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‘The Vampire Diaries’ Season 6 Premiere Recap: “I’ll Remember”

The Vampire Diaries began its sixth season with the inhabitants of Mystic Falls trying to leave with the fact that no magic can live in Mystic Falls. They’re all also reeling from Damon (Ian Somerhalder) and Bonnie (Kat Graham) being stuck in the underworld – basically dead.

Elena (Nina Dobrev) has gone back to college deciding in her sophomore year that she wants to be a doctor. She is also using herbs mixed up by her friend, and resident witch Luke (Chris Brochu), so she can still see a manifestation of Damon.

Alaric (Matthew Davis) is stretching his legs learning to be someone returned from the dead and a vampire, oh, and also a professor at the college Elena is attending. Tyler is back to being a normal human, without his hybrid powers, and attending college and playing football.

Caroline (Candice Accola) has dropped out of school and spending all her time trying to find a spell to reverse the curse on Mystic Falls and seeing her mother on the fringes of the town since she can’t enter it. Jeremy (Steven R. McQueen) is lost and in despair without Bonnie and Matt (Zach Roerig) has joined a community outreach program to protect the town.

Stefan (Paul Wesley) has escaped the madness, spending his days fixing classic cars and dating a young woman. But, really, he is just hiding from all he has seen and what is happening.

It seems all is well, or as well as expected with the loss of Damon and Bonnie, but looks can be deceiving. They are all struggling.

The herbs Elena is using to see Damon have caused her to be an addict increasing her hunger for blood. Alaric struggles with his return and vampirism, Tyler (Michael Trevino) laments the loss of his hybrid status and Caroline longs to bring all her friends back into the fold in Mystic Falls.

At the end of the episode there are two huge reveals: Elena asks Alaric to compel her to forget Damon and the episode closes with Damon making pancakes and sitting down to breakfast with Bonnie in some cabin. Are Damon and Bonnie in the underworld or out in the world living a life no one knows about?

  • Bringing back one person from death is a nice surprise or twist, but when you keep on doing it, not only does it make future character’s deaths cheaper, but it also makes the first instances of bringing someone back from the dead less impactful, too.

    Anyway I was hoping more from a season opener and maybe think this show is going to limp to the finish. This episode felt like they didn’t really now where to take things after last season’s finale and they’re trying to be too heavy handed with the almost schizophrenic nature of everything. I purposely delayed watching this for a month so I could binge out, but after watching the first episode i was way less enthused to do so.

    On the positive side, at leas there was some great music in this one. I loved how they used “From The Wreckage Build A Home” by the Wind and The Wave when Elena walks to the crypt and narrates that she has chosen to be a doctor, and also it was cool to hear Alt-J’s “Hunger of the Pine” when Caroline calls Stefan and tells him she’s not giving up and wants everyone together again…but it’s kinda lame how just the music and the last scene are the only two things that really stood out to me, I used to love how action-packed this show was.