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Romantic Moment of the Week – Damon and Elena – A Fairy Tale Dance

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THE TV SHOW: The Vampire Diaries

THE PAIRING: Damon Salvatore (Ian Somerhalder) and Elena Gilbert (Nina Dobrev)

THE MOMENT: Damon and Elena say a temporary goodbye as they dance.

The Lead In: Damon and Elena


For six seasons, I’ve enjoyed the love triangle between vampire brothers and human Elena (I’ve rooted for both brothers honestly). Damon, Stefan, and Elena went through several transformations over the years. The most recent transformation for Elena Gilbert, however, was her becoming human once again. The setup perfectly led into Elena Gilbert’s temporary fairy tale goodbye.

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After Kai tore through Alaric and Jo’s wedding like the evil psychopath he is, several bodies were left in his path of destruction. The most terrible was hands down Kai’s murder of his own twin sister Jo and of course the twin babies growing in her stomach (Poor Alaric). Then there was Liv (along with the rest of the Gemini coven) who had to die because Kai temporarily killed himself (so he could become a vampire). Seeing Tyler finish the murder so he could live and become a werewolf was extra harsh.

Elena sleeping beauty shot

Then there was Elena Gilbert, unable to wake from her Sleeping Beauty induced sleeping spell.

Damon’s Choice

Bonnie and Damon

Kai, with his twisted sense of humor, wanted to get revenge against Bonnie for leaving him in the 1903 prison world so he bound the two best friends together as a sort of joke. The only way Elena Gilbert would wake is if and when Bonnie died. Kai wanted to see Damon suffer as he contemplated whether or not to let Bonnie die so he could be reunited with his beloved.

But Damon wasn’t going to let this happen to Bonnie (I don’t think Damon ever even really considered this option), rescuing her from Kai and killing him (this scene was kind of epic too…I’m not going to lie). He would never take Bonnie’s life. First, he clearly cares about her as a friend. And, secondly, he knows she is Elena’s best friend. He couldn’t do this to the woman he loves. The only option left for these now parted lovers is to temporarily say goodbye until Bonnie dies a normal human death, leaving Elena in a slumber for 60-70 years. There’s something truly magical about that.

Damon and Elena’s Goodbye Dance


After everyone else said their goodbyes (in a vision induced way), including the other brother Stefan that also loved her, it was time for Damon to say his own temporary farewell to the woman he loves for several decades. Bonnie would live out her life, and Damon being immortal, would one day reunite with Elena. For now, since they would keep Elena spelled away from those seeking the vampire cure in Elena’s blood, they had one last romantic moment together.

Damon with coffin

Damon touches the closed coffin and enters Elena’s thoughts to say his goodbye. He tells Elena that she could have just told him what to do, but Elena knew what he was going to do. She knew he wouldn’t let Bonnie die. Elena admits, “I knew that the love of my life would stand by his best friend even if it meant to live without me for a little while.” Elena follows her confession with a kiss.

Damon and Elena kiss live without her for a while

“Things are going to be awfully dull around here without you,” Damon declares.

damon dull without you

But Elena tells Damon it won’t be because she doesn’t want him sitting around waiting for her. She needs him to live his life. She wants him to be happy. Then she stops with a smile to ask Damon for that dance.

Elena asks for a dance

Damon and Elena stare at each other, knowing the dance will lead into their long farewell.

Damon and Elena stare

Damon then lifts his hand up to offer Elena that dance she asked for.

Damon and Elena dance hand

The two take each other’s hands…

Damon and Elena take each others' hands

…and Damon and Elena begin to slowly dance in each other’s arms, looks of sadness on each of their faces.

Damon and elena slow dance

Then as the music begins to build, Damon starts twirling and dipping Elena around, and transforms a sad dance into one of hope.

Damon dips Elena

He lifts her into his arms and then the two end their Sleeping Beauty goodbye with a fitting fairy tale, old-fashioned dance.

Damon and Elena fairy tale dance 1

After time turns slow, the two stop dancing as Elena asks him, “Are you ready for this?”

Elena ready for this

Damon just says back, “Ready to spend the next 60 years of my life without you in it? Who’s ever going to be ready for that?”

Damon Who's going to be ready for that.

Elena tells Damon she loves him and he says he loves her too. He dips Elena one last time and ends their goodbye with a kiss.

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The show temporarily fades to black, leaving Elena alone to sleep for about 60 years, but time will one day bring Damon and Elena together once more. This is a show about vampires and immortality after all…

What did you think of Damon and Elena’s goodbye dance? Sound off in the comments…

Photos: CW



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By on May 16th, 2015

About Autumn Topping

In second grade, Autumn wrote her first story, “The Spinach Monster,” and hasn't stopped writing since. Intrigued by the tales her grandmother told of vampires, witches, and ghosts as a girl, she's always been drawn to the fantastic. Later, Autumn studied English and Creative Writing (continuing her love for classic literature and everything old-fashioned) and graduated with an MA in Children’s Literature and an MS in Library & Information Science from Simmons College. Currently, she co-runs this lovely site and works as a YA Librarian.

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1 thought on “Romantic Moment of the Week – Damon and Elena – A Fairy Tale Dance”

  1. It was sweet, and beautiful, and harkened back to their first dance ever in season one at the Miss Mystic Falls pageant (the hands not touching at first). I really admire how the writers were able to write Elena off of the show without ACTUALLY ending “Delena”. It’s just on pause for some decades… Because just like Stefan with Caroline, Damon will wait for her. Elena being in a sleep spell is such a magical, epic way to say goodbye to a fictional couple, “for a little while”, but still keep their love alive.


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