They say, “The Devil is in the Details,” so what are The Vampire Diaries Season Six Episode Titles Telling Us?
For five seasons the songs of The Vampire Diaries episodes have been an intricate part of the show’s storytelling adding and enhancing the emotion of each scene and making it that much more memorable. Can you remember the song playing in the background when Elena and Damon first kissed? Of course, you can! Florence + the Machine’s “Never Let Me Go” blared in the background as Elena ran into Damon’s arms outside the motel in season three’s “Heart of Darkness.” Or what about Aunt Jenna and John’s funeral? Birdy’s “Skinny Love” and it’s soft melodic tunes tugged at our heartstrings even more in “The Sun Also Rises” season two. It’s no surprise music plays an important part of in the series’ sixth season, but are we seeing a new theme with music this season? So far, the title of each episode has been a title of a popular 90’s song and we have to wonder the importance of each selection. Are they foreshadowing something later in the season or perhaps giving us subtle clues to the question on everybody’s mind; “Where the hell are Bonnie and Damon?”
Episode 1: “I’ll Remember”
A hit from the iconic pop legend, Madonna, “I”ll Remember” was first released in, you guessed it, the 90’s. 1994 to be exact and the theme of the song describes perfectly Elena’s mindset in this episode. The song’s lyric’s really hit home that despite losing the love of her life, Elena tries to put on a brave face, but really is so broken inside she turns to witchy drugs to see Demon again. Anyone who has ever lost a loved one and we all have, can relate to how tough it is. The lyrics give sense of starting over and trying to move on, but not forgetting those lost. To remember them for not being gone, but for the good they brought to our life.
Say goodbye, to not knowing how to cry. You taught me that. And I”ll remember the strength that you gave me now that I;m standing on my own. I’ll remember the way that you saved me, I’ll remember….And I’ll remember the love that you gave me now that I’m on my own.
Choosing “I’ll Remember” for the season six premiere pays homage to the journey Damon and Elena have taken over the years. Not only how they changed individually, but how they changed each other.
Episode 2: “Yellow Ledbetter”
Pearl Jam’s 1992 hit, ‘Yellow Ledbetter,” tells the story of two brothers with one receiving news that the other has died in war. Perhaps choosing this song as the episode’s title signifies the struggle Stefan is facing losing his brother. At the end of each verse, there is a line that could possibly describe Stefan’s state of mind in coping with the loss of his brother. .
I said, I don’t know whether I’m the boxer or the bag.
The song’s chorus perhaps gives insight to why Stefan chose to leave his friends behind and start a new life. Maybe seeing and being around the rest of the gang reminds him too much of his brother. Damon’s absence might be magnified around his friends and familiar surroundings and hurt too much.
Can you see them. Out on the porch. But they don’t wave. I see them, round the front way, yeah. And I know I don’t, I don’t want to stay. Make me cry.
Episode 3: “Welcome to Paradise”
Named after Green Day’s 1994 hit, “Welcome to Paradise,” talks about the fear that comes along leaving a childhood home and being on your own. The 90’s punk rock song completely fits the situation the gang from Mystic Falls finds themselves in not being able to return to the place they grew up and call home. There’s a certain comfort and feeling of safety being surrounded by the places and people we grow up with. Some are holding onto the past and trying to find there way. The beginning of the song describes Caroline, her fear not being able to return home and her desire to return to Mystic Falls.
Dear mother, can you hear me whining?….This sudden fear has left me trembling. Cuz, now it seems I am out here on my own and I am feeling so alone.
But much like described as the song continues, we can all learn to make a new place home. This I believe is exactly what some of them are trying to do and even Caroline is starting to assimilate to her new surroundings, whether see likes it or not.
It makes me wonder why I am still here, for some strange reason it’s now starting to feel like my home.
Episode 4: “Black Hole Sun”
Soundgarden’s 1994 hit, “Black Hole Sun,” I believe foreshadows the events we’ll see in the episode’s flashback. The synopsis for the episode describes it as a ‘tumultuous time’ in Damon’s life. The song’s lyrics suggest maybe something happened very painful and difficult happened during this time period.
Black hole sun won’t you come and wash away the rain.
The verse perhaps leads us to believe Damon experiences something that metaphorically has him in a black hole. He is hurt, ashamed or maybe even both by something. He really needs a better day or the sun to come out and wash away his pain or tears as rain I believe symbolizes in the song. There are so many theories or interpretations of each song and to each episode. Let us know your thoughts in the comments section below.