The Vampire Diaries Spoilers: A Birthday, A Time Jump, A New Romance

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Get out the candles and start thinking, Vampire Diaries fans: What do you get an 18-year old who recently lost an aunt and whose boyfriend has returned to feasting on the innocent?

Indeed, Elena Gilbert will celebrate a birthday on the season three premiere of The Vampire Diaries, as producer Julie Plec tells TV Guide there will be "a small time jump" when the show returns on September 15.

This milestone answers the question of whose care Elena and Jeremy will be living under when we next see them.

Stelena at a Crossroads
Damon and Elena Photo

Elena can't really go wrong, can she?

"Elena and Jeremy technically don't need a parent living in their house," says Plec, referencing the demise of Jenna. "She will be taking care of herself."

What else is ahead for this love torn human? Prepare to squeal, Delena Shippers.

"Over the course of the season, Elena will be struggling with a deep, deep attraction toward Damon," Plec previews. "That's going to be a big problem for her."

Elena also won't be the only half of the show's main couple to have an eye on someone else: we'll meet Rebecca, a vampire from Stefan's "darkest ripper days who loves that Stefan's back to his bad behavior," teases Plec.

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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.