When asked about a potential cameo on The Originals next year, Paul Wesley told TV Guide the following;

“I don’t think so. I think Stefan has been laid to rest … I’m trying to sort of do the opposite of what I’ve being doing for eight years for the most part. I don’t think I’ll be doing a supernatural show anytime soon, that’s for sure. I’m trying to branch out and do different things.”

The Originals will return in the spring of 2018.

The Mikaelsons will face their hardest decision yet in The OriginalsSeason 4 finale.

Now that The Hollow has taken control of Hope’s (Summer Fontana) body, the only way to defeat the evil spirit is to divide and quarter it into four Mikaelson siblings. The catch is that whatever siblings volunteer to be a host for part of the spirit can never see each other again or they risk the pieces of The Hollow reuniting. Now the family must decide if their bond of always and forever is worth breaking to save the youngest member of their family.

TVGuide.com got a chance to talk to executive producer Michael Narducci about how the drama of separating the family will play out and what fans can expect in the season finale. Check out his answers below;’\

How are the Mikaelsons going to take the news that they have to be separated in order to save Hope?
Michael Narducci:
I think that is a big part of the drama of the episode. Every single one of them will have a different episode. In fact, their perspectives are pretty unique to each of the characters. There are complications to the spell that Vincent wants to do, such that it’s not immediately clear who will be the four volunteers who have to be a carrier to The Hollow as they divide it, draw and quarter it.
Freya, realizing that she may need to be a part of this in order to make certain that neither of Hope’s parents will be separated from the child she loves and that she loves, is willing to make a pretty terrible sacrifice, which will be revealed over the course of the episode. Without saying too much, I’m really looking forward to the fans’ reaction to Elijah’s point of view, Klaus’ point of view, which is basically, “I’m going to do whatever I have to do for my daughter,” and Rebecca, Hayley. Everyone is going to have a different perspective. There are wrinkles to Vincent’s spell that we will unpack over the course of the episode that make things more and more complicated for the Mikaelsson family.

Speaking of Hope, Summer Fontana has done such a great job this season. What is it going to be like seeing her fully taken over by The Hollow?
When we hired Summer we knew that she could play sweet and we knew that she could play this kind of instinctive power based, this level of authority and power that is demanded of any person playing a Mikaelson. What I had no idea when we hired her was how she would play this dark and very treacherous spirit who has taken over Hope’s body. She outdid herself. I think she is incredible in this episode and in the [penultumate] episode where we got to see this merciless, all-powerful evil peeking through the eyes of this little girl. It’s incredibly creepy, scary and frightening.

Is there any hope for Hayley and Elijah in the wake of all of this?
Whenever you are dealing with characters that are immortal, they are going to live for a very long time — or at least they have the potential for that. You can never really say there is no hope. That’s one of the things that our show has said again and again. Just when you have given up on someone, some thing or some relationship, you are mistaken to believe we have seen the last of anything.
That said, I think the journey of this season for them was to realize there were some irreconcilable differences. Hayley, as mother to this child, wants to raise Hope in an environment where she has responsible mentorship and a possibility for a peaceful life. As we said, the theme of our entire Season 3 [was] that anybody who is in the orbit of the Mikaelsons — loving the Mikaelsons is a death sentence. Hayley doesn’t want that for her child. She doesn’t want her child’s friends or her child’s inevitable eventual romantic interest to be in the orbit of the Mikaelsons and end up dead. Knowing that violence is a big part of Elijah’s life, she has to start to think about whether she needs to distance herself from Elijah and the Mikaelsons.

Who is going to have the roughest time in the finale?
I think the most devastating moments for me are when we see the Mikaelson family together for the last time and the full weight of this decision lands on them. So the people who made a vow a thousand years ago have to consciously choose to break that vow forever. There are some epic scenes between characters we’ve wanted to see together all season kind of admitting how they feel. Certainly Klaus’ goodbye is heartbreaking and I think that’s rough on him. Elijah will have to make a choice that is unlike anything any character has had to choose to do on our series ever before. I think it’s within his character, it’s true to his character, but it’s a very difficult thing that he chooses to do — so probably those two.

There’s trouble in New Orleans on The Originals, and for once it’s not related to a Mikaelson.

Vincent (Yusuf Gatewood) gets some terrible news in Friday’s all-new episode. It turns out that Maxine’s son isn’t the only child who’s gone missing in the city recently — which means whatever Vincent saw in the haunted house is collecting children who wander off.

Marcel (Charles Michael Davis) arrives just in time to give Vincent his first break in the case. Someone, or something, has set up shop in the abandoned Strix mansion on the outside of town. While that’s a new tip on location, we still don’t know exactly what Vincent and the witches are going up against.

It is clear that Vincent has had experience with whatever is going on though. He’s desperately trying to burn the book with the same ouroboros symbol that’s been popping up all over town (and in Hope Mikaelson’s dreams). Fire isn’t doing the trick though, so Vincent asks Marcel to hide it in this exclusive clip. If Vincent even tries to come for it, he wants Marcel to kill him.

That definitely has to make Marcel nervous about whatever has just invaded his city and to think he only JUST managed to run the Originals out of town.

The Originals airs Fridays at 8/7c on The CW.

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[Warning! The following contains major spoilers from the series finale of The Vampire Diaries. Read at your own risk!]

The Vampire Diaries series finale was not messing around. After making viewers think Damon (Ian Somerhalder) compelled Stefan (Paul Wesley) into letting the eldest Salvatore sacrifice himself to save Mystic Falls, “I Was Feeling Epic” delivered the devastating twist that Stefan was actually the one to die in TVD’s final hour.

But the series finale wasn’t all tears and heartbreak. It also gave us Damon and Elena (Nina Dobrev) getting their happy ending together, Caroline (Candice King) and Alaric (Matt Davis) opening up a school for (magically) gifted children and — most importantly — Stefan and Damon finally finding peace.

Co-creator Kevin Williamson spoke with TVGuide.com about why Stefan had to die, that Klaroline letter and the Delena proposal that had to be cut for time!

Why did you decide to end the series with Elena and Damon reuniting with their family in the afterlife?
Kevin Williamson:
Well, that’s a little interpretive, if you ask Julie [Plec], I believe. The idea was the montage shows a direction and we had our characters suggest what happened to them. And Damon, like the voiceover tell us, he was worried he would never see Stefan again. It was just Elena assuring him that there would be peace. That we’ve dealt with this other side of darkness for several seasons, but there’s also light out there and there’s peace, and Damon will find it. If you search for it, you will find it. And we wanted to get that last moment to see that yes, Elena found it and yes, Damon found it too, and it looked just like his brother.

Everyone else looks approximately the same age they were when they died. Why did Damon and Elena both still look so young? Did you just not want to mess with old age makeup?
You know, it is interpretive. The idea that this whole show was about loss and grief and losing people and ultimately, I guess the final message is that all these people who shaped and guided us along the way live within us and if you look within, you find peace. And so we kind of stepped out of reality in that moment and showed what that would look like. In reality, they did live lives and they did grow old. But in the voiceover, I can’t remember it word for word, but I think she says, “Damon will find peace.” And we know what that peace looks like. And then she looks to the porch and sees her family and then Damon returns to his home and sees Stefan.

I loved that the final shot was of Stefan and Damon together.
That was important. Well, the important thing for me, I can’t speak for anyone else, but the important thing for me was that I wanted the last lines to be the last lines.

“Hello brother” has become such an important line in this show. When you were working on the pilot, did you have any idea of the significance that phrase would come to have?
No, but there’s always those lines. Like in Dawson’s Creek it was, “See you, Joey.” And so it’s the same thing kind of. And I wanted a “Dear diary.” That was the other line that was really important. I wanted Elena to say, “Dear diary.” Originally in the montage, it started with everyone else and ended with Elena. And then at the last second I was like, “No, no, no. We have to start with ‘Dear diary.’ We have to put her in the graveyard.” And Julie was like, “Yes, yes, yes!” And then we started it and ended it with her.

Do you have any other favorite callbacks that you managed to work into the finale?
My favorite line was, “That’s for me to know and you to dot dot dot.” I’ve always liked that line and I used to say that. That was something I would just say all the time as a writer because you’d always write dot dot dot. And so I’d always go, “You know, blah blah blah, dot dot dot.” And so I’d always just say it in the writers’ room when I was explaining something. “Well, you know the rest, dot dot dot.” And then I put it in the line and I felt like, “You know what? Katherine’s older than Damon. Where did Damon get the line? Oh, he got it from Katherine. Let’s have Katherine say it.”

The show started out about two brothers fighting over a girl, but became much more about the intricacies of the brothers’ relationships than any one romance. When did you first notice that shift happening?
From the beginning we wanted to write a show about a family. The show was about family and loss and grief, because it was really about Elena losing her family. And it started off with her and Jeremy dealing with the worst-case scenario. And then of course, how do they find that family? And for Jeremy, it was how does he find his way, and for Elena, it was how does she find life again, and then once she comes to life, how will she ever be able to trust someone to love them? And then the triangle opened up. But it was always about Stefan and Elena both dealing with loss and grief and trying to learn how to live again. And she turned towards some good vampires along the way.

Julie told me that up until two weeks before the script was written, someone else was supposed to die. Can you reveal who that was?
Oh, everyone was supposed to die. There were so many conversations in the writers’ room. Everyone had these great ideas. I’m only sad that we couldn’t put everything in there because it was only 42.5 minutes. But there were so many possibilities. It was very important for us not to kill Bonnie. Bonnie should not have to die for Elena’s happiness. It was this conversation of, “Oh, Bonnie can go be with Enzo because that’s exactly what she would want.” Like, no. That’s not what Enzo would want. Bonnie needs a full, rich life. She needs a happy ending. So that was important to us, so we couldn’t kill Bonnie. And we can’t kill [Matt], because if he’s lived this long as a human, he needs to continue on. If we were going to kill him, it had to have been in Season 4. You can’t do it in Season 8. It was really between Damon and Stefan. You know, we got rid of Katherine. We killed Katherine. We knew we were going to take her out. There was a conversation that Damon and Stefan both died. And then there was a conversation that it just ended with Damon killing Katherine and saving the town and saving everyone. For me, where the story was when I came in and got involved, Stefan had just been the Ripper for a long period of time and killed Enzo. And the only way for him to come back from that, I felt, was to kill him. That’s why he had to die.

The Lexi (Arielle Kebbel) appearance after Stefan died made his death much easier to bear. Why do you think Lexi was the perfect person to lead him into the afterlife?
She was always there for him. She always had his back since Day 1. I think she showed up in the series, and because of her, you liked him more. Once you learned, oh, they’re best friends. And once we figured out who she was and what she did, in that one little moment she propped Stefan up for Elena when they were getting to know each other. And seeing Lexi gave us another whole side of Stefan at a time when he was just a brooding vampire. It just sort of opened him up a little bit. You’re like, “Oh man. How did they end up friends? I’m interested in that girl. Now I’m interested more in Stefan.” It really helped shape him as a character. And she’s always been there for him. It turns out she was the one who helped him with being a Ripper. She’s just always been there for him and had his back. She’s perfect.

A recurring issue in this show has been the idea that Stefan is the better man, but the finale indicates otherwise. Do you believe that Damon really is the better man?
I think that’s kind of what Katherine said and I think she was doing it because what happened was Damon became the better man. And I think that’s the eternal arc, is that he truly became everything his brother wanted. He became everything his brother was hoping he would become. And because his brother sacrificed himself for him, Damon got to live a better life.

Stefan sacrificed himself almost immediately after his wedding to Caroline. Are you at all nervous about the reaction from the Steroline fandom?
Yeah, that one’s a little tricky, possibly. I hope that the audience understands though that the greater good, which is that Stefan — he kind of said it to her. “You’re not going to put your children in harm’s way ever. It’s always going to be about family. You understand that more than anyone. And because it’s always about family, you’re going to understand what I’m about to do.” And she understood it. “It’s always about family.” And she didn’t like it and life hurts and life is painful, but she understood it. And we also threw in a little nugget of Klaus (Joseph Morgan) with the letter!

Why did you decide to include that letter and hint at Klaus and Caroline having a future together?
That’s the one storyline that we sacrificed. You know, Klaus went off to another series and we never really got to play that story out, because had Klaus stuck around, clearly that would have been a relationship and road we would have gone down for at least a storyline. I miss that storyline. I always wanted to see it. But things happen. No regrets, for sure.

The letter definitely felt like nice ways to honor one of the show’s most passionate fandoms. When working on the finale, how did your desire to please the fans influence the process?
That was the guiding force. That was the whole thing. Julie and the writers, we were like, “We have to say thank you.” We started talking about finales in general and why we like finales and which ones we like and why do you like them and why don’t you like them. And we felt that when we watch finales, we like being rewarded. What you really want the finale to do is say thank you. And so that was our goal and I really hope the audience understands. And it really is hard to please everyone. And in another universe, if Elena hadn’t left the show in Season 6, we might have had another ending because I am a Stelena ‘shipper, always. But this ending just makes me cry and makes me smile at the same time, and that’s what we really wanted to do. We wanted to cry, cry through laughter.

Based on the massive ring on Elena’s finger, she and Damon got married in the future! Was there any talk of ever showing some of the nuptials onscreen?
Yes. We actually had a moment, which we didn’t have time for — everything got cut. I think the first cut came in 18 minutes over. And there was a moment in the show where he proposed and she responded after medical school. And the whole point of that moment was just to show that she became a doctor. And so we thought, “Oh, we’ll just put her in scrubs and we can cut that piece.”

Bonnie is now off traveling the world and living her life to the fullest, so how has her dynamic with Enzo’s (Michael Malarkey) spirit changed? Are they still actively involved or does he only watch her from afar?
He’s watching from afar. He’s going to let her have her life and live her life. I imagine that’s what peace looks like — is those people who guided us and shaped us and who we loved are always going to be there within us. And we just visually showed what that looked like.

Do you imagine that when Bonnie (Kat Graham) does eventually die, she’ll be reunited with Enzo again?
If that’s what she wants, I think she will be, because that’s what peace is.

When we get glimpses into everyone’s future, they’re all off doing these great things and being with the people they love, but Matt’s (Zach Roerig) big accomplishment is getting a bench in his honor. What do you think that says about who Matt is and what his priorities are?
I think when we first started, Matt didn’t know who he was. He felt like the bad pawn of some reckless parents. He had such a dysfunctional family. And he came into his own. He became a man people look up to and applauded. And he’s also been in a lot of ways the gatekeeper of Mystic Falls now and he’s prepared for it. And now he’s going to have an entire community of people counting on him. He’s turned into this beaming light of responsibility and courage and he’s truly — I think he’s a hero. We just see a bench, but the thing about having a bench dedicated to you, you usually deserve a lot more than that. I have a feeling that bench was representative of a lot more.

What do hope The Vampire Diaries legacy will be?
I would hope that people look back on it with a big smile and that it’s nothing but great memories. You want people to remember it fondly and go, “Wow. I loved that show. Boy, was it a great show.” Big ol’ smile.

Is it really almost here?

This Friday, The Vampire Diaries airs its final hour. And judging by the episode title, “I Was Feeling Epic,” fans are in for one hell of an epic ride. But with so much left to wrap up — Katherine’s (Nina Dobrev) return as the Queen of Hell, Elena finally reuniting with Damon (Ian Somerhalder) and whatever happened to Bonnie (Kat Graham) after the Maxwell Bell was rung immediately come to mind — we have a lot of questions about what to expect when The Vampire Diaries ends its eight-season run this week, so TV Guide sat down with executive producer Julie Plec to discuss the series finale;

Why is Katherine the perfect villain to end the series with?
Julie Plec:
Well, when you think about it, Katherine is the villain who launched the series. We didn’t know it at the time, but she was the reason our brothers were vampires. Their shared love for her was the thing that put them at odds, which was then repeated 145 years later with Elena. She has had a hand in the torture, discomfort and/or misery of pretty much every single regular character that’s ever crossed through the doors of Mystic Falls. And so to be able to bring it full circle and say that she is the ultimate Big Bad was an idea that made us so excited when we landed on it. And we were really happy we were able to get Nina back so we could execute it.

How early in the episode does Elena wake up? Will we get to spend a lot of time with her?
I’m not going to speak about at what point she wakes up, but I will say that between Elena and Katherine there is quite a lot of screentime. And I think fans who are excited to see Nina back are going to be really happy with what they get.

Damon has been through so much since Elena was put in her magical coma. What is it like for him to see her again and experience this moment he’s imagined so often?
I think poor Damon has just been knocked down and dragged through the mud so much in his efforts to be the kind of man he wants to be for her return in allegedly 80 years, that seeing her right right now in the present is shocking and probably a little bit of a concern for him that he’s not quite there, that he’s not quite ready for her yet.

Stefan and Damon have been through so many ups and downs over the years. Where does the finale leave their relationship, and will the brothers have finally achieved real closure on all the issues they’ve had with each other over the course of their lives?
I will say that I feel like this episode really brings the brothers’ relationship full circle in a way that is really powerful.

The penultimate episode ended on quite the cliffhanger and we know Elena wakes up in the finale, so how worried should fans be about Bonnie?
Fans should always be worried about Bonnie, but I think that we’ll have to wait and see if it’s in fact Bonnie’s death that wakes Elena up or if something else is going on.

Did you always plan on having someone die in the finale or did the death come up more organically?
We didn’t set out to kill someone in the finale, but it definitely felt like there would have to be a sacrifice that was made as there often is when one is trying to save the day.

Without giving away who it is, what can you say about your experience deciding who to kill off and what it was like saying goodbye to a major character this way?
I can say that up until about two weeks before the script was written, somebody else was dying. And so the choice of who ultimately did die is actually something I’m very happy with because it wasn’t what we intended to do. And when we made the change, it felt so right and so pure that it was obvious that it was the road we needed to go down.

Even though Enzo’s dead, he’s still with Bonnie in a way. Does that mean there’s still hope for them to get some version of a happy ending together?
I can’t really speak to that without illuminating too much about Bonnie’s fate, but they do seem to have an otherwordly connection with each other. If anything, their love is the most eternal, probably.

Stefan and Caroline decided not to let his mortality get in the way of their love, but how does this potentially shift the dynamic of their relationship?
That’s the big question. It’s the question that almost prevented them from getting married. It’s the question that they will have to live with every day. How do you, as a human, grow old when your partner in life does not? I think it’s a really great question to explore.

Now that Stefan is human, there’s a ticking clock on his relationship with Caroline even if he does survive the finale. Given his mortality, does that mean there is still some hope for Klaroline fans since Klaus always did promise he’d be Caroline’s last?
I think whilst certainly a very vocal and not always kind demographic of our fandom, the Klaroline relationship has also been a personal favorite of the writers since the beginning. So at least being able to acknowledge that it exists is something we wanted to do in the finale without making any real promises for the future.

I’m so excited that Vicki’s back, but now she’s a villain! How hard will it be for Matt to face his sister knowing she’s working for Katherine?
It’s incredibly difficult for him because his goal, of course, is to save Mystic Falls and save his friends. And for Vicki, he realizes, her goal is just to get sweet release from Hell.

So her task is in conflict with what his is, and he understands why she feels like she has to do what she has to do, but he’s still going to do anything he can to stop her.
Jeremy also returns in the finale! How much has he changed since we last saw him and how does he factor into the finale?
I can say that we’ve got a good menagerie of familiar faces who all get their single moments before the end of the show.

Alaric has had a really rough go of it on this show. Will the finale leave us with the sense that Alaric has found his happiness again?
I think Alaric’s happiness has come in the form of being able to pull his family together and keep them safe and look towards the future of how he’s going to raise his girls and keep them safe in this world where people like them are not necessarily embraced. So there is a sense of strength and confidence that he can leave with before the series is over.

Was there anyone you would have loved to bring back this season that you weren’t able to get?
There were a couple availability issues on our wishlist, but for the most part I’m really happy with what we were able to accomplish.

What was it like for you to write the finale and bring the show to a close?
It was surprisingly — actually, I shouldn’t even say surprisingly because it’s just par for the course for my writing habits. I thought about it and fretted over it and stressed about it for two months and then wrote it in a stressed out deadline-pushed bubble over the last four days. Which is basically how I’ve written everything in my life back to high school papers.

What do you expect the fan reaction will be — will they be more satisfied or heartbroken?
Hopefully, all of the above.

The Vampire Diaries series finale airs Friday at 9/8c on the CW after a one-hour retrospective.

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.

While the Salvatores are off dealing with the devil, Enzo (Michael Malarkey) is facing a dilemma of his own on The Vampire Diaries this week.

After Bonnie (Kat Graham) turned down Enzo’s offer to become a vampire, she turned the offer back on him and asked Enzo to take the cure and become human. And now, after 141 years on this planet – 114 of which have been spent as a vamp – Enzo must decide which is more important: love or immortality?

Michael Malarkey spoke with TVGuide.com about why Enzo is hesitant to become human, how far he’ll go to protect Bonnie and if there’s marriage on the horizon for the happy couple.

Bonnie and Enzo go on a roadtrip this week with the Bell. What do they get up to?
Michael Malarkey:
It’s kind of equal parts romantic getaway and also a bit of a bucket list ticker. Bonnie is trying to convince Enzo to take the cure and also wants to take advantage of his immortality before he does that. She’s like, “What are the things you want to do the most?” And so they go on this bucket list trip. We’re going to see him, for example, driving a race car around a race track, which we shot at Atlanta Speedway, which is pretty cool. And he does things like skydiving and all that sh–. It’s kind of a fun, little trip and also romantic, but not without its dangerous hiccups along the way.

Where is Enzo’s mind at when it comes to the prospect of becoming human?
It’s taken him this long to find acceptance and a family environment. This relationship he’s in — this is the most meaningful thing that’s happened to him in his haggard, tortured, long life. And so he wants to do whatever he can to have a normal relationship, I believe. And so I think he feels this is perhaps an opportunity for that to be reality. Although, he loves being a vampire. So I’m sure it’s somewhat hard to digest.

What do you think Enzo would miss the most about being a vampire?
Probably that he could win pretty much any fight. If you’re just in a bar and you’re human and a brawl happens, you could get shanked.

Do you think Enzo is scared of his own mortality?
I think so. He feels very protective of Bonnie and if he were to become a human, there would be a part of him that would feel unable to protect her in certain situations, especially with the crowd that they tend to hang with.

Do you think if Bonnie and Enzo were to both be human, they would be able to settle into a normal life, or would they always be drawn to the supernatural drama?
That’s a good question. I think generally people who are wrapped up in a form of darkness, metaphorical or otherwise, tend to be somewhat addicted to that. So perhaps there would be a part of them wouldn’t be able to stay away from it. But I think they would do everything they could to try and live a normal life after all the sh– they’ve been through.

Is it hard for Bonnie and Enzo to balance such a potential turning point in their relationship with also fighting the devil?
Yeah. It’s a super mutli-layered situation going on here. They’re trying to save the world as well as save themselves and build a relationship while all that sh– is going on. But they’re solid. They’re in a great place and really love each other. We get to see a lot of that in this upcoming episode.

We know later this season, Cade (Wolé Parks) actually targets Bonnie. How does Enzo respond to that?
He’s definitely a really strong and present influence on her to find her own strength in the coming episodes when she goes through all that.

What role does Enzo take in helping to stop Cade as the season progresses?
It’s more about how he’s supporting Bonnie in her fight for that, because she’s much more active in that particular fight. And so his role is for her psychological support and really being there for her and helping her regain her own strength and fight as strongly as she can.

When you look back at how far Enzo has come since he was first introduced, what’s your favorite part about this journey?
I really loved the Armory storyline in Season 7 because it was about his origin. It was his origin story and his family. I quite enjoyed delving into his backstory like that and getting to know him more and flushing out my own story as an actor with a lot more weight to it. I feel like that’s informed a lot of who he’s become and finding all those things out has made him a stronger person and more grounded.

When you first learned Bonnie and Enzo were going to be paired up, did you ever expect they would become such a great couple?
I thought they would be feistier for longer. They seemed to have really completely embraced this relationship, which I think is amazing. I think often times when you get people who have been tortured and been through the mill, they do throw themselves into that and find a loving, grounded support. But no, I didn’t know it was going to be all like that. It’s been fun.

If Enzo is so ready to commit to Bonnie that he’s considering becoming human, does that mean he’s also ready to commit to marriage?
I’m sure that’s something he’s been thinking about. That’s all I’ll say about that.

Nina Dobrev has been back on set for the finale. What’s it like to have her around again?
Nina’s always been like the cheerleader of the show. And I mean that in a good way. She brings a lot of energy, she likes to plan things and do social stuff. It’s really nice to have that energy back.

Is there anything you can tease about what fans should expect from the finale?
There’s blood, sweat and tears. And also a little bit of joy. 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.

Is it a happy ending or more bittersweet?
It’s kind of different for some of the characters, but I feel overall it’s going to definitely feel bittersweet. There’s always a silver lining, and we definitely get that at the end of the series.

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

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 TVGuide.com. “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.”


TV Guide has launched a video series featuring The Vampire Diaries’ and The Originals’ executive producer Julie Plec. Julie Plec is the writer, co-creator and executive producer of the CW vampire dramas The Vampire Diaries and its spin-off The Originals. A third Plec production, Containment, is scheduled to premiere in 2016. How did she get started?

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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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