The TV Chick talks to Vampire Diaries producers: “It’s a huge journey.”

The Vampire Diaries returns tonight! The sizzling, action-packed, full of crazy twists second season premiere will leave you gasping at your television. Or at the very least, it left me doing that. I could not be happier that this show is back. I love being transported week after week into the mysterious Mystic Falls, and let’s be honest, the Salvatore Brothers are quite eye-pleasing. I recently had the chance to catch up with the cast and producers of the show. Julie Plec and Kevin Williamson, the absolutely brilliant (and super sweet) Executive Producers had a lot to say about the upcoming season, werewolves and flashback episodes.

What can we expect in Mystic Falls in the upcoming season?

Kevin Williamson: Katherine being back in Mystic Falls is a bit of a game changer for the show. How is this going to affect Damon and Stefan in terms of Katherine now being back in town? And it’s so hard to talk about it without giving anything away. Everything’s a surprise. She comes back and pretty much stated why she was back. It will be fun to sort of watch that play out. If you watched our show in the past, you know there’s always more than one reason someone’s there and some of the motives of our characters. It’s a huge journey.

Are there any supernatural elements to Mystic Falls?

Julie Plec: Ultimately, that notion is what got Kevin and me to want to do the series in the first place. Because in the books, I think it was a huge civil war battle that shed a lot of blood and because of all the blood that had been shed from the soldiers, it’s just sort of a heightened hot bed of activity, and when we read that, we thought this is a show that can be more than just these characters and just these creatures because this town for whatever reason draws that kind of element in. And the deeper the series gets, hopefully we’ll be able to hold on for as long as possible, but the deeper the series gets, the more we’ll start to get a sense of what other elements might be either long gestating in this town or coming to town because it’s got a strong supernatural pull.

Last year, you were trying to establish the show. Now that you have, do you feel more pressure to add extra elements?

KW: To try and top ourselves? You know there is a lot of pressure to keep it up. It’s a very hard show to write at this moment, because there’s so much genre mixed with relationships and characters. I didn’t even realize how hard it was going to be. But I do think we kind of found our rhythm to our show which is [about] the human relationship and the mythology. And so yes, we are going to continue the mythology. We’re sort of starting back to zero and telling a new story, but it’s a story that you already know half of it because you watched the first season, so it’s sort of the other half. We’re just going to continue the story. There’s so much you still don’t know about 1864. What happened? Why wasn’t Katherine in the tomb? How did she escape? Where did she go? Why did she come to Mystic Falls to begin with? What was in Mystic Falls? So there’s all these fun questions that we’re going to explore and how the Lockwood curse factors into it.

What’s going to happen with the werewolves?

KW: Tyler’s going to sort of learn with the help of his Uncle Mason who comes to town in the very first episode who and what he is. He’s going to learn about the curse, who and what he is, and how he responds to it. It’s going to be a typical growing up story — a sort of coming of age story, but it’s horrible to have all these questions about why you’re the way you are, why you’re so angry and why you always feel so lost. And then you get the answer, and you don’t like it. So it’s going to be a fun journey for him and violent.

JP: It’s a blood line. A lot of our show has to do with bloodlines and who’s descended from who and what and where and family and what your family gives you and how you become what you are and the werewolf curse is in keeping with that.

How is Katherine now different from Katherine in 1864?

KW: It’s going to be interesting to watch. I’m scared to say because it will give away where she’s been. It’s a bit of a secret what she’s been up to. It’s one of the shows you can’t talk about, it sucks.

Will we get any flashbacks with characters that have unfortunately departed in the first season?

KW: Yes.

Will we see any flashback episodes?

KW: Right now, we have three flashback episodes planned and I’m guessing there will be a fourth.

Will we see Isobel reappear in season 2?

KW: Not right away. I don’t have any plans in the first — we’ve sort of broken the whole season, but we haven’t individually broken down the back nine episodes. So you know, I hate to say no and we turn around and do it, and make a liar out of me. So I would just say, I’m not sure. Not in the first half.

Poor Aunt Jenna, she went to bed that night with a possible undead nephew upstairs and her now dead brother downstairs. What’s her journey going to be like this season?

JP: Jenna is going to remain blissfully in the dark, actually. We’ll learn in the first episode that she was actually out talking to the Fire Marshall when all this went down. So she was not at least sleeping through the tornado of Katherine. Katherine sort of said “Oh you need to go downtown and talk to the Fire Marshall.” So we’ll learn that Katherine actually lured Aunt Jenna out of the house before all the craziness happened. One of the most important things in the series is in our opinion is to keep some of our characters and some of the people that live in our world in the dark, as infuriating as it can be, or as silly as it can get, it’s actually very human. It keeps the character very human. So characters like Matt and Jenna for now are going to be those characters that are just sort of like “Hey, that was weird!”

Is that going to complicate things with her and Alaric?

JP: That’s the big problem in their relationship. No matter how strongly Alaric is drawn towards Jenna, there does come a certain point when you say “Wait a second, I’m into something here.” when everything is built on a lie, or an absence of the truth. And so that’s going to be a big source of conflict for his own character as well.

What are we going to see from Bonnie and Tyler who are taking on bigger roles this season?

JP: We’re going to see Tyler — I know Kev touched on it — Tyler is — I heard what he said and it’s so good I’m going to repeat it — Tyler’s spent all this time asking questions “Why am I the way I am?” and very early in the season he’s going to learn the answer to that. And the struggle upon learning the answer to that — that he’s a recipient of this curse — the period of time between learning that and the curse itself being triggered is going to be a really dark, interesting time for him because of everything that comes along with it. There’s a little bit of wish fulfillment there. There’s a little bit of “Hey maybe I could be this, and maybe it wouldn’t be that bad but what is it involve and what would I become?” and there’s some great, great, great stuff for his character. And Bonnie of course is stronger than ever. Bonnie is kicking ass and taking names. And Bonnie’s going to be confronted with a lot of those issues of “You people are my friends, but I fundamentally have an issue with who you are, so how do I balance that, how do I balance my friendship with you with flat out distaste for vampires and what they’ve done to me and a long line of witches and all that.”

The Vampire Diaries season 2 premieres tonight at 8 pm on the CW. Do not miss it!

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