Bonnie Bennett has a dilemma.
After sacrificing herself on The Vampire Diaries to help bring Elena's younger brother Jeremy (Steven R. McQueen) back to life, Bonnie is faced with telling her friends about her death. With Elena (Nina Dobrev) and Caroline (Candice Accola) starting anew at Whitmore College, unaware of their friend's true fate, that task won't be easy.
"There is definitely going to be some fighting," Kat Graham, who plays Bonnie, tells The Hollywood Reporter. "If she does tell anyone about it, it makes it real, which I think she was always trying to avoid."
Because Bonnie's sole connection to the real world lies with Jeremy, their unique situation "brings them closer," Graham says. "She knows that he has her back. The only time they'd run into some serious conflict any time soon is when he might want her to be OK with him letting everyone know that she's dead. That, for her, is not an option right now."
If and when her friends do find out the truth, Graham has ideas on how they'd likely react -- hypothetically speaking. "There would be absolute devastation," she says. "Bonnie's been such a huge part of their lives so it would be really, really hard, I would imagine."
The actress admits that playing Bonnie on the "other side" has been a difficult challenge.
"It's something I've never experienced -- to have to play of that level of extreme agony and there's no one there to respond to it, literally until they call cut and the director comes over or an AD comes over and says, 'Are you all right?' "Graham says. "When they call 'rolling' till when they cut, I'm alone in that space. It takes it to another level where you're extremely exposed."
Witnessing Silas kill her father, Mayor Rudy Hopkins, at the end of the Oct. 3 premiere will also serve as a catalyst for Bonnie's new mission.
"You can become weak by something or you can become empowered by something and she says, 'Whatever Silas wants, we can't let him have it,' " Graham hints. "She's turning this around on Silas. Bonnie is a character who isn't easily weakened by circumstances and she's somebody who probably will want to avenge her father."
Graham offered a metaphor for her scene with Elena and Caroline, which featured the friends first setting foot on the campus of Whitmore.
"It's like someone can't turn off the faucet and it just keeps going and going and it just winds up overflowing," she recalls of the bittersweet moment. "That's what that scene was like for me. I'm really proud of that scene."
There may be a chance Bonnie will return to Mystic Falls, but Graham -- who teased that she has scenes with Jesse (Kendrick Sampson) -- was coy. "I don't want people to lose hope in Bonnie because they think that she's not useful. She's dead but she's not gone," she says. "There's still some interesting things for her to work out, while on the other side."
And never one to leave without providing an intriguing tease, Graham hints at an upcoming Bonnie/Jeremy scene "that has to do with candles" and may "possibly" be of the romantic variety.
Watch a clip from Thursday's episode below:
The Vampire Diaries airs Thursdays at 8 p.m. on The CW.
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