Many moons ago, The Vampire Diaries Season 2 finale, As I Lay Dying, lulled us into thinking we knew what was going on, and then soundly thumped us on the head with a double-whammy of WTFery that we’ve spent all summer recovering from. Sure, it may not have been the most explosive finale ever given The Sun Also Rises pretty much razed our souls, but the implications were astounding. Are you ready to watch Season 3 unfold, fandom? V3 lands tomorrow night at 8/7c.
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This time tomorrow night UK fans will be gearing up to watch the season 2 finale of the Vampire Diaries, As I Lay Dying. To celebrate the episode (though not the dreadful Summer hiatus afterwards), we’re teaming up with the awesome ITV2 to do a special giveaway for UK fans. The prize pack contains the rather spiffing poster to your left. And this isn’t just any poster, it’s a metre-high print on acryllic, and we’ve been assured that it’s heavy (so if you win, make sure you don’t hang it above anywhere your head spends much time, just sayin’). As well as the poster, we’re also throwing in a Vampire Diaries soundtrack and a set of the Stefan’s Diaries books. One lucky winner gets it all.
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And so it ends. It’s incredible to think how much has happened — how many lives lost, characters transformed, and game-changing moments occurred — since The Return in September. This finale, following the action-packed curse-breaking The Sun Also Rises, was much more of a denouement than last season’s finale, but As I Lay Dying not only resolved some lingering emotional threads, the episode left us with things we took for granted forever twisted, so we can spend the summer theorizing about the implications for our friends in Mystic Falls.
Joseph Morgan was featured on MTV’s The Seven this afternoon and he talks about how he envisions Klaus (both in the present and in flashback) and how he thinks fans won’t be disappointed in the season’s final moments.
Season finale time means new stills and behind the pictures and we’ve collected a few for you below. Click the images to see the full versions at their respective sites.
PopWrap‘s Jarett Wieselman chats with Kat Graham about tonight’s Vampire Diaries season finale and hints that what goes down is “a breaking point for all the characters.” She also discussed Bonnie’s development over two season and points out that even though Damon and Bonnie have found common ground, don’t expect them to be besties any time soon, if ever.
PopWrap: What are you excited about fans seeing in tonight’s finale?
Kat: I think people are convinced that the finale is going to be about “let’s see who dies next!” and that’s not really the right perspective to have when watching the finale. You should be more concerned with the decisions that will be made, the outcome of those decisions and how they’re going to effect every single character. I think a good decision can be just as powerful as a bad decision, and both are more powerful than a death. The big death was Aunt Jenna and I think that’s oversaturating the audience with a sense of death, but that’s not what this show is about – “Vampire Diaries” is about second chances and choices and what you’re willing to sacrifice when you really love someone. That’s what I think the show is about. I think death is a very surface aspect of the show.
Happy season finale day! Following up yesterday’s PopWrap interview, we have a string of new interviews with Vampire Diaries guest star Daniel Gillies and he’s full of insight into the walking enigma that is Elijah. We’re sure a few more of these will be popping up throughout the day and we’ll add them to this post as they do, so check back. In the meantime, check out the interviews below to get Daniel’s take on the connection that is developing between Elijah and Elena, the relationship between Elijah and Klaus (past and future), and the challenges of playing such a stoic character.
Entertainment Weekly: ‘Vampire Diaries’: Daniel Gillies talks Elijah’s betrayal (and softening)
“His agenda is thousands of years old, so the fact that he turned and destroyed the plans of Stefan and Bonnie doesn’t surprise me at all. Other cast members came up to me and said, “Oh, how do you feel about that? Oh, man, it’s terrible, right?” Like it’s a bad thing. I personally love characters when they f— up. It’s exciting to me. When someone like Elijah — who almost seems robotic at times in his execution, the economy of his motion — does something like that, you actually see his humanity. I love the mistakes that people make. In as sense, for me at least, it brings me closer to them.”
Julie has said that next season will be the season of the originals, so I want to know where you see Elijah going in season three.
The truth is, he’s virtually indestructible. I don’t know…where would you go if you were Elijah? I guess he might — I don’t know, he seems like someone who would disappear once his purpose was complete, like someone who would, like an assassin, fulfill his task and then depart, but the spin in the works here, is this little thing called Elena. She’s got more of a grasp on him that he understands. Or let me rephrase that, I think he knows precisely the kind of grasp she has on him. I’m sensing something unselfish surfacing in him, like a devotional kind of love.
Julie Plec has said that watching you play Elijah made her and Kevin decide to make the Originals unkillable. And obviously they’ve kept your characters around. How does it feel to play God in that way?
[Laughs.] That’s very sweet. But they’re not unkillable. There’s a way to get them; there’s always a way. It’s amazingly gratifying to play this role in this show. I feel very, very lucky is the answer to that question. I’ve never played anything that’s had such a following, and believe me, I know there are some pretty entitled young actors out there who think they’ve got it coming to them. But I’m 35 and I feel very blessed to be doing this.
This is it. The season 2 finale, the last episode until September. Damon’s fate hangs in the balance, Elijah and Klaus are on the loose up to who knows what, and Mystic Falls is planning yet another public event… what could possibly go wrong? And just what are they going to spring on us to top not only the shocks of last week’s episode, but to also top that hell of a twisty cliffhanger they left us with at the end of season 1? We dread to think, but we’re looking forward to see what they’ll leave us hanging in suspense with over the Summer.
And why not watch the episode with your fellow fans and win cool prizes in the process? Join us over at PHILO for the East and West coast airings to live chat As I Lay Dying!
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Catch up on this past week’s posts:
- Julie Plec: “You thought you knew what this show was. Well, we’re just getting started.”
- PopWrap talks finale with Daniel Gillies: “We’re just kicking it up a notch.”
- Kat Graham hints at epicness in Thursday’s season finale + Michael on Tyler
- Nina Dobrev talks season finale, loose ends & chemistry
- Vampire Diaries: The Sun Also Rises (EP221) recap – Hope Dies Last
- Nina Dobrev & Julie Plec talk Vampire Diaries Season 2 finale
- FREE download for Vampire Diaries fans, courtesy of Stateless
- Joseph Morgan on the Salvatores: “At worst, they’re a nuisance to [Klaus].”
- Matt Davis joins The VRO’s Vampire Diaries Month line-up, May 10th
- Paul Wesley talks season finale on Ryan Seacrest (audio)
- The Sun Also Rises (EP221) ratings + downloads
- Various interviews with Sara Canning
TV Guide‘s Robyn Ross has posted Part 2 of her Julie Plec interview (check out Part 1 here) and color us intrigued at the teases she drops about tomorrow night’s season finale. She stresses that everyone is at risk and there will be an emphasis on Damon, Stefan, and their bond as brothers as they face Damon’s current predicament head-on, as well as Elena’s efforts to keep going after the tragic, life-altering effects of the sacrifice ritual. She also explains why this is a big episode for Elena and Damon. And what’s a Vampire Diaries finale without a cliffhanger?
Can we expect a major cliff-hanger?
Plec: Put it this way, there is an out-of-left-field surprise at the end of this episode that tells the audience very clearly what road we’re traveling down Season 3. It’s not a big cliff-hanger episode. There’s a lot of emotional resolution, and then there’s a humdinger or two at the end that basically says: “You thought you knew what this show was. Well, we’re just getting started.”
PopWrap’s Jarett Wieselman caught up with Vampire Diaries guest star Daniel Gillies to talk about Elijah’s motivations and his split second decision at the end of The Sun Also Rises, his unique interest in Elena and the effect she has on Elijah, and the potential for the Originals’ story to expand in Season 3.
PW: Fans have wondered if Elijah & Klaus factor in to the finale.
Daniel: Yes, we do. I’ll just say that there was such fire and brimstone and apocalyptic energy in this last episode. I would caution against people expecting that to stop. I’ve heard a lot of fans saying that they think things are going to wind down this week because the big stuff is over, but that’s not how it is. We’re just kicking it up a notch.