So, we’re going to go out on a limb here, based on the fact that Damon Salvatore won our Favorite Vampire of 2011 poll by a landslide (sorry, Twilighters!) and Nina Dobrev came in a very close second place to Taylor Swift in our Best-Dressed Celebrity of 2011 contest, that you guys are pretty excited about the return of The Vampire Diaries tonight. Yeah, we’re counting down the minutes, too. And to pass the time, we thought we’d gather all the spoilers and teasers we’ve read about the second half of season three:
» Executive producer Julie Plec promised TVLine that “there will be a payoff” for all the Damon/Elena tension that’s been torturing us for years. “What it is and when it happens, may be surprising to people.” And Plec went on to tell TVGuide.com: “Now that Stefan is out of the picture, in her mind there’s a way to free herself up and allow that tension to come out and play.” But in the minus column for the elder Salvatore bro, he’ll be “acting out, day-drinking, pouting and being generally curmudgeonly.”
» Then again, E! Online’s Kristin says there will be an “epic kiss” coming soon, though she didn’t reveal whose lips were involved.
» Elena might have her hands full with non-kissing issues first, since Klaus is on a rampage against the entire Mystic Falls gang after Stefan stole his family’s coffins. Also, TV Guide mentions, Rebekah isn’t to happy with Elena for staking her.
» Bonnie might be seeing a little action though. Kat Graham told E! that her character will be working extra closely with Stefan. Weird.
» Also, Bonnie’s mom is coming to town. “They cast Persia White, who I’ve always loved and adored, as my mom, and she comes into the picture and I go on a hunt to find her and finally get to see her. It’s interesting, that relationship,” Graham told Zap2It.com.
» E!’s Kristin says a character “we know and love” will be leaving town, and it’s Damon’s fault somehow.
» Alaric, meanwhile, will get a love interest, played by Paul Wesley’s (Stefan) real-life wife, Torrey DeVitto. “Her interest in [Alaric] makes Damon concerned and suspicious about what she might be hiding,” Plec told TVLine.
» And somewhere along the way, it seems Klaus is going to show a less-evil side of himself, too “which is him being attracted to somebody else,” Plec told TVLine.
» That leaves Tyler and Jeremy, who both ended the first half of the season in the doghouse for different supernatural reasons. We don’t know what’s going to happen to them, but we enjoy these images of them perfecting their crossbow technique in tonight’s episode.
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