ByKarly Rayner, writer at Creators.co
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Karly Rayner

It's less than a week until the premiere of The Vampire Diaries season 6, and what better way to whip up the excitement than an eight course meal of gourmet teasers and spoilers?

Luckily, [The Vampire Diaries](series:200853) show runner, Caroline Dries, was dropping the spoiler bombs left, right and centre at the season six press premiere and here are the juiciest just for you guys!

The New Big Bad Unveiled!

If you've been wildly speculating about who the big bad will be, it looks like your wait is over! Caroline Dries has named Chris Wood who plays Kai as the new resident psycho. She explained;

He is just like a crazy person and he's super-fun to write and the actor's name is Chris Wood. He's very charismatic and charming and psychotic and likable and unlikable in all the right ways, you get to meet him in a few episodes and he's gonna stick around for a while, hopefully

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Doppelgängers are Dead...Hopefully Forever!

The stale old doppelgänger word is enough to make a lot of us TVD wince with horror, but it seems like we wont be hearing it again in a long time! Dries explained;

I just finished Episode 10. We haven't said it once in 10 episodes. In the writers' room sometimes we'll be like, "Ugh. Maybe this is a doppelgänger thing' and like, 'Nope. Don't say that word. Somebody think of a different idea.' We've been pretty diligent about that. And I'm pretty sure if we say it, it's just to make fun of it

Yessssss!

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Education Matters

Remember when everyone in Mystic Falls was supposedly at high school but they never really went there and it was kind of irrelevant?

Well, apparently the fact that everyone is at Whitmore College will be a lot more important this season. Especially to Caroline who is desperate to overturn the spell on Mystic Falls and return.

In fact, even the fact that Caroline is in sophomore year is relevent to her own person journey. Dries told audiences that;

It's important to her, like the town, it's more of a symbolic thing for her and less of a plot-drive, if that makes sense
We were like, 'We could make this a storyline where they get a bunch of witches and they try to undo the Traveler Spell,' then we're like 'Then we're having scenes with witches and then we're doing spells and no one cares.' So we were like, 'Let's not make that the main story and let's just make it more of the metaphor for what they can't have, which is the ability to go home and be together and sleep in their own beds and stuff like that.'
We've always kinda said it's like the metaphor for when you're in your second year of college and it's like, 'OK. Now I'm in college. My home is now where I go home on Thanksgiving or Christmas vacation.' It stops feeling like home after a little while and like, 'This is my life'

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Alaric Might Just Unravel

According to Caroline Dries, Alaric is just going to sit on his emotions which can only mean one thing. This guy is going to explode at some point.

He is a vampire hunter who was turned into a vampire, went crazy and then died. So now that he's back, it's like, 'Oh, he's gonna have some emotional baggage. But, he's also kinda an adult figure on the show. So as Elena's going through her drama and Jeremy's got his drama, it's like he can't just sit there and mope and cry about his problems, so he internalizes a lot of stuff

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The Human Touch

Poor Matt has long been the only human in Mystic Falls, but now he will have company in the form of brand new character, Tripp.

Fans have been nervous about what this shady dude will be like, but Dries paints him as a balanced sort of influence. She explained;

He came about because we wanted to show Matt thriving in Mystic Falls without supernaturals. Every episode Matt is having his life in jeopardy or somebody's threatening to kill him or something. So it's like, 'What's Matt's life like when he can just not have to have a death threat every five minutes.' We kinda wanted to give him a father figure-type, coach kinda guy, so that's where Trip came out of. But it's Mystic Falls, 'The Vampire Diaries,' not everyone is who they say they wanna be, but he'll ultimately become kinda an interesting, layered dynamic character that's not necessarily a good guy or a bad guy. He actually represents I think like a normal person if you're not in love with Damon or Stefan, like a normal person's point-of-view on the whole vampire world

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The Love Triangle Takes a Back Seat?!

It seems like TVD writers have finally realized that the infamous love triangle might have grown too large and devoured the rest of the show. Dries was adamant there will be romance, but maybe a little bit less of it than some fans would like...

I can tease that we definitely keep the love stories alive. We might not play it out in a tradition way, but they will feel very satisfying. You'll have your moments of frustration where the fans hate us and then we'll have moments where they're freaking out and being thankful, so there's kinda like that push-and-pull that we do, but I think it's done in a way that feels fresh for a show that's in Season 6 and has had the same characters and this love triangle for a long time.
I don't really call it a triangle, because Stefan has become more of a soul-friend of Elena's and so he's dealing with his own stuff, but those two are still very connected, but it's more 'How do we maintain Elena and Damon's love story while he's not present?' So that was our challenge as writers, but I think we do a cool job of it

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The Vampire Diaries" season 6 will premiere on Oct 2 at 8pm

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