'The Vampire Diaries' spoilers: Katherine flashbacks, Bonnie's love triangle, and trouble for Stefan and Elena

vamp-diaries-nycc.jpg Zap2it was on the scene at New York Comic-Con to chat with the cast and producers of "The Vampire Diaries."

I had the opportunity to join Zach Roerig, Sara Canning, Kevin Williamson, Julie Plec, Steven R. McQueen, and Katerina Graham on stage to grill them on what's to come with our favorite vamps, witches, and werewolves.

I had even more time to chat with them backstage after the event, so if you couldn't make it to NYC this time, Zap2it has you covered with all the spoilery goodness.

Stefan (Paul Wesley) and Matt are going to become friends, but not right away. "Stefan's got too many issues for Matt," Roerig says. "Matt does not have the time to listen to all that. He's like 'Just be a man already, come on.' I don't think Matt could put up with all that."

Their friendship will grow out of a common purpose, Williamson says. "They're both good people, they're both good guys with good moral compasses and they have a mutual respect for each other. I think [Matt recognizes] the protector in Stefan."

Roerig agrees, "My character's going to stand beside anyone that's really going to truly love and protect Elena. That's all Matt cares about."

Does that mean that Matt isn't quite over Elena (Nina Dobrev)? "You never forget your first," Roerig says. That said, he's got a lot on his plate right now. Though he probably wouldn't mind getting back together with her someday, Roerig believes that his character has moved on.

Tyler's (Michael Trevino) curse opens a door for Jeremy to become a hunter.
"Jeremy is finally embracing his destiny as this hunter, and when he finds out that Tyler has the potential to be a werewolf or has that in his bloodline, he gets excited, because he finally has some sort of hand in this mystical world, some sort of upper hand on these vampires," says McQueen.

Though Jeremy will use Tyler's curse to his own advantage, he does share a connection with Tyler. "I think they have a friendship," McQueen assures me. "Tyler's also alone. He's going through this transformation of becoming this beast and not knowing who he is, and Jeremy can relate to that. He's always been an outsider. So though he is using him for information on one side, he definitely develops some sort of friendship with him as well."

Bonnie will be stuck in a love triangle of her own.
"Everybody wants Bonnie to get some!" laughs Graham. And things are looking up in that department.

"She's going to be getting interest from somebody that she already knows," Plec says, "and she's going to meet somebody new who strikes her fancy."  I'm going to make a guess that Jeremy is the one who takes an interest in her, but that's just speculation.

Katherine's backstory will be revealed. In episode 209, we'll go back in time to 1492 to learn why Katherine is so very Katherine. "We learn from Katherine what her damage is," Williamson says of the episode, which takes place in Bulgaria (Nina Dobrev's actual birthplace). "We'll find out what happened back then that sort of foretold her future."

Matt and Katherine will tangle. "I hope so," Roerig teases.

"You ain't seen nothing yet," Plec says. "We're lucky that Zach's here with us today." Uh-oh.

The worst of Katherine is yet to come. "Katherine goes super, super game-changer in the next episode and just starts wreaking havoc. You think that she already topped out, but it's just the beginning."

Williamson adds that in the clip shown before the panel, Katherine warned Elena that there's no beating her. "She's always one step ahead."

"The Vampire Diaries" may lend itself to a "monster-of-the-week" structure. Though this won't be established until much further down the road, Plec says that the show may take a different approach at some point, similar to "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" or "Supernatural."

"Eventually, there's going to be a formula that will grow out of the show and the storytelling that'll be a little bit more amenable to the monster of the week, the demon of the week," she says. "But until then we're going to keep building one brick at a time."

Stefan and Elena are going to hit some serious bumps in the road. In the most recent episode, Elena offered Stefan her blood. "That's a beautiful commitment in their relationship," Plec says. "It's kind of like a monogamy commitment in a way. It's a little cheesy and it's very perverse, but I thought it was kind of beautiful and special. Their relationship as of that moment has never been stronger."  It won't last long, though. "The problem is all the damage that Katherine's been doing in [Elena's] psyche and in in Stefan's psyche. We're going to start to see the cracks in the longevity of their happiness."

Damon's (Ian Somerhalder) dry spell isn't going to last long. While he's been hung up on Elena for a while, Damon will get laid again soon enough. "I think Damon will have sex with every man, woman, and child in town," Plec jokes.

Jenna and Katherine will meet again very, very soon. "It's a weird thing with Jenna because she's got a special relationship with Elena, and we've seen that be tested again and again in the first season, and now Katherine's just going to throw something else into the mix," says Canning. "She's like, 'What's going on with my niece?' There's already things she's worried that Elena's not telling her, like why are you making out with Damon on the porch, so that's just going to intensify it and cause some major trust issues."

Some favorite characters will return -- possibly even dead ones. Williamson teases that we may not have seen the last of of our favorite female vampires, Lexi (Arielle Kebbel) and Anna (Malese Jow), who could pop up in flashbacks. We're also very likely to see John Gilbert (David Anders) again. "I love David Anders, and I look forward to the moment that he does come back to our show. I can't say where or when or how that's going to happen, but he's Elena's father. There's too much potential there," Williamson explains.

There's no telling who Elena will end up with. Last season, Williamson and Plec said in an interview that Stefan and Elena are soulmates, and many fans took that to mean that the couple will definitely be together in the end. Williamson says that there are no guarantees. "You don't always end up with your soulmate," he says. "There's a definition of the soulmate that to me goes a lot bigger than the regular definition." Later, on Twitter, he clarified: " These characters need to find their souls first. Mates will come later."


Time to chat about it, Zappers! Let me know your thoughts in the comments.  Who do you think develops a crush on Bonnie? Which characters do you hope to see return? Are you looking forward to Matt's confrontation with Katherine? Let's dish.


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