Elena has a lot to process, but at the same time, Elena's learning about other things of her past that shed a new light onto what Augustine is doing. That's why [the episode] is called "Fifty Shades of Grayson." Nothing in our world is black or white; nothing is so simple as saying good versus evil.Fair to say that the future of Damon and Elena will be forever changed following the fall finale? Moving forward, it will continue to hit some speed bumps here and there.This is an interesting season because usually there is one clear goal Elena and the others are working toward, but this time, there seems to be several different arcs, first with Silas and now Augustine. We're five seasons in -- we learn a little bit every season -- and last year was the season of the cure, the year before that was the moonstone and the sacrifice.When we found that we were stretching that out over 22 or 23 episodes, the mythology gets so dense and hijinks-y that the audience is like, "Wait, what?!Not to say things won't come back that we haven't seen. But it's more about trying to make the stories have a beginning, middle and end. PHOTOS: ' The Vampire Diaries' Sneak Peek at Season 3 What was the biggest challenge in implementing this new way of approaching the season?
Wes is justifying why he's so anti-vampire and Damon is the exact symbol of why he's anti-vampire.
" The gray area is what we were trying to go for thematically.
We wanted to pay attention to Damon's backstory and deepen his history on the show. That also helps us connect him to Elena's college world.
How much of a factor is Caroline knowing about Katherine and Stefan?
Well Caroline is not even in this episode, so it will be about who knows and who doesn't know.