The Vampire Diaries to Flash Back... to Bulgaria... in 1490

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Forget 1864. The Vampire Diaries is preparing to take viewers back to the 15th century...

... in Bulgaria.

“The episode that we start shooting on Tuesday is set around 1490 – and in Bulgaria," producer Julie Plec said at New York Comic-Con over the weekend. “We’ve talked about wanting to show Katherine’s origin story, and it is cool.”

Katherine with a Drink

Viewers learned a couple weeks ago that Katherine's original last name was "Petrova," and fellow producer Kevin Williamson says they plan to depict how this character "came to become who she was."

But, as much as we love the pace and excitement of the series, might it be revealing too much too quickly? Is there fear of burning storylines out?

No way, says Williamson.

“We’re trying to figure out the breaking point, where we are going to stop at the end of this season. We kind of know what we want for our season finale, we know what the cliffhanger is already, so [it's all a matter of] ‘What do I get in there before?’”

** In other spoiler news, fans can look for Bonnie to get more involved later this season, as a mysterious father and son duo come to town, armed with questions for this witch.

** Of note: Nina Dobrev is of Bulgarian descent. Her family's original last name? Dobreva.

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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.