While we wait for the show to premiere, we're being given some pretty interesting deets on what to expect.
For example, beloved Matt Donovan is going to have a really interesting role.
"For the first time, Matt Donovan isn’t torn by a commitment to protecting his best friends against other people in their peer group," series creator Julie Plec told Entertainment Weekly. "His singular goal is to keep the supernatural business on the DL, if not out of Mystic Falls, and to protect the town. So that puts him continually at odds with Alaric and the kids at the school. He says very clearly in an early episode, 'If I get so much as a wind of your kids causing any trouble, I will come for them.' So he’s both friend and antagonist at the same time."
"The point of this series is that every single one of these kids has enough darkness inside of them that they could end up being the big bad of a season," Julie said. "And yet, on a daily basis, the show is about them fighting for the best version of themselves. So for somebody like Matt Donovan, he wants to give them the benefit of the doubt, but he also has a bit of a zero-tolerance policy because he knows what they’re capable of."
Matthew Davis, who plays our FAVE character Alaric, said that their friendship will be tested if something goes wrong in the town. "You’ll see Matt Donovan draw a line and Alaric draw a line, and they know where they stand," Matthew said. "It’s about keeping the peace, and if the peace can’t be met, then there’s gonna be here to pay, and I think their friendship will be on the sacrificial altar if things don’t work out."
Zach Roerig, who plays Matt, explains how Matt got so used to the supernatural beings in his town, and is still so affected by it all. "He’s going a bit insane at this point," Zach said. "He kind of went off the deep end. We see him in the future a little more frazzled and a little out of his mind from the vampires. He’s crazy sheriff Matt Donovan."