We’re a little late with this, apologies, but The VRO is already a week into their annual Vampire Diaries Month of May – a solid month of Vampire Diaries cast and guest star interviews on BlogTalkRadio.
Tonight, May 8th, Susan Walters (Carol Lockwood) kicks things off at 8pm and Steven R. McQueen calls in at 9pm to chat about Season 3 and Jeremy Gilbert.
Here’s who has already stopped by, just to catch you up (all interviews are available to listen to in full):
- May 2nd: Persia White (Abby Bennett)
- May 2nd: Robert Ri’chard (Jamie)
- May 7th: Alice Evans (Esther)
- May 7th: Marguerite MacIntyre (Sheriff Forbes)
All upcoming scheduled interviews (and we have it on good authority more are coming and to be announced, so follow @TheVRO for the latest!):
- May 8th, 8pm ET: Susan Walters (Carol Lockwood)
- May 8th, 9pm ET: Steven R. McQueen (Jeremy Gilbert)
- May 14th, 8pm ET: Casper Zafer (Finn)
UPDATE: The VRO has just announced that TVD Executive Producer Julie Plec will be a guest on Friday, May 11th.
We haven’t seen much of everyone’s favorite sheriff in recent episodes, but if you’re missing her, Assignment X has just the thing for you: An interview with Marguerite MacIntyre herself. She discusses what it’s like filming with people playing vampires, what she’d do if she were actually sheriff of Mystic Falls, and the universality of her storyline with Caroline:
“I think that’s one of the sweetest storylines. I love that storyline. It was beautiful and – I’m not a parent, but I think every parent, or every kid with their parent, has that issue. There’s something that the parent may not approve of or that you don’t approve of, whatever it might be – it could be almost anything. And I think that was one of the most passionate, thoughtful storylines, to show somebody who they built up for three seasons as being very stalwart against this one thing [vampirism], having to accept it in her daughter and her daughter having to be brave enough to share it with the mother. And I just love that. I just thought it was beautiful. You can fill in the blank. You’re right – “dot, dot, dot,” it can be anything, any adjective you want, and it’s cool.”
I think we can all agree that the Grim Reaper pretty much lives in Mystic Falls. People die all over this town! They die at dances, at parties, in their houses and out in the woods. There’s so much death going around that a fair number of characters get to experience it multiple times in different ways! With all this wacky expiring going on, it’s high time we gave The Grim Reaper his due on a job well done and vote on the Best Death Scenes in Season 2.
Now, because there are so many awesomely dreadful demises to choose from, we’re splitting this up into two parts – major and minor characters. Which major player will take home the Golden Gravestone this week? Check out your choices below!
And here’s an added bonus: Leave a comment on this post that makes a case for your pick and you’ll be automatically entered to win a copy of A Visitor’s Guide to Mystic Falls: Your Favorite Authors on The Vampire Diaries (co-edited by us and Leah Wilson), courtesy of Smart Pop Books. You have until Tuesday, June 28th at midnight ET to have your comment count as an entry. We’ll also only be counting ONE comment per person, but feel free to discuss away in the comments.
EDIT: Egads! I forgot Caroline! Commenters who pointed this out, you’re totally right! She’s definitely a major character and she did die in Season 2, she should absolutely have been on this list. My only excuse is that I’m so focused on keeping Caroline alive forever that my brain shies away from associating her with death in any way. You should be able to vote for her now if you want to, I apologize profusely for leaving her out.
All of us have that one character we feel just doesn’t get their proper due – so now’s the time to be loud and proud. Who was the Most Underrated Character of Vampire Diaries Season 2? Who deserves more recognition for who they are and what they do? Whose Season 2 efforts – be they main cast or guest star – have been so wrongfully overlooked by fandom? We’re excluding characters featured in the Season 2 MVP post so we can highlight the other vampires, witches, werewolves, and humans who had an impact this season. Pick THREE characters you feel were woefully underrated.
NOTE: Don’t confuse “underrated” with “underused.” That’s an entirely different poll!
And here’s an added bonus: Leave a comment on this post that makes a case for your picks and you’ll be automatically entered to win a copy of A Visitor’s Guide to Mystic Falls: Your Favorite Authors on The Vampire Diaries (co-edited by us and Leah Wilson), courtesy of Smart Pop Books. You have until Tuesday, June 21st at midnight ET to have your comment count as an entry. We’ll also only be counting ONE comment per person, but feel free to discuss away in the comments.
We’ve already posted a few stills from The Last Dance, but now we have a whole load more (and a couple of behind the scenes images) featuring Damon, Caroline, Matt, and Liz Forbes. Thanks to the always awesome Vampire Diaries Web – you can see the super hi-res versions over in their gallery.
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?
Oh, webclips, how we have missed thee. It’s a sure sign that the hiatus is almost over when the CW posts Vampire Diaries webclips for the following week’s episode on Fridays. Less than a week left, guys! Until then, enjoy these clips from “A Few Good Men”.
William Keck over at TV Guide Magazine has some Vampire Diaries factoids and spoilers about the upcoming episode, “A Few Good Men”. The factoid? Marguerite MacIntyre (Sheriff Forbes), Susan Walters (Mrs. Lockwood) and Melinda Clarke (Kelly Donovan) have all appeared as Jerry’s girlfriends on sitcom Seinfeld. The spoilers? Are spoilerific, so mouseover or highlight to read them:
All three of Jerry’s exes pop up in Melinda’s first episode, titled “A Few Good Men,” in which Sheriff Forbes asks Damon to participate in a bachelor auction officiated by Mrs. Lockwood. Beyond that, executive producer Julie Plec says that Matt’s mess of a mom will interfere in his relationship with Caroline, while Caroline’s mother will reveal to Damon why Alaric Saltzman really came to town. As for Tyler’s cougar mom, she’ll cope with her husband’s infidelity by trying to sink her claws into Damon.
While we wait (im)patiently for an official synopsis and some episode stills from “A Few Good Men” to pop up, we’ve got some more stills from “Children of the Damned” for you to ogle at. We may have seen the episode already, but the stills really do let you appreciate the amazing detail that went into these costumes. Roll on the final flashback of the season, we say.
Some behind the scenes goodness for you from “The Turning Point”. Just in case you needed a reminder of the last episode before the next episode of the Vampire Diaries, “Bloodlines”, airs on the 21st. ;) Click the images to see bigger versions in our Gallery.
The population of Mystic Falls is shaping up! Buckle up – we have a chunk of casting info for you today, confirmed by a reliable source:
Marguerite MacIntyre, perhaps best known for her role as Nicole Trager on Kyle XY, has been cast as Sheriff Forbes in The Vampire Diaries. Yes, that’s right, Caroline’s mother is the Mystic Falls sheriff. How kick ass is it to have a woman be the face of The Law in this particular town? Very.
Chris Johnson, of South Beach, will be Logan Fell (formerly known as Logan Mills in the casting call posted some days back). If you’ve read the books, you know why we’re particularly intrigued by this new character.
And we’re happy to say that despite his lack of mention in the official CW press release, Chris William Martin is still kicking around the Salvatore Boarding House as Zach, probably in a very snazzy sweater.