The CW's Vampire Diaries returned last week to pay off the pre-holiday cliffhanger, and Damon (Ian Somerhalder) took Elena (Nina Dobrev) on a road trip, Elena finally confronted Stefan (Paul Wesley) about looking exactly like his ex, Katherine. Now the show builds up to the season finale, and you won't know what's coming even if you read all the books on which the show is based. (Spoilers ahead!)
Series creator Kevin Williamson told fans exactly what they could look forward to, and it won't involve just the main three characters. Everyone has something to do.
"Matt [Zach Roerig] sort of admitted he likes Caroline [Candice Accola]," Williamson said in a group interview earlier this month. "We're going to explore that one. I think that's one of the fascinating romances on its own, because you're dealing with two people that have come together out of loneliness and not necessarily for the right reasons. So it's going to be interesting to watch them have their romance and maybe not necessarily be two people who belong together. That sort of sucks, but they're going to try."
And there's more, Williamson said. "I think it's going to be fun to watch Jeremy [Steven R. McQueen] now perhaps start to dig a little deeper into that paper. I think when [last season] ended, he found a journal. He finds some stuff in that journal that leads him on a very interesting journey, and it actually may put him at odds against his sister."
Fans have guessed that they're going to get to see Tyler (Michael Trevino) wolf out this year, but Williamson said you'll have to wait for that. "Not this season, but anyone who's been watching, they know that we hinted of it already," Williamson continued. "If you've read the books, you know which character actually has the curse. It's latent; it's a repressed curse. It's triggered by one particular activity that hasn't happened yet, so we'll go there probably in the next season. I think what's going to happen is we're going to watch Tyler. It's no secret, it's Tyler. We revealed the full moon and we revealed all of his aggression issues, and we're going to probably continue to let him explore his anger issues and his daddy issues and see what happens. I think it's going to be fun to watch Tyler explore his aggression."
Plot, plot, plot. Somerhalder has the scoop you really want. "We're hopefully going to get to see every one of these girls half-naked," Somerhalder said in a separate interview. "I want the audience to be satisfied. We [guys] are going to be naked all the time."
The impending Founder's Day celebration will provide the main excitement leading up to the season finale, says Williamson. "We're sort of just building towards Founder's Day, the Founder's Day celebration, because it's the 150th anniversary of this town," Williamson said. "I would say we're building to the big huge celebration and what happens with the tomb. Happy little party, then there's this tomb business to deal with, that there's 26 vampires down there. I don't want to tease too much, but our whole back nine sort of focuses on that tomb a little bit."
Somerhalder was happy to get more specific about the tomb. "Damon is gettin' in that sucker," Somerhalder said. "It's going to be cool."
E! Online, meanwhile, reports that The CW is working on getting Gossip Girl's Leighton Meester a role on Vampire Diaries, while Meester's real-life pal Dobrev appears on Gossip Girl in return. While they work on that trade off, Vampire Diaries has some good confirmed guest stars.
"James Remar is playing our dad, Giuseppe Salvatore," Somerhalder revealed. "He's awesome." (Remar plays the father of the title character on Showtime's Dexter.)
Meanwhile, Mia Kirshner will play Alaric Saltzman's (Matt Davis) wife in flashback scenes. "She's coming in to set up Alaric's character, and we haven't really developed beyond that, so just a few [episodes]," Williamson said. "I don't really know the long-term prospects of her character. It's mainly flashbacks."
Alaric has big things coming up for himself, too. "There's definitely something with him," Williamson said. "We're going to have fun. He has just blown onto the scene, and we haven't had a chance yet to explore his background. But, in the upcoming episodes, we're actually going to learn more about him. We're going to see some of what his past was like and what brought him to Mystic Falls, and we're going to see what his little agenda is, because everyone's got a little agenda."
The Vampire Diaries airs Thursdays at 8 on The CW.