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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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But does anyone know when the new season comes out?

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deborah how can you even say anything like that Elena is meant to be with damon Stefan had his chance plus Damon is much hotter has control over himself when Stefan could burst at any moment! plus Damon is hotter...

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all this rubbish about elena meeting damon first, it was literally for about 3 mins not long enough for her to know him let alone love him. all she feels for damon is lust and damon should have some respect you dont lust after your brothers girlfriend it is so wrong. elena will always love stefan end of story

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I keep thinking, that when Elena met Damon the first time, she fell in love instantly and although the compulsion made her forget, a big hole remained - she even mentioned it when speaking to Matt: That she forgot how to live anymore. Maybe he was the ultimate reason for her to be so forlorn and empty after her parents loss. If Stefan could have stayed away from her (like Damon wanted to, at first), she could have been alive still.

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A lot of people are saying that Damon is going to try to get Elena to remember she met him first. What they are forgetting is that while you transition the compulsion wears off and you remember. Just like when he gave her the necklace back and told her he loved her. That said, he won't have to do anything. :)

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U know I loved the finale n Im sure season 4 will air sometime after the summer. An yea Teen Wolf would be a great show 2 watch until it comes back on. Personally, I was all 4 Stefan from the books 2 the show, but I was for Damon as well from the book just not so much as I am for him in the show. What some fail 2 realize is that they both are Vampires, n originally Stefan was the bad guy, he's just reformed now, but he's so reformed its boring its like he wants 2 be human again. Then on the other hand u have Damon who is comfortable with his nature, he doesnt pretend 2 b anything but who he is. They both want whats best 4 Elena, Stefan is just more comfortable following her decisions than Damon. Because lets not forget there have been times when Damon has went along with Elena's decision, all b it begrudingly, but he has. Also not forget that he chooses 2 b the bad guy, when something needs 2 b done between him or Stefan n they know Elena wont like it, most times he chooses 2 put himself on her bad side b/c he is the stronger of the t2, n then sometimes they actually flip coins, where conveniently Damon always loses. They both love her but relationships r meant 2 grow n develop out of pure interactions with each other. She said she fell in love with Stefan b/c at the time they met, she was grieving. That isnt love. Thats called a security blanket. Now thats she's a Vampire I think her n Damon will b a perfect fit, she actually has the means 2 fight back n add muscle 2 her decisions if he doesnt like them. While human Stefan was right for her, but as a vampire its Damons turn. He got a chance in the books n I think he deserves 1 n the series. I do wonder where Tylers soul is now. Will Katherine come back? Will there b a show down between her n Elena over Stefan? Will Elena try n kill Rebekah? How will Carolina cope with Tyler being gone? What kind of witch will Bonnie end up becoming? Who is the next villian? Im so ready for Season 4!

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Elena needs to make a choice already so she can send whoever is left TO ME!!!!!

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It is one of the best tv shows. I dislike that Elena is now with Stefan and not Damon...so pleeeeeaaaase I want Elena and Damon together and maybe more Klaus and Caroline, seems he likes her. And I have a question...when is the 1st episode of season 4 on air????

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The fact that everyone wants to see Damon and Elena together is the reason we'll never see it! They'll keep teasing everyone so we all come back for more.

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Come on damon is such a womanizer, he cant stop talking about other girls when they were together in the hotel.. Stefan and elena should be together, i used to like damon but he is such a jerk.

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.