A spin-off is a tricky business, especially if you hope to have crossovers between a new show and the original. No one knows this better than Julie Plec, who's pulling double duty on The Vampire Diaries and its spin-off, The Originals. When she spoke with reporters at the 2013 San Diego Comic-Con, Julie explained a lot of smoke and mirrors are going into keeping the two shows' timelines consistent. For example, there will be a time jump between The Originals' premiere episode and its second to account for Rebekah's (Claire Holt) absence. She'll be appearing in Season 5, Episode 1 of Vampire Diaries instead.