TVD’s biggest twists: doppelgangers, vampire Elena and more

A round-up of TVD’s biggest twists by TV Line, with Julie Plec’s and Caroline Dries’ comments:

Elena is Katherine’s doppelganger (season 1)
“I’ll be honest with you, we were baffled by what to do with that when we first signed on to the series because in the books, Katherine and Elena were meant to be identical. But even in the way that they describe Katherine in the books is that she looks a lot like Elena. When we were first starting to break the season, we were like, ‘Well, does she look a lot like her or does she look exactly like her? Because how cool would it be, in that first episode, to tee up a mystery? We just spent this whole episode believing that this vampire is here to see this girl, only to realize that he’s got a picture of her from 150 years ago.’… Then we had to pay it off. Why do they look like each other? What does all this mean? We decided to create a doppelganger mythology to explain why Nina Dobrev was playing both roles.”

Source: The Vampire Diaries’ Biggest Twists: Julie Plec on Neck Snaps, Doppelgangers and a Great Fake-Out

Damon snaps Jeremy’s neck (season 2)
Let’s settle this once and for all, did Damon know that Jer was wearing the Gilbert ring that would bring him back to life? “This is a hot-button issue,” Plec replies with a laugh. “As we said in Episode 3 that season, he admitted, no, he did not know. When he acted out in that moment, it was to kill and to make a point and to sever his relationship [and] ties with these people forever, to make the loudest, angriest and most aggressive statement he could. … The most fascinating thing that came out of that was the outpouring of people who were like, ‘Poor Damon. It’s Elena fault for rejecting him.’ For years, we’d sit in the writers room and be like, ‘People are morally bankrupt! [Laughs] Our fanbase is very forgiving — a lot more forgiving than we are.’ Kevin and I were convinced that Damon killing Jeremy would slow down the love triangle by about five seasons, if not kill it completely. That was a bold choice that we wanted to take. We wanted Damon to still be a true villain.”

Source: The Vampire Diaries’ Biggest Twists: Julie Plec on Neck Snaps, Doppelgangers and a Great Fake-Out

Elena dies — and becomes a vampire! (season 3)
“There was never any debate about going through with it. The big question was always, ‘When? How long can we hold off? At what point will it be the right move?’ But everybody knew that, eventually, this is where we were going to go,” Plec recalls. “The best part of doing it when we did, the thing that worked so well, is we we were able to start senior year with this girl, asking all these questions about who she was… It was great way of taking a character, running her to her lowest emotional point as a human, making her make all her choices that she believes so profoundly in as a human, and then changing everything for her.”

Source: Vampire Diaries’ Biggest Twists, Part 2: EPs on Elena’s Death, Sire Bonds and Double the Stefan

Stefan is Silas’ doppelganger (season 4)
“We knew when we started the season that we wanted Silas to be like the original Original. Almost like the devil, in a way. The original evil. We were like, ‘How can stretch out this character for a full year?’ But we just knew [and] thought in the very early stages that it should be Paul Wesley. It should be revealed that Stefan is a doppelganger. [Wesley] is such an awesome actor, that we were like, ‘How can we see more levels with him?’ … [In Season 5], we’re going to explore this phenomenon of the doppelganger and how and why they exist in our mythology and what they actually mean for Stefan and Elena and everyone else.”

Source: Vampire Diaries’ Biggest Twists, Part 2: EPs on Elena’s Death, Sire Bonds and Double the Stefan