Vampire Diaries Video: Ian Somerhalder, Paul Wesley Attempt to Explain Sybil, Season 8's 'Religious Undertones'

We’re only one episode into The Vampire Diaries‘ final season, and it’s already a mind-screw — and not just for the viewers.

TVLine recently visited the show’s Atlanta set, where stars Ian Somerhalder and Paul Wesley did their best to explain the otherworldly control Sybil has over Damon and Enzo, and how that could shape the series’ remaining episodes. Needless to say, it was a struggle.

“This season is really about … the conclusion of what evil sins must these characters pay their dues for,” Wesley says, noting that the “religious undertones” are often lost on him as an atheist.

Somerhalder also shares some very kind words for his on-screen brother, while alluding to a scene the two recently filmed: “We’re so dialed-in with one another, we could look at each other and not have to say a word to know exactly what one another is thinking. … There’s something very special about a relationship like that, because you get to get deep very quickly. And I think the performance shows it.”

(Maybe if Damon and Stefan were as synced-up as Somerhalder and Wesley, we wouldn’t be in this Sybil mess in the first place!)

Hit PLAY on the interview above, then drop a comment with your thoughts on Season 8 below.

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  1. Mary says:

    Steroline forever!

    • Ashley says:

      Um actually no according to the ratings no one wants sterobore. We want Stefan and Caroline free from each other. They both deserve better than the boredom they suffer together.

      • Stacey says:

        Absolutely agree. When there was Stelena/Delena and Forwood/Klaroline, the ratings were at their peak. Now with just Sterobore, the ratings are at 1 mill or slightly below, with a .3/.4 demographic. Thankfully, they should be breaking up mid-way through the season! I am so sick of this nauseating ship!

    • what happened to this show??????? says:

      What would give this show its much needed boost in ratings/bring former fans back.

      1. Elena waking up and goes back with the “Epic” Love of her life Stefan.
      2. Damon goes back to being exciting/hot/player/flirt. Remember EXCITING DAMON??
      When Damon flirted with Elena it was hot. When they got together it was boring.
      3. Bonnie gets together with someone that looks believable, not a rushed where did
      did that come from?
      4. Caroline takes a trip to New Orleans, eyes look with her “Epic” Love Klaus.
      5. Give Rick someone to mother those kids and a lover for him.
      6. Matty Blues eyes needs someone who Loves him.
      7. Bring the writers back from seasons 1, 2 and 3
      8. Stop with the “Damon Show” this show has great actors try and remember that.
      9. Caroline and Stefan should be friends, like Lexi and Stefan were . They honestly
      have zero romantic chemistry. Literally feel uncomfortable/laughable when they’re
      10. Jeremy is probably available now bring him back. On Chicago fire is character is

  2. Natalie says:

    We want #klaroline back. Can s/c just break up already?. that ship has been regressing Caroline’s character so much.

    • Jess says:

      AMEN. I want strong, vamp!Care back who doesn’t let Stefan walk all over her. I was so mad at the end of last season when she forgave him in like 2 days after abandoning her for 3 years. Eff that noise.

    • Stacey says:

      Could not agree more! We miss Klaroline! A ship that provided character progression for both Klaus and Caroline!

      • Jelena says:

        Klaroline provided character progression for Caroline? You must be kidding. She slept with the guy who killed her best friend’s aunt, her boyfriend’s mother and tried to kill her twice. It doesn’t get much worse than that. She did not progress as a character, she became unwatchable when she was around him.

  3. Anna says:

    If they’re confused, no wonder I am.

  4. Hannah says:


  5. DarkDefender says:

    So glad that wasn’t another Billith.

  6. Angie says:

    We need Klaroline back!

  7. Julia says:

    My only hope for this last season is to get a Klaroline and a Delena endgame (but a last platonic Stelena scene could be nice for their fans)

    • Let me let you in on something. Julie Plec & Caroline Dries was the worst thing to happen to “The Vampire Diaries”. Their nonstop obsession with Damon & Elena destroyed TVD to the core and ended up costing the show 3 million viewers. Not to mention the way they incorporated Candice’s pregnancy into the story. That was the most retarded thing I probably will ever see on Primetime. Since Caroline Dries left on her own Kevin needs to fire the other “fangirl” (Julie Plec) and hire some “real” professionals who actually know how to construct a valuable storyline.

      • Katie says:

        Wow, there are still people that throw around the word “retarded”? Sweetie, your ship lost. No need to throw around such language.

    • Ella says:

      My only hope for this season is Julie begs Kevin to come back for more than two episodes and write the rest of the series and kills dullena for good. I love the EW article he did, he really shined a light on JP’s ineptness.

    • Tithi pal says:

      According to u stelena is lost. But if it was really lost there would not be so many stelena fans and so much debate on stelena/delena. And no matter what u say stelena has most beautiful moments of tvd. No one can deny that

  8. Not having Elena hasn’t done jack for the ratings.

  9. QueenB says:

    The Siren or Sybil is basically The First from Buffy ( at least that’s the vibe I’m getting from this interview only with a different mythological character and religious undertones

  10. jbj says:

    Geez Louise! Can the shipper freaks at least stick to posting on articles related to the couples? What do Caroline or Elena–or Klaus for that matter–have to do with anything here?

    • Pam says:

      I agree. I was reading the first few comments and thinking did anyone even read the article? Though to be fair,this article really didn’t have much to it.

  11. Liza says:

    So, Sybil is what they are calling this Lillith from True Blood character??

  12. jovana says:

    You all really need to chill – why post ship nonsense where it’s not the topic of the article?

  13. Belle says:

    As long as they keep Bonnie and Enzo together forever I’m good : )

  14. hastiii says:

    Why is everyone so annoyed by Steroline I think it’s good and I also want Nina back. No matter what runors say about Nikki getting divorced if Nina comes back. Any way if Stefan leaves Caroline one more time I will stop watching the rest of the series for good. Caroline deserves to be happy more than anyone

  15. soulsouthfan says:

    Stefan’s Diaries should get a spin off make
    Bonnie lead female no need for Damon or Caroline to be in it.
    Bring Chris Woods in as a new big bad .