Grief. That’s what this Season Premiere was about. For so many reasons I want to jump up and down and scream about how The Vampire Diaries is back. Don’t misunderstand; I’m not talking about the show coming back for a new season. I’m talking about the show returning to what made it so great in the first place. Last year was a huge mess in my opinion. The show just got too complicated with storylines dealing with Silus, and then the arc of the Travelers. Not to mention they killed off the best character to ever exist in the show. I think a lot of mistakes were made, but if a year’s worth of hiccups is what it took for us to get to this point then I’m ok with that, cause this premiere was absolutely amazing.
Since the deaths of Bonnie and Damon, everyone has scattered off trying to find their own ways of dealing with the loss. Elena has resorted to abusing herbs to hallucinate Damon back into her life. Caroline has spent the whole summer spending time with her mom near the border of Mystic Falls while looking for a way to break the Traveler’s anti-magic spell that’s currently keeping supernatural beings out. Stefan has relocated to Savannah, Georgia where he’s attempting to adopt a new life after having given up on finding ways to bring Bonnie and Damon back. Oh, and he’s getting cozy with a new girl who is desperate to learn more about him. Jeremy has been bumming it out on the couch; playing video games and occasionally making out with a girl. Tyler is adjusting to being human again, but it’s a difficult adjustment seeing as his pre-warewolf rage has returned. Matt has taken up self-defense classes run by a man named Tripp, who I think will be playing a greater role later this season.
Vampire Diaries is known for it’s huge mythological background stories, but what we were given in this premiere was something even more magical; relatable characters dealing with the emotions of losing people they love. That’s what made The Vampire Diaries the awesome show it was in its earlier years. People cared about these individuals. We loved to see them go through their supernatural transitions, but in a way that allowed us to subconsciously relate their supernatural situations to the real life hardships that affect us in the real world. Almost everyone on this show now has some sort of supernatural aspect to them and I feel like in the last year or so, the characters lost touch with what it meant to be a human being. But with the loss of Bonnie and Damon, we get to see these people deal with it in a way that makes sense and needs no recaps to help us understand. You lose someone you love, it hurts; deep inside. For some people, it’s easier to just give up and let go; while for others, mere sanity means holding on to the memories.
Elena: Tell me what you’re doing to get through this, because I’m clearly doing it wrong.
Stefan: There’s no right or wrong way, Elena.
Elena: No, there’s only forever. That’s why I need you to give me hope. Because I don’t think I can live forever without him.
Stefan shared harsh words with Elena as he tells her that she needs to move on and say goodbye. When I originally heard that everyone was going to be scattered off in the premiere, especially Stefan being in Georgia, I did not think the idea sounded good. But having seen the premiere now I see just how well it works. Like this season’s premiere of Scandal, The Vampire Diaries begins in a refreshing place. We get to see new areas, more of the school, what lies beyond Mystic Falls, and more. I love that! These characters are getting older and with them being in new places both physically and emotionally, it’ll produce some amazing stories down the line. Heck, Elena has a major now! She wants to be a doctor. Who would’ve thought we would see something like that? I think it’s great and we’re learning and seeing more than I thought we would have by the series’ end. This episode made me really think about where everyone is going and where they’ll end up. Last year I was forced into the habit of just watching the show without thinking about what was coming and I don’t like watching TV like that. A great show makes you think, wonder, and predict. The Vampire Diaries is back and I cannot wait until the next episode!
The premiere did not go without its surprises. Elena is feeding on people?! And here I thought a new evil vampire was in town (well, right outside of town). Has this newfound herb habit caused her to lose control of her thirst for good? And I mentioned Tripp before. He started questioning the woman Elena had fed on and now he’s got the old Mystic Falls curious cat syndrome. Either he’s going to die later or he’ll be stirring up some trouble for our favorite vampires…maybe both.
I also wanted to mention Alaric. I was indifferent about him coming back to life, but again, this was another decision that I think works so well. With Elena having lost so much in her life, she’s now more than ever in need of a guardian figure. The show in general needs a guardian figure since everyone who once held that position has died. What I loved about Alaric in this episode is that he is the first vampire to transition on the show and NOT make a huge fuss about it. He’s really stepping into his role well by stopping fights, being a teacher, and having bed talks with Elena about the people they’ve lost, which led to another surprise; Elena wants Alaric to compel her to forget that she ever loved Damon. I really hope he doesn’t do it. We don’t need her forgetting and then suddenly remembering that love, only for her to go through the motions and want to end it all by shutting off her emotions…again. Please just don’t.
The episode ends with the biggest surprise of all: Damon and Bonnie, casually having breakfast with vampire face covered pancakes with coffee and orange juice near a nice fire; reading the newspaper. WTH?! My first thought was that instead of dying, they were brought back to life in a random place (hence why they’re so close) and they’ve lost their memory. But then the vampire pancakes wouldn’t make sense, unless Damon just thinks he’s a funny guy making a joke with pancakes. I remember hearing that Damon and Bonnie had a relationship in the books. Maybe that’s where this is going. I don’t know what this is, but if it IS that they’re back in the real world then Lexi better be somewhere too! If Damon and Bonnie are getting together and this is a little vision into what their relationship is like, then I’m on board. This was oddly cute and for whatever reason felt really natural.
For now, I’ll leave you with a promo for the second episode of the season. For more reviews and news on The Vampire Diaries stay tuned to my blog! And you can catch all new episodes on Thursdays at 8/7c on The CW!
Ok, after having seen the promo now, everything I just guessed about Bonnie and Damon seems completely off. We shall see. My only question is, why May 10, 1994?