This article was written by Alyssa Sheinmel, avid TVD/Originals fangirl and author of the novel Second Star – a tantalizing reinvention of the classic Peter Pan tale. Follow her witty musings on books and television at @AlyssaSheinmel.
Okay, it’s been a couple weeks. We’ve had some time to recover – or, at least begin to recover – from the earth-shaking revelations and devastation of the season finale. I don’t know about you, but I’ve already started imagining what those brilliant writers might have in store for us in The Vampire Diaries Season 6. And maybe I even have a couple ideas of my own. Okay, more than just a couple. Not that I don’t think the writers know what they’re doing, but sometimes a girl can’t help but put together a wish-list! And so, here are just a few of the things I’d love to see happen next season.
1. I am totally excited to find out what’s going to happen to Damon and Bonnie on whatever is left of the Other Side. What is Grams’s mysterious plan? Will they run in to Lexi in the peaceful place? Or Katherine in the not-so-peaceful place? I would like all of them to team up in a Wizard-of-Oz-follow-the-yellow-brick-road-type quest through the other side, with Damon playing the part of Dorothy, Katherine and Lexi as some sort of Scarecrow/Tin Man/Cowardly Lion amalgam, and Grams as the Great and Powerful Oz. Bonnie can be Glinda the Good Witch and Markos can be the Wicked Witch of the West. Say it with me, Damon:There’s no place like home. There’s no place like home.
2. Steroline. I am really rooting for Steroline. I was hoping that we’d get a little bit closer to an actual kiss between Caroline and Stefan in the finale – at least, I was hoping they’d talk about their feelings for each other or something. I mean, I totally respect why they didn’t – both Caroline and Stefan were much too busy and traumatized for romance – but I cannot wait to see what kind of progress Steroline makes in season six. (To be honest, I’m torn between rooting for Caroline to end up with Klaus or with Stefan. Wait, that should totally be the world’s next great love triangle. Can you say Originals crossover?)
3. Speaking of which….I really want another Originals crossover episode! I loved how the shenanigans on the other side ended up affecting the plotlines of The Originals – so now I’m excited to see what kind of effect Damon and Bonnie’s journey home might have on the supernaturals who’ve died on The Originals in the last season? (Let’s face it, that show has a pretty high body count.) What will it mean for Mikael and Davina’s plans for him? Will Rebekah and baby Hope have to make a pit-stop on the outskirts of Mystic Falls on their way to wherever it is they’re headed?
4. Okay, so when Tyler came back from the other side, he was no longer a vampire. This raised all kinds of questions. Would the journey back from the other side affect Stefan or Elena’s powers too? How will Tyler adjust to being back in werewolf-only mode? Will Caroline somehow convince Klaus to get him one of those moonlight rings (that is, after Klaus gets one as well)? (Another crossover opportunity!) Will Damon and Bonnie’s journey through the other side and back home somehow restore Tyler’s vampirism? Discuss.
5. And, while I’m wondering about powers that have come and gone (and might come back again)…I want Bonnie to get to be a witch again. This whole being-the-anchor thing has been so hard to watch, and in the last few episodes, I found myself loving and respecting this character more than I ever had before. When Jeremy was calling her name, desperate to say good-bye…oh my goodness, my chin is quivering just thinking about it! The poor girl needs something good to happen to her. I want her to have her powers back. She seemed so lost without them.
So there, you have it, just a few of the things I’d love to see come October. Which isn’t that far away, if you think about it. Just imagine it…leaves falling off the trees, kids planning their trick-or-treats, and new episodes of TVD coming back into our weekly rotation where they belong. And in the meantime, I’m here all summer to discuss our collective TVDPTSD. Hit me up on Twitter (@AlyssaSheinmel) or visit me at AlyssaSheinmel.com.
Alyssa B. Sheinmel was born in Stanford, California and is a graduate of New York City’s Spence School and Barnard College. She now lives in New York City where she works in children’s book publishing. She is also the author of The Stone Girl and The Beautiful Between. As for her new YA book Second Star, it has been receiving tremendous praise, including this review by Anna Godbersen, bestselling author of The Luxe series: “Second Star is gorgeous: at once sun-soaked and haunted, elegant and strange. As perfect a book about loss, love, and California as I can imagine.” Order your copy of this dark-yet-magical beach read here!