Vampire Diaries Season 4 Spoilers: Julie Plec on the New, More Badass Elena
In the immortal words of Samuel L. Jackson in Jurassic Park, “Hold onto your butts.” Season 4 of The Vampire Diaries is destined to be its most exciting yet, and executive producer Julie Plec is stoking the flames of our impatience. She spoke to at the ATX TV Festival and teased some of the things she has in store for Elena (Nina Dobrev). Spoilers abound!
On Elena’s heightened traits: “WhenElijah [Daniel Gillies] says, ‘Your compassion is your greatest gift,’ that was very much said as a reminder that that is who this girl is. Her compassion is her gift and her Achilles heel ... When all that stuff gets amplified, it's going to make her, hopefully, kind of a badass, you know? Like, imagine Elena who is willing to stand up and fight the good fight for her brother and for her friends as a human — imagine her now with supernatural abilities …”
Will Elena have a dark side? “I think that 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.”
On Elena choosingStefan (Paul Wesley) “I think in the series it is okay to love them both, but in this moment in the show, there was unfinished business between both and she needed to take a stand and have a point of view about it. I think one of the things we wanted to do was give her last human choice and to make it powerful and for that choice to be born out of who she is in that moment as a human. She's not human anymore, so how will she change and what will that do to her relationship with everybody in her life?”