By DENISE SMALDINO
Fans of the CW drama “The Vampire Diaries” could barely contain their excitement Saturday night at Paleyfest when exec producer Julie Plec introduced a sneak peek of this week’s episode.
That viewing, of course, came on the condition of being in the show’s “circle of trust” and not revealing any secrets. With the audience obliged, the episode was well received by the loyalists who attended the gathering at the Saban Theatre in Beverly Hills.
It was following the unspooling, however, when fans were able to vocally let loose. Plec introduced the cast and dished on favorite moments and upcoming twists that will arrive before season three comes to end later this spring.
“I think I need to go abroad, maybe Europe, and meet some new boys,” said star Nina Dobrev (Elena Gilbert) about her character’s love triangle with the two Salvatore brothers, played by Paul Wesley (Stefan) and Ian Somerhalder (Damon).
“‘Gossip Girl’ went to Paris, so maybe we can go to Italy,” she added. Surprising both the crowd and the cast, Plec responded by revealing that at the end of this season, Elena has a choice to make. “It’s going to come to a head, maybe not the head, but a head.”
When recalling other top moments this season, Candice Accola (Caroline Forbes) couldn’t help but mention the kiss (insert screaming fans here) between real-life couple Dobrev and Somerhalder. “It has been a heck of a season, and there is so much more to come,” Accola said.
Putting spoilers aside, the cast was in a joking mood. Topics ranged from on-set fan fiction by Matt Davis (Alaric Saltzman) to Wesley’s real-life wife, Torrey DeVitto (Dr. Meredith Fell) being cast this season’s as Alaric’s love interest.
“I’ve done scenes with her and she’s amazing,” Somerhalder gushed. “She’s better than Paul, actually.”
On a more serious note, Somerhalder shared his experience of auditioning for the role, detailing how he “choked” for the initial network screen test and went through “10 days of virtual hell” when waiting for the retest.
“I knew this was my role,” he said, reminding the audience to always believe in themselves.