Why is Elena feeding on Damon’s blood such a big deal?
“That’s a little bit of a shout-out to the books, but also just to vampire folklore in general. If you look at any of it metaphorically, it’s a very intimate exchange of bodily fluids. So you can read into that what you will,” she says. So is it fair to equate it to vampire sex, or should we not go that far? “Well, it’s like vampire naked cuddling,” Plec says, laughing. Does it come with any side effects? “No,” she says. “Elena doesn’t know what she’s doing, but Damon damn well knows what she’s doing. That’s really Stefan’s point: It meant something to him, which means it means something to me.”
Elena’s back at school. How will that go?
“Not well,” Plec says. “We have a little bit of fun in that episode in that we get to play that Mean Girl bully thing that we don’t do very often, really because we don’t spend much time in high school in this show at all. We get to embrace the social politics of high school. Elena’s just a roller coaster of anger, and hostility, and compassion, and sadness. Watching Rebekah push her buttons to the extreme drives Elena to a pretty dark place.”
Klaus and Rebekah return. What’s their relationship like?
“Their relationship will be nonexistent. She is mad at him, and he is mad at her. So she moves out, and the first thing that she does is try to throw a party at her new place even though she’s about the most unpopular girl in school at this point, at least certainly from where our heroes are concerned,” she says. “Meanwhile Klaus, who was perfectly willing to pack his bags and leave town for good, finds a reason that he has to stick around in Mystic Falls, and he’s glad he did, because by the end of the episode, everything changes for him.”