The Vampire Diaries EP Julie Plec attended a panel at the ATX Television Festival in Austin this past weekend where she spoiled several teases about the October series return. Plec teased a time for family, friends, evolution and adjustment for season 4, starting with the bond between Stefan and Caroline.
“I always look at Caroline as Stefan’s future Lexi,” Plec revealed enthusiastically. “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.”
Elena’s vampire transition will be what brings Stefan and Caroline closer as friends and allies.
Plec explained, “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],”.
“I think Caroline and Matt [Zach Roerig], in the long run of the series, will have another moment.”
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“As long as Jeremy can see ghosts and Alaric is out there in the universe, then there’s a window there,” Plec said. “The moment in the end of the finale when he shows up broke every rule in the book, but I didn’t care. For us it was more important for us to give Matt Davis and Alaric that last goodbye to say, ‘Yes, he was the bad guy for the last few episodes, but here he is in that Obi-Wan kind of way.’”
“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.”
“This ["162 Candles"] is a reminder that Damon is a character that started in a very dark place, but with a lot of love and emotion brewing under him,” Plec said. “All of our characters, including his own brother, had to witness his evolution as a person and he has done some really extraordinarily sh—y things, but he has also done them in the name of love, pain, abandonment, self-preservation, survival and family. He’s going to keep evolving and Elena’s feelings for him are going to continue to evolve.”
Writer Jose Molina, who was also on the panel, perhaps gave the most agonizing tease. “We have the road map for next season and before we broke for vacation, I was staring and looking at everything we have planned and this stupid grin spread over my face,” he said. “I was like, ‘They are going to s—.’ Already we have so many moments where people are going to freak.”
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“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.”