Prior to the beginning of Season 5, “The Vampire Diaries” returned to the 2013 San Diego Comic-Con. Star Ian Somerhalder gave an interview to talk about Damon and Elena, long-distance vampire relationships and the rest of the upcoming “TVD” season.

One of the most important things to know about the Season 5 premiere is that Damon and Elena start out happy. After a summer together — with Jeremy also living in the house — Elena gets to go off to college feeling good about her life.

That’s where the problems are likely to begin, according to Somerhalder. In addition to the long-distance relationship caused by Elena moving to college, there is that little age difference. “He’s 172 and she’s 18. It gives a whole new meaning to ‘robbing the cradle,’ Somerhalder jokes.

When asked about whether Elena might meet a rival to challenge Damon while away, Somerhalder doesn’t deny the possibility. “Damon’s met his match several times in his life,” he says. “Maybe he’ll be happy. Maybe he’ll be jealous. Maybe he’ll rip his throat out. I don’t know.”

Whatever happens, we can expect Damon and Elena’s bliss to be short-lived in the upcoming season. “People don’t stay happy for very long — because then there’s no conflict,” he explains.

Posted by:Laurel Brown