Welcome back to a new season of The Vampire Diaries. Tonight Elena goes to extremes to avoid mourning, Jeremy does some serious wallowing, Caroline is obsessing, and Stefan has given up. Everyone else? They’re dealing….
Not entirely sure if I am surprised that Elena is living in severe denial. Granted, the lengths she is going to in order to avoid her pain is extreme, but remember what she did when Jeremy died? Yeah, so not surprised here. Using witchy herbs in order to give herself hallucinations of Damon, hunting humans on the periphery of the Travelers’ anti-magic spell, and utterly refusing to accept that Damon is gone is par for the course for vampire Elena in mourning. Her request to Alaric to compel her to forget Damon? It’s slightly surprising, but not out of character. I am surprised that she hasn’t already turned off her humanity in order to avoid the pain.
Jeremy also deals with his loss in a completely unsurprising way. Drinking, sitting around playing video games, and sleeping with different girls sounds like something someone in severe pain might just do. Don’t forget, not only did he lose Bonnie; he also lost Elena and Alaric to the spell as well as his hunter abilities. So yeah, not too surprised. Then there is also the fact that every girl he has dated has been killed, so it is probably easier for him to me Ms. Right Now in order to avoid pesky emotional attachments.
Caroline’s method of dealing is actually fairly healthy. She is looking for a way to shatter the Travelers’ spell, thereby enabling everyone to go home. Not entirely sure that dropping out of school was the smartest idea, but given the amount of time this crew does not spend in school, I am not exactly surprised. At least she gets to see her mom for picnics.
Stefan has fled to Savannah in order to start over. I wonder if he was ever actually searching for a way to bring Damon and Bonnie back or if he simply decided early on to just forget it. I’d like to think that he was actually searching for a way at first, but I can’t say that I would be shocked if he decided not to. He definitely seems to want to wash his hands of Mystic Falls and start all over. Yeah, so not going to happen, but you can tell that is what he wants. Maybe he think that he is finally giving Damon release after being the one to have turned him into a vampire in the first place.
Everyone else is pretty much dealing with their issues. Alaric is teaching about the occult at Whitmore, Tyler is a student now and trying to avoid triggering the curse again, and Matt is working with a civilian protection group to protect the town. The whole group has lost so much over the years, so it is not terribly surprising that they’re dealing with everything fairly well. Tyler just really needs to learn how to keep that temper of his under control because if he wolfs out, it will be bad. I wonder if he can remain in Mystic Falls as a werewolf. I would assume he could because I believe that werewolves are naturally occurring and not magically created like vampires.
And what the heck was up with Damon and Bonnie at the end? They appeared to be alive somewhere but with the Other Side gone, where the heck are they?
Until next week!