In “Things We Lost in the Fire”, with the traumatic effects of the Phoenix stone taking a toll on his brother, Stefan (Paul Wesley) attempts to help Damon (Ian Somerhalder) regain his grip on reality, while secretly struggling with his own experience in the stone.
Elsewhere, Matt (Zach Roerig) and Bonnie (Kat Graham) deal with the fallout after Julian (Todd Lasance) and his men take over Mystic Falls, leading Matt to spiral out of control and into trouble with an officer named Penny (Ana Nogueira).
Meanwhile, Tyler (Michael Trevino) returns to town for Alaric’s baby shower and Caroline makes an upsetting discovery involving Alaric and his future plan for the babies.
“Things We Lost in the Fire” airs TONIGHT, Friday, February 5th @ 8PM ET/PT on The CW.
In “Hell Is Other People”, after finding himself on the wrong end of Julian’s (Todd Lasance) plan to avenge Lily’s (Annie Wersching) death, Damon awakens to find himself trapped inside the Phoenix stone, tormented by a traumatic experience from his time in the Civil War and forced to face his darkest demon in order to get out.
On the outside, Bonnie (Kat Graham) is in a race against the clock to get Damon out before the effects of the Phoenix stone take over and leave him changed forever.
“Hell Is Other People” airs TONIGHT, Friday, January 29th @ 8PM ET/PT on The CW.
Speak with E!, Julie Plec dished on the upcoming event, “Basically, we’ve been fighting for years about whether to do a crossover, how to do a crossover, will it work, will it seem pander-y…and none of us wanted to do it for the sake of doing it, but the timelines were starting to separate and Vampire Diaries, as you know, is going to catch up to its [three-year flash forward].”
She added, “So I thought, ‘This is it, we only have one shot left.’ And that thought coincided with the need for Stefan to find a safe haven to escape a mystical problem.”
During the crossover, Stefan will find his way to St. James’ Infirmary in New Orleans, where no magical spell can find him…and while he’s there, he and Klaus catch up.
Mouzam Makkar, who you might recognize from American Horror Story, will recur on TVD as Alex, a “beautiful, charming and cocky researcher at the head of a mysterious organization,” TVLine reports.
“She has ties to Enzo’s backstory,” executive producer Caroline Dries dished. “As he’s trying to find his place in the world, she comes in and says, ‘Let me help you out with that.’ Is she good? Is she bad? What’s her bigger agenda? We’ll pull back her layers as the season goes on.”
Meanwhile, Matt Cedeno will come to New Orleans on The Originals as Cortez, a “callous, smart and manipulative vampire from the Mikaelsons’ past who comes to New Orleans seeking vengeance.”
“Cortez is someone who was sired by a unique circumstance,” executive producer Michael Narduccishared. “He has a very interesting perspective, particularly on Klaus. He’s of Klaus’ sire line, but he was not sired by Klaus. He’s a very intriguing character, one of the most dangerous folks we’ve met.”
Executive producer Julie Plec opens up about the end of the show in a new interview, confirming that the CW series will come to a conclusion when stars Ian Somerhalder and Paul Wesley are ready.
“I finally realized that my destiny on this show, creatively, is tied in to Ian Somerhalder and Paul Wesley,” Julie told E! News. “And I mean that in a really good way. As long as those boys who I now consider my friends want to keep telling the story, then I won’t walk away from telling the story.”
She cotninued, “When they are ready to be done telling the story, I will put my pencil down and say that I’m done too, and then we will work together to end it in the best way possible. There’s always things that could go wrong in that scenario, there’s always pressure that can be put on, but…the three of us I’d like to think will make the creative decision of when the show should be over.”
“I’ve wanted to do this for a really long time and find a way to do it that didn’t feel like we were jamming story for the sake of cross-pollinating the shows,” EP Julie Plec told Variety.
It sounds like we’ll finally seen a reunion between former-besties-but-mostly-enemies Stefan (Paul Wesley) and Klaus (Joseph Morgan)!
“So we’re sitting in the room, and the plot point is that Stefan is in trouble and he’s being pursued by means of magic so how can we get him safe? Well, let’s get him to a place where there’s no magic. And I was like, ‘Oh sh-t! St. James Infirmary!” Julie explained. “There’s a place where there’s no magic that can work in New Orleans!’ And the whole writer’s room just went, ‘Yay! Finally!’ because they’ve been waiting so long for that opportunity.”
The crossover will span over two episodes, one for each of the shows.
“Stefan will go to New Orleans in a Vampire Diaries episode and then he will remain in New Orleans in The Originals to help Klaus deal with a problem that is super specific to Stefan’s survival.”
Oh, and what about Klaus finding out that Stefan is dating Caroline (Candice King)?!
“There is a presence of Caroline buried within that, but I can’t really say in what context,” Julie said.
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