In last weeks episode of The Vampire Diaries, Katherine was on her death bed whilst everyone else was downstairs in the Salvatore house reminiscing over her 500yrs of life and none of it was pleasant.
One of the worst offenders was Damon. Damon used his vampire mind control powers on the dying girl to make her hallucinate getting stabbed in the gut by Aunt Jenna, getting her fingers chopped off by Uncle John, tormenting her with the fact that her ex Elijah wasn’t coming to save her from Damon or say goodbye, and making her relive her most traumatic day over and over again (when she arrived back home in Bulgaria to find that Klaus had massacred her entire family).
Speaking with Zap2it on set recently, Ian Somerhalder explained Damons treatment of Katherine.
“Damon wants Katherine as dead as a doornail because I think she reminds him of everything awful he’s ever done,” Somerhalder says. “She taught him how to kill, taught him how to enjoy it. And I’ve learned that resentment is anger toward yourself for something you allowed to happen. I think Damon victimizes himself when it comes to Katherine, saying, ‘She did this to me, she did that to me.’ But in all actuality, he does have a point.”
Even though Damon is his own person who makes his own decisions, Somerhalder believes Katherine shaped him into the man boy he is today. “This sounds a little twisted, but if a child is abused by an adult, that is just outright wrong. That child had no say in the matter,” Somerhalder says. “Katherine did a very similar thing to Damon, where she compelled him to fall in love with her, she compelled him to do all these things, and it wasn’t right. She turned him into a monster, and he hasn’t been able to stop.”
Ian does acknowledge that Damon has the power to be a better person telling them “Ultimately, Damon is victimizing himself and being a baby about it, but he does have a point. I mean, he has so much anger. Imagine waiting for someone for 150 years … ”
All that pent up anger towards both Katherine and himself, coupled with his recent breakup, is what led Damon to psychologically torment Katherine on her deathbed … and don’t expect Damon’s attitude to change anytime soon, especially now that Katherine has once again made everyone’s lives more complicated by taking over Elena’s body.
“He hates her. And he just wants her gone. She causes a lot of problems,” Somerhalder says. “And to Damon, if you’re going to cause me a lot of problems, you’d better be giving me something — whether it’s bedroom time, whether it’s booze, whether it’s fun — it’d better be something that I can value.”