Your Vampire Diaries Favorites Are Seriously Screwed After That Midseason Finale

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

Think ‘ Heretics are scary and disagreeable when they’re in a good mood? “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.

We knew Julian (Todd Lasance) was the most dangerous baddie to ever step foot in Mystic Falls — mostly because everyone kept saying so — but now he’s put proof in the pudding.Tonight on the CW The starring Nina Dobrev, Ian Somerhalder and Paul Wesley continues with an all new Thursday December 10, season 7 fall finale called “Cold as Ice,” and we have your weekly recap and spoilers below. And while Damon (Ian Somerhalder) is shown suffering in peril as he relives his days as a Civil War soldier, it’s unclear what tortuous acts lie in wait for Stefan (Paul Wesley). It has all the signifiers of a good episode, most notably a good central conflict that slowly brings in characters from the secondary storylines before exploding in a dramatic fashion. Lily Salvatore died after trying to sacrifice herself to destroy Julian; unfortunately for her, she didn’t realize that the link was broken some time ago.

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. What we saw in the aftermath of this carnage on Thursday night was an eventful, dangerous stretch, one that led to Damon (still not really in mourning mode) and Stefan squaring off with Julian once and for all. And another flash forward to three years into the future confirms what we learned earlier, that Stefan is not with Caroline (Candice King), but that he’s actually with his first love, Valerie (Elizabeth Blackmore). 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. Stefan’s had these moments when he’s needed her and then resented her and at the end, we found that he managed to find some semblance of peace with her. 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.

All of the time spent with the Heretics, all of the time spent with Lily and her sons, all of the time spent introducing Julian as the big, scary presence of the season: All of it is designed to make this episode work, but because the world building was unsuccessful the episode that world building was supporting is never able to fully click into place. 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. On tonight’s episode as per the CW synopsis, “with the holidays in full swing, a search for Julian leads Damon and Stefan to a small town outside of Mystic Falls. 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. Naturally, when Caroline (Candice Accola) and Alaric (Matt Davis) attend their pre-natal classes, Caroline is the Monica Gellar of the group and knows everything about everything.

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. The only thing she doesn’t know is how to temper her vampiric rage and thirst right now, especially when she overhears some other moms-to-be gossiping about her across the room. One of the things Elena’s departure gives the show is a chance to explore the relationship between the Salvatore brothers without her as a lynchpin, and this episode takes great advantage of that fact. 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.

Finally, after finding himself at odds with Damon, Stefan is forced to take matters into his own hands, setting off a tragic chain of events that leaves their lives changed forever.” You’re not going to want to miss any of the action tonight, so tune in at 8PM EST to the CW to catch the latest. The whole story essentially hinges on Stefan’s desire to find Julian and kill him to avenge Lily’s death, with Damon along playing the good brother to support Stefan but not caring much that Lily is gone.

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 doesn’t *really* know whether the blood she’s craving so hard is even good for the babies, and the stress of this pregnancy is making Caroline extra Caroline-ish right now. We’ll be live recapping the season 7 episode 9 for you right here and in the meantime, hit up our comments section and tell us your thoughts on this new season! #VampireDiaries starts three years from now in Chicago with Valerie telling Stefan not to go. They don’t have a central compass in their lives right now, which is good story-wise, because it allows them to emerge in other stories where you’re not expecting to see them.

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. For example, in the winter finale, we get to see Nora and Bonnie start to interact and it’s a little bit of a refreshing new dynamic because these girls haven’t had much to say to one another. 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.

Where things start to go a bit off the rails is in the plotting, which is fairly tight in construction but extremely poor in the necessary emotional motivation to make that tight plotting work. 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.

Who else but Julian himself strolls in to retrieve his accidentally abandoned cell, and he’s all the sheets to the wind, so it seems like an easy mark. When Stefan and Damon finally do run into Julian, it becomes clear that he is far more menacing with Lily gone than he ever was with her alive, because now he has nothing to lose—and Stefan and Damon to blame for her death. Also, you can sign up now to bite into some further TV news on everything we cover, sent right over to you via our CarterMatt Newsletter. (Photo: The CW.)

Damon pulls the plug on the mission and heads back home to follow up the day’s eggnog spree with the hard stuff, and Stefan turns to Valerie for help. 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. It’s this quest that leads her to Bonnie, and it’s Bonnie’s ever-willing ability to forgive all the craziness around her that causes them to bond fairly quickly. 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.

And all I want to do is just sit on our kitchen counter while you burn our dinner and ask you a million questions,” she tells her mom’s gravestone. We need to feel Nora’s desperation for a new life, her happiness at finding a potential friend in Bonnie, in order for her shock in thinking Bonnie was actually betraying her to land. 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. But when he shows up to the house and finds a morosely drunk Damon burning all remnants of his mother’s existence, he’s not aware of the steps Val and Stefan have taken. But that doesn’t stop Julian from trying to make a move to end Damon for all his smart talk about Jul’s dearly departed love, whom Damon could not miss less. “I would’ve killed you on-site if it weren’t for your mother.

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. They’ve been together for an extremely long time and it seems that they’re a couple that has probably had their fair share of fights over the years. Stefan spent the whole episode angry with Damon for not giving Lily forgiveness before she died, but he never saw what Damon did—that his obsession with punishing Julian for Lily’s death put them both in unnecessary danger. The sneak peek for the next episode, which’ll air on Jan. 29, 2016 as the CW moves “TVD” to Fridays, shows that Caroline and Bonnie are going to do their best to salvage the lives of the Salvatores (and, of course, the flash-ahead sneak peeks remove all mystery from their pending survival). 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. 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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