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The Vampire Diaries Season 4: What's Next?

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We’re starting Part 2.

So says Vampire Diaries producer Julie Plec in explaining how the writing team sculpted last night's shocking season three finale and where they see things going next.

SPOILER WARNING: The following excerpts from an extended interview Plec gave to Entertainment Weekly touch on events from "The Departed" and tease what's to come on Season 4. Read on at your own risk...

TVD Season Finale Picture

Let's start with some basics: Yes, Matt is alive. Indeed, Klaus really did start the Salvatore bloodline. And, hmmmm, Plec - wink, wink? Hint, hint? - says she did not see Klaus' "entire body burned to bits."

As for other pressing TVD questions...

Why turn Elena now? "You’ve got a girl who just sorta lost her last adult living family member when Aunt Jenna died last year, so when we started this season, what we really wanted to do was begin this relationship with Alaric as her guardian and mentor, and then tear that away from her at the end leaving her and her brother with nobody. It felt like now was the time - when you’re left with no grownup, no adult supervision, no parent, no guardian - for Elena to experience the next evolution of her journey."

She will transition, right? "There will be a discussion to be had about it at the beginning, but the road we’re going down is pretty balls out."

Did Elena know she had vampire blood in her system? That will be answered on the season four premiere.

What about the surprise that Damon met Elena before Stefan met Elena? "There’s some new information that will be introduced to Elena in the first episode of next season. I think it’s just all part of the ongoing friendship and romantic entanglement that Elena has with Damon. She’s never gonna be able to shake it completely, and new information is only gonna get under her skin and embed itself into her even more."

But is she fully committed to Stefan again? Yes, "we’ll get to actually see them be together for a little while."

What will be the state of the Council? We'll meet new member and: "That’s definitely gonna be the focus of our first episode back. The Council knows too much and needs to take action against not just those on the inside who have been deceiving them, but also the vampires that have taken up residence in the town.

What's next for Bonnie? Next year is really gonna be about having her understand not just that there are consequences for her actions, but that ultimately she needs to get in touch with who she really is as a witch and what kind of witch she wants to be.

Will anyone be talking to Rebekah? Klaus will be peeved because she ended his chance at making new Hybrids, while her "very, very, very aggressive and murderous move" will "ostracize" this Original "even more so than she’s already been," Plec says.

What about a new villain? "That is a question that remains. Where is the Big Bad gonna come from? That’s gonna be part of the fun of laying that out and understanding who our villain is gonna be and why."

UPDATE, 5/16: Plec has upped the ante for Morgan's return, in fact, telling Zap2It: There's a "99.9% likelihood that [Klaus'] body did not burn up in that coffin."

UPDATE, 5/17: An official CW press releases now teases...

Season Four begins with the knowledge that everything is changing. As Elena and her friends enter into the final stretch of high school before graduation sends them off on different paths, their bond to their home town of Mystic Falls takes on a deeper meaning when a new villain seems intent on destroying it.

UPDATE, 5/25: Where might Damon be on Season 4? Teases/hint Ian Somerhalder: "Here's the good thing: he's not pining for her, he's not pining for Katherine, so maybe we'll get some of that Season 1 Damon back."

UPDATE, 5/30: Candice Accola has told TV Guide that she may not know exactly what's on tap, but she is "excited to see what everyone's breaking point is going to be because at this point everyone has really had to keep it together."

UPDATE, 6/2: Kevin Williamson acknowledges that Season 4 will focus on Elena's struggle to accept her identity as a vampire, while also teasing Phoebe Tonkin (EEEK!) as a guest star.

UPDATE, 6/4: At the ATX Television Festival in Austin, Plec confirmed that we'll meet Bonnie's father at some point during that witch's senior year. "This year is a big year of transitions," the producer said. "It's the end of senior year, and there's a rich home life for everybody we're going to explore."

UPDATE, 6/6: Plec also went into detail about Elena and what her transition will be like. She hyped the turn as making this character into a "supernatural heroine."

UPDATE, 6/28: TVD is casting for two recurring new roles: April, a 16-year old who moves back to Mystic Falls; and Connor, described in network notes as a "killing machine."

UPDATE, 7/12: Todd Williams has landed the role of Connor.

UPDATE, 7/19: Grace Phipps has been cast as April, the aforementioned returning resident who will share a history with Elena and Jeremy.

UPDATE, 7/24: The season premiere will be titled "Growing Pains."

UPDATE, 7/30: Plec has said the opener will feature a "death sequence" and it will be related to Alaric telling the Council about the presence of vampires.

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Honestly elena and damon need to be together. She brings out all the good in her and he challenges her for the better. In fact, my favourite part of the whole book series is when they finally show theyre true feelings and i hated that he died i wanted to cry. With all the chemistry between the two actors due to their real life relationship theyll make the whole tv series pop.

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after i started watching vd twilight seems to be a stupid story with both werewolf and vampire fighting for a ediot girl......the girl herself luks like stupid........ vd is like heart throbbing every episode they bring some new things new tragic and lots of suspense....
and ofcourse damon and stefan both are hot but i am with stelena stelena and damon and katherine.....

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I really want Damon and Elena to be together god, i want this really bad. I hate everytime i read a book its always the first guy the girl always chooses and so is in movies and tv shows. I really want them to make this really good and a surprise just make Damon be the one. Itll be something new i just hate seeing the same stuff over and over for once id like to see someone else get with the bad boy. pllllllllllllllease:)

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gosh can't wait to c season 4 of VD..M a big fan of Salvatores brothers n i dnt 1na c n e of them get killed!!.

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delena or stelena fans,let's not be biased ok? stefan is and will always be a sweet heart. he left with klaus cos he loves his brother and elena. watch season 1 again and see why they just can't dump him. on the other hand,we have a vampire,damon,whose character develops as the series progresses cos he's in love with this one girl. if u study closely,he doesnt want to be in love with her,but just cant help it. he does what he thinks is best even when she hates him for it. yes,he's rash sometimes,but he makes an effort to change so he can be worthy of her love. then we have the girl in question:elena. she's had it really rough in less than 2 years and still manages to keep her cool,thanx to the salvatores. stefan represents safety. she knws what to expect from him. damon scares her cos she cant predict what he'll do. what scares her even more is that her feelings for him consume her,which could either be good or bad. give her a break. she's not a bitch.annoying,yes,but a bitch? Read more tv spoilers at: http://www.tvfanatic.com/2012/...

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I'm a stefan fan . Damon looks good but stefan has it all looks and a heart. elenas soulmate. klaus for Caroline. bonnie and Damon .

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Damon need to have a birthday party 3seasons and he hasnt had one :( poor damon :(:(:(:(

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I would really like to see how things would work out with Delena I also read that Elena turning into a vampire will effect her choice of Stefan so be prepared when season 4 starts and u Stelena fans if Elena changes her mind and picks Damon don't come running to me and u Delena fans if Damon stops loving Elena because its possible cause Damon has been after her sense the 1st season it really wouldn't suprise me snd dont and I mean DONT COME RUNNING TO ME CAUSE I LOVE DELENA AND IT WOULD BE REALLY DISAPPOINTING IF THAT HAPPENED TO DELENA THEY ARE ONE OF THE... wait Julie Plec said we would see Stelena for a while so there is 99 percent chance of...DELENA so get ready for season 4!!!!

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I'm a Stelena and Delena fan and I want to know so bad if Damon will stop loving Elena or if Elena breaks and tells Damon she loves him WHOS WITH ME?!

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Cant wait for season 4 i love vampire diaries, when s season 4 starting?

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

I wanna say thank you for giving me everything I always wanted. A love to consume me, and passion, and adventure. There's nothing more I could ever want than for it to last forever, but it can't. This is the last time I'm gonna see you. This is goodbye, Damon.

Elena [to Damon]