E! News got The Vampire Diaries boss Julie Plec to dish all about the “epic” season finale and she warned them that things are not looking good for anyone, including Tyler.
“When we find Tyler and Liv [Penelope Mitchell], they have been thrown out of the barn and are outside, deeply injured and concerned for their lives,” Plec says. Yikes!
And then Trevino had to go and make our worries even worse.
“In the finale, there’s a decision that Tyler’s going to have to make, and it’s probably one of the biggest decisions he’s ever made in his life,” Trevino tells E! News. “It affects other people, and it’s a very, very emotional scene and I was very happy they wrote it in there. It’s pretty crazy. He’ll make this decision that may be fatal for some people or even himself. We pick up in the finale exactly where last week’s episode leaves off. This send-off is the way it has to be in order to tie in with everything else.”
Here’s where the emotional whiplash sets in: both Plec and Trevino reveal there is an opportunity for Tyler to return to the show at some point in the future. Tyler Lockwood may not be gone forever!
“Yes, absolutely,” Plec says of a possibility for Trevino to return. “I hate to be spoilery and tell you his fate, because everyone’s fate is hanging in the balance, but in some context, there is definitely opportunity for us to see Tyler in the future.”
And Trevino is totally game for a return trip to Mystic Falls.
“Of course! I don’t want to give away how this season ends but we all know that no one ever really dies or leaves forever and never comes back,” Trevino says with a laugh. “If I’m ever asked back by anybody, I would be there in a heartbeat. I would absolutely make myself available. We’ll see what happens! This is a huge, huge finale, and hopefully there is opportunity in the future for Tyler to come back, but we’ll have to see if that’s even a possibility after this episode.”
As enthusiastic as both the TVD boss and star are about Tyler returning, don’t expect that to happen for a while. As of now, his departure is as permanent as Dobrev’s.
“It’s been a good run. It’s been a crazy six years,” Trevino says. “But right now, it’s time for Tyler to head on out. Towards the beginning of the season, we had an idea that this would be my last season.”
Trevino’s actually surprised that the writers were able to fit Tyler into the show for as long as they did.
“To be quite honest with you, it’s been difficult to work the werewolf lineage into a storyline that crosses with everyone else’s characters,” Trevino says. “Once you become a werewolf, you’re a werewolf, and that’s that. You can’t really be a werewolf and hang out with and be best friends with vampires, necessarily. If you think about it, I’ve been very lucky that our writers were able to put me in certain situations that made sense.”
Looking back over the past six seasons, Trevino has loved getting to play the character evolution the writers came up with for Tyler.
“I went from being the d–kish jock for season one, and then season two, turning into a werewolf, and then having a lovely relationship with Caroline [Candice Accola],” Trevino says. “And then Klaus [Joseph Morgan] came into the fray and I turned into a hybrid and then back into a human. I’ve had some levels that were surprising. It was more than just becoming a werewolf and living that life. Plus, I also got to cross over to The Originals. There was a lot there that we fit in into the journey of Tyler. He wasn’t a fan-favorite to start off with, at all. And that changed over the course of six years.”
But the fact that Tyler wasn’t always universally loved actually had Trevino worried back in the early seasons that he was going to get killed off the show.
“Towards the end of season two, it was one of those things where people were dying frequently and whenever the scripts came out, we’d all rush to read it to find out who was dying to make sure it wasn’t us!” Trevino says with a laugh. “It was a scary time. Any scenes where I was going after Stefan [Paul Wesley] and Damon [Ian Somerhalder], I was like, ‘That can’t be good! They’re not going to get rid of them, they’re going to get rid of me!’ I did not like those scenes where I was picking a fight with one of the vampires. I totally thought they were going to get rid of me.”
The final scene that Trevino shot on set was, funnily enough, with the other actor exiting the show: Dobrev.
“It’s funny, because Nina and I rarely have scenes together that is just her and I, one-on-one,” Trevino says. “It was bittersweet, but fun. Nina loves to play pranks and I had a feeling that she was going to have a cake nearby, because she likes to give people birthday cakes and smash it in their face if people are leaving or having a big send-off. I had a feeling that was coming and it did!”
While we are already mourning Tyler, Trevino hasn’t even begun to say goodbye yet.
“Honestly it hasn’t hit me!” Trevino says. “I still feel like I’m going to go back in July to start season seven, but I’m not. Maybe I’ll start feeling it in July, because it will be the first time in six years I’m not going back to that kind of routine in Atlanta. I’ll probably start freaking out then, having cold sweats and nightmares. But The Vampire Diaries is my family, and I’ll totally go visit those guys.”