The Vampire Diaries airs its spin-off pilot, The Originals, tonight on The CW. Should it get picked up for a full series, the landscape of Mystic Falls will change drastically. Klaus (Joseph Morgan), Elijah (Daniel Gillies), and Rebekah (Claire Holt) will call New Orleans home, leaving Stefan (Paul Wesley), Elena (Nina Dobrev), and Damon (Ian Somerhalder) without a resident villain. And who will give Caroline (Candice Accola) fancy dresses and diamond bracelets now?

Executive producer Julie Plec tells Give Me My Remote that Season 5 of TVD will be very different indeed if the Originals are gone. However, she’s excited for the challenge.

Julie explains, “the greatest struggle as writers of this show is we like our villains to be on the good guys’ team more often than not. And we like our heroes to be villains. There’s not much separating the good guys and the bad guys in our world.” Reducing the amount of time Klaus, Rebekah, and Elijah spend in Mystic Falls gives writers more time to focus on Damon, Elena, Stefan, Caroline, and the rest. We’ll get back to the business of them being heroes.

With at least one character heading off to college, Julie teases we could meet a lot of new faces. We could also see a lot of familiar faces on The Originals, should it get picked up. Though scheduling could get tricky, the EP wants to see lots of crossovers.

“[I]f we could find the way to lighten Elena’s [role] in one episode [of Vampire Diaries], what’s to say Katherine can’t show up in New Orleans,” says Julie. “Certainly, what’s to keep Tyler from showing up to say his piece? Or Caroline, to pursue whatever nagging interest she may or may not have in Klaus if he’s still gone?”

And maybe Klaus or Rebekah could return to Mystic Falls to check in on their favorite love interests?  

Source: Give Me My Remote