At The Vampire Diaries‘ PaleyFest panel in Los Angeles last week, a group of lucky fans were treated to an early look at the recently-aired episode “1912,” and, like us, saw the shocking reveal at the end. But unlike us, they got to chat with producer Julie Plec right afterwards on the big surprise and what this news means for other characters. We may not get to chat with her like the other fans, but at least we can read what she had to say on what’s to come.
The crowd at PaleyFest was totally shocked to learn that Alaric (Matt Davis) is the person responsible for the string of murders in Mystic Falls, and just as stunned when it was revealed his killing streak is a result of his magic ring. Apparently, the ring has some pretty bad consequences after being used to resurrect a person several times. But if you thought that was a shocker, they’re just getting started. Julie Plec told the crowd during an un-streamed portion of the panel, this was just the tip of the iceberg!
“It definitely has implications for Jeremy and for Elena,” she said. “[Elena realizes] not only that the ring may not be completely trusted to bring them back to life, but it might actually contribute in allowing a darker element of that person to take hold. Jeremy is now wildly unprotected. Elena is a character who is all about saving the ones she holds most dear, and now has to deal with her guardian in a difficult place and possibly her brother suffering the consequences of a ring that used to be so reliable. We’ll see how it all plays out.”
“The next few episodes are going to be shocking,” added Davis, who earlier that day told EW that he was excited that a payoff for Alaric’s storyline was on the way.
For Plec, the ring means much more than some realize, it holds a deeper meaning to Elena. “In the second episode, he tried to refuse that ring and Elena asked him to take it back and be part of her family and now there’s a consequence for that,” said Plec. “Alaric is a character who is very near and dear to all of us, and Matt Davis as an actor is very near and dear to us…Getting to explore a darker side is both exciting for a character and exciting for an actor. And we wanted to showcase that.”
But, can Alaric be stopped or saved? “I hope so,” said Plec.
I’ll admit, after watched the episode I didn’t even consider that the ring may be bad for more than just Alaric, but Jeremy as well. I can’t wait to see what happens next!
What did you think of the big Alaric twist?