The Vampire Diaries is, per usual, turning up the heat this Thursday (The CW, 8/7c), serving up romantic revelations for both Damon/Elena and Tyler/Caroline, afterlife woes for Jeremy, Bonnie and Matt, and the bitter realization that Mystic Falls’ Council may have reached its expiration date.
Here, executive producer Julie Plec details the latest jaw-dropping episode, titled “Disturbing Behavior,” and discloses more Season 3 scoop.
The Elephant in the Room | After two seasons and change of tip-toeing around the fact that there is something between herself and Damon (played by Ian Somerhalder), Elena (Nina Dobrev) is finally going to acknowledge what’s right in front of her. “There has yet to be an admission of that chemistry from her part,” Plec previews. “A lot’s gone unsaid; there’s a big elephant in the room as far as all these fun little stolen moments and romantic banter, and their dynamic with each other, and it hasn’t gone unnoticed with other people. And this week’s episode illuminates that a little bit.” Surprisingly, Plec says that it’s by the prodding of her pals that Elena comes to realize there are options beyond her runaway love, Stefan (Paul Wesley). “Elena is back in Mystic Falls trying to pick up the pieces and get on with her life, and her friends and her loved ones are going to [point that out]. We’re going to have some fun with that.”
New Love (Eventually) Gone ‘Terribly Wrong’ | ‘Shippers of the Tyler/Caroline variety can take heart — for a short while at least. “Tyler (Michael Trevino) and Caroline (Candice Accola) have really blossomed. And for me at least, watching it as a fan, I really like them,” Plec offers. “I like the connection they have with each other. I like this idea that he’s just dealt with his mother discovering that he is a ‘monster,’ and she’s fighting with the fact that her father thinks she’s ‘a monster,’ and these two ‘monsters,’ as labeled by the people that are supposed to love them the most, have kind of found each other. We’ll get to live in that for a little while.” That said, good things can’t last forever. “Of course, as often happens in our relationships, something will go terribly wrong. They’ll struggle this season.”
Ghastly Ghost Encounters | This week’s hour finally sees the return of Bonnie (Kat Graham) and delves into what exactly is happening with Jeremy’s (Steven R. McQueen) Sixth Sense-esque development. “There is an agenda happening with our ghosts that isn’t just, ‘Hey, I want to make amends with my loved ones,'” Plec says of the returns of Vicki (Kayla Ewell) and Anna (Malese Jow) — who are seemingly at odds. The exec producer adds that with this ghost story, “We’re going to see the emotional consequences of Bonnie bringing Jeremy back to life, which is that it’s put a rift in her romantic relationship with him. [We’ll] see what the ghostly and supernatural consequences are.” And what better time to flesh out said storyline than during Halloween! “We go all out for Halloween,” Plec teases. “It’s not actually Halloween in the show, but we still do an episode where we get to have a little fun with ghosts and really pay off that chapter.” And don’t forget: It won’t be too much longer until Matt (Zach Roerig) is seeing his long lost sis, too.
Council Combustion | Mystic Falls’ all-knowing supernatural council has certainly seen better days, particularly given the fact that two of their most influential members are now raising a werewolf and a vampire, respectively. Plec says that fact is not lost on the town. “There are a couple juicy Council moments coming up,” she reveals. “For those of you that follow the moves of the council and their glorious incompetencies, this week’s episode showcases that beautifully. It’s like, ‘Wait a second, who actually on this council is not somehow carrying a secret for their child that are supposed to be the very people we are fighting against?'”
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