Here are two great interviews. One with Julie Plec and Kevin Williamson, including a podcast from Entertainment Weekly discussing what’s to come for the rest of the season and they shed some light on their new companion series. Then another from New York Post’s PopWrap with Kevin, about the past present and future of Mystic Falls.
Williamson says the idea for the new show is rooted in what the season 1 recurring character Isobel did at Duke University — parapsychology. “We burn through a lot of story [on The Vampire Diaries], because there’s such a world here that we don’t really run out of story. It’s more about how do you shape it and put all the puzzle pieces together. We would have all of these ideas for story lines and characters, and we’re like, ‘Yeah, that’s not this show. Nah, that’s not this show.’ And so next thing you know, we had another whole show of all those other ideas,” he says. “We’d get to do all the story lines we couldn’t do in this show in that show. It would be a companion in the sense that they would sort of exist in the same world, but it’s a different show. I don’t want to mess with [The Vampire Diaries]. This show’s gold. This show is very special.” Still, if the series exist in the same world, there is crossover potential, right? “Absolutely,” Williamson says.
Kevin Williamson Interview with PopWrap discussing Tyler’s transformation:
PopWrap: First of all, I have to commend you on Tyler’s transformation. I genuinely felt his pain.
Kevin Williamson: We had always come at this knowing it would be a very, very painful process. That’s why we added the tape last week – so he learned how much agony he was in store for. I mean, it’s a brutal, excruciating five hours.
PW: It reminded me a bit of “American Werewolf in London” — is that what you were going for?
Kevin: I remember seeing “American Werewolf in London” as a kid for the first time. I really responded to the idea that a werewolf transformation is so painful. When David Naughton fell apart in the living room and just started ripping his clothes off, it was such a wow moment. That showed how horrible it is. This is a curse and I want people to know it’s a curse. But we didn’t want the goofy hair. Every time you do a big special effect, it can look phony. And our schedule doesn’t allow months and months for special effects, so we tried to limit it; be selective about the shots we chose and be classy about it. We just don’t have the time to go full out.