The Vampire Diaries has a very strong premiere last week with "I Know What You Did Last Summer" and carried a lot of the old school TVD vibe that we all love. Caroline and Elena start their college experience happy, with only a few bumps in the road; i.e. vervain water in the mini, non-entry to the frat house and of course the bigger twist of their vampire-aware roomie biting the dust. Well, I have the spoilers and insights about this week's episode and what's to come for Caroline and Elena as season 5 develops.
Elena and Caroline's friendship is going strong at the start of the season. What sort of troubles will they face this year in college?
I have no idea what kind of troubles they are going to face throughout the season, but they are really good right now. I think what the writers do so well in writing this female friendship is that they can have women tell each other the truth, "Hey, I don't agree when you do that, but I still love you even though I don't like it." It's not a bunch of women talking about each other behind their backs and being mean for the sake of being mean. There's real purpose to any of their conflicts. I love that because that's how friendships really are. You don't always get along with your friends, you don't always like your friends but you love them and it's all rooted in the greater good of wanting the best for each other.
The two of them are kind of like buddy detectives, at least in the beginning ...
I love that Caroline and Elena are much more sure of who they are now, to be able to find the answers themselves, whereas before, over the past four seasons, they'd have to go to Damon and go to Stefan and ask someone to find the answers. Now, they know so much that they can go and figure it out for themselves and they're enjoying that role greatly.
Caroline and Elena also learn that there is much more going on at college than they originally thought. How does their new, now deceased roommate, Megan~Hayley Kiyoko, play into that?
I think it would be a very poor decision on the writers' part [not to follow through on that and have] nothing supernatural follow them there. We'll see these characters not have your average college experience. There will be drama that follows them there, and they're going to have to get to the bottom of all of these new problems that have popped up at school. Rest assured, it won't just be frat parties and keg stands. There will be a lot more going on at Whitmore College.
Hypothetically speaking, how do you think Caroline will react when she finds out about Bonnie's sacrifice?
I would assume not well when Elena and Caroline learn what's happened to Bonnie. They will be quite heartbroken.
How does Jesse~Kendrick Sampson play into Caroline's story?
What's really fun about the girls going to school is we have the opportunity to meet a whole bunch of new characters, and Jesse is one of these new characters. He's a very good-looking gentleman who seems to have taken a liking to Caroline, but Caroline's really focused on Tyler (Michael Trevino) and is not in any position to want to spend time with [Jesse]. But Elena's trying to encourage this budding romance, which quite frankly, Caroline does not consider a budding romance at all.
What's the likelihood of Tyler and Caroline lasting?
The likelihood of them lasting is just as likely as any other high school relationships that [travel] to college. Sometimes that works, sometimes that doesn't. I think Caroline's really trying to make it work but I think in most circumstances, high school sweethearts don't really make it past freshman year.
Nadia has a very surprising connection to [spoiler].