EXCLUSIVE: Julie Plec on "Dark Place" Ahead for The Vampire Diaries

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Just how many werewolves are coming to Mystic Falls? Who will play Klaus? And, seriously, how many times can we expect to see Ian Somerhalder shirtless over the second half of season two?

These were just some of the questions we asked The Vampire Diaries producer Julie Plec in an exclusive interview, the first part of which we've excerpted below.

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Overall, what can we expect when the show returns?
We’re going to come to the end of what we’re calling our werewolf chapter, which will really take that story to a really dark place and really change a lot of characters lives, not necessarily in a good way.

We are going to dig deeper into the secrets of our new witches and what Bonnie's role is going to be in their story, and of course it's all about the fear of the impending Klaus, and who’s going to be fighting on who’s side, who’s bond is with who, who’s going to betray whom, and is this curse going to be lifted at the hands of a sacrifice that would kill Elena. We’re full steam ahead.

Do you ever fear the show will run out of storylines?
We never worry that we’re going to run out of steam because we know we have a lot of story to tell and that story can go on and on. What’s complicated is every episode is brand new. Rather than working on a CSI or even X-Files, where each week you have this formula to build off of, it’s like we’re starting a new movie from scratch each week. It’s trying to do that at a level of consistency of quality week after week, it’s just a really daunting task.

More than anything it’s not do we have enough story, it's how can we tell the best story possible every week in the time that we have. All of us are control freaks and perfectionists, so we kill ourselves trying to do it and I’m proud of it. Either the show will get cancelled in five years or we’ll die before one of the two things happen (laughs). We’re always going to try to make it as great as it can be.

How many more werewolves are coming to Mystic Falls?
That I can’t say, but I will say Tyler isn’t the only one, as we’ve just met Jules. Jules was talking to someone on the phone during the previous episode, and it's quite possible that that somebody might be showing up to town pretty soon.

Will we ever see Nina Dobrev take on more than two characters/episode?
That would be so cool and so hard to do. If we were ever going to do that to that poor thing, it would have to be the storyline of the century. Who knows!

Is there a clause in Ian Somerhalder's contract about appearing shirtless a certain number of times per month?
(Laughs.) No. It’s funny, we had a little bit of a drought of our shirtless boys this season, because we only put them shirtless when it feels right for the story. But I looked at Kevin and I was like, “everybody’s had too many clothes on for the last 6 or 7 episodes. This is wrong. So we’ll be seeing more bare-chested boys as we go into the New Year. All totally organic to the story, as always, of course (laughs).

Do you have any idea who will play Klaus?
None whatsoever. We started the casting process, we’re early in it. We have high standards, and high hopes. It's going to be very tough to not only hold their own against Ian and Paul, but also Daniel Gillies [Elijah], who a pretty tremendous actor. We’re taking the casting very seriously and it’ll be interesting to see how it turns out.

** We'll post part two of our interview with Plec near to the January 27 return of the show. Head over to our Vampire Diaries forum to discuss her answers now.


hopefully they won't ruin tyler and caroline if they do I will be pissed I have been watching the show for them now and if they do something really bad to them I don't know if I can watch anymore


DELENA!!! i love stefan and elena i really do. but damn can these writers not see that damon and elena will be better??? MAKE IT HAPPEN! FAST PLZ
SHIRTLESS GUYSSSS....hahaha yeaaay


i think they are all doing a tremendous job.


the show is SOOOOOO different from the books, it keeps me very interested. Im excited to see who gets casted for Klaus and hopes he lives up to his Expectations. bonnie should JUST PICK JEREMY.i love the shirtless scenes. damon is hotter and has way better eyes but stefan has the better body hands down. i heard that a few people are going to die and it is a possibility it could be jenna. and i like the tyler and caroline storyline and stop calling damon a manhore! TVD is tthe best show ever and the cast is Amazing but i dont like matt :)


I can't believe I'm finally admitting this but here goes...I'm in love with Damon and Elena and they MUST be endgame. I finally watched all of season 2 so far and they blow me away! Chemistry, intensity, playful etc. I love Stefan but Elena is going to grow up and mature and that will mean Elena should pick Damon in the end. Hope the writers realize they need to change it up, Stelena is to old guard for me.


Almost forgot I also love and miss damon the MANWHORE!


What this isn't anything new plus didn't answer your questions! I need more info!!! Please am gonna go crazy!!! Jk but seriously I love this show who AGREES WITH ME! I want the second part come on people let's join forces and tell them to post the second part now HELP ME!! I Love SPOILERS yea am weird like dat!


I feel like they are totally going to ruin Tyler and Caroline Yeah, I'm nervous about this too.


I really enjoy the werewolf part of the show and looking forward to more Bonnie. As for Damon, I enjoy him. However, I'm glad that the show isn't all about him. Find too much of Damon chasing his brothers girlfriend very very boring. Damon is his best when he's killing/acting all kickass and of course chasing all the women. Really miss Damon the manwhore.

Amy jackey

shirtless guys a big plus

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Vampire Diaries Quotes

You want a love that consumes you. You want passion and adventure, and even a little danger... I want you to get everything you're looking for. But for right now, I want you to forget that this happened. Can't have people knowing I'm in town yet. Goodnight, Elena.


When 9 Russians tell you you're drunk, you lie down.

Enzo [to Bonnie]