'The Vampire Diaries': Boss Julie Plec Shares Her Most Defining Moment (So Far)

"I realized, in that moment, I was writing a show about the absolute terror attached to growing old and dying alone," Plec shares with THR.
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As The Vampire Diaries gears up for a very different seventh season, the first 133 hours have had their share of heartbreaking moments, cast shake-ups and twists.

The Hollywood Reporter asked The Vampire Diaries co-creator Julie Plec to share her defining moment of the series (so far).

There's so much. I think I couldn't pinpoint it to a defining moment for the show, but I could pinpoint it to a defining moment for me: writing the episode "Ghost World."

It was the seventh episode of season three, and I was behind. I was on deadline, and I got to the part where Anna (Malese Jow) talked about, "Does the other side exist, does peace exist, is it anything, is it nothing, or are you just alone?" And Jeremy (Steven R. McQueen) said, "I like to believe there's more than that." And then to have Anna reunite with her mother at the end of the episode … I realized, in that moment, I was writing a show about the absolute terror attached to growing old and dying alone.

When you're dealing with immortal characters, what's the point of being immortal if you don't have love, if you don't have family, if you don't have brotherhood, if you don't have loyalty? And I realized that's where the show lives and dies. You have to carry these people with you, otherwise you're just living this wish fulfillment, desire of living forever. When in actuality, it's the greatest curse that can be put on you. That's when I realized I was locked in forever.

The Vampire Diaries returns Thursday, Oct. 8 at 8 p.m. on The CW. Which Vampire Diaries moment stands out to you?

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