"One thing we're looking forward to so much next season is Elena on her own as a vampire and living her new life in college," says Julie. "And to see a vulnerable Katherine, who is able to be hurt and able to be killed and in need of the protection much like the first Elena we met four years ago."
Julie promises the reversal — a stronger, more independent Elena and a weaker Katherine — will be fun to watch.
After all the horrible things Katherine has done, it will be interesting to see who steps up to help the new human. We’d say Stefan (Paul Wesley), but he’ll be locked up for a bit. Maybe Damon (Ian Somerhalder) will show some mercy?
Then again, Julie teased to TVLine that not everyone will be forgiving. “Absolutely nothing is going to stop everyone from trying to kill her,” Julie explained. “That’s what puts her in a pickle that is going to have her seeking out protection from unlikely sources.”