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‘The Vampire Diaries’ Season 6 Premiere Recap: “I’ll Remember”

The Vampire Diaries began its sixth season with the inhabitants of Mystic Falls trying to leave with the fact that no magic can live in Mystic Falls. They’re all also reeling from Damon (Ian Somerhalder) and Bonnie (Kat Graham) being stuck in the underworld – basically dead.

Elena (Nina Dobrev) has gone back to college deciding in her sophomore year that she wants to be a doctor. She is also using herbs mixed up by her friend, and resident witch Luke (Chris Brochu), so she can still see a manifestation of Damon.

Alaric (Matthew Davis) is stretching his legs learning to be someone returned from the dead and a vampire, oh, and also a professor at the college Elena is attending. Tyler is back to being a normal human, without his hybrid powers, and attending college and playing football.

Caroline (Candice Accola) has dropped out of school and spending all her time trying to find a spell to reverse the curse on Mystic Falls and seeing her mother on the fringes of the town since she can’t enter it. Jeremy (Steven R. McQueen) is lost and in despair without Bonnie and Matt (Zach Roerig) has joined a community outreach program to protect the town.

Stefan (Paul Wesley) has escaped the madness, spending his days fixing classic cars and dating a young woman. But, really, he is just hiding from all he has seen and what is happening.

It seems all is well, or as well as expected with the loss of Damon and Bonnie, but looks can be deceiving. They are all struggling.

The herbs Elena is using to see Damon have caused her to be an addict increasing her hunger for blood. Alaric struggles with his return and vampirism, Tyler (Michael Trevino) laments the loss of his hybrid status and Caroline longs to bring all her friends back into the fold in Mystic Falls.

At the end of the episode there are two huge reveals: Elena asks Alaric to compel her to forget Damon and the episode closes with Damon making pancakes and sitting down to breakfast with Bonnie in some cabin. Are Damon and Bonnie in the underworld or out in the world living a life no one knows about?