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There are already spoilers leaking for Season 5 of The Vampire Diaries, and I have 'em.

"But, Alisha," you're saying, "We JUST saw the finale for Season 4!"

I know, I know. But tell me you don't want the scoop on what's going down in Mystic Falls next season. You can't. It's okay, cupcakes. I understand.

Zap2It got the low-down straight from the source itself, executive producer . Plec breaks down the top five storylines heading into the next season, and what's in store for fan favorites Elena (), Damon () and Stefan (), along with the rest of the Mystic Falls crew:

1.) So...Stefan is Silas' doppelganger? How in the world did THAT happen?

Last year, when Season 3 was over, we kept a small group of writers and we stayed for five weeks, to try to break the broad strokes of Season 4. Last year, right around this time, we came up with the doppelgänger pitch.

We had to convince a lot of different people of how it could work and what could make it work. So that we didn't end up in a similar situation as with Katherine and Elena, where we exhausted Nina to the point of being unable to get out of her bed, because we accidentally overworked her so much. Creatively, everybody was very excited about the Silas doppelganger, it was just a matter of how long it took us to cement it, knowing that's fundamentally what we're going to do.

And no worries to those of you fretting that Paul will get burned out, says Plec:

He is so happy. Playing the straight man hero is not always the most exciting job for an actor, and Stefan, of all our heroes, is the straightest on the show. We get to go deeper into his ripper side sometimes, but for Paul, those moments are just pocket moments of opportunity to dig deeply into his craft, and a lot of other times he feels like he's just grooming his hero hair. So obviously, he's very enthusiastic about this, and has been supportive of it all along. He's been dying for something; to be a jerk, to be evil, to be the bad guy, to be able to stretch his muscles.

2.) Speaking of plot twists we totally did not see coming, did they worry that bringing Jeremy permanently back from the dead would diminish the impact of his poignant death?

It's something that we talked about a lot. Our intention, originally, was to say goodbye [to Jeremy] permanently. But then a lot of questions came up about the power of this girl losing her only living relative. It was so important to her journey at that moment. The global, eternally reaching tragedy attached to that is really sad, and really depressing.

We argued a lot, in the writer's room -- could we successfully bring this character back in a way that wouldn't feel cheap? Ultimately, I think that the way that it plays out, it does feel like the natural gift at the end of the season for this character that has been through so much.

[Getting Jeremy back] resets her, in a way, where she can now get on with her life and live like the Elena that we know, Critically, you can look at something and go, 'Well, that's a take-back, it's not fair,' but emotionally, I think, it's a positive. We might get hammered for it. We'll see. I'm hoping people will be so glad to see our Elena pull her life back together, they'll accept it.

3.) Bonnie might be gone, but she's not GONE:

Here's what I'll say about Bonnie: I haven't personally seen 'Being Human,' but I do know that they have a ghost character that operates pretty successfully on that show. This is not the last we've seen of Bonnie. If anything, she will be right there in the middle of story next season, just with a few new complications.

4.) And oh my God, Elena and Damon are finally, FINALLY together. What will that mean for the couple? Will Damon actually get to be - dare we say it? - happy for once?

Yes. Absolutely. We're going to get to see Damon trying to be a good boyfriend, and while it's not going to be easy, he's going to try like hell to make it work, and they're going to have a real opportunity for happiness.

5.) And finally, what about Katherine? She's not going to be nearly as much of a threat now that she's a wimpy mortal, right? Er...RIGHT?

As a human, she's still very, very bad. If anything, she feels silly for letting herself get vulnerable, and she's taking out that frustration of her own vulnerability on Elena. If Elena goes after her, Katherine's still ready to kick that puppy.

Oh, snap. Looks Elena just created a whole new world of problems for herself. I don't know about the rest of you, but I am counting down the days until Season 5 airs. We'll find out if Elena and Damon's love can survive, how Bonnie and Jeremy will handle swapping places in the land of the living, and just how much of a bigger badass Katherine is going to be now that she's REALLY pissed. The Vampire Diaries will air Thursdays on the CW.


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