Following a few slow weeks, The Vampire Diaries Season 5 Episode 19 provided definite movement on many fronts as we head toward the May 15 finale.
Fans are now privy to The Travelers' plan and must be wondering just how treacherous Enzo will/can be from The Other Side.
(See my review for a more detailed recap of the episode.)
Earlier this week, I was among a handful of journalists at a screening of the episode, which was followed by a Q&A with producer Caroline Dries and star Ian Somerhalder. Scroll down for an idea of what we can expect as The Vampire Diaries Season 5 winds to a close...
Bye, Bye, Other Side: While some are trying to save that place where dead people go (and often return from), its days are numbered.
"The Other Side component is more of our desire to get rid of The Other Side because we want it so moving forward, when characters, die it’s ‘now they’re dead.’ Deadsville,” said Dries.
What does that mean for Bonnie? We’ll have to wait to find out, but the Dries did say we’ll see more familiar faces from the past (a la Matt seeing Vicki) emerge in the weeks ahead.
A Denz Discussion: Viewers aren’t the only ones who are loving the bromance between Damon and Enzo. In fact, Somerhalder explained how he felt a connection with actor Michael Malarkey early on.
“I remember the first scene when we’re in the cell in [The Vampire Diaries Season 5 Episode 9]... we were rehearsing in that cell... but I remember even the first rehearsal I thought ‘Oh, yeah, man. This guy is on it.’ Not only does he look like Johnny Depp but he’s just in it and he’s in it and I can’t wait to see what Damon and Enzo end up doing.”
And, yes, Somerhalder jokingly asked Dries, “Do Damon and Enzo hook up?”
Enzo, The Ghost? “If you kill Enzo, I’m going to quit,” is what Dries said Somerhalder told her from the set, which could explain why Enzo’s heart ripped out of his chest didn’t exactly spell the end of him last night.
“He is going to become this ghost villain moving forward and we’ll see him all the way through to the finale as the bad guy.”
Asked how much damage Enzo can do from The Other Side, Dries said we’ll see in the next episode why and how he’s able to do it - and expect it to have something to do with The Other Side falling apart. He’s also now going to be pissed that he’s actually dead in a place that is about to collapse.
The End Of Delena? Damon has made it clear that he has no interest in having Elena in her life anymore. But will that stick?
“He said I don’t want to look at you,” recalled Dries and she said she and the writers tried to craft this episode so Damon might interact with her but he never really looks into her open eyes.
“I love the moment where Damon brings Elena home and then puts her in bed and then disappears before she opens her eyes,” said Dries. “I thought that was cool because he was kind of, in a way, keeping his promise.”
Next week, though, the two former lovers will be in a situation where they “can’t help but literally be on top of each other."
Home Sweet Home? Running parallel with Enzo’s revenge and The Other Side through the rest of the season will be The Travelers and their singular goal, which they’ll do anything to achieve.
“They’re kind of two separate things,” said Dries about whether Enzo’s revenge will cross or converge with The Travelers. But she did explain why the Travelers needed such a simple goal: to find a home.
“We always get criticized for being so confusing and all this mythology so we tried to make it as simple as possible without all of these rules,” she said.
That Doppelganger Blood: As for laying out the idea of doppelganger blood being the remedy for ending magic, Dries explained how it works:
“It literally undoes magic, so what we saw with Sloan when she was a vampire, it strips away her vampirism and leaves her in the state she was in before she was a vampire and that state was she’s dead….so if you were to do that to Damon, the same thing would happen and it’s like ‘oh, geez, if they can do this globally, then will it get rid of all vampires? That’s the threat.”
She clarified that The Travelers care less about getting rid of vamps than just getting rid of the magic on their people. But, as Markos said in the episode, they’re going to need a lot more blood.
More Tyler! Fear not, Tyler will be “more front and center" as we move along, Dries teased. She explained of his current state of being held by The Travelers:
“Let’s have what happened to Katherine happen to Tyler and make the drama of that [be] there’s no getting him out. That knife is gone and so he’s stuck,” she said. “So we wanted play that out and give it fully its due as a full arc and you’ll see what happens in the finale."
Bonnie The Liar: “She’s such a liar,” said Dries with a smile, noting Bonnie didn’t tell Jeremy she’s more than likely not going to be around much longer. But how long before she tells Jeremy or, in true TVD fashion, he finds out on his own?
“What if Jeremy doesn’t find out and is that a nicer gift for him to have since he’s gone through dealing with Bonnie almost dying or dying a couple of times?” Dries asked.
She added that Bonnie has “been through this before so what if she changes this up and is like ‘you know what? I’m living on borrowed time anyway. I’m not supposed to be back here so why don’t I treat every day like a gift and not be putting this burden on other people?’... it’s her way of just coping, I think.”
What About Caroline? “I think she’s got a little relationship/crush/feeling for someone that is going to creep to the surface,” Dries teased. “And that is going to cause a potential riff between her and one of her friends…and moving into season six we’re going to see her actually set her sights on someone and try to make the move.”
Lots of Death. If The Other Side is truly gone soon, will we see people die – like, REALLY die – by the end of the season? Dries said yes and added: “I can think of three, offhand."
What about The Vampire Diaries 6? Dries teased that the writers are already breaking story for next season and she previewed that in the finale “a giant thing happens…and we just start with everyone in a different orbit in a way and so season six, I think, will be bringing people back together and picking up the pieces."
Did you like this episode better than past episodes this season? What would you like to see in the finale? Sound off now and check out pictures from The Vampire Diaries Season 5 Episode 22, "Home."
Jim Halterman is the West Coast Editor of TV Fanatic and the owner of JimHalterman.com. Follow him on Twitter.