Looking for a little taster of what’s to come in House of the Rising Son (EP102) at 8/7c tonight? Joseph Morgan talks about Klaus, family, New Orleans, and how alcohol is an excellent bargaining chip.
TV Guide‘s Robyn Ross returns with a new Vampire Diaries Bite this week and this time she talks The Killer (EP405), tonight’s all-new episode, with guest star Todd Williams, who plays (the very determined and bad ass) Connor.
Entertainment Weekly also caught up with Todd Williams to talk about tonight’s episode:
ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: Connor is a character who, at the moment, is very easy to dislike. Is there something in his backstory that would surprise us?
TODD WILLIAMS: That’s what this episode is about, basically shedding some light as to why Connor’s doing what he’s doing. It’s not as black and white as, Oh, vampires. I want to kill ‘em. That’s it. There’s definitely a story there, and this episode makes him a little more three-dimensional, just in terms of his humanity.
And yesterday, TV journalists screened The Killer with Julie Plec, Todd Williams, and Michael Narducci. Check out various teases (beware spoilers!) below:
- CeleBuzz: ‘Vampire Diaries’ EP Julie Plec Teases Caroline Vs. Hayley, Plus 6 More Scoops From ‘The Killer’
- The Examiner: ‘TVD’s’ Julie Plec, Todd Williams & Michael Narducci tease ‘The Killer’
- KSiteTV: Vampire Diaries: Eight Things About “The Killer”
- Zap2It: ‘The Vampire Diaries’ spoilers: 6 things to know about ‘The Killer’
The CW sent out screeners for the first two episodes of Vampire Diaries Season 4 – Growing Pains (EP401) and Memorial (EP402) - and bloggers are teasing the hell out of what we can expect. WARNING: While no major twists are spoiled in these teaser articles, they do contain details some may consider spoiler-y. Read at your own risk! Click the headlines to read the full articles. Note: We’ll add more teaser posts here as they pop up.
In a lot of ways, it feels like the love triangle is being relaunched. Instead of rehashing the old I-don’t-know-how-I-feel stuff, Elena’s new “condition” leads to new problems and new connections between her and the Salvatore boys.
One thing I will definitely praise The Vampire Diaries for is it remembers its roots, and it remembers the characters that made a lot of it come together. A different show might forget characters like Aunt Jenna, Lexi, Anna, or Alaric, but not this one. The second episode in particular is willing to look back at The Vampire Diaries’ past while still looking forward, which is rewarding to this longtime viewer while at the same time not alienating a new one.
Elena is understandably horrified by the possibility of becoming a vampire at the beginning of the episode, despite acknowledging that her potential transition is a better situation than Matt being dead. She goes through all of the expected stages of the transition, including a strong desire for blood, heightened senses and wacky emotions.
The premiere sees a major power shift in Mystic Falls’ government.
We already knew that Bonnie was going to do everything she could to attempt to stop Elena’s transition into a vampire, but how far she really goes is amazing. The girl gives literally everything she has to help her friend, no matter the repercussions are for her use dark magic.
A select number of media outlets were invited to a round table interview with Vampire Diaries’ Michael Trevino today and he had some very interesting things to say about recent developments between Tyler and Caroline and…someone else, the lengths Tyler is willing to go to set things right in tomorrow night’s episode, and even who he’d like to see Tyler hook up with should he and Caroline be on the outs forever. Read (and watch!) the entire interviews at the below websites, but be cautioned there are spoilers for The New Deal (EP310), Our Town (EP311) and The Ties That Bind (EP312).
“At the end of last week’s episode we find out that as much free will as Tyler thinks he has, that sire bond is really a lot stronger than anybody could have imagined, so much so that he literally bites Caroline. But unwillingly. He’s as shocked as her. He’s like ‘How did I do that? Why did I do that?’ The sire bond is something not to be taken lightly,” Trevino says.
“It’s possible [there is no way to break the sire bond],” Trevino teased. “We don’t know for sure, but we know there are steps we have to do to get to that if you want to try. And it’s not the easiest process, but Tyler’s going to try.”
He’s ready for a fight with Klaus if it comes down to it. “I would like a showdown. I know Julie [Plec] would write something epic. It’d be really good. Plus, just for me, with any kind of showdown, it’s great to work with a great actor, and Joseph’s pretty solid,” he jokes.
So many things will definitely be changing for Mystic Falls’ number two hybrid, but Trevino assured EW that one essential thing would always remain the same: “Tyler is shirtless [tomorrow night], believe it or not,” he laughed. “Tyler is shirtless.”
Question: Joseph Morgan recently mentioned that he’d like to see Klaus have a love interest on Vampire Diaries. Is this happening anytime soon? —Amy
Ausiello: Morgan is getting his wish! While Plec wouldn’t tell us if the lucky (or maybe not so lucky?) lady is someone we’ve met before, she did confirm “someone will catch Klaus’ eye very soon.”
Zap2It has their own preview of this week’s episode, The New Deal (EP310):
We’ll find out much more about siring and what it means to Tyler that Klaus is his sire — he’ll even explain the key differences between compulsion and siring. (Sort of. Let’s just say the line is a little blurry.)
And TV.com‘s Price Peterson tweeted out a The New Deal tease that may interest fans of The Vampire Diaries book series:
This week’s ep of #TVD marks the first time I’ve ever regretted not reading the books.
Make of that what you will (and speculate in the comments)!
One week out from the return of The Vampire Diaries on January 5th and there are teases galore about what we can expect from The New Deal (EP310) on January 5th. Following up KSiteTV‘s Ten Things About The New Deal from yesterday, TV Overmind and The Examiner’s TV Insider chime in with their own thoughts after previewing the full episode. Warning: Minor spoilers!
Jeremy angrily declares what may turn out to be true. After they all become aware of the lengths Klaus will go to in order to retrieve his family members, Jeremy wisely suggests they skip town. “None of us are gonna make it out of this town alive”, he concludes. One has to wonder whether that will turn out to be true in the end. With The Vampire Diaries, you never know.
The Examiner’s TV Insider: The Vampire Diaries’ The New Deal Spoilers
Strip a man– or a vampire, or a hybrid, whatever– of the ones he loves, and he spirals. What that looks like depends on the individual involved, and in the case of “The New Deal” and Klaus, it looks like sticking around Mystic Falls to torment and threaten, and yes, brood, until he gets what he wants. But he isn’t the only one spiraling when The Vampire Diaries returns.
And TV Guide‘s Robyn Ross chats with Executive Producer Julie Plec about that ever-present tension between Elena and Damon and how Elena herself will respond to new threats against her loved ones (and it may – or may not – surprise you.)
“Elena realizes that in order to survive and in order to protect the people she loves the most, sometimes she has to behave more like Katherine than Elena, and sometimes a dark choice needs to be made, a violent act needs to be enacted and it’s troubling for her,” Plec says. “So who is she really at her core? She’s clearly not the girl-next-door do-gooder, she never has been.”
Screeners for the January 5th episode of The Vampire Diaries, The New Deal (EP310), were sent to select TV bloggers/reporters today, and KSiteTV has a (mildly spoilery) preview of what TVD fans can expect when the show returns next week.
7. Shippers will be happy. Which shippers? The CW gods said not to tell… but I can say at least three fan-groups get to see their favorite characters interacting. The choice of names that Klaus lists as “Elena’s loved ones” is also particularly interesting. And some shippers might want to get their screen-capturing software handy.
Ready for another look at Thursday’s episode, Disturbing Behavior? Julie Plec has once again given us all a preview! Watch the clip below to get ready for Thursday night!
Who’s ready for another taste of The End Of The Affair? Julie Plec was kind enough to give us another little glimpse into tomorrow night’s episode, featuring our first look at Claire Holt as Rebekah! Watch the clip below and then get ready for Paul Wesley in a tux tomorrow night!
As we mentioned last night, there was a press screening of The Last Day (tonight’s new episode of The Vampire Diaries) yesterday at the CW, along with a Q&A with Julie Plec, Michael Trevino, Steven R. McQueen, Kat Graham, Joseph Morgan, and Daniel Gillies. We expect to see more reviews popping up, but here are a few articles to prepare you for the gasp-worthy hour we’re in for tonight. We’ll add to this post as more reviews come in and we’ll be compiling info that’s not specific to The Last Day in another post.
2. Elena will be faced with her mortality: With the full moon ritual upon them, Stefan (Paul Wesley) decides to show Elena what she’ll miss if she dies. However, she’ll make a declaration so unexpected that, executive producer Julie Plec says, it will set the series apart from Twilight once and for all.
“[Damon's] got issues,” Plec said. “This thing he’s done to Elena, it’s sort of lesson learned. It’s that, you can love someone with all of the power in your soul, but you still have to remember who they are and what they want. We sort of talked about it as a coma patient on life support, like, ‘What were their instructions…and do you keep them on life support because you can’t say good-bye or do you give them their wish?’ That’s the difference right now between Stefan and Damon: Stefan sees that in love you have to take the other person’s wishes into consideration, and Damon, because he’s been so screwed in the head by love and it’s his Achilles heel, ["The Last Day"] episode is about him learning that lesson.”
Michael Trevino (who returns to Vampire Diaries with a new attitude this Thursday at 8/7c) was also on hand to chat with the press, and gave a tiny tease that may have actually revealed Tyler’s fate. “It’s like Tyler went through army boot camp,” he said of his slightly more subdued character. “I wanted to switch it up, but only subtly.”
In addition to Tyler’s return, we’ll also see Damon make a decision that changes the dynamic of the central love triangle significantly. We’ve been sworn to secrecy, so we’ll just say that a gasp rang through the room full of journalists and cast members when we saw the scene.
We’ll also say that we’ve never loved Elena more than we do by the time this episode draws to its cliffhanger ending. Trust us, you don’t want to miss this episode, so tune in to The CW at 8 p.m. on Thursday night.
One MORE thing: There’s more than one “I-did-not-see-that-coming” moment tonight. That’s probably to be expected from TVD, but just be warned. What you think will happen, is probably not what is going to happen. I credit the Vampire Diaries writing team with keeping it real and having the ability to surprise us constantly.