SheKnows: A lot of people want Elena (Nina Dobrev) to turn her humanity back on, but what do you think of the new, meaner Elena?
Julie Plec: As a writer and as someone who loves doing new things and finding a fresh voice, we love it. We love mean Elena because it’s different. It’s a fun sparkle. She’s nasty, she’s uncompromising and unforgiving, and it gets worse before it gets better for sure. Every time I see a cut of the show I feel it’s so new and fresh. Now I also know you run the risk of alienating people who are traditionalists and purists who like their heroine to be clean and pure. It’s not something that we would leave her there forever. I think it’s all part of the journey. When we decided to turn Elena into a vampire we didn’t want it to be easy. We didn’t want it to be a cakewalk. We needed her to run the whole roller coaster of emotions and of that experience of stuff so she wouldn’t just be, “Oh I’m a vampire, now let’s party and I’m happy.” We knew we wanted to take her as dark as we could take her so that’s where she is now, but we do the roller coaster. We end up down one hill and up another.