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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.

Jim Halterman is the West Coast Editor of TV Fanatic and the owner of JimHalterman.com. Follow him on Twitter.

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Fayeolivia

Vampire hunters with some sort of mythic history, "potentials" somehow picked by destiny? Hello Buffy Season 7. Not that I'm complaining or anything. I'm actually looking forward to this story developing and seeing what happens to Jeremy.

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I am glad to hear that Katherine will be back (and I never thought I would say that). The thing about a good villan is that they always keep you guessing. When Katherine was around for the beginning half of season two she lost some, actually a lot of her mystery and intrigue (especially when she started attacking Elena's family, and even tried to kill Elena, which did not make sense as she was planning to turn her over to Klaus) I actually liked her better in Season Three when she was keeping her distance and working with Damon. He might not be able to stand her but they made a good team. i think Rebekah should mistake Katherine for Elena and find out how clever she really is.I hope the Five do not turn out to be as big a disappointment as some of the Orginals.

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The last question is the best :) woo can't wait for katherine, she is the best female character on the show :) caroline's great too

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Forwood needs to get off my screen pronto. I'm so sick of them and their sexcapades.

Stakeinurheart

Lady Katherine!! Yes bring her backkkk!

Amie

lmfao stopped reading. Word!

Floralovesgurlplz

Don't put that triangle pic on this post, just to lure me into reading old spoilers that you're 4 days late on. Wow tvf. This show is great! Julie works hard and-- lmfao stopped reading.

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Hoping Katherine is back sooner rather than later. And I'm really excited for what this season might hold for Jeremy and I'm glad to hear it's going to be big and possibly his biggest storyline yet. Also excited to see where the Elena as a vampire stuff goes. Not as happy to hear Bonnie's mom is coming back, one of the worst characters the show's ever had (her "son" Jaime on that list as well so hopefully he's not back with her). I'm hoping this Shane guy and bringing in her father might actually make Bonnie a semi-interesting character for once, because right now she's neck and neck with Matt (who's as boring as they come) as the worst characters on the show and I have zero interest in her or her story arc.

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Please don' tell me it's going to be Damon doing all the work again, saving Elena, them getting together for a short time, then in the end Stephen does one thing that makes him seem like the hero and she goes running back to him. That has been happening for awhile. Damon always saves Elena but Stephens way always seems like the best in the end. I hope I am wrong.

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Damons reality is the most rational reality! For the love of all good in this world!! This is soooo true..finally they let the cat out of the bag. Damon will finally get the recognition he deserves. We have watched him change 150 different freakin ways and if you can't see that..then there is something you are missing from the show. It all boils down to one thing..for the love of a woman.

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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