October 11th and the new season of The Vampire Diaries creeps ever closer (okay, okay, it’s still a long way off) and info on what we can expect is filtering out in bite-size chunks. Zap2It reports that TVD Season 4 will be super-sized this season: 23 episodes (all previous season were 22 episodes). So that’s one extra episode of angst and cliffhangers and audience torture. Sounds good to us! Julie Plec also hints at Elena-Stefan-Damon triangle dynamics (it’s complicated!), just how far Klaus’s body-swap antics will play out (also complicated!), and confirms that Meredith Fell will have a bigger role to play in the new season:
Plec confirms that Meredith (Torrey DeVitto) will be a significant part of the fourth season. Though not a love interest, Meredith might be a stabilizing force for Damon. “Damon is minus a drinking buddy and minus a friend,” Plec says. “We’ve already established Meredith as a day-drinker, so if I was going to pick somebody out of a hat, to be Damon’s new drinking buddy, it would be Meredith. The question is whether she’s down with that. Is she okay with being his vampire-human partner in crime? I don’t think she’s going to be as easy to sway as Alaric was, but there’s going to be a buddy bond that forms between them, which will be fun.”
Need some more Season 4 intel to keep you going? Check out this interview with Julie Plec at Fanhattan, in which she discusses transitions, vampire hunters, and more. We won’t get into the (slightly spoilery) specifics, but she had an interesting comment on balancing the need for conflict with wanting characters to be happy:
“So I do think that there’s a potential for people to be happily in love. I just think that we’re not there yet. Honestly, I think that as much as anybody thinks they want something to go their way, after about five episodes, they might say, ‘Oh, what’s next.’ So we’re always trying to keep it fresh and keep it interesting and switch things up as much as possible.”
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