The Vampire Diaries Comic-Con Panel: New Vampires, Witches & Season 4 Tensions!

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So, yeah. Elena's a vampire now. Maybe you heard.

Were it not for that massive alteration to the fabric of the show, it would've been status quo at Comic-Con Saturday when the cast of The Vampire Diaries sat down for a panel discussion of Season 4.

What did TV Fanatic find out? Let's break it down!


The new Elena: No one could sum up the vampire Elena - and the shift in dynamics her transformation will entail for the brothers who pine for her so passionately - better than Ian Somerhalder.

“Elena was a badass girl, and now she’s a badass vampire girl and can take care of herself,” he said. “It’s going to add a really interesting dynamic between [Stefan, Damon and Elena]."

"I think they’ll learn a lot together in a really short amount of time.”

Nina Dobrev herself said, “How do you make Elena, the vampire, different from her [human] self? It’s going to be difficult ... I think it’s going to [depend on] her experiences. Everything’s going to be heightened."

"She’s constantly going to be struggling with what she is.”

Damon's not struggling with what he is. “At this point, he’s tried,” Somerhalder said. “He tried to be someone people wanted him to be, but he’s not." In Damon's view, he's thinking "I did everything you wanted me to do, and it didn’t work, and if you don’t like it, you can go bleep yourself.”

Production is underway: About a week ago, The Vampire Diaries Season 4 began filming, and we saw a few quick teases, both of which involve Somerhalder's beloved character:

  1. Damon is slamming poor Matty up against a wall... angry for many possible reasons.
  2. Damon telling Stefan, “Now the world has one more quarterback. Bravo, brother.”

UPDATE: Watch The Vampire Diaries Season 4 trailer now!

Every witch way: Season 4 will delve into who taught Original witch Esther what she knows.

The doctor will see you: Torrey DeVitto’s Meredith Fell will be back at some point this fall.

New twists and turns. “Everything just feels so fresh; it feels new,” shot-caller Julie Plec said. “It feels familiar in all the right ways, and it feels different, too. It’s a lot of deep, emotional and twisted stuff.”

MIA doppelgangers. Don't expect Kat to surface anytime soon. She “will not show her little face until Klaus is no longer a threat,” according to Plec, and we know he still is ... albeit in Michael Trevino's body.

RIP Alaric. Matt Davis is gone, but at least on TVD no one is ever really gone, and with him on a new CW show in Cult, “He definitely, contractually, has permission to appear,” Plec said.

“We certainly don’t like living in a world without Matt Davis in our family. It’s possible [he'll return], and something we would all like to see.” We all would indeed, Julie. We all would indeed.

For much more from the show and this weekend's festivities, check back with TV Fanatic early next week for exclusive video interviews with The Vampire Diaries cast from Comic-Con!

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Name those episodes where she was a badass To be fair, Elena DOES fight when the Salvatores brothers aren't around. She did save Caroline from EvilAlaric. She did manipulate Rebekah in order to kill her. She did kill Elijah. She did try to become stronger with the help of Alaric. So there are moments in which she does something... the problem is that they are rare and by the way he said it you would think she did these things all the time. Unfortunately she doesn't. So Katherine can't come back because Klaus is still alive... but she doesn't know that! Everyone thinks he is dead! Come on, there is no way she wouldn't come back now that Elena is a vampire. Why doesn't Julie Plec just say that she doesn't like that the fans prefer Katherine over her beloved Elena?


Okay. This page is for FANS of Vampire Diaries, not people who want to bash on the work of the producers. If you're gonna complain about how terrible Season 3 was, you should just take it somewhere else. This website is called "tvFANatics", so let's limit it to just that :)

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This season had better be better than season 3. Honestly, she took just about everything about the show that was good or had potential and ruined it or made it all about Elena(still not over her necklace being the Original Witch's über-powerful talisman..) and even mediocre things, like the triangle, went straight to hell. I think the writers owe us an apology.

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I wonder how these 3 main characters will be like as each episode passes for season 4. I can't wait for its arrival. =D


@crAZychicke. I can and I will be mad at Julie Plec. I'm glad that you like what's happening, but about 80% of the fandom ain't. Myself included. Most of us are tired of the originals. Tired of Always Save Elena Day. Tires of this triangle, that should have at least taken a break. And just plain old tired of the inconsistencies! Julie Plec should take a step down for this show, hand it back over to Kevin Williams and just disappear. I, for one, am sick of her fangirling Ian and only catering to a certain fan base! She doesn't know what shes doing and she needs to stop, before she runs this show into the ground!


all seasons so far have been i know season 4 is going to be great.


That big hump Julie plec DID NOT create the show.Kevin williamson did,he left during the 3rd season to go and work on the secret circle.And as a result Julie plec Godzilla'd all over the show.

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guys we cannot be angry with JP for creating such a great show! But "we" can totally be angry with JP for creating such a trainwreck of a show :) The show has not been "epic"(gods I hate this word), for two seasons already, certainly has not been that since "Masquerade" when show went downhill. Seriously, S2 and S3 are pure filler seasons that added absolutely nothing - Elena could have been turned at the end of S1(back then when she was still likeable) and NOTHING would change in the show anyway.


guys we cannot be angry with JP for creating such a great show! I get we are all passionate about the characters but it's thanks to her and the cast - we have this show. I hope when she said: "when Klaus is no longer a threat" - this does not mean he dies or is put in a coffin, because TVD will not be TVD without him. Also, sad Katherine won't be back for a while. Season 4 will no doubt be epic as usual. Cannot wait to see where the story leads - hopefully to Mabekah, Delena and Klaroline!!!!


I'm really done with this show! I am sick of Julie Plec. Never have I loathed a person so much! Season 3 was the absolute worst! And the ratings showed it. So next season is going to be pretty much the same as last. More Originals. More of this long overdone triangle. No Bonnie! More characters to give more screen time than to the unused series regulars! The only difference is Elena is going to be even more annoying than what she already is. Being that she is a vampire and now her senses are heightened! Thanks Julie for ruining what was once a fantastic show. I really hope you are proud of yourself!

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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.


When 9 Russians tell you you're drunk, you lie down.

Enzo [to Bonnie]