Only one more day until the season premiere! And to get us excited TV Guide’s Robyn Ross spoke with Paul and spoke about where Stefan is this season and what is going on with Silas.
Paul Wesley has played several reincarnations of his Vampire Diaries character, from sensitive Stefan to Ripper Stefan and various shades in between. But at the start of Season 5 (Thursday, 8/7c, The CW), Wesley takes on his biggest challenge yet by playing two characters — a physically destroyed Stefan and his immortal and manipulative doppelganger Silas.
At the end of last season, Stefan was leaving town to bury what he believed was Silas’ body while also getting a fresh start away from Mystic Falls and the love of his life, Elena (Nina Dobrev), who is now dating his brother Damon (Ian Somerhalder). However, his game plan suddenly went awry when Silas transformed into his “shadow self” — a doppelganger of Stefan. He then staked Stefan, locked him in a coffin and threw him to the bottom of the river.
“Stefan is really screwed up in the head when he gets out of this quarry,” Wesley tells TVGuide.com in the video below. “He has had all these torturous experiences and so now doesn’t react the same way as he used to and he’s not as malleable. He’s definitely a different man.”
Before Stefan returns to Mystic Falls, Wesley will appear as Silas — except his friends and brother won’t immediately know it’s him. But it’s not long before Damon and Jeremy (Steven McQueen) sense something is up — especially when this new “Stefan” has a completely different, aka cocky, air about him.
“Silas has so much pain and anger and hurt, but it’s masked by a level of light energy and humor,” Wesley says. “[He isn’t] intimidated by anything and the world is his playground. He’s 2000 years old and finds himself to be supremely more interesting and sophisticated. He doesn’t feed on people, he thinks it’s gross and primitive, so he manipulates people into cutting themselves and pouring their blood and then he drinks it; he’s a little snobby.”
As Stefan suffers and Silas wreaks havoc, Elena’s kindred connection to Stefan will prove stronger than ever, giving her a deep sense that something is seriously wrong. “When you were in love with someone, even if they’re not in your life you have that connection with them; the love is still there whether it’s romantic or not.” Dobrev says. “When she finds out what he’s been through it’s not easy for her.”
Ultimately, Elena, Damon & Co. will realize that who they think is Stefan is actually Silas, while at the same time Stefan will eventually emerge from his perpetually drowning state. As these two versions continue to co-exist, Wesley will play the two roles until the season’s Big Bad is defeated — unless he isn’t. As fans may remember, the last epic villain, Klaus (Joseph Morgan), was originally supposed to die in Season 2. When he became a fan favorite, his character remained on the series and ultimately landing a spin-off. What happens if Wesley receives the same adoration during his time as Silas? Executive producer Julie Plec tells us there’s always a back-up plan.
“Klaus is a perfect example because thank God the happy ending to that story is a spin-off,” Plec says. “We didn’t want to kill him because we liked him so much, but he was on the precipice of becoming a story vacuum if we weren’t careful. Silas is the same thing. He is a villain and at some point the bad guy needs to be dealt with and vanquished, no matter how good they are. So we’ll see. We definitely have plans to vanquish him, but we have an open mind to keep him around, it depends on the success of the storyline and the actor in both roles and, frankly, if there’s more story to tell.”
What does Wesley think about that prospect?
“I think what the fans like and what the fans react to is making Stefan dynamic,” he says. “He’s the hero and everyone wants to see the hero’s journey and his fall and his great redemption and I think that’s what it’s all about. So if they can make Stefan dynamic continually then I don’t know if Silas is necessary for the entire length of the show.”
Watch Wesley talk more about Season 5 below:
Entertainment Weekly gives us a run down of the new season and let’s us meet some of the new people that will be getting to know some of our favorite characters.
When The Vampire Diaries returns for its fifth season on Oct. 3, fans may feel like they’re watching a new show: Elena (Nina Dobrev) is officially with Damon (Ian Somerhalder), and she and Caroline (Candice Accola) are now students at nearby Whitmore College. Damon is living with Jeremy (Steven R. McQueen), who’s still the only one who knows Bonnie (Kat Graham) died while resurrecting him. And Stefan (Paul Wesley), villain Silas’ surprise doppelgänger, remains trapped in a water-logged safe drowning over and over again. “He has all these weird dreams and visions,” Wesley says, “and when he gets out, it’s almost like PTSD.”
All those changes mean many new, and very pretty, faces will be joining our Mystic Falls favorites. We asked exec producers Julie Plec and Caroline Dries to make some introductions. Click on Launch Photo Gallery for the who’s who.
Silas (Paul Wesley)
The face is familiar, but it’s a totally new role for Wesley, who’s now also playing the 2,000 year old immortal who quickly returns to Mystic Falls. ”The fun of Silas is much like season 1 Damon [Ian Somerhalder] in that he’s up to something and no one can quite figure out what it is,” exec producer Julie Plec says. ”Specifically for Damon, it’s driving him crazy because it’s like the tables have turned: If you remember in season 1, Stefan was always saying to Damon, ‘What are you up to?’ and Damon’s like, ‘That’s for me to know and you to….’ Silas plays the same little tricks on Damon, so it’s up to Damon to get to the bottom of what Silas wants, what he’s doing to get it, how it’s gonna impact all of them, and ultimately how they can put a stop to it.” Wesley agrees that Silas is fun: ”Silas definitely sees Damon as being beneath him, on every level — experience, knowledge. Damon has always been the one to be the smartass who outclasses everyone else. So it’s nice,” Wesley says. ”I’m getting my revenge for playing droopy, sad Stefan for five years.”
To meet the rest go here.
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Who is ready for October 3rd to get here?!?!?!
TV Fanatic did this set interview with Paul talking about the new season and playing Silas!
What will be the state of Delena on The Vampire Diaries Season 5?
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But what about the state of Stefan and Damon’s relationship? Or Silas and Damon’s relationship, we should say, considering the former will be masquerading as the latter’s brother when we meet these siblings again on October 3?
In the following Q&A, Paul Wesley addresses a “power shift” that will take place between the brothers, while also speaking on the challenges and excitement of taking on a second character. As for Stefan? The guy is gonna be REALLY hungry when he finally escapes from that safe.