The official synopsis for Vampire Diaries Season 5, Episode 19 (“Man on Fire”) tells us that “Damon demands the Traveler knife, forcing Jeremy and Matt to admit it has gone missing.” Yikes! Why does Damon want the knife so much? And what does it mean that it’s gone missing? We speculate below!

What we know about the Traveler knife: Up until this point, we have only ever seen the Traveler knife used to kill a Traveler passenger possessing another’s body without killing the host. Katherine used it to kill Gregor when he was possessing Matt. And Stefan used it to kill Katherine when she was possessing Elena.

When Katherine was dying, Nadia told her that the knife could be used to extend her life. Was she just referring to the passenger spell, or does the knife have greater powers? It certainly seems like it is of vital importance. When Gregor was possessing Matt, he informed him via videotape that he must protect the knife at all costs. Was this simply to ensure that no one could kill Gregor, or was he trying to keep it safe from someone else?

Why does Damon want it? The synopsis for Season 5, Episode 18 (“Resident Evil”) tells us: “When Damon finds Markos, he is both relieved and disturbed by what Markos has to tell him.” We’re guessing that Damon’s desperation to find the knife has something to do with whatever he hears from Markos. Might it have something to do with his relationship with Elena or, more precisely, the pull Elena and Stefan are beginning to feel towards one another? In this promo, Markos says that he is the reason Elena and Stefan are gravitating towards one another. Is the knife the only way to stop this?

Or, perhaps, the stakes are even higher than the central love triangle. Perhaps, all of Mystic Falls is at stake. This synopsis also tells us: “Liv enlists Matt, Jeremy and Tyler to help track the Travelers and keep them from taking control of Mystic Falls.” Sounds like the town is about to be used as a tool in the Travelers’ evil plan. Who are we kidding? It’s probably way more likely Damon is freaking out about his relationship with Elena.

Who has it? If Matt and Jeremy have, er, misplaced the knife, then who has it? We doubt it’s the Travelers or Markos would have waggled it in Damon’s face. Our money is on Luke and Liv, the secretive witch twins. Though they have formed an alliance with Jeremy, Matt, and Tyler, it is a reluctant one and may have even been undertaken solely to snatch the knife from right under their noses. If they do have the knife, what are they planning on doing with it? Are they going to try to kill another main character in an attempt to stop the Travelers’ plan? If so, our money is on Bonnie. She’s totally the weak link right now, while still managing to represent an epic amount of power. Basically, we’re waiting for Season 5 to morph into this theme: Last person to Bonnie is a rotten egg!

Why do you think Damon wants the Traveler knife? Who do you think has it? Share your theories in the comments below!

The Vampire Diaries airs Thursday nights at 8 p.m. ET on The CW.


Kayti Burt is a contributing writer for Wetpaint Entertainment with a penchant for all things pop culture. Follow her on Twitter and Google+!