Julie assures us that Klaus won’t be softening up any time soon — he’s really, really evil, you guys, and as we get to know him better in his moments of vulnerability, his villainous nature is going to get increasingly worse. When Stefan (Paul Wesley) stole the coffins containing Klaus’s family, he struck a dangerous nerve, and we’re going to see the fall-out from that impact everyone in Stefan’s (former) life. “It’s definitely the driving engine when we come back for a good chunk of our winter episodes,” Julie says.
It seems to us that striking a balance between Klaus’s psychotic streak and his more human side would be difficult for the writers — after all, they’ve done a masterful job of it. Julie confesses that it’s actually been easy to create the dimensional villain when they keep in mind one key trait: Everything Klaus does is fueled by rage.
“Klaus isn’t ruled by love the way that Damon, even in his darkest moments, is ruled by love. Love is Damon’s achilles heel. For Klaus, his achilles heel is his fury, his rage at having been unloved or not properly loved,” Julie says. “Every time he gets a moment where we can see his vulnerability, the very act of him feeling vulnerable triggers that rage. His response, his fight-or-flight response, is to get angry and to act out and to be hostile and manipulative and evil. With one comes the other.”