Wondering what’s in store for season five of The Vampire Diaries given all the changes with Elena and company headed to college and the Originals headed to their own show? Executive producer Caroline Dries sat down with Give Me My Remote for a wide-ranging interview that touched on what the season has in store for virtually all the characters, including how Bonnie deals with her death and what Damon and Elena look like as a couple.
Given all of the changes in season 5 — losing several dynamic characters, graduation, college– what do you feel has been the biggest challenge of the new season?
Caroline Dries: It’s interesting, a lot of people have asked that [about losing the Original family], but we ended on such a strong cliffhanger with Silas, a huge villain; [and] Katherine is a human, [which is] a huge dynamic character shift for the show. So we’ve had an embarrassment of riches when it comes to villains. It’s not like there’s a huge void in the show, even though the Original vampires added a cool texture to it. The finale just launched us into this whole thing.
I remember at the end of season 1, when we were breaking season 2, we had ended season 1 with like 900,000 cliffhangers, and we sat in the writers room like, “Does anyone have any ideas of how to pick up the pieces?” We had enough on our plate [for season 5]. We knew we wanted Elena to go to college. It’s a new world. We can let THE ORIGINALS go to New Orleans.
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