EW.com talks to Paul & Candice about the end of The Vampire Diaries.
With nine episodes left in The Vampire Diaries‘ run, it’s time for the show to start building to its end. But with the introduction of hell in season 8, there’s the question of just how happy the series finale might be. Could the show ultimately end with the characters we love having to pay for their sins? After all, these are vampires we’re talking about.
“I suppose it would be justice,” Paul Wesley says of the idea that everyone ends up in hell. “I wouldn’t be entirely like, ‘Oh my god, how could they do that to Stefan?’”
Candice King agrees: “As a logical thinking person, yes, that’s exactly what should probably happen. They’ve committed awful heinous supernatural crimes and they should probably pay for them. It’s a show where a lot of people get brutally murdered every week, so it’s definitely not that far off that it’s been coming to them for a while to pay for the crimes they’ve committed.”
And yet, neither Wesley nor King is a big fan of the idea that the show ends in actual hell. As a concept, they understand that their characters have done bad things, but there are other ways to incorporate that idea. “Whatever they do, I’ll respect, but I do think there needs to be some level of what goes around comes around,” Wesley says. “But this whole notion of showing hell and Stefan’s being tortured in some like lava layer is ridiculous.”
“It’s not fun to watch these characters go through that. I hope it’s a quick payment — they can just use Apple pay and get it done real fast,” King says with a laugh. “As a television viewer, I think it’s much more fun to live in the romanticized version where they’re just good people at heart, and there’s nice vampires and witches. I’d like a happy-ish ending for most of them.”
The Vampire Diaries returns Friday, Jan. 13 at 8 p.m. ET on The CW.
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Stefan Salvatore isn’t one to shy away from a scary situation. This is a guy who has offered to sacrifice himself countless times over the course of The Vampire Diaries, whether he’s trying to save his brother, Jenna, Elena, Caroline, and the list goes on. But in this week’s episode, he could make one of his last big sacrifices.
Because Seline has taken Caroline’s daughters, tensions are running high, and Stefan will find his relationship more strained than usual — after all, the only people Caroline loves more than Stefan are her girls. “This episode is a bit of a weird dismantling of Stefan and Caroline,” Paul Wesley says, noting that the girls being taken becomes “a major issue” for the formerly happy couple.
As for that sacrifice, we’re not sure what Stefan’s going to do, but we do know that the hour, which Wesley also directed, features Stefan diving into Enzo’s subconscious to prevent Sybil from killing him. Then again, there’s always the chance that Stefan’s big sacrifice has more to do with his brother. “I don’t think he ever gives up on his brother,” Wesley says. “No matter what you do, you’re always thinking about your family. It’s family over anything, over rationale and logic. He’s always going to back up his brother no matter what.”
Whatever it is, Wesley admits that Stefan’s big decision is going to change things moving forward. “It’s all gonna shift a little bit,” Wesley says. “He won’t be making as many sacrifices soon.”
Regardless of what happens, this hour marks Wesley’s final time directing for the show. “There was I suppose a little bit of nostalgia, but after I locked this episode I still had 10 more episodes to shoot as an actor,” Wesley says, “So it wasn’t all that emotional for me.”
The Vampire Diaries airs Fridays at 8 p.m. ET on The CW.
The Vampire Diaries started with Elena falling in love with the 162-year-old Stefan but a couple of seasons later, Stefan found solace in Caroline. Elena, of course, ended up in the arms of Damon. In a recent interview with TV Guide, Paul Wesley spills the beans on when the CW show’s writers realized that Steroline is actually a possibility.
“There’s one (moment) where we’re still friends. We weren’t romantic at this point. She had just become a vampire and I was teaching her how to be a vampire in the bathroom. She was freaking out and Stefan was comforting her. I think that was the scene where the writers were like, ‘Oh, OK. Maybe these two could be a romantic pairing.’”
The scene Paul was pertaining to happened in Season 2 when Caroline was still learning the ropes of being a vampire. Despite the difficulty, she was able to adjust gracefully which even earned her the nickname “Vampire Barbie.”
Candice King likewise recalled the times when Caroline felt something’s brewing between her and the younger Salvatore brother.
“I loved a lot of her moments where she was finally standing up for herself. Right before she found her mom had cancer but she knew she had feelings for Stefan and Stefan had left town. And she was finally standing up for herself saying, ‘Fine, I’ll admit it. I was worried about you and I had feelings for you.’ So I loved seeing her have a very human, very grown-up responses to how Stefan was acting and blowing her off.”
The Vampire Diaries will conclude in March next year and the cast and crew members are hush about plot developments. As for Caroline and Stefan, it remains uncertain if they will have their happy ending especially with Cade derailing their plans to get married.
Steroline supporters have their fingers crossed that Stefan’s servitude to Cade will soon be over. After all, in the recent episode “The Next Time I Hurt Somebody, It Could Be You,” Stefan and Cade agreed on a specific time that Stefan will serve.
As the show is about to close its curtain, Paul got the chance to direct one of the episodes of this final season. He is no stranger to the directorial hat because Paul had worked several times behind the camera for the CW drama.
As reported by Yahoo, Paul found it “terrifying” to direct children, particularly the girls who play the twin daughters of Caroline and Alaric. Paul said it’s petrifying because the “two little girls are so sweet” that he didn’t want to make things difficult for them.
Paul praised his co-star Candice for doing a “really phenomenal job” in a scene where Caroline was arguing with Alaric in a parking lot. For him, it’s the best episode Candice did in the whole series. Showrunner Julie Plec previously said that the show’s final season would be a time of redemption. She told Nerdist that the creative team feels as if the characters would need one.
“This season really deals with the theme of good vs. evil. Can you recover from the mistakes that you’ve made, can you make amends for the pain you’ve inflicted on others, is there hope for you or are you doomed to be punished for all eternity? We don’t really deal in specifics of heaven and hell on this show but we have always talked about peace, and we’ve never really explored what the opposite of peace might be. In that vein of it being a series ender, we finally felt like we could start exploring those issues.”
Peace is also something that Ian Somerhalder has in mind. For him, the perfect ending for The Vampire Diaries is to finally let the people of Mystic Falls exist without the presence of supernatural creatures. Ian thinks the people of the town including Elena have been tormented enough.
The Vampire Diaries airs every Friday on The CW.
Added captures from episodes 08×04, 08×05, & 08×06 to the gallery. Almost caught up! Sorry for the delays. Hopefully I will return to the land of having internet at home again soon.
Added captures from episodes 08×01, 08×02, & 08×03 to the gallery.
Thanks to Claudia at Never Enough Design we have all new themes on the site … this time as a homage to Paul’s character Stefan Salvatore. I hope you enjoy it!