It’s safe to say that The Vampire Diaries Season 5 finale not only left viewers emotionally wrecked, but also bursting with questions about what the future holds for the show’s beautiful-yet-tragic characters. How will they deal with their massive heartache? Will they ever be able to move past these soul-crushing events? Are Damon and Bonnie dead dead? What does Alaric’s return mean for the Gilbert family? Does Stefan plan on taking Miss Caroline on a date, just as Lexi suggested in “Home”? Ahh! The list clearly goes on and on, and the suspense is enough to drive any obsessed fang fan madder than a vampire who killed a ‘Five’ hunter.
Well, being the eager television enthusiasts that we are, we couldn’t possibly wait until October 2014 for the sixth season to premiere to get some answers — we’re far too impatient for that. (Yes, we know it’s a vice and we’re working on it.) Thus, we turned to the talented and always-pleasant Caroline Dries (aka executive producer and writer extraordinaire) to get the lowdown on what to expect in The Vampire Diaries Season 6. Check out the exclusive interview below to get your latest spoiler fill and to learn more about all the upcoming poignant storylines and interactions!
Alloy Entertainment: The anti-magic boundary spell is still intact so, ironically, the vampires of Mystic Falls have sort of become Travelers in the sense that they have no home to return to. That said, where will Season 6 find everyone — a united front trying to reclaim their territory or dispersed on personal journeys?
Caroline Dries: The anti-magic boundary will continue to play a role moving forward as we begin to explore this notion of what it means to go home again. As the story unfolds we’ll see the effects exile has had on everyone and see that everyone is handling it (and the loss of their loved ones) differently and personal journeys will form. Some will be fighting for a way to save their home, others have given up or moved on or found peace with it… We wanted the fallout to be personal for everyone.
Alloy Entertainment: Stefan lost his best friend and brother, and Elena and Jeremy each lost their significant others. How will they each specifically cope with their grief?
Caroline Dries: I can’t go in too much detail without giving things away but the events of the finale were beyond devastating and ripple effects will be felt and change the dynamic of the show.
Alloy Entertainment: Alaric is back in action and so is Enzo. What can you say about their upcoming dynamic? Do you have any Alarenzo scenarios on your wish-list? (Example:
Alaric is teaching history at Whitmore College when Enzo, ever the wise guy, pops up to correct him in the middle of his lecture.)
Caroline Dries: We are very excited about Alaric’s return and plan to incorporate him in Elena’s life hoping to give a type of parental touchstone to her (something she lost when she lost him). Enzo, as we left him, is still a bit of a loose canon wild thing and I can’t wait until the two butt
heads– and I’m sure they will. Let’s see, wish list — feels like there could be a bar brawl in their future. Or maybe they’ll just karaoke compete against each other.
Alloy Entertainment: The Other Side is gone. How does this affect the mythology of the show — does the Gilbert ring still work and do ghosts exist in this Other Side-less world?
Caroline Dries: Without the Other Side, Jeremy can no longer contact ghosts, which is how they know it’s gone-gone. This also means, as you guessed, the Gilbert Ring won’t work.
Alloy Entertainment: Caroline has always been this ray of sunshine on the show. However, her snapping Luke’s neck was drastic and unexpected. Was this a crime of passion — mostly to foreshadow Caroline and Stefan’s growing feelings for each other — or should fans expect to see a much darker version to Care Bear in Season 6?
Caroline Dries: Caroline, as we know, doesn’t like not being in control of things and with Stefan’s death and Bonnie’s prediction about her own fate, Caroline was feeling helpless and out of control. So that vicious move was pure emotional desperation. Her feelings for Stefan are (at the conscious level right now) friend feelings. I personally feel like she’s not quite sure what she’s feeling. It’s all types of confusing. Lots of grey area:
Stefan is her friend. Elena loved Stefan. Elena’s her best friend. Kind of a no-fly zone, which is why I think that if she has had any more-than-friend feelings she’s pushed them away or convinced herself otherwise. The feelings behind the feelings are something we get to explore in season 6 as we watch how her relationship with Stefan plays out in the wake of the finale. Any time we turn a character dark it’s fun because it’s a change of pace for the writers, actors and viewers. It’d be interesting to see a darker Caroline but we would only go down that road if it felt 100% earned.
Alloy Entertainment: What can you tease about Bonnie and Damon and in what sort of capacity we’ll might be seeing them in?
Caroline Dries: All I can tease is that you will be seeing them.
Alloy Entertainment: Tyler and Matt Donovan came out of the finale pretty much victors.
Tyler is no longer a hybrid with vampire weaknesses and a sire bond complex. Matt can now live in a place where he isn’t a Happy Meal on legs. What does the future hold for the Lockwood Manor bros?
Caroline Dries: We get to start them in season 6 in a very fresh place that will hopefully feel new and cool. Tyler was in such a devastated place for most of season 5 so we wanted to shake that up a little bit. Likewise, Matt has been victimized so much in the show as a result of being human in a vampire-run world, so we’re excited to give him his version of a “human”
world, especially now that he’s grown up so much, developed opinions and beliefs and has really come into his own.
What’s your biggest hope for The Vampire Diaries Season 6? Which character do you think will have the toughest time dealing with Damon and Bonnie’s deaths? Do you have any tips on how to try to cheer them up? (Unfortunately, we don’t think bottomless ice-cream bowls and romantic comedies will work in this case….) Sound off in the comments!
Theo is a television enthusiast/digital editor at Alloy Entertainment. A conspiracy theorist at heart, this Greek gal is constantly on the look-out for horcruxes and is still trying to make sense of Lost Season 6. Follow her musings on entertainment at @theodorag13.