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.”

Your wish is Marvel’s command. Fans have wanted to see a live-action Squirrel Girl adaptation, and it looks like it might actually happen thanks to New Warriors.

If you don’t know who Squirrel Girl is, do yourself a favor and look her up. Her name is Doreen Green and, shockingly, she can talk to squirrels. (Who would’ve guessed?) But it doesn’t stop there! She’s also got super strength and speed.

Fans have been fantasy casting the role for a while, but when Anna Kendrick said she wanted to play the character, the internet went wild.

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Your wish is Marvel’s command. Fans have wanted to see a live-action Squirrel Girl adaptation, and it looks like it might actually happen thanks to New Warriors.

If you don’t know who Squirrel Girl is, do yourself a favor and look her up. Her name is Doreen Green and, shockingly, she can talk to squirrels. (Who would’ve guessed?) But it doesn’t stop there! She’s also got super strength and speed.

Fans have been fantasy casting the role for a while, but when Anna Kendrick said she wanted to play the character, the internet went wild.

Shannon Purser has also declared her interest in the role. You’ll know her as Barb from Stranger Things, but she’s also just been added to Riverdale.

Before we can start casting, however, we need a show, and according to TV Line, that show is New Warriors.

Marvel and ABC Studios are currently shopping the project around, which would be a half-hour comedy based on the character. One of the tell-tale signs of a Squirrel Girl story line is its lighthearted and humorous nature, so this sounds like a perfect fit.

TV Line reports that the show is being described as “the junior version of The Avengers,” and that “the New Warriors are a superhero squad made up of teenagers.”

Marvel has, of course, brought plenty of its characters to the small screen and to great success. There’s even a chance that this project could be tied to some of the Netflix properties, as Doreen acts as a nanny to Luke Cage and Jessica Jones’ daughter, Danielle, in the comic books.

Just think about that crossover potential.

Are you looking forward to this ‘New Warriors’ show if it stars Squirrel Girl?

Shannon Purser plays fan-favorite character Barb on Stranger Things and now she’s joining a new project on The CW.

A lot of people instantly fell in love with Barb the moment she graced our screens in the Netflix hit series Stranger Things, and who can blame them? She was cool, confident, and not at all worried about what the popular kids thought of her.

Then the Demogorgon arrived. But that’s a tale for another day.

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Shannon Purser plays fan-favorite character Barb on Stranger Things and now she’s joining a new project on The CW.

A lot of people instantly fell in love with Barb the moment she graced our screens in the Netflix hit series Stranger Things, and who can blame them? She was cool, confident, and not at all worried about what the popular kids thought of her.

Then the Demogorgon arrived. But that’s a tale for another day.

EW is now reporting that Purser has joined Riverdale, the television show based on the Archie comics.

Purser will be portraying Ethel Muggs for at least three episodes.

Don’t expect her to follow in the footsteps of her comic book equivalent, however. Ethel may have a crush on Jughead in the source material, but EW is reporting that she’ll have her heart set on someone else.

Ethel will also be teaming up with Veronica and Betty as they set out to get revenge on Reggie Mantle, Archie’s nemesis.

In July, we brought you our thoughts on the Riverdale pilot after we saw it at San Diego Comic-Con. It’ll be premiering midseason next winter on the CW and provides a darker spin on the original Archie characters as they become wrapped up in a murder mystery.

Though the pilot has already been shot, the remaining 12 episodes have yet to be filmed. Production on the rest of the season will begin in early September, and the show is expected to premiere in early 2017, barring any complications.

Are you looking forward to seeing Shannon Purser on ‘Riverdale’?

The Kevin Hart, Jack Black, Nick Jonas, Dwayne The Rock Johnson-led Jumanji sequel/reboot/whatever has completed its family with the addition of Karen Gilan.

In a Facebook post on Monday, The Rock announced that the Doctor Who alum will be joining Jumanji 2 and rounding out the cast. The Rock bills her character as having “the most important role in our movie.”

“We had to find a girl,” The Rock wrote of casting Gillan in Jumanji 2, “but not just any girl.” He continued:

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The Kevin Hart, Jack Black, Nick Jonas, Dwayne The Rock Johnson-led Jumanji sequel/reboot/whatever has completed its family with the addition of Karen Gilan.

In a Facebook post on Monday, The Rock announced that the Doctor Who alum will be joining Jumanji 2 and rounding out the cast. The Rock bills her character as having “the most important role in our movie.”

“We had to find a girl,” The Rock wrote of casting Gillan in Jumanji 2, “but not just any girl.” He continued:

A girl who has “Chutzpah”. Guts and talent to stand her ground and hold her own against Nick’s cool rockstar ways, Jack’s relentless energy and genius, Kevin’s masterful timing and skills and the big, brown, bald tattooed guy who just simply stands there and oooooozes smoldering, captivating, sizzling, can’t take your eyes off this brilliant manly man… never mind I got drunk on the ol’ DJ kool aid again.

Ladies and gentlemen, I’m proud to announce a girl who’s playing the most important role in our movie – the talented, beautiful and down for a Scottish fight at any time, Ms. Karen Gillan.

And yes, this is the girl who is so bad ass she shaved her freaking head for Guardians of the Galaxy.

The Rock goes on to promise that “this isn’t a remake or a reboot, but a continuation of the awesome Jumanji story we love.”

Filming begins next month in Hawaii and is slated to hit theaters next year.

Gillan is best known for her role as Amy Pond in Doctor Who and, as The Rock notes, Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy.

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The Jumanji “continuation” has been met with lots of skepticism since the original was led by the late Robin Williams. It just seems like an unnecessary, unoriginal idea.