Saturday, 6 October 2012
Elena is going through some changes – to put it bluntly.
She is. She’s not having a lot of fun yet.
Now that Elena’s exploring her new state of being as a vampire, will this force her to open her mind up?
Elena becoming a vampire, in a way, is an awakening of a person who is about to go through a lot of changes – some for the better and some for the worse, some for the darker and some for the lighter. In all that, she is going to evolve as a person and her relationships are going to evolve accordingly. I can’t say much beyond that other than that it’s a journey for her of an adolescent growing up to a really tragic adulthood. We change a lot in those years and we change what we want out of life; it’s a constant evolution.
Is it accurate to say that she’s found herself in a state of limbo, for lack of a better term, at least for the time being?
Definitely. She’s in limbo in that it’s going to take her some time to figure out how to live. The problem is the two people who are right there by her side, in the forms of Stefan and Damon have very different point of views on how she should adapt to it. Stefan, rightfully so, is terrified she will hurt someone and that she will not be able to deal with having hurt someone so he’s going to have to do everything in his power to keep her from getting herself into those situations. Damon, also rightfully so, is convinced that it’s inevitable that vampires hurt people; it’s what they do. He wants to “rip the band-aid off,” as he says in the second episode, and let it bleed. She’s, unfortunately, not getting the same advice from the two people she values most in the world. It’s going to make it more difficult for her.
By the end of the second episode, there are hints that Elena is leaning toward either the “Stefan way” or the “Damon way” of being a vampire. Will a situation arise in the future that forces her to pick?
Every time she thinks she’s made her way past the most recent hurdle, something’s going to happen that sets her back or sets her on a new path. She may think, “I can do this the way Stefan said” and have a setback, then she may embrace Damon’s point of view and have a setback. It’s a constant back and forth about what kind of person she is now that she’s a vampire, how she’s going to survive this and if she’s going to survive it.
The continued back and forth with Elena and the brothers is also representative of the triangle that has served as an undercurrent for the entire series. How will this affect the trio?
It’s a whole new Elena and it’s a whole new day. It’s a different dynamic between the three of them especially. Some people have to watch and wait.
Before Elena’s accident in the season finale, she picked Stefan, and early on in season four, she makes a decision about who she sticks by romantically. How does her choice affect future episodes and what does this mean for the other Salvatore?
If our fanbase has learned anything since watching the show from the beginning, things are constantly shifting, evolving, moving, coming back around and weaving through, and relationships are always growing. What is now may not be that way in two episodes or 10 episodes, or it may come back to be that way 10 episodes later. It’s all part of where these characters are, who they are, what they’re going through in their life and who they’re most bonded to at that moment.
The second episode featured a tribute to characters who have come and gone, as well as a very revealing – and human – moment for Damon. Why were those pivotal to include?
It was our way of tipping our hat, not only to everyone that we’ve lost on the show but to the Alaric (Matt Davis) character, who we wanted to make sure we got to properly mourn and say goodbye to before we moved into our new season and our new story. Also, to give a moment for Elena to say goodbye to her human life, for her to mourn herself because that’s it. In remembering all the people that they’ve lost, they’re able to let their grief come out, deal with it and move forward.
That specific Damon moment also reminded us that he doesn’t have many friends. How close does he get to having another friendship as rich as the one he had with Alaric?
It’s very important for us to have Damon have somebody that he’s that connected to. The question this year is: Who will that be? Will he be able to grow stronger with his brother? Will he be able to find a new wingman, a new team bourbon replacement? Will that person become Elena or somebody that we wouldn’t expect? He’s trying to mask it but he’s feeling a little lonely.
The first two episodes had their fair share of gut-wrenching moments. How many more should we expect?
Emotional moments? Oh god, always. There shouldn’t ever be an episode that goes by that doesn’t tug at your heart or put a knife through your heart. That’s the world we like to operate in: deep, deep pain; great, great love; and sad, sad tears. This season is very emotional and dark and light at the same time. Our characters are going to go through a lot. Elena, especially, will really be faced with very complicated and dark scenarios that she’s going to have to be really strong to get herself past.
What is her greatest challenge moving forward?
Her greatest challenge is not to become the self-fulfilling prophecy of a vampire who takes a life.
Matt’s (Zach Roerig) life was spared in the finale, and he pays it forward with Elena at an opportune time. What else can we expect for him?
Matt gets to be the human hero this season, definitely in the beginning. He’s tasked with earning the fact that he’s still alive. It’s a challenge he wants to rise to. On the romance level, he’s happily single right now given the fact that his most aggressive suitor is Rebekah (Claire Holt), who he can’t quite forgive for her running him off the road.
Any more flashback episodes to come?
We’ve got a flashback in episode four, another one in episode eight and I’m sure another one before the season is over.
Friday, 5 October 2012
Thursday, 4 October 2012
Elena is understandably horrified by the possibility of becoming a vampire at the beginning of the episode, despite acknowledging that her potential transition is a better situation than Matt being dead. She goes through all of the expected stages of the transition, including a strong desire for blood, heightened senses and wacky emotions.
The Council Rises.
The vampire hating members of the Council have taken over, folks! And they're looking to make all of the supernatural creators - and their sympathizers - pay for the lax security in Mystic Falls in recent years. The first thing they do is round up some of their enemies and demote a few others.
Damon, Thy Name is Anger.
That sneak peek from the season premiere where Elena first wakes up is just the beginning of Damon's anger. He's furious by what's happened to Elena, but doesn't want her to give up and die. Still, he goes to significant lengths to take that anger out on people.
Journey to the Dark Side.
Bonnie makes a choice to go great lengths - and risks personal safety - in order to save Elena. This leads to unexpected consequences which are compounded when Klaus shows up, demanding that Bonnie return to him to his own body. Let's just say that the price she pays to save her friend and give in to Klaus' demands are high.
Elena does remember some important things she had been forced to forget. She then spends an important portion of her transition period with Stefan - in less than ideal circumstances - and reaffirms her love for him. Elena is comfortable with the choice that she made in the season 3 finale, no matter what she might recall now. But where does that leave Damon? With even more anger.
The Council will play a significant role. Look for power players to rise up and demotions to take place.
Bonnie pays a major price to try and save Elena from becoming a vampire. It involves both a special spell and an interaction with Klaus.
There is seriously hot Stelena action... but it concludes in a less-than-sexy way.
Elena drinks Damon's blood. But does she enjoy it?
Damon is still very much in mourning over Alaric. But aren't we all?!?
We learn something new about Jeremy.
A character makes a surprising return in one of the two installments.
1. Shipper stuff galore.
After ten years of covering Smallville I should be used to shows tugging at ‘shipper (relationshipper) emotions. The core of TVD in recent times has been Elena’s choice between the brothers, Damon and Stefan. I might be a bit of a stick in the mud here because I am fine with any choice Elena makes; after all, it’s sure to flip-flop between now and the inevitable conclusion of the show in however many years. I will say this: One group will be extremely happy, but another group will get some fan service as well. TVD knows how to create the drama, so whatever choices there are, they won’t be easy ones.
2. Stefan vs. Damon.
The brothers still have a similar relationship to the past, in that they may sometimes annoy each other, but they tolerate each other. They do have seriously different ideas on what to do with Elena. Damon feels that Matt should have been forgotten and saving Elena should have been the priority, even if it means losing her friend. Stefan wanted to respect her wishes to save Matt first at the end of Season 3. It shouldn’t come as a surprise that the brothers also disagree on what Elena should feed on now that she is a vampire.
3. Surprise appearances.
In a world where everything is spoiled, I was jaw-droppingly surprised on more than one occasion. Saying any more will get me into trouble.
4. Steamy vampire sex.
Again, where I feel like an old stick in the mud — there are some scenes that get almost porny in nature. I’m not sure it belongs at the 8PM hour but then again, all the blood and gore probably wouldn’t either. The Vampire Diaries doesn’t need to be True Blood, but I know there are people who are into that sort of thing. (And while I’m being a prude — is there a legal drinking age in Mystic Falls? Just checking.)
5. Danger for the vampires and the people who love them.
There are people who find out all about what has been going on in Mystic Falls, and they are NOT happy. This could change the dynamic for all of the characters. There’s also a new guy in town that I don’t think the others are going to want to cross.
One thing I will definitely praise The Vampire Diaries for is it remembers its roots, and it remembers the characters that made a lot of it come together. A different show might forget characters like Aunt Jenna, Lexi, Anna, or Alaric, but not this one. The second episode in particular is willing to look back at The Vampire Diaries’ past while still looking forward, which is rewarding to this longtime viewer while at the same time not alienating a new one.
Both episodes seem to take a different approach to the “Previously On…” trope, and both times it seems the recap is different. I like it. I still would LOVE actual opening titles complete with a theme song, but since TV rarely does that these days, this is the next best thing, I guess.
8. The “Diaries” part is mentioned!
Well, sort of. Episode 2 mentions Elena’s passion for writing.
9. The gang’s all here.
Everyone who you see in the Season 4 promo images appears in the premiere in one way or another, and the second episode features at least the entire Mystic Falls High School contingent.
10. Are these episodes perfect?
To put on a critical eye, at least for me, they’re not. I think the second episode is actually a lot stronger than the first, so maybe that trend will continue. Don’t get me wrong, both episodes are enjoyable and worth seeing — but I admit I will have some trouble getting used to the notion that now, it seems that beyond Matt and possibly a new character we meet in Episode 2, there no longer seem to be any normal people in Mystic Falls. Everyone is either a vampire or a witch or a hybrid, or they are related to one. It’s a challenge any long-running series gets…. Smallville ended up with the same issue, where everyone was either a superhero or sleeping with one. I might get used to Vampire Elena, and I know these writers and Nina Dobrev can pull it off, but I’m somewhat nostalgic for the days when there was a little bit of normalcy in Mystic Falls.
Elena is having an extremely difficult time.
We’ll slap an “obvious” sticker on this spoiler. Elena’s transition to the undead will not be easy for her, both before and after she actually feeds. Her need to care for everyone and put up a tough front will make her even more vulnerable given her heightened emotional state. It will also make Stefan (Paul Wesley) more intent on keeping her from killing anyone so that she never feels the need to shut her humanity off. Damon (Ian Somerhalder), well, he’ll just be angry.
Wednesday, 3 October 2012
Here are 12 mini spoilers — and a few swoon-y observations — from the premiere:
1. I’ll answer your first question right away: Elena has big moments with both Stefan (Paul Wesley) and Damon — and although our little doppelganger definitely leans more heavily towards one brother, I think there’s enough in the premiere for both ships to enjoy.
2. There’s a very special surprise guest star, and long-time fans of the show will love seeing him/her/it again.
3. Both of the Salvatore brothers have epic, single-tear moments.
4. Damon’s pretty angry about a lot of things, and he takes his frustration out on everyone — including Elena.
5. I think you’ll be really impressed by Michael Trevino as Klaus. His portrayal is equal parts chilling, sexy and unpredictable.
6. As I say every fall, Jeremy (Steven R. McQueen) has once again aged like a fine wine — and he clearly spent his entire hiatus at the gym.
7. The premiere sees a major power shift in Mystic Falls’ government.
8. “Tyler” forces Bonnie (Kat Graham) to make a dark, life-or-death decision — and oh yes, there will be consequences.
9. Matt (Zach Roerig) is given a chance to “prove” just how badly he feels about Elena’s death.
10. There’s a fleeting moment of Barbie bonding between Caroline (Candice Accola) and Rebekah (Claire Holt) — but it’s not long before Becks goes back to being a total bitch.
11. Elena gets the award for the biggest understatement of the hour: “Everything’s about to change.”
12. The ending is nothing short of explosive.
Ep 3 The Rager
BORN TO BE WILD — Connor (guest star Todd Williams) continues his search to uncover the secrets of Mystic Falls and tries to convince Jeremy (Steven R. McQueen) to work with him. With Dr. Fell’s (guest star Torrey DeVitto) help, Damon (Ian Somerhalder) and Klaus (Joseph Morgan) question Connor, but the confrontation takes a lethal turn. Trying to keep her new life as normal as possible, Elena (Nina Dobrev) is determined to continue her senior year at Mystic Falls High with support from Matt (Zach Roerig) and Caroline (Candice Accola). Rebekah’s (Claire Holt) arrival at school makes it difficult for Elena to control her anger, but she learns that confronting Rebekah can be extremely dangerous. Later, Rebekah realizes how alone she is, and reaches out to April (guest star Grace Phipps). Stefan (Paul Wesley) takes Elena on a thrilling motorcycle ride in an effort to show her that life can still be fun. Tyler (Michael Trevino) gets a surprise visit from Hayley (guest star Phoebe Tonkin, “The Secret Circle”), a werewolf who helped him through the ordeal of breaking his sire-bond to Klaus. Concerned about Elena, as well as his own emotions, Stefan turns to a sympathetic Caroline for advice. Lance Anderson directed the episode written by Brian Young (#403).
People in the UK, we come bearing good news! ITV2 have confirmed via twitter that The Vampire Diaries will return to ITV2 at 9pm on the 15th October, only days after the U.S airing date of the 11th. Take note that the 11th is a Monday (not Tuesday like usual) which means it is on a new night! Excited much?
Tuesday, 2 October 2012
First, we'll tell you about what fans of the love triangle can look forward to -- and then we'll give you six more tiny tidbits that will get you through the next nine days before the premiere.
Expect some seriously sexy Stelena stuff. Obviously, there's their usual sweet romance, and the symbolism of Stefan putting the daylight ring on Elena's finger when they could now literally spend eternity together isn't lost. But holy moly, it's been a few years since we've seen a really hot, charged, sparks-flying-everywhere type of scene between Stefan and Elena -- and Stelena fans will finally get their kicks again in episode 2.
Unfortunately, the dirty-hot-wall-slamming-vampire-sexiness doesn't end the way that it should. (It ends with vomit, guys. Bloody vomit. So much of it. You've been warned. About all the bloody vomit.)
And then there's Damon, who is... still feeling pretty bitter about Elena's choice in the Season 3 finale, but he's determined to be her friend anyway. Of course, their relationship grows increasingly complicated after she remembers meeting Damon first and his kind words to her (on two separate occasions). Delena fans will love watching the way the memories come back to her -- you'll get to relive a great moment from a fresh perspective. And yes, Elena does drink Damon's blood after Stefan's bunny diet doesn't agree with her tummy... and let's just say it really hits the spot.
In a lot of ways, it feels like the love triangle is being relaunched. Instead of rehashing the old I-don't-know-how-I-feel stuff, Elena's new "condition" leads to new problems and new connections between her and the Salvatore boys.
With that out of the way, let's talk about five more things you can look forward to that have nothing to do with the central love triangle!
1. Elena as a vampire is crippled by her compassion.
Given Mystic Falls' tendency to be a constant bloodbath, the fact that Elena can now literally feel other peoples' grief is a huge problem. As usual, though, she wants to convince everyone that she's fine, and bottling up all that heightened emotion has a profound effect on her.
2. Bonnie is awesome.
In a lot of ways, she gets to be the hero of the first episode. While nearly everyone else is getting kicked around by the council (who are much smarter than we expected), Bonnie is proactive, powerful, and pivotal. She decides to kill herself -- at least, temporarily -- Kat Graham is a real standout in the premiere episode, and in the second episode, she lets someone into her house who hasn't come in before.
3. A surprise appearance!
We're obviously not going to tell you who, because we kinda like this job, but someone we thought we'd seen the last of comes back in one of the first two episodes.
4. Klaus-slash-Tyler is fantastic.
Yes, we all love Joseph Morgan, and he'll obviously be back -- but in the meantime, don't forget to enjoy Michael Trevino's work as Klaus, because it's really well done and just darn fun to watch. (By the way, Klaus and Caroline do get pretty hot and heavy -- briefly -- while he's in Tyler's body, but to Klaus's credit, he absolutely does try to tell Caroline before she full-on mouth-attacks him.) Later, when Tyler has his body back, we see a really heroic moment from him that's been building for a long time. As for Klaus, the first thing he does when he's back in his own body is break someone's heart pretty brutally.
5. We presume Jeremy can still see dead people
-- but that's not the only thing he can see that other people can't. Hmmm.
6. It's been teased that Damon will confide in an "unexpected friend"
in the second episode -- and he will. But obviously, he's not replacing Alaric easily. He even makes Elena choose a different chair when she tries to sit in Alaric's old seat at the Mystic Grill bar.
"I'm human — at least I was."
These are Elena Gilbert's fateful words in the brand-new cold open for The Vampire Diaries.
The Vampire Diaries Premiere Sneak Peek: Elena learns she's dead
In the exclusive video below, Elena (Nina Dobrev), Damon (Ian Somerhalder), Stefan (Paul Wesley), Jeremy (Steven R. McQueen), Caroline (Candice Accola), Klaus (Joseph Morgan) and Bonnie (Kat Graham) all lend their voices to the narration that will kick off the upcoming fourth season. A variation of this will be used in each episode to catch viewers up on major plot points that have happened thus far.
Quite a lot has changed since the days that the Mystic Falls gang knew only about the vampires running around. (Re-watch Season 1's cold open here.) Now the opening mentions werewolves, doppelgangers, witches and hybrids!
Watch below to get a new peek at the season premiere: