“The question of, ‘How does Elena feel right now?’ Can she even look at [Damon]? She’s going to have to deal with him, because he’s around. There are a lot of issues to deal with,” he explained. “[Damon] wants to kill her best friend, Caroline, one of her best friends, and there’s this problematic supernatural element that’s running around the town, and it literally poses a serious threat to all of them—every single one of them: Katherine, Damon, Elena, Stefan, Caroline, everyone,” Ian said. “So dealing with that and getting into that is necessary, and that’s what this episode is going to start to touch upon.”
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