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The Vampire Diaries to Explore Family, Friendship on Season 4

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We may be months away from The Vampire Diaries Season 4 - an extra month, no less, with The CW pushing its fall premieres back until October - but producer Julie Plec was on hand for a panel at the ATX Television Festival in Austin this weekend and offered up a number of teases to keep fans buzzing throughout the summer.

And it all starts with a friendship that will turn into a major focus of the new season.

"I always look at Caroline as Stefan's future Lexi," Plec told an enthusiastic crowned. "You've seen little pockets of a friendship spark between them, and I see Caroline in the long run of the series becoming that important in Stefan's life."

What will bring the pair together when TVD returns? The desire to help Elena with her transition, Plec said, explaining that "Caroline is an acolyte of the Stefan school of sobriety."

Among other tidbits revealed at the panel:

Caroline and Matt will "have another moment," according to Plec.

Alaric may return, even with Matthew Davis starring on Cult and his character confirmed to be dead. "As long as Jeremy can see ghosts and Alaric is out there in the universe, then there's a window there," Plec said.

Without delving specifically into the love triangle, Plec did acknowledge that Damon has grown over three seasons, saying he has done terrible things in the "name of love, pain, abandonment, self-preservation, survival and family" and that "he's going to keep evolving and Elena's feelings for him are going to continue to evolve."

Finally, it's "time" for the arrival of Bonnie's dad, Plec spoiled: "This year is a big year of transitions. It's the end of senior year, and there's a rich home life for everybody we're going to explore."

Writing on Season 4 of The Vampire Diaries begins today. Which of these storylines has you most excited?

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I think elena wil develop the bad girl attitude from being a vampire, unable to adjust easily she will fall in with damon, while caroline and stephen try to reason with her they will get friendlier with each cuz of the common goal

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the love triangle is complex! But then elena should give damon a chance,dont you think?

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I really hope Elena and Damon get together. Damon loves Elena so much and has gone through so much heartbreak with her. I hated his character at first, but he has evolved so much and it would be great for him to finally get love from Elena.

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omg she didt die

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@Caitlyn just a FYI the author of vampire diaries really has no say in the books or show period, she was the author but the publisher is known for ghost writers. They are the ones with the say in both the books and show, the actual author was actually fired after the most recent book being published.

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@KlaMarie13
This series is not supposed to stay true to the books. That's what makes it such a good series. They are not striving to be the exact picture of the books, they are taking an already good basic story and growing on it. Yes that may seem disrespectful to the author, but she must have had some idea what she was signing on to. Regardless of changes, she must be intrigued to see her characters taking on different lives and choices. She must also love seeing that people, including the book fans, enjoy the show nonetheless.
And your comment about the Twilight author being on set so things didn't get changed? If you've actually read THOSE books, you'll know that 3/4 of the entire movie was different and she had no power in changing that or preventing it in the long haul. She did not go to set everyday to monitor everyones moves, she went to see her book grow into a movie franchise. Not to be a nitpicker and be bitter over changes. Just saying. Lay off maybe.

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@fevie I think that even thought none of us want either one of the boys to be alone there's NO WAY IN HELL that either one of them would EVER be with Katherine again they have stated it before. But I think if the producers actually made her nicer maybe it could happen but that's not Katherine's personality at all.

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...before the accident where elena meet damon..,it was said that elena ask damon what elena wants and damon say 'elena want love that consume her..,and also passion and adventure with a little bit of danger' and when elena ask what damon wants ..,damon say he wanted that elena have all what She wants..before damon compelled her to forget.. and @ the departed while talking to matt elena Say she want love that conSume her.. So i think this season 4 is very intriguing and interesting.. maybe katherine will end up to stefan..,and elena to damon..

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REALLY? I'm always so disappointed when I read comments of fan pages with Series' like this. HAS ANYONE EVER ACTUALLY READ THE BOOKS? Why doesn't anyone ever mention them? ... Yes it's a fabulous show! But it's not JUST a show. It is a piece of art a writer created and darn it! THEY HAVE COMPLETELY TRASHED IT! The story line is so off its ridiculous. I hope she sues them like the writer of the Sookie Stack House Novels and is smart enough, like the woman who wrote the Twilight Saga, to GET HER BUTT ON SET! ... Again, I love this show. I'm just sick and tired of television using someone else's creation (characters, over all theme) and reinventing it. It's theft. I know she gave her permission. She probably LOVED the money at first. But I can't help but wonder if she watches it now what exactly she thinks. If I was her, I would be hurt and feel betrayed. And I'd make darn sure I had a better attorney the next time a Network wanted to buy my work - so it didn't get bastardized.

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Damon deserves a litle bit of luv frm 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.

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