Report from Comic-Con 2010, Part 2: The Vampire Diaries

By Clarissa from TVOvermind

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[season two spoilers ahead]

The Vampire Diaries, which premiered in Fall 2009, was a BIG hit for the CW. With a lot of people caught up in the vampire fever (although I think The Vampire Diaries is far superior to Twilight…but that’s my opinion), the freshman drama about two vampire brothers falling for a human girl who just so happened to resemble the woman they both loved 145 years ago (and who turned them into a vampire) pulled in big ratings for the network.

The Vampire Diaries Comic-Con panel was packed and, like myself, a lot of people lined up at 6:00 a.m. to sit through an entire day in Ballroom 20 in order to see the panel, which didn’t begin until 5:15 p.m. In attendance were the three main stars of the show, Paul Wesley, Nina Dobrev and Ian Somerhalder, producers Kevin Williamson and Julie Plec, as well as other cast members Steven R. McQueen, Matt Davis and Michael Trevino. The cast was great, particularly Somerhalder, who is very funny and connected well with the screaming crowd of girls that seemed to populate the room.

The panel moderator put quite a few questions to the cast members and producers, who were very light on providing spoilers. In terms of general cast questions, Nina Dobrev was asked whether she preferred playing Katherine or Elena. She said it depended on DSC00778the day, but she generally enjoys playing the bad girl Katherine. Williamson remarked that Nina is pretty awesome at playing Katherine and I agree. McQueen remarked that he would like Jeremy to get more involved with the fighting aspects of the show. On a funny note, Kevin Williamson and Ian Somerhalder both agreed that Paul Wesley has the best abs. Apparently, Somerhalder “likes food too much,” so he was happy to cede the award to Wesley.

The producers and cast managed to drop a few helpful spoilers about season two of the show. For example, Stefan will have to come to terms with being a vampire and accept it. And accepting it may involve drinking human blood. After his suicide attempt at the end of season one, Jeremy is going to wake up alive or wake up dead – but he IS going to wake up. Stefan and Katherine will come face to face in the season two premiere. Tyler will go through a transformation and be a werewolf. It won’t happen right away, but will happen in season two. The mystery as to where Katherine has been for the last 145 years, what she’s been up to and why she returned, will be explored in season two. No definitive response on whether and/or when we’ll get our answers to those questions.

The cast and crew had just finished filming the season two premiere the day before the Comic-Con panel, but the producers were kind DSC00824enough to bring us some clips from the premiere episode. Let’s just say, we’re in for one hell of a premiere. First of all, expect to see Katherine. While we don’t know what she’s been up to, I can tell you that she wants Stefan. That’s right – not Damon. In fact, she meets up with Damon, who tells her he still loves her, but she rejects him entirely. Instead, she focuses her attention on Stefan, who tells her that he is most definitely not interested in resuming their relationship. Katherine won’t take “no” for an answer. She actually stabs Stefan in the stomach and tells him that the two of them most definitely are not over. Williamson was right, Dobrev is awesome at playing Katherine and I can’t wait to see more of her in season two.

For those of you who are wondering, yes, Nina was asked who was a better kisser – Wesley or Somerhalder. She was very diplomatic and didn’t want to choose between the boys. Can’t say I blame her…it doesn’t look like it would be a hardship to kiss either of them!

The Vampire Diaries will return to the CW on September 9, 2010. You definitely don’t want to miss it!

Bio: Clarissa is the Managing Editor of TVOvermind and is a former lawyer who lives in Toronto. She’s a huge fan of everything TV and movies and hopes one day to sing along with the cast of Glee. Follow her at twitter.com/clarissa373 or email her at clarissa at tvovermind dot com.

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