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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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  • May 9, 2015

    Captures from last week’s episode of The Vampire Diaries, I’ll Wed You In The Golden Summertime.

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  • May 8, 2015

    Season 6 ends with Elena in jeopardy when an uninvited guest arrives. Meanwhile, Bonnie takes matters in her own hands when she is put on the receiving end of a twisted plan; Damon is faced with the most difficult decision of his life; and Stefan realizes the lengths to which his mother will go to reunite with her “family.”

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  • May 7, 2015

    The CW has released another new still featuring Stefan from the season finale of the Vampire Diaries, I’m Thinking Of You All The While.

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  • May 7, 2015

    Captures from last week’s episode of The Vampire Diaries, I’d Leave My Happy Home For You.

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  • May 3, 2015

    Paul & Ian are asking for your help! Check it out below!

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    My brotha from another motha Ian Somerhalder and I are launching a t-shirt campaign together. A portion of proceeds will go to making our Earth a better place but we need your help designing the shirts! (We are not as talented as you all are) To submit, email by midnight Eastern time May 21, 2015. (include either an .ai or high res psd file at least 3600px wide, and a jpeg proof of your design).
    We can’t wait! Let’s do this!

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