One character stepped over to the other side on Thursday night’s “The Vampire Diaries,” but they are far from gone.
(Spoiler Alert: This story contains details from the April 24 episode of “TVD.” Bookmark this link to come back and visit later if you want to watch the episode first.)
When Stefan Salvatore (Paul Wesley) had a grip on Enzo’s (Michael Malarkey) heart during their fight, Enzo pushed himself back and away from Stefan. The move left Stefan literally holding Enzo’s heart, and left Enzo dead and on his way to the other side. But, the rift on the other side (created in a recent episode when the travelers brought Markos back) will allow ghost Enzo to stick around Mystic Falls and avenge Maggie’s death (look out Salvatores!).
“TVD” Executive Producer Caroline Dries and Ian Somerhalder (Damon) sat down with TV writers this week to discuss Thursday’s episode and what’s to come.
On What’s Next For The Now Vengeful Enzo: “We purposefully had him show up at the end as a ghost to imply like, ‘OK, it’s not over.’ His story isn’t over and so he is going to become kind of this ghost villain moving forward,” Dries said.
“But with a great accent,” Somerhalder chimed in.
Dries said Enzo will be causing a lot of trouble for the Salvatores. “He’s determined to make Damon’s life and Stefan’s life a living hell. We realize why and how he’s able to do that and it’s because of what’s happening on the other side that is giving him more liberties than some of the other ghosts have had, and so his story isn’t just about him being the villain, but it’s about us kind of seeing a new set of eyes into this world, this other side world and it’s like, ‘Oh God, what’s going to happen over there?’”
More Elena-Related Pain For Damon: Dries said she loved the scene in the recent Paul Wesley-directed episode of “TVD” where Damon told Elena he didn’t want to see or hear her, or even be her friend now that they were no longer together. “That was just so heartbreaking, and then [Damon] said, like, ‘I don’t want to look at you’ and so as writers, we were like, ‘Let’s see if we can do a whole episode where Damon actually doesn’t really look at Elena,’” Dries said. Thursday’s episode had that limited Damon-Elena contact. “Moving forward in the next episode, we purposefully throw them in a world together where they can’t help but be like literally on top each other — the cabin in the woods story,” she said. “We’re just trying to like play into the drama of them now, this weird, sort of like purgatory in the relationship where it’s like, ‘How do we act when we can’t escape each other?’”
“Note to self – when you’re 173 years old, don’t date an 18-year-old,” Somerhalder chimed in. “Find someone your own age. You’ll be better off.”
The Travelers Reveal Explained: Markos found out that they are able to undo supernatural things (like witch curses) with the doppelganger blood, and the travelers need to undo the witches’ curse to settle in a permanent home. But, that knowledge could mean grave consequences for others going forward. “It literally undoes magic. So what we saw with Sloan is when she was a vampire, it strips away her vampirism and leaves her in the state she was before she was a vampire and that state was – she’s dead,” Dries said.
“Which is a bummer, because she was hot,” Somerhalder said.
“If you were to do that to Damon, the same thing would happen and it’s like, ‘Oh geez, if they can do this globally, then will it get rid of all vampires?’ And so, that’s the threat,” Dries explained. But, she added, “They care less about vampires and more about just undoing the curse that was put on there.”
Caroline’s Romantic Future: “I think she’s got a little relationship/crush/[feelings] for someone that are gonna creep up to the surface and that is going to cause a potential rift between her and one of her friends,” Dries said. “And so she’s like, ‘OK, I’m just gonna push that down.’ But it’s just gonna be just a little bit under the surface and moving into Season 6, we’re gonna see her actually like set her sights on someone and make the move.”
The Rift In The Other Side Should Mean More Familiar Faces: “Yeah,” Dries said when one reporter asked if “TVD” fans will see more alums pop back in. “That’s the whole fun of the other side is that it’s just basically like a storage facility for all of our friends.”
“The Vampire Diaries” continues Thursdays at 8/7c on The CW.
-- Jolie Lash