When we sat down with the cast of The Vampire Diaries at San Diego Comic Con, we weren’t sure how much information would be able to be divulged as the cast had just started shooting their fourth season. But we were able to get a few interesting tidbits out of the series stars…and I think it’s safe to say that we’re headed for a roller coaster of a ride when the show returns October 11th.
Jeremy Gilbert has had one of the biggest “growing up” journeys so far, but McQueen has more than enjoyed the ride his character has taken. “I love the fact that Jeremy’s been through so much and he has all this weight on his shoulders. He can easily crumble, but he gets up and keeps swinging,” McQueen shares. “And every time he gets knocked down, he gets back up again. He’s a fighter. He might not be the strongest person on the show, but he’s a fighter.” So does that mean we might see some fighting this season, especially where vampire hunting is concerned? According to McQueen, yes. “I’d love to see him pick up that cross bow more and fight back,” he says enthusiastically.
When we last left Jeremy, he was standing in the living room and reacting to the ghosts of Alaric and Elena. And although he knows Elena is dead, how will he take the news that she’s now a vampire? “I think he’s going to be grateful that she’s not gone,” McQueen shares. “But he also contributed to the death of his sister and he helped plan it, so I don’t think he’s feeling great about it. I think it’s one of those things that you just wait and see what’s happens.”
Of course, we couldn’t let McQueen off the hook without a question about whether there will perhaps be reconciliation with Bonnie. “I think they have unfinished business and I think there’s still something there,” he admits. “But I think he’s been through so much loss that I don’t even know if that [love] where his mind’s at right now.”
Romance aside, McQueen is looking forward to continuing Jeremy’s journey in season four. And with the deaths of most of the authority figures in his life (Elena included), “he’s been trying to assume that role and he’s been too weak and powerless to keep the people he loves safe. Now that he’s got nothing left to lose, he’s going to lash out.”
Elena dying (and then waking up a vampire) at the closure of season three was a moment that became cooler conversation for days after the airing of the episode. And although Nina Dobrev confirms that the storyline was always a plan, she was just as surprised as everyone else when she got the news. “I didn’t even know I was going to become a vampire until two or three episodes before, and I’m actually kind of sad…I liked being both. I walked around set bragging about how I got to be human and a vampire, the best of both worlds. Now I have no bragging rights!” she laughs. While Dobrev goes on to share that Elena is definitely “still figuring it out” in terms of her new life, she also notes that the transition won’t exactly be easy. “She didn’t want to be a vampire. I’d imagine she was sad she’ll never be able to have kids. She’ll never get married, have a normal life, go to college…she was constantly trying to hold onto her humanity, and now that’s gone forever.”
Elena may not be the first member of the Mystic Falls gang to grow fangs, but that doesn’t mean that her friends are going to necessarily be comfortable with her new life. “Caroline kind of was accepted by the group as a vampire and I think for Elena, everyone is going to just be sad. They’ve just spent all this time doing everything in their power to protect her, and now she’s a vampire – so I guess she can protect herself.” And speaking of protection, with the year of the originals now past, is Klaus still a threat? “He’s always a threat,” Dobrev answers quickly. “He’s the biggest, baddest vampire…he’s definitely going to be pissed off.” Add to the list another person that might be pissed off – the elusive Katherine, who, despite her long absence, is definitely not going to disappear quietly especially in light of recent circumstances. “She’s going to be pissed,” Dobrev says matter-of-factly. “She’s not going to be happy. She was hoping that the Salvatore brothers would get over the fad of being with Elena for one lifetime, and then she’d be back on the boys…but now she’s screwed.”
The Vampire Diaries returns for season four on Thursday, October 11th.