With the EPIC season finale of The Vampire Diaries now over, there are many questions that need answering and who better than the shows Executive Producer, Julie Plec to answer those burning questions.
Speaking to both TV Guide and E Online, Julie spoke about what we can expect in Season 5 now that its been revealed that Silas is in fact Stefan’s doppelganger, Bonnie is dead and Jeremy is alive and just what Katherine is going to go through now that she is human.
Why is Stefan Silas’s doppelganger?
“He [Paul Wesley] did such a good job playing Ripper Stefan, so we wanted to play a long-foiled plan into motion that we weren’t sure if we’d get to it before the end of the season or not; we always had it in our back pocket to reveal it right around the time it felt right.”
How long before everyone finds out that Stefan is really Silas?
Plec: Truth be told, I don’t think it’ll be too long. I think that there’s more fun to be played with people learning quickly, but independently of the other so there’s a lot of good bait-and-switch Katherine-style stuff that could happen early in the season. And people that know Stefan well will be able to catch on pretty quickly I would hope.
Can we expect double Paul Wesley scenes?
Plec: Part of the fun of having an actor play two roles are those opportunities to put them face to face, but they’re difficult to shoot and they take a lot of time and the stuff we do even with Katherine and Elena we do so sparingly. So we’ll definitely see it, but of course Stefan will be on his own journey presumably at the bottom of the [lake] floor so we’ll see when and who gets him out of that mess.
How did Paul feel about the character arc?
Plec: He’s definitely excited. He’s such a good actor, he loves to work and he loves to give everything he has to the role and people who do long-term television series will always jump on the opportunity to spread their wings a little bit.
Will Damon and Elena be a couple?
“Next for them as a couple is a long-distance relationship as Elena heads off to her new life at college and Damon sticks behind In Mystic Falls to hold down the fort. We get to see them happy, believe it or not, for a little while before of course circumstances and other supernatural influence comes in to drive an obstacle in their path.”
Will Elena still struggle with vampire urges in college?
Plec: Well I think the bigger issue for her will be protecting her secret. In Mystic Falls we’ve seen it’s hard enough to keep your secret of who you are and what you are and now she’s going out into a whole new location and a new life and living a double life as a human student and a secret vampire. There are going to be some struggles attached to that.
Is it possible that Elena and Damon could be happy together next season?
Plec: I think there’s never not going to be a moment where they’re engaged in some kind of conflict because their relationship even as friends and enemies had a volatility that is frustrating and sexy at the same time. So the question is how long can we keep them happy in spite of the things that come up that put them at odds with each other and that will be part of the journey next season is seeing if these two can really make it as a couple
How long before everyone finds out Bonnie is a ghost?
Plec: I think she was pretty clear about Jeremy wanting to keep her secret so I guess we’ll see how long he’s willing to do that.
What will her role be next season?
Plec: The predicament for Bonnie is that she’s on the other side so she can pop in and see what’s up and who’s doing what. With her relationship with Jeremy she’ll have information that nobody could access, but she doesn’t have the actual ability to do magic or interact with another human so there’s an impotence attached to that that I think will be frustrating for her not to mention the emotional distance of not being able to be right there with your friends even though she’s there they don’t know that she is. So she’s going to struggle a bit in the beginning and that’ll either strengthen or hurt her budding relationship with Jeremy which already has so many obstacles attached to it.
How will Jeremy struggle being human again?
Plec: Jeremy will not have a very easy time of it. His first big hurdle is his cover story for being suddenly alive. So he’ll struggle a bit with the return to the normal world.
What will happen to human Katherine?
“Not only is she on the verge of getting her ass kicked every single episode, she’s going to need protection and who better to seek out for protection than the brother Salvatore who have been so good at caring on and off for her over the centuries?”
Will Katherine try to have people turn her back into a vampire?
Plec: Well, given the rules of how one becomes a vampire on our show — which is if you inject vampire blood and then you die with it in your system —that’s a pretty big risk to take. If it doesn’t work then she’s just dead and I think the one thing she’s constantly going to weigh is, “How much do I hate being human? Am I willing to risk actually dying forever in order to get my vampirism back?”
Where will Matt and Rebekah be when we pick up?
Plec: We’ll definitely see them when we start up next season. As far as I know they may even still be in Europe when we find them.
In your mind, will Matt ever be turned?
Plec: Truth be told that character has a special place in my heart and all of our hearts because he is, as Rebekah said, so beautifully human, and so I don’t want to mess with that any time soon.
And on the other Love triangle in the show, Julie told TV Guide “We’ll definitely see Tyler (Michael Trevino) again and I think the biggest question is where’s he been what’s he been doing how has it changed his life and can he step right back into the Mystic Falls world or to college easily and what will that mean for his relationship with Caroline.” But what of Klaus now that he is in New Orleans? Will Klaus and Caroline ever go any further? “You never know” I think is the answer. Right now the biggest hurdle, other than a spin-off separating them, is that he’s done some really vile things and I don’t think Caroline’s in any hurry to jump into bed with someone like that so murderous and violent and manipulative and cruel. And he did, after all, murder her boyfriend’s mother. So I think she definitely has a draw to him and a connection with him that she’s not even necessarily confident is a good thing. His hurdle will be to get her to finally come around, and he goes on his own redemption journey moving forward: Will he become the kind of man she can one day look at the way she looks at Tyler.”
Are you excited to see where the gang are going to be headed next Season?