My feelings for
Damon are complicated. My liking him is totally dependent on the episode and the
season because he is the most inconsistently written character on the show. And
honestly, when I think Damon Salvatore I think wasted potential. By that I mean
the writers could have taken Damon on an interesting path (explored his
relationship with Stefan more, developed his friendship with Bonnie earlier,
have him do something with that existential crisis he had in season 2, have him
apologize to Caroline & explore their relationship). Instead the writers
opted to give us Delena (a.k.a a boring love story about a “toxic” and “consuming love” with Elena), which frankly has been detrimental to Damon’s character
because it stunted his character development (how long did he keep the cure secret from Elena??).
I thought that Damon’s story in TVD was going
to be about redemption. The writers have written the character so
inconsistently that Damon’s redemption has been a story of one step forward,
two steps back. There is one primary reason why this is: the writers write
Damon to fit the plot rather than write the plot to fit Damon. As a result,
Damon is a character whose beliefs and actions change according to the demands
of the episode. They will have him act as a foil to Stefan just to act as a
foil to Stefan.* They will have him be the resident dick, just to be the
resident dick. They have him be the love interest, just to be the love
interest. They treat Damon as a prop to other characters, relationships, and
the storyline whether or not makes sense for his character. Consequently, Damon
has suffered from spotty and at times an inexplicable characterization.
*By Stefan’s foil I mean that they got rid of Damon’s desire to be human in the during the cure storyline so when Elena encouraged Damon to be human with her Damon could say “That’s not me; that’s Stefan.” We didn’t see this character development at all. In season 2, Damon had an “existential crises” because he missed being human then out of nowhere he suddenly doesn’t want to anymore?? If Stefan is one thing then they define Damon as the opposite (E.g., if Stefan can resist compulsion for Elena than Damon can’t).
I hope that the writers will finally allow Damon to grow now that Elena will be gone. Honestly though, who knows what they will do with his character. In the last episode they had Damon wanting to take the cure with Elena, but I wonder: would this still be Damon’s desire in the 6th season if Nina wasn’t leaving? Or is this new “development” in Damon’s character just the door to get Elena to drink the cure and end her story?