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June 12, 2015

At last weekend’s ATX Television Festival Kevin Williamson & Julie Plec spoke on a panel and discussed somethings we didn’t know before about The Vampire Diaries. TVLine gives us a rundown.

Vampire Diaries masterminds Kevin Williamson and Julie Plec convened at the ATX Television Festival on Sunday to reminisce about their 15-year working relationship — and ended up dropping some serious gems for TVD fans.

Here are seven of our favorite revelations, both about the CW drama’s history and what’s still to come.

* Williamson initially balked at the idea of making a show based on LJ Smith’s Vampire Diaries books; he wanted to make something that was more Dark Shadows, less Twilight.

* The show looked very different in its early, pre-pilot days. While figuring out what it was going to be, Williamson and Plec even toyed around with the idea of a gargoyle that comes to life. (Editor’s note: This is all I can think about.)

* Everything really started to click for Williamson, specifically the show’s voice, while he was writing one of Stefan’s monologues in Episode 2 of Season 1.

* The decision to have Damon (temporarily) kill Jeremy at the top of Season 2 was born because the producers realized he’d become “too heroic, too quickly.” This allowed them to slow that process down.

* Plec spoke with Chris Wood (Kai) about becoming a series regular, but it was their mutual decision to keep him an irredeemable villain.

* By now, we’ve all heard about a “darker” Damon in Season 7, but as Plec explains, he’s simply going to have the “freedom to be messier with his choices” without Elena.

* Following the departure of Nina Dobrev, Season 7 is also going to explore a concept Williamson believes the show has always been about: “finding family.”

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  • May 17, 2015

    Paul shared his feelings on the exit of his The Vampire Diaries co-star Nina Dobrev from the show with while attending the Humane Society Gala last night.

    With the exit of star Nina Dobrev, many The Vampire Diaries fans are wondering what’s next for the show – and Dobrev’s costar Paul Wesley is right there with them.

    “Obviously there’s a great nostalgia. It’s never going to be the same,” Wesley, 32, told PEOPLE at The Humane Society of the United State’s Los Angeles Gala on Saturday night.

    “I have no idea what they’re going to do next year, literally. Apparently they have a plan. I don’t know what the plan is. It’s going to be really interesting. It will be interesting to see what they come up with for the brothers.”

    But Wesley, who was clad in a Penguin suit for the gala, says Dobrev is happy to be moving on.

    “I know that she’s really happy. I know that she wants to move on and start a new chapter of her life which is entirely respectable,” he says.

    But is Dobrev’s departure just the first of several to come, including Wesley’s himself?

    “I think everything has to come to an end, man. First of all I’m playing a 17-year-old. I’m 32 years old,” he says.

    “So theoretically, if I were to stay on the show for say three more years, I would be a 35 year old playing a 17-year-old, which is almost double. It’s more than double. It’s literally more than double!”

    Even though Wesley’s future on the series may be in question, one thing is not – his dedication to ending factory farming. Wesley flew in directly from New York to attend the event and discuss the issue.

    “I’ve always had issues with factory farming. That was always something that bothered me,” Wesley told reporters at the event. “I feel that I’m in a position in my life where I have an outreach globally and domestically. And I feel like it’s my duty to, I don’t know, I don’t want to say preach it, but spread the word about the horrendous conditions that exist.”

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  • May 17, 2015

    Last night Paul attended The Humane Society Of The United States’ Los Angeles Benefit Gala and I have added pictures to the gallery from the event! I especially love the ones of him with Daniel Gillies!

    The work Paul does for the Humane Society is so important so you should learn more about it in this Q&A Paul did last year.

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  • May 17, 2015

    We think having our first kiss ever with Paul Wesley would be awesome, but Brittany Snow — who actually did lose her lip virginity to him — didn’t see it that way. That’s right, the Pitch Perfect beauty shared her very first smooch with the Vampire Diaries hunk while the two were on Guiding Light.

    “It was weird because it was on television and it was on a soap opera. I didn’t know what the heck I was doing but he was so sweet about it,” Brittany told HuffPost Live while promoting her new film, Pitch Perfect 2. “We had such a brother-sister relationship, he would tease me so much and we still laugh about it even now.”

    Turns out Paul had a secret crush that he wanted Brittany to help him out with, though.

    “He was a little bit older than me and he had a crush on Mandy Moore and he wanted me to hook [him] up really badly with her,” Brittany dished. So did she ever make that love connection? “No, but I had pictures of her on my wall and he would just come in and kiss them and stuff like that — just to mess with me. I’d be like, ‘Paul stop.’ We were quite young.”

    You can watch the video below the fold and hear Brittany sharing the story!

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  • May 16, 2015

    Thursday was the Season Six Finale of The Vampire Diaries and a goodbye to Nina Dobrev’s character Elena Gilbert. I think that Julie Plec, Caroline Dries and the writers of the show did a great job along with the cast. Captures from the episode have been added to the gallery!

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  • May 15, 2015

    Warning this includes some spoilers if you haven’t watched last nights finale of The Vampire Diaries yet!

    TV Line spoke with Caroline Dries about the finale and the plans for Season 7!

    It’s safe to say, for so many reasons, that nothing will ever be the same after the events of The Vampire Diaries‘ sixth season finale — but what exactly is coming up for the people, both human and supernatural, that Elena left behind?

    TVLine spoke with executive producer Caroline Dries immediately after Thursday’s bloody (so many deaths!) and heartbreaking (#GoodbyeElena) hour for the scoop on what’s to come.

    TVLINE | Why, in your mind, why was this the perfect end for Elena?
    We knew we didn’t want to kill Elena because we do want her to come back one day, maybe in the series finale. And we didn’t want her to walk off into the sunset and get a job somewhere because that felt fake. We thought, “What could she do that proves to her friends and to the viewers who she is as a person?” And of course she would make a sacrifice so her best friend could live out the rest of her life. We thought it was fitting that, at the end of the day, after all these sacrifices made on her behalf, she takes the bullet for her friend and goes out Sleeping Beauty-style.

    TVLINE | Were you at all concerned that fans would feel like Damon was choosing Bonnie over Elena?
    It was never about that to me because I knew, personally, that Nina had to leave the show. Keeping Elena was never a choice, so it became more about showing Damon’s growth as a character: How did Damon change from Season — asshole, selfish Damon — and how did Elena affect him? This was the best way for that to manifest. He made the selfless choice, for once, which was also kind of his gift to Elena.

    TVLINE | I imagine Bonnie will be feeling a tremendous amount of guilt for Elena’s situation?
    That was my thought, too, that Bonnie would be feeling really crappy about this, but then we talked in the writers room about it. Bonnie’s so strong coming out of Season 6; she really became a woman this season. For her to go back on all of that didn’t feel like the story we wanted to see. So we gave Elena that speech at the end where she basically said, “Bonnie, let me do this for you.” Bonnie would be wasting it if she sat around feeling guilty, so she’s going to grab the bull by the horns and be awesome Bonnie Bennett. She’ll start up a fun friendship with Damon, a continuation of what they have now, but she’ll kind of become his moral center as he’s trying to figure out who he is without Elena to impress.

    TVLINE | From the brief bit we saw of him, Damon was not handling it well. What’s going to be his biggest struggle? Doesn’t he realize that, as long as he’s patient, Elena will eventually come back?
    [Laughs] Patient? How boring! Everything he did, every choice he made, was somehow tied to Elena. Now she’s not there looking over his shoulder every five minutes, so he has to figure out who he is without her and what choices he’s OK making. He’s going to have a rough go at it, and he’s going to get dark and be Bad-Damon. But he’s still got Bonnie there to remind him what Elena would do.

    TVLINE | Damon obviously still loves Elena, but he’s also a sexual creature, so is there a chance he could take up with someone else? Is that something you’re willing to embrace?
    The problem is that, as you said, he is still so madly in love with her. It would feel false for him to meet someone else and have sparks and fall in love. The viewers also wouldn’t embrace it; any girl who comes close to Damon gets clawed at with their opinions, so it’s not something we’re going to jump into as writers right away. He’s got to be with himself for a bit, and his love story will be based back on Stefan.

    Vampire Diaries SterolineTVLINE | Speaking of Stefan, I’m glad he finally dropped the L-bomb, but why not go all out and have Caroline say it back?
    We always thought it was more natural for Caroline to deal with the grief she’s feeling and not think that her relationship with Stefan is just a Band-Aid to cover up these tragic feelings she’s been enduring. She wants to come at it from a cleaner place, and she mentioned to him in the last episode that she’s a control freak. She’s still coping after her mother’s death and her humanity being off; she’s not feeling like herself. In Season 7, she’s going to try and figure out if she and Stefan can actually do this.

    TVLINE | Stefan’s speech about Elena not being his destiny, that she was merely leading him back to his brother, was also a huge moment. Why was that important to get in there?
    It was Stefan saying goodbye to Stefan-and-Elena and being thankful for her presence in his life. He took an adult step back and looked at the big picture and said, “That was a huge part of my life, but at the end of the day, this is the good that came out of it. Now, I’m ready to move on [with Caroline].”


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  • May 14, 2015

    Today Paul was in New York City at the CW Upfront Presentation in support of his series The Vampire Diaries.

    Thanks to Gabby & Mary for sharing some of these pics with us!

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  • May 14, 2015 spoke with Mark Pedowitz from the CW about the future of the Vampire Diaries and their plans for the show.

    Even though Nina Dobrev will be saying farewell to The Vampire Diaries on Thursday night, CW President Mark Pedowitz believes the show still has many more seasons to come.

    “It’s going to be much more focused on the brothers, Damon and Stefan, [with] a lot of places for both Kat Graham and Candice [Accola’s] characters to come out,” he told reporters ahead of the network’s upfront presentation. “We believe that with Julie Plec at the helm and Caroline Dries running the show that we will have a show. Most of this year has been getting to the point where we could have a reset knowing that Nina was leaving, so they’ve done a great job. We’ll see.”

    For Plec’s part, she recently told EW it was never the plan to end the series when Dobrev decided to exit. “I’ve been getting a lot of heat about [why we’re not just ending the show], but it never occurred to us,” she said. “Not because we don’t think the character is vital to the show, but because we think that losing the character from the show actually creates a tremendous amount of emotional opportunity and story for all these other characters that we love just as much.”

    And Pedowitz looks to a similarly-themed show as proof The Vampire Diaries could run for years to come. “We had a show run 11 years based on two brothers called Supernatural, so I have great confidence that this could happen the same way,” he says.

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