Just when you thought The Vampire Diaries Season 4 finale couldn’t get any more mind-bending, Julie Plec reveals to E! Online that she’d intended for a different vamp to get the cure all along.

Katherine (Nina Dobrev) became human when Elena (Nina Dobrev) shoved the vial into her mouth during their doppelganger brawl. But Julie says they’d meant to cure Elena the whole time.  

Interestingly enough, when Kevin [Williamson] and I, back in season zero, when we first launched the series and started talking about knowing that one day we'd make Elena a vampire and with that move would come the realization that there was a cure; I think in the back of our heads we always intended to heal Elena,” says Julie.

Deciding that stripping Elena of her fangs was “too easy,” Julie hit upon the idea of curing Damon (Ian Somerhalder). “Instantly, we decided that the person that needed to be cured, that made the most sense from a story point of view, that would be a great surprise, would be Damon,” she explains. “We believed that because of all people he's the one that said he missed being human, but he's also the one who relished the most being a vampire.”

Then Julie realized that many a fan had figured out the plan by reading comments online and scrapped it. However, she thinks the story turned out better this way. “I think part of Damon's delightful charm as a vampire is that he is a vampire and I'm not so sure outside of the novelty of turning him human that we'd be able to get as much as we would have wanted to dramatically,” she says. “We played around with a lot of other ideas for a little while before realizing the answer was so clear and so obvious and so right in front of us.”

Will Kat’s inherent wits and charm be enough to keep her alive in Season 5? We can’t wait to find out!

Source: E! Online