Watching Damon Salvatore (Ian Somerhalder) and Elena Gilbert (Nina Dobrev) say goodbye to one another in the Season 5 finale of The Vampire Diaries was emotional torture, but was it really goodbye for good? Psh. Though Damon seemingly died in the season-ender, we know he will be back for Season 6 of the vampire drama. Will he find his way back to Elena?

Yes, nothing can keep them apart. A leaked promo poster for Season 6 of TVD teases that the upcoming season will tell the story of these characters’ “journey back to each other.” To us, that sounds like Damon finding his way back to Elena is a matter of “when,” not “if.” These two have been through so much together and we highly doubt their story is over. As soon as Elena begged Damon to come back to her in that heartbreaking season finale scene, we knew that Damon would find a way — if not for himself, than for the woman he loves. The greater question is: just how hard is that quest going to be? We’re not sure where Bonnie and Damon ended up after they were embraced by that white light, but we doubt it was somewhere convenient. Luckily, we are totally on board with watching the story of how they manage to come back from whatever circumstance they find themselves in. After a season that felt redundant and ineffective in many ways, that sounds like a refreshing way to spend Season 6. Who’s with us?  

Yes, but not for awhile. Though we have very little doubt that Damon will find his way back to Elena, we are less confident that it will happen quickly.  In fact, we kind of hope it doesn’t. One of the weaknesses of TVD has become its lack of consequences that stick — i.e. death. Though our heroes may be able to avoid the great beyond for the most part, we need them to deal with problems that don’t go away with a quick spell or because of a convenient supernatural by-law that’s never before come up. We want TVD to earn this reunion so that, when it happens, we are more confident than ever that these characters will do whatever it takes to find their way back to one another.

No, Elena will find him. Of course, it doesn’t have to be Damon who does the hero journey here. We wouldn’t mind seeing Elena be the one to find Damon, preferably by way of some rule-bending and clever scheming. It’s been awhile since we’ve been excited about Elena’s character arc and we miss rooting for the stubborn heroine. Nina Dobrev can handle anything this show throws at her. We wouldn’t mind seeing Elena go through some compelling transformations as she struggles to find the man (and best friend) she loves. Team Elena!

Do you think these characters will find their ways back to one another? How long do you think it will take? How will it go down? Share your theories in the comments below!


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