Damon to Drink, Get "Wild" on The Vampire Diaries Season 7

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As has been made clear on numerous occasions this summer, fans ought to be expect to see a new Damon Salvatore on The Vampire Diaries Season 7.

And by that, we mean a return to the old Damon Salvatore.

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Look for Damon to be “drinking and having a wild time,” executive producer Caroline Dries tells TV Guide, just like the Damon from Season 1.

HOWEVER...

"He is not ready to hook up; let's be clear about that!" Dries says, adding:

"He is wildly affected by the loss of Elena. This first chapter is life after Elena. He's trying to struggle with, how do I do right by Elena and still be myself?"

Dries also teases that Damon may taking up writing, in diary form, saying the spirit of Elena will be kept alive this fall.

"Even though Nina [Dobrev] is gone, Elena is in the ether and we have a way of including her in the story lines without actually including her."

Color us intrigued.

The Vampire Diaries Season 7 kicks off on Thursday, October 8 at 8/7c on The CW.

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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.