We warned you that Mama Original had big plans for her babies, but did you ever expect they'd be this big?!
Per usual, The Vampire Diaries dropped a whole lot of information and awesomeness on us tonight, all while dressed up in ball gowns and tuxedos. Seriously, they are too kind—so kind in fact that executive producer Julie Plec sat down with members of the press to discuss where all our beloved characters (and relationships!) go from here. Hint: it's complicated.
So what's coming up for Damon (Ian Someralder) and Elena (Nina Dobrev) now that he's hooked up with someone else? Or will Elena be too busy thinking about Elijah (Daniel Gillies) to care?! Here's what Plec tells us...
The Original siblings are in danger, y'all! Remember how Esther (Alice Evans) said she wanted them all to be a family again? Well, Mama Original is a big fat liar as she revealed her plan to Elena: kill all of her children by binding them all together so that if one is killed, they all die...including Klaus (Joseph Morgan). Elijah was just returned to us and they are already planning on taking him away?! And the handsome troublemaker Kol (Nathaniel Buzolic), too?! Fate, you are a fickle mistress!
"I think that if the villains in our show have proven anything from the beginning in that they have a durability," Plec says when asked if the show is ready to say goodbye to the five siblings. "There's five Originals and an Original mama and we'll see who comes out the other side of it all to tell the tale." Still, having all the siblings drink Elena's blood was just the easy part in offing the Originals. "Next episode, it takes place on a full moon. We'll learn that, like most of the big, heavy-duty witch spells, there needs to be some sort of recurring celestial event or some recurring event attached to it." Enter Bonnie (Kat Graham) and Abby (Persia White), whose help Esther will need in completing her mission.
Now that we've got that whole Original mass-death thing out of the way, let's talk about romance! (Best segue ever? Discuss!) Let us start by saying this: Poor Damon! The eldest Salvatore brother told Elena he loved her! This should be happy news, right? Wrong! Elena's response was less than ideal (and really harsh): "Maybe that's the problem." Ouch! Clearly hurt, we saw the return of the old Damon, with swagger to spare and not a care in the world. After causing a scene at the ball with Kol, Damon ended the night with a bang: He slept with Rebekah! Can't say we blame the dude as Elena was busy as well, desperately trying to get Stefan (Paul Wesley) to admit he still cares for her. Homegirl was definitely hoping for some lip action, no? So what's ahead for TV's most angsty love triangle?
"Obviously, we're at a little bit of a crossroads with Elena and the boys as she's starting to understand Stefan's whole 'I'm filled with nothing but rage and anger and no love and no humanity' wall has crumbled and he's actually the only one preventing himself from truly letting his feelings back in and becoming his old self. And of course Damon, who she's grown closer and closer to, she just put her foot in it big time with him," Plec explains. "I think a lot of what we're going to start to see is the question for Elena, which is ‘Here's this person that I loved, and still love in my mind, so much, and here's this friend that I have made, that has this friendship that has gone complicated. At the middle of it all, I'm still that girl who is not entirely sure that she's supposed to be in love with any vampires, much less two.'
Plec continues, "We'll really be exploring her point of view a lot for the rest of the season, and certainly I can say that you're not going to get to the end of the season without all three of them understanding that a choice needs to be made."
Before a choice is made, people will suffer the consequences of some of the choices they made in this episode. "Elena is going to be pissed on multiple levels, but will also understand that in a way she sort of pulled the trigger on that," Plec says of the fall out from Damon and Rebekah's indiscretion. "Damon has every right to be angry with her as well. I think that a lot of people are angry and are going to continue to be angry with each other as this unfolds over the next episode."
But could another suitor be entering into the competition for Elena's affection? Elijah clearly has feelings for the doppelganger (Rebekah called him "pathetic" for it.) Too bad Elena lied to Elijah and helped his mother find a way to kill him. "Next week definitely is very much rooted in the foundation of this compassion that Elena has for Elijah and her concern that in maybe in signing his death sentence she's made a mistake," Plec teases of the pairing. Also: Plec confirms that Elijah did in fact drink the champagne. Sorry, Elijah fans!
What did you think of tonight's episode, TVD fans? Are you mad that Damon hooked up with Rebekah? Are you mad at Elena for her response to Damon's "I love you"? If the Originals do die, which one will you miss the most? Sound off in the comments!