You know the drill: Spoilers ahead!

No one in Mystic Falls is having a particularly great week. When Vampire Diaries returns on October 11 for Season 4, Elena (Nina Dobrev) will be in the midst of her transition, and it’s going to hit her hard. Executive producer Julie Plec tells The Hollywood Reporter than the new vampire will certainly have some problems adjusting. 

For Elena, says Julie, “it’s a journey for her of an adolescent growing up to a really tragic adulthood. […] Definitely. She’s in limbo in that it’s going to take her some time to figure out how to live.” OK, that just made us really sad. 

Of course, Damon (Ian Somerhalder) and Stefan (Paul Wesley) will be by her side, but their opposing lessons in Vampirism 101 — Stefan wants to keep Elena from killing anyone while Damon just wants her to get the inevitable over with — are going to put E in the middle once again. “Every time she thinks she’s made her way past the most recent hurdle, something’s going to happen that sets her back or sets her on a new path. She may think, ‘I can do this the way Stefan said’ and have a setback, then she may embrace Damon’s point of view and have a setback. It’s a constant back and forth about what kind of person she is now that she’s a vampire, how she’s going to survive this and if she’s going to survive it,” says Julie. 

But it’s not just Elena who’s having a rough time. Damon just lost his BFF, Alaric (Matt Davis), and not just anyone can take the hunter’s seat at the bar. “It’s very important for us to have Damon have somebody that he’s that connected to,” explains Julie. “The question this year is: Who will that be? Will he be able to grow stronger with his brother? Will he be able to find a new wingman, a new team bourbon replacement? Will that person become Elena or somebody that we wouldn’t expect? He’s trying to mask it, but he’s feeling a little lonely.”

Recently, Ian echoed that sentiment, telling The Star that Damon is “using humour like medicine to cover up his pain, as he’s still dealing with a lot of demons. So he’s using his charm and wit as a band-aid.” 

Sounds like someone needs a hug — and some bourbon! 

Source: The Hollywood Reporter