Ian Somerhalder, Nina Dobrev, Paul Wesley
Vampires, hybrids, witches, and werewolves. It's hard to keep track of all of The Vampire Diaries species. And things only get more confusing when you throw in all the other characters, historical events, mythology and supernatural objects.
Based on a series of books, the show stars Nina Dobrev as Elena Gilbert as a former high school cheerleader whose world was turned upside when her parents died. Soon after she met the mysterious and handsome Stefan Salvatore (Paul Wesley) and his brother Damon Salvatore (Ian Somerhalder) and before she knew it was thrown into the world of the Mystic Falls supernatural. (And little did she know at the time, she too had some "special" characteristics.)
Now in its fourth season, The Vampire Diaries has introduced viewers to Elena, Stefan and Damon's expanding group of allies and enemies and has opened up the tomb, so to speak, on the mythology that lies among them. In anticipation of the CW show's return from its winter hiatus (woo hoo!), we decided to offer a little extra help in keeping everything straight. Below, we break down every aspect of the show, from A to Z.
The Vampire Diaries' Klaus essentially put a target on his back by killing Mayor Lockwood. Nevertheless, Joseph Morgan says the baddie Original doesn't have a care in the world when the show returns from its holiday hiatus.
"In the episodes to come after break, there's a certain amount of him sitting with his feet up, looking at the carnage as it unfolds before him," Morgan tells TVGuide.com. "He's pulling the puppet strings and then letting them go to see what happens."
The folks who make up The Vampire Diaries' fan community are a rabid bunch: They're even nominated for their own People's Choice Award. "Our fans are the most extraordinary group," says exec producer Julie Plec, "and they are very vocal." There should be plenty of chatter now that Elena (Nina Dobrev) has officially hooked up with bad boy Damon (Ian Somerhalder), making Team Delena rapturous. And those Stefan (Paul Wesley) and Elena devotees? Not so much. "I will probably have to hide for a while!" jokes Plec.
That's advice Damon might want to take once his brother Stefan finds out about the tryst. ("He'll be in for a shock," says Plec.) But first, we'll let Somerhalder revel in his character's juicy new story line...
After weeks of amassing his army, The Vampire Diaries' Tyler is ready to take down Klaus. But what happens when Klaus catches wind of his plan?
"As soon as he learns what's going on with Tyler and how there's this hybrid revolution happening, [Klaus] will be utterly furious," Joseph Morgan tells TVGuide.com. "We've seen some of what Klaus is capable of, but he's going to go very far when this comes to a conclusion. He won't take that lightly."
The Vampire Diaries Debate: Should Elena and Damon stay together?
Nina Dobrev, Ian Somerhalder
After years of lingering glances (and a few stolen kisses), The Vampire Diaries' Elena and Damon are finally together. But is this a good thing?
While fans have been divided since Day One over whether Elena should be with Damon or his brother Stefan, we here at TVGuide.com have also been divided. There's no denying our love for both Salvatores, but while some of us (aka Robyn) are thrilled Team Delena has finally come to fruition, others (aka Sadie) believe Damon is better off alone. Here are our arguments for both sides of the equation.
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Throughout The Vampire Diaries' run, Stefan Salvatore (Paul Wesley) has been on his own, in love, "the ripper" and brokenhearted. But looking back, Stefan is always at his best when he's single. Don't get us wrong — this isn't about why Elena (Nina Dobrev) should be with Damon (Ian Somerhalder) instead of Stefan, but rather why as a character Stefan has always been the most appealing, likable and downright sexy when alone. And if Thursday's episode wasn't enough proof (hello, doing push-ups in the woods!), here are four reasons why we prefer him that way:
Behind the Scenes: The Vampire Diaries WWII Flashback
If you love a man in uniform, tune in to the December 6 episode of The CW's Vampire Diaries. "We've got...
Ian Somerhalder, Paul Wesley
How will Damon react to the news that Elena is now single on The Vampire Diaries?
VIDEO: The cast of The Vampire Diaries plays Shag, Marry, Stake
In this exclusive clip from Thursday's episode, Stefan (Paul Wesley) tells Damon (Ian Somerhalder) that he and Elena (Nina Dobrev) have broken up. While Damon initially changes the subject, he soon tries to cheer up his hurting brother. But Stefan clearly wants nothing to do with him.
Jay Ryan and Kristin Kreuk
As exciting game-changers go, the only shows currently surpassing The CW's The Vampire Diaries in their new seasons are Showtime's Sunday blockbusters, the Emmy-winning Homeland (which just won't stop with the jaw-dropping twists) and the back-on-its-game Dexter (finally breaking new ground with Deb's realization of her brother's true identity). After several seasons of treading bloody water with increasingly convoluted plotting that didn't really move the show's core characters forward, Diaries has at last taken the leap in its fourth season (Thursday at 8/7c), turning its leading lady (Nina Dobrev as the tormented Elena) into the most reluctant of vampires, sending shock waves of guilt, anger and worry through the entire Mystic Falls supernatural brain trust.
Paul Wesley, Nina Dobrev and Ian Somerhalder
Now that The Vampire Diaries' Elena Gilbert is becoming a vampire, how will it change the course of her life and will it alter the big decision she made in choosing Stefan over Damon in last season's finale?
"Without a doubt the triangle has been refreshed and reset with the actions of Elena going over that bridge and becoming a vampire," executive producer Julie Plec tells TVGuide.com about the series' fourth season, which kicks of Thursday (8/7c, The CW).