masterminds Kevin Williamson and Julie Plec convened at the ATX Television Festival on Sunday to reminisce about their 15-year working relationship — and ended up dropping some serious gems for
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Here are seven of our favorite revelations, both about the CW drama’s history and what’s still to come.
* Williamson initially balked at the idea of making a show based on LJ Smith’s
books; he wanted to make something that was more
different in its early, pre-pilot days. While figuring out what it was going to be, Williamson and Plec even toyed around with the idea of a gargoyle that comes to life. (Editor’s note: This is all I can think about.)
* Everything really started to click for Williamson, specifically the show’s voice, while he was writing one of Stefan’s monologues in Episode 2 of Season 1.
* The decision to have Damon (temporarily) kill Jeremy at the top of Season 2 was born because the producers realized he’d become “too heroic, too quickly.” This allowed them to slow that process down.
* Plec spoke with Chris Wood (Kai) about becoming a series regular, but it was their mutual decision to keep him an irredeemable villain.
* By now, we’ve all heard about a “darker” Damon in Season 7, but as Plec explains, he’s simply going to have the “freedom to be messier with his choices” without Elena.
* Following the departure of Nina Dobrev, Season 7 is also going to explore a concept Williamson believes the show has always been about: “finding family.”
Glad they decided to not make Kai a regular. Keeping Klaus and the Original family around meant they had to be nerfed and they just weren’t as interesting. To an extent, Enzo was nerfed and we saw how well that worked for him in season 6. It’s not unreasonable to think they’d have had some of the same issues if they kept Kai around. So A+ decision there.
As for Damon being free to be “messier in his choices” only confirms for me that he he was only trying to be good because Elena wasn’t accepting him as he was. Just more personal confirmation as to why I don’t personally ship Delena. :)
Agree with you. I would be afraid to see what would’ve happened to the character of Kai if the actor stayed. Not sure the writers would know how to write for him next season without destroying his character some how and I enjoy Kai just the way he is. Would rather him go out being a fan favorite than see him like Michael Malarkey’s Enzo character where we are wondering why he’s still on the show. Kinda like this show, should’ve went ended when it was a fan fav now we are all wondering how many fans are going to be left watching next season. Also agree with you about Damon. They changed not only him but the other two characters so much just to get that relationship.
What are you smoking? Damon changed and became a better person BECAUSE OF ELENA. Find a different show because you clearly don’t understand sh*t about this one, Jesus Christ.
Damon’s motivation to change should have been because he wanted to change FOR HIMSELF. That the change is so fleeting (hell – he still went off murdering Whitmores without telling her) tells you that that change was not genuine and did not stick. And just because I’m not a Delena shipper does not mean that “I don’t get” this show.
We get the show the delena lovers make nothing but excuses and look the other way. It’s ok for Damon to.be a sexy semi villain. That’s what he is. He is mostly loving to the people he cares for but that’s it. When he almost killed Jeremy and let enzo stab Elena in season 5 just because she wouldn’t get back with him I was all set. No excuses for that he did not.known it was Katherine.
Agreed. He’s more of an anti-hero than anything and that’s okay. Stefan does the white knight better than Damon ever will and that’s okay too. The brothers bring balance to each other, which is why they are so much stronger when not fighting.
I’m a an SE & DE lover and I know what Damon is…he’s never pretended to be anything he’s not. He always admits to being selfish, he does things that benefit him somehow. He’s a very lovable villain much like Kai & Klaus, I don’t hear people complain about them. Leave Damon be :-)
True I agree Damon is very sexy but he was only a good guy to impress elena Stefan wants to be good for no other reason but his own morals. But.mostly I don’t like how they changed Elena completely so she could be with damon. That’s not natural love. Plec had to change a character so completely it was a mistake
The show went downhill when Williamson left.
yes it did. I know for me the show lost me and a lot of people mid season 4 because it just was Damon or Dullena. I did read recaps and did watch the last show for Nina. The show is still horrible. Forcing Caroline and Stefan is uncomfortable to watch. Like watching a brother and sister creepy. Honesty zero chemistry between them. Have to admit it was Stefan and Elena’s relationship that grabbed me and kept me coming back for more. Then Julie and that other one just destroyed this show. Kinda felt like they had a crush on Ian and couldn’t focus on the show. No idea why they weren’t fired. I mean the ratings were proof they had lost so many fans. Season 7, let me guess. Damon hero, Stefan whining about Caroline. Good-bye, I’m bored and will NOT watch
Totally agree Charlotte. Stelena brought me to tvd but DULLena drove me away. I also did recaps and would watch only if there was a chance to see Stelena again. I can’t watch Stefan and Caroline either because of the no chemistry free zone and who even believed anything that they wrote for Stefan in the finale anyway? Even if SC had chemistry what they did with SE in the finale would’ve made me not like SC right then and there. Not to mention they copied what Klaus said to Caroline at the end of season 4. What is wrong with Julie Plec???
You are so right!!! God it’s ridiculous. The people that started the show from season one like me I can’t believe they don’t see Caroline loves everyone matt Taylor Damon Klaus now Stefan ya how.can I feel a love story with a girl who loves everyone and Stefan never liked Caroline as anything but a friend. It’s strange
It will be different with no Elena but I really like Caroline, when she has her emotions. Guess we’ll just see how the others continue on with no Elena. Hope it will still be a good show.
Hi Andy, may you please explain further what the EPs said about the love-triangle. How does it still exist, Stefan is in a new r/ship and Elena is gone?
I don’t know why Jo had to die, she was a very likable strong female character. I’m hoping she can somehow return next season even as a vamp. I don’t see Bonnie and caroline being able to carry the series for long.
I may be one of the very few people who have enjoyed almost everything about this show since day 1. Yes some seasons have been weaker but enjoyable nonetheless. I have enjoyed both Stelena and Delena and obviously my heart broke for Stefan as well. The only arcs I was/am not crazy about were Silas/travellers & now Steroline.
Going into season 7 without Elena could either be very good for the show or really really bad!
I think a gay storyline with Damon and Ric would add to the fun of the show… Make Damon and Ric the new power couple?? Look what fun Xena was with the subtext added… The fans loved it.. I think Julie Plec is a lesbian so I doubt the crush happened.. She just saw Ian’s beauty and talent and knew he would be a major draw for men and women alike..
An actual storyline centered on an LGBT character would be great, but TVD has always been disappointing on LGBT content or characters. Over on The Originals, the gay characters (Josh at least) actually get lovers, storylines, etc., but on TVD they’re pretty much background characters like Caroline’s father or Luke, whose primary role on the show seems to be to not have all that much to do, never have an onscreen lover, and then get killed. It smells a bit like tokenism, which TVD can and should do better on.
And for those about to say, but Ian and Matt aren’t gay.. OK!! Neither was Lucy Lawless and Renee O’Connor, but with Ian and Matt’s talent they could pull it off..
Stop calling steroline incest beacuse is not second stop Uses this term beacuse is disgusting and improper calling others shopping this way , incest existence in really his is big problem .
And no steroline is not forced . steroline is slow bulldig so IF you dont llke this show anymore so stop watching stop looking site about spoilers its simple get out this site. And steroline have great chemie so IF you dont like it stop watching
If everyone stoped watching a show just because they don’t like something about it all shows would be over. Caroline and Stefan may have happened slow but I just don’t feel right about it. But I’m open to see if they can change my mind next season. If they can find love at least they are both really good people. They deserve love.
And no steroline is not forced . steroline is slow bulldig so IF you dont llke this show anymore so stop watching stop looking site about spoilers its simple get out this site. And steroline iż great so IF you dont like it stop watching
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