Sara Canning and Nina Dobrev
Of all the deaths during two seasons of The Vampire Diaries, none were as tragic and personal as the loss of Jenna — and that was exactly the point, executive producer Julie Plec says.
"The loss of life in the sacrifice ritual needed to be as deeply personal as possible in order to show how big of a move it was that Klaus is making and how profound of an impact it would have on not only Elena's life, but on everybody," Plec tells TVGuide.com.
Nina Dobrev and Paul Wesley
With three episodes left and a full moon rising, The Vampire Diaries prepares to close its sophomore season by upping the stakes. Thursday's episode of the CW drama (at 8/7c) — titled "The Last Day" — is the precursor to the long-awaited ritual that may create a new race of vampire-werewolf hybrids, if Klaus (Joseph Morgan) is able to scrounge up the materials needed. And boy, will he stop at nothing to do so.
Check out six reasons why this week's episode should not be missed:
When The Vampire Diaries left off, Mystic Falls experienced a minor massacre, this time leaving Matt Donovan almost dead. With vampire Caroline at his side to feed him blood, Matt was restored to life, but not before realizing a bit of truth about his blood-sucking ex-girlfriend. In Thursday's new episode (8/7c on CW), star Candice Accola, who plays Caroline, says viewers will get to see the conclusion of the life-changing conversation between her and Matt (Zach Roerig). Plus: Accola teases Klaus' anticipated arrival and Tyler's return.
Ian Somerhalder, Michael Trevino, Paul Wesley
As Vampire Diaries dives into the second half of Season 2, the impending vampire-werewolf conflict will culminate in the season's final full moon — which executive producer Julie Plec says will be filled with "bad, bad things." That's not the only trouble Mystic Falls will see. Get the scoop from the cast below:
Vampire Diaries' Michaela McManus: Brady's arrival brings destruction — and answers
The Vampire-Werewolf War: The conflict between the vampires and werewolves "is going from a simmer to a boil," Plec says. In the center of it all: star-crossed maybe-lovers werewolf Tyler (Michael Trevino) and vampire Caroline (Candice Accola). "The next few episodes take us down the road of what Tyler knows, what he learns and how it impacts his friendships with Caroline and Matt [Zach Roerig]," Plec says. Adds Paul Wesley: "There are unforeseen alliances."
Flashback Blood Fever: The series will flash back once again to...
Diehard fans of both The Vampire Diaries and the series of books the show is based on know that they aren't the same thing. Certain elements from the novels haven't made it into the show -- but executive producer Julie Plec says that doesn't mean they won't borrow in the future. (Besides, she adds, some of what works in the books comes off, well, a bit "cheesy" on screen!)
Plec sat down with TVGuide.com on the Atlanta set of the CW series to talk about the relationship between the books and the show. What won't make it to TV? Which relationship may not happen at all? Plus, Plec reveals she's thinking of giving...
The Vampire Diaries' second season took a sharp turn when one of the show's innocent teens, Caroline (Candice Accola), became a vampire. Executive producer Kevin Williamson says he never doubted which of the series' humans he wanted to take to the dark side.
"I said, 'We need a game-changer, and if one of these characters had to be a vampire, who would you want to see?' I wanted to see Caroline," Williamson told TVGuide.com.
Jane Badler, Laura Vandervoort and Morena Baccarin
After a year and a half hiatus, the New York Comic Con returned this weekend, drawing a reported crowd of 100,000 to the Jacob K. Javits Center in Manhattan. The event doesn't quite have the star power of San Diego's Comic-Con International, but it's quickly becoming one of the top fan events for sci-fi related movies and TV as well as video games and, of course, comic books.
One of the weekend's biggest draws was a panel for...
Ian Somerhalder, Michelle Trachtenberg
Well, at least this time he won't be the first to die. Ian Somerhalder, who as an original cast member of Lost played ill-fated Boone, has joined the cast of Vampire Diaries, the CW pilot based on a series of young adult novels.
Somerhalder will play one of two vampire brothers ...