Spoiler alert: We already know that Tyler (Michael Trevino) is making his way back to Mystic Falls in “The Vampire Diaries” 101st episode thanks to these photos The CW released. But the biggest question on our minds is whether or not we’ll see our favorite hybrid show up for the big 100th episode airing this Thursday (Jan. 23).
Zap2it sat down with Trevino in Atlanta while the cast was filming the big episode, “500 Years of Solitude,” but unfortunately he was like a locked safe at the bottom of a quarry when it came to spilling whether or not Tyler would be in the episode (he was just down in Atlanta for the 100th episode wrap party). “They are currently filming episode 100 right now,” Trevino says. “I don’t know what’s happening with the 100th episode. I don’t know if Tyler’s in it or anything.”
While he wouldn’t dish any secrets, he could tease us on what we can expect to see from the episode. “I’ve heard there might be some familiar faces in the 100th episode,” Trevino says. “I mean, that’s a milestone! You would try to incorporate as many people as you can. And as you know on ‘The Vampire Diaries,’ nobody’s really dead. People are ghosts, there’s flashbacks, so I wouldn’t be surprised if we saw people from the past.”
We were definitely seeing some familiar faces later that weekend on the red carpet for the 100th episode party, as Trevino was joined by current and past cast members. “I love seeing all these old faces. How could you not?” Trevino says. “Everybody’s here, we’ve got all our writers, the executives came in from LA, but more importantly our whole crew is here. They work so hard to make our show happen. They’re here and they got to bring their families, so it’s an amazing feeling.”
Trevino could barely hide his pride that “TVD” made it to 100 episodes. “It doesn’t happen often with television shows, so it’s a huge accomplishment,” Trevino says. “More importantly, I’m really happy that Tyler made it to 100 episodes. He could have been gone a long time ago.”
As he looked back on 100 episodes and five seasons, Trevino couldn’t believe that The CW series has come this far, and revealed that he never expected the show to make it to this point. “I was just trying to get to the end of Season 1, keep my job and not die. So no, it’s kind of crazy. Time has flown,” Trevino says. “I’ve never been a part of a project that has lasted and been successful in its own world for this long. We’re all very proud and everyone that has anything to do with this show — cast, crew, producers, writers, everybody across the board — they’ve all worked tremendously hard and everyone should all be equally proud of one another.”
Trevino continues, “It’s a crazy little milestone. This little — I say little but it’s subjective — it’s a little supernatural show about werewolves and vampires and witches, and it made it to 100 episodes and can be on the same playing field as some other big shows on other networks or cable networks that reach 100 episodes. It’s very nice.”
When the big episode finally does air, Trevino warns that fans should watch live so they’re not spoiled. “It’s definitely a game-changer,” Trevino says. “Every episode is an epic episode and a game-changer. This one is the 100th episode and we have to bring it. Julie Plec wrote this episode and she brought it.”
“The Vampire Diaries” 100th episode airs Thursday (Jan. 23) at 8 p.m. ET on The CW.
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