18 things we learned from 'The Vampire Diaries' PaleyFest panel
I'm fairly sure I would have more to relate from my trip to "The Vampires Diaries" PaleyFest panel if not for the screaming. Oh, yes, screaming. Before the panel began, there was screaming. During a short video tribute to Katherine Pierce (more on that later), there was screaming. When Paul Wesley spoke, there was screaming. When Ian Somerhalder spoke, there was screaming. When anyone spoke, there was screaming. Did I mention the screaming? Needless to say, a lot of dishy details were drowned out by, yes, screaming.
Here are the 15 things we learned about "The Vampire Diaries" when there was slightly less screaming:
1) We can't rule out a visit from Rebekah to Mystic Falls.
Even though the red carpet for "The Vampire Diaries" took place during the panel for "The Originals," I caught a few minutes of that panel, so this is a little bit of a cheat. The door appears to be open for Rebekah (Claire Holt) to visit her old stomping grounds. After all, the fact that she was doing press despite her character having been banished from New Orleans (and, by extension, the show) suggests show creator Julie Plec isn't done with her now, right? When asked if Rebekah might vacation in Mystic Falls, Holt joked that she might, or she'd "potentially go to Mexico, or California." Still, she said, "I like that idea." We do, too. Hey, Matt needs a girlfriend!
2) The cast of "The Vampire Diaries" works harder than the rest of us. Really.
Given that the cast is still working on the show, it was pretty impressive they all managed to make it to PaleyFest -- and for Somerhalder, the trip into L.A. was particularly rough. "I haven't been to sleep before 5:00 a.m. in the last three months," he admitted to the audience. Julie Plec conceded that the shooting schedule has been pretty rigorous, and Nina Dobrev and Wesley agreed.
3) If you love them at all, maybe stop asking them for a Delena rain kiss on Twitter.
Though #DelenaRainKiss has been trending, Somerhalder said to the audience, "First of all, it's really cold in Georgia, so I don't think that's such a good idea." More importantly, the last time he and Dobrev shot a scene in the rain, it didn't end well. "It was below 30 degrees, and it got so cold the muscles in my jaw froze and I couldn't speak. I looked like I had Bell's palsy."
"It was the best work you've ever done," joked Wesley.
Dobrev added, "I got icicles in my hair and I got really sick."
Somerhalder said, "They call it Hotlanta, but it's a load of crap." He then leaned toward Plec and said, "You write another rain kiss and I quit." So really, even if you love Delena, you may not want both actors to come down with pneumonia.
4) The tribute to Katherine Pierce wasn't just a flashback.
Though the video was mostly Katherine's greatest moments on the show, the end of the video segment squeezed in some snippets from future episodes, though nothing stayed on the screen long enough to give much away. What I was able to take away from the rapid-fire information overload was that Grams may be paying Bonnie a visit to warn her against traitorous Liv and Markos looks like one hell of a badass.