'The Vampire Diaries' panel: Soapy, shirtless Damon gets crowd hooting! Plus, Julie Plec on Damon's 'burden'


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Wondering what the biggest moment was from The Vampire Diaries panel? Easy: The headline says it all.

Moments before the cast and showrunners (Paul Wesley, Ian Somerhalder, Candice Accola, Joseph Morgan and executive producers Julie Plec and Kevin Williamson) hit the stage, fans were shown a seconds-long peek at season 3. The highlight of the footage? Soapy, wet Damon surprising Elena. Dialogue = inconclusive, sadly. The screams that erupted from the crowd prevented proper listening, but the clip should appear online shortly.

Meanwhile, in the press room before the panel, Plec teased the season, saying, “We’ve got Stefan who is no longer Stefan, and Damon, who, in his own funny Damon way, has been left with the burden of playing hero and left at home with the girl. So we’ll have a lot of opportunities to play with that.”

“This is not going to be a short storyline. We’re going to be exploring the levels of Stefan and his dark side for, hopefully, a good amount of time. So while he might be separated [from Elena and Damon] in the beginning, [there are questions]. How long he’ll be separated, what will happen, will they be able to help him/find him/rescue him/bring him back from the edge, or will he keep fighting that? We will get a little bit of the Stefan/Klaus road show, which will be fun. But eventually he’ll make his way back through Mystic Falls and suddenly it will be an interesting dynamic for Damon.”

“It’s a reluctant hero story,” Williamson explained on the panel.

But will the sudden hero be able to keep his hands off his brother’s girlfriend? Somerhalder seemed to think so. But Williamson said,”Katharine said at the end of the season that ‘It’s okay to love both of them.’ So we’re going to see what that means,” he said. Plec added: “Katharine seems to know more what it feels like to care for both Salvatore brothers more than anything. And she didn’t say it for no reason.”

Read more: Entertainment Geekly‘s 2011 Comic-Con coverage

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  • x files

    forwood please!!

  • Christine

    And more Elijah. He’s the best character.

    • Taylor

      I don’t know if you watched the last episode but Elijah bit the dust.

      • Susie

        actually they promised more Elijah in the coming season. Seems he’ll stay a recurring character for a long time to come, YAY!

      • hana

        so he did, was not the first time and probably not the last

  • Matt

    So where’s the footage of soapy Damon???

  • DebY

    I want the soapy shirtless (maybe naked) Damon! Where is the footage of that?

  • Jen E.

    You can’t dangle a wet, shirtless & soapy Damon in front of us and not deliver!

  • emily

    where is this video i have been scouring the internet for ?

  • amy

    Bamon please.

  • Katie


  • Emeri

    The only S3 clip was the Damon one mentioned, and it was only 5 seconds long.

  • Michelle

    YES! Delena please! They are my favorite couple on the show :)

  • Michelle

    I would argue that Damon’s reluctant hero-ness started at the end of season one, but hey. At least they’ve acknowledged that it’s an actual storyline now. And I’ll never say no to naked, soapy Damon!

  • ally

    i lovvvee this show, and this is not the first time this week that i wish i couldve been at comic con to see a show i love

  • Amber

    I hope Katherine stays gone a while at least.

  • dref22

    I came here to say: “OMG YAY for Jack Coleman!!!” even though he is not mentioned here. :)

  • Beauty

    Bring on naked Damon already!

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