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.”

Intellectual property law may prevent Stephen Colbert of The Colbert Report from appearing on The Late Show, but it cannot stop his identical twin cousin.

Last week, Stephen Colbert brought a familiar face to visit The Late Show. Tucked away in the woods living happily ever after with Jon Stewart was Colbert’s character, host of The Colbert Report, champion of America, Her Excellency The Rev. Sir Doctor Stephen Tyrone Mos Def Colbert, D.F.A., Heavyweight Champion of the World** featuring Flo Rida La Premiere Dame De France. Or Stephen Colbert for short.

Colbert resisted bringing the character to The Late Show, choosing to introduce the world to the real Stephen Colbert. But the Republican National Convention selecting Donald Trump as their candidate for President demanded that Colbert dust off his Captain America shield and return to glory for one night only. And one night only is all we are going to see of that man.

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Colbert announced on The Late Show that immediately after the live show on July 18, 2016, Viacom’s lawyers called up CBS and said that “the character Stephen Colbert is their intellectual property.” And so, Stephen Colbert revealed that Stephen Colbert, host of The Colbert Report would never be seen again.

Luckily, Stephen Colbert had an identical twin cousin! How might that work, you ask? Well Colbert’s mother was an identical twin and she and her sister married identical twins and gave birth at the same time and both named their sons Stephen Colbert. Rest assured attorneys, the two men are very different people. The banned Colbert went to Dartmouth, the cousin Colbert only applied there. The banned Colbert wears smart fitting suits, the cousin Colbert prefers a breezy American flag button down. Night and day those two.

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Real Stephen Colbert (are you confused yet?) asked cousin Colbert if he’d be willing to make himself available for future appearances on The Late Show, a task cousin Colbert was more than willing to take on. Loopholes!

Another intellectual property to fall to the wayside was “The Word,” a segment Colbert revived from The Colbert Report to introduce the word, “Trumpiness.” There’s a way around this one too. Introducing, “The Werd.”

Watch all of the Stephen Colberts in action and get the lowdown on “The Lesser of Two Evils” in the full segment from July 27.

The Late Show continues its live coverage of the Democratic National Convention tonight at whatever time Hillary Clinton is done speaking on CBS.

When in doubt, look to Harry Potter. At least, that’s what Marvel and Sony are planning for the latest Spider-Man reboot.

When Tom Holland showed up in Captain America: Civil War as Spider-Man, fans were obviously hesitant to throw too much weight behind his version of Peter Parker. The webslinger had been seen at the forefront of a blockbuster movie twice in the past couple decades, and even the biggest Spidey fans were wary of yet another incarnation.

But Holland swung himself right into our hearts with his charm and enthusiasm, both on screen and off. The cast took him under their wings and fans were soon to follow. So, when it was announced that he’d be starring in another solo Spider-Man film, titled Homecoming, the response was optimistic.

There are a lot of things Marvel and Sony are doing differently for Homecoming, not least of which is actually working together. Peter is also much younger than we’ve seen him in the past, and his story will focus as much on his time in school as his time fighting bad guys.

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In fact, the school year may even help structure Homecoming and subsequent Spider-Man solo films. Speaking to Collider, Kevin Feige even said they may take a leaf out of Harry Potter’s book:

“Should we be able to make more after [Homecoming]? Sure. This is sophomore year, is the next one junior year? Is the next one senior year? Is there a summer break between each of those? I don’t know what, but it was sort of how do we do a journey for Peter not dissimilar for what the students of Hogwarts would go through each of their years, which was one of the early ideas we had for the movies.”

This structure allows for a consistent progression of time for both the characters and the world. We’ll say goodbye to Peter at the end of the school year, but welcome him back again at the beginning of the next. It allows for changes to take place over the summer, for new threats to materialize, and for the story to stretch its legs and develop over the course of nine months, rather than a few short days.

But first we have to see if Spider-Man: Homecoming will be the hit both Marvel and Sony are hoping it’ll be.

How are you feeling about the current developments regarding ‘Spider-Man: Homecoming’?

Netflix has passed on picking up Agent Carter for a third season, and now they’re explaining why.

The cancellation of Agent Carter sent shock waves through the Marvel fandom. We get so few female-led properties in the superhero world, and Peggy was unapologetically kickass on every level. When ABC didn’t renew the show for another season, fans immediately started pitching to Netflix, hoping they would give the S.H.I.E.L.D. founder a new life.

Alas, it wasn’t to be so. In an interview with EW, Netflix Chief Content Officer Ted Sarandos explains why they decided to pass on the opportunity.

The first reason was because they’re looking for “truly original brands to own.” Netflix, as you probably know, already has a pretty clear corner on that market with Daredevil and Jessica Jones, both of which have been wildly popular, as well as their upcoming series Luke Cage and Iron Fist, all four of which will eventually merge into an Avengers-esque crossover series called Defenders. Plus, the Punisher is getting his own series, too.

ABC had already owned and put out two seasons of Agent Carter, which means, creatively, Netflix couldn’t take over the show and make it their own. They would have to honor what came before and make sure it had the same look and feel. Considering how wildly popular their original series have been (for reference, check out the current buzz about Stranger Things), it’s understandable that they’d rather focus on something they can build from the ground up.

The second reason why Netflix passed on Agent Carter is a bit more technical in that the streaming service likes to release its original content globally, something that would be difficult, if not impossible, due to Agent Carter’s current international restrictions. As Sarandos says, passing up on Agent Carter was “a business decision more than a creative one.”

But neither of those reasons make the situation any better for fans of the character and her solo show. While Netflix would’ve been an ideal place to watch Peggy’s next great adventure, we’ll have to hope the showrunners and Hayley Atwell can swing something else instead.

Are you disappointed Netflix isn’t picking up ‘Agent Carter’?