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Category: Vampire Diaries
‘The Vampire Diaries’: EP Caroline Dries On Damon’s (Late) Mom-Related Drama, Caroline’s Vampire Pregnancy
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.
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.
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.
“There’s not going to be ten doppelgängers and all these magic spells,” the actor tells THR. “I want to get away from that. I want to get back to the human elements that made people love this show.”
It’s understandable why he wants to make the distinction. After all, this is the first season of the long-running CW drama without its original female lead, Nina Dobrev.
But though Elena is gone, she is very much not forgotten — while still allowing for the show to move on in its new form. “There’s still a lot of elements of [the show that was],” says Somerhalder. “We know that she’s there, and there’s still very much the presence of Elena. This is Mystic Falls without her. I think people are going to like it. This is the evolution of this story. And it’s a lot of fun. There’s a lot of great interaction with the brothers; there’s a lot happening.”
The recalibration of the show might also allow the series, in many ways, to go back to the basics. “I’m really enjoying this season, because it is somewhat of a departure. We are going back to finding those very dark season one things,” notes Somerhalder. “There’s not going to be ten doppelgängers and all these magic spells. I want to get away from that. I want to get back to the human elements that made people love this show. Listen, remember when Stefan told Elena he was a vampire? It was like f–ing world news, and it was the biggest moment. Now, to get the same reaction out of the audience and us [as characters], we have to kill three people, blow up five cars, and a house. It’s a weird thing. I want to get that simplicity back. And we’re all fighting and struggling for it.”
When the season kicks off, Damon is on a European adventure with his buddy, Alaric (Matt Davis), who is going through his own grief spiral. “He’s definitely not in a good place,” previews Somerhalder. “But it does open up in really fun way you could imagine Damon and Alaric to be in: getting completely wasted, drowning out their tears in Amsterdam, while Bonnie babysits them. Alaric went through the most horrific thing — shy of dying yourself in a horrific way, what Alaric went through was a worst case scenario, in every shape and form. As a result of that, Damon wants to be there for his friend. He wants his friend to be OK with life. And Damon is hurting. So he’s drowning his sorrows, he’s drowning his fear of being left alone. … He’s also putting all of this energy into Alaric so he forgets his own sadness. It’s really effective because Alaric is pretty f–ed up.”
The Bonnie (Kat Graham) issue — Elena will remain asleep until Bonnie dies, thanks to a nasty, irreversible sleeping spell — is painful for Damon in an increasingly complicated way. “The Damon and Bonnie friendship is wonderful and special,” says The Vampire Diaries co-creator Julie Plec. “Because, secretly, Damon[‘s] every third thought is wondering what life would be like if Bonnie Bennett was dead [and then Elena could be revived]. And yet he probably wouldn’t do so well without her.”
“Bonnie knows that,” she continues. “Bonnie knows there’s that elephant in the room. And she knows it’s not her fault. But that doesn’t keep her from feeling a little bit slighted by Damon’s antics, and reminding him that she loved Elena, too. She lost someone she deeply cared about, too. They’re actually kind of living the same journey. They’re just doing it in a different way.”
Though Damon is in pain now, when the fog clears, “he sees the light,” says Somerhalder. “60 years away — he waited for Katherine for 150. He can wait 60-something years until Bonnie bites the big one, and has the big sleep.”
“He, ultimately, is prepared to do it. She said, ‘Don’t be a saint; don’t wait for me. Live your life… and I’ll see you in a little while,'” he continues. “I don’t think that is anywhere near in his train of thought, but he does know there’s a light at the end of the tunnel — it’s just a matter of getting there. To pass the time, he’s going to help his friends, he’s going to enjoy whatever enemies and foes he has. He’s like, ‘F– it, man. I’ve got to wait all this time. I might as well have fun. I might as well drink like a fish, eat like a pig, travel like a maniac, and do some good.’
An unexpected boost to Damon’s mood? Having an enemy — namely, his mother, Lily (Annie Wersching) and her heretics — to focus on. “When Lily came back into the picture, she imposed herself [and] her will on this town,” Somerhalder points out. “Justly so. This woman has been locked up since 1903 — that’s a long time. She has a family [in these heretics] she deeply cares about. She was put in there a vicious ripper, and she rehabilitated herself. She quelled that urge. She fixed herself. And now she’s coming out and she just wants a place for her family. However, it just so happens to be the town that these guys love and they live in.”
Unfortunately for Damon, Stefan (Paul Wesley) has a different approach on how to handle their mother. “Stefan, much to Damon’s chagrin, has been doing everything he can to keep things from disintegrating [in Mystic Falls],” teases Plec. “What we see in the first episode is, as much as he’d like to rid the town of Lily and her heretics, he’s reached a point where, ultimately, you have to negotiate with the terrorists as opposed to trying to get them out. Which is not going to go over well with Damon, who in a way, is going to feel like Stefan rolled over. But Stefan, as always, is thinking from a place of long-term heroics.”
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