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SDCC 2011: All Good Things Must Come To An End … With A Giveaway!

I can’t believe it, but this is officially it; my coverage of San Diego Comic Con 2011 has come to a close. For five incredibly long days, the experience went by in a flash. The action was non-stop from the moment I touched down in San Diego and while it was extremely exhausting and probably one of the most trying working experiences I’ve ever gone through, it was beyond worth it.

So, what’d you think? Did you like my coverage choices? Were the formats I chose to report in effective? Do let me know because I’m thrilled to say, it looks as though I’ll be returning to Comic Con next year!

I do know I learned quite a few things for myself while out west. First off, I need to pack more food than a box of granola bars, or at least make time to pick up some items at a local supermarket. Between running around collecting coverage and then writing it up, there’s little to no time to grab a bite. Second, if I want to cover a panel, I’ve either got to get on line at about 5am or hunt down a press pass. I arrived for The Walking Dead panel over three hours early and the line to get into Ballroom 20 was already about 10,000 people long!

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SDCC 2011: Interview With The Vampire Diaries’ Ian Somerhalder And Nina Dobrev

After having the opportunity to speak with the ones responsible for creating The Vampire Diaries and sending the show’s characters on one heck of a tumultuous adventure, writer-producers Julie Plec and Kevin Williamson, we got to chat with two of the actors thrown right into the middle of it all, Ian Somerhalder and Nina Dobrev.

SPOILER ALERT: Major season one and two spoilers in this interview.

Season two came to a close with Stefan’s (Paul Wesley) exit. As dictated by his deal with Klaus (Joseph Morgan), he must leave Elena (Dobrev) behind to accompany Klaus on whatever it is he’s got planned, likely something devastating as he’s now an all-powerful vampire, werewolf hybrid. That leaves Elena with Damon (Somerhalder), forcing Damon to put his usual nonsense on hold, and step it up for Elena’s sake, or so we hope.

“Ultimately, he’s pretty pissed off,” Somerhalder explained. After two seasons of trying to get Damon in line, “Stefan’s running around with Klaus, a dude that Damon absolutely hates.” Now, Damon’s stuck in Mystic Falls with a girl that he loves, but can’t have. As unhappy as he is with the situation, Somerhalder said, “I think he’s going to rise to the occasion.” Then again, “If people are expecting Damon to be this wearing his heart on his sleeve kind of hero character, ain’t happening.” What is on the way for Damon? Check where Somerhalder sees him going in this video roundtable interview.

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SDCC 2011: Saturday Wrap Up And Photos

I can’t believe it, but I’ve reached the finish line. Saturday at San Diego Comic Con 2011 has come to a close. While I’m certainly looking forward to a long day’s rest and not having to lug my hefty laptop around everywhere I go, my coverage schedule wrapping up is a bit sad. At least it all ended on a high note.

Today was another non-stop adventure beginning with Summit Entertainment’s The Darkest Hour presentation. Unlike the big panels in Hall H, this was far more intimate, Summit inviting a group of reporters to a suite in the Hard Rock Hotel to check out some concept art, stills and the film’s trailer. Cast members Emile Hirsch, Max Minghella and Joel Kinnaman were in the house as producers Timur Bekmambetov and Tom Jacobson walked us through the event.

With a little time to kill before The Vampire Diaries press room, I hit the convention center floor to check out the action and snap a few photos one last time. However, some of my favorite images come from the point during which I made my way from the floor to the press room, the photos of the Game of Thrones house banners hanging in the second floor halls.

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SDCC 2011: Interviews With The Vampire Diaries Writer-Producers Julie Plec And Kevin Williamson

If you’re looking for details on a television show’s upcoming season, who better to talk to than the show’s writer-producers? Just before hitting the stage of The Vampire Diaries panel, Julie Plec and Kevin Williamson spent some time in the pressroom for some more intimate conversations on the show’s third season.

SPOILER ALERT: These interviews contain MAJOR season one and two spoilers.

While Plec never crosses over into spoiler territory in terms of the new material, she certainly doesn’t hold back in the least when it came to discussing what to expect come September 15th. She speaks quite a bit about Jeremy’s (Steven R. McQueen) fate, as he’s a young guy struggling with love as well as an immense amount of loss. As for Katherine (Nina Dobrev), Plec assures, “We haven’t seen the last of her.” Speaking of bad, Plec explained, when Stefan (Paul Wesley) falls off the edge “he’s pretty hardcore.” They made a conscious decision to take the character down a “dark road” and they intend to keep him on that path for quite a while. The question is, does that make Damon (Ian Somerhalder) the better brother? “By no means are they swapping personalities,” but she confirms there is a bit of a role reversal. Plec also notes the growing relationship between Caroline (Candice Accola) and Tyler (Michael Trevino). “We’ll see [if] the friendship lasts and if it stays just friends, ‘cause it’s kind of inevitable that there’s gonna be some naked action happening there eventually.”

Plec covered quite a bit, but as there wasn’t time to get through everything, our table was lucky to have Williamson sit down right after to fill in some holes. “Stefan has taken off with Klaus,” he explains. “That’s sort of the first chapter of our story,” Damon and Elena’s search for Stefan. She’s attracted to one and in love with the other, so she’s torn and even more so now than ever because of the circumstances. As for the evil portions of the show, Klaus is villain numero uno, but, “with Klaus comes a whole host of problems and people and characters.” Williamson also goes into depth about the choice to kill off Jenna. Williamson admits part of the decision stemmed from his inability to do much more with the character. “Unless I had turned her into a drunk alcoholic who’s having orgies in the bedroom at night – I’m not that fascinated by that character.” He experienced a somewhat similar issue with Kayla Ewell who played Vicki Donovan, however, as we find out at the very end of season two, her run on the show isn’t over just yet.

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