The Vampire Diaries’ and The Secret Circle’s, Kevin Williamson took two of his hottest stars to the Golden Globes:
The Vampire Diaries’ and The Secret Circle’s, Kevin Williamson took two of his hottest stars to the Golden Globes:
Here’s what Kevin Williamson told Collider we should expect in the upcoming seasons of The Vampire Diaries and The Secret Circle:
What will be going on with the supernatural mythology of The Vampire Diaries in Season 3?
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?
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.
You have so many twists and turns and big reveals, in almost every episode. As the seasons progress, does that get more and more difficult to do?
It does, if you sit around and try to think of twists and turns. I won’t let the writers do that. What we really need to do is focus on the character, the character’s behavior, the choices they make, their desire, their want and what they’re after, and tell a compelling emotional story. If you tell an emotional story, then the twists and turns just reveal themselves. They really do. Once you have the emotional journey, you can go back and re-engineer how you tell it to create the twists. I know where I’m going to end up, so I’ll just throw in the other element that makes it all amiss. It’s the fun of the show. It’s fun for me because I feel like reading all those paperback mystery novels when I was a kid has finally paid off.
Are there any additional aspects of the novel that you’re going to introduce, or are you not even looking to the original source material anymore?
It’s hard now because we’ve departed so much, but whenever we have the opportunity, we try to circle back or bring it in.
With Jeremy (Steven R. McQueen) seeing the ghosts of his dead girlfriends, will that affect his mental state?
The thing with Jeremy is that, when we started the show, he was dealing with the death of his parents and he was on the wrong track. It will be interesting to see how he responds to seeing dead people and what that means. The first six episodes really do dive into trying to understand what’s going on with him. He died for an hour, and something happened in that hour that has allowed him to see these dead people. And, what are they, actually? Are they ghosts? Ghosts haunt you either for revenge, or because they love you or are trying to come to peace with you, or they’re trying to warn you or tell you something. He’s got to figure out exactly what is going on and what they’re going to try to tell him.
With these ghosts, will you deal with whether vampires have a soul?
Yeah, we do touch on that, actually. Within our mythology, what else is out there? In a regular human life, we all have some sort of faith, where we believe in some other world and a heaven, but where do vampires go? We don’t know. It’s that question. We’re going to touch on that, without being religious.
Is Matt (Zach Roerig) going to stay the human character, in the middle of all these supernatural creatures?
We have all these characters who have a supernatural connection, whether they’re human or not, like Jeremy who has a ring, and then you have Matt, who is our last-standing human, and now he’s in the know, as a result of last year. I think it’s going to be interesting to watch him play that out with Caroline (Candice Accola), his best friend Tyler (Michael Trevino) and his ex-girlfriend Elena. It’s going to be a lot. It will be interesting. But, we want to keep him human. We like that idea.
With her power growing, how pivotal is Bonnie’s role going to be this season?
Bonnie is very pivotal. As we left Season 2, the man she loves was seeing dead people. He’s seeing the only two other women that he’s loved in his life, and that story plays out, right from the get-go. Bonnie is right in the center of it because, in our mythology lore of our original family and Klaus, a witch is at the root of all of that, and Bonnie is our own resident witch.
What will viewers see with Tyler (Michael Trevino) and the werewolf mythology?
The triangle between Tyler, Caroline (Candice Accola) and Matt, who is our only resident human, now in the know, is going to continue to play out, so that’s going to get fun. “My best friend a werewolf. The girl that I love is a vampire. Where do I fit in all of this?” That triangle is going to completely be side by side with the Stefan, Elena and Damon of it all.
Relationship wise, what can you say about Season 3?
The fun is the obvious, which is Damon and Elena’s relationship, and how it progresses in the pursuit for Stefan and trying to save him, if he can even be saved. Damon is being thrust into this role of hero now. We saw it happening in the second season, and it’s a role he’s not good at or comfortable with. A man can only save so many people before he’s gonna flip. My favorite part of all this is writing Damon and watching him be this reluctant hero who is one step forward, three steps back. “I save you, but then I kill three people.” It’s going to be that kind of conflict, constantly, for him.
Now, he’s friends with Elena, and Elena is there saying, “It’s not okay to kill people. You can’t do it anymore, or I’m done.” But, it’s his nature. It’s who he is. So, he still battles a lot of that, and also his romantic feelings for her. And, she’s going to be faced with what Katherine said at the end of the show, which is that it’s okay to love both of them, because it might not be. Not for her. That was Katherine’s choice, but it may not be Elena’s choice. That’s going to be the rest of our series. It’s that one line she uttered. She does love both of them, but it’s what she does about it. You can love a lot of people, but it’s the actions you take. It’s going to be her turn, which I’m so excited about.
What is it about L.J. Smith’s novels that make them easy to adapt for television?
“Easy” is not in the universe here. It’s not easy. It’s a challenge, which is why it’s fun, but it’s actually really hard. What I love so much about L.J. Smith’s world is that she taps into the stuff that I love. She taps into my happy place, which is a lot of the growing up, coming of age, and teen angst stuff, but then she mixes it with genre, which I love, and spins it all around. One of the challenges is adapting that to a series because there is a series of books. She really delves into the history, and the past and future, and all these different areas. To serialize that into a weekly story and build the mythology, it is a challenge. With the pace and the storytelling that I like to generate, it’s often hard, but it’s also fun. I love L.J. Smith. The betrayal, the deceit, the friendship, the loyalty, the love, the murder and the mayhem is all of the stuff that is my happy place. So, I take my hat off to L.J. and thank her. She’s made it easy and hard for me, all at the same time.
Will The Secret Circle eventually be an inter-generational war?
Yeah. There is this idea of what happened 16 years ago, that chased Cassie’s mother from this town. What was so horrific? As our new Circle tries to uncover that, for fear of their own future, a lot of those discoveries do go inter-generational. We have the Dawn and Charles Circle, but we also have Jane, who is Cassie’s grandmother, who has her own Circle. So, there is this generational aspect, if you look at the hidden mythology. It’s a world of villainy, where you may not like what they are doing or agree with the villains, but if we do our job right, you will understand them and understand why they are doing what they are doing. Hopefully, it will resonate in an emotional way, along with the thrills and fun.
What will the balance be, between the generations?
I don’t think of The Vampire Diaries as the younger generation because the vampires are 164 years old. We have this ageless attitude with that show. I don’t think of it as a young show because we don’t stay that much in high school. What I love about The Secret Circle is that it’s multi-generational. I love the idea that it’s not just a teen show. It is very much an adult show, and the themes and ideas that are running through it, while they are young characters, is going to get very adult, very fast. It’s just going to go more that way than the high school, teen way.
Does everyone in this town know about this Circle of witches, or are there going to be people who don’t know?
Oh, sure, absolutely. There’s this town of Chance Harbor, and there are these six families with their lineage of the Circle, but there are also other witches in town. There has to be more than just six. There are a lot of townspeople, and there are a lot of people who have no idea about witches. It’s a normal, small Midwestern American town, and they do not know anything of witchcraft, for the most part.
In the pilot, Cassie (Britt Robertson) goes from not being able to lift a drop of water to being able to stop this huge lightning storm. How do you find the limitations of their power, now that these five have found each other?
Good question. There is that big fear. One of the things I always kid about is that, if you can do a spell, why can’t you just do another spell to better that spell, or to undo that spell. Do the spells get bigger and bigger and bigger, and then there goes your visual effects budget? How do you ground it and make it real, and still tell the emotional stories? That was our chief concern about moving forward, from Episode 1. So much magic does happen in the pilot. You’ll rightly see the answer to that question, in the second episode.
How do you intend to draw out the love triangle on this show?
I don’t know, for a hundred episodes at least. No. I think it will take some twists and turns. We have to take that triangle and get to know them. It’s going to be interesting when we get to know them better and learn exactly what it is that’s written in the stars. There’s going to be a history to it. It’s romance. It will take a lot of twists and turns.
Will The Secret Circle be a little lighter and have a bit more humor than The Vampire Diaries?
These are real people, living in a real world, and then suddenly, they are making this magic. I do think there certainly is a snark to that. Damon has it, front and center. The Secret Circle is very dark. Our version of witchcraft is very dark. It’s not that hard-edged, ripping hearts out and slicing people open that we do in The Vampire Diaries, but there are other ways to skin a cat. So, there will be humor, and there will be scary, evil, witchy-woo.
What are differences between the mythologies and the powers that witches have in these two universes?
When you do the historical history lesson of it all, it dates back to a place. With The Vampire Diaries, it’s completely separate. It would be really hard to connect the witchcraft of The Secret Circle to the witchcraft of The Vampire Diaries. They are operating under different rules.
Location: Ballroom 20
3:33 They don’t waste any time and get right into screening the exclusive comic-con sizzle reel.
3:38 What a sizzle! The panel is introduced with cast members Joseph Morgan, Nina Dobrev, Ian Somerhalder, Candice Accola and Paul Wesley as well as exec producer Kevin Williamson are in attendance.
3:41 On the numerous deaths, Williamson says that “Jenna’s was very hard for me,” before Somerhalder adds “its one of those things, you become so close to people and reading about when Vicki dies was heartbreaking. Seeing it and being there was worse.”
3:44 It’s Paul Wesley’s birthday and the crowd, with Somerhalder, erupts into singing happy birthday. Wesley says he hates birthdays and changes the subject, saying he’s happy to begin embracing the darker side of Stefan.
3:48 On which of her dual roles she prefers, Dobrev says “Everyone asks that question but… I get the best of both worlds. I get to be the bad girl, the good girl. Have flashbacks, bite people. I can’t pick one because they are both challenging and awesome. They’ll kill me one day.” Regarding the transformation, Somerhalder interjects “she just turns into a raging bitch.”
3:53 Ian Somerhalder is always suggesting foreign locales for an episode, because “when you’re used to living in Los Angeles where there are no seasons and then you shoot in Atlanta, and read night exterior… shirtless, it kicks your butt.”
3:55 “Am I crazy?” says Somerhalder. A fan yells, “no, you’re hot!”
3:58 What other character would you like to play? Morgan opens with “I’d like to play Damon, with all the fun he’s having,” Somerhalder chimes in, “it can be, at times it can be.” Then Somerhalder, Williamson and Wesley all agree and answer “Klaus” simultaneously. Finally, Accola says, “I like being Caroline.”
4:01 “At the end of the season Elena says it’s okay to love both of them. We’ll wait and see what that means,” says Williamson. And if the actors feel the difference when Nina is Elena and Catherine somehow devolved into Somerhalder saying, “Catherine in a leather one piece, swimming through jello.” Yeah, I don’t know how it got there either. Wesley gives a fan his name place card.
4:04 Wesley, “I’m feeling naked without my name sign,” so Williamson moves Somerhalder’s over and Ian says, “here, take a better one buddy.”
4:07 Nina is asked who would you choose, Damon or Stefan? And you have to answer. She says, “the problem is,” Somerhalder “oh, here we go” and then she continues, “half the room would get mad if I said one, half if I said the other. The beauty of this situation is I don’t have to choose.”
4:09 Dream guest stars? Morgan, “Fabio.” Accola thinks Kevin would want Taylor Swift. Nina says “Justin Bieber wanted to be on our show.” Finally Kevin Williamson gives the adult answer, “we’re not big on stunt casting, we just write genuine characters and find the right actor to play them.”
4:12 The final fan in line, “Happy birthday Paul, my question is for Ian.” Wesley repeats it, sounding wounded. Somerhalder answers, “I wouldn’t change a damn thing about Damon.”
4:15 Lastly, Somerhalder pulls out a team Stefan shirt and Wesley has his team Damon one ready as well. The writers, “love all their children equally” showing shirts that say team Stefan, Damon, Catherine, Elena, Klaus and Caroline.
The Vampire Diaries won’t be back with new episodes until Sept. 15 (and its annual Comic-Con session takes place Saturday), but executive producers Kevin Williamson and Julie Plec gave The Hollywood Reporter an early tease of what’s to come in Season 3.
When we last left off with the folks in Mystic Falls, Damon was on his deathbed, Stefan went back to the dark side with Klaus, Elena’s relationship/friend with Damon may have evolved and Jeremy had visions of his ex-lovers. And that’s not even the half of it.
“We wanted to both end the story that we were telling this season and also give the audience a sense of what was going to be coming up and how everything was going to shift and change,” Plec told THR while in San Diego of the show’s second season finale.
“And I think the network appreciated it too,” Williamson added with a laugh. “We didn’t want six dangling cliffhangers so we had to pick out in the moment, in the same night at the same time. We wanted to bring every bit of a resolve so we could jump ahead a little bit.”
“We set up the big building blocks this season, which is Stefan is off with Klaus back on blood doing god knows what to god knows who. Damon and Elena’s relationship, their friendship has had a moment that will certainly, over time, the two of them being stuck together knowing that Stefan’s off doing god knows what and god knows where can bring them a bit closer. And Jeremy’s seeing something,” Plec says.
Williamson and Plec opened up about the returns of Kayla Ewell, who was killed off in Season 1, and Malese Jow, killed in the second season. “That was tough with those,” Williamson recalls. “We didn’t want to say goodbye to them as actresses. It took us a long time to earn it but we had to circle all the way back around and we got there.”
“We weren’t faking around. She was dead. She was as dead as it gets,” Plec says of Ewell, who played Jeremy’s then-vampire girlfriend Vicki. “It felt right for who Jeremy was with his character, his relationship with Bonnie, to reintroduce these really powerful love elements so that Bonnie could experience the consequences that the witches threatened.”
But will Bonnie find out about what Jeremy’s going through in the new season? “The storyline takes a lot of twists and turns and as it moves forward, all sorts of things happen. I don’t want to say, ‘She finds out,’ ” Williamson says. “The thruline goes left, it goes right, it goes a bunch of different ways before it reveals what it is and what the storyline itself is about and what’s going to happen. It’s Jeremy’s journey.”
With the addition now of a hybrid werewolf-vamp in Klaus (played by Joseph Morgan) to the mix, Mystic Falls is teeming with supernatural beings. Is Jeremy’s “powers” something that will be added to the mix? “We have a new element for us,” Williamson says of Jeremy’s revelation. “When I say element, it’s a new storyline for us.”
4.20pm: Hello there and welcome to Digital Spy‘s coverage of Comic-Con 2011, live and direct from San Diego. Over the next four days we’ll be bringing you live reports from the key TV and movie panels, as well as select interviews, videos and similar goodness.
4.21pm: This is your intrepid reporter Morgan. To put this live blog into some context, I have spent the last five hours waiting in line for today’s panels in Comic Con’s Ballroom 20. My mood has shifted from disgruntled to thoroughly unstable.
4.23pm: So this is the TV Guide Fan Favorite panel, featuring Nestor Carbonell (Ringer), Johnny Galecki (The Big Bang Theory), Jorge Garcia (Alcatraz), Leslie Hope (The River), Zachary Levi (Chuck), Joe Manganiello (True Blood), Matt Smith (Doctor Who), Kevin Williamson (Vampire Diaries), Deborah Ann Woll (True Blood), and others.
4.24pm: Zach Levi is reminiscing about his experiences at his very first Comic Con. He’s thanking all the Chuck fans for their continued support – bless!
4.26pm: Matt Smith pays tribute to his predecessors on Doctor Who – a mention of William Hartnell gets a huge cheer from the crowd.
4.29pm: Nelsan Ellis thanks True Blood fans for “reacting so positively” to his character Lafayette.
4.31pm: It’s time for some Vampire Diaries chat with Kevin Williamson and executive producer Julie Plec. First up though, some video highlights from the first two seasons!
4.33pm: Julie praises the Vampire Diaries fan-base, calling it “warm and supportive”. She notes that social networking sites like Twitter provide “instant gratification or criticism”.
4.36pm: Onto Lost veteran Nestor Carbonell now, but the man formerly known as Richard Alpert is here to discuss his new show – the CW’s Sarah Michelle Gellar series Ringer. Nestor describes Ringer as a “serialized thriller” and notes that his own FBI agent character is “complex and duplicitous”.
4.38pm: Nestor also suggests that his Ringer character “definitely has secrets”, quipping “Maybe he doesn’t age or lives in a hatch.”
4.40pm: Another Lost alumni Jorge Garcia is now discussing his new show, the Fox drama Alcatraz. He reveals that his new character Dr. Diego Soto “finds himself as a fish out of water” and jokes that he has an affinity for islands!
4.42pm: Zachary Levi is now discussing the end of Chuck, calling it “bittersweet”. However, he insists that the final season will provide closure and hopes that fans will enjoy the last episodes. He also suggests that the end of Chuck won’t stop him returning to Comic Con in the future!
4.44pm: Jorge Garcia advises Zach not to end Chuck with the “everybody dies ending” – “It alienates some people,” he jokes.
4.46pm: Moving on, it’s time for a few words from Big Bang Theory star Johnny Galecki. He has a feeling that his character Leonard will be torn between two women – Penny (Kaley Cuoco) and Priya (Aarti Mann) – and claims that the lovable geek will also move back in with Sheldon (Jim Parsons) next season.
4.50pm: A big cheer as the moderator turns to speak with Doctor Who star Matt Smith! First up, a clip from the most recent series!
4.53pm: Matt Smith notes that Patrick Troughton was his favorite past Doctor, but also admits his love for Christopher Eccleston’s interpretation, which elicits much applause from the crowd. He also describes the mid-series premiere, ‘Let’s Kill Hitler’, as his favorite Who episode he’s done so far.
4.55pm: Time for some True Blood scoop – whoop whoop! Kristin Bauer (Pam) admits that things might get worse before they get better for her character – uh oh! Discussing Pam’s great lines, she also reveals that she has a terrific line coming up in episode 11 of the show’s fourth season, which her co-star Nelsan Ellis describes as “the wrongest thing on television”.
4.59pm: Speaking of Nelsan, he describes Lafayette’s journey throughout the show’s run as “tumultuous” and confirms that you will discover what his character’s powers are soon. Nelsan also praises the quality of his fellow panelists and admits that he is a huge fan of The Vampire Diaries!
5.02pm: A clip from ABC’s spooky new drama The River leads into a chat with series regular – and former 24 star – Leslie Hope. She describes the show as “scary and intriguing” and promises some “creepy s**t”, before promptly apologizing for her potty mouth!
5.05pm: The moderator opens the floor to fan questions. When one fan brings up the “antiquated” Nielsen ratings system, Chuck‘s Zachary Levi admits that there needs to be a change in how audience numbers are measured. Rapturous applause follows.
5.09pm: Matt Smith promises that he will have (*spoiler alert*) both a flashy new coat and a new hat in the next episode of Doctor Who!
5.12pm: Matt also describes Comic Con as “strange and overwhelming” and outs himself as a True Blood fan. He’s thrilled to be sitting next to Pam and Lafayette!
5.15pm: Final fan question – will we ever see the Doctor and Captain Jack Harkness back together again? “Maybe,” hints Matt, and also suggests that a reunion of several different Doctors is indeed a possibility for the 50th anniversary of Doctor Who in 2013!
5.17pm: And that’s a wrap! Stay tuned to Digital Spy for more live-blogs, video interviews and more comprehensive Comic Con coverage!