'The Vampire Diaries' Season 5 premiere post mortem: Candice Accola on what's next for Caroline, Silas, Stefan, Tyer, and more
SPOILER ALERT: If you haven't watched "The Vampire Diaries" Season 5 premiere, stop what you are doing and head to the nearest DVR stat. If you tuned in to "I Know What You Did Last Summer" on Thursday (Oct. 3), please continue:
And just like that, "The Vampire Diaries" proved that the series wouldn't be suffering any growing pains with its seamless transition into the college years. Series star Candice Accola talked with Zap2it about the shocking season premiere, and what's to come for our favorite Mystic Falls grads. Read on for all the juicy scoop:
"TVD: The College Years"
While many shows struggle with the transition from high school to higher education, Accola was never worried that "TVD" would suffer the same fate. "What's interesting for most television series, transitioning to college years is very difficult. It's a very harsh transition. But the running joke is that we never got to see these kids that much in high school so it's not going to be that much of a transition," Accola says. "We're going to see them still in their daily lives, we're going to meet new characters, have new scenery, but we don't feel like we miss it because we've still got very important characters in Mystic Falls. And bringing characters into college also opened up the opportunity for new characters and new students." Unfortunately, Accola wouldn't reveal much about a certain new student we met oh-so-briefly in the premiere: Jesse (Kendrick Sampson). "Some of them are going to be very good looking so the girls are very excited about that," Accola teases. "When we come into Season 5 Caroline is very focused on Tyler and Tyler only, and Elena's trying to be more encouraging."
Tyler defers college
Speaking of Tyler, Caroline's boyfriend decided in the end to not come to Whitmore College, instead staying with and helping the werewolf pack in the Appalachian Mountains. Accola delivered one of her powerhouse emotional performances in a scene where Caroline listens to Tyler's voicemail telling her that he wouldn't be coming. Actually filming those scenes are less powerful, according to Accola. "They're hilarious and awful," Accola says with a laugh. "Luckily I know Michael Trevino's cadence enough, and what he's saying in that moment was genuinely well-written, so to hear it, the emotions come from that. And just really relating to that experience which is life-changing, and it hurts and it's scary and you don't want it to change. You just want to take control so bad but you realize you just don't have it."
RIP roommate Megan
Speaking of control, Caroline was in for a rude awakening when she and Elena realized Bonnie was not going to be their third roommate. Instead, they met Megan, who stocked her fridge with vervain-laced water bottles and had a photo on her phone with Elena's late father ... and then was killed by a vampire during a frat party. Say what? Can Accola shed some light on the mystery of Megan? "Not that much! There's not much I can reveal about that," Accola teases. "Even for us, since we're so far ahead in the season, there are some story lines that the writers are keeping us on our toes about."
Since Caroline and Elena are off at Whitmore College, they don't know that something is amiss with Stefan ... or that Silas is impersonating him in Mystic Falls. And it looks like it might stay that way for a while longer. "Right now, to be quite honest, she's not that concerned with Stefan's whereabouts," Accola says. "She's concerned for him to maybe have some time to himself, since he's not real thrilled about Damon and Elena being together. But we're not going into the season with Caroline wondering where Stefan is. Obviously as the season progresses, she's going to try and figure out where he is, and eventually will learn of Silas and Katherine and stuff."
Will Caroline ever be a Delena fan?
Nope. At least, not according to Accola. "Caroline's not really been the biggest Damon fan since Season 1," Accola says. "I can't really picture her turning over a new leaf anytime soon. She's been Team Stefan from the beginning and she's still Team Stefan for Season 5."
Something wicked (but human) this way comes
Sure, Caroline and Elena have their first college party under their belt (does it still count if they never crossed the threshold, though?) but how about their first class? Get ready to meet Rick Cosnett's Dr. Wes Maxfield, who won't be Elena and Caroline's biggest fan. "Obviously going off to college there are going to be professors that might not be polite and easy to work with," Accola says. "They meet a professor who isn't just hard on them in the classroom. He actually also had a discontention with them outside of the classroom as well."
"The Vampire Diaries" airs Thursdays at 8 p.m. ET on The CW.