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TVLine spoke with executive producer Julie Plec about the episode’s biggest twists, as well as what’s in store for the gang in Season 8. But first, a quick recap…

Caroline and Alaric tricked their twins into opening the Armory, allowing for Damon to enter the vault and murk the final Everlasting. But when a (magic-less) Bonnie grew concerned about Damon — yes, that really was new Nina Dobrev audio he was hearing — Enzo followed him into the vault, and they were both trapped inside. Meanwhile, Caroline and Alaric amicably parted ways, allowing for her long-awaited reunion with Stefan. Elsewhere, Matt stared death in the face after a hellish car wreck, but a ghostly visit from Penny gave him the strength to go on.
Three months later, after the vault was opened and revealed no one inside, Stefan and Co. learned of a killing spree on the West Coast. Just as they feared, Damon and Enzo turned out to be responsible for the 60+ missing bodies — and there’s no sign of them slowing down anytime soon.
OK, time for some answers…

TVLINE | What are we calling this evil force that’s totally ruined Damon and Enzo?
[Laughs] We are not calling it anything, we are waiting for Season 8. I mean, internally, we’re calling it something, but we’re not telling people what that is yet. It’s funny, this is the first time we’ve done this little story trick where we’re actually withholding the identity and mythology of the new villain from the audience before the next season. What could it be that’s been around for thousands of years? We didn’t see it, but it has some creepy ass monster hands, and it has the ability to get inside your heard and strip away everything good about you. There’s a nice mystery taking us into next season about what exactly this creature is.

TVLINE | How is Bonnie going to handle this, considering it was all to save her?
Bonnie, out of everybody, is the one who’s going to be just paralyzed by this struggle. She has two men in her life — Damon, who’s a platonic, but also deep, soulful best friend, and Enzo, who has really become her one true love — and she lost both of them in one fell swoop. In addition to that, she also lost her magic. She’s starting at an absolute deficit in terms of being able to fix this problem. That’s going to have a great impact on her.

TVLINE | If there’s anyone who can recover from this, I feel like it’s Bonnie.
[Laughs] She certainly has crawled out of some deep holes, but this is going to be tough for her, emotionally.

TVLINE | I appreciated Stefan and Caroline getting back together, but I have to wonder: Will we get any happiness between them before some new obstacle comes along?
You know, I always say that the saddest and truest rule of television is that there’s no drama in happy. But there’s also the exception to that rule, which is that sometimes happiness is as comforting as soup when you’re sick. I’d really like to see Caroline and Stefan enjoy some of that comfort for as long as we can eek it out, before they have to stumble across another obstacle.

TVLINE | I think that should make some fans happy.
Well, Stefan’s really going to need her. He’s very determined to get Damon back on track, and it’s not going to be an easy task. He’s going to need someone there for moral support.

TVLINE | How much of a connection is Caroline going to maintain with Alaric and the twins?
Alaric made a beautiful statement, saying, “We are family, and we will always be family.” He believes that in his heart, and that’s what she needed to hear. I fundamentally believe that they’ll be able to keep their unconventional family together and to stay strong for the girls and for each other.

TVLINE | So Matt Davis is sticking around as a series regular?
Oh yes. My silent campaign to get him cast as Young Indiana Jones failed, so I guess he’s stuck with us.

This interview was done before last night’s season finale aired. EW.com sat down with The Vampire Diaries’ executive producer Julie Plec to discuss the season 7 finale;

ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: I always love Julie Plec finales, but I’m interested: Was there anything different about crafting this season finale for you?
This year’s finale was really interesting because we didn’t know when we were shooting this season if we were going to have another season and so we had to set all these character journeys and relationship arcs in play as though this could be the end. And so all the way up to the finale, we were building to a lot of really great closure and if nothing else, a sense of finality to a lot of our relationship dynamics. The burden became, “How do we make this as twisty and turny and as epic as we have in the past when 85 percent of it could have operated as a series finale if it had to?” I feel this internal pride and therefore pressure about the way our finales are always executed and I never ever ever wanna disappoint. I think this episode fits nicely into the group of well-done finales but it was harder than usual for that reason.

So the mystery of the vault carries over into season 8?
Yeah, we very purposefully teased up a question about this vault and what’s inside it at the very end of this season knowing that the answer would actually take us into and be revealed next season. It’s a nice little head scratcher of a mystery that I won’t even say gets resolved before this season’s over, so it’s definitely something that brings us back next year.

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Like a handsome, brooding elephant in the room, Klaus Mikaelson received a special shout-out on Friday’s (the May 6th episode) Vampire Diaries — but how much should we read into what was said, exactly?

In case you need a refresher, the moment occurred while Caroline was reading Stefan the riot act for abandoning her three years prior: “Meanwhile, I was so desperate I called Klaus for help — who’s nowhere to be found, by the way.” She was, of course, referring to her visit to New Orleans during The Vampire Diaries‘ crossover with The Originals earlier this year.
“It’s definitely a hint,” though not necessarily a romantic one, executive producer Julie Plec tells TVLine. “This year, as we’ve crossed over, we’ve acknowledged [The Vampire Diaries and The Originals‘] shared universe. As we know from The Originals, there’s a prophecy predicting the demise of the Mikaelson family, so it was a nice little tease for viewers of that show to ask themselves, “Wait, what the hell happened to Klaus?”
If you were hoping for more, fear not. Plec acknowledges it’s entirely possible that The Vampire Diaries and The Originals will have more connectivity as they head into their eighth and fourth seasons, respectively.

“It’s a rare luxury to have two shows in a shared universe that you could do that,” Plec says. “So to not do it feels like we’re missing a really fun creative opportunity, a way to celebrate both shows. But it’s not like anyone over at the network is calling us and being like, ‘You need two crossovers this year.’ I think it’d be fun to keep finding small, organic ways to do it. Like when we had Matt Donovan show up on The Originals — that wasn’t for ratings, it just made logical sense that if the Originals were in Mystic Falls, they’d have a run-in with Deputy Donovan. I’d love to keep doing stuff like that. It’s fun, and it’s easier to accomplish than a massive two-show crossover.”


The Vampire Diaries’ 7×22: “Gods And Monsters” airs May, 13th on The CW. This is The Vampire Diaries’ season finale.

THE ULTIMATE SACRIFICE — Despite their best efforts to help Bonnie (Kat Graham) through the harrowing predicament she now faces, Damon (Ian Somerhalder), Enzo (Michael Malarkey) and Caroline (Candice King) realize their options are running out and drastic measures need to be taken. With their only chance of saving their friend lying inside the Armory, Stefan (Paul Wesley) breaks the news to Caroline that they may need help from an unlikely source – her and Alaric’s twin daughters. Elsewhere, Enzo (Michael Malarkey) keeps Bonnie preoccupied by bringing her back to their cabin but when his plan takes an unexpected turn, it’ll be up to Damon to make the ultimate sacrifice to save his closest friends. Zach Roerig also stars.

I have added 600+ 1080p quality screencaptures of The Vampire Diaries’ “Kill Em All” to our photo archives;

Julie Plec discusses her series finale plan, her new show “Containment” (starring Chris Wood and Claudia Black – whom you might know from both The Vampire Diaries and The Originals) and more with Vulture.com;

Can you tease what we can expect from the last four The Vampire Diaries episodes? What is the ratio of kissing to death on The Vampire Diaries final episodes?
Ironically, which I’ve never said in any of the seven seasons of Vampire Diaries: I think we have more kissing than death this year as we get to the finale. We have lots of fear and tension, but when all is said and done, without giving anything away, I think our death count is comparatively low to the size of our kiss count.

Have you thought at all about your ideal ending for the show when it does end?
Ever since Nina said good-bye, I’ve had a pretty clear ending in my head, which thankfully works wherever I put it. If it’s next year at the end of season eight, great. If it’s the end of season nine, great. Whatever gets us to that moment will change a lot over the next year or two, but that actual last sequence is pretty written in my head already.

The Vampire Diaries’ Michael Malarkey sits down with Access Hollywood to discuss his character’s recent developments. Will Enzo be able to help Bonnie?

In order to keep his girlfriend, Bonnie Bennett, safe from the Armory, he gave her pills that helped cloak her. The problem was, those pills were secretly harmful and Bonnie has started to develop the scabs that are a sign she is very, very sick.

“He feels terrible, I mean, that’s even selling it short,” Michael Malarkey, who plays Enzo on the long-running series, told Access Hollywood on Thursday afternoon. “He feels worse than terrible, but when the s*** hits the fan and when huge tragedies happen in your life, you don’t sit there and cry about it, you buckle down and say, ‘I’m going to do whatever I can to help out the people I care about and I’m not going to let them know that it’s freaking me out as much as it really is.’ And I think, especially when you’re in a relationship with somebody, if they think that you’re freaking out, they’re going to freak out even more.”

“Basically, right now Enzo feels like this is the only chance he has because he knows how quickly this… [disease] spreads and kills so he’s like, ‘Well, look, if this is the chance we’ve got, I’m going to get on the road with Damon and we’re just going to plow through them and hopefully we can do this in time to get back and save [Bonnie’s] life.’ And at the moment, that’s the last straw he’s clutching at so he’s hoping that that’s going to be the case,” Michael said.

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Here’s the preview of The Vampire Diaries’ upcoming episode “Requiem For A Dream” airing May 6th on The CW;

THE PLAN TO SAVE BONNIE TAKES AN UNEXPECTED TURN IN THIS EPISODE DIRECTED BY PAUL WESLEY — When Damon’s (Ian Somerhalder) risky attempt to save Bonnie (Kat Graham) takes an unexpected turn, the consequences of his actions forces everyone to band together to help her pull through. Meanwhile, when a new threat leaves Caroline’s (Candice King) life in jeopardy, Stefan (Paul Wesley) makes a rash decision that ultimately forces them to face the fallout from their relationship. Elsewhere, Enzo (Michael Malarkey) tries to hold it together as he painfully watch Bonnie in the fight of her life, while Matt (Zach Roerig) takes matters into his own hands to save one of his closest friends. Matt Davis also stars.

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