Last year, just after Nina Dobrev left The Vampire Diaries and essentially shoved Elena Gilbert into a living purgatory, fans of the series predicted doom. It seems that may have become a kind of self-fulfilling prophecy, because the series showrunner is now talking about The Vampire Diaries' final days. It seems Dobrev wasn't the only actor eager to see what else Hollywood might have to offer, beyond the scenic landscapes of Georgia, where the fictional Mystic Falls is filmed.
The moment we've all been waiting for: a crossover for The Vampire Diaries and The Originals
First, the good news. If you're a fan of The Vampire Diaries and the spinoff series, The Originals, the moment you've been awaiting for three years is finally at hand. Executive producer Julie Plec revealed that she has been just as anxious as fans to make a crossover episode and she added that it just hasn't been possible previously without the story feeling forced. Now, Plec reveals that there is an opportunity to present a Vampire Diaries crossover with The Originals in a way that it will feel like a natural plot twist for both shows.
"So we're sitting in the room, and the plot point is that Stefan (Paul Wesley) is in trouble and he's being pursued by means of magic so how can we get him safe? Well, let's get him to a place where there's no magic. And I was like, 'Oh sh-t! St. James Infirmary! There's a place where there's no magic that can work in New Orleans!' And the whole writer's room just went, 'Yay! Finally!' because they've been waiting so long for that opportunity."
The crossover will span over two episodes, one for each series, and will compromise episode 14 for each show. The plot outline has Stefan (Paul Wesley) hide in New Orleans on The Vampire Diaries, and, as the crossover continues on The Originals, Stefan will become involved in one of Klaus' (Joseph Morgan) problems.
Julie hints that Caroline (Candice King) will also be involved in the crossover, but she won't reveal in what context. Maybe a Klaus-oline reunion?
The Vampire Diaries will end, when the actors have had enough...and that may be sooner than expected
And the bad news. Honestly, Julie Plec is optimistic with a view of the future that includes many more seasons for The Vampire Diaries, but when it comes down to it, she says the decision is not solely in her hands. In fact, the showrunner says decision really rests on the actors' hands, even more so than with the studio itself. Plec says that, while she'll take everyone's opinion into account, she's mainly concerned with Wesley and his counterpart, Ian Somerhalder.
"When those boys decide that they're done telling stories — which could be tomorrow and could be a year from now or two years from now or whatever — I need to be done. I feel like I owe them that and I owe the show that."
While she will go by whatever the two male stars of The Vampire Diaries decide, Plec says she hopes to continue the series for many more years. While the showrunner admittedly feels tapped out as far as new stories, she's not worried. Every year, they decide to worry about the next season when it arrives, and every year they come up with an exciting new plot that turns out to be better than the previous year.
The Originals returns with the second half of season 3 on Friday, January 29, on the CW network.
The Vampire Diaries also returns on January 29 with the remainder of season 7.
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