It’s the summer hiatus – and IT SUCKS. So to help wile away those lonely TVD-less hours as we await Vampire Diaries Season 3, we’ve rounded up a slew of guest bloggers (and huge Vampire Diaries fans) for a series called Ripping Open TVD. Each blogger will be focusing on one particular aspect of what we’ve just experienced in Vampire Diaries Season 2 and adding a hefty dose of Season 3 speculation. Remember: These are guest posts, so these are the opinions of the person writing them, not necessarily Vampire-Diaries.net. Cool? Cool. This week, Dayna Barter takes a look at the impending Year of the Originals and what that means for our core cast of Mystic Falls citizens.
Coming off of the second season finale, there is a lot of mystery surrounding The Vampire Diaries’ Original recipe. First we taste-tested the original Original Recipe, Elijah: Smooth, savory, and satisfying, with an old-fashioned appeal. Then came the Extra-Kreepy – er, Krispy – Klaus: Bolder, noisier, and spicier, with an added kick. With the stellar performances turned in by Daniel Gillies and Joseph Morgan in these roles, the fandom has fast developed a taste for these powerful, ancient vampires, so much so that Season 3 of The Vampire Diaries has been touted as “The Year of the Originals” by executive producers Julie Plec and Kevin Williamson. With the four-month hiatus yawning before us, we have a whole summer to speculate like mad as to what the rest of the family will bring to the table.
So what exactly will the “Year of the Originals” entail?
Joseph Morgan has been busy this week – and especially today. Following up the Zap2It interview from earlier, we have a few more interviews and it’s sort of amazing these are all refreshingly different! Lots of good stuff so be sure to check them all out, as there are TONS of topics covered, from Klaus to Elijah to this crazy sacrifice ritual. He also has plenty of things to say about his approach to playing a villain, Klaus’ dual nature, who he’d like to cast as the Original Family, and even the music he listens to for inspiration.
You’ve also tweeted something about Klaus’ first victim. Can you tease when we’ll see him take a life? Tonight, maybe?
Let me say this: You’ll get some idea of what he’s capable of in tonight’s episode, but I have to put this out there: The episode that I’m most looking forward to seeing and I’m most looking forward to people seeing is next week’s episode [when the actual sacrifice ritual goes down - Vee note: The Sun Also Rises (EP221)]. I’m going into the studio to do ADR for it tomorrow evening. That’s the one that was a sort of epic undertaking. If I did what I hope I did, what I think I did with the episode, then people are really gonna regard Klaus as the biggest villain ever to grace Mystic Falls.
What makes a good arch-villain?
I think the key is not to be too intense, and not to play too generically evil. I felt like it was clear from the beginning that these guys, the Originals, were all but invincible, all but indestructible. Nothing would be a threat to them. Klaus definitely has a short fuse [so if you upset him, he will become violent]. I think a good villain absolutely should have a playful side and a fun side, and you know, there’s nothing more kind of sinister than someone kind of enjoying something, or reveling in something that is kind of evil. And I really felt that he should be sort of happy. One of the things I kept saying is that it should be kind of terrifying to be in the room with this guy, because you don’t know what he’s going to do, kiss you or kill you.
The fans are asking: Is Klaus “in love” with Katherine?
In all honesty, I think he was never “in love” with Katherine in the way we think of love. When we meet Katherine in the flashback, Elijah said she reminds him of someone. She’s a doppelganger, let’s not forget, of the original Petrova. So Klaus’ plan, when he meets Katherine, is always to sacrifice her. There was never a love attachment, but there was always a fascination with her. I think of it like a cat batting a mouse between its paws. Part of it was probably sexual, part of it was emotional, and the rest was his actual appetite.
Our minds have been racing since around 9pm Eastern last night and we just need to let it all out, fandom. Last night’s episode of The Vampire Diaries dropped mythology on us like a ton of bricks and we’re seeing a lot of confusion as people attempt to sort it out and relate it back to what we’ve been told before. This is our attempt at packing it into bite-sized chunks. We have failed spectacularly at that and have instead just created a list of more questions. But we tried to get the facts in there, too. Or shall we say “facts.” We don’t even know anymore!
Special thanks to Red, Crissy Calhoun and my personal Twitter followers for double-checking my “facts.”