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Ian Somerhalder Previews Bad Blood Between Brothers on The Vampire Diaries

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In an interview with French publication Séries Mag, Ian Somerhalder provides a great deal of background on his character on The Vampire Diaries, along with the basis for his feud with brother Stefan.

Asked about Damon Salvatore, the former Lost star explains the blood sucker's origins and the way he's portrayed on the new CW series:

"He's a demonic being who attempts to corrupt his brother and push him into feeding on humans once again. Damon and Stefan are more enemies than brothers since the death of their respective loved ones, who transformed them both into vampires over 140 years ago. And when these two again fall in love, this time around with the same young woman, things will really turn bad between them," Somerhalder said.

Without giving away any major spoilers, that woman will be Elena (Nina Dobrev).

  • Paul Wesley as Stefan Salvatore
  • Ian Somerhalder as Damon Salvatore

Somerhalder did say fans won't be totally against Damon when the show premieres on September 10.

"It's my job to turn him into someone we don't want to see disappear. Beyond his cruelty, he also possesses a lot of charm and doesn't come without a sense of humour, somewhat like Spike in Buffy."

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Vampire Diaries Quotes

You want a love that consumes you. You want passion and adventure, and even a little danger... I want you to get everything you're looking for. But for right now, I want you to forget that this happened. Can't have people knowing I'm in town yet. Goodnight, Elena.

Damon

Damon: You know what they are? Children. Like lighting a candle's going to make everything OK, or even saying a prayer. Or pretending Elena's not going to end up just like the rest of us murdering vampires. Stupid, delusional, exasperating little children. And I know what you're going to say: 'It makes them feel better, Damon.' So what? For how long? A minute, a day? What difference does it make? Because in the end, when you lose somebody, every candle, every prayer is not going to make up for the fact that the only thing you have left is hole in your life where that somebody that you cared about used to be. And a rock with a birthday carved into it that I'm pretty sure is wrong. So thanks, friend. Thanks for leaving me here to babysit. Because I should be long gone by now. I didn't get the girl, remember? I'm just stuck here fighting my brother and taking care of the kids. You owe me big.
Alaric: I miss you too, buddy.