In a recent interview with TV Line, Vampire Diaries Executive Producer, Julie Plec, explains exactly why they had to kill of Elena’s only remaining relative, saying that this whole year has been about the evolution of Elena as a vampire, starting from a girl who expressly claimed it was the last thing she wanted. And then just as she was finally getting a handle on it, the sire bond problem reared its ugly head.
We knew we wanted to get her to the darkest place possible, so that Elena, the most compassionate character, would become dis-compassionate and turn her humanity off. So we knew we had to tear someone extremely important out of her life. Everybody is equally important to her, but when you really think about it, it’s her protectiveness of her brother that kept her together. Tearing her brother away from her would be the thing that would make her fall apart.
And with Elena now in this dark place, is there really any difference between her and Katherine now? Julie explained that everything Katherine does is a sexual manipulation, is in her own best interest, for her own survival. She will plead and flirt and tease and lie and mindf—, excuse my language, anyone and everyone in order to fill her own best interest. Elena is more blunt and honest and, “It is what it is, and I am what I am and want what I want. And right now I would like to feed on that girl over there. And I resent you for trying to stop me.” Elena is just more direct about getting exactly what it is that she wants. She doesn’t need to rely on the tricks that Katherine has to pull out of her bag.
As for Elena and Damons releationship, Julie was pretty tight lipped. Saying only that a lot of questions come up and get answered in the next couple episodes. As for whether they are still in a relationship apparently we’ll have to wait and see.
Moving onto Bonnie and her interactions with Professor Shane, Julie also played it pretty safe, saying only that what we’ve seen about Silas in the caves is that he can appear as a hallucination…. So the question is, is that what’s happening here? Or is he physically standing before her? Does he look like Shane? Is he taking on Shane’s form? What is going on? What is this guy capable of? Bonnie is being extremely controlled and manipulated right now by this Shane/Silas figure. We’ll see that escalate over the next several episodes to its breaking point.
Oh and for you Katherine fans out there – That was definitely not the last we’ll see of Katherine.
Be sure to head on over to TV Line to read the full interview.
Julie also spoke with Hollywood.com and whilst most of the questions and answers were very similar to those asked by TV Line, there was a couple of different ones focusing on the sadness of the rest of the gang in Mystic Falls:
This is more of a statement than a question, but that scene of Matt crying in his car was so moving, and Zach Roerig’s performance was great.
He was so beautiful. It’s a moment that reminded you that he is the human who is having a true human response, his heightened emotions are just borne out of actual humanity, and I love him for that. I love Zach for giving it everything he had too. [When we come back the gang will be focusing on Elena, but Matt’s] not going to have an easy time of it either, and it’s going to make him appreciate his place in their world that much more. Interestingly enough it’s going to catch the eye of somebody who appreciates how nice it is and what a good human he is.
The rest of the gang mourning Jeremy’s death was really affecting too.
I wanted everybody to represent a different dynamic of what happens when someone experiences great loss. You’ve got the friend who’s like ‘I’m going to make every pie imaginable; I’m going to bring over nine casseroles.’ And then you’ve got the friend who’s like ‘Okay, you’re here and people are taking care of you, so I’m going to fix all the other world’s problems on your behalf,’ which is sort of what Damon was trying to do, but ultimately they’re kind of terrified to be there in the middle of it all. Then there’s the strong, stoic, ‘I’m going to stand by your side no matter how painful it is for me because I know it doesn’t compare to your pain,’ you had that in Stefan and ultimately in Matt. Matt’s the person who in the simplest way was able to provide her with a just glimmer of hope. That’s what I loved about everybody’s different role.
This could be some of Nina Dobrev’s best work.
She really did not hold back; she left it all on the table. We were so proud of her. It terrified her. She was in a terrible mood the whole week leading up to the episode — she was very emotional, very sad, and a little depressed, and didn’t realize that it was all because of what she had to do as an actress in that next week. So it was funny after the episode was over just feeling this weight lift off of her. It’s almost like she was plagued by constant PMS for the week leading up to that. I just saw the next episode, where she’s No Humanity Elena, and she’s such a bitch! It’s so fun and it’s a completely different characterization than Katherine. It’s almost like Nina Dobrev has a completely different character to play.
Julie also said that our new No Emotions Elena is going to be around for a while and the implications on the sire bond will be explored and revealed in the next episode.