Welcome to Julie’s Diary! Every week during the season, Vampire Diariesshowrunner Julie Plec will add an entry to her diary. From answering burning questions to giving behind-the-scenes stories and more, this is a place for fans to hear directly from Plec about the episode they just watched.
Thanks for watching “One Way or Another,” written by Rebecca Sonnenshine and brought to life by first-time TVD guest Rashaad Ernesto Green. This episode is big on firsts and lasts. It marks both the writing debut of writers’ assistant Penny Cox, and the final outing for longtime TVD Family member Sonnenshine.
Once a year, we like to reward the talent of the office support staff by letting them share a script with a seasoned writer. This year, Penny got the honors. When an assistant is granted a writing opportunity, they get to sit in the room and break the story with the rest of the writers, and then go through the entire process as a writer: they go to set to see the episode being shot, they weigh in during post-production, and they obsessively stalk Twitter for feedback just like the rest of us. It’s thrilling and harrowing and everything in between. Congratulations to Penny. And also a fond farewell to Rebecca, who after five years of excellent work on The Vampire Diaries has decided it’s time to move on. She will be missed.
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