When we left The Vampire Diaries at the Season 4 finale, Elena confessed her love for Damon. Eek! I think we all were a little worried that this miracle would end up a mere dream, but alas, Season 5’s premiere has “Dalena” alive and well.
It’s time to go to college! After some steamy Damon/Elena action and shirtless Damon time that could have gone on a little longer than its ninety second stretch, Elena moves away from Mystic Falls, leaving Jeremy (wolf is getting ripped) under Damon’s watch, into her dorm with Caroline, and the only thing casting a shadow on her bliss is a sense that she should call Stefan. Let me just say right here, if Elena ends up with Stefan at the series’ end, I will be sending a very strongly worded letter to the writers. Be warned.
So Caroline and Elena get settled in their spacious loft of a dorm. I wish my college had dorms like that four years ago. I wish I looked like I was in my mid-twenties when I moved into my dorm. As long as we’re wishing, I wish I had Damon as a boyfriend while I lived in that dorm. I know I wouldn’t be spending much brain time on Stefan. The ladies get a third roommate, a human, but something’s not quite right with her; we were just getting to know her when she’s killed by a vampire, or “commits suicide” as the police will label it. After Elena finds a picture of her father on the roommate’s phone, mysteries emerge: what connection did the roommate have to Elena’s father? When is shirtless Damon going to come back?
Tyler practically breaks up with Caroline via voicemail. Doesn’t get much classier than that. We never see him the whole episode.
Silas prances about Mystic Falls, looking exactly like Stefan (while the real Stefan is trapped in a safe at the bottom of a lake). Silas wants Katherine, who’s now a mortal human, and he tries to make a deal to get her from Damon, who was helping her. This leads to a great bathtub scene, where Katherine shaves her legs with a straight razor (not kidding), and also we get a small glimpse into Damon’s thoughts, with Stefan’s telekinesis calling it like a “spool of pink taffy.”
We get a bit of the softy Damon when he saves Jeremy’s life after he is thrown from the car in a wreck caused by Katherine. Just your ordinary evening joy ride.
Silas, whose powers have expanded, controls an entire town square to go find Katherine; he also kills Bonnie’s father “in front” of her, as she watches from “the other side.” I’m not a Silas fan, and because he looks like Stefan, I’m liking Stefan less now, too, but that’s okay because I’m not going to have to write any sort of mean letter because Damon and Elena are forever, right? I wonder how they’re going to get those two back in the same town. This set up spanning the town and a college campus won’t last long, surely.
Hilary Miller is currently an MFA student in Screenwriting at Pepperdine University in Malibu, CA. When not not watching, writing, or talking about movies and television shows, she can usually be found making crock-pot creations, laughing, talking too loud, running, devouring a good book, eating, racking up cellular bills chatting with her bomb family, sticking her toes in the sand, or wishing she were Hermione Granger, sometimes all at once. And while part of her heart is still in Indiana, the rest of it belongs to her puppy, Estelle Getty.