While we’re dying to know who will mentor Elena (Nina Dobrev) now that she’s joined the land of the undead, The Vampire Diaries cast is keeping pretty mum about whose lead she’ll follow. Both Salvatores approach their vampirism very differently, and each thinks their way of introducing her to the lifestyle is right.

According to what executive producer Julie Plec tells TV Guide, Damon (Ian Somerhalder) wants Elena to get her first kill over with. "While he can understand and appreciate that Stefan [Paul Wesley] wants to protect her… [Damon thinks,] 'Name one vampire who went through the newbie phase and didn't take a life,’” says Julie.

But one of Elena’s defining qualities is her compassion, which Julie thinks will make it hard for the newly fanged girl to feed on either animals or humans — especially because that attribute will be heightened as a vampire. In the TV Guide interview, Plec says, “It's a whole new Elena that's magnified in catastrophic ways.” Very cryptic, but the fact that Season 4, Episode 2 is called “Memorial” may shed a little light on what Julie is talking about. TV Line hints that while someone gets killed soon after the show starts, it’s actually the person responsible for the death that makes it significant. (And unlike with Pawnee and  Li’l Sebastian, we doubt Mystic Falls will have a funeral for a zebra.)

So, whose blood was it that turned Elena into this overly compassionate bloodsucker? All bloodlines lead back to Klaus (Joseph Morgan), right? That’s what the Original told Damon in Season 3, and at the TCA Press Tour, CW president Mark Pedowitz said, “It's Damon's blood which helped [turn Elena], but they never discovered who their sire was in any of the things. They think it's Klaus, but they're not sure.”

Maybe Bonnie (Kat Graham) saved Klaus for no reason (other than that he’s just really fun to watch)?

Sources: TV Guide, TV Line, E! Online

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