ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: You’ve told us that the person you thought would end up with the cure when you begin filming the season wasn’t the one who ultimately got it. Who was originally supposed to receive it?
JULIE PLEC: We changed our mind right about when the show started airing. Our original plan was Damon, because we thought that really made the most sense — the person who would probably least like to be human, and yet also missed it the most admittedly. To see Damon in a human life as Elena remained in a vampire life, we got excited about that opportunity. Then, the more we thought about it, the more that people were taking their random guesses at who would get it, it seemed like it was everybody’s first instinct as well. [Laughs] And so we thought we needed a new instinct.
Now that’s a quality show. You can tell by the way that they changed the biggest storyline of Season 4 after it “started” airing. Oh my gosh! I bet they didn’t even change it until like 3 episodes before the Season Finale! That’s so amazing. I really admire this crew.