So what exactly happened in the final moments of last night’s Vampire Diaries? (Other than a helluva lot of awesome, that is?) Caroline Dries chats with TV Guide about the events of Gone Girl. If you haven’t seen the episode yet, beware major spoilers!
“We’ve seen characters appear to Bonnie [Kat Graham], the anchor, and go through Bonnie and that’s their initiation into the other side. When Katherine died, that didn’t happen and [instead] she’s ripped out of Bonnie’s arms and sucked into wherever by some dark void. We don’t say anything religious like Heaven or Hell, but that’s the implication — she’s going to a dark world.”
Need a few hints of what’s to come when The Vampire Diaries returns with No Exit (EP514) tonight? EP Caroline Dries has you covered with a few new interviews. At TVLine, she talks about Katherine-as-Elena’s plans for Stefan, whether Elena will be back, and Damon’s path:
“It’s not going to be an easy road for Damon to come back, because what he did was pretty bad. What we’re trying to explore is, now that Stefan is moving on from Elena after this whole Katherine chapter closes, he’s trying to figure out the next big movement in his life. And since his brother needs him more than ever, Stefan will be the one to kind of pick him up — in a very Stefan kind of way.”
She also talks Matt, Tyler, Caroline, and more.
And over at TV Guide, Dries discusses the complex relationships between the Salvatores, Elena, and Katherine, and how they will affect things going forward. On Damon’s infection:
“We knew what we were doing when we put this in him, but at the same time it’s like, ‘OK, what do we do now because he actually might not get out of it?’ So Damon’s objective is: How do I survive without killing all my friends who happen to be the thing I want to eat?”
We’ll be seeing lots of interviews with Joseph Morgan pop up in the next 24 hours, but TV Guide is first out of the gate with a sneak peek at what’s to come on tomorrow night’s all-new episode of The Originals, Long Way Back from Hell (EP114). He’s also previewing what we can expect as we move towards the end of the season and shares his thoughts on Klaus and Caroline’s TVD100 tryst.
With Klaus’ alienation, it’s no surprise he’ll soon delve into the werewolf side of his family, a history that has barely been explored on the show thus far. “Klaus is going to gradually show more interest in the other side of his family,” Morgan says. “He’s been primarily a vampire, but you know his last name is Mikaelson which means son of Mikael, which he’s not. So that will be really interesting. As Hayley decides how she wants to have his baby and who she wants to have around to protect her, it’ll be interesting to see where he stands [between the two worlds]. He is part werewolf even though that part has been neglected [for] the last thousand years.”
Caroline and Tyler’s relationship is the talk of the town lately, as is her “moment in the woods” with Klaus (ten thousand bonus points to anyone who gets that showtune reference).
Fans have a lot of questions about Caroline’s love life in general, and TV Guide asks a lot of them for us. Candice answers questions about Klaus, Stefan and whether or not she thinks Tyler and Caroline’s relationship can be salvaged. Is even a friendship possible? Candice replies:
What about just as friends?
Accola: Caroline needs this idea of perfection and for no one to be mad at her and for everyone to be happy at all times, so we’ll see a lot of great scenes coming up between Caroline and Tyler with her struggling to find a friendship, but also release some of the guilt she’s been holding onto because she knows she made a mistake. The one thing to remember is that they’re 19 and 20. If Caroline was my age it’s like, you know better. At 19 and 20 and it’s your first boyfriend and you’re high on hormones and haven’t fallen down a lot in relationships, it’s an opportunity to learn a lesson, just the really hard way. That’s how I looked at Caroline’s choice of being with Klaus and that’s why I don’t necessarily see her and Tyler reconciling their relationship, but I think there’s possibility for them to be friends.
TV Guide has a second, and exclusive webclip, from this Thursday’s episode of The Vampire Diaries: Total Eclipse of the Heart (EP513). Damon and Stefan have a brotherly chat…and it goes about as well as can be expected.
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 Katherine’s Shocking Fate: Things Will Get Tricky (Q&A)
- TV LINE: Post Mortem: Vampire Diaries Boss on Caroline’s Surprise, Katherine’s Plan 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 the Klaroline hookup, Katherine’s sneaky twist and more
- TV GUIDE: Vampire Diaries’ Julie Plec on 100 Episodes, Crafty Katherine 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
How’s everyone holding up after everything that went down on The Originals last night? Need some postmortems to get you through? These are all super-spoilery so we’re not going to say much, but enjoy:
At E!Online, a certain cast member discusses finding out what was going to happen:
“The day that that script had come out, I had a lot of dialogue that day. So I wasn’t going to read the script until I got home that night. All day, everyone was coming up to me and my friends, people on the crew, were coming to my trailer like, ‘Have you read the script yet?’” Campbell tells E! News. “I was like, ‘No, what happens? I’m so excited, tell me!’ And they were just like, ‘Oh, you should probably read it.’”
There’s another (spoilery!) interview with that cast member at TV Guide.
And then head over to TVLine for a (spoilery!) interview with Julie Plec about what went down last night and what’s to come.
In advance of tonight’s midseason premiere of The Originals, The Casket Girls (EP110), Julie Plec talks about the real history behind the episode as well as the way this is the episode when the female characters start fighting back.
“Back in the late 1700s, all the men working in New Orleans — basically building the city — were the scourge of the Earth who’d been shipped over from the prisons of Europe,” she explains. Hard up for female companions, the men lured single women from Ireland and France with the promise of marriage. “These girls packed up all of their belongings in boxes that looked like caskets and set sail across the sea.” However, once their ship hit our shores, the girls mysteriously disappeared. Legend has it that the Vatican swept in and sealed off the women — and their caskets — in the attic of New Orleans’ allegedly haunted Old Ursuline’s Convent, where the girls lived as captive vampires. “So we took that basic story and shaped it into a story of female oppression and empowerment.”
Ooh, creepy! Claire Holt, Daniel Gillies, and Phoebe Tonkin also weigh in on the episode.
And make sure you also check out Julie Plec’s answers to TV Guide‘s Showrunner Survey!
TV Guide Magazine: Give us an equation for The Originals.
Plec: The Vampire Diaries plus Carrie plus The Sopranos minus New Jersey plus The Addams Family minus Lurch, divided by all Merchant Ivory movies.
Excited for The Originals to return with The Casket Girls (EP110) a week from today, on Tuesday, January 14? Then you’ll want to head over to TV Guide to see their exclusive gallery of images from the episode. Here’s a taste:
ETA: New stills added to the Gallery!
TV Guide links up with executive producer Caroline Dries for a spoilery sneak peek at the Vampire Diaries mid-season finale, Fifty Shades of Grayson (EP510).
If you want to avoid any and all spoilers, maybe skip this one, but if you want some big hints about what we’re all in for tomorrow night… (Highlight for spoilers.)
Elena learned some pretty heavy stuff about Damon. Will that cause irreparable damage for the couple?
Caroline Dries: Yeah. Elena found out that even during the beginnings of their relationship he was killing people. Weirdly, you can kind of justify what he was doing like, OK, he was tortured and had organs removed for five years, but, for Elena, can you imagine what that would be like for your boyfriend to have this whole other identity you had no idea about? That will have lasting effects. But as we saw at the end of last week’s episode,Elena isn’t in a position to be questioning Damon because here she is on this operating table about to go under what he went under so she has her own drama to deal with.