After a second season finale that was so compelling on so many levels, can The Vampire Diaries possibly raise the stakes even more in Season 3?
Julie Plec says to get ready for it.
"The stakes are instantly raised because we have our good brother who is in the grip of Klaus' influence and demands and his own demons, so we're about to watch our hero go down a very dark road," the executive producer tells TV Guide.
"Then you have a character seeing people from his past and there are a lot of things that could open up. We're also pushing all our relationships to the next level. I feel like there's more opportunity this season than the first two seasons."
Other excerpts from Plec's interview: