Friday, April 27, 2012
"He's going to be hardcore, which is equally exciting and devastating because he's one of our heroes who's no longer one of our heroes," Plec said. "[In next week's episode] Alaric goes on a tear and no one is safe. There's going to be a lot of people at one point or another that you're not sure are going to make it to Season 4." Oh, and she confirmed that Alaric is indeed the man responsible for the horrifying look on Damon and Rebekah's faces in this photo.
Esther's really dead, but her exit will reignite Klaus (Joseph Morgan)
Plec says Klaus now realizes his mother will not stop coming after him. "This is a second call to arms for Klaus, who may have gotten distracted by pretty blondes," she said. "This is a reminder he's not going to let his guard down — it's a reboot of the villain."
If Esther — not the ring — was pushing Alaric to the bad side, does that mean Jeremy's ring is OK?
Yes and no. "It means that the stakes of death and resuscitation are possibly not as intense for Jeremy as they were for Alaric, but there's always going to be a concern of consequence for cheating death one too many times," Plec said.
Was that really Bonnie when she was bitten?
"She was very clearly under some sort of witchy influence," Plec said. "Bonnie's issue now is, 'What the hell? I've got vampires telling me what to do, [and] now I have the witches telling me what to do. Where's my free will? Where's my choice?' That's going to influence her character moving forward."
Elena went to the dance with Stefan, but is still so conflicted
The emotional scene between the two only intensified the notion that Elena (Nina Dobrev) cannot risk losing either Stefan (Paul Wesley) or Damon (Ian Somerhalder) from her life right now. "These two men are so important to her and she has lost almost everyone that has ever mattered to her. So how do you choose in a moment like that?" Plec said. "The last two episodes of the season are really going to be about her asking herself that question and really trying to understand how she could possibly let one of them go when she's already lost so much."
Tyler (Michael Trevino) will stand up to his hybrid master
Our friendly werewolf is about to get some cojones, Trevino revealed. "In these last two episodes, you see him actually take some action against Klaus and maybe not follow his orders when it comes to Caroline. He's tired of getting bit--ed around and he acts on it and it gets messy."
Life wasn't completely peachy before Elena met the Salvatores
While Plec maintained that the finale flashback won't reveal a supernatural influence on the Gilbert car wreck (yes, it was really an accident), it will show that Elena's life has always been complicated. "We get a nice flash of what it was like when [Matt and Elena] were dating and they were themselves [in] a troubled relationship," Plec said. "So even though she's remembering a simpler time, her problems were just as complicated."
The brothers could, for once, get past the love triangle
"There's a really nice scene in next week's episode that shows they might just survive this no matter how it plays out when it's all said and done," Plec said. "The cliché is that the girl tears them apart, so [we said], 'How can we have the girl bring them even closer together?'"
A final tease for the final two episodes
We're pretty sure your heart won't stop racing until the final moment of the season. "The penultimate episode is very adrenaline-infused and there are big mythology moves that happen," Plec said. "The finale is more emotional, but by no means the epilogue to the season. If anything it's half closing the door to one year and blowing the lid off the door to the next."
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Wednesday, April 25, 2012
By the end of the episode, Elena had pulled back from Damon, even though the audience (along with Jeremy) had heard ghost Rose’s passionate plea for why she should choose Damon. So where does that leave us? With some hope for those rooting for Stefan. “Stefan was very, very gracious to encourage her to go on this road trip with Damon. His point of view, as he expressed to Alaric, is that all this work that I’ve done to get myself to be worthy of her and how much I care for her doesn’t matter if she has feelings for someone else. He’s allowing that room for her to explore that, which is a fairly magnanimous gesture for a dude, truthfully,” Plec says. “Elena, still being very confused about her feelings for Damon — which obviously exist, it’s just how does she want to define them — gets schooled by Caroline, who is proudly wearing her Team Stefan T-shirt at the beginning of this episode, metaphorically speaking. She’s basically saying, ‘You’re supposed to be exploring, so explore both sides. You and Stefan, in my opinion, are meant to be. So make sure that you explore him, too.’ That encourages Elena to reach out to Stefan and say, ‘Look, I don’t know what’s going on with us, or if anything can ever go on with us, but why don’t we give this one night a shot to just spend some time together.” (Will Stefan find out about Damon and Elena’s steamy makeout session? “Elena doesn’t keep it a secret. What gets said about it is part of the episode. It’s addressed but not addressed,” Plec says.)
The night that Stefan and Elena spend together is, of course, the Roaring ’20s Decade Dance. “Damon comes in at an unfortunately romantically inopportune moment to say, ‘Fun’s over. We’ve got a problem.’ Damon is actually, like, a double c—blocker in this episode,’ now that I think about it,” Plec laughs. “There’s two moments where Damon interrupts something romantic accidentally.” The problem has to do with last week’s big Rebesther twist, in which Esther took over Rebekah’s body to get to Alaric (or Evilaric), who fetched the white oak stake that can kill an Original. “Last year at the decade dance, we had Alaric being possessed by Klaus though a bodyswapping spell. It felt poetic to bookend this year’s decade dance with the same trick,” Plec says. “Earlier in the season, we actually talked about having Esther take the form of somebody else, whether it be Bonnie or Rebekah, before we met her in present day. And then we ditched that plan early on, and came back around to it for this episode.” She doesn’t want to say too much, but she will tease this: ”That story line takes instantly a left turn right at the beginning of the episode. So everything everybody thinks they’re gonna see is actually different.” We wouldn’t expect anything less.