‘The Vampire Diaries’: Michael Trevino Previews Tyler’s Struggle for Autonomy

by | January 19, 2012 at 1:00 PM | Interviews, Vampire Diaries

 

Michael Trevino as Tyler Lockwood on The Vampire Diaries (Bob Mahoney/The CW)

The Vampire Diaries” Tyler Lockwood has discovered that it’s not easy being a hybrid. Sure, you get to have all of the powers of both a vampire and a werewolf minus any of the downsides, but you’re also saddled with an insatiable urge to do the bidding of the man who sired you. After biting, and nearly killing, his girlfriend Caroline (Candice Accola) last week, Tyler is determined to break his bond with Klaus (Joseph Morgan). Michael Trevino, who plays the confused hybrid teen, reveals Tyler’s unexpected ally, whether Tyler will find himself embroiled in yet another love triangle, and the difficulties of breaking up with a sire.

In this week’s episode, “The Ties That Bind,” Tyler will reach out to Caroline’s father Bill (Jack Coleman) for help. “He finds Caroline’s father because he feels that Bill Forbes was able to resist compulsion… he figures if he is able to resist compulsion maybe there’s some way to break the sire bond to Klaus. He’s trying to be with Caroline,” Trevino says. Given Bill’s hatred of vampires, it will not be an easy partnership. “Bill Forbes is a no nonsense guy as far as his hatred for vampires.  It’s the same in this instance. Basically, ‘You can’t be with my daughter unless you can get rid of this sire bond.’ Then it’s just about Tyler saying, ‘Okay, how do we do this?’ This episode is Bill Forbes saying, ‘Okay, you’ve got to do this, this and that.’ It’s not so simple.” The situation will not be easily resolved. “I feel like it’s a long journey. In terms of getting rid of this sire bond, it is not going to happen overnight. So it’s going to be a while I feel before Tyler can, one hundred percent, resist that sire bond to Klaus and confront Klaus about it…. It’s going to be something you have to work at again and again and again and it’s going to be a grueling process for him. ”

Further complicating the situation is Klaus’s new interest in Caroline. Last week he not only saved her from Tyler’s bite but gave her a diamond bracelet.  Tyler will, of course, be upset when he finds out. “He’s not going to appreciate it. He’s not going to like it one bit. It’s another struggle of him fighting the sire bond. Where is he crossing the line if he tells Klaus, hey, that’s my girlfriend. This question will definitely be answered by the end of theepisode. We’ll know in two weeks as far as where Tyler’s at and what he’s doing,” he says. Trevino does not believe that Caroline will ultimately be torn between the two hybrids. “There’s been so many triangles, especially with Tyler and Caroline… I don’t think they’ll go into another love triangle between me, Caroline and somebody else. I think those two just might just have a little moment.”

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Trevino believes that Tyler will be able to win back Caroline. “He’s going to try. You’ll see in [this week's] episode. He tries so much that we have this transformation. Why will be explained, but we all of a sudden have Tyler trying to transform at will or trying not to transform.” Trevino also promises that there will be an explanation for Tyler’s continued residence in Mystic Falls after Stefan persuaded Klaus to send his hybrid army out of town.

Another big event this week will be the arrival of Bonnie’s (Kat Graham) mother. Trevino was loath to give away any spoilers saying only, ” I can tell you [Bonnie’s] mother is going to be here for a while. I don’t think Bonnie’s mom is ever going to mix in with Tyler.”

Tyler has arguably undergone the biggest transformation of any of “Vampire Diaries” character this season. Trevino loves playing Tyler’s transition from werewolf to hybrid, citing episode five, “The Reckoning,” in which Klaus turns him, as his favorite. “I was actually really happy about it when I read it and knowing that [executive producer] Julie Plec decided, okay we’re going to go this route so soon and Joseph Morgan is great. I’m almost certain everyone was in that episode and sometimes that’s not the case… I like those big scenes where there’s four or five of us because usually it’s just one on one. I’m in [a lot of] scenes with Candace. It’s nice to work with five of us in one scene.”

Trevino believes his harrowing portrayal of Tyler’s first transformation into a wolf inspired the writers to make him a hybrid. “I think I helped myself with the first transformation with how crazy I got with throwing my body around. The writers were like, if we want him to go crazy he can go crazy. My other castmates, they like it because they see the transformation and they were like, man that is tough.”

The entire cast is a mutual admiration society. Trevino is thrilled that Nina Dobrev became the first-ever write-in People’s Choice Award winner last week. “Nina just busts her ass on the show. She works every day ,and we haven’t seen Katherine very much [this season], but she’s doing two characters on one day. She was written in [as a nominee] so that alone is just about our fans and the appreciation they show. And then she wins. It’s great and it’s awesome and it’s well deserved.”