Interview With The Vampire Season 2 Episode 7: Claudia's Tragic End Unfolds In A Horrific And Unforgettable Spectacle

Interview With the Vampire Season 2 brings a heart-wrenching climax with the devastating trial at the Théâtre des Vampires.

Published on Jun 25, 2024  |  10:00 AM IST |  64K
Interview With The Vampire Season 2 Episode 7 (Youtube/AMC+)

Almost all of the show has been leading up to this moment. It was known for a while that Claudia's end was near and that Paris would be the setting for this climax.

Despite this, it was hoped she would have more time to be happy with Madeleine and grow away from Louis and the coven.

Interview with The Vampire episode 7 brings back the fragments of Santiago's backstory


Tragically, at just 46, Claudia was taken too soon, a devastating blow in both human and vampire years. Her demise was a poignant end to one of the most intriguing characters in the series.

Santiago's backstory has been hinted at throughout the season, with clues like a newspaper clipping from the 1920s and his lingering look at his maker’s remains. These suggest a deep, possibly tragic, love story in his past. Whether Santiago's motivations are rooted in this history or if he is simply villainous remains a mystery.

The episode picks up from last week's cliffhanger with Louis, Claudia, and Madeleine being captured by the Paris coven, now led by Armand.

Louis’s memories of the kidnapping are fragmented and filled with trauma. As they are dragged into the coven’s underground lair, Louis recalls hearing the rats finding Claudia. In present-day Dubai, Daniel examines a script that details the Théâtre des Vampires’ show trial, which recounts events from Season 1 from Lestat’s perspective.


This trial is a twisted performance, not a real chance for defense, designed to humiliate and torture the trio before their execution.

Louis, Claudia, and Madeleine are subjected to gruesome trial


The show trial is a gruesome spectacle where Louis, Claudia, and Madeleine are subjected to telekinetic torture, making it impossible for them to defend themselves. Their ankles are slashed, preventing them from moving, and Claudia’s diaries are displayed for public reading. The audience believes they are witnessing a theatrical performance, unaware of the real suffering taking place.

Lestat, called a star witness, dramatically recaps the events of Season 1, presenting a biased version that portrays him as a victim. This recounting includes animated sequences that resemble juvenile, folk art.

Despite Santiago’s attempts to keep Lestat on script, Lestat diverges, painting a picture of a love story rather than betrayal. This version of events is filled with inaccuracies, but Louis and Daniel are unsure what to believe, suggesting Armand’s possible manipulation of Louis’s memories.


As the trial progresses, Claudia fights to speak the truth but is continually silenced. Madeleine stands by Claudia, refusing to save herself, and both are sentenced to death. Claudia curses the coven, vowing revenge even in death. Armand saves Louis by influencing the crowd to banish him rather than execute him, but this means Louis is buried alive to starve.

Claudia and Madeleine's execution is horrifying. As sunlight floods the room, they are burned to ashes, with Claudia defiantly singing one last time. 

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