‘Vampire Diaries’ Boss Dishes on Tonight’s Game Changing Episode

Ian Somerhalder as Damon on The Vampire Diaries (Bob Mahoney/The CW)

Ian Somerhalder as Damon on The Vampire Diaries (Bob Mahoney/The CW)

Tonight’s episode of “Vampire Diaries,” “The End of The Affair” is a game changer. Stefan (Paul Wesley), still in a forced partnership with the evil hybrid Klaus (Joseph Morgan), finds himself in Chicago. He recalls the last time he was in the city, in the roaring 1920s. Meanwhile, Caroline (Candice Accola) faces her toughest adversary yet: her own father. By the end of the episode: viewers will have a new understanding of Klaus’s motivations, Stefan and Elena (Nina Dobrev) shippers will have experienced both hope and despair, Damon (Ian Somerhalder) and Elena shippers will also have experienced both hope and despair, Bonnie (Kat Graham) fans will be ready to issue an Amber alert for their favorite witch, and everyone will attempt to incorporate a fantastic new insult into their conversations. A fan favorite will also return. Executive producer Julie Plec sums it up as, “Tonight we get to learn some old, old secrets and return to play with some old friends slash foes.”

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Plec had much more to say about the Originals, the ghost vampires, Elena’s love life, and everything else that is making this season so intense and epic.

The Stefan/Elena/Damon Triangle: “[Elena] struggles with her desire to help rescue this hero in her life, this person that she loved very purely and very deeply, but also learning the realities that you can’t necessarily be consumed in your own life by saving someone else’s,” Plec hints.  “As far as where that leaves her and Damon, you know, there’s yet to be an admission of that chemistry from her part… There’s a big elephant in the room as far as all those fun little stolen moments and romantic banter and their dynamic with each other.”

Bonnie’s Return: Bonnie does not appear in the show’s third episode. Other than a brief appearance in the season premiere, she has been AWOL. Plec has good news for Bonnie fans. “Bonnie makes her return next week. Bonnie returns from summer with the normal side of the family. Bonnie says, “Summer with the normal side of my family is like watching paint dry.” Caroline says, “Well, I’d give a lot for a normal side of my family right now.” Many viewers have pondered whether there is some significance to the fact that nearly every witch on the show is African-American — including the witch who is introduced in this episode. Plec explains, “The reason that seems like an ongoing element is because ultimately the show is about bloodlines and family and the roots of family that take us all the way back. So for a lot of our witches there’s actually been a family tie.”

Jeremy And His Ghost Vampire Ex-Girlfriends: Last week, viewers learned that Ghost Anna (Malese Jow) and Ghost Vicki (Kayla Ewell) do not get along. Plec reveals, “There’s an agenda happening with our ghosts that isn’t just, ‘Hey, I want to make amends with my loved ones.’ As we get into next episode with Bonnie’s return and this secret. She’s this person it’s been very easy to keep this secret from because she’s away. Now a couple months have gone by and he hasn’t fessed up to it. So at what point did it become not wanting to let her in on something and when does it shift to an out and out lie. We’re going to see the emotional consequences that we’ve talked about before of Bonnie bringing Jeremy back to life which is that it’s put a rift in her romantic relationship with him. Then over the next couple episodes the arc is to see what the ghostly supernatural consequences are of that.”

Caroline and Tyler: “They’ve really blossomed into this really nice couple,” says Plec. “I like the connection they have with each other. I like this idea that he’s dealt with his mother discovering that he’s quote unquote a monster and she’s fighting with the fact that her father thinks she’s a monster. These people who have been labeled monsters by the people who are supposed to love them most have found each other. We’ll get to live with that for a little while and then of course as often happens in our relationships, something will go terribly wrong and they’ll struggle this season as well.” Might their romance result in the birth of a cute little baby hybrid? “We’ve said two things on this show very clearly: vampires can’t procreate, yet vampires bodies work like anybody else’s. So the door’s open to pick either rule.”

All Too Human Matt The often overlooked human, Matt (Zach Roerig)  soon has a major episode. “Matt has an episode coming up that’s so beautiful and so sad and so wonderful,” says Plec. “It’s our fifth episode. It’s set the weekend before their senior year begins. It’s an annual tradition of senior prank night things of course go horribly wrong. But for Matt specifically it’s kind of bittersweet because just at the beginning of last year he was a football player, he had Elena sort of just coming out of that relationship, his friends were good. He had a sister. His Mom was in and out. There was a sense of life that he had that he’s lost over the two seasons of our show and it’s really hurting him. We really get to explore that in a beautiful and tragic way.”

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