Producers Preview Vampire Diaries Return

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With just over a week until The Vampire Diaries makes it long-awaited return to The CW, producers Julie Plec and Kevin Williamson have sat down to discuss the show's past and future.

In the following interview, Plec breaks down the series, explaining how the first six episodes were essentially the "Vicki Chapter," as writers knew for awhile she'd be the first character to die.

Why did they go ahead with this storyline? In a possible jab at Heroes, Williamson said it was due to a major problem he has with many genre shows: viewers don't believe any lead players will ever be killed.

That isn't the case on The Vampire Diaries, not anymore. Watch the video below to learn what surprise awaits fans at the conclusion of next week's installment, "Bloodlines."

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Get an early glimpse at the episode now. We've got a few photos from Bloodlines, including your first look at Gina Torres on the show.

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Vampire Diaries Quotes

You want a love that consumes you. You want passion and adventure, and even a little danger... I want you to get everything you're looking for. But for right now, I want you to forget that this happened. Can't have people knowing I'm in town yet. Goodnight, Elena.

Damon

Dear Elena, yes you heard that correctly. Hell has frozen over. I'm writing it all down. Granted, I'm half a bottle in thanks to my 1950 Chateau Cheval Blanc, a bottle I waited 65 years to open. I used to spend nights sitting in my wine cellar convincing myself I could hear it age, tannins growing, fermenting, but appreciating its beauty didn't make time go by any faster. The bottle just laid there on its shelf, torturing me while I waited for Katherine and time stood still. Eventually I convinced myself that no sip of that wine could ever taste as good as I dreamt it would. And that is the story of why I drink bourbon. I don't know who I am without you, but I know that as long as I'm with you, time will stand still. So who is Damon Salvatore without Elena Gilbert? A selfish friend, a jealous brother, a horrible son? Or maybe with a little luck, I'll do right by you. Because you may be a thousand miles away or a hundred years away, but you're still here with me and my heart is right there in that coffin with you. Until you come back to me.

Damon