Steven R. McQueen is one of The Vampire Diaries’ best kept secrets. And while we see him pretty regularly on The CW hit, it’s not nearly enough. Luckily, we recently chatted with the star and learned that there’s all sorts of goodness ahead for the littlest Gilbert in Mystic Falls, including more romance with Bonnie (Kat Graham) and a twist we did not see coming — Jeremy, the vampire slayer?!
JEREMY & BONNIE | “How serious it is [between Bonnie and Jeremy] has yet to be seen, but it feels real so far,” McQueen tells us of the budding lovebirds. “They do care for each other, and in Thursday’s episode things really start to pick up.” The VD stud adds that “they’ve been drawing out the blossoming of that relationship because it’s kind of a forbidden romance,” but Elena (Nina Dobrev) will soon discover the secret tryst between her baby bro and her bestie:
“Elena will find out, and yes, it is kind of a big deal,” he previews. “But on the other hand, there’s so much stuff going on that Jeremy and Bonnie getting together isn’t that huge. It will take her aback for a second, but Klaus is coming and there are just much bigger things going on.”
JEREMY & ELENA | Speaking of “bigger things going on,” McQueen assures fans that Jeremy is 100 percent on Elena’s side when it comes to The Originals’ impending doom — even if he’s still conflicted about the whole thing. “Before, Jeremy was always rebelling against his sister, but now with all this crazy stuff going on, it’s like, ‘Alright, we butt heads from time to time, [but] we’re family, I love ya and I’ll do what I’ve got to do to protect you.’ They’ve definitely gotten closer — and Jeremy’s no longer a s—head character.
“He’s gone through a hell of a lot of change, from a kid suppressing his emotions with drugs and alcohol to becoming himself,” muses McQueen, who adds that his personal journey has paralleled Jeremy’s: “I went through the whole AA thing and am currently sober, so it was therapeutic work for myself.”
JEREMY & UNCLE JOHN | Sadly, protecting big sis can only go so far — especially when it comes to the return of evilish Uncle John (David Anders). “John and Jeremy don’t interact right away, because it’s thin ice between the two,” McQueen tells us. “But Jeremy’s still interested in him because John knows about his father. He’s finding out about his legacy to become this vampire hunter and Uncle John knows about all it.”.
JEREMY & THAT UPCOMING DEATH | Will Jeremy survive the much-talked about final battle between werewolves and vampires — and their human counterparts? McQueen’s not sure, but offers this (Warning: It won’t make you worry any less about J’s fate): “It’s terrifying, you know? [Laughs] I was a four-year-old girl named Margaret in the books, so I’m not exactly all that safe. Luckily, Jeremy has that ring to bring him back from supernatural death, but he could slip and hit his head on a rock and be gone tomorrow…” So, there’s that.
JEREMY…THE VAMPIRE SLAYER? | If it’s any consolation, McQueen did reveal that Jeremy is “going to get more involved in his family legacy, and become a vampire hunter,” so fingers crossed that means he’s safe. “But whether he’s going to get trained by Alaric (Matthew Davis) or Uncle John is yet to be seen.” We vote Ric!
Either way, look for the youngest Gilbert’s venture into vampire hunting to cause him some serious woes. “Jeremy’s definitely part of the Scooby gang,” he says, “so that’s part of the turmoil in his mind. Although it’s his family’s legacy to hunt and kill vampires, part of him sees that they’re not bad people. He’s at war with himself in his mind.”
Be sure to watch an all new episode of The Vampire Diaries Thursday night at 8/7c on The CW.
What do you think about Jeremy hunting the big, bad vamps? Are you happy to hear there’s more love with Bonnie on the way? Hit the comments now with your TVD reactions!