Vampire Diaries producers deny that Elena's a vampire

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Dec 14, 2012, 4:09 PM EST

Spoiler alert—or at least fake spoiler alert—for The CW's The Vampire Diaries: That IMDB plot summary for episode 11, by matt-282, saying that Elena wakes up from her attack turned into a vampire? Executive producer Julie Plec was as surprised to read that as anyone else.

"Somebody tweeted that to me," Plec said in a press conference in Pasadena, Calif. over the weekend as part of the Television Critics Association winter press tour. "Somebody wrote a synopsis that's fake. It's completely not even close."

Perhaps the confusion came from fans of the novels. Executive producer Kevin Williamson acknowledged that. "That's in the book, eventually," Williamson said during the press conference. "Like three books away."

When the show returns on Jan. 21, viewers will see Elena (Nina Dobrev) spend more quality time with Damon (Ian Somerhalder) now that she's taken the protective necklace off.

"Well, it's not a love triangle with only two people," Dobrev said. "Now that the necklace is off she's very vulnerable. In this next episode, there's going to be a lot more of Damon and Elena."

Williamson added that it's time to complicate the relationship of Elena and Stefan (Paul Wesley). "One of the things that's going to be really interesting is Damon and Elena sort of have some alone time," Williamson said. "They have a little bit of an adventure where there's no Stefan. There's just the two of them. We're going to explore how their relationship's on its own terms."

You'll also learn more about the new history teacher, Alaric Saltzman (Matthew Davis). "There is definitely something with him," Williamson said. "We're going to have fun. That's the thing. He's just blown onto the scene, and we haven't had a chance to explore his background. In the coming episodes, we're going to learn more about him. We'll see what his past is like and what brought him to Mystic Falls, and we'll see what his agenda is."

Plec added that Mia Kirshner would play Saltzman's wife in flashbacks.

The remaining nine episodes of the season will also deal with Damon's plans to open the town tomb. "That's the fun of the back nine," Williamson said. "Yes, Damon has an agenda. He is going to save Katherine. He is going to do everything he can to get to her. So, yes, that tomb is still in play."

The Vampire Diaries returns Jan. 21 at 8 p.m. on The CW.

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