Post Mortem: Vampire Diaries Boss on Elena's [Spoiler], What a Cure Would Mean and More!

Vampire Diaries Nina Dobrev Paul WesleyIf you have yet to watch Thursday’s The Vampire Diaries, avert your eyes now. Everyone else, you may proceed…

Though Thursday night’s The Vampire Diaries was dangerous for many of Mystic Falls’ residents, Connor and Elena paid the biggest price.

The hunter was offed by the newbie vamp, who then started to see visions of the word “killer” written in blood. Meanwhile, Damon and Stefan decided not to tell Elena that she killed the one person with the key to a cure for vampirism. (Little do they know, Jeremy’s now got the mysterious tattoo.)

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Luckily, the reveals will start as soon as next week, previews executive producer Julie Plec — and that includes Elena getting filled in on all the details. “We don’t linger in the secret land much longer.”

The events of Thursday’s episode lead to what Plec calls “some pretty big moves,” so we’ve broken down all the scoop on what’s ahead, character by character.

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ELENA/STEFAN/DAMON | If you’re wondering what an out-of-control Elena’s attraction to Damon means for the trio in the future, Plec advises, “You need to ask, ‘How does it impact the triangle next week?’” For one, after finding out that Stefan made a deal with Klaus, “[Elena] definitely starts next week really super mad at him. Forgiveness and understanding and learning the truth of what he’s up to and what he was up to, all those things are up ahead. We’ll see how she handles it.” As for the brothers, while they found a nice moment of peace, “there’s going to be a lot conspiring against them as all of the aftershocks of the events of this episode start to do their damage.”

ELENA THE KILLER | As the blood-soaked ending of Thursday’s episode hinted, “The consequences of that first kill are pretty profound,” teases Plec. So what’s behind Elena’s disturbing hallucinations? “Killing a hunter comes with a price. There’s a weird consequence to it all that she’s going to have to deal with that takes her to some dark, dark, dark places.”

JEREMY AND MATT | “Right now, it’s just the beginning of [Jeremy] being awakened,” says Plec. “Connor told him he was a potential, and this is a hint that Connor was speaking the truth.” Meanwhile, Matt will continue to be the human voice of reason “as Jeremy struggles with supernatural urges to kill vampires and as Elena’s going down the rabbit hole of the consequences of having killed someone.” (The Gilberts are now also “supernaturally predisposed to be in conflict.”) Adds writer Michael Narducci: “Matt and Jeremy are going to become closer as [Matt] takes on an older brother role to help his buddy, who’s going through these difficult problems.”

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Vampire Diaries Phoebe Tonkin Candice Accola Michael TrevinoTHE LOVE SQUARE | Rather than coming in to create relationship drama, “[Hayley] is there for a reason,” explains Plec. “It’s about Tyler’s story and what he, as a hybrid free of Klaus, wants to accomplish on behalf of the people that are part of his pack.” Thinking that something more-than-friendly happened between Hayley and Tyler in the past will “give Klaus this gleeful, perverse little power thing he thinks he holds over Caroline and Tyler and will allow him to be emboldened enough to try to squeeze in there and make a move or two. But when all is said and done, they’re currently pulling one over his eyes a little bit.”

THE PROFESSOR AND THE WITCH | Bonnie’s finally found someone to help her, but the good – or not-so-good – Professor Shane has “an alternate agenda that he’s hiding,” confirms Plec. “We just don’t know if it’s in her best interest or not. A lot of that will start coming to light over the next chapter.” And it won’t be long before he comes into contact with her friends, too. “[He] starts to cross paths with our group next week with some answers. Whether they’re legit or not remains to be seen.”

THE UNLIKELY FRIENDS | Mystic Fall’s oft-compelled resident, April, who Plec describes as “a fun little human folly,” will actually be “our vessel to start getting some answers about that really surprising twist of events at the end of the [season’s] first episode. That mystery has yet to be solved, and she will be a part of putting the pieces together.” As for her friendship with the currently staked Rebekah, “that will all pay off down the road with a vengeance.”

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THE CURE OF IT ALL | Wait: If there’s a possible way to undo Elena’s being a vampire, what does that mean for the show’s other creatures of the night… and its entire universe? Rest assured, the cure is “going to make our characters ask a lot of questions about themselves… Would they want it? What would they do in order to get it?” says Plec. “It’s going to make them realize, ‘Wait a second. Klaus, this immortal hybrid who’s been relatively indestructible, is there somehow a way to suddenly make him destructible?’ There’s going to be a whole lot of questions asked about what could happen if this cure were to be uncovered and who would go to great lengths to make sure, ultimately, it didn’t fall into the wrong hands.” The characters will also wonder: If killing an Original means taking out all of its offspring, does curing one de-vamp its entire bloodline?  Lest fans get too carried away with what-ifs, Plec points out that “this announcement of the cure, at this point in the narrative, is equal to Katherine [wanting] a moonstone, is equal to Damon’s looking for a crystal. It’s just the beginning.”

KATHERINE, ELIJAH, KOL & MORE | The previews for next week revealed Katherine is finally back (as a hallucination?), but we also haven’t seen the last of Connor. As for the Originals, Plec offers this: “We’re already talking Episode 16 and 17 in the [writers’] room right now, and Elijah’s name is all over the board.” (On a related note: Nathaniel Buzolic, who plays Elijah’s brother Kol, has also been tweeting from Atlanta, where the series shoots.)

Vampire Diaries fans, what did you think of Elena’s first kill? Did Professor Shane do something to Bonnie when he hypnotized her? And what are you most excited to see coming up? Hit the comments to sound off!