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Confused after last night’s Vampire Diaries finale? Julie Plec has all the answers about Elena, Klaus and more! Finale spoilers ahead!

Speaking to TV Line, Julie Plec rehashes the game-changing episode which saw Alaric die, Klaus take over Tyler’s body, and in which Elena chose Stefan only to die – and then pull a Bella Swan and open her eyes in the final moments of the episode.

Plec is surprisingly candid about what that moment means, and saves us from some summer speculation when she clarifies that this is indeed the moment where Elena turns into a vampire:

[The characters are] going to try to pull out all the stops to try to prevent it when we come back, but I think the writing is on the wall as far as [Elena's] journey. [...] When [executive producer Kevin Williamson and I] signed on to this project, we did know that, at some point, we would be turning her. It really just was a matter of when. It’s definitely the next chapter in her story.

She also previews what we can expect to see Elena go through in season 4:

It changes everything for her. It’s not going to be easy. It’s going to be a struggle. It’s going to illuminate a lot of things about who she is, and it’s going to screw with her head and her emotions. It’s going to be tough. But the beauty of Elena is now we’ll get to see her try to rise above it and be a champion in spite of this. We’ll see how hard that is and how long it takes her to become a functioning vampire, if at all.

On the subject of season 4, Plec says that she is very excited about what doors this big development opens up:

Everything we’re talking about feels both familiar in all the right ways, of the early parts of the series, and also fresh. It feels so fresh. And yet, it’s the same people that we know and love. They’re just going through new experiences. There’s a lot we can do here. We’re really excited about it.

She also addresses Elena’s choice (Stefan) and whether remembering that she met Damon first might change her mind:

I don’t think anything is going to make her sit up and say, “Oh my God, I made the wrong decision!” and change her mind in episode 1 [of next season]. But in the ongoing journey of her point of view about how she feels about each of these brothers, it’s going to impact her feelings for Damon and her understanding of Damon.

Plec also reveals that we have not seen the last of Joseph Morgan, saying that his possession of Tyler is, “as temporary as when he was inside Alaric’s body. Desiccated Klaus is a little crispy right now, but he’s probably salvageable.”

And finally, it’s worth noting a turn of phrase that Plec used: “Both brothers continue to stand a fighting chance because we’re only halfway through the series.” This seems to indicate what we’ve already speculated, that she expects the show to go for six years.

Read the whole interview, where Julie Plec also reflects on killing off Alaric, at TV Line.

  • katie

    So Tyler is not dead??

    • Blair Warren

      Yeah i don’t get it… didn’t Michael Trevino basically say that Tyler was dead…? But here she says its temporary like when Klaus possessed Alaric’s body…!

      • http://wizforum.proboards.com/ Melissa West

        Well they all think he’s dead cause he made Caroline leave, but hes still alive.  When Klaus’ spirit leaves Tyler’s body, Tyler will still be alive. Just like Alaric and Rebekah were.

  • Kate

    Oh good. I was hoping that wouldn’t be the last we saw of Joseph Morgan. I LOVE him. Klaus is too awesome to remain in Tyler’s body…It’s just not the same if he’s not wearing Joseph’s pretty face.

    • http://twitter.com/mihlazari michelle lazari

      indeed!!! Joseph <3

  • Kelly Barker

    This makes me feel loads better about Joseph Morgan returning as Klaus and Elena’s decision not being final. I was really disappointed in the finale, but now I can’t wait until season 4!

  • Isak

    Quite frankly, considering how devoted the cast seems to be to their roles and how the show feels fresh and inventive in its third season I could very well see the show go on till a seventh or an eighth season.

  • http://twitter.com/NatashaPeartree Natasha Pereira

    I’m still wondering why Stefan couldn’t remove two bodies from the car at the same time….

    • Bridget

      he could have lifted the entire car out of the water

      • Guest

        wow..I never thought about it before but your right. Heh I think the writers are just trying to make everything dramatic instead of making it realistic. 

        • Agrant26

          I agree. If he wasn’t going to try and pull the whole car up, at least try and grab both of them at the same time. But for dramatic effect and flashback similarity it didn’t end up that way…

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Rachel-Whelen/514317641 Rachel Whelen

       I know right. I was screaming at the screen PLOT HOLE PLOT HOLE!

  • LJ

    So sad Alaric is dead :( but i agree- Stefan totally could’ve lifted the ENTIRE car out of the lake

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