Daniel Gillies Talks Vampire Diaries Spinoff, Use of Flashbacks

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Fans can hardly contain themselves: Daniel Gillies will be a lead on The Vampire Diaries spinoff, taking his beloved character of Elijah to New Orleans along with Joseph Morgan's Klaus and Phoebe Tonkin's Hayley.

The only person who may be even more excited about this casting? Gillies himself.

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“Julie Plec has been talking about this for a little while and to be honest with you, I never thought it was going to become a reality,” Gillies told EW this week. “I just thought it was a cool idea she threw around and I did not dare to dream that it would come to fruition. I knew that if it did, we would be a part of it, but I didn’t want to get ahead of myself. But I feel very blessed that it is closer to becoming a reality now.”

Gillies, who will appear on the April 25 backdoor pilot of The Originals, also revealed one snippet about the series, assuming it gets picked up by The CW.

It will be set in contemporary New Orleans, but the show will also go back in time often. Or, as Gilles puts it:

"[It] will flash back to show what the f–k happened to us to bring us to this moment."

We can't wait.

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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.


Dear Elena, yes you heard that correctly. Hell has frozen over. I'm writing it all down. Granted, I'm half a bottle in thanks to my 1950 Chateau Cheval Blanc, a bottle I waited 65 years to open. I used to spend nights sitting in my wine cellar convincing myself I could hear it age, tannins growing, fermenting, but appreciating its beauty didn't make time go by any faster. The bottle just laid there on its shelf, torturing me while I waited for Katherine and time stood still. Eventually I convinced myself that no sip of that wine could ever taste as good as I dreamt it would. And that is the story of why I drink bourbon. I don't know who I am without you, but I know that as long as I'm with you, time will stand still. So who is Damon Salvatore without Elena Gilbert? A selfish friend, a jealous brother, a horrible son? Or maybe with a little luck, I'll do right by you. Because you may be a thousand miles away or a hundred years away, but you're still here with me and my heart is right there in that coffin with you. Until you come back to me.