There’s no doubt about it: The Vampire Diaries Season 4 finale left fang fans eager to bite into TVD Season 5 right away! Not only did Elena declare her love for Damon and not only did Bonnie sacrifice her life in order to save Jeremy and not only did Klaus free Tyler as a graduation gift Caroline and not only did Katherine end up taking the cure, but poor Stefan — who was already suffering from having lost his girl to his brother — found out Silas is actually his doppelganger. Oh, and the most horrifying part? Silas (who is probably an avid Joss Whedon fan) locked Stefan in a safe and dumped him into the deep, blue sea. OMFG.
The hardest part about all this though is figuring out how to survive the long, hot summer months until we’re officially reunited with our favorite Mystic Falls residents. Luckily, executive producer Julie Plec understands viewers’ plight during hiatus periods so she dished out some juicy spoilers about what’s to come when The Vampire Diaries returns in the fall of 2013!
Dig into all the details about The Vampire Diaries Season 5 below and then drop us a comment with your biggest question about the new episodes!
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On Bonnie Bennett's Future as A Ghost
"Here's what I'll say about Bonnie: I haven't personally seen 'Being Human,' but I do know that they have a ghost character that operates pretty successfully on that show," Julie tells Zap2It. "This is not the last we've seen of Bonnie. If anything, she will be right there in the middle of story next season, just with a few new complications."
On Katherine Becoming Human
"Katherine is the one person on the planet who would hate to be human more than anything, who's always been a survivor and so fierce and such a fighter and now she is having to be vulnerable and killable, yet all of her evil deeds of the past coming home to roost," Julie dishes to E!Online. "It's going to be great opportunity for story. Not only is she on the verge of getting her ass kicked every single episode, she's going to need protection and who better to seek out for protection than the brother Salvatore who have been so good at caring on and off for her over the centuries?"
On Paul Wesley Playing the New Big Bad
"Playing the straight man hero is not always the most exciting job for an actor, and Stefan, of all our heroes, is the straightest on the show," Julie shares with Zap2It. "We get to go deeper into his ripper side sometimes, but for Paul, those moments are just pocket moments of opportunity to dig deeply into his craft, and a lot of other times he feels like he's just grooming his hero hair. So obviously, he's very enthusiastic about this, and has been supportive of it all along. He's been dying for something; to be a jerk, to be evil, to be the bad guy, to be able to stretch his muscles."
On Delena's Declaration of Love
"Next for them as a couple is a long-distance relationship as Elena heads off to her new life at college and Damon sticks behind In Mystic Falls to hold down the fort," Julie reveals to E!Online. "We get to see them happy, believe it or not, for a little while before of course circumstances and other supernatural influence comes in to drive an obstacle in their path. There's something that we rarely get to do on TVD, is see a couple enjoy being a couple and we're definitely going to have our fun with Elena and Damon, who have taken so much time to find their way to each other really and truly. So we're going to be able to enjoy that for a while."
On The Vampire Diaries College Years
"The best part about it is that we've got a town that we've very firmly established and the university that we've established with Whitmore College, which is not in Mystic Falls, but certainly close enough than you can roll home on a Saturday and do a load of laundry," Julie explains to E!Online. "What's exciting is to create a whole new world and new characters and new friends and new foes for those who go to college and also be able to integrate what's going on at college back into what's going on home, so we never feel like we've left behind the Mystic Falls universe we know and love so much."
On Silas's New Diabolical Plan
"Silas is going to come roaring into season five with an agenda," Julie tells E!Online. "His mission has been singular from the beginning, which is he wants to take the cure and die and get rid of the other side so he can pass on and be reunited with his one true love. However, the cure's off the table, the other side's off the table, so he's going to have a pretty enormous plan B for how to deal with that."
On Jeremy Gilbert's Resurrection
"It's something that we talked about a lot," Julie tells Zap2It. "Our intention, originally, was to say goodbye [to Jeremy] permanently. But then a lot of questions came up about the power of this girl losing her only living relative. It was so important to her journey at that moment. The global, eternally reaching tragedy attached to that is really sad, and really depressing."