The Vampire Diaries writers like to drop bombshells on us just when we think we know what’s going on! Julie Plec talks in new interviews about the recent surprises and their consequences.

Following last night’s shocking episode of The Vampire Diaries, showrunner Julie Plec has given a number of interviews in which she lays out the new questions that arise for the characters when they learn there’s a potential cure for vampirism, as well as what we can expect from Jeremy, April, the love triangle, and much more.

Plec participated in an interview with TV Line, TV Guide and Zap2It, and a lot was revealed!

What does the cure mean for the show?

Speaking of the cure, Plec explains that finding the cure may not be as straightforward as just making Elena human again and moving on with the story from there. The characters will begin to ask important questions, such as, “‘Wait a second. Klaus, this immortal hybrid who’s been relatively indestructible, is there somehow a way to suddenly make him destructible?’ There’s going to be a whole lot of questions asked about what could happen,” Plec says. She also hints that the question of whether curing an original also cures their bloodline is a valid one.

The April of it all

She also talks about April, who you’ll remember Connor saying had “everything” to do with what was going on! She’ll be, “our vessel to start getting some answers about that really surprising twist of events at the end of the [season’s] first episode.”

Meanwhile, her friendship with Rebekah will continue to develop, and it’ll “pay off down the road with a vengeance.”

Tyler’s new role

On the Tyler/Caroline/Hayley triangle, which took an unexpected turn when we learned that Tyler had in fact not cheated, Plec says, “We like to introduce a trope, where you think you know where it’s going, and then everyone gets all up in arms, because ‘Oh, here comes the slutty little victim into the show, and Tyler’s a cheater, and that’s how they’re going to break up Caroline and Tyler and get Caroline to Klaus, oh, hack hack hack,’ because we’re masochists.” But that’s not the end of it, because “then we like to be like ‘No, that’s not at all what we’re doing.”

It’ll give Klaus a bit of a swagger in his step though, and allow him to make some moves on Caroline. But Hayley is “there for a reason,” Plec reveals, and it’ll allow Tyler to step up and become more of a hero. “Hero Tyler,” Plec raves, “I’ve got to say, man, I just saw episode eight … Michael Trevino. Just on fire. [He has a] strong point of view about Tyler stepping up, becoming a man and really taking a stand, and it’s good for him, and he’s doing a really good job at it.”

Bonnie and the hot/ambiguously evil teacher

Jamie who? (No really, who’s Jamie again?) Bonnie and Shane really hit it off during their seven-hour long hypnosis session last night (and who knows what they were really doing in all that time?), but this guy may be all nice and witch-friendly, in a time where Bonnie needs a friend, but he has an agenda. “We just don’t know if it’s in her best interest or not. A lot of that will start coming to light over the next chapter,” Plec previews. “[He] starts to cross paths with our group next week with some answers. Whether they’re legit or not remains to be seen.”

The death of Connor and Jeremy’s tattoos

Jeremy of course began his transformation into a Hunter (and a map) this week. “Right now, it’s just the beginning of [Jeremy] being awakened,” Plec says. “Connor told him he was a potential, and this is a hint that Connor was speaking the truth.”

But don’t expect Jeremy to be alone in all this! TV Line speculates that the recurring character Vaughn (who is currently being cast) will be another member of the Five who enters the fray later this season. He’s described as “ruggedly handsome, charming, built and tough as hell,” so we’d say that fits the bill!

Finally, we get a preview at what Elena killing Connor will bring about. “The consequences of that first kill are pretty profound,” Plec says. “We [also] learn for the first time that killing a hunter comes with a price and there’s a weird Dostoyevsky consequence of it all that takes her to some dark, dark places.”

Cassandra Clare keeps expanding the Shadowhunters’ universe, with the first adult books of the chronicles just announced!

Clare announced via press release this morning that she’ll publish a trilogy about Magnus Bane, the fan-favorite warlock who’s appeared in every single one of her books and already received a collection of eleven spin-off novellas all about him (The Bane Chronicles). There is no word yet on whether the new books will tie in with the stories told in The Bane Chronicles.

Interestingly, this trilogy will be Clare’s first foray into adult literature, after writing extensively in the YA realm. She always pushed the boundaries of YA, though, with the inclusion of “Dirty Sexy Balcony Scenes” and the like. The first Shadowhunter book, City of Bones, was published in 2007, and the teens who picked it up back then will feel right at home in the adult section of a bookstore today.

Also of note, the series will be co-written with Wesley Chu (author of The Lives of Tao). Clare seems to like having co-writers when dealing with Magnus Bane; The Bane Chronicles are the only other Shadowhunter books that have other authors attached.

The first Magnus Bane book is expected to be published in November 2017. This means that Cassandra Clare will have three Shadowhunters series being published concurrently… The Dark Artifices, The Last Hours, and this Magnus Bane series.

If various sources are to be believed, all three will have an installment published in 2017. The second Dark Artifices book, Lord of Shadows, is expected in April. The Magnus Bane book, as mentioned above, is due in November. And the official site of the Shadowhunter Chronicles still says that the first Last Hours book, Chain of Thorns, is expected in 2017. Clare has a sixth series planned after getting some of these finished, The Wicked Powers, so there’ll be more Shadowhunters coming to a bookstore near you at least through the early 2020s.

Perhaps the decision to publish the Magnus Bane trilogy was based on the character’s success on the Shadowhunters TV show, where the fan favorite is portrayed by Harry Shum Jr. Shadowhunters was renewed for a second season by ABC Family, and it looks like they may have many seasons ahead of them.

Clare said, “Over the years writing the Shadowhunter books, Magnus Bane has emerged as one of the most fun and fascinating characters for me to bring to life… There are so many things we don’t know about Magnus, from the story of his first love to the secrets of his parentage, to the beginning of his relationship with Alec. All those are things I was able to touch on in The Bane Chronicles, but I’m excited to dig in even more deeply in these three volumes devoted to Magnus, his past, his future, and his present.”

Are you excited for three books all about Magnus Bane, or is this Shadowhunter overkill?

The Boxcar Children are heading to the big screen for a new movie series.

Many of us grew up with the wonderful Boxcar Children book series when we were kids. The stories by Gertrude Chandler Warner follow Henry, Jessie, Violet, and Benny, who live in a train boxcar as they search for a home. As kids we all wanted to live in that boxcar (or at least I did — I thought it was so cool to live in a train car with friends!).

According to a press release from Shout! Factory Studios and Legacy Classics, work on a new Boxcar Children animated movie series is well underway, with the first movie aiming for a release in 2017 (which marks the 75th anniversary of Boxcar Children #1). Two more Boxcar Children stories are also in development.

If the animation quality is at the Sunday-morning-cartoon level I probably won’t be very excited about it, but if it’s a more mature animation style (like a Pixar or a Coraline) I can imagine myself loving it.

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The Boxcar Children movie series is poised to do well thanks to the overall success of the books they’re based on. The novels have collectively sold over 70 million copies worldwide, with over 160 books (?!) in its arsenal. The two most recent books are titled The Legend of the Irish Castle and The Celebrity Cat Caper, which were both published this year. Looking through the history of the series, roughly four Boxcar Children books have been published annually. The original author, Gertrude Chandler Warner, only wrote the first 19.

A low-budget animated Boxcar Children film debuted two years ago, but today’s announcement marks a reboot with a new studio at the helm.

Arrested Development‘s fourth season aired three years ago today. To celebrate its legacy (and to try to forget how much we’re missing it right now), let’s rank the best recurring Arrested Development jokes!

It’s really no secret that Arrested Development has some of the best recurring jokes and gags of all time. Even people who don’t watch the show are familiar with things like “There’s always money in the banana stand” and “I’ve made a huge mistake.” The jokes in this show are just so understated and catchy that it would’ve been crazy had they not have caught on. Thanks to Arrested Development‘s recurring jokes, pop culture has never been quite the same.

To celebrate our undying love for Arrested Development, we decided to forgo the banner (sorry, everyone) and instead put together a list of all of the gags and jokes that we think are the best ones the show’s ever done. Not only that, but we’re leaving it up to you to rank them!

How to play: Love a certain joke and think that it should be at the top of the list? Upvote it. Really hate another joke and don’t understand how it got on the list in the first place? Hit that little downward-facing arrow. Don’t care either way for some of these gags? Then you can just leave them untouched. It’s all good! We just want to know what YOU think! With everyone participating we’ll be able to build a definitive list of the best Arrested Development jokes!

So, grab your denim cut-offs and hot ham water, and maybe even do a little chicken dance to get yourself pumped up (but not with the hot ham water in your hand, please). If you’re an Arrested Development fan, you’re sure to love ranking these jokes.

(Just be careful about which arrow you hit. You don’t want to hit the wrong one and find yourself saying “I’ve made a huge mistake.”)

Are there any ‘Arrested Development’ jokes missing from the list? Add them below!

 
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