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The Vampire Diaries to Explore Family, Friendship on Season 4

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We may be months away from The Vampire Diaries Season 4 - an extra month, no less, with The CW pushing its fall premieres back until October - but producer Julie Plec was on hand for a panel at the ATX Television Festival in Austin this weekend and offered up a number of teases to keep fans buzzing throughout the summer.

And it all starts with a friendship that will turn into a major focus of the new season.

"I always look at Caroline as Stefan's future Lexi," Plec told an enthusiastic crowned. "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."

What will bring the pair together when TVD returns? The desire to help Elena with her transition, Plec said, explaining that "Caroline is an acolyte of the Stefan school of sobriety."

Among other tidbits revealed at the panel:

Caroline and Matt will "have another moment," according to Plec.

Alaric may return, even with Matthew Davis starring on Cult and his character confirmed to be dead. "As long as Jeremy can see ghosts and Alaric is out there in the universe, then there's a window there," Plec said.

Without delving specifically into the love triangle, Plec did acknowledge that Damon has grown over three seasons, saying he has done terrible things in the "name of love, pain, abandonment, self-preservation, survival and family" and that "he's going to keep evolving and Elena's feelings for him are going to continue to evolve."

Finally, it's "time" for the arrival of Bonnie's dad, Plec spoiled: "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."

Writing on Season 4 of The Vampire Diaries begins today. Which of these storylines has you most excited?

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Teamstelena

@Stefelena: I KNOW RIGHT?! That really angers me too, and then if Stefan does something they just go after him like he's satan himself or something...it's just so ridiculous.

Stefelena

You know what i don't get is how people made STUPID and LAME excuses for Damon's actions? Why is it that when Damon hurt other people it's okay but when his feelings are hurt the whole world must know that precious DAMON SALVATORE is hurt?

Teamstelena

And furthermore, I agree completely with Amie's assessment regarding the turning of Bonnie's mother. It doesn't matter how you slice it--it wasn't right.

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It shouldn't matter what Damon meant when he said that to Elena. The truth is--Damon was not being respectful of their relationship. I mean Stefan is his brother for pete's sake. And the brother that saved his life. Shouldn't he be more interested in saving him than trying to "win" Elena fair and square? She's not a prize to be won and she clearly loves and wants Stefan back. Damon can't respect that. What is so beautiful or honorable about that? Nothing. He should allow Elena to feel something for him on her own terms instead of forcing it down her throat.

Amie

So what if Bonnie met Abby only two episodes ago, SHE IS HER MOTHER, yes, bad mother, but mother non the less, you cant just write her of as being collateral damage just because. Both Salvatores were being totals assholes, for deciding to do this. And it was Elena's fault for getting herself into that situation in the first place. Bonnie and Jamie were a pairing, not a ship. I did say that in season 3 there were ships and pairings.

Amie

that comment alone just tells me you hate Damon or your a SE Shipper.. And your comments tell me that you fail to see any flaws in Damon and you are ready to find any excuse for Damon's behavior. I don't hate Damon, I hate what the writers are making him become...and yes, I prefer SE to DE. Yes, Elena might have hurt his ego, but her reaction was understandable, Damon was being overprotective of her as if she was his private possession already....but the way he reacted to it is what makes me say what I said, because Damon does not take rejection like a man, he has to make a whole show about: make sure Elena knows how he gets over her by getting under someone else. So what if Bonnie met Abby only two episodes ago, SHE IS HER MOTHER, yes, bad mother, but mother non the less, you cant just write her of as being collateral damage just because. Both Salvatores were being totals assholes, for deciding to do this. And it was Elena's fault for getting herself into that situation in the first place. Bonnie and Jamie were a pairing, not a ship. I did say that in season 3 there were ships and pairings.

Kitanishi h mcdonald

you expect characters to go on a vacation or go about FILLER activities,
yes I expect characters to be tangible, real and have actual lives beyond the screentime. That is what good writing is all about. Thats what allows them to develop personality. And funny you mention "filler storylines" considering 99% of Season three has been that. Hell one, thanks to end of S3, could just NOT watch S2 and S3 anyway, as that car crash could have as well happened in the end of S1 and nothing would change.

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@Buffy Icon, you expect characters to go on a vacation or go about FILLER activities, this is'nt Buffy, half a Seaon doesn't consist of FILLER Episodes... Edward will kill himself if Bella died and Vice Versa, None of the Triangle would do something so Foolish.. These characters are vastly different from Twilight

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@Buffy Icon, Your utter hate for VD is screaming out of the page, you compared S2 to a soup with ten dead fies in it and still manage to watch S3, Buffy is dead and VD Curb stomps that show. You need to move on already..

Kitanishi h mcdonald

Bonnie's dad.....he will die at the end of Season 4...
eeeh, giving too much faith to these writers. He will die within 5 episodes, half of these spending time offscreen "doing something", while we watch Elena angst and stand there expresionless and personality-less.

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.

Damon

I wanna say thank you for giving me everything I always wanted. A love to consume me, and passion, and adventure. There's nothing more I could ever want than for it to last forever, but it can't. This is the last time I'm gonna see you. This is goodbye, Damon.

Elena [to Damon]
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