The Vampire Diaries just wrapped it’s fourth season and delivered an amazing season finale as our Mystic Falls gangs heads off to College. EP Julie Plec promised and delivered several huge twists and turns; including Elena’s ...
The Vampire Diaries just wrapped it’s fourth season and delivered an amazing season finale as our Mystic Falls gangs heads off to College. EP Julie Plec promised and delivered several huge twists and turns; including Elena’s true choice, Bonnie and Jeremy’s ghostly switch, Stefan’s new doppelgänger status and Katherine’s very human future. EOnline chatted with Plec about not only the epic mayhem of “Graduation”, but what’s to come in season 5 for Delena, Stefan, Silas, Bonnie and much much more!!
Holy s–t, Stefan is a doppelgänger, Silas’ doppelgänger to be exact! When did you make the decision to bring in another doppelgänger and why Stefan?
Last year after we wrapped season three, some of the writers and I stayed on for an extra five weeks talking about story for season four. We knew that we wanted to give Stefan and give Paul Wesley specifically an opportunity to sort of spread his wings a bit more. He did such a good job playing Ripper Stefan, so we wanted to play a long-foiled plan into motion that we weren’t sure if we’d get to it before the end of the season or not; we always had it in our back pocket to reveal it right around the time it felt right. The way it played out we chose not to reveal it until the last beat of the last episode basically teeing up what season five would be.
We can only imagine how excited Paul Wesley was when he found out about this twist.
Yes, Paul loves to play the bad buy and unfortunately for him, Stefan, more often than not, is a true-blue hero. Obviously, he had this wonderful arc as the Ripper and he’s plagued by his own demons, but when all’s said and done he’s still very much the straight man. Getting the opportunity to dig into this and really stretch and exercise his muscles as an actor I think just made him really happy; it’s exciting for him as an actor to play with a new character.
So will we learn more about the Salvatore family history in season five, maybe about the brothers’ mother?
We’ve just gotten started talking about season five, but one of the things we’re talking about is definitely learning more about the history of the Salvatore family. I would say that at this point the things we don’t know yet are fair game.
Can you tease what Silas will be up to when he’s posing as Stefan in season five?
Silas is going to come roaring into season five with an agenda. His mission has been singular from the beginning, which is he wants to take the cure and die and get rid of the other side so he can pass on and be reunited with his one true love. However, the cure’s off the table, the other side’s off the table, so he’s going to have a pretty enormous plan B for how to deal with that.
As for the other brother, he didn’t get to be a doppelgänger, but he did get the girl! So what’s next for Damon and Elena?
Next for them as a couple is a long-distance relationship as Elena heads off to her new life at college and Damon sticks behind In Mystic Falls to hold down the fort. We get to see them happy, believe it or not, for a little while before of course circumstances and other supernatural influence comes in to drive an obstacle in their path. There’s something that we rarely get to do on TVD, is see a couple enjoy being a couple and we’re definitely going to have our fun with Elena and Damon, who have taken so much time to find their way to each other really and truly. So we’re going to be able to enjoy that for a while.
Katherine being the one to take the cure was also a huge shocker and we heard you originally planned on giving it to another character. Can you say who it was and why the switch?
Interestingly enough, when Kevin [Williamson] and I, back in season zero, when we first launched the series and started talking about knowing that one day we’d make Elena a vampire and with that move would come the re