finale (The CW, 9/8c) would help fill in a few blanks about Katherine — for example, how she became the new queen of Hell — then I guess that makes me the bearer of bad news.
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“One of the things we realized as we were getting to the end and trying to squeeze in story where we could was, like, of
Katherine wound up running hell,” executive producer Julie Plec tells TVLine. “Of
she had Cade wrapped around her little finger.” As for specifics, “You can fill in the blanks of how she’s able to pull that off.”
Adds Plec, “If I could nail down Nina [Dobrev] for a shortened-season retelling of Katherine’s exploits in Hell, I’d do it in a heartbeat.”
And although the Katherine-centric series finale has a full-circle feel to it, Plec says she hadn’t always planned on bringing Dobrev’s wicked doppelgänger back into the picture.
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“We made the decision when we took Katherine away that we were going to do it in a way that looked different from how anyone else had died,” she explains. “We weren’t going to push ourselves to answer the question of ‘where,’ because — in our minds — it was whatever version of hell
would choose to tell stories about. In Season 8, we decided to tell that story. It came back around perfectly because we got to show not just where Katherine’s been, but also reveal that she’s actually basically been the puppet master of everything that happened in Season 8 — which is nice full circle back to how she was the puppet master of everything in Season 1.”
Of course, Dobrev wasn’t always confirmed to appear in the series finale, leading Plec to contemplate a back-up plan she now considers “pretty lame.”
“At one point in the middle of the season, I thought, ‘Should we just shock the audience and kill Elena in the middle of the season? Burn her body, and she’s just gone, so we’re not misleading fans all season with the promise that she’ll return?’ One of the writers was like, ‘As a fan of the show, I think that’s just about the worst idea you’ve ever had.\'” (On behalf of literally every single fan, I thank you, mysterious writer.)
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And if you’re wondering about those 15-second teases we’ve been seeing, Plec promises they’re not a
misdirect: “We’re not pulling a bait and switch of Elena not being awake. She is. We will see her in this episode.”
Katherine rose in the ranks? Would you have been crushed by a premature Elena death? And how do you hope this all ends on Friday? Drop a comment with your thoughts below.
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No, we really don’t need to see how Katherine rose in the ranks of hell. We know she’s a master manipulator so we can all imagine how she wormed her way up the hell ladder. It would have been a major mistake to kill Elena off in the middle of the season. It would have put a damper on the entire season as well as the entire series.
I feel like even if they did kill her off everyone would be thinking they’d still find a way to bring her back so it’d be pointless.
Season 8 is a bit of a mess, they mentioned a few times that they dramatically changed the plot many times, they even changed who dies in the final. They also didn’t know who’s coming back, and when they came back how to fit them in (poor Tyler) and they weren’t sure what endgames they can have. The whole season just feels kind of rushed, full of plot wholes and somewhat off.
They should have killed Elena off at the end of season three, I personally don’t see why they are so obsessed with her. If it hadn’t been for Ian playing Damon so well, all the Mikelsons, Bonnie, Alaric and Enzo, I would have stop watching it. By the way, thank you for putting Bonnie and Enzo together, they are the hottest couple ever on The Vampire Diaries.
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