Julie Plec Teases Birth of "Supernatural Heroine" on The Vampire Diaries

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The Vampire Diaries will start over this fall.

That's how Julie Plec put it during an interview with E! News at the ATX Television Festival in Austin last week, as the producer focused on the main storyline heading into the Vampire Diaries Season 4 - Elena Gilbert as a vampire - and said:

"We're starting a new story. Same world, same characters, same feelings, same everything but for our ingénue, and our heroine, we are beginning."

Elena Gilbert Photograph

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."

No one but Plec and her team, that's for sure. We won't find out until TVD returns in October, but you can relive the past three seasons now when you watch Vampire Diaries online at TV Fanatic!

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"When all that stuff gets amplified, it's going to make her, hopefully, kind of a badass... " Yeah, she's will be a hero under the vampires! And a dark side of Elena? Like that would really happen...


You hear people start their post with "Okay its just a show people" and then within the next sentence they start to rant and badmouth ANYONE with whom they disagree with. LOL. THIS SO MUCH.

Kitanishi h mcdonald

it only proves how you take this show and criticism too seriously.
This is most hilarious factor actually. You hear people start their post with "Okay its just a show people" and then within the next sentence they start to rant and badmouth ANYONE with whom they disagree with.


then we were immediately accused of being the same person, that's the whole reason I registered That's because Jane pops out like a cheerleader to applause anyone who insults BN, and usually right away, so it's reasonable to assume she uses different names. You on the other hand I doubt it, since your posts are actually decent and mature, while all Jane does is clap for whoever tells BN to fuck off. And it is completely possible that she isn't those other people since, lets face it, BN is a piece of work. The other reason we all got defensive is because the person actually registered to send BN a message saying that all of us here are his accounts and that they'd make sure the staff would know of it. LOL? And if you go out of your way to send a message and threat like that, it only proves how you take this show and criticism too seriously.


LOLOL at whoever thinks that Kitty has numerous accounts. What do you think? Is it even logical to think that TVD cannot be criticized, so anyone that's criticizing it must be a freak of nature??? Following your train of thought, anyone that's criticizing MUST be the same person. LOLOL. Just LOL. Think again retard. Kitty has had little tiffs with EVERYONE here including me. So.....is Kitty fighting with himself all the time. Damn retard....


well, pfff, actually, this whole forum is just one guy with multiple accounts and I really don't see a problem in that

Charmed jenna

I'm not gonna saying about the teasers for the next few months. Everyone is judging season 4 before it has even started which I think is dumb because half of the teases always play a really small factor in the actual show and they're never really gonna give us a really good major spoiler,but I had to comment(and laugh) at the last few comments. I think two months ago me and Jane were accused just because we shared the same POSITIVE opinion on TVD, then we were immediately accused of being the same person, that's the whole reason I registered. Now when the situation is reversed and a registered user gets accused of having two accounts everyone is quick to defend it. Best advice, if you like the show just ignore the bad comments, it shouldn't influence how you see the show(if you really like it) because the negative comments are here to say and they're never going away. I may still be one of the few who's actually excited for season 4.


OMG, so I guess everyone here who posts some criticism if just one person? Lame! Anyway, its very simple, skip over those posts, or better yet join one of those crazy SE or DE fansites where its all sweet and nice, since you can't handle constructive criticism. LOL, it not like you are being forced to read all the "negative trash" as you say.


um, I, for one, thinks season four sounds better than season 3. I mean finally we are NOT focusing on klaus or killing any of the others, I mean, the originals aren't even threats anymore. I am very excited for caroline and stefan's friendship and elena's new vampire status. I am also intrigued about Bonnie's dark side. If you read other interviews, Julie Plec actually did mention that Klaus was meant to die at the end of season 3, I beleive their decision to keep him alive mess up with some of the storylines this season, so my hope is that they have a good storyline next year and actually follow through. I actually think keeping klaus alive is not a really good idea, and now he's basically unkillable, as he's linked to all of our protagonists. Here's to a good season 4 :D


Great. So i can't have my own opinion without people thinking that i'm someone else? Just because we might share similar viewpoints? Everyone is entitled to their own opinions but the fans of this show really need to stop being so defensive. I'm still a fan myself of TVD but, there sadly comes a time when you need to face reality:
-The show is sinking- fast!
The characters and storylines desperately need damage control (and im not just talking about the romance)
And please, for the love of god, stop putting Elena,Damon and Stefans asses on such high pestesals! These 3 are the most messed up characters in the show!
S4 might surprise us with something good but, right now, it looks like its going to be worse then S3.

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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.