There’s a lot at stake (heh, stake) going in to Thursday’s (May 15) Season 5 finale of “The Vampire Diaries.” The Other Side is still crumbling, leaving Bonnie, Enzo and Stefan’s fates in the air; Tyler’s body has been hijacked by Julian; Markos and the Travelers have taken over Mystic Falls; and oh yeah, Stefan Salvatore is dead. Dead.
The Season 5 finale, “Home,” is going to be one shocking and emotional hour of TV, executive producer Caroline Dries promises. “The Travelers are trying to rip away their home and it’s something that they rally around and in the meantime, the Other Side is falling apart,” Dries says. “The question is what’s going to happen to Bonnie, what’s going to happen to our friends who are over there that we occasionally check in with, do they just go away like Vicky did? These things are spiraling out of control around them.”
Dries teases there is one major event that goes down in the finale that changes the entire series going forward. “This giant thing happens and we’re breaking Season 6 now in the writers room and it starts with everyone in a different orbit, in a way,” Dries says. “Season 6 will be a lot of bringing people back together from different places.”
So what are the odds that our favorite “dead” characters — like Bonnie, Stefan and Enzo — can come back into the world of the living before the Other Side falls apart for good? “Nobody’s ever come out of the Other Side successfully without massive consequence,” Dries teases. Yikes.
If Stefan is able to come back, that presents a whole new set of challenges for Caroline, who was finally starting to develop feelings for her vampire BFF. Could “Steroline” be in the cards in Season 6?
“She’s got a little relationship/crush/feelings for someone that are going to creep up to the surface, and that is going to cause a potential rift between her and one of her friends,” Dries teases (without using specific names, but it’s got to be Stefan, right?). “So she’s like, ‘I’m going to push that down.’ It’s going to be just a little bit under the surface. Moving into Season 6, we’re going to see her set her sights on [that same person] and try to make a move.”
As for Caroline’s ex, Tyler’s situation isn’t looking good going into the finale, since his Passenger Julian has hijacked his body and killed Stefan. “That [Passenger-killing] knife is gone, so he’s stuck,” Dries says. “We wanted to play that out and give it its due as a full arc. You’ll see what happens in the finale. It reaches a climax.”
“The Vampire Diaries” Season 5 finale airs Thursday at 8 p.m. ET/PT on The CW.