It ain't easy being Bonnie Bennett.
The Vampire Diaries' resident witch has gone through a lot in her life, which culminated in her death in the Season 4 finale. But while she seemed rather content with being on the other side, the death of her father and the realization that she's pretty much powerless has slapped Bonnie back to reality. So where does she go from here? And how long before the secret of her death is too much to handle? Kat Graham shares some teases for what's to come.
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A major reality check: Bonnie wanted to keep her death a secret for as long as possible, but her father's murder in the premiere made Bonnie realize the reality of the situation. "Even though she had passed, that was reason enough for her to be like, 'It's OK, give it some more time and it'll figure itself out. Let's just keep [my friends] as happy as possible,'" Graham says. "But when her father gets murdered it was this harsh slap into reality of what she could've done had she been alive and what she could've done differently."
The pressure is on Jeremy: As one of the only people aware of Bonnie's situation, it won't be long before Jeremy (Steven McQueen) desperately needs to spill his guts. "Jeremy is literally holding the key that locks the secret," Graham says. "So, he's going to be struggling with a lot in the next few episodes and be put in a position where there's a lot of pressure on him. You'll see Jeremy have to make some really crazy decisions."
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But that will still make them closer than ever: Despite the tension, Graham says, "They continue to evolve and grow, and it's exciting because Bonnie has never had that before. So, it's new territory for her. She's always been about her magic and her girlfriends and saving the town. So, for her to have these moments with Jeremy are really special." And what about a ghostly kiss? "I can't say, but it seems like a natural progression," she says. "Although who knows how they'll do it now that I'm dead."
A new ally: The introduction of Tess (Janina Gavankar) will lead to some stunning revelations. "They have a connection which you'll soon find out is much deeper and more long-lasting than everyone could've thought," Graham says. "What it becomes is really cool."
The Vampire Diaries airs on Thursdays at 8/7c on The CW.
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