It’s a whole new world in Season 6 of “The Vampire Diaries” – but the drama is still lurking in the shadows. Episode 3, “Welcome to Paradise,” aired on the CW on Thursday, Oct. 16, introducing an interesting new plot line for Bonnie (Kat Graham) and Damon (Ian Somerhalder).
Episode 3 of “The Vampire Diaries” kicked off with a clear-minded Elena (Nina Dobrev) convincing the rest of the gang to party at the water hole close to the border of Mystic Falls. But anything in the vicinity of Mystic Falls is dangerous – especially with Tripp (Colin Ferguson) secretly murdering vampires and Stefan (Paul Wesley) returning to town to settle the score with Enzo (Michael Malarkey).
However the biggest jaw dropper of the episode came from within Mystic Falls … on May 10, 1994, to be exact. As “Vampire Diaries” viewers discovered in episode 2, Bonnie and Damon somehow got trapped in the town after “The Other Side” collapsed. It’s been four months since they “died” and they have been reliving May 10, 1994 over and over again.
Bonnie and Damon bickered in their normal every day lives, and being the only ones in this odd alternate reality didn’t help their relationship. Bonnie had faith in finding a way back to their loved ones, but Damon had lost all hope … until they discovered signs that someone else was stuck in May 10, 1994 with them.
What were the mysterious signs? Well, in episode 2 they discovered that someone had completed Bonnie’s crossword puzzle that she had been struggling with for four months. Things became even spookier in episode 3 when Bonnie realized that the pork rinds on the shelves were gone … DUN DUN DUN.
Damon was ready to pass off the missing pork rinds as something that didn’t exist in the store to begin with, however there was no denying the sound of carousel music from outside. The two abandoned their cart to investigate and found a coin-operated carousel in motion but without anyone nearby. Bonnie knew someone had to be close, but Damon became distracted in their investigation when he discovered his beloved old car in the parking lot. The catch? Someone had to have put it there because it wasn’t there previously and he was pretty certain that he didn’t leave it in the parking lot on May 10, 1994.
Unfortunately after four months together Bonnie and Damon weren’t on the same page. Bonnie maintained hope that they could escape, but Damon officially gave up hope after they mistook a loose tarp for a human.
After a heated exchange – where Bonnie tried to take off Damon’s daylight ring – the pair split up. And it was while they were separated that Damon stumbled across a mysterious new person -- a man named Kai (Chris Wood).
“Rough day, huh Damon?” Kai asked Damon as he sat in a chair and chomped on pork rinds.
It turns out that Kai had been watching Bonnie and Damon for the past few months as it was the “closest” thing he had to a TV. He knew all about Damon’s temper, his bickering with Bonnie, and his love for booze.
Needless to say, Damon wasn’t fond of the new guy or the idea of being spied on. He immediately physically threatened Kai, who tried to get out of the situation by saying that he was “rusty on face-to-face human interactions.”
Damon let him go and grabbed a bottle of bourbon off the shelf. However he realized that Kai didn’t have the best intentions … because he wanted to kill him. A quick swig from the bottle of bourbon resulted in Damon hitting the floor in pain because Kai had poisoned the bottle – and every other bottle – with vervain.
Kai proceeded to attack Damon with a wooden stake, twisting a hole into his hand while calling him out for playing dirty during a game of Monopoly with Bonnie. But although Damon might be a hassle sometimes, Bonnie wasn’t willing to let him get staked.
“Stay away from him,” she yelled at Kai before he could attack Damon.
But Kai wasn’t scared of Bonnie. He knew that she was magic-less and was “embarrassed” for her. However Bonnie showed him who to truly fear when her anger triggered her powers. The witch started a fire to stop Kai from hurting Damon, and Damon used the distraction to knock Kai unconscious.
“Sorry I called you the most annoying person in the world,” Damon apologized to her. “I hadn’t met him yet.”
The duo tied Kai up and brought him back to the Salvatore mansion where Kai tried to convince them that they were “on the same team.” Their mysterious new “teammate” tried to explain that the important thing in the situation is that Bonnie got her magic back – something that he had hoped to trigger in her by threatening Damon’s life.
“Your magic is the key to getting the hell out of here,” he revealed.
Can Bonnie really use her magic to get back to their friends? How did Kai get stuck in the same place with them? What are Kai’s motives for escaping? The questions are only piling up on “The Vampire Diaries.”