'The Vampire Diaries' Shipper-cap: Are Elena and Damon Done for Good?
Over 100 episodes, "The Vampire Diaries" has thrown more hook-ups, break-ups, and make-ups at us than we can count. And "500 Years of Solitude" was kind of a homage to the complicated romantic entanglements on the show.
The episode focuses on Katherine's long life and her impending death. But her relationships with the other characters — Candice Accola called her "the root" — provides a window in what's going on with all of them.
The drinking game everyone had in the Salvatore library was fitting and hilarious, as they recounted all of Katherine's bad deeds, from making Aunt Jenna stab herself to turning Caroline into a vampire to feeding Jeremy to Silas.
In the end, Katherine seems to regret what a selfish creature she was and tries to make peace with Stefan, with her daughter, and with Elena. "Seems" is the operative word, because this is Katherine Pierce. What you see is never what you get.
Here's a rundown of what's going on in the various 'ships:
Elena and Damon
Status: Broken up
Nina Dobrev as Elena and Ian Somerhalder as Damon in The Vampire Diaries
Who pines for a girl for two years and then breaks up with her? Very good question, Matt, and one that we don't totally understand either. When Elena tries to talk about things, Damon just lashes out at her even more. He also blames Katherine for "ruining" him, which sounds like a cop-out to us. After Matt is kidnapped, Elena goes off with Stefan to take part in the Travellers' ceremony and the two are placed into very close quarters. But despite that, Stefan actually encourages Elena not to give up on Damon and not to let him give up on her. Later, at the end of the night, Stefan also gives the same advice to Damon. (Damon also gets a stern word from Ghost Alaric.) Will he follow it, though?
Katherine and Stefan
Status: Possibly soulmates?
Nina Dobrev as Elena and Paul Wesley as Stefan in the The Vampire Diaries
While everyone is downstairs toasting to Katherine's demise, Stefan remains by her side, trying to comfort her. Unfortunately, when he leaves for the Travellers' ceremony, he's replaced by Damon, who enters into her sedative-fueled nightmares about baby Nadia being ripped from her arms and finding her entire family murdered by Klaus. Damon taunts her, and even appears as Elijah (low blow). The torment leads Katherine to castigate herself and experience genuine remorse, but when Stefan returns, he gently insists that she was young and not to blame for Klaus's actions. He removes the painful memories and replaces them with one of Nadia crying in her crib, then kisses her on the forehead one last time.