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Archive for November 2014
If there’s one thing Vampire Diaries fans can bank on over the coming week, it’s that Damon is “hell bent” on getting Bonnie back, according Ian Somerhalder himself.
Now that he knows she’s alive, he’ll stop at nothing to help her return to the present day.
What will that entail? Well, a road trip, for starters.
During a set visit in Atlanta last week, TV Fanatic got the chance to talk with The Vampire Diaries’ star about his time in 1994 with Bonnie, where their relationship is now that he’s back in the present day and she’s trapped in purgatory.
If you’re anything like us, you can’t get enough of The Originals – so it’s a good thing we have the new Kol-focused web series, The Awakening, to feed our addiction.
JJJ caught up with writer Carina Mackenzie to get the scoop on how the series came to fruition and what we can expect.
“The first episode I wrote of The Originals back in season one was originally going to tell this flashback story about how Kol’s time in New Orleans had set in motion all these little things that were having an influence on our characters in the present,” Carina said. “We ended up having to do something different with that episode — for a lot of reasons, one of which was that it was airing the same night that Nathaniel Buzolic‘s episode of Supernatural was airing, and there was some concern from the network about that — but I had already written this flashback story. I kind of thought oh well, it’s just gonna be this thing on the cutting room floor. But when the opportunity came up to do this web series with Target, we knew we wanted to do a flashback story, so I repurposed that old story.”
As for how his story connects to what’s currently going on in the French Quarter, Carina said, “It ties together very strongly with what’s happening right now. In present day, Daniel Sharman‘s version of Kol has been flirting with Davina (Danielle Campbell) but we haven’t really heard his plans, his agenda. In the flashbacks, we’ll finally tell the story of what Kol wants for himself, and why he needs Davina, specifically, to get it. We’re also going to introduce a couple of locations in the web series — Kol’s secret clubhouse, and then later another place I can’t tell you about for fear of the spoiler gods striking me down — that are going to become very important on the show.”
Read on to find out what else Carina had to tell them about the web series:
JJJ: What was Nate’s reaction to the idea when you first approached him about it?
CM: I actually don’t know! I wasn’t really involved in those initial conversations. Nate is always great whenever we ask him to come back and play with us — he’s super enthusiastic on set and really committed to the character. I’d met him but never worked with him before this, so I was excited to get to collaborate with him.
JJJ: Nate and Kol both have veryyyy strong fan bases. Is it fun writing to such a beloved character, or do you find it brings added pressure?
CM: I mean, I always feel that pressure — I think all of our characters are beloved. They’re beloved by me, anyway. Basically what I’m saying is that writing for this show is terrifying and I am in a constant state of total panic! But yes, Kol fans are particularly vocal. I think it’s one of those things where you want to give the people what they want, but you also want to make sure you’re telling an organic and interesting story, so we’re never just going to do something because it trends on Twitter a lot. It’s funny — Kol is a total fan favorite but we never knew much about his personal backstory or personal drives on The Vampire Diaries, so I always was kind of surprised by the fervor around the character. I know why people love Nate, obviously, but the Kol obsession surprised me. This season, though, I get it. I’ve totally fallen in love with the character. He’s so, so fun to write. And yes, anxiety-inducing too.
JJJ: How do you approach writing the web series differently than a full episode? What are some of the biggest challenges?
CM: I actually approached it exactly like writing a full episode, it was just… easier. When you write a full episode, you talk about it in terms of the different stories and drives in the episode — the A story, the B story, and the C story. The webisode is the size and length of a typical C story, so I just approached it that way. It was helpful that I also co-wrote episode 207, which is one which ties in pretty heavily with the webisodes, so I could make sure that everything was integrating smoothly, and I worked closely with Julie [Plec] and Marguerite MacIntyre, who wrote episode 209. The biggest challenges were actually production challenges, because we were filming this while concurrently filming episode 208 AND 209! We wanted to make sure that the webisodes have the same production values as our show, obviously, so they were directed by Matt Hastings, who has directed some of our most visually stunning episodes.
JJJ: Nate has said that Kol is the most misunderstood of the family. Do you think Awakening has the potential to change our opinions on him completely?
CM: I don’t know if it’ll change your opinions on him completely, he’s still the same old rascal we know! This week’s episode — of the show, not the web series — will give you some insight into why Kol is the way that he is, though. There’s a specific reason that Kol, as a vampire, was more reckless and madcap and bloodthirsty than his siblings. He had an itch he couldn’t scratch, and we’ll see Daniel Sharman’s Kol talking about that this week. Meanwhile, web series-wise, we’ll learn about his plan to keep Klaus (Joseph Morgan) from daggering him. Spoiler alert, the plan does not go awesomely.
JJJ: In the first installment, we see Kol is trying to get the witches on his side to take down Klaus. And we know he’s built a relationship with Davina in the present, seemingly for the same reason.
CM: At this point, is his agenda clear? Is Davina safe trusting him or is it possible he has something else up his sleeve?
JJJ: Right now, it’s a 4-part series. Is there potential for more?
CM: I don’t know if there are conversations about continuing it, but we had a lot of fun making it. I think if Target wanted more and Nate was available we’d definitely talk about it! Personally I have a whole pitch for a web series that’s just Josh (Steven Krueger) shopping at Target, going in for a tube of toothpaste and then coming out with $500 worth of stuff he doesn’t need. I think it’d be great. Nobody listens to me.
Christmas is fast approaching in Mystic Falls and it doesn’t seem like its all that happy a time for our crew:
“With the holidays approaching, Bonnie (Kat Graham) attempts to replicate her favorite traditions, while reminiscing about happier times with her friends. Not able to return home to Mystic Falls for her favorite time of the year, Caroline (Candice Accola) is surprised when Sheriff Forbes (guest star Marguerite MacIntyre) brings the holidays to her at Whitmore College. Meanwhile, after discovering that Jo (guest star Jodi Lyn O‘Keefe) has gone missing, Alaric (Matt Davis) turns to Damon (Ian Somerhalder) and Elena (Nina Dobrev) for help, while Liv (guest star Penelope Mitchell) and Luke (guest star Chris Brochu) find themselves at odds when Tyler (Michael Trevino) approaches them with a risky plan. Elsewhere, Jeremy (Steven R. McQueen) helps Matt (Zach Roerig) carry out a plan to take down Enzo (Michael Malarkey) but grows concerned when Matt takes things too far. Lastly, Stefan (Paul Wesley) is forced to break some devastating news to Caroline.”
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