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Damon and Stefan Salvatore’s family got a little smaller last week when their mother took herself out in an attempt to rid the world of Julian.
But with Lily now out of the picture on “The Vampire Diaries” (the woman Damon was originally hoping to make pay for taking Elena away from him), what’s driving Damon now?
“That’s an interesting question because what you’re saying is he basically lost his drive, and so what we’ll learn in Episode 9 is that Stefan has not lost his drive,” “TVD” Executive Producer Caroline Dries said, when Access Hollywood spoke with her on Wednesday afternoon. “He wanted to kill Julian and he’s recruited his brother to help him do that. But as the brothers are hanging out and trying to track down Julian to make their move, Stefan realizes that [maybe] Damon is a little bit more hiding his feelings about saying goodbye to Lily the way he did and not resolving things with our mom the way he should’ve and maybe it’s just weighing on him a little bit. And so the episode becomes less about Damon having like a very specific drive and more about him deciding [whether] he’s going to face what his true feelings are or not. And of course, it’s Damon, so it’s like pulling teeth when it comes to him facing his demons.”
As Lily passed on, Damon had little to say to the mother who abandoned him.
“He’s definitely going to go through a journey where he comes to terms with his real feelings about everything that happened with his mom, and all the reasons he has held on to this resentment, and all the reasons he still hides it and how he kind of stands in his truth, which is like, ‘I deserve to be able to hate you because you did all these things to me.’ And so he will have to face that, I think, before he can move forward,” she said.
While Damon will need some time to figure things out, someone who has to start figuring out her own situation immediately is Caroline Forbes, who is pregnant with Alaric and Jo’s twins.
“She going through sort of like the routine of being a pregnant lady, but of course she has these added things that she’s a vampire and mostly, that she didn’t ask for this. And so now she’s literally carrying around like Alaric’s hopes and dreams inside of her, and so the burden of that — even though she’s providing such a beautiful gift — the burden of her internally is like, ‘I don’t know what I’m doing. I didn’t ask for this, this is not part of my life plan, and she can’t exactly talk to him about it,'” Dries said. “She doesn’t want to bother Stefan with it, because Stefan’s all, ‘Oh, I gotta kill Julian.’ So she’s spiraling a little bit and doesn’t know where to turn. And so in this episode, we’ll watch her kind of go through that emotional roller coaster.”
Candice King, who plays Caroline, is pregnant in real life, and her happy personal news influenced her latest Season 7 story line.
“It was a group idea,” Dries said of giving the Caroline character the pregnancy twist, after they learned Candice’s news.
“We had already been planning a pregnancy story – basically, this exact story — but with another character, just like a random character… who was going to show up on Alaric’s doorstep and say, ‘Hey, I think I’m pregnant with your children,’ and then I was like, ‘You know, this is going to sound crazy, but wouldn’t it be more interesting if it were one of our main characters that that happened to?'” Dries said.
Once the “TVD” writing staff decided to add pregnancy to the Caroline Season 7 arc, there was just one thing left to work out.
“Then, the trick was just figuring out how a vampire could get pregnant. Once we figured it out, it was like, ‘Oh my God!’ Everything just fell into place,'” the EP said.
Thursday night’s episode of “TVD” is poised to be a big one. It will also feature scenes between Bonnie (Kat Graham) and Nora (Scarlett Byrne), but one of the cliffhangers from last week will be remain a cliffhanger – Matt putting Enzo in the cage.
“That kidnapping is a mystery for now,” Dries said.
Heading into Thursday’s winter finale (9/8c, The CW), Lucien (Andrew Lees), Tristan (Oliver Ackland) and Aurora (Rebecca Breeds) have hundreds of reasons to want the Mikaelsons put away. And even though the family is closer than ever before, is it enough to save them from the impending forces that mean to tear them apart?
Executive producer Michael Narducci explains to TVGuide.com what’s in store for the family and those closest to them in the upcoming episode and the New Year below:
Finn is back! Is he going to be an asset or a problem for the Mikaelsons going to this fall finale?
Michael Narducci: That’s the big question coming out of last week’s episode. Freya (Riley Voelkel), who thinks that she may be able to get some information about these people who have come to town, has called forth the spirit of her brother Finn (Casper Zafer), and they need to talk.
It’s beginning from a place of, “You’re my brother. I love you. You went a little off the deep end last season and I needed to give you a time out while I reconciled with our other siblings, but now I need to talk to you and I need to know what your advice is. How will you counsel me?” It’s reintroducing this long-standing relationship. Freya is the estranged sister but the one sibling she was closest to is Finn and now we’re going to have Finn make another appearance on the show, and maybe we’ll be seeing more of him.
What are the chances of a Mikaelson sibling reunion, at least with the alive(ish) ones?
Narducci: Let me put it to you this way: one of my favorite characters on this show is Freya Mikaelson, and she has come back after 1,000 years hellbent on reconnecting with her family and reestablishing a relationship with these people she lost when she was 5 years old. She’s connected to all of them. Before too long, if one of her drives is to see a return of the united Mikaelson family, we’re really excited to see where that drive pays off.
The Trinity in town has brought the Mikaelsons closer together, especially considering how far apart they were at the end of Season 2.
Will we continue to see that bond grow or will there will always something that will make them turn on each other again?
Narducci: That is the big thing this season is about. They were at a low point at the end of the season. Now, we’re picking up later and this Trinity of Enemies, these sire line vampires, have returned.
It’s forcing the Mikaelsons to examine their relationships with one another. Even Hayley (Phoebe Tonkin), who was so furious at Klaus (Joseph Morgan) for everything that he did and the part that he played in cursing her and turning her into a wolf, is saying, “If it means protecting the people that I love and it means the best protection for my daughter…Granted, these enemies are showing up on our doorstep; I think I may need to forgive Klaus and find a way to stand with him against this threat.”
Klaus is going to have to say, “I need you guys. I can’t do this on my own.” I don’t know if he’s mature enough and complicated enough of a person to make that humble request. That’s part of our journey this season to get him there.
This fight has shown a new side of Elijah. How much is this battle with the Trinity going to affect his position as the moral compass of the group?
Narducci: What we’re going to try to do is unpack some of Elijah’s (Daniel Gilles) history and show you that this nobleman has this pretty interesting fatal flaw.
Yes, he has ethics, principles and a code that he follows but you understand that he has a very strict hierarchy where anything can be thrown out the window if it is in service of family. He’s done some bad things that he had no reason to do bad things to, but he did it in service of family. Going forward, particularly in one of the first episodes of the new year we’re going to see some of Elijah’s back story. We’re going to examine his relationship with The Strix. We’re going to understand that he believes very much in always and forever, and in doing so he may have condemned himself to a very difficult immortal existence.
How confident should we feel in Marcel’s loyalty to the Mikaelsons or is there a chance that The Strix can compel him to their side?
Narducci: The Strix aren’t even going to have to convince him. The Strix think that he is on their side. He’s done a great job of inserting himself into The Strix. We’ve talked a lot about Marcel’s (Charles Michael Davis) journey this season as the Federal agent who goes undercover into an organization and slowly starts to realize that this organization is making a lot of good points. They have some reasonable ideas. In fact, we have a lot of commonalities and a lot of similar interests.
So the great conflict for Marcel is, “Given I’ve had access to this great new world of The Strix and they’re talking and making a lot of sense, do I ever really want to consider benefiting from my allegiance to them if it means betraying the family that I have been with for 200 years that sometimes isn’t so great to me? Sometimes [the Mikaelsons] put me on the outer circle in regards to my connection to them. If the Mikaelsons don’t trust me but The Strix do trust me, maybe I need to consider it’s time to roll a different way.”
That’s his big, big challenge to figure out how to use The Strix to benefit himself and wonder whether or not he should betray the Mikaelsons.
How much is Klaus going to regret not killing Aurora when he had the chance?
Narducci: He’s a vicious and reprehensible monster who kills his enemies and has no problem slaughtering people. Yet, over the course of his existence there have been many times where he has chosen to keep his enemies alive so that they could suffer further.
With Aurora, I think there’s a part of him that’s fascinated by her return. Her beauty beguiles him. He can’t believe that the truth of their breakup 1,000 years ago was not that she rejected him. It was that Elijah had compelled her.
There’s a part of him that has sincere feelings for her and at the same time recognizes that she is a threat to Cami (Leah Pipes) and maybe a threat to the rest of his family. In the same way that you may be reluctant to sever ties with an ex who you’re still interested in, he did keep her alive. That is definitely going to be something he may come to regret.
Aurora forced him and Cami, in a way, to force their feelings for each other. Is that going to come up again?
Narducci: Absolutely. That’s one of the things that Aurora’s existence on this show is putting into focus: Klaus’ relationship with everyone else. Aurora took a good, close look at Cami and had a reaction. Aurora took a good, close look at Hayley and had a reaction. I don’t think Aurora is ever going to be particularly happy with Klaus having a relationship with Elijah, because more than anybody, Elijah is the one who betrayed Aurora. We know at the core of this family is the connection between Klaus and Elijah. If Aurora is hellbent on destroying that connection, she really is an enemy to this family in a lot of ways.
From her own perspective, she just wants the man that she loves. If it requires severing his ties with others so that he can devote himself to her, she’s only too happy to do that. In a complicated way, this is a very messed up love story focused on the damage that family can do to romance and that romance can do to family.
The prophecy of how the Mikaelsons will be killed has been looming over head all season. How much of that is going to come to a head in the fall finale?
Narducci: You are going to continue to get a sense of imminent catastrophe. There is something coming that is just around the corner and you cannot stop it. First, it was the arrival of Lucien (Andrew Lees) warning them. Then it was the arrival of Tristan, who is also concerned. He doesn’t want to die. Now, these very people that have shown up warning us of this prophecy, have been revealed to be working together. They want to take the Mikaelsons off the table before the prophecy comes marching down the road and destroys the Mikaelsons and destroys all of the vampires who were sired to them. That has to reach a conclusion and it’s coming sooner than you think.
Something is going to happen very early in the New Year that will change the playing field and force us to go off in the different directions.
Lucien obviously wants Aurora’s affections away from Klaus, but is there a danger in turning her against the one that sired him?
Narducci: Lucien is one of those characters who thinks the only way to tell a convincing lie is to believe it partially yourself. Lucien really does love Klaus and Lucien really does consider Klaus his friend. At the same time, Lucien is incredibly jealous of Klaus and know that his own continued existence is dependent on certain factors now that he realizes that if Klaus dies, he would die as well.
He’s a survivor. He’s a manipulator. He’s a guy with a giant chip on his shoulder. Even now, he’s telling one person one thing and then doing something else behind their back. Is he a hero or a villain? Is he just interested in himself and his own psychological needs? That’s the story that we’re hoping to tell.
Who should fans be the most worried about in the winter finale?
Narducci: Given what we have been talking about in the writer’s room just in the past few days, no one is safe. Last season, our heroes were victorious but they were more divided than ever before. The story we’re telling this season is the story of them coming together to face a threat they just cannot defeat. They have to come together if they are going to defeat that threat, but what if there is no way just to defeat it? Along the way, I think some people we love might not make it through to the end.
CW’s “The Originals” returns for Season 3 with just as much family strife and vampire-witch feuding as fans would expect. And to make matters worse, now there’s a serial killer on the loose. As the series prepares to show more vampires descending upon New Orleans to protect their lineage (and possibly stomp out some old threats as well), executive producer and creator Julie Plec talks to Variety about the dangers that await our blood-thristy heroes.
So there’s a serial killer on the loose in New Orleans. Have the writers settled on who the killer is?
Yes. We have figured out [who that is] and I think it’s pretty safe to say that with the arrival of vicious, crazy people in town the odds of someone taking a knife across someone’s cheekbones are pretty strong.
We saw that at the end of the episode, but I didn’t know if that was a red herring.
It could well be. We shall have to see.
You also have a new detective this season, played by “Veronica Mars” alum Jason Dohring, who seems blissfully oblivious to all the supernatural activities in town.
Every now and then when our humans get too deeply in the know, we like to open up the world to humans who don’t know they are living in a supernatural crockpot. Detective Will Kinney is one of the people who is maybe rightfully suspicious and maybe confused in what he finds.
But it is New Orleans, after all. There’s a seedy side to the alleyways and around the corner, regardless, with the supernatural beings. Even when you go visit, there’s vampire tours and tarot card readers and alleged witches. For him, he’s trying to figure out what’s real and what’s not.
There’s no way he’s a pawn in all this and he’s just been compelled to forget what he knows?
We should ask ourselves what he’s been exposed to in the past and if anybody’s compelled his memories away. It’s just fun to see somebody who isn’t really in the loop yet and how they react to things.
Or he’s totally playing us like Alaric Saltzman (Matt Davis) did on “The Vampire Diaries.”
Can we talk about the character of Rebekah this season? We see her in the flashback in the season premiere in her original form, as played by actress Claire Holt, but fans know that’s not how Rebekah is living today.
At the end of last season, Rebekah left town in the body of Eva Sinclair (played by Maisie Richardson-Sellers) to go off and live up to the promise she made to her brother Kol (Nathaniel Buzolic) and find a spell that would bring him back to life. We get to see Claire Holt in the flashbacks at the beginning of the season. I can tease that we will be seeing Claire Holt as Rebekah before the fall is over.
Will Elijah (Daniel Gillies) ever get closure after all the anguish his brother Klaus (Joseph Morgan) has put upon him — particularly after last season’s death?
I think the good thing about Elijah and his resentment toward Klaus and his frustration with the family dynamic — and generally his fury attached to his current standing in life — will come in handy as these new enemies reveal themselves. The children have come back to town to punish their parents.
Klaus, at least, seems to be very selective about who he chooses to make his children.
We want to be very specific about who turns who and why. Over the course of the season, we’ll have nice flashback episodes that tell us more about some of these new — but old — vampires.
From a badass Bennett witch to a seductive songstress, The Vampire Diaries’ Kat Graham is bewitching fans with her latest album!
The multi-talented 26-year-old is having one hell of a month. With premiere of The Vampire Diaries’ seventh season, and the recent release of her debut album, Roxbury Drive, Graham is taking the pop culture world by storm.
To celebrate her success, ETonline called up Graham to get the exclusive scoop on Roxbury Drive’s wildly catchy melodies, and what’s next in the romance department for her on-screen alter ego, Bonnie Bennett.
What do you want to tell Vampire Diaries fans about this new album, Roxbury Drive?
Kat Graham: People might look at this and be like, ‘Oh, that girl from Vampire Diaries made a ’90s tribute album,’ but actually it goes a lot deeper than that. It’s the lyrics, every song tells a story and everything is connected and makes sense. You’ll understand that there’s one specific person that this Roxbury Drive album is about and this is the person that opened me up and changed my world.
Why is Roxbury Drive different than the other albums you’ve done in your past?
KG: I think, sonically, I wanted to do something that was more dance-driven and more R&B-driven, and more inspired by the music that made me want to fall in love with music in the first place. Inspirations from like Madonna’s Bedtime Stories and Aaliyah and of archived Janet [Jackson] and obviously Babyface. [But] it’s definitely not a tribute album — it’s my own sound.
We can’t stop listening to the album, so we’ve got to know: What’s your favorite song on Roxbury Drive?
KG: My favorite song on the album would have to be “Off.” I’m a melodies girl. I just love a lot of really cool melodies, and a lot of hooky and fun songs, and that’s definitely the sexiest song on the album. But it’s also the most playful, and the most fun, and melodically, it just feels good. I just like the vibe of that one.
Would you ever want to have one of your songs play on The Vampire Diaries or have Bonnie take part in a karaoke night?
KG: I started off, actually, as a beat-maker, which a lot of people don’t know. Before The Vampire Diaries, I was making beats, which is how I got will.i.am’s attention, and I went on tour with him. He brought me on, and had me jump on his record because I kept sending him beats that I made. So I’d be actually more interested in scoring something for the actual show, or doing some curating of music for the show, versus actually having one of my songs on the show. My music is very, very specific right now to an era, and that is the phase that I’m in right now, so maybe in the future, I’ll make an album that I think makes more sense for the show, but right now, I don’t think I want that. I like to keep them separate, especially since that character is so fiercely different than I am.
Speaking of fierce, you have such a strong social media following and many of those “Bamon” fans are really rooting for Bonnie and Damon to get together this season. What would you say to those fans?
KG: I can’t even say anymore because I have literally like pitched Bonnie with every single person under the sun — even women. Being a witch to me is a very, very sexy thing. There’s a lot of mystery to it, there’s a lot of energy in dealing with the unknown, and dealing with this kind of powerful force so you’d just think that [romance] would come with the territory. We’ll see what happens. I wish I could say it’s definitely happening, or it’s definitely not happening, but I just want them to appreciate whenever Ian and I do scenes together, and then we’ll just kind of see what the writers do.
What can you tease about the scenes you are sharing with Ian this season?
KG: There’s definitely some hills and valleys that they go through together — it’s a very cool dynamic. Ian and I have been campaigning to work together for years, and it’s always very exciting when we have a scene. You can feel the energy on set buzz because we work the same way, and we challenge each other — especially when he actually directs. He’s the first person who can look in my eyes and actually make the change because he knows specifically that I understand, and he can get a great performance out of me. So yeah, there are definitely more Damon and Bonnie scenes. I can’t comment how many and I can’t comment on what’s going to happen for the rest of the season, but I just want to bring to life what the writers are gravitating towards.
How does this season feel different, now that Nina Dobrev is no long a part of the series?
KG: Over the past three years, the show has definitely been an ensemble show, it’s written differently than it was in the first season, so a lot of these storylines would have been happening anyways. I think on set it feels different, but the show still feels like Vampire Diaries. The characters are still badasses, there’s still a lot of action, there’s still a lot of sexiness, and sex, and excitement, and it’s just a thrilling show. There’s a lot of action, and a lot of stuff goes down in the beginning of the season, so we’ve still got it.
What is the one thing you want your fans to know before they press play on Roxbury Drive?
KG: Roxbury Drive was the street I grew up on as a little kid, and it was the street that I first listened to records on, and where I actually really first fell in love with music. So I hope that they come back to Roxbury Drive with me. I hope that they travel back in time, and that they fall in love with music all over again too.