When we first announced the season finale date for “The Vampire Diaries”, May 10th seemed a long way off, but now? Not so much. To help ease the pain a bit, we have some preliminary details of what we can expect from the episode along with a look at some people we’ve been curious about for quite some time: Jeremy and Elena’s parents!
Thanks to TV Guide, here’s your first look at Mr. and Mrs. Gilbert, portrayed by James MacDonald (Texas Chainsaw Massacre 3D, “Love Bites”) and Erin Beute (Tooth Fairy 2). “One of the things we want to do in the finale is explore a time for Elena when life was simpler,” says executive producer Julie Plec. “She had parents and no vampires in her life.”
The episode, which will also feature the return of Sara Canning as Aunt Jenna, includes the accident in which the family car veered off a bridge. Remember, says Plec, “Elena almost died with them, but Stefan saved her.”
Speaking about filming that scene, series star Nina Dobrev (aka Elena) describes it as “something I hopefully will never have to experience in real life — trying to survive underwater while trying to save other people. It was quite intense and a little scary. I’m used to being underwater with a tank, but having to act without the tank is completely different. We were in the water two days for eight hours a day. By the end I was exhausted and slept like a baby.”
In the meantime look for “The Vampire Diaries” to return next Thursday, April 19th, at 8:00 PM with Episode 3.19 “Heart of Darkness”.
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