nice bow wrapped on end of season three.
No need to look so shocked, everyone! Obviously it takes some getting used to after the long summer hiatus, but we do indeed have a new episode of The Vampire Diaries tonight. Memorial (EP402) airs tonight on the CW at 8/7c. Go ahead and talk about your excitement here, and remember to come back after you watch to vote in the poll and discuss the episode in the comments!
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Memorial (EP402) airs in the U.S. in just two days, and the CW has given us another sneak peek!