Okay so I was thinking about this (I know it’s been like two weeks since you asked, sorry!), but it made me realize…
What happened to Damon’s video journal???
Based on the on-the-set spoilers, I’m speculating that either Bonnie will be back in the present day by the end of 6x11, or Damon will be back in 1994 with her. The former sounds way more likely than the latter at this point. Either way, I think that means that if we’re going to get any follow-through on that video journal, it’s going to have to happen in 6x11. And it seems kind of pointless to introduce it if we aren’t going to get follow-through.
Even if we were to call it an homage to the series title, or a parallel to Stefan and Elena’s journaling habits… it just seems unlikely that they’d make mention of it and then drop it entirely.
Honestly, I’m mostly just surprised it didn’t come up in 6x10. When you think about it, that’s the main difficulty in having Bonnie over in 1994 all by herself: the fact that if you give her nothing/no one to bounce dialogue off of, it’s much harder to keep the story moving, at least with the way this show is typically written.
Hence why we get her talking to the sun, the tree, the memory of her friends. I do still feel like they could have handled Bonnie’s parts of 6x10 better (most pointedly, by directly showing us her reactions to the flashbacks, rather than using her to set them up and then giving us a general reaction at the end that felt sort of disconnected), but I guess I’m making peace with why/how they did it. I mean, at least it’s better than seasons past where it would have all been shunted offscreen… baby steps?
Anyway, I’m way off track from your question now. So yeah, I speculate that Bonnie will discover/watch Damon’s video journal in 6x11, and that one way or another, she will make it back to the present day.
I think part of how that will happen will involve Kai and Damon. Kai still has his 1994 Ascendant, as far as we know. I think he’s going to use that and kidnapped!Elena as leverage. And I think, based on the many times this exact dilemma has been presented to Damon, Kai is possibly going to propose a choice: save Bonnie using the Ascendant, or uncloak Elena. And I think Damon will once again try to save both, somehow.
I’m not sure yet what’s in it for Kai. I’ve seen a number of people speculating he’ll want Damon to hand over Ms. Cuddles and Bonnie’s magic. I’m not sure to what end, though, and I’ll be really upset if Damon does that. He knows what that magic means to Bonnie, and as the Bennett bloodline protector and imo Bonnie’s personal familiar, Damon sacrificing Bonnie’s magic just doesn’t work for me.
It wouldn’t be his sacrifice to make first of all, and as one of the few people vocally expressing just how much Bonnie has undeservedly sacrificed, I would hate if he forced her to sacrifice something as integral to her as her magic.
Not to mention the fact that she sent him her magic for safekeeping, specifically to keep it away from Kai. It’s symbolic of her trust in him, and of her view of him as a safe harbor in the storm, so to speak. And I feel like he understands that and wouldn’t betray her in that way…
Alternate possibility for what Kai wants: Jo. That’s his endgame, right? To merge with her? I bet now that they know he’s got all that magic from the traveler’s spell, they’re keeping Jo hidden away somewhere, probably protected and unlocatable thanks to the twins’ magic…I don’t know, I’m still sort of thinking through the possibilities I guess. What do you think?