We are well into our hiatus now and any scoop on next season is welcomed! And Julie Plec is certainly not one to disappoint us in that department.
Recently speaking with E Online Julie revealed that they are thinking of taking Bonnie to a darker place next season:
“To be truthful, a lot of debates go on in our [writers'] room about whether to take Bonnie to to the dark side and the biggest thing that prevents us from doing that is not wanting to feel like we’re foliowing Willow’s journey.” Of course, she is referring to Buffy the Vampire Slayer’s HWIC, Willow. So will that iconic character stop the Diaries’ writers from making Bonnie bad? “She’s tapped into some darker stuff…I don’t know which way we’ll go with her in season four. Do you go down a road even though people did it really well, do you really want to do that? Or do you ignore what other people did and do it because it’s right for the character? I’m interested to see where we land on that as writers.”
Julie also spoke about what we can expect to see from the new Elena in Season 4
Considering how transitioning typically emphasizes a human being’s most dominant personality traits – Caroline is more bubbly, Damon more… Damon-y – what can fans expect from a blood-sucking Elena?
“Her compassion is her gift and her Achilles heel,” says Plec. “She is fiercely loyal, fiercely protective, and very, very compassionate to those around her in that she can see the good and the bad. When all that stuff gets amplified, it’s going to make her, hopefully, kind of a badass… it’s like the birth of a supernatural heroine.”
But Elena was also in a dark place even before turning, experiencing guilt over all the pain she’s caused those around her.
How might that play out in vampire form? Explained Plec:
“Elena’s dark side, so to speak, is actually in her deep, deep, deep connection to other people, whether they are light or dark. So now that these things get magnified, it is her connection to darker things and darker people, is that going to bloom at all or is she still going to be the infallible heroine? I think that grief can do a lot to send somebody off their rocker a little bit, so who knows what she could go through as a vampire.”
Julie also spoke about Damons desperation for love.
Somebody actually commented on that, that the words “I love you” were never spoken to Damon, which was never deliberate for us in that it just never felt like something Stefan (Paul Wesley) would say. Brothers show their love, they don’t say their love. I think Stefan loves his brother now in ways that he has strayed from over the last century and a half. Now that it’s been pointed out that it has never been said, I think that when it is said it’s going to be really specific, deliberate, and very special. I don’t think Elena could have said, “I love you, Damon” and even if she does love him, even if she has these deep feelings for him because she still loves Stefan and to respect that relationship and to be committed in that moment as she decided to choose that relationship. You know, there’s still that story left to tell before those words can come out of her mouth.
Julie Plec also told TV Line that at the end of Season 3 a major character was supposed to have been killed off:
” I will tell you this — and I haven’t said this before: Our intention was to kill Klaus at the end of Season 3. We created the character last year… and our intention was, that after a long, arduous year of trying to vanquish and defeat the villain, our heroes would prevail and he would be no more. But when you havewho are that good, making such a distinct mark in the roles that they are playing, you have to let your storytelling evolve and wrap around that a little bit. We collectively decided around the middle of Season 3 that we weren’t done with Klaus — or Joseph.”
Julie also recently shared some more spoilers when she was at the recent ATX Television Festival about what (or where) Stefan and Caroline might be headed:
“I always look at Caroline as Stefan’s future [best friend] Lexi [Arielle Kebbel],” executive producer Julie Plec said during this weekend’s ATX Television Festival panel, moderated by this reporter. “You’ve seen little pockets of a friendship spark between them, and I see Caroline in the long run of the series becoming that important in Stefan’s life.”
“Caroline is an acolyte of the Stefan school of sobriety so to speak, so she’s going to be all, ‘I’m with you buddy, I’m on your team’ as they try to help Elena [Nina Dobrev],” Plec said. “I remember saying in Episode 203 when Stefan takes Caroline under his wing that the two of them and their chemistry was so delightful… It’s such a pleasure to watch.”
And whilst Caroline is still very much in love with Tyler at this moment, after re-watching the beginnings of Caroline and Matt’s relationship in Season 1, Plec said, “I think Caroline and Matt [Zach Roerig], in the long run of the series, will have another moment.” And as for just how long Tyler will remain under Klaus’ control (again) that is yet to be determined: “I actually can’t say,” she said. “We haven’t broken [down] the script yet, so it remains to be seen how long we’ll play Tyler as Klaus.”
Julie also let on that we can expect to see some new characters this coming season. One in particular being the arrival of Bonnie’s father.
“It’s time!” Plec said when we asked about Daddy Bennett’s arrival. “This year is a big year of transitions. It’s the end of senior year, and there’s a rich home life for everybody we’re going to explore.”
Read the rest of what you can expect to see in Season Four over at Seattle PI
Still on Bonnie, E Online had this snippet to share about how Bonnie is going to react when she finds out about Elena’s transition:
Eh, considering she hates vampires and almost ended her friendship with Caroline (aka the greatest vampire ever) when she was turned? Probably not so great. “I’m really interested to see Bonnie’s reaction to Elena becoming a vampire. I don’t imagine her taking it too well,” Kat Graham tells us. “She’s kind of cleaning up a lot of mess and making a lot of decisions she didn’t necessarily plan on making. I don’t know how that’s going to factor into how she deals and feels about Elena.”
Nina Dobrev recently spoke with TV Line where she shared that Elena is sure to “freak out” once she realizes how she was plucked from the ashes in the finale and the price tag that comes with it. She also also discussed how she as an actress will tackle this new take on Elena.
Paul Wesley recently made an appearnace at the Philly Comic Con, where he revealed that he is actually Damon & Evil Stefan rolled into one.
Comic Con is just around the corner and thanks to E Online we can tell you that the cast of The Vampire Diaries will be appearing at this years event.
Stars Nina Dobrev, Paul Wesley, Ian Somerhalder and executive producers Kevin Williamson and Julie Plec will be appearing in Ballroom 20 on Saturday July 14.
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