Nina Dobrev's five teases for tonight's 'Vampire Diaries' (and one big one for the season finale)

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The sacrifice ritual is finally upon us, and no one is pretending that tonight’s game-changing episode of The Vampire Diaries (The CW, 8 p.m. ET) won’t have a body count. It was an emotional hour for the cast to shoot. “The big sacrifice is very tragic. A lot of people die, and it’s all people that we love and care about, and so when you’re on set filming it and you’re looking at these people in their eyes and you know that they’re dying, it’s like losing a family member for real,” Dobrev tells EW. As always, the cast had to find the light at the end of the tunnel. “The show is so dark, and dangerous, and scary, and there’s so much blood and death, we have to make ourselves laugh, we have to make sure that we have fun. During the sacrifice episode, we shot mostly nights, about an hour or hour and a half outside [Atlanta], so we would drive an hour and a half twice a day after working 16 hours a day for a week. We worked on a Saturday night as well. We were joking around saying, ‘If we have to work on Saturday night, we should be able to drink on Saturday night at work. We didn’t obviously,” she says, “but then on Sunday morning, when we wrapped at like 9 a.m., we all went out for brunch, which was basically like our dinner.” So mimosas all around? “We tried, but in Georgia there’s a law that you can’t drink before 12:30 on Sunday,” she says.

Speaking of tragedies, we asked Dobrev to tease tonight’s episode. Here’s what she told us:

• John (David Anders) has been MIA because independent Elena’s been avoiding him despite their truce, and frankly, she’s had so much on her mind, she hasn’t even thought about keeping him in the loop. “We saw a lot of him this episode, and you’re gonna see him be as selfless as we’ve ever seen him,” she says. (RIP, John?)

• Aunt Jenna (Sara Canning), who’s in transition and will become a vampire if she drinks human blood, will go through hell either way. So will Elena. “Jenna will have to make the choice, and Elena will have to sit there and watch her go through this terrible thing. When you think about it, Jenna found out that vampires existed and then become one in, like, a day. And now she’s fighting all these different emotions because when you’re a vampire, all your senses are heightened — the feeling for love, and regret, and sadness, and pain,” Dobrev says. “The one thing Elena has been fighting so hard to achieve all season is to protect her friends and her family, and now she’s in this circumstance where she’s very vulnerable and helpless and she has to sit there like a spectator and watch those around her die knowing that she’s basically next.”

• By episode’s end, we will know one way or another whether Elena, who Damon (Ian Somerhalder) force-fed his blood last episode, will be turning into a vampire herself.

• Expect captive Katherine to play a role in the sacrifice… “She somehow surprises everyone,” Dobrev says. Vague, yes, but we’re pretty sure she meant “surprise” in a good way.

• Damon will hide his werewolf bite from Elena and Stefan (Paul Wesley). That sets up next week’s season finale, during which Damon’s dementia kicks in while Mystic Falls is hosting a screening of Gone With the Wind in the town square. “It’s a very, very interesting turn of events. Because Damon force-fed Elena his blood, and she was just so heartbroken by it, and so angry and upset, it’s almost like something finally clicked in his brain and he realized that he did something that was not right. It’s his final act of good grace — he doesn’t want to burden them with it. He’s already kind of written himself off, and he doesn’t want to make everyone around him suffer because of it. He just wants to go gracefully and try to redeem himself before he dies. It’s actually a really beautiful episode.” (Note to Damon fans: All she’s actually said there is that Damon thinks he’s dying. Let’s remember that Rose didn’t die from the werewolf bite, she died from Damon mercy staking her. Let’s also not forget that one myth — the curse of the sun and the moon — has been busted.)

Bonus burning questions:

• Last episode, Damon convinced Katherine to tell him where Klaus (Joseph Morgan) was holding Caroline (Candice Accola) and Tyler (Michael Trevino), because if Katherine loves Stefan, she wouldn’t want the ritual to happen as scheduled since it would mean spending eternity competing with vampire Elena for Stefan’s affection. Does Katherine really love Stefan, or is that just a lie she’s still selling? “There’s so many ways it can go, and nobody truly knows the answer to that except for [executive producers Kevin Williamson and Julie Plec], and they’re very ambiguous about it to even me,” she says. “But the way I play it, it’s your classic ‘I want what I can’t have’ syndrome. Damon was so available to Katherine for so long. He was like a little puppy dog. She liked playing with him, but she didn’t always keep him around. And Stefan almost represented what seemed like a solid ground in her so inconsistent world. She’s been running for 500 years, and he was sort of indifferent about her, and the fact that he’s fallen in love with someone else but he’s still being this good guy — Katherine at the end of the day had a family and loved her family, and like anyone, she wants to be loved and is looking for a family and to be accepted. I think she believes she loves Stefan, but I think it could change at any given time. Katherine loves herself more than anyone else. There may be people who she finds compatible, or endearing, or interesting, or playful, or flirtatious, and everyone will feed a different part of her existence for that moment in time, but ultimately, Katherine loves herself. Maybe one day, she will get to a point where she gets lonely, and she’s gonna want to find a greater purpose. Maybe she’ll have to hit bottom and completely shut down and lose everything to realize that she needs to have a greater fulfillment in life.”

• Fans are talking about chemistry between Elena and Elijah (Daniel Gillies). Should we be? “We can obviously tell that there was something between Elijah and Katherine, and there is now something sort of building between Elena and Elijah. Is it the same thing that’s been going on with every guy who’s encountered Elena after having survived Katherine?” Dobrev asks. (She has no answer.) “It’s funny,” she says. “Daniel Gillies is such a sweetheart, and he’s so amazing and so funny, and we’re really, really good friends, so we have a lot of fun on set. That kind of chemistry and friendship definitely can be caught on camera. I’m glad that it plays.”

• If we ever meet the person Katherine was a doppelganger of, what demand will Dobrev make when asked to play three roles? “I have no idea when that will happen,” she laughs. “The only thing I’d probably ask for is 12-hour turnarounds [between leaving the set at night and arriving in the morning] a few times a week. That would be my only request because that doesn’t happen all the time.”

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  • Liv

    I can’t wait!!!!! hehe! only 6 hours to go!!!

    • S.

      I agree Liv.

      • something is wrong

        no one else finds it odd she is dating ian who is 10 years older than she is?

      • Nicole

        Actually… isn’t he more like a couple HUNDRED years older? Not different for Damon or Stephan at that point, I would assume.

      • lefty

        @Nicole…they mean in real life. The two actors are dating and Ian is 10+ years older than Nina.

      • Pan

        I see nothing wrong with them dating in real life. They are both adults. Live and let live.

      • JB

        If she was 14 and he 24, yes then it’s a big deal. Once she’s 18, not a big deal. Well still weird at 18 but who cares. She’s a big girl. And age difference shouldn’t matter with consenting adults.

        Most people aren’t the same age or a year or two apart. If they were, life would be boring.

      • JB

        And to clarify that, I meant if ALL couples were the same age.

      • Zoe

        And how much older is Kelsey Grammer than his current wife? Much more than 10 years. And I’m sure we could think of many more Hollywood examples.

      • Erin

        It is a HUUUUUGE and ridiculous gap for a girl in her early 20s (dont care how mature you are) but do we know for sure they’re dating? Eh not a fan of co-star relationships. They don’t work 99.9% of the time and can stuff up the show. Though as long as Delena doesnt happen because of it (ala One Tree Hill storylines) I don’t care.

        Bring on the deaths!

      • Tessa

        What is ludicrous is the people saying that the 10 year gap between Ian and Nina is ridiculous. My parents met when my mom was 23 and my dad 33 , they married a year later and have been very happy. 27 years later and they are still together an djust as happy. As long as everyone is over 18 when there is love age doesn’t matter.

      • Jane

        Tom Cruise Katie Holmes. Get over it they are adults. When you turn 20, 10 years-5 years it’s no big deal. Look at Nick cannon and Mariah Carey. Should I go on? Let’s not be immature about adults in adult relationships!

    • AM

      Don’t forget, Tyler bit Damon before he was fully a werewolf. Maybe that makes a difference.

      • Hermione

        Ooh, very good point. I hadn’t thought of that….

      • Lia

        OMG I was thinking the exact same thing!!!!

  • sheilar88

    ooh sounds interesting! i’m interested to see what will happen with jenna and what kat will do to help. i wonder what will happen with john too, kinda sounds like he’s willing to die to save Elena.

    • Angelique

      they both died

  • mejaki

    Thank god for my DVR. I know I’m going to have to watch this episode at least twice…The first time, I’ll be peeking through my fingers. Anybody know who’s dying? This is killing me!

  • Merry Bear

    I just knew Mandi would throw us a bone before tonight’s episode. Thanks!

  • gina

    (ITALY)DAMON non deve morire,noi fans lo amiamo troppo,e speriamo in una bellissima storia d’amore con elena,per i fans ITALIANI DAMON è il numero UNO di the vampire diaries,speriamo che la PLEC e KVWIN non facciano brutti scherzi.(DAMON ELENA FOREVER

    • Mari

      Non ti preoccupari; penso che Damon sarà sicuro!

  • Minxie

    Ack, just a few hours away and the wait is still killing me! XD

  • kc

    So terribly addicted to this show, particularly Delena. I love that Damon will finally lock into his humanity. Such an awesome Vampire character! Excited about the Gone with the Wind theme. So endgame. Hope we see some Tyler/Caroline and Katherine dying to literally save the day and maybe Elena. Sounds like John will die and possibly Jenna. I’m thinking only one of those will die though. Is it wrong of me to take delight in the demise of Jules? Lol

    • mejaki

      No, it’s not wrong. I don’t hate her, but if someone’s gotta go…Well, I’m not attached to Jules.

    • lefty

      that actress has bothered me since she popped up on One Tree Hill (ugh, OTH…).

      • Valley Girl

        ITA… My guess is that she will be included in the body count by the end of the season, probably along with John (Sark!), Jenna, and, maybe Katherine. I wouldn’t shed tears over Tyler, Caroline, Bonnie or Jeremy, either.

    • AM

      I know at least Caroline and Jeremy don’t die because there is a picture of them in the final episode. Now, Bonnie, Alaric(please no!), Jenna, John, and Jules, I have no idea about.

  • tamara

    Can’t wait. I just hope that season 3 has more about the rest of the cast ie, Tyler, Bonnie, Elijah. Remember CW, there are alot of us fans of the rest of the cast that want to see there stories. Season 1 & 2 was way too much about Damon. We love the guy but, every episode was about him, he got to save Elena, drink the blood, fight, one liner’s etc… come on give us someone more then Damon. Please

    • Bianca

      Coz they give what peeps want. U can’t deny that majority of people watching like Damon than Stefan tho. Other than that, Stefan has more scenes still than Damon.
      I want more of Damon tho than Stefan.
      Stefan is boring….

      • niki

        Ita, Damon is the best character by far. I admit to wanting delena as the final pairing. Most fans agree, I was one of the last holdouts for stelena. I gave in when Elena started reciprocating, delena has to much chemistry.

      • Ahmad

        Elena, Mario and staff at Corsignano;Thank you all very much for the INCREDIBLE time at Corsignano! Both of you and your staff welcomed my sndtetus and fellow teachers with warm hospitality; it was felt. They all talk about the day there; from the relaxed atmosphere, to the cooking lessons and the final out come of getting to eat what they created. The food was “AS GOOD AS IT LOOKED – INCREDIBALE”! Personally; I wish my Italian was better so that while I was there I could have conversed more. I must also say, what a beautiful location you have, when and if I have the time, I would gladly spend it there again. I shared the grappa and the Vin Santo with my father, as I believe I mentioned to you he was born and raised in Lucca, and he enjoyed them both. I remember Mario going to get the grappa during dessert; to pour a glass for both him and I; special touches like that are what makes moments to remember.You all opened your arms and welcomed us like family – GRAZIE MILLE! It will be my honor to return with a group of my food sndtetus again! Again thank you for your hospitality! Salute;Chef Roberto Paolinelli B.EdSt. Thomas Aquinas Catholic High SchoolSpruce Grove, Alberta, Canada

    • ZR

      this show is turning into the damon show, damon this, damon that… i am kind of sick of it.

  • Shane

    Given that she said people would be crying….it simply has to be someone whom the audience has more emotional investment in – so someone more important emotionally than John or Jenna.
    My money is on Jeremy.

    • Liv

      I would cry for days. Jeremy is just getting started! He’s the Xander of this group. The sole human surrounded by supernatural creatures (Elena is a supe as doppleganger so she doesn’t count).

    • Ally

      The only people I’m okay with dying would be Sheriff Forbes, John (I like him but I’d rather have vampire Jenna), I’d keep Tyler over Matt, Jules can die, and Katherine too- she doesn’t really have a purpose anymore

    • wednesday

      It isn’t Jeremy. He’s in the promo pictures for next weeks episode. Caroline survives too! Thank goodness! I hope Elijah and Tyler and make it. In an interview I just read, Michael Trevino said he isn’t in the finale which has me very nervous.

    • AM

      Jeremy is safe. Look at the pics from the last episode!!!

  • Beauty

    Can’t wait! Tonight’s show is going to be EPIC!!!

  • Ally

    I’m hoping that a werewolf bite doesn’t mean death- but that Damon will be a hybrid like Klaus..we all saw how turning for Tyler was so painful- so maybe that’s what Rose went through and she just figured she was going to die anyway. Maybe Klaus made that myth up so that no one would try to be as powerful as he is? I’m pretty sure they won’t kill Damon- he’s too important to the show :\

    • Zoe

      Or what if a werewolf bite turns a vampire human–if they last long enough to survive the pain and dementia? That would be a twist…and this show loves twists!

      • Flash Fire Power

        Zoe, you are brilliant! Taking notice that a werewolf bite did not in fact cause the death of Rose, but the mercy staking to end her pain did! Yes, I do believe that you are quite the intellect! The series do love their “twists.”

    • Tessa

      Damon is the star of the show as he was the star of the books. Without Damon the show would be Twilight reflux and while I liked Twilight I certainly wouldn’t want to see a repeat of it. Damon brings excitement, humanity and growth to the show. NOt to mention his humour, sexiness and amazing chemistry with Elena. without Damon I certainly wouldn’t be watching.

  • Bianca

    They better not kill Damon or I will not Vampire Diaries!

    • Bianca

      I mean *I will NOT watch Vampire Diaries anymore! Hmp!

    • Erin

      Your worry is needlessly ridonkolous as they’d never kill off Damon. Without Damon, Elena and Stefan there is no Vampire Diaries.

    • Invy

      I’m waiting for Stefan, with his new game . He is the best as lover, bohtrer, friend and hope that this time he will be one step ahead than klaus . Come on Stefan win the game.

  • rebecca graham

    nina had be great actrsss very

    • Erin

      She’s good but I wouldn’t call her great. She has improved greatly throughout the show though – early episodes she plain old sucked.

  • Vamp16

    Only a few more hours!

  • Liz

    So, now I’m thinking that Katherine won’t die because of the “Maybe one day, she will get to a point where she gets lonely, and she’s gonna want to find a greater purpose” quote. YAY! Katherine’s awesome!

    • xJac

      I completely agree – Katherine is my fav! She and Damon always steal the show!
      I hope they survive the final ep (Damon will for sure).

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