TVD executive producer Kevin Williamson clearly knows what the fans want. We chatted with Kevin at the Television Critics Association Tour and he let all the spoilery goodness fly! First thing’s first, Damon is getting a bedroom... and a bathroom. That’s right, the producer tells us that he’s been busy thinking up “all sorts of reasons for him to shower and just ponder his life. “ We like!
However, in more ominous TVD news, Kevin says that the show will be taking another tragic turn and “not everyone will be standing.” What the what? Read on for the scoop! (And remember to read Part Two of our interview here.)
Are there any characters that have been particularly surprising for you in how much you started to enjoy writing for them?
All of them have surprised me in various ways. But I knew that this year was going to be about Caroline and Tyler — that we were going to have the werewolf storyline. We set it up last year. We said we’re going to do it, so we had to deliver on it. I knew Caroline was going to be a game-changer for me. I wanted the audience to root for her and love her. I wanted her to be the little vampire who could. and I thought she delivered, in spades. And she keeps astounding me. She keeps surprising me. I was hoping she had it in her, and boy, did she ever.
What’s in the future for Caroline and Tyler’s relationship? Will werewolf/vampire tensions drive them apart?
Yes, 100 percent. In the very next episode, things begin to unfold that don’t bode well for their budding relationship. Tyler starts asking questions and we’ll see that blow open. And don’t forget, there’s Matt waiting over there in the middle. So there’s a little triangle going between a human, a vampire, and a werewolf. Tyler got through his transformation, she was there for him. They sort of have this kinship now, of this curse. And now we take it to the next level and play it out. It’s very tragic.
Is it a doomed relationship from the start?
Oh my god. I wish I could squeal and tell you everything that will happen. But over the next three episodes, Julie and I were watching and — it gets tragic.
Will it continue into Season 3?
Well we end a chapter in the next three episodes with regard to a lot of things we set in motion. And then we begin the next chapter, which is leading us to the finale.
Could you kill off any major characters and still have a show left? Maybe not Stefan or Damon, but you could lose Elena or Katherine…
I don’t know if anyone is ever going to buy that we’re going to kill Elena. She is the heart and soul of the show. And I don’t think I would spoil the show by killing Katherine. I think there’s too much juice there. I think that would be almost incredibly stupid on my part. We can do so much with these characters. Elena still has choices to make. There are things to do to these characters that you can still surprise the audience with.
Do you like what Caroline’s character has done to the tone of the show?
I love what Candice has done with the tone of the show. But it’s gonna get tragic. At the end of the season, not everyone will be standing.
You had to write out Caroline’s mother due to a leg injury. Did that interfere with the plot at all?
No, we figured it out. We just wrote her out of, I think, two episodes. We got around it. It was pretty easy.
Will Elena stay single for the rest of the season? What will happen to her romantically?
Is she single right now? Elena is always, no matter how single she is, she’s still standing there with Stefan. They’re a couple who have conflicts and they have a big one looming. They’re starting to truly disagree about how to handle things. But no, I wouldn’t stay she’s going to stay single by any means. I wouldn’t say she’s single now. She may be arguing or disagreeing with Stefan at the moment, but I don’t think they’re too far apart.
We’ve seen Katherine pass for Elena. Will we see Elena try to pass for Katherine?
There are some musical chairs that can go on in some fun ways, and also in some serious ways. We’re going to play some more of that. You’re probably going to see some more of that.
With whom is Damon naked in the bathtub in the previews we’ve seen?
I’m not going to tell you who’s joining him. That scene has not aired yet. It is Episode 13, I think. The thing is, we’ve built his bedroom now and we have his bathroom. It sort of makes its debut in Episode 12 — the next episode. So now we have a gorgeous rain shower and an amazing bathtub. And so, we’ll just think of all sorts of reasons for him to shower and just ponder his life.
In most vampire lore, you don’t see them bathe.
We just thought, he could have his existential crises in a shower and ponder all of eternity while having water cascading down his body. [Editor’s note: Hawt!]
Has any plot development surprised you with the way it worked out on screen?
Katherine. I never expected to see as much of Katherine as we did, because I thought it would be so difficult to film, with the same actress. And scheduling it takes time and money. But she was so delicious and such a great engine for storytelling that I couldn’t stay away. Her performance is what made me say, we’re going there.
Read on for Part Two of our interview, with details on the casting of Klaus!