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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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The characters are no three dimensional. None of them are. They are blatantly sad. All whiny, annoying and easily called stupid.
I cannot wait for Elena to turn into a bigger bitch. I cannot wait for Damon to stay in one position where he either has sex with countless women, or does the puppy dog face to Elena. I cannot wait for Stefan to raise his eyebrows. AND I cannot wait for Caroline to be the next Elena.
This show is absolutely horrible. This has turned into One Tree Hill, or the OC. Like come on, writing wise, character wise and plot wise. IT SUCKS SHIT.
Get real shipper fans, if Damon was played by Ian Somerhalder, nobody would be watching this show.

Kitanishi h mcdonald

he still manage to be evil enough where he tried to kill Elena 3x21. by...throwing stuff at her house after he tried to enter him anouncing his presence and was not able to? How smart. Sorry, that was hilarious and not in any way "good" for his character. Someomne who was set up as paranoid chessmaster, came off as a complete fool.

Kitanishi h mcdonald

Damon is no cry baby, his trade mark humor is still there, he's still witty.. im sure you can agree on that.. but as his personality goes, he has grown in an amazing way.. his buried emotions in S1 are now at the surface....please tell me how Damon has suffered character assassination, when? how?
because the show stripped away the layers to leave the only "emotional crybaby layer". Damon went from multilayered complex character into a very one-note one. That's not growth, thats simplification.

Amie

Damon is no cry baby, his trade mark humor is still there, he's still witty.. Even his humor is becoming lame. If you can laugh when Damon tells Jeremy "Whats the use of him dying and coming back to life if he can't talk to a dead ghost" when Damon needs him too...well I find that humor creepy, especially given the fact that Damon has killed Jeremy once before. Damon is a cry baby unfortunately because the way he takes rejection from Elena is just what a 17 yearold would behave life. Throw a tantrum and go off drinking and sleeping with some random chick in a bar...and probably feeding on her later. He is so obsessed with wanting Elena to love him that he keeps sinking lower and lower.

Amie

Damon try to restrain himself from Elena for half of S3 By making puppy sad eyes at her at the end of The Hybrid telling her to remember all everything she felt for him while Stefan was away? By telling her to give up on finding Stefan? He kill Abby even though Stefan lost the coin toss. He Saved Matt from Kol...he didnt kill a human the entire Season.. He valued his friendShip with Alaric and even try to reconcile mutiple times. And was he suppose let Elena die for Abby's Sake.. he had the decency to turn her... He saved Matt from Kol because he was there by pure luck. Damon didn't kill a human the entire season? Abby is not a human being? To make her a vampire he had to KILL her. He had the decency to turn her? So killing is decent?

Amie

No ships were created this Season Yes, they just came out of nowhere and suddenly we had Klaroline, Klaus-Caroline-Tyler "triangle" and Bonnie and Jamie. The characters like Damon,Elena,Stefan,Matt,Klaus became even more three dimensional and more complex...as well as jeremy Please name the episodes where Elena's, Matt's and Jeremy's characters became even more than 3 dimensional and more complex.

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@Buffy Icon, your confused, Damon is no cry baby, his trade mark humor is still there, he's still witty.. im sure you can agree on that.. but as his personality goes, he has grown in an amazing way.. his buried emotions in S1 are now at the surface....please tell me how Damon has suffered character assassination, when? how?.. Damon's growth can be traced backed to povital points in S1 and S2.. where he has changed for the better. Damon is the most 3 dimensional character in the show!! Tell me when and where Damon did something 'Out of Character', im sure i can counter. As for Klaus, Klaus has won a cult following, so thats why his love interest had to be presented. Granted it could of been executed better but it had to be done, however even with the Klaroline storyline, he still manage to be evil enough where he tried to kill Elena 3x21.

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Asuka, If you dont like any character in the series, please dont watch it!!!I think is Entertainment, they have to keep developing the Story and we have to wait and see whats coming.... so far, I like it

Kitanishi h mcdonald

At the bellow commenteR: but is that a character growth or character assassination? If that is growth then Klaus too grew ! Grew from an interesting villain to ponny-painting wussy. Damon's "growth" goes against his baseline. Its not growth. Its stripping down the layers into one-dimensional archetype. Damon started as a mixed character with many layers. By now there's just "wussy crybaby". There are no layers. no shades of gray anymore. Damon is a shadow of his former, INTERESTING, personality and thats not growth. Thats something every character except Caroline has suffered in this show. Caroline's character grew with a meaningful and consistent character development.
Everyone else degraded.

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Too Say Damon hasnt grown is just farse,Damon try to restrain himself from Elena for half of S3, in S1 and S2 he would of pursued her from the geeck if stefan left the picture, even stated 'if Andy Star wasnt around he would of went after her'. He kill Abby even though Stefan lost the coin toss. He Saved Matt from Kol...he didnt kill a human the entire Season.. He valued his friendShip with Alaric and even try to reconcile mutiple times. And was he suppose let Elena die for Abby's Sake.. he had the decency to turn her.. he didnt even kills Bill Forbes, Unlike S1 when he killed John Gilbert on the spot...

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]