There’s so much to look forward to about Vampire Diaries Season 4. In fact, we made a list of things we’re excited about. But this list is about our trepidations. So much happened in the final couple minutes of Season 3, and while we have complete faith in executive producer Julie Plec and the show’s talented writers, we can’t help but hope they stay away from certain storylines. Spoilers yonder!

10. The council members compelled
The Season 4 promo video has the supernaturals facing some formidable, yet mortal enemies. Alaric (Matt Davis) told the Founder’s Council that Mystic Falls is crawling with undead creatures. Not cool, Evilaric. But we want this threat to stick around a bit, maybe bust out some more cool, antique devices. We assume they’ve been sipping vervain cocktails, so here’s hoping Damon (Ian Somerhalder) won’t be able to sway him with his intense eye stares. 

9. Klaus (Joseph Morgan) creeping on Caroline (Candice Accola) as Tyler (Michael Trevino)
For too long in Season 1, Caroline was Damon’s plaything. Now that she’s a self-assured vamp with badass tendancies, it won’t do for her to get too naked with Klaus while he’s inside Tyler’s body. The kiss was one thing, but these promo pics have us worried that Klyer is going to take advantage of our girl’s misinformation. 

8. Bonnie (Kat Graham) pulling a Willow 
While we’re all for seeing a bit of thee bad side of this witch, we hope if the character does go in that direction, they don’t take their inspiration from Buffy the Vampire Slayer. Don’t get us wrong. Willow the wicked witch (and her subsequent recovery) was a great storyline, but we don’t need to see it again. Hopefully they’re more creative than us, because we don’t see how Bon-Bon could spell her way back to goodness if she gets too amped on the dark magic. 

7. Endless spells
Speaking of which, Bonnie needs a way to limit her power. She’s just too good at solving everyone’s problems with some candles and five minutes of chanting. Someone needs to revoke her grimoire, because Bonnie’s witchcraft skills are getting out of hand. 

6. Elena (Nina Dobrev), the super vamp
Even Caroline took some time adjusting to bloodsucking, and we hope Elena does too. We’re pretty sure, based on some spoilers, that Elena will struggle with all the issues. Basically, we just hope she doesn’t wrestle any cougars to the ground. 

5. Matt’s (Zach Roerig) mortality 
Per usual, we’re worried about Matt and his vulnerable flesh. Okay, so we know he’s not the only human left — Jeremy (Steven R. McQueen) is still mortal after all. (But he gets a crossbow this season! Well, at least, he does in his promo photo.) But we still worry about innocent Matt. Maybe he can get a football scholarship out of Mystic Falls? 

4. Disappearing acts
We know it has more to do with the actors’ contracts than anything else, but can Jeremy and Tyler not leave Mystic Falls for long stretches of time? While it’s important for the little Gilbert to go to crossbow camp and the hybrid to commune with the Floridian wildness (or whatever), we’d prefer them to stick by their friends and family. Even if MiFi technology has come a long way.

3. A decade dance
Much as we love watching those Mystic Falls high schoolers don their finest wear from yesteryear, there’s already been one costumed dance during Elena’s senior year. Two decade dances in one year isn’t unprecedented (Seasons 1 and 2 all took place during the crew’s junior year), but enough is enough. Unless it’s an ‘80s dance. Because Stefan (Paul Wesley) in a mesh shirt and eyeliner would be priceless. 

2. Elena with a new hairstyle 
Now that she and Katherine (Nina Dobrev) are both vampires, it’s going to be harder than ever to tell Elena and her doppelganger apart. Let’s just hope E doesn’t take style cues from the ancient bloodsucker and start waving her hair and dressing all come hither. Stick with the henleys, Elena! 

1. Everyone getting into the same local college
Beverly Hills, 90210 did it. So did Boy Meets World. Despite characters varying in academic ability and ambition, characters from TV shows all seem to matriculate to the same institute for higher learning. Considering how infrequently the Mystic Falls group is shown in class, studying, or talking about school, we’re not sure most of them should even be applying for college at this point. 

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