The Vampire Diaries Boss on What's Next: No One is Safe...

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Casting a Spell

On "Do Not Go Gentle," viewers said goodbye to Alaric as we know him. In one of the most well done, heart-breaking scenes to date on TVD, all of this history teacher's loved ones gathered to silently say farewell.

Or did they? Will we see the old Alaric ever again? It doesn't sound that way.

"He's pretty clearly a badass vampire killer with a pretty magnificent, deadly, and unburnable stake," said Julie Plec at a press event in Los Angeles this week, following a screening of the episode. "I definitely think he's going to be a conflict-provider; not to make it an understatement. He's not going to be the friendliest version of Alaric we've ever met. He's pretty hardcore, which is going to be equally exciting and devastating, because he's one of our heroes who is no longer one of our heroes."

Plec added that this storyline was conjured before Matt Davis ever signed on for a CW pilot, and that next week's "Before Sunset" will find Alaric on the hunt.

“Alaric wants the Originals dead, and the very first thing that we see at the head of the next episode is Alaric in the high school where Caroline and Rebekah are having a little post-dance clean-up. So things only get worse from there. It’s a very extreme, hard-core episode of Alaric on a tear, and no one is safe."

As for other developments:

  • Because it took so long to shoot, involving the entire cast, Plec said she had to fight for the goodbye-to-Alaric scene, but she did because she saw it as the "heart and soul of this episode, and one of the heart and soul moments of the season."
  • Yes, Bonnie is possessed. And, no, she won't like it. Plec said the witch will start to ask: "'Where’s my free will? And where’s my choice?’ That’s going to impact her character moving forward."
  • Elena WILL choose one sibling before the season is over and her decision will "effect everything," Plec teased.
  • Caroline, conversely, has already made a choice, Candice Accola said: "She is fighting like hell to just have a normal relationship with her boyfriend, in high school. It’s all she wants."

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Elena was at her most annoying last night. Picking Stefan to go to the dance with her after that epic kiss with Damon last week? Makes no sense. And once again, Damon is picking up the pieces of the mess since everything gets dumped on him, while Stefan is hitting on Elena in the high school gym. Classic.

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"Guest": Good point, maybe she does choose HER sibling? Not sure what that would mean or entail..but interesting inference from Plec's words!

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The scene Julie Plec fought for was my favorite of the episode and one of my favorite of the season. Now, if Alaric had just stayed dead, I wouldn't have left feeling so cheated... Also, so the Elena chooses herself thing is off the table? Well, then I think she chooses Damon, as choosing Stefan would change nothing unless it made Damon really nasty again....


We dont need stelena. we've had stelena. what we need is progression faster development. if she chooses stefan then there is no development and not a single ounce of progression from season one. the triangle will be dead. we will have come so close to having delena, SO CLOSE and then we just get thrown right back to phase one? forget it.
at the end of this season, its delena or nothing.


i dont want bonnie to leave i just think they need to develop her character like they did everyone else. if not then she should put herself first and leave.


want elena to choose stefan or put jeremy first. i love damon but i think he deserves better than elena and always coming second.


Elena won`t choose Stefan. That`s obvious. How could that lame stuff affect the whole show. It would be too obvious and just a step back to good old times. I also think she will choose just her humanity and a life that fits that. Having kids, to study somewhere and especially growin old. Stefan would be no "game changer" and Damon at this point maybe "too much". So the poster gave us a hint. And by the way, one sibling will leave MF if she choose the other. So, what should this show be without one of them. She will choose herself and the brothers will choose themself and their complicated relationsship. Must admit that i don`t like this version. But i think it will straight go to the shipper-wars. It`s unbelieveable what some fans twitter to Julie including death-threads. But choosin herself is so TRUE BLOOD or Kelly Taylor-like. Don`t like that, even that the triangle could go on indirectly.


I am going to miss good ol' Alaric and especially his friendship with Damon, snarky comments, them drinking at the bar etc. Oh man, how I'm going to miss that. That said, I really don't mind Alaric as a vampire. Matt Davis plays an outstanding villian, he is so much more sinister than Klaus. Also glad that the focus is now on a core character. I like the Originals but less of them doesn't hurt. Looking forward to Vamp-Alaric!!!


I really don't like Alaric as a vampire. Though I was pretty sure that I will not be able to enjoy this show without Matt Davis. He's one of the best actors there. And his character is much more convincing and intersting than Bonnie or Caroline.


CHRISSY: Elena and Stefan should definitely be together,he is good for her.... I love Damon soooooo much bt team# stefan...omg tonite episode wasso exciting n different

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