With only four episodes left of The Vampire Diaries Season 3 — and a lot of business to pack into them — some fans just can’t help but wonder what will go down after the summer hiatus. The Hollywood Reporter asked executive producer Julie Plec about the show’s future plans, and it turns out she and the writers are already dreaming up a juicy fourth season.
But first, as we head into the finale, Elena (Nina Dobrev) has a choice to make. There are two brothers, and Season 3, Episode 22, “The Departed” will definitely deal with “the ultimate question of Elena’s choice, and what is she going to do about the fact that she may be in love with two vampires,” Plec said when she spoke to THR at Warner Bros. TV's "Television: Outside the Box" exhibit at Paley Center on April 12.
Complicating this decision is the fact that she’s going to spend time with both brothers over the next couple episodes. In Season 3, Episode 19, “Heart of Darkness,” Damon (Ian Somerhalder) and Elena take a road trip — and there’s a good possibility they end up in bed together. But in the very next episode, Elena turns around and invites Stefan (Paul Wesley) to the decade dance.
“It’s sweet, and the look on Stefan’s face when she asks him is really sweet,” Plec tells THR. But the fact that something happened with his brother isn’t going to go unnoticed. “There’s a lot of lingering tension with Damon and romantic tension with Damon,” Plec adds.
As for what else goes down on ‘20s night, Plec says, “The decade dance nights never end well, and this one’s no exception. Ironically, the dance itself goes off without a hitch, and it’s a lot of fun, but everything else goes to hell by the end of the episode.” Yep, we’re pretty much expecting a death.
So, where does that leave us for next season? Julie says the writers are already hard at work, and so far there’s “great romance, a new mystery, a new villain.”
New villain? What about the old villain? It’s gonna be a cruel, cruel summer.