season premiere (The CW, 8/7c) formally introduces viewers to the Heretics, Lily’s wicked “family” of witch-vampire hybrids, who quickly learn just how un-welcoming Mystic Falls can be to evil outsiders.
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“They’re different from anything the show has seen before, which is really exciting,” Elizabeth Blackmore, who plays Heretic Valerie, tells TVLine. “They’re going to have some issues adjusting into this new world, especially once they start interacting with the other characters who have already been here.”
In addition to clashing with the residents of Mystic Falls, the Heretics will also have their share of internal struggles.
“There’s lots of us now, and we’re all vying for Lily’s attention, but Valerie tends to be more of a loner in that regard,” Blackmore explains. “The others often leave her out, so she tends to be a little moodier. She’s an easy target”
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Two of the Heretics cutting Valerie out of their reindeer games are Nora and Mary-Louise, the show’s first same-sex couple.
“They’re very much a team,” Blackmore says of the ancient girlfriends. “It’ll be interesting to see them adjust to being in a time where they can be open with their relationship. All of the Heretics, though, have always been very accepting of them together. I’m really excited that the show has taken this storyline on.”
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As for the impending violence — come on, you knew that was coming — Blackmore promises that the Heretics will live up to their horrifying reputation, teasing that “something happens to Valerie [early in the premiere] that snowballs and causes a pretty serious chain of events.”
fans, what are your early thoughts on the Heretics, and Season 7 in general? Drop ’em in a comment below.
I’m so excited to see the heretics. I’ve got high hopes for this season. Can’t wait to see #Steroline ofc as well
ITA with all of this!!!! I think S7 is going to be amazing – I’ve just got this good feeling!!!! :)
Can’t wait for Calaric and Stevarie this season. I’m sooo excited for these storylines to unfold!!
Looking forward to the Heretics, they should be fun!!!! Cant wait for the the season premiere tonight!!!!
I’m wondering why are they called heretics? Generally heretic has to do with religion and religion has never really been part of this show.
I have no interest in Lily or the Heretics. Every season they are fighting their biggest threat ever. I’d like to see some of the core group relationships, not always their” biggest threat ever.” They need to show there are still characters we care about here going about their lives. The big bad threats only show how much Elena is missed, there is no hero/heroine of the show anymore.
The Heros are Damon and Stefan and Heroines are Bonnie and Caroline and I hope those four really kickass and show the Heretics what they are made of. They are gone, I loved Elena, but she is gone. These are the Vampire Diaries and not Elena Diaries!
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