'Vampire Diaries' Season 3 Details: Dead girlfriends, The Ripper, and Tyler/Caroline

tvd-320-finale.jpgThough "The Vampire Diaries" writers are already hard at work on Season 3, the cast members don't have to report to the Atlanta set until early July. In the meantime, they're having plenty of adventures -- trips to London and glamorous nights out at Hollywood awards shows -- which mean that we're getting the occasional morsel of info about the show's highly anticipated return.

Of course, it's important to note that even the cast members are in the dark about major plot details of Season 3, so they've been spending their summer speculating just like we have! Here are the cast members' best guesses as to what will transpire when the show returns. (By the way, The CW won't confirm it, but it's looking like Sept 8 is the most likely return date -- so clear your schedules, kids.)

Tyler and Caroline are soooo Romeo and Juliet. We saw some tension brewing between Mayor Carol Lockwood and Sheriff Liz Forbes in the Season 2 finale, and word has it that the bad blood will lead to a full-on feud in Season 3... leaving Tyler and Caroline's burgeoning romance hanging in the balance! Candice Accola told HollywoodLife that Caroline "has a very comfortable chemistry with Tyler. She can just sit there and be a mess and be completely comfortable." We can't wait to see the relationship between these two develop. (Just make out already!)

What about Matt? It's no secret that we looooove Matt Donovan around these parts, so our fingers are crossed that our favorite busboy will get plenty of story in Season 3. We're hoping he and Caroline aren't done for good, but he's got other things on his mind at the moment. He's still grieving for his sister after learning new details about her death, so the fact that Jeremy can see Vicki (Kayla Ewell) now may help give Matt some closure. Ewell confirms to TVGuide that Vicki will deal with "unfinished business with my brother, my boyfriend, my ex boyfriend, with so many people. I'm coming back with a vengeance. It's going to get crazy."

Jeremy and Bonnie may persevere, even with dead girlfriends haunting him. Steven R. McQueen tells AOL that the arrival of Vicki and Anna in Jeremy's subconscious may mess with Jeremy's head a bit, but he doesn't think it signals trouble for Jeremy's relationship with his still-alive girlfriend, Bonnie. "I don't know if the whole seeing dead people thing will affect that [relationship]... I don't see them pulling apart at any time soon, I see things hopefully growing stronger."

The Originals return! On Monday, June 6, Joseph Morgan officially signed on as a series regular for this season, promising lots of villainous goodness as he and Stefan continue their ripper road trip. Meanwhile, Klaus's Original siblings linger in their coffins, where a simple pull of a dagger could wake them up. We can expect to see at least some of these brothers and sisters this season, in flashbacks and present-day scenes. Hopefully, that will include Elijah (Daniel Gillies). We can't imagine the show without him at that point.

Are we missing anyone? Just kidding; we could never forget those Salvatore brothers. Damon and Elena shared their first mutually consensual kiss in the Season 2 finale, but Elena may still be focused on Stefan (who is currently off being all intriguing and murdery) when Season 3 breaks. Nina Dobrev thinks that Elena was interested in Damon because she wanted what she couldn't have... but now the tables have turned. "Now that Stefan is gone Elena will want what she can't have," she tells TV Guide. "She'll miss him and wonder if he's ok, and I think it will make their relationship stronger."

We have our doubts about that! Sure, she'll probably miss the guy... but when she finds out that he's chowing down on women instead of squirrels, we're thinking she may have a change of heart. (Plus, like Paul Wesley, we're hoping it'll take Stefan a while to return to his true blue ways.)

If you're like the cast, you've been speculating about Season 3 plenty, too. Give us your best guess as to what we'll see in the Season 3 premiere in the comments section below!
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