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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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elena & stefan,,,romantic romance will continue in season 4...

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I just hope that Damon can have a better life in season 4 after so many heartbreak times. Can he get what he wants?!

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Stelena Forever ♥

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wow the last episode was surprising but grate . i wonder if Caroline is going to get closer to clous and not even now it . And i really think bonnie should most definitely get back together with Jeremy.but otherwise i have been waiting for this moment all along elena turning into a vampire. i am so anxious to find out happens next .

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As i was saying at least not all about Edward and Bella.
If you dont like whats going on in the series then dont watch it :P Simple as that

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Wow...its really sad to see how many HATING comments are on here. I mean really? I honestly think the show has a pretty good balance between all of the characters. I dont think people should be hating on anybody. The show was made about two brothers who love the same girl, what do you guys expect? I think this series is wonderful, i enjoyed all of the seasons, the third season i liked seeing a little of Stefen's Ripper side. As i watched the series its NOT all about Damon and honestly i think he deserves a little love for being rejected by Katherine. 145 years searching for her and to find out she didnt care about him at all. I do think Elena and Stefen together is pure love and he respects her. Damon obviously doesnt respect Elena's choices, but I believe he does love her and challenges her. I'm quite sure things are changing for all of the other characters as well. You should just ENJOY the series. At least its not like Twilight (sorry no hard feelins) where its ALL about Edward and Bella. You must admit that this series has a pretty good combination of everything. the resolution between who Elena chooses is in the BACKGROUND altho it may seem otherwise. Yes its a big part of the story but the final resolve probably wont be until the end so might as well focus on the action thtz happening between villians and other characters while simply enjoying the small moments that lead towards ElenaXDamon and ElenaXStefen. I like seeing how things end up with Caroline, Bonnie, and Jeremy. they are indeed a big part of the show too. I love all the characters and think all the original characters's personalities WILL change since evryone is evolving and if you dont like it then dont watch the series.

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i would like 2 c damon and bonnie character get close. too much of elena obsession by damon. its time to show interest in bonnie and make elena jealous for once....

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i think meeting damon first would not affect elena's decision to choose stefan. elena would realize that it's not about who she met first but it's all about who she truly loves. and in the end, it will always be STEFAN.

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I really dont understand what people like @BoredNow,@Amie and other haters doing here with zillion comments over the show that they obviously HATE!? If you hate show that much, why are you wasting so much of your time commenting? Just go away! Tell your hate-comments privately to your friends or..who ever is forced to listen to you!
I personally LOVE the show and hardly wait October! Off course, some things I didnt like, some things didnt go the way I was hoping but pleasseeee, dont take this so seriously!
And yes... DELENA! :-)

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One word to all the fans who annoy the hell out of me: STOP wanting EVERYTHING to be about Damon and Elena, or the show will end up like Gossip Girl where MILLIONS left because they got sick of Chuck and Blair (Not me, but many others, leading to the shortened final season). It will NOT be all about "Damon, Damon, Damon" because the writers and audiences care about all the others too, like Bonnie, Caroline, Jeremy, Matt, and Tyler, etc.

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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