The Vampire Diaries Season 3 finale was full of twists and suspense, but the biggest cliffhanger was definitely Elena Gilbert waking up at the local hospital and discovering that she’s in transition. In a nutshell here’s how it all went down: Her brain was hemorrhaging due to Klaus’ violent outburst so Dr. Fell treated her with vampire blood. Elena had no clue that she had vamp blood circulating in her veins so when Rebekah caused her and Matt to crash into the lake below Wickery Bridge she sacrificed herself to save him without a moment’s hesitation. Unfortunately for Elena, she drowned while Stefan was rescuing Matt…and ended up initiating the vamp transition process!
As many viewers remember all too well, Elena did not react very kindly to being force fed blood by Damon in TVD Season 2, Episode 20 (when he was desperate to help her survive Klaus’ sacrificial ritual). At the time, she asserted very clearly that she had no desire whatsoever to sprout fangs of her very own. Ultimately, Uncle John Gilbert (her biological dad) gave up his life in order to preserve Elena’s humanity. So how will she react now knowing that her choice to live and die as a human was denied by Dr. Fell’s meddling? Which of her characteristics will be super heightened? Moreover, what kind of vampire will Elena be? Here’s what executive producer Julie Plec dished to E!Online:
E! Online: In a way, it feels like a reboot of the series, which is pretty cool.
Julie: It felt like we could just go balls to the wall and because in a way when we start over again, we’re starting over—we’re starting a new story. Same world, same characters, same feelings, same everything but for our ingénue, and our heroine, we are beginning. It is a beginning for her and what was exciting about it is we knew we were going to do it and so everything we did all year long was leading up to this. This is a girl who misses her parents, this is a girl who regrets the person that she has become and wonders if her parents would be ashamed of her. This is a girl who is trying desperately to hold onto a friendship that reminds her of when she was human. And all that stuff, the Wickery Bridge stuff, everything was all leading knowing that at the end we were going to her driving off the bridge again. And then when we started breaking the fourth season, it makes everything feel so new and so fresh and so, in that way, it takes us back to that great feeling of the beginning of that first season where it’s about a girl with a secret and it’s a becoming, it’s a transition; it makes it all so grounded in character and more interpersonal suspense than big bold epic mythology. We get to start season four with a nice intimate, intelligent, character-driven point of view and then grow from there.
E! Online: In your mythology, when a person transitions into a vampire, their most dominant trait as a human is amplified. Do you guys already know which trait of Elena’s will become more prominent post-transition?
Julie: Yeah, we do and that’s a lot of what we’ve layered in this year as well. When Elijah (Daniel Gillies) says, “Your compassion is your greatest gift,” that was very much said as a reminder that that is who this girl is. Her compassion is her gift and her Achilles heel. She is fiercely loyal, fiercely protective, and very, very compassionate to those around her in that she can see the good and the bad. When all that stuff gets amplified, it’s going to make her, hopefully, kind of a badass, you know? Like, imagine Elena who is willing to stand up and fight the good fight for her brother and for her friends as a human—imagine her now with supernatural abilities. So in a fun way, it’s like the birth of a supernatural heroine and with Buffy being the beautiful foundation of that kind of character and Sydney Bristow in Alias, it’s a whole new world to explore, so we’re kind of excited about that.
What do you think about Elena Gilbert’s future as a vampire — will she be able to handle the news or is she going to eventually descend into all that is dark and dreary? Post your Vampire Diaries Season 4 predictions below!