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Inside the Regression of Damon Salvatore: A Vampire Diaries Report

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Two things have happened to Damon Salvatore over the last couple weeks on The Vampire Diaries:

  1. He's gone shirtless (below).
  2. He's gone dark (more on that, below).

The blood sucker, who has been struggling with his humanity over the course of a season-plus, is taking a break from sentimentality. Producer Julie Plec says a lot of that has to do with watching Elena and Stefan carry on.

"He doesn't have Elena, and he doesn't want to be a hero," Plec tells Zap2It. "When things happen that make him look in the mirror and not recognize himself, he's going to go back in search of that person that he's been for the last 145 years. Unfortunately, that means reverting to some old habits."

Damon in a Bathtub!

Plec also shares fascinating insight into the choice writers made to flip the violent switch inside Damon's head at the conclusion of "The Descent," as an innocent woman was not originally slated to be killed.

"We had ended Damon's journey on that hug with Elena," Plec says of the episode in which Rose died. "The idea came up that maybe he should just completely regress as a knee-jerk response to having too many emotions. That changed everything."

From there, co-producer Kevin Williamson wrote the speech Damon gave, he snapped the neck of a pedestrian and "it really reinvigorated all of us for that character because Damon is all about how deliciously bad he can be and how epically good he can be, and how the two are always at odds with each other," Plec says.

Looking forward, how will this play out? What Vampire Diaries spoilers can Plec tease?

"Damon's continued association with Andie will start to make Elena look at him and wonder... once Elena kind of figures that out and has time to have a heart to heart with Damon, it's certainly something that she's going to discuss with him. He's kind of exploiting this woman and our girl Elena is not going to be so down with that."

What about Elena and Stefan's relationship? Will it be impacted by the former learning some new, disturbing information about the latter?

"The flashbacks have a big impact on Elena, as far as her willingness to trust Stefan and to trust herself when it comes to how to deal with this Klaus situation and her willingness to sacrifice herself, versus his insistence that she really needs to stand up and fight."

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Aw, listen to all of you, talking as if it was real. Bless your cotton socks.

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Ok, this will be a response to Elysis13 First and foremost, let's remember that TVD is still relatively new so all we have seen is the lighter side of Stefan and the darker side of Damon. We have yet to see the paths that led them to where they are now. We've been given glimpses and peeks, but we don't know what exactly set Damon upon his path of destruction or Stefan on his path to redemption. Bear in mind, yes, Damon has hurt someone close to Elena and Jeremy would have died if not for the ring her wears but Stefan is responsible for the murder of his and Damon's father. Granted, Giuseppe Salvatore was responsible for shooting his sons, but given the era and the nature of the situation with the vampires, etc., small-minded time, opinions not as open or as evolved. By nature, vampires are merciless predators. There are those who choose to go against their nature. If we go by the books, as the show is loosely doing Stefan was a right bastard and Damon was the righteous one when they started out and the reversal of roles only came about over the next century and a half. Yes, we get it. Damon is not a saint, but please, don't think for a second, that Stefan is any better.

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I read the TVD fan commentary and often just feel horrified. Some of the Damon fans come out with! Damon Salvatore is a murderer with precious little respect for human life. The fan consensus seems to be the fact that he's this tortured soul excuses those things. Has anyone considered what it says about them and the kind of people they are, that they're such fans of Damon. And not seeking redemption Damon (who is a metaphor of the human condition) but evil Damon? No wonder the world is such a terrible place. Fans idolize the Damon Salvatores of this world while the Stefans are dismissed as "boring". What is WRONG with people?! And please don't respond with 'it's just a TV show'. That doesn't excuse it in the slightest and pretending otherwise is self delusion. And the Delena shippers. Let me just remind you all, because it really can't be mentioned enough: He KILLED her little brother; He ABUSED one of her friends; He ATTEMPTED to MURDER her best friend. The only reason these acts didn't remain permanent is because either Stefan or a Magic Ring intervened. Let's transfer the TVD to the real world for a moment. Suppose Damon was real. Now suppose that YOU are Elena. And the short list above are things that Damon did to YOUR loved ones. Would YOU want to be his girlfriend? After all the sexual chemistry between you is just so intense! If your answer is yes; you don't love your friends or family one iota as much as you tell yourself you do. That aside what the hell kind of friend or SISTER is Elena?! After all THAT she's friends with this guy? If Elena does end up with Damon she should be committed (forcibly if necessary). And Jeremy (however briefly) looks at DAMON as a FATHER figure. Another Gilbert in desperate need of psychotherapy. Like every other fan I watch TVD because I find the storyline interesting and entertaining. I thoroughly despise the character of Damon and the only way I see that changing is if he actually finds any sort of redemption. I like Elena and Stefan (a vampire actually seeking redemption) but Elena is NOT someone I aspire to be like. The only viable female role models on this show are Bonnie and maybe Caroline. If I had been Elena? Damon would be trapped in the tomb, dessicating with its other inhabitants. Emily's grimoire would be well re-hidden somewhere Anna and Co would never find it. I have a little brother. If Damon had done to My little brother what he did to Jeremy? I would have gone out to KILL Damon. Stefan or no Stefan.

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I read the TVD fan commentary and often just feel horrified. The thought that keeps running through my mind at what some of the Damon fans come out with. Damon Salvatore is a murderer with precious little respect for human life. The fan consensus seems to be the fact that he's this tortured soul excuses those things. Has anyone considered what it says about them and the kind of people they are, that they're such fans of Damon. And not seeking redemption Damon (who is a metaphor of the human condition) but evil Damon? No wonder the world is such a terrible place. Fans idolize the Damon Salvatores of this world while the Stefans are dismissed as "boring". What is WRONG with people?! And please don't respond with 'it's just a TV show'. That doesn't excuse it in the slightest and pretending otherwise is self delusion. And the Delena shippers. Let me just remind you all, because it really can't be mentioned enough: He KILLED her little brother; He ABUSED one of her friends; He ATTEMPTED to MURDER her best friend. The only reason these acts didn't remain permanent is because either Stefan or a Magic Ring intervened. Let's transfer the TVD to the real world for a moment. Suppose Damon was real. Now suppose that YOU are Elena. And the short list above are things that Damon did to YOUR loved ones. Would YOU want to be his girlfriend? After all the sexual chemistry between you is just so intense! If your answer is yes; you don't love your friends or family one iota as much as you tell yourself you do. That aside what the hell kind of friend or SISTER is Elena?! After all THAT she's friends with this guy? If Elena does end up with Damon she should be committed (forcibly if necessary). And Jeremy (however briefly) looks at DAMON as a FATHER figure. Another Gilbert in desperate need of psychotherapy. Like every other fan I watch TVD because I find the storyline interesting and entertaining. I thoroughly despise the character of Damon and the only way I see that changing is if he actually finds any sort of redemption. I like Elena and Stefan (a vampire actually seeking redemption) but Elena is NOT someone I aspire to be like. The only viable role model on this show is Bonnie. If I had been Elena? Damon would be trapped in the tomb, dessicating with its other inhabitants. Emily's grimoire would be well re-hidden somewhere Anna and Co would never find it. I have a little brother. If Damon had done to My little brother what he did to Jeremy? I would have gone out to KILL Damon. Stefan or no Stefan.

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Love to watch Damon's bad boy flirting with Elena. They're so hot together. Miss Rose though. She was good.

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OMFG! Is anyone not crazy about him? How?

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Love Damon. Well the reason I love the show so much is because he used to be so strong. A real badass who used and abused people, killed because...he wanted to. Flirted and played with the women. Season 1 Damon HOTTTT Season 2 Damon NOTTTTT. Bring back my tough guy. This Season all he has done is cry cry cry...for his brothers girlfriend. God he too hot for a teenager. Man up, grow a pair Damon. Stop the crying and be the badass manwhore we love.

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I really don't watch Stefan and Elena when they're "together" it is so boring and stale. She comes to life around Damon and I know both need to mature to finally go anywhere, much less end up together. They will end up together though, to much chemistry. I don't think tptb expected this much fanfare and uproar with Delena yet. Its crazy, my coworkers are talking about them!

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It's been already stated by the producers of the show that Damon's journey will be cyclical. So Damon's regression isn't a suprise for me.
And it totally makes sense since he's willing to change only for Elena, and not for himself; he's realizing that for him to even contemplate the idea of being with Elena, he needs to become this "better man" (read: Stefan II); to change almost everything about his personality. Hence why his existential crisis (at least atm).
Elena should realize that eventhough her intentions are good, her influence on Damon doesn't give the results "expected", quite the opposite actually! As for Stefan's dark past, I think Elena should be totally hypocritical for her not to "forgive" Stefan.
Stefan already told her that he's "not proud of his past behaviour", that because of his past choices " a lot of people were hurt/killed". Moreover, in the episode 1x20 Blood Brothers, she told it that he "made a choice to stop, to be good"... and she has been trusting him even more ever since.
Finally, let's not forget that what Stefan did happened like a century ago, and first and foremost, he didn't hurt or kill anyone close to Elena like Damon did.
So if Elena can still consider Damon as a friend after he killed her brother (among many other things), I can't see how she wouldn't forgive Stefan for what he did in the past. She knows Stefan isn't perfect (who is?) he made mistakes but at least he learnt from them and chose to become a better man!

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I love ALL the Damon shirtless scenes!!!!! :P

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.

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