It seems like Damon Salvatore is not going anywhere other than The Vampire Diaries set just yet. Ian Somerhalder, who plays the older Salvatore vampire brother, told Hollywood Life just that in an interview. He also talked about the “game over” picture that he shared on his Instagram profile.
Many fans have been panicking since the end of season five. In fact, fans started to panic in the penultimate episode of the season when Stefan Salvatore (Paul Wesley) saw his own heart in the hands of another—literally—before turning to ash. Many fans took to Twitter to express their hatred for the move, and begged the cast to bring him back.
In the end, Stefan was saved and Damon was the one fans had to say goodbye to. At least for now. Nobody knows where Damon and his dead anchor companion, Bonnie, went after the bright light consumed them. All they know is the “other side” was disintegrating before their very eyes.
It is not that surprising that Somerhalder is being kept on. The main cast did have six year contracts—although there was allegedly a clause that says they can be written out at any point during those six years depending on the storyline—and the show has brought back its dead characters time and time again. One case in point is Alaric, who is becoming a series regular after being killed off at the end of season three.
Somerhalder has now confirmed that The Vampire Diaries’ Damon Salvatore is not going anywhere just yet. He also confirmed that the “game over” picture was just a joke, and a way to tease his fans. The actor is not allowed to give too much away, and probably does not know everything planned for the upcoming season six anyway.
It will be interesting how The Vampire Diaries writers are going to pull it off this time. There is no “other side” now, according to the end of the last season. Of course, that does not mean that Damon and Bonnie did not go somewhere else that they can be pulled back from. There is also the chance of the “other side” being recreated. After all, it was witch magic that created it in the first place. All the group would need to do is find a witch and something they can use as an anchor again, and then work out the spell that was originally used.
The show has been going around in circles lately of how to save each person. Part of season five was about how to save Bonnie after her death, and there have been moments of saving Stefan and Elena. It makes sense that it is Damon’s turn to be saved—along with Bonnie yet again. The problem is that it is making death seem meaningless on the show. The main characters will always be saved, so there is really no point in getting upset that anyone is dying. The Vampire Diaries writers do not seem to see it that way though, as Damon Salvatore is not actually going anywhere just yet.
Opinion by Alexandria Ingham