'Vampire Diaries' Klaus 'meant to be killed off last season'
Published Jun 8 2012, 11:37 BST | By Daniel Sperling Vampire Diaries
executive Julie Plec has admitted that she intended to kill off Klaus for good in the recently-concluded third season.
Plec explained that the decision was reversed in order to keep Joseph Morgan
as part of the cast and allow for the story of the Original vampires to "evolve".
Instead Klaus's spirit possessed the body of Tyler (Michael Trevino) after the Mystic Falls villain was seemingly killed by Alaric (Matt Davis) in the finale.
"Our intention was to kill Klaus at the end of season three," she confessed to TVLine
. "Our intention was that, after a long, arduous year of trying to vanquish and defeat the villain, our heroes would prevail and he would be no more.
"But when you have actors who are that good, making such a distinct mark in the roles that they are playing, you have to let your storytelling evolve and wrap around that a little bit.
"We collectively decided around the middle of season three that we weren't done with Klaus - or Joseph. We also weren't done with the Original family, because with the addition of Rebekah (Claire Holt) and Kol (Nathaniel Buzolic), there's still a lot of story to tell... If you're killing a character who is doing a great job with tons and tons of story left in him, you're making a mistake."
Plec also teased that Klaus's sister Rebekah will be elevated to a villainous "mean girl" role in the fourth season.
"What I'm excited about with Rebekah, specifically, is that we have never had a true antagonist on a human/teenage level," she explained. "With Rebekah, who is so vulnerable and damaged but has that tough exterior, we get to see a queen bee in action; we get to see a mean girl.
"How does a vampire, who has all kinds of mind-control capabilities and sass, carve her way into the high school world when the people that we love hate her guts?"