While Elena is in a deep sleep, there’s still a lot to look forward to in season seven of The Vampire Diaries.
We may have lost Delena, but Steroline is just starting to heat up.
So what can we look forward to for Steroline? “A lot of very unexpected twists and turns,” executive producer Julie Plec said.
“The fun of this couple is they’re just coming together. They’re just getting really cemented in the romantic status. As we left it off, sort of said, ‘I will be here when you’re ready.’ So she’s trying really, really hard not be ready, but…”
Then Paul Wesley (Stefan Salvatore) interrupted Julie and said: “She can’t resist.”
While we did get some great information about season seven, the cast was having a lot of fun at the San Diego Comic-Con panel on Sunday.
Candice Accola (Caroline Forbes) asked the audience if they wanted to see more shirtless scenes of Stefan. The crowd roared with approval and Candice said, “that was a formal request,” while looking at Julie.
Paul wasn’t too pleased. He replied: “That was season one when I was a youngster. Times have changed.”
Ian Somerhalder (Damon Salvatore) and Paul were also having a little debate over their couple’s shipping names. Ian wants the Steroline name to change.
“Delena, likes that’s any better,” Paul replied.
“At least it doesn’t sound like it’s in a hospital,” Ian said.
“Delena sounds like it could potentially be a disease. Steroline sounds like the cure for the disease,” Paul said.
Did you ever wonder what it’s like to film these Steroline scenes?
“I just love making Candice feel awkward on set. Candice is married. I’m friends with her husband. I love when we have to do make out scenes because it’s so uncomfortable and it’s so funny. But we love each other,” Paul said.
“Don’t we love each other?” Paul turned and asked Candice.
“Oh yeah, just so much,” Candice said laughing.
Candice had her own behind the scenes awkward story to tell: “If you want to ever try something really disturbing, put a lot of fake blood in your mouth and have to make out with someone. I’m glad it worked out on television, but that was definitely an awkward day at work.”
Candice did get serious to talk about her character. She confessed she loves a good slow burning relationship on TV that you can watch the relationship build. She’s very excited for Steroline in season seven and excited for the fans too. She won’t say anything more though because she’s afraid she’ll get in trouble for spoilers.
Paul was able to get serious for a second to talk about Steroline. He really likes their history. It obviously started out as a platonic relationship, but there were moments when you thought there could be something more going on there.
“Those moments when you sort of zoom in on the eyes–something going on. It could happen between anyone,” and with that said Paul went goofy again.
“I feel like Ian and I have had those moments,” Paul said.
The crowd screamed.
“Yeah, right that’s what I’m taking about,” Paul responded to the crowd.
“I am my brother’s keeper,” Ian replied.
“Why go across the street when you can go across the hall?” Paul said.
“I taught him that one by the way,” Ian said.
The crowd was laughing with Paul and Ian’s exchanges.
Ian and Paul were definitely having a good time during the panel, but lets talk about our beloved Delena for a minute.
“What’s nice about it is there’s still a really intense core romance almost like in a fairy tale way attached to it. Damon has put the love of his life away and now he’s gotta figure out…” Julie said.
“She’s just taking a little nap,” Ian interrupts.
Kat Graham (Bonnie Bennett) really likes how the writers ended Elena’s storyline. She likes that it keeps the door open for Nina Dobrev to come back, “but it also created an interesting dynamic going into season seven for Bonnie and Damon to have them deal with the fact that Bonnie’s alive and Elena’s not.”
For the fans that were totally in love with Bamon at the beginning of season six, they will be happy to hear that Ian’s favorite stuff that TVD has done was Bonnie and Damon trapped in 1994.
He asked the crowd if they agreed and they applauded quite a bit.
“It’s funny because they hate each other, they love each other, they resent each other, but they’re stuck together. It’s sort of an amazing recipe for a lot of cool drama,” Ian said, with a lot of emphasis on ‘drama’.
Kat’s favorite episode of season six was the one that Ian was directing. She’d never filmed a scene before where the director was the actor too.
“You’re directing again in season seven, right?” Kat asked Ian.
“Yeah, well hopefully,” Ian replied and turned to look at Julie.
The EP was put on the spot and just shrugged her shoulders.
“Yeah, absolutely,” Ian answered for her.
So how will Damon be without Elena?
Julie said that Damon will be trying to figure out who is without Elena and how he can make the right decisions without her by his side.
“You’ll get to see a lot of naughty Damon,” Julie said.
“It’s the old f—ing Damon. The Damon that we really fell in love with,” Ian said and the crowd cheered.
“And that’s the goal. Lets bring back that energy, that sexy, volatile, fun, scary, dangerous. All that s–t that made you guys love him to begin with. We’re bringing it back,” Ian added and the crowd roared.
Executive producer Caroline Dries said it’s fun for writers to dig deeper into a character and see what makes them tick. She told fans that they will get to see a lot of bromance between Stefan and Damon next season. It will be a new dynamic with their mother living in Mystic Falls.
Michael Malarkey (Enzo) sat their quietly during the panel just waiting for his turn and when it was finally his turn, his answer was great. He was asked what excited him about his character helping move the Lily story forward in the last season.
“More screen time,” was his reply.
Michael told fans that Enzo will have to choose sides in season seven and he will really struggle with it.
Also when the relationship of Lily and Enzo was brought up, Ian asked, “Are you going to bone our mother? Lets just get it out on the table.”
Michael got in on the joking and replied: “She’d be Enzo’s first.”
Clearly not feeling confident in his joke, he followed it up with stating it was a joke.
Caroline confessed that each season they try to out do the villain from the last. They feel like Kai was their best villain ever and the crowd seemed to agree with her as they cheered for the late Kai.
The characters will go up against the heretics next season, but they have no idea how to defeat this new enemy.
“It’s going to be really exciting, gruesome and violent when we start, but really the mystery will be how did Mystic Falls gets to be the way we saw it at the end of season six,” Caroline said.
Get ready for the dark season seven of TVD premiering Thursday, October 8, 8/7c on the CW.
Candice Accola had something special to say about Caroline turning her emotions off:
It was really fun. It was such a tragic storyline and I kind of knew and was clued in that Sheriff Forbes was going to pass this season and how it was going to happen. I thought it was such a human obstacle that these characters hadn’t really faced and there was no supernatural spell that could break the fact that she had cancer and I thought that was really powerful. So from all that grief and all the sadness to just go from you know, heartless bad ass Caroline was really, really fun and a really cool change for the character.