Thursday, 25 July 2013
What can you tell us about this season? What can fans expect?
This season, the theme of it is sort of “fresh start.” Elena [Nina Dobrev] is going to be going to college with Caroline[Candice Accola]; Damon [Ian Somerhalder]and Elena are trying to have a new, real-person relationship; and, of course, all of that is going to go terribly awry by the end of act one.
So they are happy for like one episode?
What we’re trying to do is keep them — you know how like, couples in TV shows you want them to be together and then they get together and all of the sexual tension is gone and they’re boring? We want to be hyper aware of that but we also want them to be happy for a little while because Damon has fought so hard to be with Elena. So we just want to go against the grain and make them a happy couple without bickering and fighting every episode but actually make the relationship suffer from real-life issues that come up in normal people’s relationships and make it less about the mythological conflict between them.
What kind of college student does Elena make? Are we going to mostly see her in classes or outside of campus? What kind of social life does she have?
She is going to school to prove she can be a functioning, normal vampire. She’s going to probably be pre-med, like her dad was a doctor. She just wants to go to college, go to frat parties, and hang out. And then when she goes there, of course her professor is super hot and maybe shady. But when she goes there she realizes something is going on at this college. So she becomes more embroiled in this vampire-college mystery that’s going on and it becomes less about her going to like math class.
Are we going to find out more about the doppelgänger mythology?
Yes, that’s another thing this whole season. So obviously it’s like, oh, Stefan’s [Paul Wesley]a doppelgänger! That’s kind of a huge bomb, so no, it was not just because we needed a cool episode out that was like a very interesting mythology. As Stefan is learning about himself and Elena is like, what is going on with me? Why do I exist? We’re going to realize that the doppelgängers are this awesome interesting mythology that dates back to the year zero.
How does Katherine [Nina Dobrev] handle being a human?
She is probably my favorite storyline; she’s my favorite character to write for right now because she continues to be this conniving, rude, manipulative bitch. But it’s like, now she can get paper cuts! So she is so proud, but now she’s vulnerable so she has to learn how to adapt as all of her victims have. So she becomes this weirdly lovable person that you kind of want to date every person on the show.
So, she misses being a vampire?
She is miserable, she is miserable.
So she is trying to find her way back to vampirism?
Yes, and so we address early on that no one has ever taken the cure before, so if I drank vampire blood and killed myself who is to say that I am going to wake up? So she’s not willing to risk anything.
So, becoming a human has made her more lovable?
I think that will ultimately be her arc, but I think she’ll continue to be Katherine the villain for the first chunk of the season because she just doesn’t know any other way.
Will we be seeing her a lot?
Yeah, you know she does kind of become this main character. So which is just to me really fun because you have Silas and Stefan you have Elena and Katherine. If you’re just getting into the show in Season 5, you’re like who are all these people. Do they not cast any new people?
What about Bonnie [Kat Graham]?
Bonnie has a really cool story this year. So we were like, what should we do with Bonnie last year because she had kind of climaxed in terms of her magical power. And it was like, do we take her to the next level and make her all evil which we’ve seen a million times or kill her and give her this new cool story from the other side. So she is going to deal with a lot of issues that are about death and stuff and coming to terms with her own death. All of her friends don’t realize she’s actually dead. So she’s keeping that her secret.
Wednesday, 24 July 2013
"We're coming back three months later, so we'll touch base on what the characters have been doing all summer," says executive producer Caroline Dries. "We realize that poor Stefan has been drowning, dying and coming back to life. But everyone else has been having a totally fun time. Elena and Damon are a super-sexy couple and happy for once. Caroline is ready to start school. Nobody knows that Bonnie is dead, so it's bliss, but then there's Stefan just dying." Just a typical summer vacation!
Sunday, 21 July 2013
"The Vampire Diaries" is a fan-favorite at San Diego Comic-Con, and now its spinoff "The Originals" made its big premiere with its first-ever panel. Some new video was shown, but the bulk of the panel focused on introducing these familiar and new characters to the audience in attendance beyond what they saw in "The Originals'" backdoor pilot.
In addition to a sizzle reel, an alternate ending featuring a witch locked up in an attic by Marcel was screened that showed a different taste of the direction "The Originals" is taking. Plec promises this character is one of the big mysteries in Season 1 that will be dealt with right off the bat. The pilot was already shown on preview night, but it turns out that the show's actual first episode will be a retelling of what fans saw back in April.
"Elijah goes to New Orleans to figure out what his brother is up to," showrunner Julie Plecteases. "We'll see similar scenes and moments that we didn't get to see in the pilot."
Rebekah won't appear in New Orleans until episode 2 because she has her own story to finish. "She's still hoochin' it up with Matt Donovan," Plec says. Rebekah will also appear in the premiere episode of "The Vampire Diaries," which will see her storyline with Matt come to a close. "Something will bring her to new Orleans in the second episode with an ... agenda," Plec says.
Rebekah isn't the only one leaving someone behind in Mystic Falls. Elijah also had to say farewell to Katherine. "I 100 percent thinks he still has feelings for Katherine, but the level of his devotion to his family comes first," Daniel Gillies says of Elijah's departure.
Then there are Klaroline fans, who aren't super happy about Klaus having a new baby mama. Expect that the Klaus and Caroline relationship will still be dealt with. "It's not like she doesn't exist," Plec says. "If anything she's sort of like the Buffy to his Angel. She made an impact on him." Joseph Morgan adds of the seeming end of that relationship, "It's all I hear about."
Beyond the original vampires in "The Originals," Marcel will also be put front and center.Charles Michael Davis' new character will be explored through flashbacks all through Season 1, with the first few episodes looking into how Marcel and Klaus first met and then watch Marcel "grow from a boy to a man."
Phoebe Tonkin throws a wrench in "The Originals" storyline as her werewolf character Hayley is pregnant with Klaus' child. Plec says that romance might not necessarily follow the one night stand-turned-parenthood, but at least both characters have a bond. For Morgan, something a bit different brought Klaus to Hayley.
"He's had two and a half seasons of celibacy, so he has some pent up energy," Morgan jokes. "I got away with two seasons of having a shirt on 'The Vampire Diaries.' I think that's got to be a record."
When a fan asked whether Klaus and Hayley's baby will be a hybrid or some new creature, Plec hedged and says, "I obviously can't give an answer to that." Still, she gave an answer of swords, saying, "I think that everybody will have their own opinion about what this baby and what it means." She continues, "There will be a million supernatural debates. ... It will be part of the fun of waiting for it to be born."
All Holt wants, though, is for it to be a "husky puppy." We'll be the first to second that.