4:43PM: Executive Producer Julie Plec starts off the panel by clarifying that the episode description posted on the internet movie database for the upcoming eleventh episode is completely and utterly fake. Unlike the books, Elena won’t be turning into a vampire, well at least until season 43!
4:44PM: Kevin Williamson promises that a big part of the back nine will be Damon’s quest to resurrect Katherine, or as Williamson puts it, “The tomb is still very much in play.”
4:46PM: Ian Somerhalder defends Damon’s actions claiming that, “he’s doing it all for love and is completely justified.”
4:46PM: Full time teacher, part-time Vampire hunter Alaric Saltzman will be playing a far more significant role when VAMPIRE DIARIES returns. Not only will we see what brought him back to Mystic Falls, we’ll meet his wife (played by Mia Kirshner) who may not exactly be as deceased as fans have been lead to believe.
4:48PM: Kevin Williamson promises that Vicki is dead, gone, and not coming back. However her death will continue to reverberate throughout the season, particularly when Jeremy begins to piece together the truth about her untimely demise.
4:48PM: “It’s not a love triangle with two people,” teases Kevin Williamson when asks when Elena and Damon will get to spend a little time together. Adds Nina, “Now that Elena’s taken off her necklace she is very vulnerable.” And in the upcoming episodes, (specifically the show’s January 21 return), there will be a lot more of Damon and Elena.
4:50PM: Sorry LOST, Somerhalder claims the crew in Atlanta is the best crew he’s ever worked with.
4:53PM: Scream 4 update for those following Kevin Williamson on twitter. He did not finish the script in Vegas.
4:58PM: Spoiler Alert! While Executive Producer Julie Plec promises that Nina Dobrev has kissed Ian Somerhalder as Katherine, who will be getting hot and heavy with Damon in upcoming episodes. Dobrev as Elena has yet to lock lips with Damon.
5:01PM: More scoop! Williamson says that in future episodes fans will see why Damon and Stefan can’t trust each other. Adds Plec, “If the first half of the season was really about Stefan managing Damon, the latter half will see Damon finally having to step up and act like a big brother when something huge happens to Stefan.”
5:04PM: In Bonnie news, she continues to become very important to Damon when it comes time to help get that tomb open. Says Williamson, “Bonnie’s friendship Elena is going to be tested now that she is aware of the Vampires. She has to make a choice, is she down with it or is she going to have a problem with it?”