Now that The Vampire Diaries Season 3’s finale has come and gone (though we’ll totally be re-watching it a time or two just to absorb every ounce of sheer awesomeness), executive producer Julie Plec is dishing out the skinny on how some of the big decisions were made about the episode and where the show will go from here when TVD returns this fall with Season 4. (Warning! Spoilers ahead!)

The biggest twist for Season 3’s finale came at the tail end when Elena (Nina Dobrev) drew her first breath as a newbie she-vamp. Julie Plec told Entertainment Weekly that this little development has been in the percolator for years. She and co-exec Kevin Williamson have been just waiting for “when it felt right” to go there. The timing was perfect for last night’s show because Elena’s had the opportunity to become a physically, emotionally, and intellectually stronger woman, which “will all play into next year and what kind of person and vampire she will actually be — if she should choose to see the transition through.”

Oh, you tease! Of course Elena’s going to feed and make the vamp-ness stick, right?! Julie says there’ll be “a discussion” about whether or not she’ll complete the transition when Season 4 kicks off but hints that it’s pretty much inevitable because “the road we’re going down is pretty balls out.” Phew!

As for whether Elena’s last-ditch effort to save Matt (Zach Roerig) will be in vain, Julie agrees it’d be too cruel. “I think for Matt to not survive that after everything would be just too d**n tragic.” Amen!

For the juiciest aspect of the finale, when Elena chose Stefan (Paul Wesley) over Damon (Ian Somerhalder), Julie’s got some ‘splainin to do to Team Delena. According to her, the choice was “the right thing to do,” because even though Elena’s totally had some feelings for Damon, “she never fell out of love with Stefan, and you just can’t let somebody like that go.”

But, but, but… what about that little reveal near the end there where we found out Damon actually did meet Elena first? And, wait, won’t she remember that now that she’s a vamp? Yep. Julie warns that this “new information” will “get under [Elena’s] skin” and “cause complications with Stefan.” But Team Stelena can rest easy because “she’s committed to Stefan. She loves Stefan. We’ll get to actually see them be together for a little while.”

In other news, Julie warned that since we didn’t actually see Klaus (Joseph Morgan) burnt to a full crisp, there’s no reason to count him out forever and that, in fact, he’ll be doing a little “subterfuge inside of Tyler’s body.” Say whaaaa? Oh, and we should expect to see some new Council bosses in town before too long, Bonnie (Kat Graham)’s in for some “deeper, more emotional exploration of her witchcraft,” and Rebekah (Claire Holt) better watch her step in Season 4. Sigh. How bittersweet it all is. Do we really have to wait ‘til fall to see some more Vampire Diaries action?

Source: Entertainment Weekly

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