‘The Vampire Diaries’: Executive producer Julie Plec teases a return, Klaus’ debut

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There’s a silver lining to death on the CW’s “The Vampire Diaries.” A stake to the heart or a brutal neck snap doesn’t mean viewers will never see a beloved character again. And in the case of Rose’s (Lauren Cohan) platonic companion Trevor (Trent Ford), even a beheading by Elijah (Daniel Gillies) won’t keep him away.

“We will be seeing Trevor again this year,” executive producer Julie Plec revealed to Show Tracker during an interview. But even “Vampire Diaries” can’t perform miracles, so the character won’t be coming back from the dead. Instead, the return appearance will come during a format that fans of the show know all too well for period garb and revealing truths. Yes, another flashback episode is on its way!


“It’s Episode 19, which is the first time we meet Klaus,” explained Plec. “We’re also going back into the past.”

The episode, airing April 21, will mark Joseph Morgan’s debut as the mysterious Original vampire. Fans of the show had plenty of picks for who should play Klaus -– Joshua Jackson! Jason Dohring! Taylor Kitsch! Gale Harold! -– but Plec is confident in their choice of the former “Hex” star.

Morgan “can handle the weight and the gravitas that Klaus needs, but he’s also got these dimples and this grin and this sparkle in his eyes,” she said. “You always need your villains to have multiple layers and to be able to kill you with kindness as much as they can kill you with violence. I think Joseph really represents that.” She adds that casting someone relatively unknown to American viewers gives the producers some exciting advantages. “We’ve been talking about [Klaus] for 15 episodes, so we really wanted to make it feel like it was something new for the audience.”

It also doesn’t hurt that Morgan is British. “The more of the Brits that we saw [during the audition process], the more we realized that the American actors were operating at a handicap, unfortunately for them. There’s just something so charming and worldly and sexy and dangerous about an Englishman,” she laughed. And in the end, it makes sense for an Original to be European. “As we’ve seen with Elijah, with his accent that shall not be named ... it’s old world vs. new world. The old world goes back a lot older once you cross the Atlantic.”

Showtrackers, what are you most excited about: Trevor’s return, another flashback episode or the debut of Klaus? And stayed tuned to Show Tracker for much more from our chat with Plec!

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-- Vlada Gelman (follow my TV musings on Twitter at @stayingin)