Mystic Falls’ human population dwindled by one in The Vampire Diaries Season 4, Episode 15, “Stand by Me,” and executive producer Julie Plec tells TVLine why Jeremy (Steven R. McQueen) had to go.

No surprise — it’s all about Elena (Nina Dobrev). Julie explains, “We knew we wanted to get her to the darkest place possible, so that Elena, the most compassionate character, would become dis-compassionate and turn her humanity off.”

Done and done. Julie points out that while Elena loves everyone in her life, “it’s her protectiveness of her brother that kept her together. Tearing her brother away from her would be the thing that would make her fall apart.”

That trajectory was arrested when Damon (Ian Somerhalder) told her turn off her humanity. Now, Elena is more carefree than ever, and “in spite of it being relatively emotionless,” says Julie, Elena is in a place “with no pain, no guilt, no suffering and no extremes other than just an appreciation for life as a vampire and a desire to feed.”

Elena as an emotionless feeding machine? That doesn’t sound like a recipe for disaster at all!

Source: TVLine