The Vampire Diaries EP Julie Plec had some season 3 details to spoil to the rabid TVD fandom. When the CW hit returns September 15th, it will be set against the backdrop of Elena's 18th birthday. As with most things in Mystic Falls, there is sure to be trouble.
"There will be a small time jump [from where last season ended] as we celebrate Elena's birthday, but as is the pattern in Mystic Falls, the event never reaches its climax."
Now that Elena is 18 a very important loose end will be tied up from the final episodes of season 2.
"Elena and Jeremy technically don't need a parent living in their house [following Aunt Jenna's and Uncle John's death]," says Plec. "She will be taking care of herself."
Plec goes on to say that Elena's growing attraction for Damon will be a season long endeavour.
"over the course of the season, Elena will be struggling with a deep, deep attraction toward Damon. That's going to be a big problem for her."