Is it just us, or has the hype for Damon and Elena on “The Vampire Diaries” dissipated somewhat since since Ian Somerhalder and Nina Dobrev broke up in real life? We know that Delena fans out there are passionate, but that sort of “forbidden love” and allure that was once there is now started to calm down, and we’re left with a temperamental vampire and the woman he loves, who, at least the last time we saw her, was just a few steps away from being changed from a bloodthirsty vampire that had about as much human emotion as a Terminator into a functioning undead.
When you talk about 180s, maybe the best way for Elena to turn things around and appear human-ish again is to start to experience human emotions again, and based on what we’re hearing from executive producer Caroline Dries (who is inheriting a larger role this season, which will probably also include getting hate-mail from various shippers), that is precisely what we are going to see happen. Just check out her comments to Celebuzz:
“We kind of want to go against the grain, and make them a happy couple without bickering and fighting every episode but actually make their relationship suffer from real life issues that come up in normal people relationships and make it less about mythological conflicts.”
In some ways, we imagine that the opening episodes of “The Vampire Diaries” season 5 will feel like a re-focus of sorts. We will start to see all of the characters take in a few deep breaths, and remember that there is a life that does not involve Klaus or the fear of them ripping their heart out of their chest like in a kung-fu movie. This is about simplifying, and reminding us that this is a character story more so than a game built around shock value.
In speaking of what 180s, while Elena is going through the joys of experiencing love as a vampire, Katherine is going to be forced into dealing with something else that she should find incredibly frustrating: Having a cold … as a human. Read all about it.
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