For the last four years, one TV love triangle has toyed with the hearts and minds of fans in the most excruciating ways—and things are about to get even more complicated. The Vampire Diaries, The CW's number-one series, has pushed and pulled Elena, Stefan and Damon back and forth, and for Team Damon there may just be something to root for. Maybe.
"It's brutal watching this trio sometimes, 'cause it's just an odd situation to be in love with your brother's girl and also not be able to have her and be able to maybe have her and have guilt about it," said Ian Somerhalder, who plays the 172-year-old vampire Damon, in an exclusive interview with Blastr.
"Initially, Damon starts off not happy at all this season. Because he did everything he was supposed to do," said Somerhalder. "He sat back and watched everyone really screw everything up. And he's basically saying, you know what? This is me. This is who I am. If you don't like it, oh well. I can't help you. I listened to you guys. The decisions you made were wrong. ... I've tried to be the good guy. I tried to not hurt my brother. I've tried not to hurt people around me, because people had asked me not to. Now Elena's dead, and now she's a vampire, and you guys are all a bunch of idiots."
Major developments this season have dealt with Elena becoming a vampire, and had her break up with Stefan only to learn her heart can no longer deny her feelings for Damon. However, no sooner did the two hit the sheets than it was discovered that Elena actually has a sire bond to Damon, which clouds the subject. Does she really have a choice when it comes to her feelings for the one-time villain or is it just the sire bond at work?
On tonight's episode, "O Come, All Ye Faithful," Damon is supposed to do the right thing by Elena and set her free from their sire bond. But can one of TV's most fascinating antiheroes actually "do the right thing" if it means losing the girl he's been pining for for four years?
"Damon is a very flawed character. You know, he's a flawed man, but he's got emotions and feelings just like us, and he's vulnerable sometimes and strong others, and this is a journey of this person, of this character," said Somerhalder.
"It's a phenomenal character. There are challenges every day. The challenge is to take the material that's in the script and make it my own. To keep it interesting. The Damon that was in season one is no longer the Damon that is now. Which is unfortunate for me, I think, because he was so fun to play. But [creators] Kevin [Williamson] and Julie [Plec] had to beat it into my head that this is a 100-episode arc of this man. You can't be a one-trick pony. You can't just be the bad guy for all six years. ... So the challenge lies in keeping it true to my own world so I can continue to put that into the work."
According to Somerhalder, the challenge is in keeping the relationships interesting and dynamic.
"Elena loves both of these guys, and they love her dearly. I mean, they'd literally die for her. And one of them probably may end up one day doing that. It's powerful," said Somerhalder.
"If it is Damon who ends up dying for Elena, the point right before he dies, hopefully he looks up into the eyes of his killer or Elena or the camera, straight down the barrel and says, 'You had to drag it out this long?'" cracks Somerhalder.
Here's a sneak peek of tonight's episode:
Should Elena end up with Damon?