We know that Ian Somerhalder will be back as Damon Salvatore in Season 6 of The Vampire Diaries, but we’re not sure what that return will look like. Grams claimed that she had made some sort of deal so that Bonnie would not lose her life in the collapse of the Other Side, and we think Damon piggybacked on that loophole, but what does that even mean? Is there a chance Damon could come back as a human and, if so, what would that look like? We speculate below.
It was considered before. Did you know that, at one point, the TVD Powers That Be planned to have Damon be the one who took the vampirism cure? They changed their mind midway through the season, in part because many fans predicted that it would be Damon, the character who seems to enjoy being a vampire the most, who would revert to his humanity. We think this plot twist still has power, and we’re more inclined to believe it’s possible given that the TVD crew has considered it before.
Season 6 is an “organic reset.” Much of the terminology being used by the TVD writers about the sixth season is of the rebirth. Julie Plec told The Hollywood Reporter "The way we look at it, Season 6 is a beautiful and organic reset. The theme of the season is everybody gets to start over. That's what we're going to do.” Now, we may be reading too much into this, but it doesn’t take a lot of mental energy to jump from “organic reset” to Damon returning as a human. That is literally an organic reset.
It would be a new and interesting path for his character. It’s no secret that we had some qualms with the inconsistent direction of Damon’s character in Season 5. It felt a bit like TVD didn’t know what to do with him, so they recycled an earlier storyline (in this case, Damon’s serial killing) for dramatic value. Unfortunately, it didn’t really fit into Damon’s arc as a character — at least in our opinions. Watching Damon struggle (or not) to accept his newfound humanity would be super interesting. Heck, it made Katherine’s character the most consistently relatable she had ever been. Damon’s character could use some of that relatability given some of his choices in the last season.
It would complicate his relationship with Elena. A human Damon would also give the Delena relationship a compelling dilemma with which to deal. The show struggled with this in the last season, as well. Understandably eager to throw some drama into the Delena relationship before fans got bored, TVD made Damon a serial killer again, had Katherine steal Elena’s body and seduce Stefan, and had them hash out the old “I’m not good for you, Elena” argument from seasons past. It would be refreshing to see these two grappling with a more complex, nuanced issue, such as Damon’s humanity and what it might mean for their future together.
Do you think Damon will come back human? Do you want him to? What might that look like? Sound off in the comments below!