The Vampire Diaries Season 5 Spoilers: Secrets & Survival

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We are mere hours away from The Vampire Diaries Season 4 finale.

But The CW just released its 2013-2014 schedule and, along with it, an official press release that teased what's ahead in Mystic Falls... on SEASON 5!

Consider yourself SPOILER WARNED and scroll down if you want to read through a couple clues regarding what's on tap following tonight's "Graduation."

Old Elena?

Come October, according to the network itself...

The series heads into its fifth season with some characters headed off to college, a newly cured vampire trying to survive as a human, and a shocking Salvatore secret.

So there we have it! Someone WILL take the cure. Seniors WILL graduate. And the past will seemingly come back to haunt Damon and Stefan. Hmmm... sound off with your theories now!

UPDATE, 5/19: In an interview with TV Guide, Julie Plec says Bonnie will still play a key role on Season 5; Elena will struggle with protecting her secret in college; Jeremy will have problems readjusting to life; Matt and Rebekah will still be together when we catch back up with them; and it won't be long until people learn Silas' true identity.

UPDATE, 5/29: In an interview with TV Line, meanwhile, Plec says Whitmore College will play a key Season 5 role, bringing new characters and love interests into the picture.

UPDATE, 6/18: At the ATX Television Festival, Julie Plec said Delena really will give it a go on Season 5 as a couple, while Jeremy will have a tough time explaining his revival. D'uh!

UPDATE, 6/27: The Vampire Diaries Season 5 will premiere on Thursday, October 10.

UPDATE, 6/28: The premiere will introduce at least three new characters.

UPDATE, 7/13: Olga Fonda has been cast as Nadia... and Kendrick Sampson as Jesse.

UPDATE, 7/17: The series is looking for an actress to play Tessa, a revenge-fueled ex-girlfriend of Stefan's,.

UPDATE, 8/1: The premiere will be titled "I Know What You Did Last Summer."

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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.


Dear Elena, yes you heard that correctly. Hell has frozen over. I'm writing it all down. Granted, I'm half a bottle in thanks to my 1950 Chateau Cheval Blanc, a bottle I waited 65 years to open. I used to spend nights sitting in my wine cellar convincing myself I could hear it age, tannins growing, fermenting, but appreciating its beauty didn't make time go by any faster. The bottle just laid there on its shelf, torturing me while I waited for Katherine and time stood still. Eventually I convinced myself that no sip of that wine could ever taste as good as I dreamt it would. And that is the story of why I drink bourbon. I don't know who I am without you, but I know that as long as I'm with you, time will stand still. So who is Damon Salvatore without Elena Gilbert? A selfish friend, a jealous brother, a horrible son? Or maybe with a little luck, I'll do right by you. Because you may be a thousand miles away or a hundred years away, but you're still here with me and my heart is right there in that coffin with you. Until you come back to me.