This article from William Keck of TV Guide Magazine is one of many circulating the net from the Paley Fest. But here, Keck addresses the cliffhangers we were left with in the last episode, Elena’s search for her mother, and where our favorite witch Bonnie will be.
Many of the cliffhangers fans were left with when the last original episode aired will be addressed on March 25, when the next original episode, titled “A Few Good Men,” airs. Paley guests were treated to an advance screening of the episode, which (trust us) takes Damon’s cruelty to a whole new level. By the end of the hour, you’ll be left wondering how Elena can ever even speak to him again. “Some truths are revealed and the episode ends on a major bang,” teases Paul Wesley (Stefan). He’s not kidding.
With Elena (Nina Dobrev) just having learned she’s adopted, she begins a dangerous search for her birth mother, whom keen viewers know shares a connection to Alaric Saltzman. The revelations, says Nina Dobrev (Elena) will “intensify her love/hate relationship with Damon. His actions to achieve what he wants are truly horrible.”
But the episode offers more light-hearted moments, as Damon takes part in a charity bachelor auction alongside Alaric. “It’s a lot of fun,” teases Ian Somerhalder (Damon). A future episode will find Damon meeting up with Matt’s mom, Kelly (The O.C.’s Melinda Clarke) at a bar. “Much to the chagrin of Matt,” Somerhalder says. “They hit it off and end up hooking up.”
One face was absent from the episode — Katerina Graham, who plays Bonnie Bennett. She’ll be off the canvas for three episodes “grieving the death of Grams”, explains creator Kevin Williamson. “She goes off to stay with family, but comes back with an attitude.”
Adds co-executive producer Julie Plec: “Bonnie’s been nothing but supportive of Elena’s relationship with Stefan up until this point, but given everything that’s happened — the tomb didn’t quite get closed and Grams died for nothing, it’s going to be difficult for her to be a good friend.”
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