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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 say Stephan is the one.eveything he has done was for her or sum1 he loved I mean wen he went with Klaus it was for Damon even tho he turned Damon,Damon has made his life hell by himself by choosing to do this he should step aside n let Stephan be with Elena let's not forget that Damon killed lexi and Stephan didn't kill him.even when Jenna was gonna die Stephan offard himself instead but was not aloud to. Stephan has always thought of Elena n always will he got Matt cz Elena loved Matt n wanted it to be that way. Stephan is always gonna be best 4 Elena n will never let her get hurt without a very gd reason.I say screw Damon he wouldn't die to save sum1 Elena LIKeD Steph would. Steph even said if Elena don't choose him he'll step aside n even if Damon also did I believe stephan damon can't be trusted like in many other episodes I don't care howbut it wil always n forever be STELENA
Screw Damon he wouldn't do dat not even 4 her.N Stephan is sooo blooody HOTT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Noooooooo . I really want her to be with Damon! I hate Stefan ..... -,-'

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This is awesome

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All the guys that think that Damon and Elena need to be together are wrong!But I think that Elena loves Stefan more.She said it at the last episode...You may think that Stefan thinks only to destroy Klaus,but he cares more for Elena.He wanted to destroy Klaus for Elena!He wanted Elena be safe!And my thinking is that Stefan should be with Elena.They are the sweetest couple ever!And in one episode one ghost (I can't remember who was she :-D),that said to Jeremy that Elena need to be with Stefan,because he is more lovely than Damon and so much things about,how important is Elena to be with Stefan.I wish that they would be always together!:)...

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OMG! I jst cnt wait for the season4.. I rili wnt Damon and Elena to b 2geda, cos damon luv her soo much & he cn die for her. & he met her first bt he compelled her to 4get, it ws a big mistake)

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i agree with anyone who says elana should be with damon....... he is a hottie....... so is stefan but damon acts like he cares more.... all that stefan is worried about is destroying klaus` sexy butt......

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ummmm,according to the past series,elena was all acting ''miss fix it''.it was all 2 annoyin,causin confusion between two brother,compelling jeremy,trying to fix everyone's problem but can't fix her own life.its better if stephan should fall for someone else.everything about his life was trying to save elena and damon.but instead even after finding out the truth about why his reation was that way,it was not still appreciated.it's so sad.she still goes ahead and kisses damon.well,well if she ends up with stephan,its going to be like ''we said it''.and if she ends up with damon,people are going to be dissappointed.

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i really lov it...waitin 2 see elena wid whom?///
dnt knoooo.i lik both demon and stefan...confused.plz mak it release first else i l die 4 it. cant wait....superlike vampire diary.....full on paisa wasulll

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Has any one heard that elena would be having her first hot vamp sex with either stefan,damon,elijah,klaus or matt according to plec and here is my take on that:
with stefan:oh...its just u!
with Damon:Hell yeah...finally(HUGE delena fan)
with Elijah:Ewwww...GROSS!(but not that surprised...theres a thing there but still gross)
with klaus:(please wait...processing data.)OH MY GOD,Eww...so what the hell is going on here?
with matt:ok then,(scratches head...)well,that was weird!so what this mean exactly?

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ohh i cant wait i hope she complete the transtion

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]
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