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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 lov demon bt i'm a stelena fun mek szn 4 hooooooooooot wit stelena n i dnt undrstand y bonnie did that spell anyways just mek szn 4 hot

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i think that Elijah should find him self a girlfriend ... and Elena should pick one cause she starting to turn into Kathrine ... i think bonnie is always using her magic there is a limited you know ...please write me back
on any ideas

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I love stefan but I am a delena fan now if it was in season one then I would be a stelena fan all the way but now it has to be delena time. Give the Poor man a chance. we have waited this long seeing their emotions grow for each other so now they need to be together.

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I'm stelena all the way, but I think she does need to see if she really loves Damon or has feelings for Damon.

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i hate that she ended up with stefan:-/ I REALLY WANTED HER TO CHOOSE DAMEN!!!! TEAM DAMEN ALL THE WAY!!!!!

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My concern is more focused on Bonnie is she ever going to meet with her couson Lucy again like she promised her cause i personally think they should team up and be together and Bonnie must find out what kind of a witch she is instead of being pushed around by vampires and are there any other witches left now cause it seems like the're running short of witch they must put some more witches and i also a WITCH ON WITCH fight the writer my put witches that can give Bonnie a challenges everytime i cross my fingers hoping that Bonnie will get a one on one fight with another witch the vampire go ahead and kills them i mean for example Greta,Gloria,Esther, who's next and the casting directer must get Kelly Rowland or Nicki Minaj to play a witch part.

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My concern is more focused on Bonnie is ever going to meet with her couson Lucy again like she promised her cause i personally think they should team up and be together and Bonnie must find out what kind of a witch she is instead of being pushed around by vampires and are there any other witches left now cause it seems like the're running short of witch they must put some more witches and i also a WITCH ON WITCH fight the writer my put witches that can give Bonnie a challenges everytime i cross my fingers hoping that Bonnie will get a one on one fight with another witch the vampire go ahead and kills them i mean for example Greta,Gloria,Esther, who's next and the casting directer must get Kelly Rowland or Nicki Minaj to play a witch part.

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I don't think that anyone should be with Katherine. Sorry after everything she has done to both of them she doesn't deserve either. Stefan and elena are the perfect couple and it lasted until the day she died however they need to give delena a chance we won't know if it will work until they give it a try.

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I can't wait for season 4 everything is gonna change, elena will know that she met Damon first and when he said he loved her and when is bonnie gonna come clean about her spell on klaus. BTW I LOVE STEFAN AND DAMON. THEY ARE SO HOT HOT HOT. I LOVE THEM. XX Stefan with is cute hair and Damon with his cute eyes. Xx

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Team stelena all the way

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.