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Wetpaint caught up with Executive produers Julie Plec and Caroline Dries about the upcoming 5th season of The Vampire Diaries.

Wetpaint Entertainment: How does college change things?

Caroline Dries: Well, one of the big themes of Season 5 is new beginnings, fresh starts, and so the girls just want to go to college and be normal functioning vampires. And that’s their plan. They just want to like party, meet boys, go to class, learn, and of course, it just goes terribly awry. So it’s just a glimpse into a new world. It’s called Whitmore College.

What can we expect in the first few episodes for Elena?

Julie Plec: Elena is feeling very torn between the guilt of not wanting to leave home where Jeremy’s finally settling back into school, and she’s got this really loving and thrilling relationship with Damon that she’s been experiencing all summer. She’s completely unaware of Stefan’s jeopardy or Bonnie’s jeopardy. So she’s sad about leaving home like anybody would be, but very excited to get a new start at college with her best friend Caroline. So very quickly, it’s that shift of her realizing that even if she’s trying to create this new life for herself, but things at home aren’t actually going so well, and that there’s a lot that she doesn’t know.

Read the rest of the interview over at Wetpaint.

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EW chatted with EP, Julie Plec about The Vampire Diaries Season 5, check out these juicy tidbits Julie shared!

Damon and Elena
So, what’s ahead for these two besides all that hot lovin’? Plec, whorecently said the duo will be happy this year, explains that Damon and Elena will face real-life relationship conflicts “in which one is keeping a secret from another trying not to hurt their feelings, trying to make them happy, little things that any normal couple would fight about and then hopefully make up over.” Adds Plec: “The biggest hurdles in their relationship come from external sources, people, ideas, notions that are trying to say they’re not supposed to be together. It’s really going to be more about them fighting to prove that they should be together and it’s okay.”

Human Katherine
After a summer of trying to take care of herself, Plec says that Katherine will turn up in Mystic Falls looking to a Salvatore for some assistance. “Certainly her determined presence in Mystic Falls and in the Salvatore house itself will definitely be a little bit of a sore spot,” says the showrunner, who teases that Katherine will becom every attached to said Salvatore.

Read more spoilers from Julie over at EW!

Thanks to TV AfterDark, we have some awesome coverage from the press room at SDCC. Paul Wesley, Julie Plec & Candice Accola talk TVD season 5!

Paul Wesley Chats Being The “Big Bad,” Silas’ Wants & Filming Season 4 At Comic-Con 2013!

Julie Plec Discusses Her Vision For “The Originals,” Klaroline & Flashbacks At Comic-Con 2013!

Candice Accola Talks Season 5, Avoiding The Darkness & Crossovers At Comic-Con 2013!

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Warner Brothers has just announced their line up of shows for the 2013 San Diego Comic-Con to be held, July 18 – 21, and The Vampire Diaries will be heading there for their 5th time in a row!

Nina Dobrev, Paul Wesley, Ian Somerhalder, Kat Graham and Candice Accola join executive producers Julie Plec and Caroline Dries for a screening and Q&A panel. The panel will take place Saturday, July 20th, 2013. We will have more details on possible signing and exact time of panel at a later date.

Read the Warner Brothers Press Release.

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Check out these interviews with Julie Plec from TV Guide, TV Line & EW. She sheds light on the season finale, previews season 5 and answers questions you all may have! Don’t read any further if you haven’t watched the episode yet!

Via TV Guide:

How long before everyone finds out that Stefan is really Silas?
Plec: 
Truth be told, I don’t think it’ll be too long. I think that there’s more fun to be played with people learning quickly, but independently of the other so there’s a lot of good bait-and-switch Katherine-style stuff that could happen early in the season. And people that know Stefan well will be able to catch on pretty quickly I would hope.

Can we expect double Paul Wesley scenes?
Plec: 
Part of the fun of having an actor play two roles are those opportunities to put them face to face, but they’re difficult to shoot and they take a lot of time and the stuff we do even with Katherine and Elena we do so sparingly. So we’ll definitely see it, but of course Stefan will be on his own journey presumably at the bottom of the [lake] floor so we’ll see when and who gets him out of that mess.

Read more from the interview over at TV Guide.

Via TV Line:

TVLINE | Speaking of, why Damon? What were you hoping to get to explore in Elena choosing Damon?
Damon’s a character who’s been driven by feeling like he’s not worthy of love. Now that he’s on the receiving end of that love, what will that mean for him? And where will he have to make changes in him, in his behavior? Or will he still be, “I am who I am. You love me for who I am. I’m not going to change for you”? It’ll be a fun dynamic to see him either trying to exercise restraint or not being able to exercise restraint in the name of love of this girl, especially as he’s got a new houseguest. He’s [living] with Jeremy Gilbert as Elena goes off to college.

Read more over at TVLine!

Via EW:

Did you start the season knowing that you were going to end it with Bonnie dying?
Interestingly enough, that was a pitch that was on the table for the finale last year. For us, it’s always been a question of how much we want to show of the other side. And is there an entire world that we can play over there, or do we really want to keep everything grounded in a real world universe. Having Jeremy able to see ghosts and now Bonnie over on the other side, it felt like an exciting complication to a budding romantic relationship that we were looking forward to playing in that. And also relieving ourselves of the burden — as Kevin [Williamson] calls it, the witch storytelling burden — which is that when you have a witch, they should be able to fix all the problems, but if they could fix all the problems, then you’re not telling the story. But if they can’t fix the problems, then they’re really bad witches. [Laughs] So it’s a nice relief from that for a while.

How much will we see of Kat Graham next season?
She will be a regular. She will be around. If anything, we’ll see as much if not more of her. And it gives us a great way to develop more stories for her outside of just her being the witch that comes in and tries to save the day. I’m excited about the opportunity to tell a romantic relationship between two people who can’t physically be together. Talk about your hurdles.

Read more over at EW.

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Check out TV Guide‘s latest Vampire Diaries Bite below, but first, here’s what Julie Plec had to say to E!Online about Elena’s “Choice”.

Elena’s Choice, Take Two: While season three’s finale also featured Elena making a choice between the Salvatore brothers, Plec previews that our heroine isn’t the same human girl who chose Stefan (Paul Wesley) just before dying and coming back as a vamp. “I think that in last year’s finale it was very clear that Elena was struggling with feelings for both brothers and needed to make a decision about what she wanted her life to be and who she wanted to share that life with,” she explains. “This year, she’s had a very traumatic roller coaster of life experience and it’s changed her irrevocably—and at the center of it all was the diehard belief that she loved Damon, that she loved him more than she’d ever loved anyone.

She continues, “Her struggle has been with the realization of the sire bond that she couldn’t even trust those feelings to be true. So it’s more about answering the truth of those feelings and as a result does that mean her distance from Stefan was also not real and not true? She handles that realization pretty well and it’s a great, great, great scene.”

TV Guide’s Vampire Diaries Bite: The triangle is right back where it started

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ETOnline, TV Fanatic and Zap2It had a chance to catch up with The Vampire Diaries Executive Producer, Julie Plec to talk the sire bond, graduation and the new Vampire Diaries Spin-off, The Originals.

Via ETOnline:

ETonline: With The Originals, many fans are wondering how you bring Matt & Rebekah and Klaus & Caroline’s stories to a close. What can you say?

Plec: They are very, very simple and, I think, satisfying. I’m sure there are lots of people who would like to see more, but it’s satisfying and very enjoyable. The thing is, I watched Buffy and Angel. I used to love on Angel when we’d get visits from friends from the other show. Plus, Angel didn’t stop loving Buffy just because he was on a new show. It took him a long-ass time to get over her, so this is by no means the end of Klaus’ feelings for Caroline. If anything, it’s a new beginning.

Via TV Fanatic:

TVF: With The Originals coming next season, safe to say we will see many new characters on TVD next season?

JP: We’re definitely going to see some new faces. Some of our characters are going to go to college and Mystic Falls will have lost some of its vampire population and so there’s going to be new opportunities, new villains and new friends in season five.

TVF: What are the rules for crossing over between TVD and The Originals?

JP: I think, at the moment, there are no rules. I think that we have characters moving from one life to another and they have connections from where they have just moved from so we’re not going to pretend like that connection never existed. If anything, they’re going to be very present emotionally in the new series and it’s just a matter of what opportunities can happen [and] when to pay a little visit from one show to the other.

Via Zap2It:

Plec says that despite the dissent in the fandom, the sire bond “absolutely” accomplished what the writers intended for it to accomplish. “The bottom line is that Elena as a human made a very, very, very clear choice that she would love Stefan always and forever,” she says. “But then her entire life turned upside down, and any feelings she originally had for Damon were still there, and of course magnified. There was always going to be a little bit of a confusion there for her — but not enough confusion for her to be over Stefan. It would take a lot to rip Elena away from loving Stefan. It would take years and seasons. We’d be eighty, if we followed the natural progression of that relationship.”

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Julie Plec chatted with EW recently about what we can expect from The Vampire Diaries Season 4 Finale.

“It’s difficult to throw an event in Mystic Falls without it going catastrophically awry, but one of the things that was really important to us is that we do give this event itself its due,” says executive producer Julie Plec, who cowrote the episode with Caroline Dries. “We approached this episode, in its own way, like a series finale because our character’s graduating from high school is a shift in the show to open up a lot of new storytelling opportunities and new environments. So we really wanted to be able to get all the emotion out of this episode that we could before we move on to a different life. We made sure that in spite of everything that’s going on in the midst of it, we still get those great friendship moments and nostalgia moments that I, as a fan of TV over the decades, loved so much on high school shows as you reached that milestone.”

Read more from the interview over at EW.


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