The Vampire Diaries just ended and I'm already missing my Thursday night Mystic Falls crew!! EP and Showrunner Julie Plec has already dug deep into next season and has a clear outline of where out players are headed in season 5. I have some fresh scoop to share, including spoilery details about Silas' true agenda, Stefan's watery fate, a time jump and much more!!
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.
Is Stefan going to be buried for a long time?
Plec: We’ll have to see. Certainly no one’s gonna want to watch The Vampire Diaries without their Stefan alive and well and hangin’ out. So we’ll try not to prolong the torture for too long, but it is gonna be torture. So it will definitely change him. If and when he finally gets free, he’s not necessarily gonna come out of there all sunshine and rainbows.
The water coming into the coffin was a nice touch: It’s one thing to be buried alive, but to be buried alive in water — horrifying.
Plec: I mean, how awful when you think about it. He can’t be killed by it. He’ll inhale the water, he’ll go unconscious, he’ll come back to consciousness because he can heal himself, and then he’ll drown all over again. [Laughs] It kinda sucks.
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.
And we’ll see Silas as Stefan now, as opposed to other people?
Plec: He’s still psychic, so he can still do what he wants to do and appear how he wants to appear. Definitely now he’s got a body that he can inhabit pretty safely, and I’m sure it’s a lot easier to just walk around as his normal self than having to use up all that energy trying to convince people he’s someone else. So I think more often than not, we’ll see him as Paul Wesley.
So is it like the Curse of the Sun and the Moon where everything we thought we knew about Silas’ motivations was wrong? Did he actually want to take the cure and die to be with someone?
His definite agenda is to rid himself of the curse of immortality. An immortal life without somebody that you love is kind of its own worst torture and punishment. Yet, he cannot be killed, and now that Katherine has taken the cure, and there was only one, he can’t have the cure. So we’ll start to see what he wants the next step of his existence to be and how he’s going to find ways to achieve this.
Is he the Big Bad for next season?
Plec: He’s A bad. He’s certainly by no means the only villain, and not necessarily even the most dastardly.
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?"
What does it mean for Katherine? Will we see more of her next season to watch her deal with this?
Plec: I think we’ll be seeing a bit more of Katherine. As always, we have to be careful with overworking the hardest-working woman in show business, Nina Dobrev. There’s so much fun to be had with seeing this nasty, manipulative, fearless, undefeatable Katherine suddenly finding herself vulnerable, killable. It may be time to pay some of the price for all the crappy things she’s done to other people over the last 500 years. She'll be in need of protection, much like the first Elena we met four years ago — it'll be fun.
Will we see her in Mystic Falls or New Orleans?
Plec: I think we’ll definitely see her knockin’ on somebody’s door when she’s in a bind. As we know the Salvatore Brothers are pretty good at protecting the ladies, so you never know.
Can you imagine a time Elena and Katherine could ever find common ground?
Plec: You know I actually think that if they ever sat down and had a bottle of wine and a bag of chips they'd probably realize they have a lot more in common than they think. But they have a lot of hate and bitterness and altogether bad blood there so it might take a couple of bags of chips and a case of wine.
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, but we're looking forward to Elena on her own as a vampire and living her new life in college.
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.
Are we going to see a new witch?
Plec: [Laughs] Put it this way: It will be awfully nice to write the show without any witch spells for a little while, but I’m sure there’ll be another witch in Mystic Falls before time is up.
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. "Nobody knows the truth” about his resurrection — specifically, that Bonnie essentially sacrificed her life for his. As a result, “There’s going to be some explaining to do and it’s not necessarily going to make his return to his old life very easy.”
Where will Matt and Rebekah be when we pick up?
Plec: We'll definitely see them when we start up next season. We do have the ability to use Rebekah on either show in the beginning. We will see when we start writing how much of her we’ll see before she heads off to New Orleans.” One scenario has the new season of TVD picking up at the tail end of Rebekah and Matt’s European vacation. “When we get back, we might see [them] still on their trip,” shares Plec, adding, “When Matt gets back to Mystic Falls, his whole world will have changed. I can’t wait to see what comes out of that adventure and how he re-adapts to life at Mystic Grill.”
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.
Will there be a time jump next season?
Plec: Definitely our intention is to pick up the beginning of the season as everyone is making their preparations to go to college or whatever it is they're going to do.
Will Tyler be back in the fold full time next season?
Plec: 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.
With Klaus telling Caroline he wants to be her final love, does that mean there's opportunity for them to actually get to that place?
Plec: "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.