Normally, we wouldn’t think sucking blood out of someone’s hand is sexy, but Damon (Ian Somerhalder) seemed to enjoy it when Elena (Nina Dobrev) went at his palm like a rabid vampire. He stroked her hair; his eyes rolled up in the back of his head; it was very...sensual.
And Stefan (Paul Wesley) was none too pleased when he learned his brother played donor to his girlfriend. “You fed on him,” he exclaimed to a clueless Elena. “I know that may not mean much to you, but it means a lot to me. And I know it certainly meant a lot to Damon.”
We feel your pain, Stef, but give her a break. It’s her first day!
Well, executive producer Julie Plec explained the significance of the ritual to Entertainment Weekly. “That’s a little bit of a shout-out to the books, but also just to vampire folklore in general,” says Plec. “If you look at any of it metaphorically, it’s a very intimate exchange of bodily fluids. So you can read into that what you will.”
Um...Like, sexually? “Well, it’s like vampire naked cuddling,” Plec says. “Elena doesn’t know what she’s doing, but Damon damn well knows what she’s doing. That’s really Stefan’s point: It meant something to him, which means it means something to me.”