Vampire Diaries Boss Talks Season 4, More 'Mean Girl' Rebekah, Killing Klaus and Graduation!

Vampire Diaries Season 4 SpoilersThe Vampire Diaries‘ writers room has only just begun to map out Season 4, but boss lady Julie Plec is already privy to some storyline secrets — and TVLine was fortunate enough to pick her brain about a few of them at last weekend’s inaugural ATX Television Festival in Austin.

Here’s what the Mystic Falls mastermind revealed about new journeys for both Elena and beloved bitch Rebekah, how Klaus has managed to survive time and time again, impending graduation and more.

On Vampire Elena’s Season 4 Journey | “How do you go to high school as a new vampire? How do you fall in or out of love? How does it change who you are and what you feel? … We get really excited when we talk about this [arc] because it feels so deliciously Season 1 all over again,” Plec enthused. “It takes us right back to Stefan arriving in Mystic Falls, trying to hold himself together and not let anybody know who he was. Now, we get to watch our heroine go through all of that.”

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On Why Big Bad Klaus Is Still Around | “I will tell you this — and I haven’t said this before: Our intention was to kill Klaus at the end of Season 3,” confided Plec. “We created the character last year… and our intention was, that after a long, arduous year of trying to vanquish and defeat the villain, our heroes would prevail and he would be no more. But when you have actors [like Joseph Morgan] who are that good, making such a distinct mark in the roles that they are playing, you have to let your storytelling evolve and wrap around that a little bit. We collectively decided around the middle of Season 3 that we weren’t done with Klaus — or Joseph. We also weren’t done with the Original family, because with the addition of Rebekah and Kol, there’s still a lot of story to tell. Sometimes [as a writer] you kill a character because you don’t know what else you can do with them, and sometimes you kill them because their death will so powerfully impact your other characters. But if you’re killing a character who is doing a great job with tons and tons of story left in him, you’re making a mistake. We had to do a bit of an about-face in our storytelling, which is how we came up with the Tyler body swap [in the finale]. So, we got to kill Klaus, and then not!”

On Rebekah’s Role as the ‘Mean Girl’ Queen Bee | “What I’m excited about with Rebekah [in Season 4], specifically, is that we have never had a true antagonist on a human/teenage level,” she noted. “We’ve never had our Valerie [from Beverly Hills, 90210] or our Amanda Woodward [from Melrose Place]. And with Rebekah, who is so vulnerable and damaged but has that tough exterior, we get to see a queen bee in action; we get to see a mean girl. As we get into the second half of their senior year, here’s Rebekah, still in Mystic Falls, heading back to school, completely ostracized from the community of people that she knows because of what she did to Elena and Matt [in the finale]. She’s completely loathed by the one guy [Matt] that she had a crush on, and also by her past love [Stefan]. What’s she going to do about that? How does a vampire, who has all kinds of mind control capabilities and sass, carve her way into the high school world when the people that we love hate her guts? Once she gets over the hump of being “World’s Most Hated” in the yearbook, how will she live? And what will her life be like?”

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On Who Will Be in the Forefront Next Season | “Obviously, Elena and her journey are going to be front and center, but one of the things that we’ve finally been able to do over the past year is dig much deeper into the other characters — their lives, their wants, their loves. We’ve given Matt Donovan his due, and given Bonnie her time in the sun, and Caroline especially has evolved into a leading lady in her own right. So, this is going to be the year that ‘Donna Martin graduates,'” announced Plec with a laugh. “This is our friends finishing out their high school lives and their lives in Mystic Falls, and each of them is going to have a transitional journey about where they go and what they’re meant to be. It’s going to be a really exciting year because it’s one of endings as much as it’s about new beginnings.

On Mystic Falls High’s Class of 2013 | “Our goal is that this will be the year that gets them out of high school,” she said, “and tees us up for what will become of them in Season 5.”

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  1. sara says:

    we watched in season 3 elena became a vampire she’ll remember she saw damon befor stephan & she may break up with stephan & be with damon & stephan’ll give up on her

  2. 41312 says:

    I hate it how people are always comparing the show to the book and saying things like “wait, but in the book this and this happened, so why aren’t they happening in the show?” Though the show has the same name as the book series, they are two completely different stories in themselves, if they did everything by the book, the show would be too predictable and not enjoyable. It’s just based on the book, it doesn’t necessarily have all the same themes.

  3. Chels75 says:

    I totally agree I hav read the books and although at first I was disappointed the show wasn’t exactly like the books I gotta say the series is now way better than the books no offense to the book lovers!! 

  4. faaltu aadmi says:

    Klaus is a tedious character now. We are bored of him. There have been so many attempts at killing him, all proving fultile. Its frustating now. Kill him and be over with it. But now they have shown that killing klaus will kill all of them. I think Bonnie should find a good enough spell to kill Klaus and save others, instead of swapping the bodies and foolishly bringing him back.

  5. etosam4 says:

    if Klaus dies(By Alaric) ,acccording to his bloodline other vampires must die with him ,isn’t it?

  6. BryceH says:

    I really want to see Elena kick Katherines ass!!!

  7. erin says:

    Yes I love Joseph Morgan he is a terrific actor i want to see more of Klaus and Rebecca throughout the Vampire Dairies Series

  8. Melissa says:

    I just love this show. I love Damon, cant wait to see more of him.

  9. rrasmussen says:

    What I would like to know is, sice Damion actully met Elaina before Stephan, does that mena he is going to tell her? He wasn’t going to fight Rick in the end, but after remembering that he did meet her first and after her telling him that may be if she had met him before Stephan things would be different, he started to fight back….I want to know about their love triangle!!!

  10. Hallie says:

    Love klaus if anything has played out it is the elaina/damon/stephen triangle. I would love to see where he goes from here especially if things progress with caroline but i hope he keeps hos edge

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