Don’t feel bad if you thought last week’s episode of “The Vampire Diaries” was the Season 2 finale. It seemed like one.
SPOILER ALERT: Stop reading if you are not caught up!
Quick recap: Jenna, Jules, John and Greta died. Bonnie unleashed some serious kick-ass Klaus’ way after his sacrifice ritual. Stefan was stabbed in the back, literally by Klaus and metaphorically by Elijah, who pulled a big ol’ double-cross by wisking Elijah away instead of killing him. Oh, and Tyler bit Damon.
So yeah, it felt like a finale. But the CW’s supernatural hit closes its highly eventful sophomore season for real at 7 p.m. Thursday with “As I Lay Dying,” which, according to co-star Katerina Graham, is just as epic.
“There are so many twists my stomach’s in knots,” said the actress, who plays witch Bonnie Bennett. “I cannot wait for people to watch it.”
Graham says “As I Lay Dying” deals with the fallout of original vamp Klaus’ ritual, particularly how the Scooby gang tries to save Damon (Ian Somerhalder) from that werewolf bite, which is fatal for vampires. After seeing a screening of “Gone with the Wind,” a hallucinating Damon—werewolf bites will do that—struggles to keep his memories of evil vamp Katherine (Nina Dobrev) in 1864 separate from the danger faced in the present by Elena (Dobrev).
“A lot goes down until the very last minute,” says Graham, adding that even the actors find it hard to believe show runners Julie Plec and Kevin Williamson can pack so much into each episode.
In its second season, “TVD” has delivered a weekly dose of gripping suspense and a hugely creepy vibe, not to mention throwing shocking curveballs at favorite characters while introducing intriguing new arrivals to Mystic Falls.
Chief among those newbies has been Elijah, one of the original vampires who used Elena to find his devious brother, Klaus. Plec and Williamson weren’t sure they’d keep Elijah around all season, but they were so happy with Daniel Gillies’ performance they did.
The veteran actor says he feels lucky for the opportunity.
“I’ve never played anything that’s had such a following, and believe me, I know there are some pretty entitled young actors out there who think they’ve got it coming to them,” he said. “But I’m 35 and I feel very blessed to be doing this.”
Elijah’s betrayal of his "allies" may have thwarted their plan to stop Klaus from becoming a vampire-werewolf hybrid, but it likely means one good thing for new fan favorite Gillies: Elijah (and Klaus) will be back next season.
“It’s awesome,” he said. “I love playing this character.”