All season long, we’ve watched Stefan (Paul Wesley) be chased down by the mysterious Huntress in The Vampire Diaries’ flash-forwards. But who is this woman and why is she after the youngest Salvatore?
The vampire huntress Rayna (Leslie-Anne Huff), who will be formally introduced in Episode 12, is after Stefan because he was stabbed by the Phoenix Stone Sword. “Pretty much everyone gets in her cross-hairs,” Annie Wersching tells TVGuide.com. “But anyone with the X scar on their body – it opens up for Stefan as you can see in the flash-forwards – and she’s obviously hunting him. Stefan is the biggest goal for her that she’s trying to flush out.”
Since Stefan isn’t the only one who was stabbed by the sword (paging Damon and Julien!), that means they’re likely in danger from Rayna as well. “As we saw Stefan and Damon both get stabbed by that sword, we start to understand what the heck is going on with that mythology. It’s all together,” showrunner Caroline Dries explains. “Once we understand the rules of that sword and who owns it and who’s compelled by the sword, essentially, to kill vampires, it’ll all make sense.”
TV Guide spoke with Caroline Dries and gives us a sneak peak on what to expect as The Vampire Diaries is going into the second half of the season. Be sure to tune in tomorrow night!
The last time we saw the Salvatore brothers onThe Vampire Diaries, their souls had been trapped inside the Phoenix Stone. And if you can believe it, things are about to get a whole lot worse. When the drama returns on Friday (8/7c, CW), Damon (Ian Somerhalder) will be facing his inner demons head-on, an experience that will leave him reeling throughout the back-half of Season 7 and potentially put his friendship with Bonnie (Kat Graham) in jeopardy.
And Bonnie and Damon aren’t the only beloved pair facing some serious trials this season. Check out what executive producer Caroline Dries reveals about what’s next for Stefan (Paul Wesley) and Caroline (Candice King) and who might not survive this season.
Stefan and Damon are both trapped in the Phoenix Stone. What can you reveal about their different experiences inside?
Caroline Dries: Episode  will be primarily in Damon’s experience of the Phoenix Stone. Through the course of the season, Damon struggled with his relationship with his mom and his willingness to open up his heart to her, open up his heart to the concept of forgiveness. So the Phoenix Stone in our minds is like one’s own personal hell, handcrafted specifically for the person who gets stabbed with that sword. So for Damon, we get to explore the consequences of his inability to forgive people, and the mistakes he’s made in the past surface and he needs to deal with them.
The soul put inside Jo’s body didn’t remember her past or who she was. Is that a potential side effect facing either Damon or Stefan?
Dries: It’s a side effect if they don’t figure out how to get the soul into the right body. Jo’s soul was never in that stone, so they didn’t understand how the science of it worked. Now, the guys understand that if your soul is in that stone and your body is still corporeal, in a way you can fix it so the soul returns to your body. So that’s a minor complication as they figure out, “We’ve got to do this spell right since we’ve seen it go horribly wrong.”
In the first half of the season, Stefan and Damon were very divided over how they felt towards Lily (Annie Wersching). Now that their mother is dead, and under such heartbreaking circumstances, will that affect their relationship?
Dries: It will affect their relationship, but it’s more about how Damon’s ability or inability to deal with it just makes things worse in Damon’s life in general. His relationship with Lily is a microcosm for Damon’s relationship with the world. I think once he figures out how to not be selfish in every single situation that involves his emotions, he won’t really be able to move on in any relationship, and that involves his relationship with his brother too.
TV Line gives us a bit more about the Crossover episode and how things will play out.
The Salvatores and the Mikaelsons are reuniting.
Friday-bound Vampire Diaries and The Originals will stage a crossover later this season, CW president Mark Pedowitz announced Sunday at the Television Critics Association winter press tour in Pasadena.
“You will see, organically, a crossover this year,” Pedowitz confirmed. “Not of the size and scope of we do with Arrow and Flash. They have to make sense [story-wise].”
The event kicks off during Episode 14 of Vampire Diaries, in which “Stefan finds himself very much in need of a mystical safe haven,” executive producer Julie Plec previewed. “And as we’ve seen on The Originals, there is a bar called The St. James Infirmary, in which no magic can permeate. So he goes to seek refuge in New Orleans and comes face-to-face with Klaus Mikaelson because, of course, nothing happens in Klaus’ town without Klaus knowing. I call it the reunion of the Bourbon buddies.”
Stefan will stay put in New Orleans during The Originals “to help Klaus clear up some business that he’s dealing with at the moment that actually has a direct impact on Stefan himself,” Plec continued.
As for whether the vamp’s current squeeze will be traveling with him to The Big Easy, “All I can say is that Caroline has an involvement in the way that we’ve decided to dramatize the crossover, and I’m sure there are spoilers aplenty if people want to read further,” Plec shared with a laugh.
Regarding the sister series’ move to Friday night beginning Jan. 29, Pedowitz maintained that the scheduling shift should not be interpreted as a death sentence for either show. “The move is not to exile [the shows],” he said. “It’s a move to strengthen Friday night.”
This morning it has been confirmed … an Originals/Vampire Diaries Crossover Episode!
The Salvatores and the Mikaelsons are reuniting.
The Vampire Diaries and spinoff The Originals will stage a crossover later this season, CW president Mark Pedowitz announced Sunday at the Television Critics Association winter press tour in Pasadena.
Are you excited?
Last Thursday the Vampire Diaries had their Christmas themed episode, “Cold As Ice” …and the ending left fans cold as ice at what happened to Stefan & Damon. I have added captures from the episode to the gallery.
The Vampire Diaries is moving to Friday nights starting January 29th. Here is the video to show you what is coming: