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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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Elena needs to hear all about Stefan's human blood days of the past to realize that there are alot of similarities between Stefan and Damon. That should begin to blur the lines for her and allow her real feelings for Damon to come out. I'm ready for more twists in the relationships like the kiss on Elena's front porch with Damon which could have been Elena or even Katherine. Come on girls admit it.... we love the bad boys and Damon should finally have someone to love him back.

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Elena needs to hear all about Stefan's human blood days of the past to realize that there are alot of similarities between Stefan and Damon. That should begin to blur the lines for her and allow her real feeling for Damon to come out. I'm ready for more twists in the relationships like the kiss on Elena's front porch between Damon and ? What could have been Elena if Stefan wasn't so dang nice all the time.

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I like Delena and its obviously going to happen at one point but I can't see them stayinng together for long. If they became a "proper" couple Damon would need to change too much, he wouldn't be able to kill humans, slut it up and go wild which I think are the best parts about Damon. I can't see Delena happening without him basically turning into stephan. I might be mad but I actually like Damon and Katherine together and would totally be up for watching their antics because they are both as bad as each other. When the Vampire Diaries eventually does end :( it should end as it starts with damon and katherine together and stefan and elena together.

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Well elena does luv damon,but doesnt want too so he ends up doing sumthing stupid to maintain the contact so she doesnt give up on him. Still Damon's hot!! Luv the wicked sense of humour sigh

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as I understand it, he will be with that new girl and Elena will see that she may care more than in a friendly way about him...The scene when he was talking to the journalist in the bar and Elena watching them, I already feel a little bit of this...But she's not aware of it. And of course there's Stefan in the middle of this feeling plus the fact that Damon will return to his old self (as I understand it)...Just more feeling problem for Elena in the future but the poor girl, as a human she doesn't have a lot of action scenes (except be the victim in it) so she needs emotional one...Can't wait!!

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Elena may have good intentions to help Damon, but given Damon's state, how he feels, her "help" in fact does the opposite. Elena knows Damon feels more than friendship towards her and she sees that her way of helping is driving him crazy. I don't agree with comments that she uses his feelings and manipulates him, I think she means well but Damon's love for her complicates things so she needs to reevaluate her strategy to help Damon "to be a better man". I think she IS his good friend because she cares about who he is, and being a killer, or a person who feeds on misery of others is definitely a not a place to be and she does not want him to be in that place. This is like in real life; we do not hesitate on expressing opinions and suggestions for people we care about, when we know they are in a dark place. But again, Damon's feelings make what Elena is trying to do more difficult plus her feelings, which I think will come out soon, will make the whole thing even more complicated and exiting! I am a big Damon and Elena fan and would love to see them together someday.

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Elena should leave Damon alone. She says she's his friend but she wants to change him to be what she wants and then she loves Stefan and yada yada yada but really she thinks Damon is only a friend??!! I don't think so.. Damon should ignore her for a while and put some space between them, she would understand then..

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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