Zap2it got to sit down with Somerhalder and executive producer Caroline Dries to talk about the winter premiere, titled “Hell is Other People” that aired last week on The CW;

As Season 7 of “The Vampire Diaries” continues, audiences are taken back in time to reveal the darkest moments of the elder Salvatore brother’s life. This is the episode Kat Graham, who plays Bonnie, described as “Ian’s best work ever.”

Zap2it got to sit down with Somerhalder and executive producer Caroline Dries to talk about the winter premiere, titled “Hell is Other People.”

“Ultimately, you get to see [Damon’s] profound relationship with his mother (Lily Salvatore, played by Annie Wersching) and how he got to be the man that he is,” says Somerhalder.

But going to such depths was no easy task for the 37-year-old actor.

“The episode almost killed me,” Somerhalder says. “I lost 6 pounds from Monday to Friday. But it was magical. The first time, other than [some time during] Season 1, that I looked around and said, ‘Wow this feels like we’re literally shooting ‘Saving Private Ryan’ or some big giant beautifully orchestrated [movie].”

He continues, “Like wow, these people are working so hard. Granted, I know it’s a vampire teen soap opera, but I will tell you, it was very, very, very powerful. It kicked my a**!”

“This is Damon’s story of the chickens coming home to roost,” adds Dries. “He basically spat on [his mother’s] grave, and now it’s time to have a mirror held up to him saying this is what happens when you don’t have remorse.”

There’ll be an awesome crossover soon! YES – our favorite vampires and hybrid(s) meet again, but how will Klaus react to Caroline’s pregnancy?

When Klaus bid Mystic Falls adieu at the end of The Vampire Diaries‘ fourth season, he left Caroline with these immortal words: “[Tyler is] your first love. I intend to be your last.”

Of course, a lot has changed since then: Klaus moved to New Orleans, where he fell in love with an ill-fated psychologist named Cami, while Caroline found a new relationship in the arms of her long-time friend Stefan… before finding Alaric’s magical twins in her uterus. As for Tyler, well, you all know the deal.

So you can bet the C-word will come up when Klaus and Stefan meet for drinks during TVD‘s impending Originals crossover, and according to executive producer Caroline Dries, the eldest Mikaelson will react “in a very Klaus-like way.”

“We knew we wanted to see Joseph [Morgan] and Paul Wesley together on screen; they’ve had the longest history on the shows, apart from Elijah and Katherine,” Dries says. “Now, they have some interesting conversation over some bourbon.”

Expanding on what we already know about the crossover, Dries explains that “Stefan is forced into exile because of his story, which won’t be for a few more episodes. He ends up going to New Orleans for protection, and when you’re in New Orleans … of course you’re going to run into your mortal enemy. It’s a fun, rich, interesting story that starts on The Vampire Diaries and successfully transitions into The Originals.”


The vampire huntress Rayna (Leslie-Anne Huff), who will be formally introduced in Episode 12 of The Vampire Diaries’ seventh season, is after Stefan because he was stabbed by the Phoenix Stone Sword. “Pretty much everyone gets in her cross-hairs,” Annie Wersching tells “But anyone with the X scar on their body – it opens up for Stefan as you can see in the flash-forwards – and she’s obviously hunting him. Stefan is the biggest goal for her that she’s trying to flush out.”

Since Stefan isn’t the only one who was stabbed by the sword (paging Damon and Julien!), that means they’re likely in danger from Rayna as well. “As we saw Stefan and Damon both get stabbed by that sword, we start to understand what the heck is going on with that mythology. It’s all together,” showrunner Caroline Dries explains. “Once we understand the rules of that sword and who owns it and who’s compelled by the sword, essentially, to kill vampires, it’ll all make sense.”

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I know, talk about serialized storytelling! What is that like for you? And it also spawned The Originals. You created this huge thing.
WILLIAMSON: Well, Caroline and Julie have just done—Julie has spearheaded The Originals. I don’t know. I’m thrilled.

You’re obviously busy with many shows. Do you keep a fairly distant involvement in The Vampire Diaries now?
I’m not hands-on. Caroline Dries, who is doing our FOX show, is the showrunner of the Vampire Diaries. It’s also right downstairs. So I go in there and meet with them all the time. I stay on top of the stories and so forth. I’m still very much close to the production, but I’m not involved as much. I just can’t. And Julie, she’s getting Containment off the ground. She’s also involved with The Originals and she keeps her hand in Vampire Diaries. I have a feeling next year, if Caroline goes on to do this FOX pilot, I see myself getting back on Vampire Diaries.

Oh. Cool.
Because she’ll be gone. I wanted her to work on this new pilot so badly.

Would that be a trip for you, stepping back into the story when it’s gone such wild directions since you backed off?
I know where’s it going. I’m sitting here staring at a script right now, on my desk. By the way, I’ve always planned to come back for the endgame, whenever that happens. If that happens…

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Executive Producer Caroline Dries discusses the most recent episode, Nina Dobrev’s potential return and more;

On The CW series The Vampire Diaries, Damon (Ian Somerhalder) is trapped in his own Hell on Earth, after being forced to deal with emotions that he had long buried. With the traumatic effects of the Phoenix stone taking a toll on his brother, Stefan (Paul Wesley) will attempt to help Damon regain his grip on reality, while secretly struggling with his own experience in the stone.

After a recent screening of the latest episode at The CW offices, executive producer Caroline Dries was on hand to talk to a handful of press outlets about the aftermath of that last scene, the effects of the Phoenix stone, keeping Elena (Nina Dobrev) as Damon’s touchstone, whether Nina Dobrev could return, Bonnie (Kat Graham) and Enzo (Michael Malarkey), what’s next for the Heretics, and having a full game plan for Caroline (Candice Accola). Be aware that there are some major spoilers discussed.

Question: Obviously, the people that Damon attacked in that last scene will have to survive that moment, or you wouldn’t have any characters left.
If they didn’t, the show would pretty much be canceled after that last scene. What that means is that, even though Damon has escaped Hell, so to speak, figuratively he’s left, but emotionally and psychologically, when you exit the Phoenix stone, you’re a changed person. The decisions that you make, as a result of that, don’t necessarily reflect the decisions you would have made, before you go in there. What you’ll see in the next episode is that Damon really, really, really messed things up. And Stefan, who had his own journey that we didn’t see and that we’re not going to see in the way we saw with Damon, has been through that. We’re trying to create a little bit of intrigue about how Stefan has survived it and learned some lessons from it, but can Stefan warn Damon in time, of what it means to actually get out of there. It’s like Damon’s Hell on Earth now, moving forward.

Should we be questioning whether three months have really passed since Damon was put into the Phoenix stone?
We’ll question it, but that will be answered in the next episode. As producers and writers, we were trying to keep up with Candice Accola’s pregnancy. In past seasons, the timeline has been 22 days. This season, we’re already messing with time, so we can jump and it actually makes it more dramatic that Damon has been out for that long. It provides a sense that Stefan has had a whole story, in that time, that we’re going to figure out. What did Stefan go through while Damon has been down.

You have kept Elena as a character in the show, even though Nina Dobrev is no longer around. How challenging is that?
It’s a total challenge and it helps that she is Damon’s touchstone for every decision that he makes, even when she was on the show. It helps that that is why Damon is making the decisions that he’s making. So yeah, I still think that she does stay present.

Is there any chance that Nina Dobrev will return at the end of Season 7?
No. I would say that, if The CW called today and was like, “By the way, Season 7 is the last season,” then I think we would scramble to make sure that she was in the finale. But as of right now, we’re acting like the show will go on, so no.

Will we see Bonnie and Enzo end up together?
We’re going to continue to have fun with their Bickersons relationship. It’s the most natural and organic thing because they truly can’t stand each other, at this point. We’ll play that out for awhile because we need to see them in more scenes together before we start building any romance.

Nora stabbed Stefan, so what will the fall-out with the Heretics look like when see them again?
It actually will be pretty interesting, the way the chips fall with the Heretics. Lily’s death basically dropped a bomb in the heretic family and they all disperse into their own lifestyles. Nora has always wanted to see what else is out there. Mary Louise is a little intimidated by th is new world and wants to stay home and live their traditional life. So, there’s a mini-fissure happening with those girls that will eventually be a little bit exploited by Bonnie, as they all become interested in the same thing. At the same time, Nora starts to show other layers of her personality. She’s still the villain because she is a little bit selfish and reckless, but at the same time, she’s also very likeable because she makes herself vulnerable, in the same way that Rebekah used to do. So, you’ll see Nora as part of the fold in our hero group, which will make Matt uncomfortable. Matt is trying to stay staunchly anti-vampire to protect his town, but he’s continuously justifying that his friends are vampires and that there are good vampires. So, the Heretics start to pull at his belief system. And then, with Valerie, she has become this third wheel, in the Caroline-Stefan relationship, not necessarily because she’s prying into their relationship, but just as default because they need her magic. She genuinely cares about Stefan and genuinely cares about what Caroline is going through with these babies, so she’s just become this accidental third wheel that will actually start to evolve into a bigger friendship with Stefan, leaving Caroline to be like, “Where did my boyfriend go?”

You had to write Candice Accola out of five episodes, through Episode 720, because of her pregnancy. Have you thought about how she’ll be reintroduced?
Yeah. We haven’t written or officially broken Episode 720, but she’ll come back in 720 or 721. It just depends on when she wants to or can come back, but we have a full game plan for her. It’s just one of those funny things. It still feels like she’s in the ether in those five episodes that she’s gone, but we’ll be craving her when she does come back.

The Vampire Diaries airs on Friday nights on The CW.

[Source] has the exclusive details on tonight’s Damon-centric episode. Be sure to tune in tonight at The CW!

Damon Salvatore is a complicated man. He’s dangerous, he’s impulsive, and sometimes, he’s downright stupid. But he’s also sweet, loyal, and when push comes to shove, compassionate. He just doesn’t always make the best decisions in emotional situations.

For example, that time he snapped Jeremy’s neck after Elena told him she loved Stefan. Or that time his mother was dying and he was still so upset with her that his final words to her were, “You made your bed. Have a nice nap.” All of this is to say that Damon Salvatore’s time in the Phoenix Stone — which is known to punish vampires for every bad thing they’ve ever done — isn’t going to be easy.

It will, however, give The Vampire Diaries an opportunity to do something the show’s never done before: A concept episode. Focusing in on Damon’s personal hell — which is set against the backdrop of his time in the Civil War — executive producer Caroline Dries tells EW that the writers knew that if they were going to try a concept episode, they had to go all in. “[Damon] really is driving the entire story from beginning to end. We are in Damon’s mindset through a journey that is frustrating and kind of funny and grueling.”

As to why the writers chose Damon to go through this experience, Dries says, “With him what’s interesting is you saw where he had the opportunity to tell his mom that he forgives her, [and] he tells her, ‘You made your bed, have a nice nap.’ So that is the character that you want to see realize that he’s messed up a few times in life. A character like Damon is so resistant to change but that’s what makes him interesting to watch, as opposed to a character like Caroline or Bonnie or these sort of heroes of the story. They’re much more in tune with their feelings and they regret things more obviously.”

Stuck inside his own “custom-made hell,” as Dries put it, Damon will be confronted with experiences and people from his both his distant and his recent past. After all, as longtime fans will remember, Damon was still human when he served in the Civil War, so we can expect to see a bit more of who he was before Katherine Pierce entered his life. And yet, at the same time, he’s also the Damon who just basically spat in this mother’s face. So naturally, those unresolved issues will continue to haunt him. As Dries says, “Hell is trying to convince him to change.”

The worst news of all? Damon’s three months in the stone is only the beginning. “When we do something huge on the show — like punishing a character for an entire episode — there needs to be some ramifications that come out of it, so things will only get worse, unfortunately, for Damon and Stefan,” Dries says.

And it’s not just Damon and Stefan who will be affeted. “Our characters will be changed and there will be massive moves that happen in the story that have gigantic ripple effects,” she adds. ”We have one half more of a season to fix it all, but it’s looking pretty bad right now.”

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

Will Damon see any familiar faces during his time inside the Phoenix Stone on The Vampire Diaries? — Kayla
Not only is Damon not alone inside the stone, but he might come face-to-face with someone we haven’t seen in a while. “There’s one familiar face that the diehard fans will recognize,” executive producer Caroline Dries says. “It will be a nice callback. I’m excited to see if anyone remembers what we’re talking about.” Any guesses?


There’s a new order coming to The Vampire Diaries this season — but can its leader be trusted?

Mouzam Makkar (The Following, American Horror Story) will recur as Alex, a “beautiful, charming and cocky researcher at the head of a mysterious organization,” TVLine has learned exclusively. Described as a “viper in sheep’s clothing,” she’ll make her first appearance in Episode 714.

“She has ties to Enzo’s backstory,” executive producer Caroline Dries tells TVLine. “As he’s trying to find his place in the world, she comes in and says, ‘Let me help you out with that.’ Is she good? Is she bad? What’s her bigger agenda? We’ll pull back her layers as the season goes on.”

The Vampire Diaries returns with new episodes Friday, Jan. 29 at 8/7c on The CW.


The Vampire Diaries’ executive producers Julie Plec and Caroline Dries discuss tomorrow night’s episode “Age of Innocence”;

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Posted by The Vampire Diaries on woensdag 21 oktober 2015

Stefan and Caroline fans, The Vampire Diaries is granting your wish.

Although Caroline (Candice Accola) will be doing her best to avoid Stefan (Paul Wesley) when Season 7 picks up, executive producer Caroline Dries tells us it’s only a matter of time before his charm, good looks and hero hair, work his way into Caroline’s heart.
“As much as there’s chaos around her, every time she looks at Stefan she gets butterflies,” Dries says in the video above. “So, it’s only a matter of time before it’s like… ‘You make me happy.’ So, we’ll see them get together soon.”

OK, but how soon? (We have waited six seasons after all!) “Their relationship is coming in stages,” Dries says. “Just because two people kiss doesn’t mean they’re going steady or whatever the term is now. So, they’ll have their starts and stops a bit, but we’ll explore each of those chapters of the relationship.”

Are you excited that Stefan and Caroline – humanity and all – are finally going to be together?
The Vampire Diaries returns on Thursday, Oct. 8 at 8/7c on The CW.


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