'The Vampire Diaries' EP Julie Plec recently spoiled that Year 4 will be the Season of Transition. Plec teased that the theme of moving on and growing up will be center stage in season 4, encompassing all of TVD's amazing characters.
"Obviously, Elena and her journey are going to be front and center, but one of the things that we’ve finally been able to do over the past year is dig much deeper into the other characters — their lives, their wants, their loves. We’ve given Matt Donovan his due, and given Bonnie her time in the sun, and Caroline especially has evolved into a leading lady in her own right. So, this is going to be the year that ‘Donna Martin graduates. This is our friends finishing out their high school lives and their lives in Mystic Falls, and each of them is going to have a transitional journey about where they go and what they’re meant to be. It’s [season 4] going to be a really exciting year because it’s one of endings as much as it’s about new beginnings. Every character is growing up and graduating, so to speak,” she spoils, “and setting up the future of their grown-up worlds outside of Mystic Falls… Or maybe not. What is that passage of adulthood for these kids who have been living these tragic lives as young adults [with] no parents, no parental supervision? That’s our next couple of seasons, to get them through senior year and into college… or not.” Plec went on to tease Elena's new challenges, "How do you go to high school as a new vampire? How do you fall in or out of love? How does it change who you are and what you feel? … We get really excited when we talk about this [arc] because it feels so deliciously Season 1 all over again. It takes us right back to Stefan arriving in Mystic Falls, trying to hold himself together and not let anybody know who he was. Now, we get to watch our heroine go through all of that."
Klaus' miraculous escape from death and possession of Tyler was on the forefront of the season 3 finale twists. Bonnie's selfless determination to keep her friends and loved ones alive will allow the witchy goddess to come into her own and will ultimately send her down a long awaited path of self discovery as season 4 unfolds.
"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 have actors [like Joseph Morgan] who 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." Plec explains, "This is Bonnie’s ‘I am witch woman, hear me roar’ moment,” declares Vampire Diaries EP Julie Plec. “She went and made a decision that she felt was best for the people that she loved, consequences be damned. Bonnie is the true hero in all of this, if you really look at it. She came in and found a way to save the day. Had she not done what she did, all of our heroes would be dead… We’re just seeing the beginning of growth for her, exploring who she is and what it means to be a witch and how she feels about it.”
"What I’m excited about with Rebekah, specifically, is that we have never had a true antagonist on a human/teenage level. With Rebekah, who is so vulnerable and damaged but has that tough exterior, we get to see a queen bee in action; we get to see a mean girl. As we get into the second half of their senior year, here’s Rebekah, still in Mystic Falls, heading back to school, completely ostracized from the community of people that she knows because of what she did to Elena and Matt. She’s completely loathed by the one guy [Matt] that she had a crush on, and also by her past love [Stefan]. What’s she going to do about that? How does a vampire, who has all kinds of mind control capabilities and sass, carve her way into the high school world when the people that we love hate her guts? Once she gets over the hump of being “World’s Most Hated” in the yearbook, how will she live? And what will her life be like?"