This afternoon, The CW hosted an advance screening of Thursday night’s Vampire Diaries, the appropriately-titled “The Last Day,” and afterward there was a Q&A...

This afternoon, The CW hosted an advance screening of Thursday night’s Vampire Diaries, the appropriately-titled “The Last Day,” and afterward there was a Q&A with Executive Producer Julie Plec, Steven R. McQueen (Jeremy), Kat Graham (Bonnie), Michael Trevino (Tyler), Daniel Gillies (Elijah), and Joseph Morgan (Klaus).

We’ll have some words to say about “The Last Day” in a bit and will also have a lot more to share (which you’ll probably also read reports of on many other great websites), but by request, we’re just going to jump in first with some talk about a new character who has quickly become a fan favorite – Daniel Gillies’ Elijah.

“Daniel is so amazing,” Plec says, making Gllies blush. “We all have the sickest crush on Daniel Gillies. The actor crush, the love crush, fan crush, all of this. I think I said to somebody that Elijah’s character was meant to bridge the gap between the introduction of Klaus in script, and then the actual reveal of Klaus late in the season, and he was meant to get us from Point A to Point B. We didn’t have the true mythology of how to kill an original completely worked out when we first introduced Elijah. And then freakin’ Dan Gillies walks in that door, in the big old haunted house thing, and that suit, and he has that accent, and everything about him is so great, we’re like ‘Well. We can’t make him easy to kill, because we don’t want our characters to look stupid for not being able to get rid of him,’ so we just made it harder and harder until he reached the point that ‘screw it. Originals are immortal.’ And it’s honestly because of Daniel and the work that he did.”

Plec mentions that Season 3 will be “The Year of the Originals,” but she does not know yet – or is at least not saying – if Klaus or Elijah will be on for a full time basis next year. “That is a decision that gets made when we actually break story for Season Three,” she says.

Come back to KSiteTV for more Vampire Diaries coverage in the coming days. If there’s something specific you’d like to see, leave comments! You can find a gallery of images from this week’s episode, “The Last Day,” here.

Craig Byrne, Editor-In-Chief

KSiteTV Editor-In-Chief Craig Byrne has been writing about TV on the internet since 1995. He is also the author of several published books, including Smallville: The Visual Guide and the show's Official Companions for Seasons 4-7.