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Vampire Diaries Scoop from The Source: Julie Plec on "Nuclear Fallout," BIG Stuff for Jeremy and More!

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The Vampire Diaries Season 4 is off to a wild start, with Elena's transition into a blood sucker complicating matters for all around her and opening up some great stories for every resident of Mystic Falls.

In anticipation of tonight's “The Five," during which we'll attend a costume party and flash way back to the 12th century, TV Fanatic checked in with the woman behind it all: showrunner Julie Plec....

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TV Fanatic: Were you and the writers nervous at all about taking that step of Elena becoming a vampire?
Julie Plec: We were nervous in that it was a choice that takes her in a very clear direction, and if the audience unilaterally decided it didn’t like that direction and rejected it, we were pretty hosed. I think we had ‘they did it in the books’ excuse on our side, that gave us a little bit of confidence and, realistically, in the way that Twilight is always sort of its own little focus group of what works and what doesn’t.

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TVF:  On "The Rager," we witnessed Stefan’s concern about his own past as a ripper and keeping himself grounded. How will that manifest in the coming episodes?
JP: What it’s done is we’re seeing the nuclear fallout of this big move. Elena’s a vampire and so while we could very easily make the transition simple for her, instead we wanted to make the transition as complicated and as fraught as possible. Though we knew we wanted Stefan to be her hero, to really reaffirm all the ways and all the reasons why she chose him at the end of last year... we also didn’t want it to come without its own difficulties and consequences for him, where he may not be able to be a true hero to her, because he, himself, is plagued by infinitely deeper problems that come with being a functional vampire.

We wanted to let Damon have the point of view, which, you know, for three seasons we all sort of rolled our eyes and clucked our tongues and shook our heads at Damon’s logic and yet finally have him be the guy that’s like, ‘hey, I’m right, you all know I’m right. You all are living in fantasyland’ and start understanding that Damon’s reality is really the most rational reality at this point.

TVF: And that love triangle that’s still alive, but are there some unexpected turns coming up?
JP: This is all I can say without getting myself into terrible amounts of trouble across the board. I think that people watching and paying attention to the seeds we’ve been sowing to probably chart the course of the next big turn that this triangle is going to have.

TVF: Phoebe Tonkin showed up last week as Hayley. How is she going to get in the way of Caroline, Tyler and maybe even Klaus?
JP: Hayley’s presence is going to have a lot of surprises attached to it and why she’s there [and] what her relationship with Tyler is. What she thinks about all of this and ultimately, the part she plays in a bigger game that’s brewing between Tyler and Klaus as we move forward, it’s towards closer to the middle of the season. So, we’ve just scratched the surface with her and there’s a lot of surprises attached to her as we move forward.

TVF: Jeremy seems to be on a nice journey now that he’s possibly a hunter. What’s coming up for him?
JP: Big, big, big stuff is afoot for our young Jeremy Gilbert. This season maybe the biggest storyline he’s ever had and we just introduced the beginning of it with this appearance of the vampire hunter calling Jeremy a "potential." It has miles to go from there.

TVF: I love that Matt’s had a nice piece of things in these first episodes. Is he going to get more involved in things moving forward?
JP: Yes. Matt’s back on, he’s just going to continue to be human and continue to always be there right in the middle of things and now Rebekah, of course, has her sights set on him, which is never going to end well. And he’s determined to add value to our group and to his own life and don’t think we’re going to see Matt getting pushed around much. I think he’s going to be a good friend. He’s going to be a good fighter and he’s going to be a good support system for everybody.

TVF: Klaus is now protecting Connor at least for the moment, so we're guessing that will be important this week, right?
JP: This episode that airs Thursday, Klaus sort of fills in the holes of the story that we don’t know yet. About this tattoo that Jeremy saw, the centuries-long mystery that surrounds it and it’s got some impact and a few... I would say it’s got triple whammies!

TVF: Bonnie wasn’t in this past episode, but are we going to see her soon?
JP: Absolutely. Episode 4 is kind of the beginning of Bonnie’s journey for the season. She meets a new mentor, who’s very intriguing and interesting and there is a handsome professor by the name of Shane, played by David Alpay, who’s terrific. And it’s just the beginning of a really, really tumultuous, dramatic and emotional year where Bonnie is really going to learn a lot about herself and what she’s capable of and a lot of great things for her.

TVF: And her daddy’s coming right?
JP: Her daddy’s coming. We haven’t seen the last of her mama. We’ve got some small romantic roads to travel. We’ve got some great witchcraft stuff that is always lurking. Is she going to tap back into that dark magic or stay on the side of good? There’s all kinds of things coming down the pipeline for her. It’s going to be a good year.

TVF: I’m always up for a Katherine sighting so might we have one in season four? I think she’d love to see where Elena is these days!
JP: All I will say is that we have not seen the last of Lady Katherine.

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I really like what they did with stefan in this season ! its interesting. damons become really predictable, imo. even though i like him cuz hes funny but stefans my fave :) it sounds like shes setting up damon and elena for this season .. idc as long as stefan and elena end up together

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Things can turn out ugly throughout the show and I'm not really interested with the love triangle of Tyler,Caroline,and Klaus. I can't wait for more of season 4. =]

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I have something mispelled. I mean 'whoever he is deeply in love with'

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Dear Julie, i don't know who will elena end up with in the final seasonAnd who is the best between steffan or damon. But, right now , the role of Damon just crazily fascinates us ( delena fans ) . His personality , thoughts , point of view , all of those just so right and ratioNal. I can see that whenever Elena is with Damon, she have fun and Damon's love consumes her. So, if you really want to make steffan and elena to be together , please make Steffan's character better and humourous.. Or else, please let Elena be with Damon. Damon is quite pitiful since whoever she deeply in love with including Katherine, they are always in love with stefan . Please let damon have her true love...
That's my thought. Thank you

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I don't want Elena to become human again. She was so boring. I can see her become fun like Katherine when she gets used to the blood thing. Don't turn her human. Bring Rebeka and Kol back. I feel so sorry for Rebeka. I want Damon and Elena to be together.

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Hi Julie, I understand that TVD is a Stefan-Elena love story. Damon's character is there as a villain. But right now your villain that is Damon is the one that fascinates the fans. His qualities especially his great sense of humor endears him to the TV audience. (Thanks to superb portrayal of Ian Somerhalder of Damon) He has the biggest fan base, far bigger than your Stefan (hero) and Elena (heroine). I suggest Julie that you repackage your hero and heroine to make them more likable to the fans and you can start by giving Stefan just a little sense of humor. Right now, he is boring, grumpy and sulky. These are not qualities of a hero. Elena showed that she knew how to have fun, only when she's with Damon. If she's with Stefan, she is so uptight. I don't see any inspiring qualities in them.

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Delena forever!!!

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Julie may work hard but that doesn't mean she works well. It's basically rehashed story line the only difference being Elena is a vampire. It's Elena having moments with Damon, she feels guilty and runs back to Stefan. Stefan and Damon fight. Klaus wanted her blood to break the curse and make hybrids. Now he wants her blood to be made human so he can make more hybrids. Rinse and repeat. Plus whether Julie Plec is aware of it or not the writing on this show is insidously mysogynistic. Vampirism is euphimism for sexuality. The 'slut shaming' that went on in last nights episode was disgusting and is a bad example for women. Case in point. Klaus blaming their family being daggered on Rebekah because she was with and loved a boy. That says don't enjoy anything if your a woman because there are bad consequences if you do. It basically says if you are a woman don't own your sexuality because nothing good becomes of it.You must OBEY the elder male of your family.The character Klaus has shown no respect for women. He treats them all like he owns them and people want Caroline to be with him?! Why does Stefan have to be Elenas hero? Why can't she find empowerment in saving herself and not depending on a man to do it. Joss Wheadon did this masterfully with Buffy. She relied on no man to save her. If Plec is going to steal anything from Buffy it should be this. Instead we have the character of Kathrine being looked down upon because she choose how to save herself and she was the master of her own world. NOT Klaus, Elijah, Stefan or Damon. I call on you Julie Plec to take a look and your writing and see how you really portray women. When you take a closer look its bad. You can stil have romance without your male leads having a father knows best attitude. Just sayin...

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Hi Julie, I have one biiiiiig favour to ask of you. Can when CW, your network decides to cancel TVD at one point as a shows have to end even if I could go on for another 10 years. Can you please, please, please not make the same mistake as the writers did with Joey and Dawson in Dawsons Creek about a decade ago and let Stefan and Elena end up together? Maybe as humans last scene could be a "looking back" episode with Stefan in a rocking chair and Elena bringing him a glass of peach ice tea on the porch? My reason for mentioning that is: At first it was the writers intentions because that is what aaaaaaaalllllll the fans wanted to have Dawson and Joey together big marriage like it was supposed to be from day one but then Katie Holmes the actress who portrayed Joey in the series came and they changed it (Katie used to date Josh in real life). As much as I love Nina, in case she comes and wants to end up with Ian because they are together in real life (or they left each other and she isn't over him something like that) please don't give in!!! Elena is meant to be with Stefan who is good for her and learned from his mistakes in the past, its Stefan and not Damon (Ian will have a great career on his own like George Clooney after TVD because of his looks, charms, philanthropy...) Damon had his chance, he could have said something in the very beginning but he wanted to be a loner, fine so be it. Please in this case let Elena end up with Stefan once and for all, little reference to your fellow writer Shonda Rhimes who understood that in the end its Mer-Der in Greys and nothing else. Thanks!!!

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JULIE. You have been sowing these motherfcking love triangle seeds for the past three seasons now! Give us some new developments or gtfo.