A few weeks ago Susan Walters (Carol Lockwood) did an interview with EW about Carol’s death in the mid-season finale and what shooting her last episode was like. Here’s what she had to say about Michael/Tyler:
SPOILER ALERT! If you haven’t watched this week’s episode of The Vampire Diaries (our full recap), stop reading now. Tyler’s scheme to take out Klaus didn’t exactly go according to plan. Who paid the price?
Tyler’s mother, Mayor Carol Lockwood (Susan Walters), who viewers have known since season 1. After Hayley told Klaus about the unsired hybrids’ betrayal as part of her deal with Professor Shane, Klaus massacred the 12 of them to the tune of “O Holy Night.” Then, with blood still covering him, Klaus found tipsy Carol at the fountain in the town square. He wanted to hurt Tyler, and drowning his mother, while the soundtrack played “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas,” would do that. Walters spoke to EW after the East Coast airing.
The drunk scenes must have been fun to film though.
It was definitely fun. The other two scenes I was in, the scene with Tyler and the scene with Klaus, they weren’t necessarily fun to film because they were both really sad scenes for me, but actually, the scene where they show me drowning underwater was a hoot because it was done in a tank on the stage.
What was it like shooting your last scene with Michael Trevino?
What was hard about that scene was that I did not want Susan’s knowledge to get in the way of Carol’s knowledge. But, if you think about what Carol Lockwood’s going through, her son is basically saying he’s going away. For me, that just broke my heart because No. 1, I’m a mom, and I know how much I miss my daughters even when they’re gone at school for a week, or two weeks, a month. And then knowing that her son’s gonna be in harm’s way. And let’s be honest, I’m talking about the supernatural, so I had all that going on. And then the fact that she’s already lost her husband, which I’m referencing in the scene. They didn’t show it, which made perfect sense not to show it, but I would have to stop during that scene. Michael Trevino is such a great actor. He makes me cry so easily. I’m always like, “Can I just take you with me on my jobs?” So I just had to keep stopping and pulling it together to get through the scene. I was also feeling like, Ohmygod, Carol Lockwood has to go home to that giant house on that giant piece of property all alone. It really strikes a chord with me, but of course, it’s not something that everybody watching the Vampire Diaries is really thinking about. You know what I mean?
They’re not watching from a parent’s perspective.
Yeah. So really what was on my mind was this poor woman, and the fact that she’s saying goodbye to this kid, and I’m a nervous wreck when my kids leave to drive to downtown Atlanta. So it was a really sweet scene. And I just love Michael. We haven’t worked together that much, which is interesting because I play his mother, but a lot of times, I’m working with other people in the town. But the times we’ve gotten to work together, it’s very easy to relate to him. I don’t have sons, so it was so much fun for me to have a son.
Read the rest of her interview here!