She said that the show, which she is developing for the CW with Chad Fiveash & James Stoteraux, was partly created to give crewmembers on The Vampire Diaries something to work on – if they wanted – after the vampire shows finishes with its currently-in-production eighth season.
The series is set in the aftermath of a terrorist attack, when martial law has been declared, and will follow a disparate group of people in a small town who start to uncover that the attack may have been a cover-up. By the end of the first season, said Plec, the town will have declared its own Bill Of Rights.
She admitted the idea developed when she Fiveash and Stoteraux were discussing things they liked they discovered a shared love of the musical Hamilton, about the life of American Founding Father Alexander Hamilton. Plec then admitted that the film Red Dawn (1984), about a bunch of American kids who rescue their town from a communist takeover, is one of her guilty pleasure; she acknowledged it was terrible but seemed to be able to give a blow-by-blow account of the plot. So they’ve married the two to become Rise.
As for the end of The Vampire Diaries, one fan submitted a question asking whether there would be a June wedding in the final episode, alluding to a line said by Caroline about her and Stefan in the very first episode of the show ever. “Ha! That’s good fan service,” laughed Plec, “when you’re like, ‘This is cute – people notice something we did in the first episode of the series that we might want to live up to in the last.’” Then she added archly, “And that’s all I’m saying…”