I'm on a late-afternoon Comic-Con live-blogging roll. The "Fringe" panel was fun and it's now time for "The Vampire Diaries," the day's last TV panel in Ballroom 20. Yesterday's late-afternoon vampire-themed Ballroom 20 panel was a packed session for "True Blood." Can "TVD" live up to that standard?
Find out after the break...
4:31 p.m. This panel is going to be moderated by Marcos Siega, one of my Comic-Con moderation pet peeves. Siega directed the pilot and many episodes of "Vampire Diaries" and also serves as the show's on-the-set executive producer. the point of a moderator is to serve as an intermediary between a panel and an audience. You can't be an intermediary if you're a paid boss on the show. I'm just sayin'...
4:36 p.m. I don't get to mention it often, but "The Vampire Diaries" is definitely one of my favorite TV guilty pleasures.
4:37 p.m. We have Michael Trevino, Kevin Williamson, Ian Somerhalder [Impressively high-pitched squeals], the lovely Nina Dobrev, Paul Wesley [More squeals, but definitely fewer than for Somerhalder.], Julie Plec, Matt Davis and Steven R. McQueen on our panel.
4:39 p.m. Siega admits that it may have been a mistake to have him moderate the panel. He says, "It's like interviewing family. I know too much." He makes this sound like a good thing.
4:40 p.m. Williamson says that Jeremy is either going to wake up alive or he's going to wake up dead. "But he *will* wake up," Plec says. Regarding Caroline's future... More uncertainty and more non-answers. Ian compares it to the "bureaucratic runaround." But we get the news that Mrs. Lockwood is going to step in as interim mayor. Whee? Williamson says that there's a Lockwood family curse, which will be the season's arc for Trevino's character. If we'd read the books, we'd know what that curse is. Taylor Kinney will play Tyler's uncle, who also knows about that curse.
4:43 p.m. Somerhalder gets loud cheers for referencing how often he takes off his clothing. Meanwhile, Williamson squirms when asked about whether Damon and Elena are going to get it on, or if Damon is going to sleep with Katherine thinking it's Elena. The big question, we're told, is whether Stefan will be able to tell that Elena is Katherine.
4:44 p.m. "I guess it depends on the day and how I'm feeling, but it's always fun to be the bad girl," Dobrev says when she's asked whether she prefers playing Elena or Katherine.
4:45 p.m. Will Stefan do more drinking of blood? "Possibly," Williamson says, though Wesley says he hopes it will always be a temptation. Williamson says that one of this year's themes may be Stefan coming to terms with his status as a vampire. This is a contrast to Damon, who will continue to occasionally deal with his good side. As Somerhalder puts it, "The nice Damon freaks me out. I don't know how to do it well."
4:45 p.m. More joking about Somerhalder disrobing. The crowd would like him to strip. Note: This is by far the smallest crowd of the day in Ballroom 20.
4:48 p.m. "Paul Wesley's hair is No. 2 on the call-sheet," Plec jokes when asked who has the best hair. "I'm gonna go with Paul," Williamson says when asked who has the best abs. "I like food too much," Somerhalder says, shrugging. McQueen says he'd choose Caroline over Bonnie.
4:49 p.m. Dobrev is asked whether Wesley or Somerhalder is the better kisser. "I guess I'm the lucky one, I get to make out with them bost," Dobrev says. Somehalder makes a joke about wanting his character to have a threesome with both Elena and Katherine.
4:51 p.m. Matt Davis would rather be a Jedi than an alien.
4:52 p.m. Siega ask Trevino where his character is going and everybody starts saying "were." Because he's apparently a werewolf. Ha! Williamson references his own werewolf movie. Anybody remember "Cursed"? Didn't think so. What an awful movie. He says that it's really hard to do the transformation and to do werewolves without making it look cheesy.
4:53 p.m. Who's next to die? "Pretty much anyone I date ends up dead," McQueen says. Williamson emphasizes that it has to fit with the story and that they don't kill people just to kill people. "However, I'm not opposed to that," Williamson adds. They lament having to kill off Malese Jow's Anna, who everybody came to love. I still hope Vicki comes back, personally. I miss Kayla Ewell.
4:55 p.m. If they had the power to compel Williamson and Plec to push a storyline, what would they do? McQueen wants to see more fighting, more physicality. Davis wants Alaric and Aunt Jenna to have "a filthy dirty sex scene." Wesley enjoyed indulging in the blood last season and we wants Stefan to make choices to "fulfill that vampire need." Then Wesley adds that he'd love to see Stefan in a flashback in the 1980s dancing to '80s music. Dobrev would like to see Elena take on Katherine. "Like there would be a fight," Somerhalder snarks. Somerhalder also likes doing the flashbacks and seeing the evolution of the characters. Trevino wants Tyler would compel the writers to give him a bigger part.
5:01 p.m. Williamson and Plec promises that we've got lots more flashbacks coming.
5:02 p.m. The first question from the audience is for Williamson and Plec about making characters too good or too evil. Plec says that even when people seem to be evil, the writers try to make sure that they have motivations and reasons for doing the things they do.
5:03 p.m. Dobrev is asked which Salvatore brother is most attractive. She hedges and says they're both attractive for different reasons. She says Stefan's attractive because he's devoted, but that Damon is attrative because he's fun. The next question is between Wesley and Somerhalder, which is most like and most different from their characters. Wesley has a sense of humor we don't see and that he's a "down-to-earth, fun, chill guy." And as for Ian? "Like I said, he's exactly like his character."
5:06 p.m. Apparently Paul is No. 2 on the call-sheet and Somerhalder is No. 3. Regarding their characters and the changes to their characters, Somerhalder had trouble playing good, but Wesley had an easy time playing evil.
5:08 p.m. "Really, it scares me at times. It's a strange thing, because the stuff that you write, you have to justify in your mind," Somerhalder notes, saying that it's "a little weird at times" to justify Damon's behavior.
5:09 p.m. "Well, we're actually vampires, so there are no effects," Dobrev says, regarding the vampire effects. The fangs aren't digital. They're small and they're only in sometimes, for limited shots. Somerhalder says that they're so comfortable you could recite the Gettysburg Address with them in. Both Wesley and Somerhalder agree that their contact lenses help them get into character.
5:12 p.m. They joke that the people in the room this year are actually here for them, rather than last year when they were there for "Mythbusters" or whatever came next.
5:13 p.m. Wesley is asked for his name placard and comes to the edge of the stage and hands it to a a fan. "I wanted that," Somerhalder says.
5:14 p.m. Oooh! Clip reel from the Season Premiere, which wrapped yesterday. [SPOILERS?] Katherine getting wicked! Damon admitting to Stefan that he kissed Elena! Stefan presumably realizing that Katherine is back! Damon getting broody! Katherine telling Stefan she came back for him! Stefan telling Katherine he hates her! Lots of biting and choking and emoting!
And that's it for "The Vampire Diaries" at Comic-Con...
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