The Vampire Diaries: Season 7 – Mid-Season Finale Post Mortems

Damon and Stefan are both trapped in the Phoenix Stone. Damon’s dealing with Civil War flashbacks. Can you tell us what Stefan will be dealing with?

I won’t actually. What’s great about the episodes that are coming up in the next chapter is that our winter season launches with a really great concept episode that features Damon’s experiences as a result of being trapped in this personal hell. The way that we unveil his journey and we unveil Stefan’s are completely different and that’s kind of the fun of it.

Ian recently talked about how grueling the Civil War stuff was to film.

It was the first time we’d ever worked with Deb Chow, who directed the episode. There’s always a bit of nervousness when a director joins the family, but we were all really excited that she had directed “Mr. Robot,” so we had high hopes. She just came in with such an incredible point of view, physically and visually, and really understood the show and the story and characters and really created a small movie in the eight days that we gave her to make it. It was spectacular. We had cannons and amputees and an entire Civil War combat village.

We learn in the flash forwards in this season that the Salvatores manage to get themselves out of the Phoenix Stone and are, eventually, alive and well. But we’re not all clear about what happens with Bonnie.

Bonnie is in the middle of a newer mystery. What we’ve seen of her is she appears to be in some kind of mental institute or under some deep psychiatric care and seems to be in love with Enzo. That’s something that is a mystery that we’ll get to unravel during the winter season as we start telling stories about how all that came back.

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Tidbits from set:

In the spirit of the holidays (even though it was October), episode 709 was big on family visits. Both Ian’s [Somerhalder] and Candice’s [King] moms came to hang out and watch the magic happen.

Did Caroline and Alaric’s hippie birthing coach seem authentic? She should, because in real life she lives on a commune.

The flash of the Civil War battlefield at the end gave us a glimpse of what Damon would be going through in the next episode. Damon in “hell” is the first “concept” episode we’ve ever done. It’s a great episode, all about Damon’s experience in the hell that the Phoenix Stone creates. Join us on Jan. 29 when we move to Fridays and launch our next chapter. As for what Stefan goes through, you’ll have to wait and see.

[su_note note_color=”#ececec” radius=”1″]SOURCE: Read More at EW[/su_note]