There’s a lot to parse from last night’s Vampire Diaries Season 5 finale, but before we get to the handful of Julie Plec’s teases for Season 6, some excellent news: According to Julie, via Entertainment Weekly, Michael Malarkey has been promoted to series regular for Season 6. Enzo will be back. Huzzah!
And here’s a spoiler-filled post-mortem roundup courtesy of Julie, who clears up some foggy moments from last night’s finale and hints at what we can expect when The Vampire Diaries returns in Fall 2014:
- Entertainment Weekly: ‘Vampire Diaries’ season finale: EP Julie Plec answers burning questions
- TV Line: Post Mortem: Vampire Diaries Boss on the [spoiler]Bonnie/Damon[/spoiler] ‘Mystery,’ [spoiler]Alaric’s[/spoiler] Struggle, Stefan’s Journey and More Season 6 Scoop
- The Hollywood Reporter: ‘Vampire Diaries’ Boss on Season 6 ‘Reset’: ‘Everybody Gets to Start Over’ (Q&A)
- TV Guide: Vampire Diaries’ Julie Plec on [spoiler]Damon and Bonnie[/spoiler]’s Fate, [spoiler]Magic-less[/spoiler] Mystic Falls and More
In case you haven’t seen last night’s Vampire Diaries, Man On Fire (EP519), let’s just say some stuff went down. Journalists were invited to a pre-screening of the episode, followed by a Q&A with Ian Somerhalder and executive producer Caroline Dries during which they discussed the ep itself and what’s to come in the final three (!!!) episodes of Season 5. Obviously, beware spoilers!
Here’s a teaser via TV Guide:
What’s next for the group?
Dries: Pushing towards the finale, they have a united cause because the Travelers are trying to rip away their home and this is something they rally around. The question is: What will happen to Bonnie and our friends who are over there [on the Other Side]? Do they just go away like Vicki (Kayla Ewell) did? These things are spiraling out of control around them and … when you see the finale, this giant thing happens. We’re breaking Season 6 and we start with everyone in a different orbit in a way. Season 6 will be a lot of bringing people back together [and] picking up the pieces.
- TV Guide – Vampire Diaries Boss on Enzo’s Next Move, the Fate of the Other Side and Three Major Deaths
- TV Fanatic – The Vampire Diaries Spoilers: Ghost Villains, Traveler Threats & Three Real Deaths
- The Hollywood Reporter – ‘Vampire Diaries’ Boss, Ian Somerhalder on Enzo’s Revenge and Damon’s New ‘Hell’
- Zap2It – ‘The Vampire Diaries’: Ian Somerhalder, Caroline Dries reveal a twist on the big death
- TV Line – Post Mortem: Vampire Diaries Boss on [Spoiler]’s Next Move, Bonnie’s Lies, Tyler’s Fate and More
- Entertainment Weekly – ‘Vampire Diaries’: [Spoiler] is dead but far from gone, plus producer Caroline Dries teases season 5 finale
After a press screening yesterday of tonight’s new episode of The Vampire Diaries, Man on Fire (EP519), actor Ian Somerhalder and EP Caroline Dries spoke with reporters about both the episode and the rest of the season – only a few episodes to go! So everything will be calm and happy, right? Heh. Beware of semi-spoilery teases, and we’ll add more links as they’re published, so check back later!
- Ian Somerhalder: Michael Malarkey Brings ‘Fresh Perspective’ to ‘The Vampire Diaries’ [Access Hollywood]
- THE VAMPIRE DIARIES: Caroline Dries Previews ‘Man on Fire,’ Plus 5 Teases About the Hour [Give Me My Remote]
- ‘Vampire Diaries’ EP, Ian Somerhalder on Romantic ‘Purgatory’ and ‘Giant’ Finale [The Hollywood Reporter]
- ‘Vampire Diaries” Ian Somerhalder and EP Caroline Dries Talk Big Changes Ahead [HitFix]
Tonight’s much-anticipated return of The Vampire Diaries marks Paul Wesley‘s directorial debut with Resident Evil (EP518). Congratulations, Paul! He’s been making the rounds with the press in honor of the occasion, so we’ve got a whole lot of reading for you to help pass the time until the episode. If we find more interviews, we’ll add them on, so check back later! And make sure you tune in to the CW tonight at 8/7c for the episode!
- Paul Wesley Sinks His Fangs Into Directing ‘The Vampire Diaries’ [Wall Street Journal]
- ‘The Vampire Diaries’: Director Paul Wesley explains why he nixed a shirtless moment in this week’s episode [Entertainment Weekly]
- The Vampire Diaries’ Paul Wesley: Directorial Debut Addresses the Future of Stefan and Elena [TV Guide]
- ‘The Vampire Diaries’: Paul Wesley makes his directorial debut with ‘nostalgic’ episode filled with easter eggs [Zap2it]
- ‘Vampire Diaries’: Paul Wesley on ‘Daunting’ Directorial Debut and Unexpected Hiccups [The Hollywood Reporter]
- THE VAMPIRE DIARIES: Paul Wesley on His Directorial Debut [Give Me My Remote]
Couldn’t make it to PaleyFest? We’ve got you covered with plenty of links to pictures and coverage from the weekend’s events. Enjoy! (And more coverage may be trickling in this week, so check back later for additions!)
- PaleyFest 2014: THE ORIGINALS and THE VAMPIRE DIARIES Panel Photos [Give Me My Remote]
The Vampire Diaries
- 5 Mini Vampire Diaries Teases [TV Guide]
- ‘Vampire Diaries’ Stars and EPs Reveal Season 5 Secrets [The Hollywood Reporter]
- Vampire Diaries @ PaleyFest: ‘Hope For Stelena,’ Katherine’s Possible Return and More Scoop [TVLine]
- THE VAMPIRE DIARIES: Caroline Dries on the ‘Linchpin’ in the Mythology, Bonnie’s Crisis, the Triangle, and More [Give Me My Remote]
- THE VAMPIRE DIARIES: Ian Somerhalder on What’s Next For Damon and Elena [Give Me My Remote]
- THE VAMPIRE DIARIES: Nina Dobrev on Losing Katherine, Elena’s Troubles, and More [Give Me My Remote]
- On the Red Carpet’s video interviews: Ian Somerhalder, Nina Dobrev, Paul Wesley, Paul Wesley on directing
- The Originals @ PaleyFest: Claire Holt Explains Her Exit, Plus Scoop on Elijah’s ‘Unraveling’ [TVLine]
- The Originals: Claire Holt Sets Record Straight on Why She Left [TV Guide]
- THE ORIGINALS: Daniel Gillies on Elijah/Hayley, Klaus’ Betrayal, and More [Give Me My Remote]
- THE ORIGINALS: Julie Plec on the Possibility of Rebekah Returning via Flashbacks — or to THE VAMPIRE DIARIES (Video Below) [Give Me My Remote]
- On the Red Carpet’s video interviews: Joseph Morgan, Leah Pipes, Danielle Campbell, Phoebe Tonkin, Daniel Gillies, Charles Michael Davis
The Originals is back tonight and everyone wants to talk to Joseph Morgan. The actor told E!News that the show will be entering new territory soon.
“The next three episodes are all kind of part of the same story and trying to resolve the issue of this secret that was kept by Marcel and Rebekah from me, from Klaus,” Morgan previews. “I felt like they’re the best episodes we’ve done. We’re just really finding our tone now and it’s becoming a little more of a frightening show I think, which is good, because these are frightening creatures.”
The Hollywood Reporter also spoke with Joseph and he offered some insight into the Original siblings complicated relationship.
“They’re three adults in a world of children,” he says of Klaus, Rebekah and Elijah’s outlook. “They are absolutely desperately in love with each other and utterly bored of each other. They hate each other but love each other at the same time. Nobody will be able to understand them as much as they understand each other, so I think it’s an incredibly conflicted relationship that’s very needy and dysfunctional.”
OKAY? OKAY. If you’re jonesing for some insight and teases following last night’s epic 100th episode, behold! A list! Julie Plec talks about what went down in the 100th episode, how those events could reverberate throughout the rest of Season 5, and more.
OODLES OF SPOILERS AT THESE LINKS! Beware if you haven’t watched last night’s episode yet. But here’s a non-spoilery comment from Julie’s Q&A with The Hollywood Reporter:
We have a lot of stories to tell, which is the good news, so there doesn’t need to be an ultimate end date. I think we will keep going as long as we have good stories to tell and as long as people who work on the show want to stay with us and tell us good stories. When the stories start disintegrating into those pitches that we swore we’d never get to unless we were desperate, then we’ll try to wrap it up. But those decisions come with a lot of people’s input — a lot of people’s opinions so we shall see.
- THE HOLLYWOOD REPORTER: ‘Vampire Diaries’ Boss on [spoiler]Katherine’s Shocking Fate[/spoiler]: Things Will Get Tricky (Q&A)
- TV LINE: Post Mortem: Vampire Diaries Boss on Caroline’s Surprise, [spoiler]Katherine’s Plan[/spoiler] and Bonnie’s Future
- E!ONLINE: The Vampire Diaries: Julie Plec Dishes on 100th Episode Shockers (and Hookups!), Previews “Painful” Fallout
- ZAP2IT: ‘The Vampire Diaries’ 100th episode: Julie Plec breaks down [spoiler]the Klaroline hookup, Katherine’s sneaky twist[/spoiler] and more
- TV GUIDE: Vampire Diaries’ Julie Plec on 100 Episodes, [spoiler]Crafty Katherine[/spoiler] and Damon’s Downward Spiral
And here are a few leftover links TVD100 links from yesterday. First up, a must-read piece at Entertainment Weekly about TVD Writer’s Room debates, big and small:
The cure was something Plec and Williamson thought up before they even wrote one word of the series. When the decision was made to turn Elena, they knew they needed to be able to cure her. But four years later, they weren’t so sure she was the one they wanted to cure anymore. “When Kevin and I first started talking about it it was Elena, of course. And then it was Jose Molina, who was our writer during season 4 who said, ‘But if you start the season searching for a cure for Elena and then you end the season and you cure her, then isn’t that kind of a buzz kill because you accomplished the exact thing you set out to do and don’t you just generally want to twist that?’”
- BUZZFEED: “The Vampire Diaries” Welcomes Back A Familiar Face For The 100th Episode
- TV FANATIC: The Vampire Diaries Stars Celebrate 100 Episodes, Share Favorite Moments
More hints and cast reflections on TVD’s 100th episode. From what Kat Graham tells Zap2it, we’re in for something special.
“I definitely think the fans are going to lose their minds,” Graham tells Zap2it. “I think the fans are going to be in ecstasy when they watch it, and I don’t think I’ve ever used that word. There are some things that happen in the 100th episode that are going to make a couple people stand on their couches and scream at their TV, ‘Yes, yes, yes!’ That’s how I’ll explain the 100th episode. I’m like, ‘We’re doing what, they’re letting who do who? What, what?’ So it’s great. It’s exciting. It’s a celebration, definitely.”
Speaking of losing our minds, they spoke to Candice Accola, too.
“It’s interesting how their relationship built over the past couple of seasons, because it’s almost like she hated him so much that she didn’t know if she wanted to just grab him by the throat and throw him through a door, or just like kiss him,” Accola says. “I think that was the awesome tension that the fans really loved about their chemistry, because you just couldn’t tell — is she gonna smack him or throw her arms around him?”
“I’d love to come back,” Buzolic says. “If the opportunity to come back did present itself, I’d jump at it.”
Michael Trevino wouldn’t say specifically whether or not Tyler will make it back for the episode, but he does offer hope to all the fans who are crossing their fingers for returning favorites:
“I’ve heard there might be some familiar faces in the 100th episode,” Trevino says. “I mean, that’s a milestone! You would try to incorporate as many people as you can. And as you know on ‘The Vampire Diaries,’ nobody’s really dead. People are ghosts, there’s flashbacks, so I wouldn’t be surprised if we saw people from the past.”
The Hollywood Reporter spoke with a whole bunch of people, including Nina Dobrev, Ian Somerhalder, Paul Wesley, Kevin Williamson, and Julie Plec, about the early days of the show and reaching this milestone:
WILLIAMSON: I had been telling Julie that I wanted to do 24. If we do a slow, melodramatic soap opera about vampires, it’s going to be boring. The audience is going to be jumping ahead so fast. They’re texting while they’re watching your TV show. You’ve got to give them a twist, a turn. The end of season one was a shining moment, when Katherine showed up and cut off Uncle John Gilbert’s fingers. My dad called up afterward and said, “That might be the best damn cliff-hanger I’ve ever seen.”
They also talked to Julie about 7 Things That Almost Changed the Series:
“No disrespect to Fell’s Church, but it felt very based in religion and spirituality, and we knew we didn’t want the show to be the kind of vampire show that’s just about heaven and hell and demons and the devil and God — that kind of thing,” Plec says. Interestingly, there was no story behind the name Mystic Falls: “We changed the name of the town arbitrarily.”
E!Online spoke with Julie about the saddest death, biggest twist, and more.
“Oh my god. For me, personally and on the show emotionally, it’s Alaric. Matt [Davis] is one of my favorites and it was really sad to see him go. It was really emotional for everyone to shoot as well because it felt like they were all standing there in that cemetery saying goodbye to him. It’s something no one really wanted to do, no one wanted to say goodbye to Alaric. It was right for the story, right for the character, and that one is always going to hurt my heart a little bit. But I love all my deaths equally.”
Last but not least, Buzzfeed lists their take on TVD’s 17 Most Shocking Moments.
Caroline Dries was all over the place today dropping tidbits about tonight’s Vampire Diaries mid-season finale, Fifty Shades of Grayson (EP510). Think stuff is going down? We think stuff might be going down. Here’s a taster Dries gave The Hollywood Reporter:
This is an interesting season because usually there is one clear goal Elena and the others are working toward, but this time, there seems to be several different arcs, first with Silas and now Augustine.
That was intentional. We’re five seasons in — we learn a little bit every season — and last year was the season of the cure, the year before that was the moonstone and the sacrifice. When we found that we were stretching that out over 22 or 23 episodes, the mythology gets so dense and hijinks-y that the audience is like, “Wait, what?!” So we were like why don’t we break things down into chapters, a little cleaner, so we’re not having springs pop out of our ears every time we’re pitching something to the studio or the network or the audience. That’s what we’re trying to do. We wrapped up the doppelganger thing with Silas and Amara, but the travelers are still around in the ether. They still have an agenda that they haven’t carried out yet. Not to say things won’t come back that we haven’t seen. They certainly will. But it’s more about trying to make the stories have a beginning, middle and end. Have a conclusion.
- Entertainment Weekly: ‘The Vampire Diaries’: Caroline Dries previews Enzo’s return, a Damon-Grayson ‘parallel’, and a ‘beautiful scene’ for Stefan and Katherine
- Zap2It: ‘The Vampire Diaries’ EP Caroline Dries talks Damon’s revenge, Delena’s future and more
- The Hollywood Reporter: ‘Vampire Diaries’ EP on Fall Finale: ‘It Will Have Massive Effects’ on Show (Q&A)
- TV Fanatic: The Vampire Diaries Producer Teases Augustine Vampire, Statherine & Klaus’ Return
- HitFix: ‘Vampire Diaries” scribe Caroline Dries talks Damon, Enzo ‘tension’
Crossover alert! There’s been a lot of speculation about whether or not there will be any traffic between Mystic Falls and New Orleans, and as Entertainment Weekly exclusively confirmed last week, Michael Trevino will be the first to make the trip. Tyler Lockwood will be heading South to The Originals, and everybody has questions about it.
“The crossover is happening very soon,” Plec teased. “I’m fairly certain we will see our first glimpse of Tyler before November is over. It will answer a couple of questions, one of which is at least answering the first piece of the mystery of the protective wolf.”
- Inside ‘The Originals’ & ‘TVD’ Crossover Ep [ETOnline]
- The Originals: Plec & Narducci Talk About The Vampire Diaries Crossover [KSiteTV]
- The Vampire Diaries EP: Tyler to Shake Up The Originals ‘Before November Is Over’ [TVLine]
- ‘The Originals’ Producer Promises ‘Vampire Diaries’ Crossover Will ‘Shake Things Up’ [The Hollywood Reporter]