Katherine Pierce may be dead and gone, but she left her mark on Elena Gilbert. On Season 5, Episode 16 (“While You Were Sleeping”) of The Vampire Diaries, Elena is struggling to come to terms with her new reality — the vampire ripper virus is not only driving her mad, it’s slowly killing her.

So what can we expect from the dramatic hour? From the looks of the promo for Episode 16, “While You Were Sleeping” is going to be a doozy for Elena and Delena fans alike.

The virus is in Elena’s head. The beginning of the promo reveals a frenzied Elena, looking like she’s ready to snap (also, has this girl slept since she regained control of her body?). Bonnie informs her friend, “This is the virus. It’s in your head.” Clearly, Elena is suffering from extreme thirst. Not to mention she also has werewolf venom running through her veins, so surely, that’s causing some damage to her psyche.

“What’s happening to me, Damon?” Sure, Elena’s vulnerable state may be terrible and deadly, but at least it’s bringing Delena together again. After all, Damon is suffering the same fate as a vampire ripper. It’s also nice to know Damon is the one she calls when she’s in trouble. It looks like this is going to lead to a reconciliation between Elena and Damon. Seeing Elena vulnerable and dying will force Damon to put his insecurities aside.

Elena loses control — and goes after Stefan. We’re glad Elena can still find time for dancing on table tops, despite the virus that’s slowly killing her.  However, at 0:09, it looks like Elena finally snaps… at Stefan! Will Elena be successful in her attempt to try and bite Stefan? Or will he offer his veins willingly? Needless to say, Elena is going to feel pretty guilty for trying to kill Stefan when she regains control.

Delena kiss. And now, the moment we’ve all been waiting for: Damon and Elena kiss (and hopefully make up)! At the end of the promo, Elena tells Damon, “I love you!” Damon, of course, gives a very Damon-like response: “Well, then stop loving me.” Elena screams out, “I can’t,” before Damon kisses her. Who knew it would take a ripper virus to bring these two closer together?

Watch the promo below and tell us what you’re most excited to see in Episode 16 in the comments!


What were some of your favorite quotes from the episode? Catch the next episode of The Vampire Diaries on Thursday, March 13 at 8 p.m. ET on the CW.

Crystal Bell is an editor at Wetpaint Entertainment and our resident fangirl for all things The Vampire Diaries. Follow her on Twitter and Google+!