When Season 5 of The Vampire Diaries picks up, three months will have passed in Mystic Falls since the Season 4 finale. What have our favorite residents been up to with their time? We rank which TVDer had the best summer from European vacays to, well, drowning.

5. Stefan

Everyone knows a dunk in the ocean, lake, or pool is the best way to cool off during those hot summer months, but we’re afraid Stefan took this strategy a little too far. The younger Salvatore brother spent the summer locked in a vault at the bottom of a river where evil, evil Silas left him. While Silas has been pretending to be Stefan, the real Stefan has been drowning, dying, then coming back to life to do it all over again! (And one can only imagine what that kind of water exposure has done to his hair.) To top it all off, it turns out Stefan has been experiencing some pretty hardcore hallucinations. It’s no contest: Stefan is officially having the Worst. Summer. Ever.

4. Jeremy and Bonnie

Without Stefan’s truly extenuating circumstances, Jeremy and Bonnie would have had claim on the proverbial last brownie. In the Season 4 finale, Bonnie sacrificed her life to bring Jeremy back from the dead. Given his ghost-seeing powers, Jeremy can still talk to Bonnie, but we’re guessing the summer was still kind of a downer. Apparently, Jeremy spent the time covering for Bonnie, so all of their friends still think the witch is alive. There’s nothing like spending the summer waiting for the other shoe to drop!

3. Silas

Unlike his doppelganger, Silas seems like he’s had a pretty good summer. It’s his first summer back from desiccation, and he has been making good use of the time. According to the Comic-Con preview for Season 5, Silas has spent the summer regaining his strength: “This summer, I have consumed an immeasurable amount of blood, and I found myself getting stronger and stronger everyday, and I started to wonder what are the limits to my powers? How many people can I influence? Two? Ten? An entire town square?” Now if that isn’t the best beginning to a “What I did this summer” school essay we’ve ever heard, then we don’t know what is.

2. Elena and Damon

In the Season 4 finale, Elena officially chooses Damon, telling him that she’s not sorry for loving him. Well, apparently, the two spent the summer making out, completely oblivious to the fact that Stefan was continuously dying at the bottom of a nearby quarry. If ignorance truly is bliss, then it sounds like Delena had a superb summer.

1. Matt and Rebekah

But top summer honors go to Matt and Rebekah, who totally kept their made-while-standing-on-a-bomb plans to travel through Europe together (complete with threesome?). Apparently, the Season 5 premiere finds these two crazy kids in Prague. If they knew what was good for them, they would stay on another continent. Yeah, that probably won’t happen Rebekah has a spin-off to get to. But, hey, at least they had an epic summer!

Who do you think had the best summer? Sound off in the comments below!

Catch the Season 5 premiere of The Vampire Diaries on Thursday, October 3, 2013, at 8 p.m. ET on The CW.

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