Claire Holt answers a variety of questions from Screen Spy about all things Rebekah in Season 4, including what high school is going to be like for her now that she’s alienated pretty much everyone she knows.
Screen Spy: How hard is it going to be for Rebekah to hold her head up and continue on in High School this year? She’s been ostracized by so many people at this point.
Claire Holt: She’s going to try to put up a bit of a wall and pretend it doesn’t affect her. She’s going to play that mean girl card. But it’s all an act. Obviously, being ostracized like that is going to be incredibly tough for her. There’s going to be some fun elements to it. She can’t really decide what she wants. One minute she doesn’t care. She wants to be the tough bad girl, and the next she really doesn’t, so there will definitely be that dynamic. I got to do some really fun scenes where that whole aspect is played up. [laughing] It’s great!
Phoebe Tonkin shared a few things with TVLine about her incoming character, Haley, and what waves she might be making in Mystic Falls, specifically with one Tyler Lockwood. Spoiler alert!
“All we know is that they were friends and that they went through something big together, so they have a special bond because of that,” replies the actress. “So they were just good friends. But I don’t know if, at the beginning, Caroline thinks that.”
Caroline Dries spoke with The New York Post about tonight’s season premiere. As we know, a big issue in tonight’s episode is Elena’s new condition and where the characters go from where we left off in the Season 3 finale.
Caroline Dries gives us some info about the general themes in tonight’s episode, so beware of spoilers if you’re trying to go in totally blind.
“Elena has made it very clear she does not want to be a vampire — she thinks it’s the worst thing that could happen to her,” Dries says.
The TV Chick has 5 things to know about Season 4, and we feel obliged to pass on #5, especially:
So many emotions: Prepare yourselves, folks. Get your tissue boxes ready. The first two episodes have some moments in them that made me tear up the way Parenthood does on a regular basis. The first two episodes of the season are some of the best storytelling of the entire series, and they contain some of the most emotionally resonant moments of the series. Don’t say I didn’t warn you properly.
The CW has released the official synopsis for The Vampire Diaries: The Five (EP404), airing Thursday, November 1st on the CW. Highlight for spoilers:
A FRAT PARTY AND A FLASHBACK TO 12TH CENTURY ITALY — Damon (Ian Somerhalder) goes with Elena (Nina Dobrev) and Bonnie (Kat Graham) to visit Whitmore College, where Professor Shane (guest star David Alpay, “The Borgias”) is taking over the Occult Studies classes formerly taught by Bonnie’s grandmother. At a fraternity costume party, Damon takes advantage of the wild scene to give Elena a lesson in choosing a victim. Rebekah’s (Claire Holt) attempt to buy Matt’s (Zach Roerig) forgiveness falls flat, but she is intrigued by unexpected news from Klaus (Joseph Morgan). When Stefan (Paul Wesley) questions Klaus about Connor’s (guest star Todd Williams) motives, Klaus reveals a long-ago encounter with a powerful group of vampire hunters, but it’s Rebekah who delivers the information that stuns Stefan.
The episode was written by Brett Matthews and Rebecca Sonnenshine and directed by Joshua Butler.
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.
Secret Circle fans aren’t the only ones who are looking forward to seeing Phoebe Tonkin on the Vampire Diaries cast this fall, we’re all pretty psyched that she’s heading for Mystic Falls. There’s been a lot of speculation about her role so far, and The Insider recently interviewed Phoebe to ask her about her character, working with Candice and Michael and telling pal Claire Holt about the new gig.
From the sound of it, she’ll fit in nicely, we strongly suspect that “no parental involvement” is a prerequisite for all extra curricular activities at MFHS.
Insider.com: What can you tell me about your character, Haley?
Phoebe: I like that she’s a world traveler, a bit of a tomboy, pretty ballsy and provocative, but not in the way Faye was on Secret Circle. I mean, she went out to manipulate and see what should could gain from people. Hayley just doesn’t have a filter. She didn’t really have parental figures in her life, and I like that kind of a person. I like that she’s tough and tries to keep up with the boys. That’s what I responded to when Julie [Plec, executive producer] first pitched the character to me.
Speaking of new characters, TV Guide revealed today that we’ll be seeing a couple of new Hybrids a few episodes into the season.
Blake Hood and Alyssa Diaz have been tapped to play his minions, TVGuide.com has learned exclusively.
MTV Hollywood Crush has an interesting chat with Daniel Gillies about the flashback episode of The Vampire Diaries he’s shooting for Season 4. In case you’d thought Elijah’s hair had revealed all of its secrets, Gillies assures us there will be yet another incarnation of the Original’s signature hairdo in the 11th century. Elijah’s coiffure aside, he does have plenty more to say on the subject of the Original family and why Elijah is an important force while Klaus is still in the picture.
“[Elijah is] going to be back, and what role do we expect him to play? I think Elijah brings order. Whenever he returns, s–t gets done,” Daniel explained. “He’s sort of the stabilizer. There’s always a shift in the equilibrium. I think he’s the only one who can truly sort of restrain his brother. I think he’s the only one with the dignity/lucidity to be able to strategize a way out of Mystic Falls and into some sort of sanctuary for their family. I’m not saying that’s what he’s going to do, I’m saying that’s what he’s capable of. I think if the family listened to Elijah, they’d be in an excellent place to position themselves in this very contemporary world that wants them all gone.”
October 11th and the new season of The Vampire Diaries creeps ever closer (okay, okay, it’s still a long way off) and info on what we can expect is filtering out in bite-size chunks. Zap2It reports that TVD Season 4 will be super-sized this season: 23 episodes (all previous season were 22 episodes). So that’s one extra episode of angst and cliffhangers and audience torture. Sounds good to us! Julie Plec also hints at Elena-Stefan-Damon triangle dynamics (it’s complicated!), just how far Klaus’s body-swap antics will play out (also complicated!), and confirms that Meredith Fell will have a bigger role to play in the new season:
Plec confirms that Meredith (Torrey DeVitto) will be a significant part of the fourth season. Though not a love interest, Meredith might be a stabilizing force for Damon. “Damon is minus a drinking buddy and minus a friend,” Plec says. “We’ve already established Meredith as a day-drinker, so if I was going to pick somebody out of a hat, to be Damon’s new drinking buddy, it would be Meredith. The question is whether she’s down with that. Is she okay with being his vampire-human partner in crime? I don’t think she’s going to be as easy to sway as Alaric was, but there’s going to be a buddy bond that forms between them, which will be fun.”
Need some more Season 4 intel to keep you going? Check out this interview with Julie Plec at Fanhattan, in which she discusses transitions, vampire hunters, and more. We won’t get into the (slightly spoilery) specifics, but she had an interesting comment on balancing the need for conflict with wanting characters to be happy:
“So I do think that there’s a potential for people to be happily in love. I just think that we’re not there yet. Honestly, I think that as much as anybody thinks they want something to go their way, after about five episodes, they might say, ‘Oh, what’s next.’ So we’re always trying to keep it fresh and keep it interesting and switch things up as much as possible.”
Need a little something to perk up your Monday? Entertainment Weekly has some Season 4 scoop for us, as well as some answers to a few frequently-asked questions about where things left off in last season’s finale. The teases cover everything from romance to murder, so it sounds like Season 4 will be kicking off in true Vampire Diaries style.
More Comic-Con goodness today! TV Fanatic has a set of individual interviews from the TVD cast members who convention, along with Julie Plec. Watch Julie’s below, and then click on each name below to see the cast interviews. As always: beware of spoilers!
Looks like there’s a new vampire hunter coming to Mystic Falls! Entertainment Weekly broke the news today that Todd Williams will be joining the the Vampire Diaries cast in the fall.
Actor Todd Williams (In Plain Sight, The Chicago Code) has been cast in a recurring role in the show’s upcoming fourth season of popular CW drama. His Van Helsing newcomer will first appear in the show’s second episode this fall. Expect Connor to be an imposing and lethal killing machine.