As the final seven episodes of The CW's The Vampire Diaries first season ramp up, things aren't going to get any easier for our young, sexy heroes, promises executive producer and co-creator Julie Plec.
"We're very much excited to get back into more episodes where we get to see the relationships and the fun of being young and in love, and the scariness of vampires, and more vampires come in to town," said Plec in an exclusive interview. It's got "a great sort of sexy, exciting, soap-opera feel that will lead us towards the end of the season, which of course is once again a big ... leading us back to a huge mythology storyline that we've actually taken from the books. So book fans will be very excited to see Founder's Day coming by the end of our season."
In tonight's "Welcome to the Neighborhood," the title refers to those tomb vampires who escaped thanks to Damon's attempt to release his beloved and ultimately missing Katherine.
"Katherine will be met one day. I'm not going to tell you when," said Plec with a laugh. Damon will temporarily continue "drowning his sorrows in booze and women" as he deals with his 145-year failed obsession with Katherine.
Tonight's episode deals with "Stefan and Elena coming off of a lot of bombshells that are dropped at the end of [last week's] 'A Few Good Men,' about her birth mother and who she is. She decides that really, for her own peace of mind and sanity, she just wants to kind of take a night off of all things vampire with the exception of Stefan, and so they agree to go on a double date with Matt and Caroline," said Plec. "Caroline is trying to make her relationship with Matt work in spite of her suspicion that he still has feelings for Elena. In the meantime, we start to see where our escaped tomb vampires have set up shop, and they're sort of set on a collision course. The double date is in jeopardy once the tomb vampires start infiltrating the neighborhood."
While things might be smoldering on The Vampire Diaries, fans are heating up at the news that The CW has renewed the series early for a second season. Plec was thrilled with the news.
"It actually, ironically, came on a day when we were at our busiest and at our most stressed-out and at our most exhausted. And the phone rang at 9 o'clock in the morning with the news, and [co-creator] Kevin [Williamson] and I each were individually like, 'Yeah! Thanks!'" Plec said with a laugh. "It was a funny day to get that news, 'cause we were both at our wits' end and just looking forward to getting to the finish line. But it is really thrilling, because we've got a cast and crew that are really, really extraordinary and have worked so hard and do an incredible job, and the idea that we can keep them employed for a very long time ... And then, obviously, the fans are thrilled to know that they don't have to do any 'Save Our Show' campaigns for the end the year!"
Forget "Save Our Show" campaigns! The Vampire Diaries has been this year's big hit on The CW, something Plec considers "pretty cool." It is always "good to be the one that they look to and say, 'Hey, thank you for doing as well as you're doing,' because we all really helped each other here," said Plec. "They've been beyond supportive of us in a way that is not your typical network experience. They are the biggest champions of us and have rarely said no. It's been kind of wonderful, actually."