Category: The Vampire Diaries

'The Vampire Diaries': Remembering the dead with executive producer Julie Plec

vampire diaries dead characters Not counting TV's crime procedurals, it's hard to think of a show that kills characters as frequently as The CW's “The Vampire Diaries.” Death is a constant part of life in Mystic Falls, a town full of vampires, werewolves and witches. It's woven into the very fabric the show. Many of the main characters are undead themselves and even the human heroine begins the series struggling with the death of her parents.

“In a show where you have people dealing with mortality and immortality and humanity, death is always going to be hanging over everyone’s heads,” executive producer Julie Plec tells Show Tracker.

Click on the photo (above) to see a gallery of deceased "Vampire Diaries" characters and read Plec's thoughts.

That constant dark cloud over Mystic Falls means no one is safe forever, not even the show's main trio of Elena (Nina Dobrev), Stefan (Paul Wesley) and Damon (Ian Somerhalder). “I think that there are people who are safe for quite a long time,” Plec says. “But the rule always applies. Anything can happen at any time, and not everybody’s going to like it, and not everyone’s going to be happy about it.” While Elena, Stefan and Damon are probably not going anywhere soon, it does seem likely there will be more casualties when the series returns April 7. “I think we’ve got about 20  characters working at this point. Yes, there will be a percentage of them that will not make it to season three.”

But before the show says goodbye to another face, we asked Plec to take a stroll down memory lane and remember those who have already passed for a photo gallery. From poor Uncle Zach (Chris William Martin) to the powerful Elijah (Daniel Gillies), there are plenty of fallen characters in Mystic Falls. In fact, there's so many, some didn't make the cut for our gallery. Sorry, Logan (Chris Johnson), Bree (Gina Torres), Sarah (Maiara Walsh), Aimee (Tiya Sircar), Luka (Bryton James), Dr. Martin (Randy J. Goodwin) and Mystic Falls' many unnamed high school students and custodial workers with the unfortunate luck of being on school property at the wrong time. You may have missed the cut, but there are some people in Atlanta, where the show shoots, who remember your death.

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'The Vampire Diaries': Executive producer Julie Plec teases a return, Klaus' debut

Trevor There's a silver lining to death on the CW's “The Vampire Diaries.” A stake to the heart or a brutal neck snap doesn't mean viewers will never see a beloved character again. And in the case of Rose's (Lauren Cohan) platonic companion Trevor (Trent Ford), even a beheading by Elijah (Daniel Gillies) won't keep him away.

“We will be seeing Trevor again this year,” executive producer Julie Plec revealed to Show Tracker during an interview. But even “Vampire Diaries” can't perform miracles, so the character won't be coming back from the dead. Instead, the return appearance will come during a format that fans of the show know all too well for period garb and revealing truths. Yes, another flashback episode is on its way!

“It's Episode 19, which is the first time we meet Klaus,” explained Plec. “We're also going back into the past.”

The episode, airing April 21, will mark Joseph Morgan's debut as the mysterious Original vampire. Fans of the show had plenty of picks for who should play Klaus -– Joshua Jackson! Jason Dohring! Taylor Kitsch! Gale Harold! -– but Plec is confident in their choice of the former “Hex” star.

Morgan “can handle the weight and the gravitas that Klaus needs, but he's also got these dimples and this grin and this sparkle in his eyes,” she said. “You always need your villains to have multiple layers and to be able to kill you with kindness as much as they can kill you with violence. I think Joseph really represents that.” She adds that casting someone relatively unknown to American viewers gives the producers some exciting advantages. “We've been talking about [Klaus] for 15 episodes, so we really wanted to make it feel like it was something new for the audience.”

It also doesn't hurt that Morgan is British. “The more of the Brits that we saw [during the audition process], the more we realized that the American actors were operating at a handicap, unfortunately for them. There's just something so charming and worldly and sexy and dangerous about an Englishman,” she laughed. And in the end, it makes sense for an Original to be European. “As we've seen with Elijah, with his accent that shall not be named ... it's old world vs. new world. The old world goes back a lot older once you cross the Atlantic.”

Showtrackers, what are you most excited about: Trevor's return, another flashback episode or the debut of Klaus? And stayed tuned to Show Tracker for much more from our chat with Plec!

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-- Vlada Gelman (follow my TV musings on Twitter at @stayingin)

Photo: Trent Ford as Trevor earlier this season. Credit: The CW

'The Vampire Diaries' recap: To tell the truth


A gathering spot, live music and one very dangerous situation involving vampires and witches. Did “The Vampire Diaries” suddenly stumble into the Bronze? Nope, it's just a suddenly very active night at Mystic Grill, which has decided to add live entertainment in order to stay afloat. The music was a hit, but I think the random power outage and spontaneous fire combustion might affect business. A lot went down this week as the show prepares for a little break. Here are five questions to ponder while we wait six weeks(!) for the next new episode:

1. To tell or not to tell? Mystic Fall's clueless citizens, Matt (Zach Roerig) and Jenna (Sara Canning), got a lot of attention this week for their not-so-blissful ignorance. During a girls' night, Caroline (Candice Accola) argued that sometimes you need secrets in a relationship to protect the other person. Jenna, however, believes that if you love someone, that person deserve the truth. Both are valid points, but I have to give the edge to Jenna. As Elena (Nina Dobrev) makes note of, at a certain point, keeping secrets puts the other person in more danger and does more harm than good. Maybe if Jenna wasn't in the dark, she wouldn't have been so susceptible to being compelled to stab herself. Maybe Katherine (Dobrev) wouldn't have been able to get to Matt, too. Notice that all the people who Katherine has harmed, including Caroline in the premiere, are those who were in the dark. Alaric (Matt Davis) left it up to Elena whether to tell Jenna. She didn't say anything, but the Isobel (Mia Kirshner) homecoming suggests that's going to change. The truth also has an ugly side...

2. What does the truth mean for Matt and Caroline's relationship? Unable to articulate her feelings for Matt, Caroline took to the stage at Mystic Grill and decided to sing instead. The song of her choice: the Bangles' “Eternal Flame,” an excellent choice that was also featured on “Pushing Daisies.” Although it's hard to measure up to Kristin Chenoweth, Accola brought her own unique sound to the song. And the song did the trick. Matt jumped on stage and gave her a big kiss. It was a ridiculously sweet moment that reminded me why I loved this pairing and one that also filled me with dread. If you didn't know something terrible was going to happen to Matt after that scene, you haven't watched enough TV. Later, Jonas went on a rampage and stabbed Matt in the neck with a broken bottle. Thank goodness he didn't die because I would have been really annoyed if Matt went by way of bottle to the neck.

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'The Vampire Diaries': Candice Accola on Caroline's many boys and a 'very significant' episode

VD216_0506b Let's be honest, “Vampire Diaries” fans: Naughty Katherine (Nina Dobrev) is a lot of fun, Damon (Ian Somerhalder) struggling with his humanity is providing for many meaty scenes and Jeremy (Steven R. McQueen) is manning up in a way that's breathtaking. But the surprise superstar of the CW series' second season has been new vampire Caroline (Candice Accola). Whether Caroline is struggling with her feelings for ex-boyfriend Matt (Zach Roerig) and his friend Tyler (Michael Trevino) or struggling against tormenting werewolves, Accola has stepped up to the plate in a big way this year.

“I could not be happier about the opportunities the writers have given me this season,” she enthuses. “It's been challenging in all the best ways.”

Recently, Accola chatted with Show Tracker about some of those challenges, including that horrific torture scene — nobody puts Caroline in the cage! — getting to sing in tonight's episode, Tyler's betrayal and the chemistry between Stefan (Paul Wesley) and Caroline. She also teases that viewers are in store for “a very big episode” tonight, which will be the last new one until April. Like Caroline, we'll have to figure out a way to survive, Show Trackers.

Was the torture scene difficult to film? Because it was difficult to watch, in a good way.

Thank you! I definitely take that as a compliment. Any time you read those kinds of scenes in a script, it is kind of a bittersweet thing because you know what you're going to want to put yourself through in order to get the best out of it. And also, yeah, it's long hours in a confined space. All that was shot really in a little trailer. Shoving 15 people into one trailer.... And I was in a cage that was unable to be unlocked from the inside. The surroundings just helped out so wonderfully and were such a wonderful tool to use within the scene. I was excited, though. It was a wonderfully daunting task, but those are always the best, 'cause that's when you see what you're capable of doing.

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'The Vampire Diaries' recap: How to kill an Original before dessert

Here are five things I liked about "The Dinner Party," and two things that made me upset:

1. Damon (Ian Somerhalder) and Stefan (Paul Wesley) role reversals. Damon informs Stefan that he plans on killing Elijah (Daniel Gillies) that evening, but not before he's crossed all his Ts. In other words, “I've become you,” Damon says to Stefan. There was also an interesting game of role reversals as Stefan told Elena (Nina Dobrev) about his early days as a vampire. Feeling guilty about what he did to Damon and his father, Stefan tried to bury his emotions by going full throttle vampire. “I relished in it,” he says. And the flashbacks proved it. He killed Jonathan Gilbert, but he survived thanks to his ring. He had girls practically lining up to die next. In came Damon sounding a lot like present day Stefan, begging him to be more careful and clever so they can stay hidden in Mystic Falls. Although there were no big reveals in their scenes, the flashbacks of Stefan and Damon were very revealing and well played. Wesley and Somerhalder are both quite adept at pulling off the qualities that we usually associate with the other brother. Then again, it might just be Damon's wavy, innocent-like hair.

2. Lexi (Arielle Kebbel) returns! What a pleasant surprise to see Lexi, one of my Season 1 favorites, even if it was only in flashback. It was Stefan's best friend who found him at his darkest and introduced him to the good parts of being a vampire. That included letting the wall down and allowing all emotions, both good and bad, back in. “Once you can hurt, you can love,” she said. I also enjoyed the pointed scene between Damon, who killed Lexi, and Stefan – “You remember her?” Stefan says – cut to a flashback between Damon and Lexi, who prophetically tells him the hate he feels for his brother will consume him.

3. Alaric's (Matt Davis) back, and he brought Jenna (Sara Canning) along for a storyline! After being relegated to brief exposition and text messages for most of the season, Alaric finally stepped back into the story in a major way. Between Damon's lying, Jenna's cold shoulder, John's (David Anders) meddling and Elijah's just all-around mighty power, Alaric had his hands full at Damon's loaded dinner party/fact-finding mission. Alaric the vampire slayer came back with a vengeance when he found out wielding the dagger John gave Damon would kill him. Alaric stepped in, stabbed Elijah himself and followed it with this gem of a line: “Now get rid of him before Jenna comes back with dessert.”

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'The Vampire Diaries' recap: Welcome to your lake nightmare

This week, Elena (Nina Dobrev) and Stefan (Paul Wesley) decided to go play “Dawson's Creek” and spend some alone time at her parents' lake house. Elena stood on the dock with a blanket and Stefan wrapped around her, and I could have sworn I'd seen a Pacey and Joey scene like that. “Please tell me there's nothing wrong,” Stefan said as Elena got a text from Caroline just before leaving. Of course there is, Stefan. Did you not see what I wrote last week that any phone call or text in Mystic Falls meas there's an emergency? Although not as pulse pounding as last week's episode (for me, anyways), the trip quickly turned into a nightmare for Stefan and Elena. Stefan was clueless to the trouble ahead though because Tyler (Michael Trevino) had taken Caroline's phone and sent the message to find out where they were. He's playing with the wolves because they told him he'd never have to turn again if they could break the Curse of the Sun and the Moon first. And for Tyler, who just had a torturous first transformation and is probably dreading the second one, that is major incentive to betray his friends.

The second sign of trouble: Elena's “I've always loved it here” upon arriving at the lake house. That's what we call foreshadowing, kids. You just know those lovely memories are going to be completely tarnished. Elena tricks Stefan into thinking only John (David Anders) can invite him into the house before playfully allowing him to enter. You could tell those two crazy kids were going to have one fun makeout weekend. Well, until the wolves come. The kind of creepy making out in Elena's parents' bedroom leads to the discovery of a secret room full of weapons and journals. Looks like Elena's parents knew about vampires. Were they part of the council? And if they knew and John knew, how did Jenna (Sara Canning) manage to remain so unaware?

Back in Mystic Falls, Bonnie (Katerina Graham) was using her witchy mojo to get answers out of Luka (Bryton James). Impressively, she's able to overpower Luka. After giving him a “witch roofie,” Bonnie taps into his brain as Caroline (Candice Accola) and Jeremy (Steven R. McQueen) watch. He reveals that he and his dad are helping Elijah (Daniel Gillies) kill Klaus because Klaus has his sister. Seems Klaus has given up on finding Elena. He's been using witches for ages to discover a way to undo the curse without the doppelganger. But the only way to kill Klaus is in his vulnerable state after the sacrifice, which means “Elena has to die.” The wolves fail to mention this to Tyler. While Tyler is making sure Stefan stays down, Brady sniffs out Elena in the house. But Stefan, who's been let go by Tyler, is able to get to her in time and stab Brady, who I will not miss one ounce. That's what you get for attacking Caroline.

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'The Vampire Diaries' recap: Tyler picks a side

So I was one of the people in Los Angeles affected by the Great “Vampire Diaries” Audio Debacle of 2011. For those who were lucky enough to see the episode hiccup-free, here's what happened: Fans took to Twitter crying of audio problems –- I could only hear every other word –- despite all of our different cable and satellite providers. Meanwhile, the unaffected raved about the episode on Twitter, sending us into further despair. But then, between all the cries, was a helpful tweet: six minutes in, the audio fixes itself. So keep in mind that I heard half-garbled dialogue for the first six minutes of the episode. Not that you need sound to appreciate Damon (Ian Somerhalder) in a towel.

“Daddy Issues” really came down to the following question: Which side will Tyler (Michael Trevino) stick by? His friend Caroline (Candice Accola) and the vampires or the new wolf in town, Jules (Michaela McManus)? It's an important question because Tyler is ripe for the taking. Tyler is basically a blank slate. Mason (Taylor Kinney) didn't have enough time to teach him the werewolf ropes. Jules tries to take advantage of this and induct him into the pack. She tells him of werewolf loyalty and how they look out for each other. “A vampire will never be your friend,” she says. But Caroline is his friend despite what Jules says. And Tyler's choice between the two will not only have consequences for himself, but for everyone in Mystic Falls. It's a declaration of allegiance. And no matter whom he sides with, somebody gets left out in the cold.

After Tyler confronts Caroline about lying to him, she sends Stefan a 911 text. (FYI, if someone in Mystic Falls texts or calls you, just assume it is an emergency and feel free to panic.) Stefan (Paul Wesley) the Peacemaker –- Damon later even calls him that -– attempts to not only convince Tyler they can both co-exist in Mystic Falls, but also tries to save Tyler and Caroline's friendship. Stefan tells him to stop being mean to her. It's just the first of many wonderful scenes of Stefan looking out for Caroline.

Jules and her werewolf buddy, Brady, however, have their own plans for Tyler and Caroline. “I want the boy more than I want vengeance,” Jules says. First of all, are Brady and Jules romantically involved? If so, why was she in Mason's apartment? Who was Mason to her? A friend or a lover she got over really fast? Or does being part of the werewolf pack mean your door and apartment is open to all other members?

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'The Vampire Diaries' recap: Baring and burying Damon's humanity

VD212b_0364b After last year's werewolf heavy mid-season finale, my attention was on Tyler (Michael Trevino) and his growing relationship with Caroline (Candice Accola). But I think “The Descent” really belonged to Rose (Lauren Cohan) and Damon (Ian Somerhalder) as each struggled with and confronted their humanity. Rose's descent into madness, in particular, gave way to an almost philosophical like exploration into humanity. Fittingly, Rose is one of the most human vampires I think we've seen on the show so far. She embraces and longs for that part of her past. She doesn't like to take human lives. And she connects with Damon on a human level, not a vampire level, which made their scenes in this episode so fantastic. Even though they've slept together, there's not so much a sexual or even romantic chemistry between the characters. They connect on a much deeper level as friends. She sees the real Damon, the nice guy, even when he insists he likes being mean. If she had lived, I imagine Rose and Damon would have come to have the kind of bond that she and Trevor (Trent Ford) did.

When Rose's escalating insanity from the wolf bite wasn't tricking her into thinking Elena was Katherine (Nina Dobrev) and trying to kill her, her insight also got to Elena, who represents a beacon of humanity, “a do-gooder” as Damon puts it. “You really are determined to die, aren't you? At least I ran. You're not even trying,” Rose said. Is Elena giving up too easily? Should she be trying harder to find a way out instead of making a deal with Elijah (Daniel Gillies)? It's hard to imagine being able to outrun Klaus. In the end, he either kills you or you die trying to outrun him as Rose and Trevor did. But then Rose basically admits that she wishes she hadn't run away from life. “So much time wasted. I wish I hadn't been so afraid,” she said. Hmm, could she also be talking about Elena's feelings for Damon?

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'The Vampire Diaries': Tyler is in a 'tug of war' between vampires and werewolves, says Michael Trevino

VD213a_0419b It's hard out there for a werewolf on the CW's "The Vampire Diaries." The town of Mystic Falls is overrun with vampires. A group of powerful vampires known as the Originals are trying to break a curse so they can roam free in the sun and force werewolves to forever change on the full moon. Damon (Ian Somerhalder) has killed werewolf Mason (Taylor Kinney), Tyler's (Michael Trevino) only source of information and guidance. And newbie wolf Tyler is in the dark about all of this. But it looks like that's all about to change with the return of new episodes Thursday night. Recently, Trevino chatted with Show Tracker about filming that brutal transformation scene, Tyler's feelings for friend/vampire Caroline (Candice Accola) and how "Jules is the key to all this information" about the goings-on in Mystic Falls.

A lot of this season hinges on the werewolf story line and Tyler's transformation. Did you feel added pressure going into this season?

A little bit, but not too much. There was more excitement for me than pressure. Just 'cause I knew in Season 1, there wasn't much of a story line for Tyler. So overall, I would have to say, it was just a feeling of excitement. There was going to be a lot more arc within my story line, with main characters, and just within the character himself.

We only got snippets and hints about Tyler in the first season. Were you in the dark too? Or did the producers pull you aside and say, “We have big stuff planned for Season 2. Just sit tight.”

I tried to keep my mouth shut. [Laughs] Anybody can die on this show at any given time, so I was just happy that I was still alive in Season 1. But toward the end, I was wondering like, "OK, when is this story line going to take off?" Then it was told to me that we're not going to get into any of the werewolf story line until Season 2. So ultimately, yes, I had to be patient. But it was something to look forward to. After hiatus, after Season 1, to know that a good amount of Season 2 was going to be nothing but werwolves and I'm the only werewolf on the show right now, so I'm going to be working a lot.

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'The Vampire Diaries': Nina Dobrev on juggling good and evil

VD211b_0524b Nina Dobrev is going a little crazy. The actress plays the dual roles of sweet, innocent Elena and evil, naughty vampire Katherine on the CW's "The Vampire Diaries," which finally will return Jan. 27 with a new episode. It's a challenging job that at one point this season called for Dobrev to play opposite herself during a tense heart-to-heart between Elena and Katherine, as well as play Katherine during her human days in 1400s Bulgaria, Katherine masquerading as a Brit and Katherine as a newly made vampire all in one episode.

"It’s not easy, and I think I'm slowly becoming a schizophrenic because of it," Dobrev said during the CW's Kick-Ass Women panel at the TCA Press Tour last week. At a cocktail party after the event, she spoke further with a small group of reporters, including Show Tracker, about getting to play two such diametrically opposed characters.

"Elena, I get to do a lot of emotional scenes. She goes through such a roller-coaster ride," she said. "With Katherine, I just get to [mess] with everyone. I just get to play around and have fun and be bad and get away with things that all throughout my life I've been taught by my parents not to do. Now I get paid for it."

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TCA Press Tour 2011: CW president Dawn Ostroff has not made a decision about departing the network

Getprev-1 Vampires. Tech-savvy Upper East Siders.  A butt-kicking (and hot) rogue spy. And teens living in one of wealthiest ZIP codes in the U.S.

As the CW prepares to celebrate five years in the TV landscape, Dawn Ostroff, the network’s entertainment president, cited the “creative strength” of its lineup — which includes “Gossip Girl,” “Vampire Diaries” and “America’s Next Top Model” — for the network’s success; the network is up 8% in total viewers this year.

But the baby network Ostroff helped nurture since its formation in 2006, might be without its mother soon. Rumors have swirled that Ostroff plans to leave the network at the end of her contract in June to relocate to New York with her family.  

“It is a really personal decision that my husband and I have been grappling with and discussing with our family, but we have not made any decision,” Ostroff told Show Tracker Friday after a brief introduction at the TCA press tour. “Right now, I’m just totally focused on our pilots; I’m knee-deep in them. I’m going home tonight to read all the scripts. I’m concentrating on work.”

That includes production on the pilot “Danni Lowinski” a comedic drama created by Jennie Snyder Urman (co-executive producer on “90210”), about a young woman who swaps careers, ditching being a hairdresser to become a lawyer, which began production on Friday.

Ostroff is also promoting the network’s upcoming reality series "Shedding for the Wedding," in which nine overweight couples compete to lose weight and win the wedding of their dreams.  

Executive producer Dave Broome, who appeared on a panel at the press tour Friday, said the series is about "losing weight for couples the right way and trying to get their life started."

Asked what he thinks of the series "Bridalplasty," which pits brides-to-be against each other to win extreme physical makeovers, Broome said: "I despise 'Bridalplasty.' I would never make a show like that." (Brome is also an executive producer on “The Biggest Loser.”)

“Shedding” is hosted by Sara Rue ("Less Than Perfect") who lost weight through Jenny Craig in real life and is planning her wedding for this spring. It premieres Feb. 23 at 9 p.m.

-- Yvonne Villarreal

Photo: CW President Dawn Ostroff in Beverly Hills in October. Credit: Fred Prouser/Reuters

2010's coolest TV characters under 30


They’re the folks whom we welcome into our living room, even when it’s messy. The personalities that fill up 99% of our DVR space. The lives we get a glimpse into week after week.

Coolest-gallery They are TV characters. And we at ShowTracker are reliant on them to keep this blog running. But  rather than shell out kudos to all the leading men and women that kept this season bright (since, uh, the Emmys take care of that), we're casting a spotlight on the young-uns that often get overlooked in the sea of Don Drapers, Liz Lemons and Sue Sylvesters.

Click on the gallery to the right for a list of our picks of the coolest TV characters under 30 — from a high school clique with a haunting secret to a pint-sized pickle-loving guidette to a baby with all the right spunk.

 --Yvonne Villarreal and Maria Elena Fernandez

Photo: Baby Hope (Rylie or Baylie: it's a mystery) on "Raising Hope." Credit: Fox


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