This week (and next!) on The TV Chick might as well be called CW week. There are so many amazing shows premiering soon and I can’t wait. One of those shows is of course one of my favorites from last season, The Vampire Diaries. If you haven’t watched this show about Mystic Falls and supernatural beings, what are you waiting for? The Vampire Diaries is so much more than your quintessential teen drama; it really has it all. It ended on a huge cliffhanger and I can tell you the season premiere will not disappoint. This summer, I attended Comic Con, where I got to talk to the cast of the show. Steven R. McQueen, who plays Jeremy Gilbert (Elena’s brother), talked about what’s coming up this season for Jeremy, losing Anna, and his fragile relationship with all of the people in his life.
What’s coming up for you this season?
There isn’t much I can give away because of the cliffhanger. I can tell you that Jeremy’s pushed around a lot. He’s lost everything that has mattered to him, and has no father figure and has no mother to give him guidance. So he develops a mindset that he’s done being pushed around and starts to push back.
What about his relationship with Elena, that’s still kind of fragile?
I think he starts to view things from a more logical standpoint, rather than acting on emotion. He sees people for what they are. He doesn’t trust anyone. Elena’s the only family he has left besides Aunt Jenna, but she’s a different age and doesn’t quite understand all this natural crazyness that’s going on. So though he doesn’t trust Elena, it’s the only connection to humanity he really has left.
Are you excited with the way your character is going this season?
I’m very excited. Julie and Kevin are really good at writing a progression. Jeremy never stays in the same mindset for too long. In the beginning, he has a bunch of addiction issues. He loses his memory of everything, rather than kind of indulging in self destruction, he begins to get curious, and he wants to find out all the secrets and turn that negative energy in a different direction. And once he finds out all those secrets, he’s left at a place where he’s got nothing left to find out, but he feels weak and like he can’t fight back and he can’t save anything that matters to him. So now he’s at this beautiful place where anything could happen.
Has his relationship with Jon influenced who he is this season?
Yeah, most definitely. I think every relationship with an older male figure affects Jeremy a lot, even with Damon. Jon affects him in the way that he’s around. He’s the only older male that is present. The only person I can pull any sort of guidance from. But Jon betrays me, and it’s an interesting, interesting relationship.
Now that Anna’s gone, will he ever find love again?
I don’t know if he’ll let himself go this time, if there is a next time. He won’t let himself be open to love, I don’t think. He’s too used of getting hurt.
How much did Jeremy really love Anna?
He’s had so much loss that Anna was the only person he connected with. He was such a loner, he had nobody. He felt like a monster at all times. He couldn’t relate to humanity, and didn’t feel he had any one to connect to and he knows he’s got no more connection with anyone or anything. Anna was the last person that he trusted. So he’s at this place of — he’s just on his own.
The Vampire Diaries season one is now out on DVD and Blu-Ray. The second season premiere is Thursday, September 9th at 9 pm. It’s a must see!