The Vampire Diaries recap: ‘Cold as Ice’

11 Dec 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

‘Vampire Diaries’ Boss: Phoenix Stone Twist Will Have “Powerful” Impact on Salvatore Brothers.

The ninth episode of “Vampire Diaries” starts off in the future — where Valerie (Elizabeth Blackmore) and Stefan (Paul Wesley) seem to be dating. “The Vampire Diaries” winter finales never really go out quietly, but this season, that ending cut deep — specifically with deep wounds into not one, but both Salvatore brothers who were staked and now trapped in the vampire purgatory known as the Phoenix Stone.

Christmas came to Mystic Falls early on Thursday, just in time for The Vampire Diaries to deliver another monster of a twist by the closing moments of the midseason finale. This episode — the last few minutes in particular — felt very much like it was trying to evoke the greatness of season 4’s “O Come, All Ye Faithful.” But Julian is no Klaus, and a snowflake title card at the end can’t trick us to thinking that these episodes are comparable. To add to the sorrow: Good witch Bonnie (Kat Graham) was no match for Heretic witch Nora (Scarlett Byrne) when she paid the price for the kidnapping of Mary Louise (Teressa Liane). From burning questions to behind-the-scenes stories and more, this is a place for fans to hear directly from Plec about the episode they just watched. Sadly, Julian got the upper hand in the end when he fought off the brothers and plunged the sword with the Phoenix stone right into Damon, sending him to his own personal version of hell.

The two waltz into a bar to discover the town’s Santa Pub Crawl has been turned into a Christmas massacre, leaving innocent dead Santas sprawled about everywhere. Three years from now in Chicago, Stefan shares an apartment and a kiss with Valerie. (Steroline fans around the world just died a little bit inside.) He’s headed to Dallas because “she” has Damon and Caroline, but he wants Valerie to stay so she won’t be in harm’s way, too. To find out where the story goes next, what’s going on with the three-year time jump and what Mystic Falls can look like without the brothers, THR caught up with showrunner Julie Plec. She was the ring leader of the villains when we caught up to them in the premiere and she’s been this divisive person in Damon and Stefan’s lives.

The brothers were on the hunt for Julian, a.k.a. their mom’s no-good boyfriend who killed the baby Stefan didn’t know he’d fathered a couple hundred years ago. What’s great about the episodes that are coming up in the next chapter is that our winter season launches with a really great concept episode that features Damon’s experiences as a result of being trapped in this personal hell. But Damon has always had a chip on his shoulder for her and he’s had a hard time forgiving her, so that didn’t actually seem to affect the brothers too much in terms of their points of view on their mom.

This story has to end here.’ Even though we love Annie [Wersching], it had to happen.” Lily’s sons Stefan and Damon, played by Paul Wesley and Ian Somerhalder respectively, also handled her death differently. But that wasn’t enough horrible news for the Salvatore brothers—because shortly after, Nora, one half of the lesbian Heretic couple, got vengeance for what the crew did to her love and stabbed Stefan too. But Lily’s death will really force the brothers to realize that they’re all that they have left and they have very different reactions to the way that she leaves them and the consequences left in the wake of her absence, especially on Damon I would say. Know when to instinctively push in, move, dip, tag, slide, etc., in order to make sure they are capturing not just the image, but the emotion and the beats of the story.

Yeah, well he made it very clear when he essentially spit in her face on her death bed, so now Damon is kind of walking around with that gross feeling of centuries of resentment that he has towards her, and he never got that off of his chest. Clearly, the crew will come together and find a way to release the brothers from their hellish prison, but it’s going to be quite a long wait until we find out how.

She just came in with such an incredible point of view, physically and visually, and really understood the show and the story and characters and really created a small movie in the eight days that we gave her to make it. They have a tense standoff and it seems that the brothers are about to get slaughtered, until Stefan unexpectedly saves the day with an incendiary device that allows them to make a quick escape. She made us cry, too, with that beautifully emotional visit to her mom’s grave to talk about her impending motherhood and the first Christmas without Sheriff Forbes there. I had to go back and fix the above paragraph when I re-read it because instead of saying “the one who,” I wrote “the guy who.” That’s not good.

She also revealed that the babies won’t be the main reason why the couple will split up. “The babies aren’t what ultimately break them up,” she stated. “It will be a confluence of many little things that lead to their demise. It turns out than an unexpected effect is that she’s constantly in need of blood, has a hair-trigger and is generally bordering on murderous all the time.

Across the industry the camera departments have, in recent years, started trying to even out the gender imbalance in their department, but there’s still a lot of work to be done. Back in the day when cameras were made of cement and marble (just kidding, they were never THAT heavy), the common belief was that women couldn’t physically do the job.

For Damon it won’t feel like much time at all, but in our actual present day we’ll have to wonder how much time has passed since that sword got jammed into his heart. Back on campus, Bonnie and Nora have a heart-to-heart and Bonnie helps the heretic realize that maybe Mary Louise is not actually a nice person — she’s just nice to Nora. Stefan and Caroline were supposed to be in this beautiful relationship and yet, we saw in the beginning of the season that she refused to speak with him and now he’s with Valerie. It doesn’t specifically connect to the flash-forward but the fallout of their experiences absolutely impacts where their characters go to get Damon to the point where he puts himself down and to get Stefan to the point where he finds himself on the run again, waking up his brother. Damon wants to leave, but Stefan is angry about how he’s been acting the past few weeks: He hasn’t showed any remorse for not apologizing to Lily on her deathbed.

Yes, absolutely, We’re now seven years later and they’ve been through a lot more present day experiences but these are patterns of behavior that have been established since they were teenagers, real teenagers. It’s a cycle that Stefan is starting to understand his role in Damon’s life and Damon’s priorities and where he sits on that list and vice versa. The mystery of Nora is trying to predict what will make her fight for the powers of good versus her natural instincts to always be as nasty and evil as she can be. If we’re not seeing him and he was abducted, I’m guessing it’s not good. [Laughs] Twitter went crazy last week when there was the mention of Damon being infected with werewolf venom.

Julian shows up at the Salvatore Boarding House, tells Damon that “Lily’s love for her children was toxic,” and then tries to kill both her sons at once. Caroline, fresh from visiting her mother’s grave and having not-really-a-baby-mama drama all episode, shows up as Stefan is standing over Damon’s body. He’s upset because it was his fight; Damon wanted him to let it go, but Stefan couldn’t, and he got his brother trapped in a prison world because of it. Reintroducing the babies back into Alaric’s life as a way of saying all hope is not lost was something that we had talked about quite a lot before we started breaking this season, feeling what he went through was so horrific and so awful that we wanted to give him just a sliver of hope.

So we started playing with the idea of how those babies could have survived based on what happened at that wedding and we came up with this great pitch that we were going to explore via another character who we’ve never met before. We had to talk through all the emotional implications of that and realized that it gave us so much more opportunity than we’d even had in the first place. Like I said at the top, this was meant to be an powerful cliffhanger, but the problem is we’ve seen Damon and Stefan in the future: We know they get out of the prison world. At any given point you could realize that your key players are ready to move on, like what Nina [Dobrev] decided to do last year, or you could start to break a season and realize that you don’t know where to go.

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