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'The Vampire Diaries' Preview: More Originals, Tyler's Return, Finale Death Count & More

by Maggie Furlong, posted Apr 28th 2011 3:45PM
'The Vampire Diaries' - 'The Last Day''The Vampire Diaries' is one of those shows that always keeps me guessing. Having seen tonight's episode, 'The Last Day' (Thursday, April 28, 8PM ET on The CW), I will say that fans of the mushy romance and friendship stuff AND fans of major action will both be satisfied.

And that's all I'll say about that. No spoilers here. But I do have some fun teases from the cast after yesterday's press screening and Q&A.

Executive producer Julie Plec and stars Katerina Graham, Steven R. McQueen, Michael Trevino, Daniel Gillies and the newest addition Joseph Morgan all dished a bit about tonight's episode and what else is in store for the last two episodes of the season.

They also discussed the much-talked-about death count, dealing with fan backlash, Tyler's return and learning more about the Originals. After all, as Plec shared, "Season 3 is very much the season of the Originals."

Mwuhahaha! Keep reading for more, and check back after tonight's episode (when you'll be freaking out for sure) for teases of next week and the big season finale.

So, exactly how many deaths will we see before the end of the season? "Well, the term 'a lot of deaths' is something that's been circulating on the Internet a lot," Julie Plec said. "I think all I've ever said is that there will be some severe and tragic consequences, and loss of life would be extreme over the last several episodes. So I want to kind of dispel any number value.

"In vampire shows, the stakes are high, and the death count has to match that. If we don't follow through ... if you guys don't believe that the consequences are life and death, then we're not doing our job.

"If [the] ritual happens, and when it happens, and how it happens ... if it goes off without a hitch, there will be a lot of loss of life. We had to pay off what we set up."

Are the writers and producers ever worried about fan backlash when killing their beloved characters? "Not to discount your guys' feelings," Plec said with a laughs, "but for us it's actually the pain of having to let go of somebody in the family. It's a very, very painful decision to have to make for the family. If story still prevails, taking all the emotional and personal stuff out of it, then we know it's the right decision. We hope that the audience trusts our decision as storytellers to make those right decisions. There will be decisions that are not popular -- always. There will be characters that you think are gone ... we do have ways of letting our audience see their fan favorites again over time. But yeah, it does not come lightly."

After all, no matter how much supernatural insanity is happening in Mystic Falls, "the show, at it's core, it's about family. It's about the love of family."

Do the show's stars ever worry about that same fan backlash? "My fans are kinda psycho," Katerina Graham said with a big laugh. "I love them. They call themselves the Fanarinas. They're sweet and they're young, but they're vicious. [Laughs] And [Julie and Kevin] know that."

There's no Bonnie tonight, but Fanarinas will be happy with next week's episode, according to Plec: "Having just locked picture on episode 21, which is the next episode, I can say that Ms. Kat Graham is at her most fierce in that episode. Badass fierce."

And then there's Bonnie's new man, Jeremy. Yes, I know it's hard to remember that there are a few guys in town who are actually still human. Too bad Jeremy is pretty much surrounded by the supernatural.

"He's screwed," laughs Steven R. McQueen. "He knows, he's aware of everything around him, and he's trying to do everything he can to protect them, but he's just on a different level of strength and there's not much he can do. He will constantly keep moving forward to try to protect everyone he loves. But he can only take it so far."

Tyler returns tonight, and we get to see a very different side of him ... and I'm not just talking about that side that comes out when there's a full moon. So will we get to see more of Tyler's emotional transformation as well?

"You know, I don't know where we're going to go with Tyler in Season 3," star Michael Trevino said. "But I think there's still gonna be changes. There still has to be changes. And hopefully we can get into explaining, you know, what he was doing when he was gone and who was he involved with. We could have a whole episode about that! [Laughs]"

The Originals
Plec confirmed that there will not be any more flashbacks this season after tonight's episode, but "season 3 is very much the season of the Originals."

Joseph Morgan, who's finally shedding that flashback hair to appear as modern-day Klaus, says he has loved the flashbacks: "In the 1400s, obviously, there's a different hierarchy going on between us. When we meet again in modern day, there'll be a very different dynamic between the two of us."

And his fellow Original Elijah, a.k.a. Daniel Gillies confirms: "It's fun to go back and do that period stuff because you can play it with a degree more vulnerability and a sort of openness. I'm sort of a new vampire [then] ... not so bulletproof."

Baby Klauses
Last week, we learned that Original vampire Klaus is also half-werewolf. So does that change his reproductive abilities? And will we get to see how vampire-werewolves procreate? "I hope so," Morgan said with a huge smile. To which Plec added an ever-secretive tease: "It will be prevalent in the future."

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