With only three episodes left, The Vampire Diaries is bringing back all those characters you never thought you’d see again, including Kelly Donovan! EW.com can confirm;

The CW has released new photos from the series’ penultimate episode, “We’re Planning a June Wedding,” in which Matt’s mother makes an appearance. Kelly Donovan — who was originally written as a succubus — hasn’t been on the show since season 1, but her return could have something to do with the importance of Matt’s family in this season. But more importantly, what’s this wedding, you ask?

Based on the title, it certainly looks like Stefan and Caroline’s dream wedding, but the episode description states that it’s planned in order for Stefan and Damon to “lure a dangerous enemy out into the open.” Here’s to hoping there’s still a bit of romance.

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He’s baaaack!

Chris Wood returned as Kai at the end of last week’s The Vampire Diaries, and unlike how Damon (Ian Somerhalder) and Alaric (Matt Davis) feel, we are thrilled to have him back on our screens.
Many fans were probably shocked to see Kai walking and talking though, since Damon chopped off his head at the end of Season 6. But now he’s back and ready to make a deal: He’ll wake Elena (Nina Dobrev) up if Damon and Alaric help him escape from Hell. It’s not exactly a fair trade (especially since he was the one who cursed Elena to begin with), but it’s all Damon has at the moment. However, this is Kai we’re talking about, which means expect some serious mind games and potential betrayals.

To find out how Kai’s alive and what it’s like when he teams up with Damon, TV Guide spoke to Chris Wood about everything to expect of his anticipated return!

The last time we saw Kai he was decapitated. How is he walking around again?
Chris Wood:
I think he’s got the same question. He knows that he found a loophole through when the bell was rung, he found a way to leap out of Hell. He thought he’s escaped and he’s going to find out pretty quickly that he’s not as fully alive and well as he had hoped. In fact, there’s still unnatural forces pulling him back to Hell. He’s on a bit of a time limit.

Does he still have all his powers as a vampire-witch hybid and a siphoner?
Yeah, he is. And that’s something that he is working through when he’s first confronted by Alaric and Damon. He’s still a vampire, which we haven’t really ever seen him as a full Heretic because he lost his head so quickly after that happened. That will be an interesting component of his return. But yeah, he is still both of those things. But yeah, how strong he is and how focused his powers are is something you’ll have to wait and see.

What can you say about Kai’s experience in Hell and how that changed him?
I think it was an awful experience, just awful. And I think Kai is now willing to do absolutely anything to get out; it was so bad. That’s a unique thing for him. That’s not something we’re used to seeing form Kai — wanting to work with people for anything other than personal gain. And this situation might challenge him to do that in that he has no other option. He figures out that if he’s able to commit evil deeds, he extends his time limit and it gives him more ability to stay there and figure out how he can get out of Hell permanently.

Which version of Kai is this: the complete sociopath or the one who had some empathy after he merged with Luke?
I think that’s the biggest change. I think getting locked back, essentially, in the worst version of the Prison World and being tortured encouraged all of his worst sides and suppressed any part of him that was good and trying to redeem all the bad things that he’s done. So when we see Kai, he’s jolted right back into that lovable sociopath.

Kai killed Jo and put Elena in her magical coma, so how do Damon and Alaric respond when he shows up and wants to work with them?
Obviously, Alaric’s going to want him dead as quick as possible because of what he did to Jo. Neither one of these characters trust him or think that anything he has to say is something that they can believe. We see in the promo for the episode, we see that Kai knows – sort of to save his own skin – to mention that he might be able to help them save Elena and bring her back.
He’s the only one who has that power. So that alone is enough for Damon to convince Alaric to keep him around, and Damon ends up helping him on this quest for blood because he’s going to help them do things that they want.

Kai always did have such a dark sense of humor. Are we going to see him enjoy holding the power to bring Elena back over Damon’s head?
Of course, of course. He loves that. He loves mind games. As urgent as it may be — and also his quest to get out of Hell is obviously the most urgent thing he’s ever felt – but he also enjoys that ride and enjoys the game. And as always, he enjoys tormenting Damon.

How does Damon respond? What’s their dynamic working together like?
Their dynamic drops back to where it was all those years ago. They both need something from each other and that forces them to work together, but Damon loathes Kai and can’t stand to even hear his voice. That creates some nice comedic tension between the two of them.

Kai had attempted to wipe out his entire family line. How will he respond to learning Jo and Alaric’s twins survived?
He’s definitely in an unusual place right now, where the most pressing matter is not getting sucked back into Hell. I’m sure once he’s taken care of business, that’s going to become a focus of his.

You were only in the show for one season, but Kai is such a beloved character. What is it about Kai that you think fans connected so strongly to?
I can only guess, but I feel like it must be the same thing that draws me to the character and why when Julie [Plec] asked if I wanted to come back, I was so eager to jump back there and play as Kai again. He’s such an unusual contradiction of psychopathic tendencies paired with humor. He’s so quirky and witty and in some ways very charming in a totally annoying, psychotic way. That’s really fun to play, so I can imagine as a viewer, if it’s anywhere near that sort of feeling I get when I get to play him, I can see why that would be a character that fans would love to hate.

Do you have any personal favorite Kai moments?
I have a lot of favorite moments. For me, it’s all the weird stuff, all the quirky stuff, like early on where he ate jam with his hands. It’s a lot of times food. Or he has little one-line quips in this return and also weird little antics he gets up to that I think fans are really going to enjoy. And I was able to wedge in a little finger wave homage back to Season 6. That was the first scene we shot when I got in and I was glad that they were happy to accommodate all these little shout outs I wanted to do. Hopefully people will enjoy it.

When you initially left the Vampire Diaries, did Julie give any indication that she might want to bring you back eventually?
Kai was always dead and gone. That was always the plan. That was the plan when I signed on for the role. That was the plan once I was talking to Julie when the role was coming to a close. It was always, “He dies and is actually gone.” And it sort of became this conversation when the show was ending. I think it came from the writers’ room because it was one of their favorite characters to write. He says some of the zaniest things and his quips. I can imagine as a writer, getting to vocalize that character was really fun. And so they wanted to bring him back, sort of allow him to have one last moment to shine. When she mentioned it to me, they didn’t know how they were going to do it yet. They wanted to make sure I was onboard before they figured out the process of giving Kai his head back. And I think we’re all lucky they did figure that out.

What was it like to be back on set with the series winding down? Was it a different vibe this time around?
Yeah, there was an air of finality. Everyone had been on this show for a very long time. A lot of them were wee babes when they signed up and now they’re leaving and they’re in their early 30s or late 20s and in a lot of ways, just starting their careers, but also leaving something that was the prime function of their artistic life for so long. So there’s a lot of change you can feel in talking to all of them and sort of hearing what they’re up to and what they’re planning to do next. It’s obviously very exciting. I’m obviously in a different position than I was when I joined the show. Kai was my longest arc that I had done on a show, so it was a big step forward to me. Now I’m on another show and coming back to visit. It’s nice to check back in and remember and also feel extremely grateful to get to do what I do.

The Vampire Diaries airs Fridays at 8/7c on the CW.

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With one season left in The Vampire Diaries’ run, we decided it was time to start collecting everyone’s final diary entries. Every week during the final season, EW is asking those involved with the show to look back on one of their favorite moments from the series. So grab your tissues and join us on this trip down a vampire-filled memory lane.

This week, Ian Somerhalder talks playing Damon Salvatore…

When I saw the pilot, I said, “This is definitely going to go.” And then the initial reaction and the ratings came and that was a pretty clear indicator that people were liking it and watching it. It ebbs and flows, but we’ve had a really substantial, consistent, loving fanbase.

For me, season 1 was just the pinnacle for Damon. That was the apex of the ability of this character to shine through story. I loved a lot of that stuff. That stuff was really fun. All the stuff with Damon and Vicki, the dancing in the Salvatore house.

In season 2, Damon sort of struggles to recognize who he is and he misses being human — there were some great scenes that came out of that. But I loved that season 1 stuff: The struggle of Damon to find his love only to learn the naiveté of love and that he was duped and that he’s not as good as his brother in the eyes of a woman that he fancied. So those types of struggles, they were real. But there has been an amazing string of very well written scenes throughout these periods of time. 170 episodes, that’s crazy. That’s a lot.

Damon has had a very fun time for a very long time. Damon’s had a great run. He’s had a lot of great lines, he’s had a lot of great scenes, there’s been a lot to do, and I learned a lot. I learned a great deal playing this character and navigating the waters of being on a big global hit network series.

This experience made me become a man. It made me understand true social responsibility. It taught me how to operate in this business so that I can now go on and become a storyteller. I got to meet a lot of amazing people. It’s given me the ability to work with great people and have a family here in Georgia. Those are amazing relationships. I love these relationships. I’m almost a 40-year-old man. I started this show when I was 30. Paul’s 34, I’m 38. We became men. That’s cool.

This hands down has been a very powerful and amazing experience.

Kai Parker has a reputation in Mystic Falls. He’s the sociopath who killed Alaric’s bride (who also happened to be his twin sister). He’s the reason Elena will never see her best friend again. But man, is he fun to watch.

When Kai left The Vampire Diaries at the end of season 6, he was very dead. More specifically, Damon had decapitated him. But with the show’s latest development — the ringing of the Maxwell bell 11 times — it seems some of the people who were residing in hell are making their way back to the land of the living. And this week, it’s all about Kai. “We’re dropped back into where we were many moons ago,” Chris Wood tells EW. “Kai distrusts everyone and doesn’t really care for anyone. He has a soft spot for Bonnie but that’s probably about it. He’s selfishly motivated.”

For Wood, getting back into character as the snarky heretic who only cares about himself was less about preparation and more about living in the moment. Sure, he has a Kai playlist on his phone, but this time around, he didn’t need to listen to it. (For the record, it features a lot of early ’90s music and is both “scary” and “weird,” according to Wood.)

“In some cases, the less I think about it the better it turns out,” Wood says of playing Kai. “It’s one of those characters that the pre-planning of things doesn’t tend to work as well as in the moment. I put on his rings and his weird little wardrobe choices and it wasn’t too long before I felt super comfortable again and got to play around with everybody.”

But as playful as Kai might be, there’s a dark undertone to everything he does, mostly because the guy’s been in hell. If his time away from Mystic Falls has changed him, Wood says, “it’s only made him worse because he was in hell getting tortured, so he hates everyone and everything and the most we can hope for is that he doesn’t kill everyone.”

It seems Kai will only be allowed to stay in the land of the living if he does some particularly evil things, so expect him to bring his villainous A-game. “He’s on a quest for blood,” Wood says. “He realizes he needs to do some evil deeds to prevent hell pulling him back, and that brings out the worst in someone who is a psychopath. He’s basically given full permission to go and be as horrible as he can possibly be because that’s the only way that he’s going to be able to stay there.”

As bad as Kai might be, it’s all good for Wood, who’s thrilled to get to return to this character after a few years away. “This character is so fun,” he says. “I don’t think I’ll ever get to play a character like Kai again. I don’t know others that exist like him: The sociopath who gains empathy for the first time in his life. It’s just a very unique arc that you can’t really replicate outside of this Mystic Falls world. I’m so grateful to have gotten the opportunity to play him.”

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


Yup! EW.com has confirmed that someone will be dying during The Vampire Diaries’ series finale – and it’s BIG:

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Elena Gilbert’s crying. Standing in the Mystic Falls cemetery where she’s said many goodbyes — and even a few hellos — Elena’s surrounded by everyone she loves. Well, almost everyone. One person is missing. Did we forget to mention that this is a funeral?

It’s a sunny January day in Atlanta as the Vampire Diaries cast films its final group scene in the woods for the series finale. In between takes, there’s laughter and excited whispers about who’s in town for the upcoming wrap party, but when showrunner Julie Plec, the director of the show’s final hour, calls “Action,” an emotional fog sets in. This is a goodbye — and it’s a big one.

“We wanted to go big, emotionally, with the action, and with the spectacular of it,” says Plec, who co-wrote the hour with co-creator Kevin Williamson. “We were absolutely feeling epic.”

Here’s the official description of The Vampire Diaries’ final episode “I Was Feeling Epic” airing March 10th on The CW;

OLD FRIENDS – With the fate of Mystic Falls at stake, Stefan (Paul Wesley) and Damon (Ian Somerhalder) must fight their greatest enemy for one last battle.

The episode airs at 9PM on March 10 because it is preceded by a retrospective special at 8! They’re calling that “The Vampire Diaries: Forever Yours.” Here’s the description;

IT’S BEEN EPIC – After eight amazing seasons, The Vampire Diaries is coming to a dramatic and epic end. This one-hour retrospective features interviews with past and present cast members and guest stars, a conversation with the executive producers Julie Plec and Kevin Williamson, behind-the-scenes footage from the final season and special moments from the past eight years.

Here’s the preview of The Vampire Diaries’ upcoming episode. “It’s Been a Hell of a Ride” airs February 24th on The CW;

WHAT DOES THE FUTURE HOLD – Damon (Ian Somerhalder) and Stefan (Paul Wesley) must join forces against Cade (guest star Wolé Parks) in order to save Elena’s casket. Meanwhile, Caroline (Candice King) and Alaric (Matt Davis) deal with their daughters’ burgeoning magical powers.

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“It’s Mystic Falls. Nothing bad ever happens here.”

Elena Gilbert uttered those words on the very night when her parents’ car would go off Wickery Bridge and her life would change forever — not just because she’d lose her parents, but because a vampire would save her life.

That vampire, Stefan Salvatore, would then become the very person who helped Elena, in her words, figure out how to live again. But she was figuring out how to live a completely new life, one that came with a lot of death.

Vicki. Grams. Jenna. John. Caroline. Tyler. Bonnie. Alaric. Jeremy. Bonnie (again). They all died. Sure, some of them only died temporarily, but that’s how it goes in Mystic Falls, the small Virginia town at the center of The Vampire Diaries. Suddenly, the home that Elena once believed to be the safest place in the world was anything but.

Six seasons and two epic loves later, Elena Gilbert herself took up residence in a coffin. Only, she wasn’t dead. Thanks to a spell by Kai Parker, Elena’s life was linked to her best friend, Bonnie, which roughly translates to: Elena can’t wake up until Bonnie dies. So when Elena shut her eyes in the season 6 finale, she figured she’d be out for 60 or so years.

Two seasons and, within the show’s timeline, roughly three years later, it’s time for her return.

With The Vampire Diaries coming to an end, actress Nina Dobrev, who left the show when her contract ended at the end of season 6, will reprise her role as the latest Petrova doppelganger. “The nostalgia is insane,” Dobrev told EW on the set of the series finale. “I keep getting triggered by moments: a piece of wardrobe, a person’s voice, a crew member’s laugh. It’s like a trip down memory lane, and I have so many beautiful memories of the six years that I spent here. I’m really glad that I got to be a part of it.”

EW has an exclusive first look at her return and the series finale, which airs Friday, March 10 on The CW.

With one season left in The Vampire Diaries’ run, EW.com decided it was time to start collecting everyone’s final diary entries. Every week during the final season, EW is asking those involved with the show to look back on one of their favorite moments from the series. So grab your tissues and join us on this trip down a vampire-filled memory lane. This week, Candice King talks about her time playing Caroline Forbes…

I remember that while filming the pilot, it was one or the other: The show was either not going to work and everyone’s over vampires, or it was going to be a really big f–king deal. But it was also my first pilot, so that was already a big deal to me. That was huge. But everyone really, really wanted it to work out, so there was a lot of hope and a lot of excitement and it would’ve been very disappointing had it not worked out. From the get-go, people had that anticipation of this is going to be a really life-changing experience.

The writers have kept Caroline interesting over the years. I am grateful that she’s always had a very strong arc. Even in moments where that arc has been in support of another character and what another character’s processing, I feel like it’s been beneficial to Caroline growing as an individual. With her turning into a vampire, I thought that was such a fun and beautiful, defining arc for her. It was still so early on in the series that I just wanted to keep my job and I wanted the character to stay alive, even if that meant that she had to become dead to do so. I just really loved being here and I didn’t want to have to leave, so I feel like it was a great opportunity and a big step up for that character, so going to work I just was so eager to learn and do my best every way I could. Not that I still don’t do that eight years later, but maybe it’s a little different, a little bit more comfortable now.

And then I loved that in season 6 I was still going to work excited and intimidated and challenged with Caroline’s story line being that her mom was passing away from cancer. And then on top of that, all the different love interests over the years and on top of that, the fact that it’s a very high action-packed series. So playing a vampire, I’ve been able to be a part of a lot of stunts and locations and blood and gore and prosthetics — things that you wouldn’t normally do in a non-supernatural series.

I think where the show really excels and people get excited is with the flashbacks and the big scenes that seem impossible to pull off, which are usually the finales or the season openers. But I think as a viewer, where the show would excel would be the ability to keep people tuned in even on commercial breaks.

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

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