That's the sound Vampire Diaries viewers can finally make, as the show is on hiatus until January 27 and we're able to finally catch our breath from what's been a non-stop thrill ride of unexpected twists and turns.
What can we look forward to when this drama does come back? Producer Kevin Williamson gave an extensive interview to The New York Post this week, in which he previewed what's to come for Tyler, Elijah and others...
Whatever happens in 2011, be assured that Elena will be at the center of it.
What's the future for Tyler and Caroline?
They are 100% in a relationship – it’s just a friendship right now bordering on something else. Will it go to the next level? I can’t say. But they have a kinship of common suffering that Matt will never understand.
That was too much for him. It’s too much to bear. He doesn’t ever, ever want to go through that again. And if there’s a chance he won’t, he’ll do anything.
What is going on with Jonas and Luca?
The second half of the season will really delve into the relationships between Jonas, Elijah and Klaus. We start to answer who they are, who they were, how they know each other, what they are to each other, what they’re up to and how Mystic Falls factors into it. And by Mystic Falls, I mean Elena.
Is John Gilbert coming back?
Of course. He comes back as a result of Isobel... We don’t know what he’s up to, what his agenda is or why he’s back. It certainly can’t be because he’s decided to be a good father... He brings up so much potential in terms of how ugly and mean and bad this lifestyle can make you. He works on all the courses – he’s Elena’s real father, so you have that emotional tie. He’s complete fodder for Katherine, who chopped his fingers off.
He’s there, he’s entrenched in everyone’s life. I’m all about potential and if you are a character with potential, you’ll be brought back.
Will Rose die?
We implied that a bite was fatal, but those legends are tricky. You don’t always know. We are going to show what happens when a werewolf bites a vampire in very much the same way the Tyler curse played out. I think there needs to be a true jeopardy when a werewolf bites a vampire, or there’s no real conflict. Then a vampire can just kill anyone.
The werewolf needs to truly be a threat to a vampire on a full moon. They need to want to stay home, lock their doors and hide because if you get nicked, it’s a horrible, horrible, horrible ordeal.