The Vampire Diaries Season 3 Timeline and Casting News

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A couple of news items have come out recently regarding the upcoming Season 3 of The CW’s popular show “The Vampire Diaries”, specifically what the time frame of the new season will be and a new character for us to look forward to.

David GallagherFirst up, per, executive producer Julie Plec explains, “Our first episode is Elena’s 18th birthday. There will be a small time jump [from where last season ended] as we celebrate Elena’s birthday, but as is the pattern in Mystic Falls, the event never reaches its climax.” Elena will now be a senior in high school, but don’t bank on a season-ending graduation. Now that she’s 18, “Elena and Jeremy technically don’t need a parent living in their house [following Aunt Jenna’s death],” says Plec. “She will be taking care of herself.

Plec also mentions Rebecca, a yet-to-be-cast vampire from Stefan’s “darkest ripper days who loves that Stefan’s back to his bad behavior,” and touches upon the Elena/Damon dynamic: “Over the course of the season Elena will be struggling with a deep, deep attraction toward Damon. That’s going to be a big problem for her.

Speaking of new characters, TVLine broke the news that David Gallagher (pictured above; Super 8‘s stoner and “7th Heaven”‘s Simon) will appear in the first two episodes of the CW hit’s new season. He’ll play werewolf Ray Sutton and have a grim run-in with Klaus in Tennessee.

Keep it here for more “The Vampire Diaries” news soon, most likely from next week’s San Diego Comic-Con panel on Saturday, July 23rd.

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