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:
Bad news, Vampire Diaries fans: Paul Wesley and Ian Somerhalder have had to withdraw from UK convention, Insurgence: Bloodlines due to work commitments. However, Michael Trevino is still scheduled to appear, and Kelly Hu (Pearl) and Benjamin Ayres (Mr. Tanner) have stepped in and will also be attending.
From their website:
Hello we know this is going to be disappointing news for everyone including ourselves but we are very sorry to announce that both Paul Wesley and Ian Somerhalder have had to withdraw from the upcoming convention. Their manager informed us on Friday there was a possibility that both actors would have to pull out as the Studio requires them to work the weekend we have our convention, while they had agreed to come it was always subject to work commitments, normally we would have known a good few weeks ago but this has been very short notice for us and as most of the major cast members have also been recalled for filming we are very grateful that Michael Trevino has got the all clear to appear this coming weekend. Their manager has tried all weekend to persuade the Studio to allow the guys to come even for one day but has been unsuccessful.
The CW has been showcasing these cool cast interview videos on cwtv.com for a few weeks now, in which each actor analyzes their character and speculates what might be in store for them in the second season of Vampire Diaries. (We were waiting to blog ‘em ’til they showed up on YouTube, but that obviously isn’t going to happen any time soon.) The interviews happened during the filming of Founder’s Day, which makes them a treat considering we’re not sure the actors knew what was coming.
Still no Truth Behind Alaric video or (dare we hope?) one for Katherine, but U.S. viewers can check those posted so far over at the CW.
Here’s a direct link to each “The Truth Behind…” video on CWtv.com:
- The Truth Behind Elena: Nina Dobrev interview
- The Truth Behind Stefan: Paul Wesley interview
- The Truth Behind Damon: Ian Somerhalder interview
- The Truth Behind Tyler: Michael Trevino interview
- The Truth Behind Jeremy: Steven R. McQueen interview
- The Truth Behind Bonnie: Katerina Graham interview
- The Truth Behind Caroline: Candice Accola interview
- The Truth Behind Matt: Zach Roerig interview
- The Truth Behind Jenna: Sara Canning interview
Sorry to be the bearer of bad news, folks, but it looks like Paul Wesley has had to cancel his previously scheduled appearance at Dragon*Con in Atlanta, which happens this weekend. If you’re still heading to the Con, Rob Pralgo (the late Mayor Lockwood) will be in attendance, and it looks like Vampire Diaries will have a few panels throughout the weekend (thanks, @mrsoshimbo). You can download an event program from the official Dragon*Con website.
We know this made a lot of Bloodlines: Insurgence ticket holders on Twitter nervous this morning, but as far as we know and can tell, the Sept. 10-12 con in London is still a go for Paul, Ian Somerhalder, and Michael Trevino. The minute we hear anything different, we will absolutely let you know.
Candice Accola, Michael Trevino and Sara Canning are featured together in the September issue of NYLON Magazine talking about their characters on the Vampire Diaries. Head on over to our gallery to find the readable-sized version.
With thanks to Michael Trevino for the scan!
Feast your eyes on promo of your entire cast, Vampire Diaries fans. Everyone gets the portrait treatment in this new series of wonderfully moody, autumnal Season 2 photos. You can check them all out below or click each to see bigger versions in the Gallery. Thanks to KrypstonSite for the heads up and the always wonderful Vampire Diaries Web for the HQ images!
Season 2 starts Thursday, September 9th! Be there.
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Thanks to I Heart Vampire Diaries and Snowvamp for the heads up this: Alan Murphy of Ireland’s Galway Bay FM radio interviewed Michael Trevino during filming of episode 203, and Michael chats about Lockwoods, location, and ladies. (Someone has a crush on Kate Beckinsale – is this surprising, what with her history of crushing on werewolves n’ all?) He also talks about his upcoming film, The Factory, which stars John Cusack. Take a listen to all 10 minutes below!
There’s a great season two and Tyler-centric interview with Michael Trevino over at TV Fanatic, touching on the subject of playing the supernatural, wolves, developing the character of Tyler, his relationship with Mason Lockwood, and what we can expect for Tyler in upcoming episodes.
What else can we look forward to this season?
We’re filming episode three right now, and I can tell you that there is a lot of Lockwood going around. We’re seeing the day-to-day of Tyler, and a lot of scenes take place in my house now. That didn’t happen in season one. I don’t think we got to know Tyler as whole, just an angry, bully of a kid in season one. Now, we’ll be able to see Tyler when he’s calm and not trying to pick a fight with somebody. Episode three is a big episode. There’s something really important that Tyler realizes and there’s a big revelation for Tyler.
And as if a shiny season 2 trailer wasn’t enough for today, KSiteTV posted a couple of Vampire Diaries images – a decent quality version of that new promo with Elena holding hands with Stefan and Damon, and another still from The Return. Click on the images to check out the larger versions in our gallery.
We see trouble on the way… Late last night/early this morning, Michael Trevino posted an eerie shot of the woods, along with what we’re pretty sure is confirmation that Season 2′s third episode is titled Bad Moon Rising. He definitely confirmed the ep’s director, Patrick Norris, who has worked on Friday Night Lights, Chuck, and Gossip Girl, amongst many other shows.
As far as we can tell, this new Season 2 footage was included in the CW’s preview program of its upcoming show roster. It’s a rollercoaster ride of a 20 seconds, so hang on tight. Thanks to The Vampire Diaries: Blood Falls.
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.