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See what Julie Plec can tease about the second half of The Vampire Diaries‘ fourth season, and the January return episode “After School Special”!

TV Line caught up with showrunner Julie Plec, and she gave some new information about the love triangle, Tyler’s new role and much more.

Speaking about Stefan and his feelings upon finding out about Damon and Elena, Plec warns that, “it’s not going to be pretty. Stefan is heartbroken. He feels incredibly betrayed and angry. We’re going to see a lot of his point of view as we move forward.”

As for Tyler, who suffered the loss of his entire pack of Hybrids as well as his mother, “it’s a setback in that his confidence came from this feeling that he had a place and he had people that were looking to him,” Plec explains. “The question is, how will he rebound from that?”

Klaus did some truly horrific things in the winter finale, but “it’s born from a very human place,” and Plec hints that there’s hope for his character yet. “Klaus will continue to be a very complicated character. Much like Damon in the first couple seasons, when he feels backed up against the wall, he lashes out in very, very destructive ways. It makes it impossible to forgive. And yet, the redemption of Klaus as a character-long arc is something we always talk about.”

In the next chapter of the story, we’ll learn more about Shane’s plan and the mysterious Silas. We’ll also see Jeremy as, “a hardcore, lean and mean vampire-fighting machine over the next couple episodes.”

The returning episode “After School Special” will see Rebekah host “a pretty malicious detention at school,” trapping the characters and forcing uncomfortable truths to come out.

The Vampire Diaries returns January 17, 2013, airing at 8/7c on The CW.

  • vampiregirl

    Why can’t it be January 17,2012

    • Sarah

      Because then you’d be a whole year away from seeing the next episode…

    • elvendorr

      Don’t worry vampire girl. I still write the date down as 2011 sometimes.

  • http://twitter.com/RikuStark Ashley

    I’m looking forward to Silas. I want to see how he shakes everything up in Mystic Falls.

  • SonickedYou


  • success micheal

    am looking forward 2 jeremy,since he’s now a hunter

  • josey

    ugh, sounds like we’ll be getting a ton of stefan. not looking forward to that

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=17127641 Laura Jurgensmeyer

      That was my thought, too. I would like less Stefan screen time for a few episodes.

  • ravenclaw1991

    I literally just started watching the show yesterday. I don’t even know why because I never cared much for vampires, but I really like this show a lot. I’m a little over halfway through season 1.. I’ll be on episode 15 when I start watching again tomorrow. Its so hard to avoid spoiling anything!

    • http://hypable.com Selina

      Seriously, season 1 is rubbish compared to later years. Keep going, you’ll love it!

  • Alex

    Rebekah is back!

  • A Bad Person

    ‘And yet, the redemption of Klaus as a character-long arc is something we always talk about.’
    No. Please, no. I mean, how does that even make sense for his character? One of his main traits, and perhaps his ultimate failing, is that he lashes out when people don’t put him first/ show loyalty to him, and yet he expects these same people to die for him without protest. Moreover, it’s a viewpoint he’s held for centuries, so he’s hardly likely to start changing now. Katherine, Elena, Jenna, Jules, the hybrids…he acts so upset whenever they attempt to save themselves or others and we’re supposed to buy that this character would ever be sympathetic? Which is of course, something that the audience needs to be towards the character, they need to feel that he is deserving of whatever redemption the writers carve out for him. I don’t understand how this could even be a possibility at this point.

  • http://www.facebook.com/Silje.COLLIDE.Skj Silje Collide Skj

    I wanna see this SO bad!!! right now! just finished the last episode 2 days ago….

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