‘Vampire Diaries’ fans — there is a God. Executive producer Julie Plec thankfully revealed in an interview on May 16 that star Ian Somerhalder will be returning for Season 6. There IS hope that Damon will miraculously come back to life and to Elena.
The Vampire Diaries Season 5 finale delivered a shock that no fans saw coming — the ‘final’ deaths of Damon (Ian Somerhalder) and Bonnie (Kat Graham). Now, while watching Bonnie walk into the white light of what we suppose was heaven, was a sad moment, the prospect of never seeing the hotness that is Damon again, nor the intense chemistry that is Delena, was truly tragic (as far as TV is concerned).
‘The Vampire Diaries’: Ian Somerhalder Returning; Execs Were Right To Keep Damon On The Show
It now seems that The Vampire Diaries top brass had not anticipated the tidal wave of fan outrage over Damon’s death. After all, Damon has magnetically dominated the Vampire Diaries screen from the very first episode, and his relationship with Elena (Nina Dobrev) has been the epicenter of interest in the series. That must be why executive producer, Julie Plec, decided to give an interview to TVLine on May 16 in which she made sure to give an almost unheard of spoiler — Ian Somerhalder would be back on the series for Season 6.
Smart move considering the key question among many fans – could there actually even be a Season 6 — at least one that you’d want to watch — without the Delena romance?
Sorry, Vamp execs, but Stefan (Paul Wesley) and potentially Caroline (Candace Accola), Caroline and Tyler (Michael Trevino), Caroline and Klaus (Joseph Morgan), Bonnie and Jeremy (Steve McQueen), or Stefan and Elena — none of these romantic match-ups have even come close to the Delena chemistry.
We spent seasons desperate to get Elena and Damon together, and story arcs where they split, but we all know they were meant to be together forever.
‘The Vampire Diaries’: The Delena Chemistry Is The Best Part Of The Show
That’s why a new season without Damon would actually be questionable. The thought of The Vampire Diaries devoid of Ian Somerhalder’s Damon just feels bland and depressing.
It’s a huge relief to hear from exec producer Julie Plec in her interview that both Ian Somerhalder and Kat Graham will definitely be seen next season. “And will they ever come back? Certainly, we will see Ian and Kat again, but where and in what context? That’s part of the mystery,” she said.
Hmm! I don’t like the idea that Damon may only be seen in flashbacks — if that’s what she’s talking about. That would feel like a cheat.
Not only would it not move the best romantic relationship onscreen today– both in TV & film– forward, it would also be a giant waste of chemistry that rarely occurs between co-stars.
The Vampire Diaries producers must realize that Nina Dobrev and Ian Somerhalder’s onscreen chemistry is a magic that rarely occurs. It can’t be wasted on flashbacks or some contrived minor drop down from heaven.
So, while the producers have absolutely made the right decision to bring Damon back next season, he has to be a central figure, as he’s always been. If not, the season could be a disaster.
When Season 6 opens, time has passed, according to Julie Plec, and the characters have all been trying to come to terms with the fact that Damon and Bonnie “are gone forever.” Let’s just hope that it doesn’t take too many episodes for the writers to surprise us with the ingenious way they find to bring, at least Damon, back to life.
Can you hardly wait for that delicious moment when grieving Elena, who’s been facing the idea of eternity without Damon, reunites with her true love?
Now, that will be an epic TV moment.
Don’t you agree, HollywoodLIfers? Let me know.
— Bonnie Fuller
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