Did You Spot The Hidden Vampire Diaries Connection On Riverdale?

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What do The Vampire Diaries and Riverdale have in common? You might not believe us, but the two shows collided and not even TVD showrunner Julie Plec noticed at first! Apart from the fact that they’re both teen dramas hosted on The CW, it turns out one of the sets used in TVD was also used on Riverdale‘s last episode. Did you spot it? Once you do, you won’t be able to un-see it. It turns out, the house that Cheryl Blossom and her mother Penelope have been living in is the original Salvatore Boarding House!

“It was so funny, I had seen Thistlehouse on camera but it hadn’t registered with me,” Julie said in a new interview with Bustle. “And when we pulled up the driveway for the location scout to go see it, I was like, ‘This is so familiar. I feel like I’ve been here before.’”

When she finally realized the connection, it was a bittersweet surprise for her.

“I actually took a good look at the house and realized it was the Salvatore House from the pilot. Isn’t that hilarious?” she said. “Because we shot the pilot in Vancouver. And the backyard of it which is so gorgeous is where we built our cemetery. That was a nice flashback!”

The crew later moved the series to Atlanta and so the original Salvatore Boarding House was never to be seen again. The one they replaced it with became the iconic home we know and love.

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In case you didn’t know, Julie stepped in to guest direct the February 7 episode of Riverdale. She told Bustle that she had an “awesome” time taking her directing skills over to Vancouver.

“It was a very creative and energized and collaborative experience which isn’t always the case,” Julie dished to the website. “What was so thrilling about it was I binge-watched everything going in to catch up and was just so blown away with the look of the show. It’s so specific and stylized and cool, and that’s hard to do on a TV schedule. The amount of deep artistic talent [on the crew] is pretty incredible. The attention to detail is phenomenal. It’s a bunch of artists over there.”

She even hilariously threw some shade at her former TVD cast members. “It actually turned out to be really fun to go in and work with these actors. They’re in that rush and flush of being on a hit show in the second season, before they hate you, before they’re like, ‘Get me out, I’m dying here, I’m suffocating. Please kill me.’ And all that,'” Julie said with a laugh.

Riverdale‘s currently filming its second season whereas TVD was on its eighth season before they decided to end the show for good. Therefore, we understand what Julie means when she said that there was a certain energy that might have been missing from the cast toward the later parts of it all.

Nonetheless, it was really nice to spot Damon and Stefan Salvatore‘s old house in the episode. Now, if only a TVD star could make a cameo on a future ep of Riverdale! That would be epic!