Hollywood Life had a chance to catch up with Kevin Williamson at this year’s Young Hollywood Awards. Check out what Kevin had to say about Elena’s journey as a vampire.
Assignment X caught up with Vampire Diaries Executive Producer Kevin Williamson to talk about what’s in store for the rest of season 3!
AX: How do you feel about how VAMPIRE DIARIES Season Three has gone so far overall? Is it going pretty much as you imagined it would at the outset?
WILLIAMSON: Things always change when you start breaking the storylines, but I think from the day beginning when [fellowVAMPIRE DIARIES executive producer/show runner] Julie [Plec] and I sat down and laid out how are we going to get to the finish line of the very end of the entire show, we’re still on track. It’s going to end where we always said we were going to end. And we’re doing it all within the right time. We said, “This is going to happen in Season Two, and this will happen in Season Three.” And so we know where we’re headed at the end of the season to launch our fourth season.
I don’t want to give too much away, but we’re in addition to following the books to some degree, we keep going back to the books and saying, “What can we pillage? What have we not done yet? What have we not used? How can we take this storyline and manipulate it and change it and turn it around?” This year, we’re diving into the Original family, we’re still playing with the hybrids and so the whole thing with Klaus is going to lead us right up to the climax of the season.
Kevin Williamson talks about season 3 storylines with Collider. He also talks about his brand new show, The Secret Circle, and makes comparisons between the two. Head on over to Secret Circle Online for the scoop!
Question: What will be going on with the supernatural mythology of The Vampire Diaries in Season 3?
KEVIN WILLIAMSON: In the first half of the season, I think we’re going to really enjoy Klaus (Joseph Morgan), and him being not only an Original, but the bastard child of the Original Family. Now, he’s a hybrid and he’s lifted the curse. It will be watching what he does. He has a whole plan behind it all, and Stefan (Paul Wesley) is part of that plan. He sets his plan in motion in the very first episode, and we play that out for a while.
Will viewers get to see much of Klaus’ life and family?
WILLIAMSON: That’s the idea. We have so much story to tell, with regard to what’s happening in Mystic Falls and the little road journey that Klaus and Stefan are on, Damon (Ian Somerhalder) and Elena’s (Nina Dobrev) attempt to save him, and what Klaus is actually up to, that I’m not exactly sure how much of the original family we’ll get to, but you are going to meet a few of the original families. Hopefully, Elijah (Daniel Gillies) will return, at some point. We have no set plans yet, but we love him so much that we definitely want him back. There are so many characters and storylines that are rich, but we’re hoping that, as the season progresses, by the end of the season, it will all come together. We have a bunch of loose threads right now. Julie [Plec] and I worked out this master plan that ties it all together, but it’s a mythology, so it’s chapter by chapter by chapter. By the end of the season, it will all make sense.
Thanks to Jarett of The Insider for releasing this brand new Vampire Diaries Season 3 promotional photo of Joseph Morgan, aka Klaus, aka “The Hybrid”. We are so looking forward to seeing more of a favorite “werepire” and finding out more about The Originals this coming season! Kevin Williamson is too!
“I love the mythology behind the family of Originals. I like that there are eight members — the husband, the matriarch, someone cheated and a hybrid was born. Klaus is the bastard child of this entire family that we haven’t met yet, so as long as the show continues to thrive, every single one of them will show up!”
Head on over to The Insider, to read the rest of the article and enjoy the larger version of the photo!
The Insider caught up with Kevin Williamson, where he offers up a handful of juicy tidbits of season 3 spoilery goodness. He talks The Originals, Stefan’s Ripper side, Matt’s discovery of Vicki and where is Katherine this season? And thanks to Andrea at Nina Dobrev Network for the HQ of the season 3 promo shot.
On the originals:
Last year, fans met ancient vampire brothers Klaus & Elijah — one of whom is M.I.A. for the time being. But if you had fun getting to know these two, just wait until the rest of The Originals come to Mystic Falls. “I love the mythology behind the family of Originals,” Williamson tells me. “I like that there are eight members — the husband, the matriarch, someone cheated and a hybrid was born. Klaus is the bastard child of this entire family that we haven’t met yet, so as long as the show continues to thrive, every single one of them will show up!”
With all the attention on Elena in the season premiere, it might be easy to forget about Katherine — who seemingly sauntered off into the night after witnessing an epically understated DaLena kiss. So will she return? Kevin remains coy: “If Katherine appears, and how she appears, remains to be seen.”
Thanks to the WB for these snapshots of the cast of The Vampire Diaries at the WB Booth Signing at this year’s San Diego Comic Con! We should have some video to share later, and stay tuned for coverage of the Vampire Diaries Q&A panel!
As part of their coverage of Comic-Con 2011, The Hollywood Reporter has interviews with Nina Dobrev and Kevin Williamson, where they discuss their experiences with Comic-Con in the past, but here are a few spoilery tidbits they offered up during the interviews.
Kevin Williamson on The Originals, Elijah, and what he has learned from The Vampire Diaries:
THR: What can you tease about Season 3 of The Vampire Diaries?
Williamson: We’re having a lot of fun with the originals, the original family. Elijah has surfaced and he’ll continue to wreak havoc.
THR: What have you learned from Diaries?
Williamson: As a storyteller, I always felt that this type of storytelling — I call it hybrid – is part high school, part drama, part family, part vampire, part horror. I felt like all these types of shows when you see them on TV go too slow. I felt like it needed to have an energy to it. After watching eight years of24, you can see what an adrenaline show can be like. I wanted to bring that adrenaline to a melodramatic horror soap opera. I didn’t want it to be slow and gothic and boring. I wanted it to be alive, and pulsating every step of the way, whether it’s through action, great emotion or epic love. I wanted to tell a big, huge epic story and I feel like the fans who watch it religiously understand that. And I hope more people will watch it. It’s just that little show on the CW still.
Nina Dobrev on how The Originals will impact the show this coming season:
THR: How will the originals impact everyone next season on The Vampire Diaries?
Dobrev: The originals have come in and now that stuff has gone to the dark side. The whole chemistry of the show is shifting and it’s going be changing the relationships between people who previously bonded. Now that Jenna is gone and Alaric is single and that Elena and Jeremy don’t have parental figures, if you will, it will be interesting to see who rises to the occasion. Everything has shifted, and everything is off-balance, so everyone is going to have to compensate in different ways.
EW caught up with Julie Plec and Kevin Williamson and they spill on what Tyler and Caroline will be facing when season 3 returns, September 15th.
“We now have a mother who knows her daughter’s a vampire, and we might soon have a mayor who figures out that her son is a werewolf,” Williamson says. “When that happens, it’s certainly building itself to a family feud. That’s the fun Mystic Falls storyline that’s underplaying throughout the entire season.” Adds EP Julie Plec, “When their mothers find out the truth about each of them, they’re gonna have a say in whether the two of them should be together. There’s always going to be push and pull in their friendship as it travels down a romantic road. There’s gonna be people who don’t want them together, including themselves. It’s that forbidden love: we can’t quite stay away from each other, and yet, we shouldn’t be together. And the question will be at what point will they act on that and how will that go?”