‘Vampire Diaries’ Boss Julie Plec: The Consequences of Elena’s First Kill are ‘Pretty Profound’

by | November 9, 2012 at 10:13 AM | Interviews, Vampire Diaries

"The Vampire Diaries": Nina Dobrev as Elena and Paul Wesley as Stefan (Photo Credit: Bob Mahoney/The CW)

Elena (Nina Dobrev) was determined that becoming a vampire was not going to mean becoming a killer. Her pacifism ended in this week’s episode of “The Vampire Diaries,” “The Killer,” when she offed vampire hunter Connor Jordan to protect numerous people that she loves. As she grappled with the psychological guilt, she discovered that killing a hunter also meant terrifying visions straight out of a Steven King novel. There were other repercussions to Connor’s death. Jeremy found that the hunter’s tattoo appeared on his arm. Meanwhile, Tyler plotted to free all of the hyrbrids from Klaus’s clutches as Klaus discovered the sword which could lead to the cure for vampirism. Executive producer Julie Plec and the episode’s writer Michael Narducci told us why Elena had to kill and what’s coming up in future episodes.

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Why Elena Killed Connor: “We talked in April about what it would be like for Elena to become a vampire and that very question, what would her first kill be. We kind of knew that it would happen in five and that it would be Connor,” said Narducci. “I really wanted to write this episode. I’ve been on the show a little while and something that I struggle with is I want Elena to do more things. I want her to not be a damsel in distress. I want her to go out and protect her brother… We thought if Jeremy’s (Steven R. McQueen)  in jeopardy, it’s very important that we have Matt (Zach Roerig), who’s her high school sweetheart, in jeopardy. What’s Elena going to do? Wait for all these other people to get involved and save everyone for her? Or will she get involved and do something? There were some key moments that I really loved in this episode like when she turns to Damon and says ‘I’m a monster, too.’ And she is now. She’s dangerous.” Added Plec, “We also like the idea that just in the sort of shadow of giving the first glimpse of hope for Elena’s predicament and situation, she herself was the one that broke that. She literally and metaphorically killed her hope without realizing it, so it’s the consequences of that first kill that are pretty profound.”

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Jeremy and the Tattoo: “Connor had told him he was a Potential and this is a hint that perhaps Connor was speaking the truth,” says Plec.  “So we’ll see where that goes next, too. The question exists what does it mean that he now has this mark on his hand? And what does that mean for the mythology of The Five and what that mark leads to?… This is the mythology, born in the year 1000, of the Brotherhood of the Five and this mark and what it means and what Jeremy’s going to need to do to complete it. It’s just like the origin story of the vampire hunter told to its end as opposed to Alaric who is just really pissed off and had a good stake. ”

Tyler and the Hybrids: “What you just saw is the glimpse of a beginning of a story for Tyler (Michael Trevino) that we are kind of excited about,” teases Plec. “It sort of after all this time pays off. His sire bond to Klaus (Joseph Morgan), the hybrid circumstance, Klaus’s kind of Machiavellian control that he has over these people, and what ultimately Tyler himself, who was able to break it, what part he’ll play in this group of other hybrids. These are the last remaining hybrids in the world really because of Elena’s predicament — what Tyler’s going to do to incite a revolution.”

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Katherine Returns and Connor Isn’t Completely Gone: Elena’s doppleganger, Katherine, will be back. “The only thing I’ll say About Katherine is we have not seen the last of her, ” says Plec. “We have not completely, totally seen the last of Connor.”

Stefan/Elena/Damon: The epic love triangle has a new dimension now that vampire Elena finds that she has more in common with Damon than Stefan. Says Plec, “Everything’s about to change in one way or another. Those changes will have a ripple effect through the entire season. I’m not saying it’s all going to change next Thursday at 8’o clock but there are some pretty big moves next week as a result of this.

Upcoming Episodes: Plec also teased several upcoming episodes.

  • The  Miss Mystic Falls competition will return. “We’ve had a lot of dark. The episode that follows [next week's] is nice and pretty with dancing. It gets us back to a little bit of romance and Mystic Falls events at their finest. It evokes a memory of season one very deliberately.”
  • Elijah (Daniel Gilles) will be back. “We’re already talking about episodes 16 and 17 in the room right now and Elijah’s name is all over the board  The scripts aren’t written yet. The stories aren’t broken yet. But that’s our game plan to being him in as we get closer to our last chapter of the year.”
  • There will be a holiday episode. This is the first time in four years that we’ve actually aired close enough to Christmas, where we thought, gosh, wouldn’t it be fun to have at least a little bit of holiday spirit woven through the episode. So it’s a charity event  that the town is throwing with a winter wonderland theme that gives us that feeling of holidays have come to Mystic Falls. The episode is very much about loyalty and relationships and betrayals and all that kind of drama that tends to come up on family holidays.”