Executive producer Julie Plec says they worked on the ending of season 3 for two years, arguing it's time 'for Elena to experience the next evolution of her journey.'
"The Vampire Diaries" season 3 finale did not only bring answer to which one Elena picked between Stefan and Damon, but also teased what lies ahead for her. [SPOILER ALERT!] Following her car accident with Matt in which Dr. Meredith Fell gave her vampire blood to bring her back from death, her transition to become a bloodsucker is inevitably.
Talking about this unexpected twist, executive producer Julie Plec said, "The ending had been in the works for about two years." While she thought it would be too soon to address the issue as the way it happens in the books, she said, "It felt like now was the time - when you're left with no grownup, no adult supervision, no parent, no guardian - for Elena to experience the next evolution of her journey."
"What we really wanted to do was begin this relationship with Alaric as her guardian and mentor, and then tear that away from her at the end leaving her and her brother with nobody," she went on sharing to Entertainment Weekly.
"All the stuff that we did with having her get stronger over the course of the year, training and getting in touch with her physical self, and all the grief and all the emotion that she went through, all the compassion that she has for everybody, it will all play into next year and what kind of person and vampire she will actually be - if she should choose to see the transition through."
Asked to confirm if Elena will transition in season 4, Plec coyly said, "There will be a discussion to be had about it at the beginning, but the road we're going down is pretty balls out." Of whether or not Elena knew Meredith gave her vampire blood, she refused to answer but promised, "That is a question that we will ask and answer when we come back next season."
Plec also remained mum on who will be the major villain in the upcoming season as teasing, "That is a question that remains. Where is the Big Bad gonna come from? That's gonna be part of the fun of laying that out and understanding who our villain is gonna be and why."