Previously on The Vampire Diaries: Elena (Nina Dobrev) and Damon (Ian Somerhalder) officially got together, Bonnie (Kat Graham) officially died and came back as a ghost, Klaus (Joseph Morgan) officially left for New Orleans, aka his own spinoff The Originals, and Stefan (Paul Wesley) was officially beginning the worst summer ever after being locked in a box and put to sea by Silas...after we learned the younger Salvatore brother is his doppelgänger!
Phew, did you get all that? Good, because the CW hit returns for its fifth season in less than two weeks and we just watched the premiere, "I Know What You Did Last Summer," and can't wait for you to see The Vampire Diaries: The College Years. While we're always nervous when our favorite teen TV dramas attempt to make the transition from high school (see: The O.C., Gossip Girl, etc.) TVD doesn't experience an awkward stage as the season-five opener effortlessly hops between the freshman fun at Whitmore College and the doppelgänger drama back in Mystic Falls. In a word, the premiere is fun. Lots of it.
Rather than try and get our mind-reader on and predict what you guys would want to know about the premiere, we just compiled some burning questions via Twitter to make all of our lives easier. Thank you and you're welcome.
Delenaslooch: From 1 to 10, rate Delena in the first six minutes!
For Delena fans? Probably a 20. Seriously, the premiere's opening act is kind of like Delena porn. For Stelena fans? Goose egg.
SerenaMploss: How was seeing Damon & Elena together?
The new (long-distance) couple is rock solid in the premiere, sharing the same fiery chemistry that hasn't dulled in five seasons. Also: So. Much. Kissing. One more two word tease: Bubble bath.
mary4892: Is there a moment where Stelena shippers might get a nod or a scene?
Even though Stefan and Elena are no longer together, their connection is still present in the premiere as her ex is still on her mind. And Caroline, her roomie, is definitely still Team Stelena.
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Cadlymack: How effing awesome is Matt Donovan on a scale of Chad Michael Murray to Dean Winchester?
Our favorite busboy is kind of a baller! Not only did he and Rebekah (Claire Holt) have quite the scandalous European vacation over the summer, but Matt (Zach Roerig) is also a big part of an intriguing new mystery introduced in the premiere. See, humans can be interesting, too! (And yes, he's shirtless within the first few minutes. Boom.)
csi89grl: Please, please tell me that there were some Datherine scenes and that she's still her sassy, smooth-talking self?
Just because she's human doesn't mean she isn't Katherine. Come on, now! And yes, there are a few banter-filled Datherine scenes, filled with classic Damon and Katherine one-liners. And while there's definitely no love between them anymore, Damon still decides not to tell Elena about Katherine's reappearance just yet.
HerSavior_ : How is the relationship between Damon and Jeremy?
A lot of fun to watch. Clearly, Damon cares about Jeremy, but hates to show it, so the two have a brotherly dynamic. But Jeremy is kind of a mess and it's Damon's job to try to at least contain the fallout while Elena attempts to have normal college experience.
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ElenaSaves89: Does it feel at all like a different show?
Kind of, but it's a good thing because just like an actual teenager, teen dramas need to evolve as well. Watching Elena and Caroline, who have both been through so much, start college together and be happy is genuinely a joy to watch. But it's even more enjoyable after they realize supernatural weirdness isn't limited to just Mystic Falls. (Bonus: A Veronica Mars-style campus mystery!)
MVP of the Episode: It's the season of Paul freaking Wesley, y'all! Wesley is clearly having a field day playing the deliciously evil Silas (who we learn actually hates vampires). And man, Silas is evil with a capital E, which makes Wesley's portrayal all the more thrilling to watch. Runner-up for MVP, however, is of course Candice Accola, as Caroline continues to just be the greatest vampire to ever vamp on TV. She brought a panini press to college! She wants to use their vampire powers for purely selfish and frivolous reasons! She and her mom have an adorable goodbye when she's dropped off at school! (Yes, Caroline and Tyler fans, you will get an update on their romance.)
The Vampire Diaries premieres Thursday, Oct. 3 at 8 p.m. on the CW.