Welcome to Julie’s Diary! Every week during the season, Vampire Diaries showrunner 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 “Somebody That I Used To Know,” written by Holly Brix with story by Matt D’Ambrosio and directed by Chris Grismer.
In the writers’ room, we’ve been waiting for this episode for a year. Last year, there was a scene at the front door of the Salvatore House where Bonnie got snippy with Enzo that delighted me so much I started quietly shipping this couple. She called him a “ruiner.” I liked their chemistry and the fun potential of two characters who have every reason not to like each other. As Kevin [Williamson] always says, “Hate is just love turned inside out.”
Building a television romance is no easy task. You can slow-play it over many years (Stefan and Caroline, who I started rooting for in episode 202), you can discover it in an instant (Klaus and Caroline, whose amazing chemistry actually derailed any Stefan-Caroline slow-playing for a couple years), you can fight against it as long as possible until fans are quite literally SCREAMING at you because you haven’t delivered on it yet (Damon and Elena). You can be baffled by a coupling that people root for (Bonnie and Kai), saddened by a couple you love that people reject (Bonnie and Jeremy), and when all is said and done, all you can do is write from the heart and hope for the best.
In the case of Bonnie and Enzo, we decided to show them in love with each other as a surprise flash-forward, leaving the audience to wonder how in the hell that happened. I really love the idea of them together. Enzo has so much love to give, but has been constantly disappointed by people in his life. Bonnie, always giving so much of herself to others, deserves the kind of love that is unconditional and powerful and selfless. I love them together. I make no promises about how long it will last, because that’s the mysterious nature of television, but simply put, I love how much he loves her. You’ll get to see more and more of that as we head to the end of the season.Tidbits from set: