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'Vampire Diaries': EP Julie Plec Teases Season 4 Plans, Saving Jeremy and 1920s Dance (Video)

"We've got a lot going on, a lot of really amazing character moves, great romance, a new mystery, a new villain," Plec tells THR of fourth season ideas.

The Vampire Diaries hasn't officially been picked up for a fourth season, but already the writers and producers are forging ahead.

As executive producer Julie Plec told The Hollywood Reporter at the opening of Warner Bros. TV's Television: Out of the Box exhibit at Paley Center on Thursday evening, discussions are already underway about potential story arcs and the introduction of new characters.

"We have lots of plans. We've actually already started in the writers' room in anticipation of a next season order," Plec says.

She continued: "We've got a lot going on, a lot of really amazing character moves, great romance, a new mystery, a new villain and I'm really excited about it. We're feeling pretty good about it already and we've only been talking about it for two weeks."

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Will this possible new villain give Klaus (Joseph Morgan) a run for his money?

"That's the goal, how do you find a villain that's scarier in his own way than an Original vampire so that's our challenge and we'll see if we live up to you," Plec tells THR.

Production has ended for season 3 and Plec says the remaining episodes will be full of "wooden stake shenanigans," romance and death ("maybe," she teases): "Find the stake, kill the Original, but don't kill the wrong Original or you all end up dead."

And Elena's (Nina Dobrev) impending choice between Stefan (Paul Wesley) or Damon (Ian Somerhalder) will be addressed by season's end as viewers wait to see it all unfold: "The ultimate question of Elena's choice and what is she going to do about the fact that she may be in love with two vampires," Plec says.

Watch the video above to find out what Plec had to say about Damon and Elena's trip to save Jeremy (Damon discovers a fun fact about the younger Gilbert's baseball skills); the upcoming 1920s dance (with details on a big Stefan-Elena moment); and what causes it to go horribly, horribly wrong.