Season 5 of The Vampire Diaries won’t premiere until October 3, but you can still get your TVD fix by catching up on everything that happened last season. The Vampire Diaries: The Complete Fourth Season is out on DVD and Blu-ray today, September 3.

E! Online has an exclusive video of one of the Season 4 DVD’s special bonus features: A behind-the-scenes interview in which Nina Dobrev (Elena) and showrunner Julie Plec reflect on Elena’s painful transition from human to vampire.

“We knew we didn’t want it to be an easy journey for her,” Julie says. Though she knows many fans would have preferred to see Vampire Elena’s journey be easier — if “day 2 she woke up, and life was an endless party” — Julie says that making it clear that  life as a vamp is difficult was a very intentional decision.

“Our love for Elena, and our protection of her as heroine — we wanted to show the cautionary tale attached to vampirism. It’s not wish fulfillment; it’s a curse.”

You thought being a vampire would be fun? Think again. “Elena’s experience as a vampire isn’t all fun and games. It heightened all her emotions and her feelings, which were sorrow and despair,” Nina says.

Catch the video, and a host of other behind-the-scenes extras, on the Season 4 DVD. Because, really, you want to make sure you’re all caught up on every last detail before Season 5 starts up again. Who knows... you totally could have missed something the first time around.

Source: E! Online



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