It turns out that Bonnie and Damon aren’t alone in their 1994 purgatory on “The Vampire Diaries.” Their prison mate, a powerless witch named Kai, is definitely a psycho murderer. But is he a redeemable psycho murderer who feels remorse for his crimes?
“That’s sort of the question,” Chris Wood tells Zap2it about his creepy new character. “That’s what Bonnie and Damon are going through right now.”
Although it is probably nice for them to have some company as they relive May 10, 1994 over and over again, it wasn’t much of a relief to learn that Kai murdered his family.
“This guy has all the answers, but he’s also admitted to the very descriptive, brutal slaughter of his family members, of his younger siblings, and shown no remorse or even feeling when talking about it,” Wood says. “[He’s] really just emotionally checked out, which is probably one of the more terrifying things you could ever experience — hearing someone talk about this horrible thing they did and be completely apathetic.”
Then again, before the whole murder reveal, Kai was intriguing rather than repellent. “I think Kai’s charm is in [the fact that] he’s entertaining to watch, he’s so unpredictable, he’s charismatic, he’s witty. He’s very quick. He’s a smart, smart guy,” Wood says. “I’m biased, obviously, but he might be one of the most intelligent characters that’s been on the show. He’s actually a genius, I think, deep down under it all.”
The coming episodes will reveal more about the new bad guy in town, which might make him more sympathetic — or not.
“We’re going to learn more about Kai’s past and why this date, May 10, 1994, is important to him personally,” Wood says. “You never know — we might sympathize with him more, we might sympathize less, we might be completely turned off to any hope that he’d have redeeming qualities, or we might find there’s a humanity to him that we didn’t know existed.”
In “The World Has Turned and Left Me Here,” Kai will reveal more about his plans to leave the ’90s purgatory.
“We’re going to see Kai explaining a little bit more about how they’re going to get out and prepping them a little bit more about how to get out. Also in the episode Damon and Bonnie are going to try to activate the ascendant but we’ll discover that Kai has some other plans for them with deadly consequences.”
“The Vampire Diaries” airs Thursdays at 8 p.m. ET/PT on The CW.