In just a few short hours “The Vampire Diaries” returns from its seemingly interminable winter hiatus to begin the second half of its sophomore season. Executive producer Kevin Williams recently spoke at length about what fans can expect leading up to the season finale and even touched upon Scream 4 in connection with this generation’s relationship to horror movies.
Collider provided the goods in which Williamson talks about how they’re expecting some big game-changers and lots of bloodshed before the season is over, how they’re currently going through about 100 auditions for possible actors to play Klaus, that the vampire-werewolf relationship between Caroline (Candice Accola) and Tyler (Michael Trevino) will get very tragic, and how the doppleganger storyline will be resolved before the end of this season.
Here are a few excerpts; the Scream 4 comment is at the very end. Make sure you hit the above link for the whole interview; there’s lots more good stuff for TVD fans.
Question: How far along are you in the writing for the rest of this season?
KEVIN WILLIAMSON: Right now, we’re writing 216 and 217, so we are building up to the 22 episodes. We’re going over the hill and now we’re going to catch the momentum going down, where it’s going to get fast and furious. The last four or five episodes are leading up to the entrance of Klaus and whether he will achieve his whole goal, which is to sacrifice the doppleganger.
Will that be in the season finale, or will that happen prior to that?
WILLIAMSON: I think there will be a little bit, here and there. There are so many different storylines and story components of it, that it gets divided over the last three episodes.
Will the werewolf-vampire tensions drive Caroline and Tyler apart?
WILLIAMSON: Yeah, 100%. In the very next episode, things begin to unfold in a way that doesn’t bode well for their budding relationship and their friendship. Tyler starts asking questions, and we’ll see that blow open. And, don’t forget there’s Matt (Zach Roerig) waiting over there, in the middle. There’s a little triangle there as well, with a human, a vampire and a werewolf. Tyler got through his transformation and Caroline was there for him, and they have this kinship now, of this curse. Now, we take it to the next level and play it out. It’s very tragic. I wish I could just squeal and tell you everything that’s going to happen, but over the next three episodes, it gets tragic.
Will that resolve by the end of the season?
WILLIAMSON: We end a chapter in the next three episodes, with regard to a lot of things we’ve set in motion. And then, we begin a new chapter, which is the next chapter of all this. That’s leading us to the finale.
Is the doppleganger storyline something that’s gone on longer than you thought it would? How much longer will that storyline go?
WILLIAMSON: We always envisioned it to be the season finale and the big sacrifice. We’re going to lead to it. But, we may get to it a little sooner ‘cause there’s so many parts of it and there’s also what happens after. We’re not quite sure where to end the season, with regard to the doppleganger, because there are three or four different endings of it, and beginnings. We’ve already been mapping out next season because we’re pretty sure we’re going to be around, and so we want to make sure we have a place to go with it and that we know where the starting point is.
Have you cast Klaus yet? Is there a type that you’re looking for?
WILLIAMSON: No. I want that really great actor to surface and then go, “Wow, I can write for him. He’ll work really well.” We’re looking at people that might be familiar to an audience, but most importantly, we want the right actor, so I’m guessing it will probably be someone we don’t know. Keep in mind that Klaus is a character who, in his history, seduced Katherine in Bulgaria, so imagine someone that would have been suitable for her and not an old man.
Now that you’re nearing the end of the season, are you already starting to line up projects you’d like to do during hiatus?
WILLIAMSON: I’ve got a couple of scripts that I want to get to, but I’m doing the TV thing. I’m doing The Vampire Diaries for the rest of this season, and I’ll be around for next season. And, I did this deal with Warners, so I’m going to be developing some other shows too, in addition to continuing on with my duties with The Vampire Diaries.
What types of shows are you looking to do?
WILLIAMSON: I want to do some genre stuff, but I also want to do some relationship stuff. I’d like to do some more family or adult driven things as well. I have a couple of adult soap operas and a couple of genre ideas that are very genre specific, so I don’t quite know what I would do with those. I don’t know if they’re proper for The CW, or another network. I don’t know. Most importantly, I want a little break after the second season. We are working so fast and furious that I want a break, and then I can figure it all out.
With Scream 4 coming out on April 15th, what do you think this generation’s relationship to horror movies is?
WILLIAMSON: I don’t know. We haven’t had a lot of straight-ahead slasher flicks in this generation. We’re not really doing the teenager horror film right now, so maybe it’s time. I don’t see a lot of them coming out, and the ones that have come out haven’t been that successful.
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