CCI: The Vampire Diaries Panel
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For its sophomore year at Comic-Con International, The CW’s “Vampire Diaries” showed its fangs, as the cast asked executive producer Kevin Williamson for everything from more fight scenes and a “filthy, dirty sex scene” to Bon Jovi- and Rolling Stones-themed flashbacks.
Joining Williamson (“Scream,” “Dawson’s Creek”) on the panel were Michael Trevino (Tyler), Ian Somerhalder (Damon), Nina Dobrev (good girl Elena and her evil doppelganger Katherine), Paul Wesley (Stefan), Julie Plec (executive producer/writer), Matt Davis (Alaric) and Steven R. McQueen (Jeremy). The panel was moderated by supervising producer Marcos Siega.
The panel began with a recap of the first season, and Siega’s first question was to McQueen, grandson of Steve McQueen, about his character’s fate. Viewers last saw Jeremy apparently overdosing on his sister Elena’s pills after drinking the blood of his vampire girlfriend Anna. Would somebody save him, or would her blood bring him back as a vampire?
“He’s either gonna wake up alive or wake up dead … either way, he’s going to wake up,” Williamson said.
Both Plec and Williamson also gave some tidbits about the other characters. The mayor’s bad-boy son Tyler was last seen with red eyes – a teaser for what’s to come. Plec said Tyler’s mom will step in as interim mayor after her husband’s death in the season finale, and Tyler’s uncle will come to town to help Tyler understand the family curse.
“If you’re fans of the books, you know that the Lockwood family has a bit of a family curse that actually he doesn’t know about,” Williamson said. “Which is going to be his season journey.” Tyler will learn what that curse is about, what triggers it and why he has anger issues. “It’s going to be a fun journey.”
Siega later asked Trevino “were” his character was going, and Williamson confirmed he would be a werewolf. He noted that it would be “really, really hard” to try and pull off a CGI-created werewolf, as they attempted to do in the movie “Cursed,” so Tyler will be turning into a real wolf. “There will be a transformation,” Williamson said, adding that it will happen under the light of the full moon.
But it’s the show’s main story – the Stefan/Damon/Elena/Katherine love story – that will be front and center when the show returns in September. The finale ended with Katherine killing Elena’s Uncle John after sharing a kiss with Damon, who thought she was Elena. The producers said Stefan and Katherine will come face to face in the first episode. “Katherine is pissed,” Dobrev said.
Attendees were treated to a preview of the first episode, which had just wrapped the day before. It showed Damon admitting to his brother that he kissed Elena, then Stefan confronting Katherine, who isn’t fooled by her disguise as Elena. Katherine tells Damon she hates him, then tells Stefan she came back because she loves him — and when he rejects her, she stabs him in the gut.
As for playing the dual role, Williamson said Dobrev is “freaky and scary” when playing Katherine.
“Every girl likes a bad boy, so it’s nice to step into those shoes,” Dobrev said, adding “She’s badass, she gets away with a lot because she can.”
Wesley said he’d like to see more of Stefan’s bloodlust. The character spent most of season one fighting his vampire urges, but Williamson said blood is a “temptation that will never escape him.” Williamson said that while Damon is fighting with his good side and how he rejects it, Stefan will wrestle with being a vampire, and “accepting himself for who he is may involve drinking blood.”
Both Somerhalder and Wesley said they’d like to see flashbacks to their characters’ pasts, both involving music. Somerhalder suggested Damon might have been at a Rolling Stones concert in 1969, while Stefan would have enjoyed the 1980s.
“I would love to do a flashback of Stefan, and I’m not even kidding, in the 1980s or something, like dancing to really bad’ 80s music,” Wesley said, “Just having fun.”
The second season of “The Vampire Diaries” premieres on Sept. 9 on The CW.
(Photos courtesy of Warner Bros.)