“We met, and we talked, and it was epic, but then the sun came up and reality set in.” When Elena Gilbert first said those words to Stefan Salvatore in the second episode of The Vampire Diaries, she was finding a reason why they couldn’t be together. Their lives were just too complicated. But by the end of the hour, Stefan would remind her of just how epic their connection was, repeating those words before kissing her for the first time … even after reality set in. EW.com wrote.

The Vampire Diaries’ executive producers Julie Plec and Kevin Williamson explain the series finale title “I Was Feeling Epic” airing March 10th on The CW;

However, what was happening onscreen wasn’t the only thing that was “epic” about that moment. Co-creator Kevin Williamson will never forget reading that interaction and what it meant for the show. “[Co-creator] Julie [Plec] wrote that beautiful monologue, and I remember reading it for the first time and just crying,” Williamson tells EW. “And then Stefan came back and said it to her again, and I remember tearing up. I thought we were onto something special. When you shoot a pilot, you never know if anything is going to work. But it’s those second and third episodes where it starts to come together. And that’s when you know if the show has legs.”

And even more than signaling something special for Williamson, that moment introduced a theme that the show would carry all the way through to its series finale: It has to be epic. “I did a lot of the early writing and Kevin did a lot of the re-writing,” Plec says. “We were trying to figure out the show as we went and I wrote the scene where Elena says, ‘We met, and we talked, and it was epic, but then the sun came up and reality set in.’ And I remember Kevin circling it on his script and giving it a triple check. A triple check from Kevin Williamson is, ‘I love this line.’”

So it was no surprise when the line — or at least the sentiment — came back in episode 8. Using her sage vampire wisdom, Stefan’s best friend Lexi convinced Elena to give Stefan a chance by explaining that, “When it’s real, you can’t walk away.” And when Stefan thanked his bestie for helping him out, she simply said, “I was feeling epic,” a line that lives on years later and is now the official title of the Vampire Diaries series finale.

“During the first season of this show, when Julie and I were not sleeping and we were just writing non-stop and were completely out of our minds, we wrote the episode where Lexi pulled a solid for Stefan in the bar and pumped up Stefan in Elena’s eyes, and she’s like, ‘I was feeling epic.’ That line became Julie’s favorite line of the entire show,” Williamson says. “From the very very beginning, we kept saying in the writers’ room: ‘It has to be epic. We want an epic moment.’ This whole show has always been about epic moments and that was the line.”

So when it came time to end the show, there was really only one type of finale that Plec and Williamson wanted to write: An epic one. “It had to be epic,” Williamson says. “What better title than the callback of what was one of our favorite lines in the whole show? Epic has been our mantra from day one.”

The Vampire Diaries has wrapped up filming earlier this week… *sobs* I have added some behind the scenes photos to our photo archives;

We’re nearly a month away from the finale of ‘The Vampire Diaries,’ and the anticipation is absolutely killing us. Even with a slew of photos from set, we still know very little about how the eighth season will wrap, but here’s what we do know. Hollywoodlife has the details;

You’re going to need to prepare yourself for the end. The finale of The Vampire Diaries is currently filming in Atlanta and while we know some familiar faces — Nina Dobrev, Kayla Ewell, and David Anders to name a few — have been spotted on set, we really don’t know who will be doing what. “There’s blood, sweat and tears. And also a little bit of joy,” Michael Malarkey said in a new interview with TVGuide about the finale. “There’s a little bit of something for everybody. You’ll get to see some familiar faces. There’s going to be a lot of tears shed, I’m sure.

When asked if the ending would he happy or bittersweet, he revealed it’s probably a bit of both. “It’s kind of different for some of the characters, but I feel overall it’s going to definitely feel bittersweet,” he said. “There’s always a silver lining, and we definitely get that at the end of the series.”

The finale, set to air on March 10 at 9pm on The CW, will follow a one-hour special called Forever Yours, a thank you to the fans.

Of course, we have no idea what that means — who will get a happy ending? Will Nina be back as Elena or Katherine? Will she end up with Damon or Stefan… or neither? Julie Plec has tweeted a few heartbreaking messages, including a final shot of Mystic Falls she posted on Feb. 2, writing, “Farewell, Covington aka our beloved Mystic Falls.” She then followed it up with, “Not gonna lie, that particular goodbye hurt.”

I told you to prepare yourselves. Now, as you can see in the BTS shots from the finale in our gallery, Kevin Williamson, as well as fans, have already shared a first look at Nina back on set, wearing a white tank, a purple cardigan and that classic straight Elena-like hair. We can’t help but notice the look is very similar to what she had on when she nearly drowned in the water with her parents. Just sayin’.

One key member of The Originals won’t return to New Orleans for a potential season 5.

Showrunner Michael Narducci, who was a veteran of The Vampire Diaries, has left the spin-off show for a two-year deal at ABC Studios, EW has confirmed. TVD and The Originals creator Julie Plec will serve as showrunner if a season 5 is greenlit by The CW, her publicist confirmed to EW

Since The Originals debuted in 2013, Narducci has executive-produced all 66 episodes and written 17. He produced TVD from 2011 to 2013 and wrote 10 episodes. Narducci has worked with ABC previously, inking a deal to develop and adapt Vertigo comic book Unfollow in November 2015.

As a midseason show, The Originals was not given a season 5 order, but it’s still a possibility. “Julie and I spoke ahead of time about this,” CW President Mark Pedowitz said at the Television Critics Association’s press tour on Sunday. “The Originals has not yet premiered for the season. It’ll probably be a discussion in May. I’m a big Julie Plec fan. I’m hoping The Originals will continue. A lot of it will depend on performance.”

The Originals season 4 premieres on March 17 on The CW.

When The Vampire Diaries ends, will The Originals continue on past the flagship?

The Originals was not among the seven CW series that scored early renewals on Sunday, mostly because the show doesn’t launch its new season until March 17. But its future remains up in the air as TVD ends its run.

“Julie [Plec] and I spoke ahead of time about this,” CW President Mark Pedowitz said at the Television Critics Association’s press tour on Sunday. “The Originals has not yet premiered for the season. It’ll probably be a discussion in May. I’m a big Julie Plec fan. I’m hoping The Originals will continue. A lot of it will depend on performance.”

For its upcoming season, The Originals will jump ahead five years, picking up at least two years ahead of The Vampire Diaries’ timeline. However, that doesn’t negate crossover before TVD goes off the air, as Matt Davis’ Alaric will make his way to New Orleans in the eighth episode of The Originals‘ new season.

The Originals returns Friday, March 17 at 8 p.m. ET on The CW.


Oh no… It looks like there’s another painful death coming! TV Line shares;

When TVLine asked if Tyler was the last major character fans would have to say goodbye to before the series wraps on March 10, executive producer Julie Plec merely replied, “Nope.” When pressed for more information, she simply offered unpleasant adjectives like “painful” and “terrible.”

While death has always been woven into the CW drama’s fabric, can we really afford to lose any more characters from the pile of dwindling fan-favorites? (Depending on where Alaric’s upcoming crossover to The Originals falls timeline-wise, he could be one of the only safe bets to survive the series.)

Speaking of death, we can expect plenty of carnage from Stefan now that Cade’s newest man servant has flipped his humanity switch.
“Stefan’s never been good with temptation while in ripper mode,” Plec reminds us. “We know from past experience that Stefan has a threshold, and it’ll be Damon’s job to monitor his brother and make sure he stays on the good side of that threshold. If he crosses it, there’s a risk of losing him forever.”

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After seven long seasons, The Vampire Diaries has finally reunited Matt Donovan with his estranged father — but their road to recovery is only just beginning. TV Line has some interesting spoilers;

“Giving Matt those answers — Who is his father? Does he even exist? Why did he leave? — was important to us, because it was a dangling thread we’d never been able to tell a story about,” executive producer Julie Plec explains to TVLine. “I swear, all Zach Roerig does this season is cry, at least in his first few episodes.”
Adds Roerig, “Everyone has always wanted Matt to find some closure — with Penny’s death, or Vicki’s death, or even with the Elena thing at the beginning of the show — so he can finally understand why everything happened. … Matt’s a good dude, so I’m sure it’s hard for him to think, ‘Why wouldn’t my dad want to be a part of this? I’m badass!’”

Friday’s episode, during which Matt’s dad finally began to comprehend the depth of his suffering (“How did it come to this?”), marked the beginning of a long journey for the Donovan men.
“It’s sad if you think about everything Matt has been through, and that’s ultimately what he has to make his dad understand,” Plec explains. “It’s not just that he left, but the life he left Matt with took such a turn to sadness. That’s been the biggest struggle Matt’s had to fight against growing up.”

Roerig also extends kudos to the casting department for placing Joel Gretsch (NCIS, Witches of East End) in such a pivotal role.
“[Joel] could be my real dad, it’s crazy,” he notes. “He was born in Minnesota, not far from where my father was born in Minnesota — and the skin tone, and the eyes. He’s also just a really good dude and good actor; we really clicked and bonded well. … I like the idea of Matt not being a bastard. Whether it was tumultuous, or whatever issues there were involving his abandonment, at least people know that this is Matt’s dad — proof of his genetics. Maybe it’ll help Matt solve the mystery of why he feels so compelled to stay in Mystic Falls.”

Georgie’s death on Vampire Diaries reminded me of Katherine’s. Does this mean we could see Katherine again in hell? — Jules
Nothing would make me happier than seeing Katherine again in the show’s final season. And it sounds like that’s not completely out of the question. When asked if Katherine is in hell, showrunner Julie Plec says, “I will confirm nothing, but the visual similarities are not accidental.” Does that mean there’s hope? Maybe. One thing’s for sure: Hell is the focal point of what’s to come. “The big question of the season is: How do our characters fit in this world?” Plec says. “Are they all doomed? Is there a chance for redemption? Can you earn your way back out of a one-way ticket to Hell? And even characters that have been heroes, are they already marked? If so, what the hell are they going to do about it?”


There’s a lot of darkness in The Vampire Diaries’ eighth and final season. With the sirens as this year’s villains, the show has introduced its version of hell complete with Cade, its very own devil. But what will that mean for our favorite heroes (and villains)? Could the series end with everyone we love having to pay for their sins?

The short answer is: Yes, it could. But more than anything, Vampire Diaries showrunner Julie Plec says this story is about bringing things to an end. “There’s this sense of finality that we needed to accomplish this year which meant that characters that we’ve introduced and loved over the years, even the series regulars, had a journey that had to come to an end,” Plec says. “As we ask the question, ‘What does hell mean?’ and eventually ask the question, ‘Does peace exist?’ — that question will exist for each and every one of our characters. Now I’m not saying you’re going to watch them all die on camera, but the question is going to exist for everybody.”

That includes our beloved Tyler Lockwood, who was last seen lying dead in the trunk of a car (courtesy of Damon Salvatore). And yet, that’s not necessarily the last we’ve seen of him. “Is this the end of Tyler’s journey? Or is there more suffering or more spiritual beauty in store for him,” Plec teases. “And as for Damon, does this, among the many, many, many other terrible things that he’s done, cement his fate in a dark way? Does it make it completely impossible for him to ever come back from this? That question will make him first want to give up and then ultimately hopefully fight even harder.”

But in all of this darkness, there has been one piece of light: Stefan and Caroline got engaged at the end of the season’s second hour. Suddenly, the promise of a June wedding feels attainable. “Once we started talking about the season and deciding that it could be the end, that’s a path that we knew we wanted to get on and so this is the time to do it,” Plec says of the engagement.

“They’ve been growing as a team, they’ve had their ups and their downs, they’ve had a lot of hurdles preventing them from being able to be happy and we knew we did need some happiness in this otherwise bleak scenario,” Plec continues. “It was important for us to be able to celebrate a relationship. We can’t celebrate Damon and Elena right now; Elena’s in a coffin. And we’re celebrating Bonnie and Enzo all the time but they’re new so they have so many more roads to travel before they get to that conversation, so it was fun to be able to give Stefan and Caroline a sense of a happy ending to come, even if it doesn’t get that far. It’s going to be a fun road to travel.”

It will be fun… unless their journey ends with meeting Cade.

The Vampire Diaries airs Fridays at 8 p.m. ET on The CW.


The Vampire Diaries couldn’t have a final season without Tyler Lockwood — Matt’s best friend, Caroline’s ex, and of course, the show’s introduction to werewolves (and hybrids). And in the third episode of the show’s final season, Tyler won’t only be back, but he’s bringing some important information with him.

“Tyler’s return is pretty impactful because we’ve never really explored it on camera, but he’s been working for the Armory, as we learned when he took Elena’s body away,” TVD showrunner Julie Plec tells EW. “He’s the one that knew where Elena’s coffin was, he’s the one that brought Enzo into the fold against his will in the beginning. So he’s been off doing that.”

And because of Tyler’s involvement with the Armory, Plec says, “He’s remained firmly embedded in the supernatural universe, so he’s got information that our heroes don’t have, which is pretty key in the moment when it’s revealed. And there’s a great emotional component to his return that ties into all our characters as well.”

EW has the exclusive first look at Tyler’s return, which not only involves Damon, but also, some new facial hair.

The Vampire Diaries airs Fridays at 8 p.m. ET on The CW.


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