Vampire Diaries: Caroline's Babies, a New Threat and More to Come in 2016

The Vampire Diaries is heading to some dark, surprising places in 2016 — and I’m not just talking about Fridays.

For starters, the show will resume Season 7 on Jan. 29 (The CW, 8/7c) with a “really cool concept episode,” executive producer Caroline Dries tells TVLine. “You might be asking, ‘What show am I watching?’ when you turn on the TV. We’ll be dealing with the fallout from the winter finale for a while, both emotionally and plot-wise.”

Additionally, Dries says, “the babies inside Caroline will have to come out sooner or later.” Despite their magical nature, however, they’ll take the standard nine months to develop, which will call for a bit of a time jump in the new year.

Vampire Diaries RaynaOn the villain front, we’re about to meet Rayna, the vicious vampire hunter TVLine told you about last month. For the record, Dries is fully aware that her portrayer — NCIS‘ Leslie-Anne Huff — bears a striking resemblance to a certain sleeping doppelganger.

“That’s definitely just a coincidence,” she says with a laugh. “We looked at a lot of actors, and I was like, ‘I think she looks exactly like Nina.’ I was convinced otherwise. I actually haven’t met her yet in person, though, and everyone says she doesn’t look like her in person. She’s a great actress, and she’s perfect for the role. … We’ll get to see her present-day story and then everything will click when you see her in the future.”

And last, but certainly not least, Dries re-confirms that we haven’t seen the last of Tyler in flash-forwards.

Hit PLAY on the newest trailer above, then drop a comment below: What do you hope to see in 2016?


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  1. helen says:

    Last night was so sad and Ian’s acting fantastic throughout.

    • Whatsgoingon? says:

      Ok the new rumors are that Stefan’s hell are the flash forwards. His hell would be everyone he cares about being in danger and hurt so this prediction would fit really well with the ff. But this interview says that we’ll get to see Rayna’s present day story and then everything will click in the ff. So not sure now. hmmm

      • allanford22 says:

        That’s because Rayna the hunter is INSIDE the stone. She will be ressurected in 7×12 Hence the present day scenes where you will see her inside the Flash Forwards (Which are hell)

        Stefan is in hell, and will be until 7×14 with the New Orleans crossover. Klaus helps him to defeat the hunter.

        The Steroline date in 7×11 that goes sour is a dream, so is kissing Valerie, it’s all happening inside the Phoenix stone (Hell)

        • Malachi says:

          1) how do you now TVD/TO will. Crossover. There’s no confirmation of that 2) is every one saying the ff are not real?
          3) where is you getting this from?

          • Jeannie says:

            A crossover hasn’t been officially confirmed yet, although a casting call for extras went out last week for a scene in a New Orleans bar. Sounds like a crossover…

        • jerrired says:

          If this rumor is true, TVD managed to disappoint me yet again lol. I was actually really looking forward to the three year flash-forward. I actually enjoyed all the twists, so if they’re all part of Stefan’s Phoneix stone hell: whomp, whomp, whomp…

          • Malachi says:

            God I hate when shows do that. “Its all a dream” or “it never actually happened” twist. We were all worried about nothing! I’m starting to think that this show will be canned. It’s not what TVD used to be. They all team up to defeat the bad guy now it’s just relationship drama. The only one I’m rooting for is Matt and he not even around half the time

          • jerrired says:

            Agree! They were setting up this really cool twisted future, and then to be like “hahaha just kidding” would be another kind of slap to the former and current fans.

          • SMH says:

            I’m with you, this show is just one big disappointment. I’m sure that those rumors are true because the rumors at the start of the season turned out all true. The flash forwards are the best part of season 7 if they take that away then what’s left? Someone else said it, it’s going to be drunk ‘my gf is in a coffin’ Damon and siblings sterozzz. That’s it, that’s all these writers have. Then people wonder why this show is moving to Friday’s. hahaha

        • tyranthraxus says:

          I thought they got rid of all this other realm stuff.

      • allanford22 says:

        Oh and I am allan’s daughter using his wordpress account in case you visit my page haha

  2. psd says:

    Isn’t friday the night shows are sent to die :/

    • Wordsmith says:

      A lot of the time yes, but the relatively weak competition on that night allows certain shows like Grimm, with a loyal fan base, to stake a claim and live happily. Hopefully a TVD/Originals double billing will experience similar success.

    • Carla Krae says:

      Not always. And not on the CW. Supernatural spent a while on Fridays before moving again.

    • wgsecretary says:

      I don’t think so on, on the CW at least. Supernatural spent a season, or part of a season at least, there and is still doing just fine.

    • Temperance says:

      Grimm and Hawaii Five-0 have been on Fridays for ages, and Syfy launches shows on Fridays and often keeps them there. So, not really anymore. Some (old) networks still do it, but people watch most recorded or online TV so the air day doesn’t matter.

  3. wgsecretary says:

    Did she just spoil who the mystery person hunting down Stefan is in the future? Vampire hunter…everything will click when we see her in the future…

    • shutuprob says:

      God, I *hope* she just spoiled who the mystery hunter-of-everybody is. I was fearing that the H.O.E. would turn out to be Nora or Mary-Louise, on a rampage after one or the other died, but I really want to see those crazy kids work things out. (Scarlett Byrne, especially, is a lot of fun to watch, given how badly-written her character Lexie was on Falling Skies.) And as Heretics who may or may not be of Klaus’s bloodline, it might be interesting to see them show up on The Originals, especially if they were to, say, vamp Davina into the newest Heretic.

      • Jbj says:

        Heretics can only siphon power while human, so it’s impossible for Davina to become a Heretic, since she is already powerful.

        • shutuprob says:

          That’s actually not true. They were witches before they became vampires — it’s entirely possible for Davina to become a Heretic, especially if there were some spell by which (witch) Davina could convert her power from straight-up Witchery to Siphoning. Which (witch), given that she was stripped of all of her additional, non-Harvest power when she was exiled, I wouldn’t put past her if she ever finds out about it.

          • Phoenix5634 says:

            While it’s true that the heretics started off as a kind of witch, they were never actually witches. The ones with the ability to siphon are like a genetic abnormality, very rare like 1:1000 or 10000, and becuz they don’t have “powers” of their own, besides the ability to take magic from others, is why the ability to siphon is able to remain even after being turned into a vampire. They technically don’t have a any power as a human of their own. It’s not until they are turned into Heretics do they have the ability to do some magic, without siphoning from someone else, becuz being vampires they’re able to siphon off abit of magic from their vampire side. They still need to siphon from a more powerful source tho to do larger, more powerful spells.

          • Phoenix5634 says:

            When the heretics were still human, they we’re born to witch families’, but without their own power source. So basically they were witches without a battery, but they were still conduits for magic, so when they came in contact with a source of magic they could channel it off ( siphon ). But that’s why they are able to exist, without any magic of their own, the vampirism didn’t overwrite the witch parts of them. It completed/ enhanced them becuz their rare siphoning ability combined with the vampirism allows them to channel magic from the vampire side, affectively giving them what they were born without, their own magic source.

          • Phoenix5634 says:

            And keep in mind, when I said 1:1000 or 10000, that’s very rare considering the population of witches out there.

  4. Malachi says:

    She better bring them hell like no other. Sick of Damon and his carp! I think she going to be working with Matt and start trying to end all the heretics. If Matt get killed off then that’s the end. No way I’m caring about crybaby monster and there love problems

  5. Rebecca Pennington says:

    The ff’s are simply flashes of Stefan’s hell. God I wish we at least get a season 8. Love this show, love the plotline, love the actors! I personally think that TVD’s gonna get much much better on Fridays. Less competition, more focus… Just like smaller class strength classrooms in schools. Keep slayin’ tvd. Love ya!

    • shutuprob says:

      While it would be an interesting twist, I seriously doubt that the flashforwards are flashes of Stefan’s personal hell he’s experiencing while trapped in the Phoenix Stone. Why would Bonnie and Enzo coupling up be a personal hell for him? He’s not in love with Bonnie. Why would his ending up with Valerie be a personal hell when he’s clearly in love with her — and in turn, since he’s with Valerie in the flashforwards, why would Caroline and Alaric being a couple be a personal hell for him? He wants them both to be happy!
      Ergo, the flashforwards are real.

      • Phoenix5634 says:

        Maybe the flash forwards are from Steffan and Damon’s hell within the Phoenix stone… The flash forwards where everyone is in a relationship, an moving on with their lives, is Damon’s hell becuz he can’t be with Elena, and he hates being abandoned… And the flash forwards where they’re being hunted and things are bad, is Steffans hell becuz he is worried about Damon, he knows it won’t be good for him for obvious reasons, and wants to help him. Those were Steffens like last thoughts before being stabbed.
        Just a theory.

  6. Phoenix5634 says:

    This was an awesome episode! I’m loving the new direction the show is taking, and I think a lot more of you would too, if some of you just get over Nina leaving, and the rest of you just need to give the show a chance to stabilize without her, establish new “ships” and plotlines. This season is actually really good, it has a lot of potential to go far still. But seriously, stop being so negative some of you, everyone wants at least a good final season ( or more ), ur not helping anyone by being negative. Be constructive with ur comments, it could go a long way.
    Awesome episode! Can’t wait to see the next TVD and TO episodes after winter break !