'The Vampire Diaries' spoilers: The EPs and cast on 'crazy pants' Amara, Stefan's returned memory, and more in 'Death and the Maiden'

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After last week's jaw-dropping final moments on "The Vampire Diaries" -- Amara is not only alive, but drank the cure from Silas, Tessa forcefully gave Stefan all his memories back, and Katherine is getting Dr. Maxfield's help with her aging problems -- we went straight to the source to find out what's happening next (plus, get an update on all your favorite shipper pairs).

While visiting the set down in Atlanta while the cast was shooting their big 100th episode, we got the chance to pick the brains of "TVD" masterminds Julie Plec and Caroline Dries, plus cast members Nina Dobrev, Paul Wesley, Ian Somerhalder, and Candice Accola, who were all able to reveal bits and pieces of what we can expect from Thursday's "Death and the Maiden."

No more Amnesia Stefan

Wesley is kind of sad he won't get to play Amnesia Stefan anymore. "Losing his memory, it was kind of nice not having to deal with all the B.S. I feel bad for the guy," Wesley tells Zap2it. "I think he has a lot to be pissed off about. But I hope he doesn't turn into a mopey little beeyotch. I hope he stays snarky. I like him snarky. It's been fun to act that."

And as for gaining all his memories back -- including all the pain and misery from his summer of drowning -- Plec says there will definitely be some tough times ahead for Stefan. "Stefan's not going to recover as well as he thought he was going to recover," Plec says. "He thinks if they can just vanquish Silas and get him out of their lives then he can move on, not really realizing that he hasn't quite come to terms with what he went through. Not even just trapped in a safe at the bottom of the quarry, but also watching Elena fall in love with his brother. Stefan moving on is not going to be as easy as he thinks it is."

Dries agrees with Plec, adding that Stefan might be dealing with his own version of PTSD. "He never dealt with the fact that he had been drowning and dying and reviving for three months all summer, so it all finally just floods back to him really fast," Dries says. "It's going to be hard for him going forward."

Now that Stefan has his memories back, Somerhalder teases we might get to see more of their brotherly relationship going forward. "This way, I don't have to f***ing explain everything to him over and over again," Somerhalder says with a laugh. "The scene with the car wreck was fun and it was interesting because we've only seen them that happy in flashbacks in 1864. And it's cool to finally see them that way. It was a good moment. And [Damon] loves his brother. We know it, we've seen it. He loves his brother, so of course he's going to help."

According to Dobrev, Stefan getting his memories back is a huge win for Elena and Damon. "I think it's a relief for them. They didn't like the person he was becoming," Dobrev says. "They couldn't control him -- not that they want to control him -- but he was unpredictable. They care about him so that was scary."

"Crazy Pants" Amara

Welcome, doppelganger number three: Amara. "She is basically about as unhinged as a poor girl who's been stone for about 1,000 years can possibly be, as every supernatural being that dies comes right through her," Plec says of the anchor to the Other Side. "So she's not in the best shape mentally, and emotionally. She's going to struggle for sure, trying to even figure out if she can exist on this planet."

One of the biggest shockers last week was how as soon as she was awakened, Amara stabbed her one true love Silas in the neck and drained him of the cure. "She just went right for it. She went right for that cure," Dries says with a laugh. And as for breaking the news to Dobrev that she would have to play yet another character, Dries says, "I was so scared. I forget who told Nina that she was going to be playing another character, but she did such a good job. The next episode that airs this Thursday is my favorite episode of the season, and we just get to see Katherine, Elena, and Amara in a room together. Nina's a genius, that's all there is to it."

Somerhalder is excited for fans to see the triple-doppelganger scene with the unhinged original doppelganger. "Amara, crazy pants? That's how I introduce her to Elena. It's one of my favorite lines," Somerhalder says. "I say, 'Elena, meet Crazy Pants. Crazy Pants, meet Elena.' The Amara thing, I just remember reading the script and thinking, 'Oh no, Nina. Three characters, in one episode.' But she killed it. She worked her a** off. It's a very cool thing that we've got going on."

So how was it filming a scene with just Dobrev, playing three different characters? "It was crazy. It was cool, fun, challenging, exhausting. I didn't sleep very much. But it came out really awesome," Dobrev says. "I think the episode is great. I really liked it. I think it was very well-shot and very well-done. I've heard from a few people that have seen it that they really liked it."

Now that Amara is alive, cured, and kidnapped by Damon, expect her presence to throw a wrench into everyone's plans. "Amara obviously greatly impacts the triangle," Accola says. "She greatly impacts Stefan, she greatly impacts Silas, she greatly impacts Katherine, and Elena, and Damon. But as far as Caroline is concerned, she's more worried about the magnets she's putting on her mini-fridge at college as opposed to worrying about Amara."

Katherine's aging ... and fast

After finding a grey streak in her hair, and her tooth falling out at the most inopportune time (while talking to a hot college guy), Plec says things are only going to get worse for Katherine now that she's been drained of the cure. "Katherine is having a hard time," Plec says. "She's going through some personal stuff. There are going to be a lot of memories, a lot of her Machiavellian plotting, a lot of vulnerability, and a lot of really great stuff for her."

Dries says that aging and facing her possible death is pretty much Katherine's biggest nightmare. "Poor Katherine. She woke up in that last episode with a grey streak in her hair and I can't think of anything worse that could happen for her," Dries says. "Katherine is going to continue to deal with this concept of, 'I'm aging, what does that mean? What does that mean for my relationships with people if there's a ticking clock in my life?' It shakes things up with the love triangle of Elena, Damon and Stefan. We're going to be seeing some new love shakeups."

Now that Katherine is working with Dr. Maxfield to figure out what's going on with her health, Accola says that will lead to some shocking discoveries about the history of Whitmore College's secret society. "We're going to learn a a lot more about what's been going on both in the present and the past on Whitmore College's campus. We're going to learn a lot more about the Augustine vampire and the history that goes on with that," Accola says. "We should definitely be worried on why Dr. Maxfield wants to help Katherine. What's going to happen in the next couple of episodes leading up to the 100th is we're going to be getting a big history lesson. We're going to learn about Dr. Maxfield, we're going to learn about Aaron, we're going to learn about all these new characters that are new to the series."

"The Vampire Diaries" airs Thursdays at 8 p.m. ET on The CW.

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