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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...

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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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i just want damon to be happy. i wouldnt mind if he falls for bonnie. matter of fact,my baby sisters and i were discussin this,but after watching him and elena together in s3...they've got great chemistry,those two. i love when she started realising she had feelings for him in s1 ep 19 @the dance.

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personally,i think damon is a better choice for elena. as an individual,what would u rather have,someone who cuddles u,or someone who gives u room to make ur own mistakes and provides that feeling of security at the same time? their relationship has grown alot. she sees through his bullshit/tough shell and he challenges her to be better. they get really mad at each other,but always count on the fact that all will be forgiven. that's the foundation for any relationship:friendship. she doesnt have that with stefan. i like stefan alot,but damon is a better choice

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don't hate on the writers. i think kevin would do a better job than julie,though

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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? no. in my opinion,change scares her. stefan is safe,but,damon is a risk. personally,i would prefer damon for her cos what great thgs have ever happend by playin it safe?think about it -the nigerian

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i think that now that klaus is in tylers body hes going to go after caroline and when elena turns the compulsion will wear off and she will see all the things that damon has said and that they met first and she'll gain the feeling she had when she first met him again :) damon and elena are so great together

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To all you SE fans who are saying it doesnt matter they met first, shell still choose Stefan. Its not the fact that they MET first, its the fact of what he first SAID to her. Stefan had to watch (i kind of think its a little stalkerish) elena for months to figure out she want katherine and damon knew after one second. what drew stefan to elena was the fact that she looked like katherine, and then they fell in love. damon didnt give a crap about elena at first, he wasnt going to try to get to know elena cause she looked like katherine. he ended up falling in love in elena because she was HER. Im not saying that Stefan loved Elena cause she looked like Katherine, Im saying thats what started their relationship. True love doesnt start because you look like your ex girl friend, true love just happens. DEstiny

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EAST OR WEST, "STEFAN" IS THE BEST.damon just has good looks,nothing else.

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there is no VAMPIRE DIARIES without STEFAN

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Stefan is the best:-)
there is no "vampire diary" withpot STEFAN.STEFAN STEFAN STEFAN STEFAN STEFAN STEFAN STEFAN STEFAN STEFAN STEFAN STEFAN STEFAN STEFAN STEFAN STEFAN STEFAN..

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it's insane that Damon always comes between Stef n elena

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

Damon: You know what they are? Children. Like lighting a candle's going to make everything OK, or even saying a prayer. Or pretending Elena's not going to end up just like the rest of us murdering vampires. Stupid, delusional, exasperating little children. And I know what you're going to say: 'It makes them feel better, Damon.' So what? For how long? A minute, a day? What difference does it make? Because in the end, when you lose somebody, every candle, every prayer is not going to make up for the fact that the only thing you have left is hole in your life where that somebody that you cared about used to be. And a rock with a birthday carved into it that I'm pretty sure is wrong. So thanks, friend. Thanks for leaving me here to babysit. Because I should be long gone by now. I didn't get the girl, remember? I'm just stuck here fighting my brother and taking care of the kids. You owe me big.
Alaric: I miss you too, buddy.