The Vampire Diaries Review: “Fifty Shades Of Grayson” (Season 5, Episode 10)


In case you haven’t picked up on any of The Vampire Diaries subtle hints over the past 5 seasons, this episode reiterates that there is a definite reason why Damon (Ian Somerhalder) doesn’t have many (read: any) friends. As charming as he can be when the situation calls for it, he can’t escape from his propensity for pushing the people closest to him away. And up at bat this week is none other than Elena (Nina Dobrev).

This isn’t the first time we’ve seen Damon struggle with Elena’s best interest, but it is the first time he can’t compel her to forget or use his sire bond to command her to walk away. This time Elena is going to have to deal with the new reality of their relationship without the benefit of a supernatural coping mechanism, unless she’s broken up enough to switch off her humanity, which I highly doubt. So, basically she’s going to have to deal with getting dumped the old-fashioned way. Something tells me that there’s a distinct possibility that her immediate future – once the shock wears off – will consist of an unhealthy amount of Häagen-Dazs and chick flicks.

There’s also another major change from her last break-up to this one that might throw her off. Elena has always had an awesome support system, but for a number of years now it’s included at least one Salvatore brother, usually at the helm. Since Damon isn’t in a position to console her given that he’s the one who called it quits, and Stefan isn’t exactly going to be heartbroken that Damon did so, that leaves her a man short.

Plus, even if he could put his personal feelings aside, Stefan has his hands full dealing with the Katherine situation. Katherine has once again become a full-fledged situation – not that it should come as news to anyone. When Katherine Pierce is involved, it’s always a situation. This time around, however, it might be a little less satisfying to watch.

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