In the final “The Vampire Diaries” episode of 2010, Michael Trevino gave us a powerful performance as Tyler endured the agony of transforming into a werewolf. When he stopped by our offices on Thursday morning, we had to ask him what he thought of the scene when all was said and done.
“I was impressed,” he tells us — and rightfully so. “Coming to L.A. I saw a rough, rough cut of it with Kevin [Williamson] and Julie [Plec]… and then I saw another draft of it when I did the voiceover ADR work for the episode, and it was getting better and better.” It wasn’t until he watched the final cut at home that he got the full impact.
“I have a nice little surround system so the sound’s really good. That’s what got me. The CGI, the visual effects were great, and I liked certain cuts that they used within mine and Candice’s performance, but it wasn’t until I was home. It was crazy to hear all the sound they’d put in in post-production — bones cracking and everything.”
The idea of watching Tyler experience that kind of excruciating pain every month makes us uneasy — but not as uneasy as it makes Trevino. He confirms that within the often ambiguous “Vampire Diaries” time line there will be one more full moon before Season 2 wraps up, but he hopes it won’t be quite as brutal.
“I’m thinking as long as I don’t piss off Kevin and Julie, then maybe they won’t write that,” he laughs.
This week, we’ll see Tyler and Caroline’s (Candice Accola) relationship deepen even further after their emotional night together in the Lockwood cellar. “From a standpoint of her being there for me and having my back, as a friend, I love [her] for doing that,” Trevino says. That “as a friend” might deepen when one of the other werewolves fills him in on some missing information.
“Through a certain somebody who comes into town he finds out that a werewolf bite can kill a vampire, so then there’s a whole other wave of emotion that comes over him when he hears this news.”
As much as we’re on board for a possible Tyler/Caroline romance, we can’t help but feel a little sad for Matt (Zach Roerig). Tyler’s already hooked up with his mom and his sister… and now he’s moving in on the ex? Poor guy.
“If he’s not getting cheated on or somebody’s dying, he’s waiting tables, it’s really unfortunate,” Trevino says.
Things will escalate between the two best friends (or former best friends). “In this episode, you’ll see, there’s more emotion coming out of Tyler and there’s more emotion coming out of Matt as well. That’s where there’s going to be this awesome awkwardness,” he says.