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Producer Kevin Williamson Talks ‘The Vampire Diaries’ Season 3

The Season 3 premiere of The Vampire Diaries is quickly approaching and every fan out there is dying for info to tide them over until the big day – September 15!  Luckily Kevin Williamson, the producer of the hit show, was kind enough to give the VD fans a little dish on what we can expect this upcoming season. He revealed loads of goodies in this recent interview, like whether or not the show will follow the books much, what’s going on with Klaus and everyone else, Elena and Damon’s relationship, whether or not vampires have souls and much more, check it out.

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.

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.

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.

He revealed SO much awesomeness! I can’t wait until September 15! How about you?

– Moonlight

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Moonlight • September 3, 2011


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  • Vampire 18

    i am looking forward to season 3, it will be interesting. i would love to learn more about Klaus, not to mention the relationship between Damon & Elena (PLZ get them together!).
    the only thing i wish the show would do is follow the books more bc i liked where L.J. Smith was taking it (BOO for firing her!). maybe by the end of this season Klaus will be finished with and then they can move on to the other aspects from the books. (e.g. Shinichi & Misao)