The Vampire Diaries and its new spinoff, The Originals, might just find themselves sharing a crossover storyline this season, Diaries' executive producer Caroline Dries said in an exclusive interview with Blastr. Last night Diaries premiered its fifth season, and The Originals had its series premiere on The CW.
“It's in talks right now. The mythologies could work out perfectly. It's kind of above us now in terms of if we can actually pull the trigger on it. But we're all excited about the idea,” said Dries.
With Diaries' Matt Donovan (Zach Roerig) in a relationship with Originals' Rebekah (Claire Holt) and Diaries' Caroline Forbes (Candice Accola) being the subject of Originals' Klaus's affections, the groundwork has certainly been laid for a little cross-pollination between the programs. And it's been announced that Sebastian Roche, even though he was killed off by Klaus, will reprise his role from The Vampire Diaries as Mikael, the patriarch of the Original Family.
That all leaves lots of meaty material for a crossover.
As far as The Vampire Diaries, even though this season will feature Elena and Caroline away at college, Damon trying to behave, Katherine trying to survive as a human, Bonnie dealing with being a ghost only Jeremy can see, and Silas pretending to be Stefan, who's at the bottom of a quarry trapped in a safe, Dries promises the hit series will still resonate with viewers.
“The show still feels like exactly the same show. We're acknowledging that our characters have become adults a little bit more. It still feels very grounded in the normal show. We're trying not to bog it down too much in mythology right away. We just want to let these characters breathe and have fun and just experience new environments,” said Dries.
“We've got our villains set up from the previous season. Silas is going to be a badass. We're not quite sure what he's after when he comes back, but he wreaks havoc,” she said. He already started causing trouble at the expense of Bonnie's dad, who was the mayor of Mystic Falls. Mayors have had a pretty poor survival rate so far on the show. Silas also is intent on tracking down a very human Katherine.
“She was like the best vampire ever, and here she is now human, weak, vulnerable, she doesn't have a job, she doesn't have a place to live. After over 500 years of making enemies, basically, her past is now catching up to her. So she's trying to figure out a way to survive. And that's Katherine's middle name, 'Survival Girl.' So she's got to use her wits as a human. She's been a fun character to watch, just because being vulnerable makes her so much more interesting and dynamic on screen. She's just really a hoot to watch, I think,” said Dries.
As for Elena and Caroline, they started out the season happily going off to college, but things have already started to get a bit bumpy for them. “College is a biggie for Caroline and Elena,” she said. “They're ready to start young adulthood with their independent selves. So their big want is to just function as normal 18-year-olds who just happen to be vampires. … They just want to go and enjoy college and hang out with boys and study and go to parties and just be normal kids. So, of course, that's all going to go terribly awry.”
Meanwhile, Damon is just trying to be a good boyfriend to Elena. “I sat down to write him in the premiere like, 'Okay, seeing Damon happy ... what does that sound like?' And then you realize, well, it's still Damon. That's why people love Damon, because he acts a certain way. So it's not like being in love changes his personality or anything. We just have to complicate his life in other ways besides him not having Elena.”
Beyond that, apparently Damon's going to have to learn to spell doppelganger, as he quipped in the premiere. He learned that Silas was pretending to be Stefan and had done something with Elena's former love. “We'll see how he's been able to keep his sanity in that safe, or if he's been able to keep his sanity,” said Dries.
This season, like seasons past, "we do the four-chapter thing. It's just our sanity as writers. You can't look at 22 episodes with just a blank dry-erase board and be like, 'Oh my God, how do we fill this with story?' So we divide everything usually in like four chapters. It also kind of just matters -- and this is probably boring for readers -- how the air dates fall. So we have these random breaks at times when we're airing, and we want to build to cliffhangers and then go on Christmas vacation or whatever," she said.
"It's been a crazy process. This year has been super interesting with The Originals happening too. We share a giant office with those writers. It's kind of funny to watch their process and compare it to ours," said Dries.
Here's a preview of next week's The Vampire Diaries episode, "True Lies":
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