The Vampire Diaries executive producer Julie Plec talked to Hollywood.com about what viewers can expect to see when the series returns January 17th. When we left off, Klaus had just murdered 12 of his hybrids, as well as Carol Lockwood. Stefan just learned about Damon and Elena's sexual relationship. Damon released Elena in an effort to do right by her, while he stayed behind at the lake house to help Jeremy complete his hunter's mark. During the winter hiatus many have been speculating what's next.
Here's what Julie revealed:
Tyler, Caroline, and Klaus
- In regards to Tyler's state of mind, Ty will be devastated, and not in a very good place. Luckily, he and Caroline mended their relationship before everything fell apart, so he'll have a shoulder to cry on. As for Tyler and Klaus, Julie replied "Oh yeah, for sure. He's if anything reeling and looking over his shoulder wondering if Klaus is there to chop his head off. Also, I'm sure [he's] trying to figure out if there's any move he can make or anything he can do to regain the upper hand against Klaus, although it looks pretty bleak. It's not without its solutions, but it ain't pretty."
Caroline, Stefan, and Elena
- One of the things that has seemingly divided the fandom was Caroline revealing the nature of Damon and Elena's relationship to Stefan after Elena asked her not to. While this will bring Stefan and Caroline closer together solidifying their friendship, it will also begin to sever the tie between Caroline and Elena now that Caroline has chosen a side in the break-up. Julie revealed:
"I think that for Caroline, she perceives that Elena is being victimized, and she has every right to believe that -- of course, Elena herself doesn't believe that. But Caroline's point of view is what it is, borne out of her own experience and her own point of view and opinion about Damon. So for her, what's going on between Elena and Damon is just not acceptable, and the idea that Stefan is standing there talking about trust and family and honesty, it's heartbreaking to see Stefan, her friend, being lied to and being betrayed and involved in a situation that Caroline really, genuinely believes is not okay. I think that will serve to bring Caroline and Stefan's friendship closer, but also put a little bit of a block between Caroline and Elena's friendship. It will not be so extreme right away, but it's definitely a chip in the armor of their girl bond."
Stefan, Elena, and Damon
- Now that Stefan knows the truth, one of fan's burning questions will be how the younger Salvatore will handle it. All season long he's been fighting his Ripper urges, and it appears this is the one thing that may send him spiraling out of control. Plec confesses, "Stefan is going through a million emotions. First and foremost is he feels his brother lied to him. Second, of course, is jealousy, as would be the honest reaction of anybody who found out the former love of their life had slept with their brother. Third, I think, is just a colossal disappointment in both of them for doing this and not being honest about it. With Stefan there's always this inherent volatility that lurks underneath his calm demeanor that risks him spiraling. And I think there's a slight danger to him that his spiral might go too far and he's going to have to figure out how to keep himself together."
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