'The Vampire Diaries' showrunners Julie Plec, Caroline Dries preview the 'nostalgic' 100th episode
We're less than a week away from "The Vampire Diaries" 100th episode, and we know these next few days are going to be the toughest to get through. That's why Zap2it is helping you with the wait as we continue our countdown to the big milestone episode airing on Thursday (Jan. 23).
Today's interview is with the "TVD" boss ladies themselves: Julie Plec and Caroline Dries. Zap2it caught up with the showrunners down in Atlanta during the 100th episode party to get as much scoop on the episode as possible, and Plec promises it will be everything fans want and more (and we can confirm: It's awesome).
"It's a definite game-changer," Plec tells Zap2it. "It's deliberately and beautifully nostalgic. There's some sweet, sexy romance, some pretty high-stakes shenanigans, and a lot of things that are going to turn people's lives inside out as we move forward. It's both a celebration of the 100 episodes that preceded it and a big shift in the series moving forward."
We know the big episode, "500 Years of Solitude," revolves around Katherine's (Nina Dobrev) impending death, and Plec promises that it won't be an easy ride for our favorite sassy doppelgÃ¤nger vampire-turned-human. "Katherine is having a hard time when we get to the 100th episode. She's going through some personal stuff," Plec teases. "There are going to be a lot of memories, a lot of her Machiavellian plotting, a lot of vulnerability, and a lot of really great stuff for her."
In addition to Katherine's mortality drama, Dries emphasizes that the episode is for the fans in a lot of ways. "We for sure wanted it to be nostalgic. We wanted to make it for the fans who have been with the show from the beginning," Dries tells us. "So they'll get the references, specific scenes, and lines that we put in there as a love letter to the fans. It's to show them how much we appreciate them. But it will be shocking and fun, also."
While both Plec and Dries are excited their show made it to the big 100, they didn't expect it back in Season 1. "No, I didn't expect it. But you hope for this in the same way that young actors grow up practicing their Oscar acceptance speeches in the mirror," Plec says. "You always hope that you'll be recognized for what you do and that people will like your show and the crew will stick it out and the actors will stay committed.
"You hope for all those things, but you just don't know until you're doing it and it's good enough. We knew we wanted to make something great and I feel like we did. We're pretty proud of where we've gotten to."
Dries still can't believe that "TVD" has come this far, and she can't wait to see where they can take it next. "It's so great. It's a breeze," Dries jokes. "No, every day feels like it's getting harder and harder for some reason. It's been super fun. You just don't really think about how many episodes it's been. You just think, 'Oh, I need to get this draft done right now, it doesn't matter what number it is.' You're just trying to get everything done in the best way as soon as possible."
"The Vampire Diaries" 100th episode airs Thursday (Jan. 23) at 8 p.m. ET on The CW.
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