Interview: Daniel Gillies on Vampire Diaries Return, Reunion, Major Episode Ahead

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I tried, Vampire Diaries fans.

I poked and prodded and hinted and tried to get Daniel Gillies to spill some details on whether or not his newly revived Original would soon be reunited with all three brothers and his sister - but he just laughed and kept making the same point when the topic arose:

"It's the season of the Originals, like Julie Plec said awhile back. I'm just gonna hide behind that."

Still, we can all read between those exciting lines, can't we?

Elijah is Back!

For awhile now, Gillies said he was "pretty confident" he'd return to Mystic Falls, expressing shock and gratitude for the fans' reaction to Elijah.

"The character just grew in popularity, more so than I ever expected him to," said the actor. "I've died four times and been resurrected four times. It's great."

So now that Elijah is back in the suspense-filled picture, what can we expect from him? How does he view the brother who recently placed him, once again, in "the big sleep," as Gillies referred to his dormant state?

"They're gonna have to put aside their differences," the star said. "Let's face it, both of us have betrayed the other in some way, Klaus obviously more prolifically than Elijah, but Elijah has done his fair share, as well."

Referring specifically to Thursday's "Bringing Out the Dead," Gillies teased the episode will "dictate the course" of the next several installments, with "terms and parameters" getting laid out for various characters.

Gillies explains Elijah's relationship with Klaus as having been "appallingly adversarial for hundreds of years" and said if there's any love at all on his character's end, it was "suppressed" a long time ago.

At this point, Elijah has one item on his agenda: getting his family back together.

The actor doesn't know (or perhaps just can't say) how long he'll be around for this time, but he couldn't stop gushing about the cast and crew on The Vampire Diaries.

"I can't tell you how much I love my job with these guys," he said. "And I really, really love Julie Plec. She's the most considerate boss I've ever had... just so diplomatic and so careful to really listen to you when you have an issue."

That really is very nice to hear, but getting back to Klaus and Rebekah and Finn and Kol and...

"It's the season of the Originals," Gillies said again.

See, I tried.

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cant wait to see the story develop. Exciting @stefansbanker


Elijah is my favorite original. Until he has the ammo, he will wait to off Klaus.


I was never a huge Elijah fan as he wanted to harm everyone in Mystic Falls BUT I do like him better than Klaus and I think he will pretend to be on his brothers side and create havoc with him for awhile and then in the end he will help the others in defeating Klaus


Nothing about Elena and Elijah interactions?!


I never was a big fan of Elijah, but like him better than Klaus! He plays this cold heart being so much better than Klaus! His posture says U everything/ he is suited up what Barney would say! Klaus looks so fragil and weak! Elijah will play his own game, cause he currently has no weapon to defeat Klaus, so he plays save! And will eliminate Klaus in the right time! I'm currently interested how the relations with the other brothers are! On who's side is Finn and on who's side the other one is(can't remember his name).


Daniel (or "Elijah") is my favorite Original! I know when he's on the screen we're in for a fun ride. And he's not to hard on the eyes either ;)

Kitanishi h mcdonald

meant "its now confirmed"

Kitanishi h mcdonald

Great...its not confirmed that tvd's Original Kenny is team Klaus instead of doing his own team, which makes no sense at all. Apparently tvd writers have not heard about "three way" conflict... And yes of course "major episode"...meh. This show hypes up EVERY episode as something "oh my god huge and major and impactful", while in reality this show has yet to have lasting consequences of the events of any plotline. It loves status quo way too much to actually DO something that changes stuff - the huge filler that was the first half of season three proves it.

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