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Comic-Con 2012: Scoop on the New Seasons of The Vampire Diaries and Supernatural

The Vampire Diaries, Ian Somerhalder as Damon and Nina Dobrev Bob Mahoney/The CW

Vampires and demon-hunters all in one weekend? You better believe it!

The Vampire Diaries and Supernatural took over San Diego during Comic-Con, and the stars and creative teams behind the CW hits had lots to say about their new seasons. Lucky for us, because the wait for new episodes is killing us. Ready for some roundup highlights from the Supernatural and TVD panels? Of course you are!

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The Vampire Diaries

One Week In: Kevin Williamson told the crowd that the show had only been in production for a week, but he and Julie Plec have lots of fun stuff planned for season four. "We've been in the writers' room for a couple of months now. We had a longer stretch to think about it this year, and it feels so fresh," Plec says. "It feels familiar in all the right ways and different in all the right ways."

Elena the Vampire: "She's constantly going to be struggling with herself and how she's never wanted to become that," Nina Dobrev said. Also struggling with her vampy status? The Salvatore boys. "Damon and Stefan will have to deal with that change with her," Plec teased. "It's a lot of really good, deep, emotional and twisted stuff." Ian Somerhalder adds: "Elena was a badass girl, and now she's a badass vampire girl and can take care of herself." But obviously, she's going to need some mentors. "Elena's going to need help from [Damon and Stefan], and I think the three of them are quite possibly going to learn a lot about each other," Somerhalder said. "It's going to be an interesting process."

Alaric Is Always Welcome: Even though he's now starring in a new CW show (Cult), Plec reassured fans that he is still allowed to come back on TVD. "He definitely, contractually, has permission to appear," she promised. "We certainly don't like living in a world without Matt Davis in our family. It's possible [he'll come back], and something we would all like to see. "

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Which Witch? Another big storyline surrounding season four is who Esther, the Original Witch, learned from. "That's a big question we're going to be asking this year," Plec said.

Supernatural

The Boys: "The relationships that they made and their time off from each other will be very important in each of their lives, and they will have to come to terms with the new relationship in each of their lives," new showrunner Jeremy Carver said. "[Dean's] return from purgatory is going to come quite quickly," consulting producer Ben Edlund previews, adding that his time in purgatory will be revealed during flashbacks over the course of the season.

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The Chase: "I can't go into it too much but suffice to say that in a lot of season's past the boys have been reacting to something, but this year, they're starting on offense. [They're chasing] something near and dear to their hearts," Carver teased. Edlund then revealed that the boys are involved in a "chase for a power source that we've already seen hints of."

Love, Love, Love: "Sam is totally getting some action this season," star Jared Padalecki said. As for Dean, well, Jensen Ackles insisted that the only real romance in his character's life is the Impala. And now we're jealous of a car.

Return of Castiel?: Misha Collins didn't say a word about the angel's return in season eight, but he does a have theory about where he went in last season's finale. "He went out for beer, and he'll be back shortly," he quips.

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