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July 30, 2012
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Carina McKenzie from Zap2It got us the inside scoop on Season 4 from Julie.

First of all, “Vampire Diaries” fans, allow us to give you some great news: an extra episode has been added to the show’s Season 4 order, bringing it to a total of 23 episodes this year, as compared to last year’s 22. The first episode will premiere Thursday, Oct. 11 at 8 p.m. EST.

When the season begins, all of our Mystic Falls monsters and friends are in precarious situations, but none more so than Elena (Nina Dobrev), who will begin her transition into a vampire in the first episode. She and Stefan are, for all intents and purposes, back together, but this time, their reunion is even more complicated.

It’s safe to say that vampire Elena won’t be on the Stefan Salvatore bunny diet right away — and given Stefan’s ripper history, her consumption of human blood definitely troubles him. “He’s not going to have an easy time with it,” executive producer Julie Plec confirms. “This is a guy who can’t really get too close to human blood for too long without losing his mind, so it’s like he’s a guy who just got sober, and his girlfriend just turned 21 and wants to party. There are going to be some complications in their relationship as far as that.”

Paul Wesley has never been shy about the fact that he loves playing Stefan as a dynamic, dark character, as opposed to a martyr who cries on a regular basis. “I feel like Stefan had a Season 3 ride of darkness, and I think Season 4 is going to be a little more of a gray zone, which is nice, too,” he told us at Comic-Con. He speculates that Elena’s transformation will create some distance between them. “Maybe he won’t be attracted to her as much, because it’ll remind him of himself… Men like the opposites. He hates himself because he’s a vampire, right? So, I don’t know; maybe he’s going to project.”

The way it plays out could bring about some of Stefan’s darker side. “I can’t say we’ll ever be back to ‘good’ Stefan for good,” Plec says. “I don’t think ‘good’ Stefan is ‘real’ Stefan. I think Stefan is very damaged, and he’s got some deep darkness and, within that, a beautiful soul with what humanity he can muster. I think until the end of the series, the darker Stefan will always be the truthful Stefan.”

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