Executive Producer of The Vampire Diaries and its spinoff The Originals Julie Plec sat down with Give Me My Remote to talk about both and the new version of The Originals‘ pilot;
“It’s so cool, because it tells you everything that happens when we were watching Klaus do his thing, and meet up with Marcel, and try to get to the bottom of his own mystery [in the backdoor pilot],” THE ORIGINALS/THE VAMPIRE DIARIES executive producer Julie Plec told reporters after the Television Critics Association panel for her new series. “It’s the story of a brother coming into town to try and figure out what happened with his younger, black sheep brother. So he’s kind of playing detective a bit. We get to see scenes that existed in the [backdoor] pilot, but more from Elijah’s point of view. And he believes when he learns of [Hayley's] pregnancy that it will be that easy to convince his brother to jump on board. So to watch Elijah jump on board and declare how simple it will be, and then to have Klaus reject the baby will be [Elijah's] powerful moment, as opposed to the pilot where it was Klaus’ powerful moment…and by the last act, we’re moving past that night, and everything we see is new, and it tees up the series.”
“We actually are doing a bit of a time jump [on THE ORIGINALS, too],” Plec noted. “Originally, we were going to air on our own night, so the bummer is now we’ll have college [on THE VAMPIRE DIARIES' premiere] and then we’ll be going back in time for THE ORIGINALS premiere episode, which will be back to that night in the spring [when the backdoor pilot took place]. But after that, in episode two [of THE ORIGINALS], Rebekah shows up and she’s been to Europe and she’s done that whole thing. So then we can do things like aim for crossover opportunities.”
“The show starts where it left off,” actress Kat Graham says on a recent visit to The Hollywood Reporter video lounge, “where the only person that can see her is Jeremy because he can see dead people.”
“She loves her friends and family and she can’t connect to them, and it creates an intimacy relying on one person as your connection to the one thing that matters the most to you,” Graham says. “It’s a really beautiful thing to see. She only has him (Jeremy) at this point.”
Now that Bonnie is firmly ingrained in “the other side,” Vampire Diaries will finally explore a world that has often only been mentioned. “That’s something new for the fans. They’ll be able to see that side that hasn’t been explored yet,” she says.
While the girls are in good standing, their romantic relationships might not be. Caroline and Tyler are still together, but things aren’t exactly progressing according to her plan. “Caroline went to all these great lengths to get Tyler freed from whatever mean and cruel servitude Klaus had him under and come back to Mystic Falls,” Julie said. Unfortunately, he gets caught up helping out some werewolves and isn’t in a hurry to return to the classes Caroline’s enrolled him in.
“Part of their first relationship conflict will be at what point does he show up and how much does he really want to be there? One thing we really want to play with the two of them is when you go away to college, a relationship that was cemented so strongly in high school goes through a few bumps along the road,” Julie explained. “We wanted a real human experience for them in addition to the supernatural stuff they have going on. They love each other deeply, but they’re also on two very different paths, so we’ll see where they land.”
Meanwhile, Julie said that “Damon and Elena are living the ultimate hometown hottie long-distance relationship. We all had that, where we went off to college and tried to keep a relationship going with a boy that we loved. Sometimes you end up marrying that guy, and sometimes by Christmas break you’re over. Part of the fun of Damon and Elena will be seeing how they handle being separated, and once it’s revealed to them that Stefan’s not just out living his life, that he’s actually in jeopardy, what will that do to both their relationship and also to Elena’s commitment to college?”
With Julie Plec now an Executive Producer on three series (The Vampire Diaries, spin-off The Originals, and The Tomorrow People), The Vampire Diaries has promoted Caroline Dries to a higher showrunning status. Dries has been involved with TVD since the very first season, and before that worked on series including Smallville.
We spoke with Ms. Dries at a press roundtable at this year’s Comic-Con International in San Diego, where we tried to find out what we can about the upcoming fifth season of TVD, which starts on The CW October 3. Before anything, she tells us that the season premiere will follow a time jump, and we’ll find out what happened during the intervening time. If you can’t wait until October, though, here are some hints:
“Elena spent the summer vacation kind of on a honeymoon with Damon,” Dries tells us. They’ve just been living happily in bliss, totally unaware that Stefan’s dying and coming back to life and drowning and dying, so she’s all good. She’s like ‘I’m going to go to college. I’m a functioning, normal human vampire.’ And right away, road bump, road bump, road bump,” she says, implying that the bliss might be short lived.
DAMON’S PAST RETURNS TO HAUNT HIM — Damon (Ian Somerhalder) realizes Elena (Nina Dobrev) is in danger and enlists Stefan’s (Paul Wesley) help to find her. The brothers pay a visit to Aaron (guest star Shaun Sipos), and Damon shocks Stefan by revealing his first-hand knowledge of Aaron’s family. In an attempt to stop Damon, Dr. Wes (guest star Rick Cosnett) unleashes his secret weapon, forcing Damon to deal with a part of his past he thought was gone forever, as well as the consequences of his decades-long plan for revenge. Meanwhile, Elena is horrified by Dr. Wes’ confessions about the dark history of Whitmore College and his own ultimate goal. Finally, a frantic Katherine (Nina Dobrev) turns to Matt (Zach Roerig) for help, until she realizes that Nadia (guest star Olga Fonda) may be the one who can solve her problem.
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