Last week on The Vampire Diaries, Damon (Ian Somerhalder) told Elena (Nina Dobrev) that, since she dumped him, they could not be friends. Damon was left only his bromance with Enzo (Michael Malarkey) to keep him from the depths of despair.
This week, the two sexy vampires find themselves at odds when a vengeful Enzo takes Elena and Stefan (Paul Wesley) hostage. Enzo blames Stefan for the death of Maggie, the woman he has been pining for since the 1950's. Damon has to save Stefan and Elena, but he also wants to stop Enzo from letting his romantic angst destroy him.
The episode flashes back to the night John F. Kennedy was elected president, revealing both Maggie’s tragic fate and what the Salvatores were wearing during the Mad Men era. Somerhalder credits Malarkey for selling both him and the audience on Damon and Enzo’s relationship. “I remember the first scene when we were in the cell in [episode] 509, we were rehearsing in that cell, and that cell almost killed all of us because it’s just dust and all this stuff and I remember the first even rehearsal I thought, “Oh yeah. Man. This guy is on it. Not only does he look like Johnny Depp, but he’s just in it.”
Executive producer Caroline Dries reveals despite being forced to save her, Damon is attempting to stay away from Elena. “I thought one of the best scenes from [the previous episode] was when Damon said, ‘I don’t want to look at you. I don’t want to hear your voice and I definitely don’t want to be your friend.’ It was just so heartbreaking. He said, ‘I don’t want to look at you.’ So as writers, we were like, ‘Let’s see if we can do a whole episode where Damon doesn’t really look at Elena.”
Elena and Stefan aren’t the only characters being held captive. Tyler (Michael Trevino) finds himself in the clutches of the Travelers, who think the hybrid can aid them in their quest to lift the curse that has doomed them to wander the earth for centuries.
Said Dries, “[Michael Trevino] had a storyline at the beginning of the season where he was missing Caroline, and he had all this angst. We were like we need to channel that. He’s a good actor, finding a storyline like that where he can be a little bit more front and center and it’s not just based on a love storyline."
Death may again separate Bonnie (Kat Graham) and Jeremy (Steven R. McQueen), as she realizes if the Other Side disappears, she will, too. Her hopes of being able to use witchcraft to save herself, as she has so many times in the past, are dashed by Liv (Penelope Mitchell).
The episode’s other highlights include: learning the Mystic Falls police has a shockingly detailed cold case files, Stefan helping Elena prepare for an exam and Damon calling Jeremy and Matt (Zach Roerig) “Tweedle Dumb and Tweedle Dumber.”
Says Somerhalder, “When Damon looks at Jeremy it’s like the source of so much annoyance by virtue of having to protect him. If he hurt him, he was not going to get laid. So there is just this little brother annoyance. “
The Vampire Diaries airs Thursday nights at 8/7C on The CW.
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