As The Vampire Diaries' fall finale approaches, the CW series is juggling a whole lot of stories. Kai (Christopher Wood) has broken free from the 1994 Prison World and is causing havoc in present-day Mystic Falls. Bonnie (Kat Graham) has again missed the chance to break out of the Prison World. Damon (Ian Somerhalder) is burning bridges in an attempt to find a way to free Bonnie. And Matt (Zach Roerig) is determined to get rid of Enzo (Michael Malarkey).
Has Damon met his match The Vampire Diaries? It certainly seems that way.
The charming yet maniacal Kai (Chris Wood), whom viewers were first introduced to a few episodes back in the May 10, 1994 vacuum, wasn't exactly what Damon (Ian Somerhalder) and Bonnie (Kat Graham) were hoping for. For one thing, he's a carbon copy of early-Vampire Diaries Damon, with his heated zingers and unaffected nonchalance. And, as it turns out, Kai is a full-blown killer, massacring his entire family — a fact that hampers Damon and Bonnie's decision to go through with his proposal to bring him along to their world.
Wood talks to The Hollywood Reporter about transforming into Kai, being part of a three-person play and whether Kai is ultimately redeemable.
The Vampire Diaries favorite was missing in action in last week's season six premiere, but when MIchael Malarkey returns to the fold in Thursday's episode, he'll be on a mission. Still hopeful for the return of his friend, Damon, Enzo will quickly discover that he'll be in the minority.
The whereabouts of Damon (Ian Somerhalder) and Bonnie (Kat Graham) have become The CW drama's greatest mystery in season six, and though they made a brief appearance at the end of Thursday's premiere enjoying a nice pancake breakfast, even more questions were raised. A brand-new promo for next week's episode, "Yellow Ledbetter," has been released and it could provide the answer to where Damon and Bonnie ended up.
The Vampire Diaries picks up months after Damon and Bonnie disappeared on the Other Side, with everyone dispersing across the region in varying attempts to move on (or not). "It does feel very divided — everyone's gone their separate ways," Nina Dobrev tells The Hollywood Reporter. "The show feels a little bit different but not in a bad way. It's almost like everyone's pressed the reset button."
[WARNING: Spoilers ahead from season six of The Vampire Diaries.]
Season six of The Vampire Diaries kicks off with Mystic Falls still a magic-free zone and the whereabouts of Damon and Bonnie still a mystery. When Vampire Diaries returns, several months will have passed since Damon and Bonnie disappeared, with Elena and company moving on with their lives with varying degrees of success. Calibrating the follow-up to the emotional May finale weighed heavily on the writers.
The Vampire Diaries has a new (and longer!) season-six trailer.
Following a 30-second promo released in August, The CW has unveiled more footage offering much more context to the new world Elena (Nina Dobrev) finds herself in after the gut-wrenching finale that left her without Damon (Ian Somerhalder) and Bonnie (Kat Graham).