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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'll quit watching if it's not STEFAN N ELENA together....

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SSTELENA N STELENA FOREVER

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it's stefan,stefan n stefan...it's always gonna b stefan...that's what it's meant to be.Damon might have met elena first, but it's stefan who has tried hard to stay away from her n let her make her own decisions , he has better understanding with elena. Damon never tried to stay away n he's not the underdog, it's stefan who deserves elena. damon is better off with katherine or caroline.

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just saying but when you see damon and elena onscreen there is such a chemistry between them ! you just think come on kiss each other no ? and yeah stefan is a good guy for her ,but they haven't got the real passion between them.

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DAMON!! She should be with Damon. Damon met her first. Stefan should be with Bonnie/Katherine. He loved Katherine. He just likes Elena because she looks exactly like Katherine. Damon stayed with her eve thugh she hated him, and when she said mean things. Other people are saying Damon should mve on! HE shouldnt!

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damon is the good guy here, he met elena first, he liked her but didnt want to ruin and destroy her life (the fact that he is a vampire which will cause her alot of troubles) but then stefan came and was so selfish, ughhhhh i hate him, damon damon damon

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I think in the 4th season, we really need to see damon and elena together, i must admit at the end of season 3 it really caught my attention. Knowing damon and elena met first, I wanna see dalema=damon+elena!

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The predictable thing would be for Elena to be with Stefan in the end, but I seriously don't want that. Don't get me wrong, I like both Salvatore brothers, but for different reasons. When all is said and done, however, I want Elena to be with Damon. He is the underdog in the love triangle and the one who would lose in all the other shows with a dilemma like this. Honestly, I just like Elena better with him. Plus, I want him to be picked, to break the cycle of it "always being Stefan."

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I usually start cleaning up when STelena are together and I pay attention when she is around DAmon. Im sorry but im sick of STelena and they shouldnt be endgame

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I think, the writer should give Damon and Elena a chance. For the 3rd season, all I saw was Elena geting closer and closer to Damon and Damon's change from the bad vampire to the vulnerable, caring person. Of course, he has his bad times as well but then,,, when you see the reality, every time he goes off is when Elena rejects him and he takes it on some one else. Stephen is a "yes" person who abides by Elenas' rules. I think Damon really loves Elena and will do anything for her. Take for an instance, the car scene, Damm Matt, I would save the person I love first, no matter what. Damon would have done that. He will choose only Elena and no one else. That's real love.... hope the writer gives Damon a chance because I think he deserves the right to be loved by Elena........ and Stephen lost his chance when he saved Matt and not Elena, as usual being the "yes" man.

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.