Longtime The Vampire Diaries fans might have their suspicions that the CW hit only decided to stage a Christmas episode as an excuse to couple scary mass murder with delightful holiday cheer, but showrunnerJulie Plec tells Hollywood.com that the series’ first holiday outing in four seasons was more of a happy scheduling coincidence.
“We don’t do seasons in Mystic Falls,” Plec says. “We try not to be specific about a seasonal timeline, but it felt like we’re four seasons in, this is the first time we’ve had an episode air this close to Christmas — usually we’re on hiatus. Won’t it be fun to give a little bit of a holiday flavor to this episode so that we can do our great juxtaposition opera of blood and mayhem against the beauty and nostalgia of holiday music?”
Klaus’ rage over Tyler’s betrayal certainly played out beautifully, capping off his evil tirade by drowning a drunk Mayor Lockwood in the town square. But in addition to the loss of a beloved character (RIP), “O Come, All Ye Faithful” piled on a lot of mythology and plenty of plot details to think about until the show comes back from its holiday hiatus on Jan. 17. Here’s what Plec had to say about our own burning questions, which of course multiplied as soon as we hung up the phone with the TVD boss lady.
What’s Tyler’s mindset once he finds out about his mother?
Tyler’s first order of business actually is to mourn. This is the last thing he ever expected that would happen, and the loss of his mom is a pretty powerful thing for him. When we come back we’re going to see he’s not actually doing so well. He’s got some stuff to deal with before he’s going to pull himself together.
Is it safe to say the cure is the last thing on his mind?
Oh yeah, for sure. He’s if anything reeling and looking over his shoulder wondering if Klaus is there to chop his head off. Also, I’m sure [he's] trying to figure out if there’s any move he can make or anything he can do to regain the upper hand against Klaus, although it looks pretty bleak. It’s not without its solutions, but it ain’t pretty.
How is the state of his relationship with Caroline?
It’s currently a little bit tested because of the events of this episode, but thankfully they were able to make things right with each other before tragedy struck. Caroline’s going to be more concerned about him when we come back and really want to reconnect with him and make him open up to her so that she can help him heal from this experience. Ultimately, both of them as we get deeper into the next chapter, will have to finally sort of face the Klaus problem head on and figure out what to do.
What will the next chapter of this season focus on?
This next chapter is all about that hunter’s mark and trying to complete it and trying to get our team to the location of the cure, which the more we learn about it and the more we’ll learn about Silas the more we’ll recognize there’s extreme jeopardy attached to even seeking it out in the first place. Very quickly our teams will be divided and realize that they all have different agendas, different wants, and different motives. It’s going to be a little bit of a race to who gets there first. As Rebekah says in the next episode, whoever gets to it first decides what to do with it, how to use it, who to use it on, who not to, how to control it. It’s a power play, and she wants to come out on top.