“The Vampire Diaries” newest episode, “Mommie Dearest,” took audiences back in time to meet young Stefan and little Damon.
In the present day, Damon and Stefan hold their mother Lily prisoner, while the brothers’ flashback to Giuseppe Salvatore, their father, making a Thanksgiving toast. In a painfully sad scene to watch, little Damon refuses to eat the pet turkey his father made him kill and Father Salvatore angrily forces him to eat his food, while Lily stands idly by.
Zap2it got to speak to Paul Wesley about episode 7 of Season 7. “You see two actors, young actors, who are playing Stefan and Damon, as I believe like 6 and 8-year-olds or something or maybe 8 and 10-year-olds,” says Paul Wesley, from set in Atlanta. “You sort of see they had an abusive relationship with their father and you get insight into Lily’s psyche and it explains her behavior a little bit more.”
In another flashback, Father Salvatore summons little Damon, accusing him of stealing money from his bureau. Giuseppe’s drunk rage is frighteningly relentless, so Damon finally tells his father that he did take the money. Giuseppe then takes his cigar and burns Damon’s hand.
However, Damon never took the money. He only admitted to it because he didn’t want Stefan to get in trouble. Then Lily admits that it was actually her who stole the cash. While Damon rushes off in anger, Stefan sticks around to hear the rest of the story: Lily stole the money in order to run away, and save her boys from their drunken and abusive father.
Wesley says, this episode makes audiences “more empathetic to her struggles, because she reveals some keys things that they didn’t know. There’s a softer side to her that they weren’t aware of.”
Ian Somerhalder, has quite a different character view as Damon in the “Mommie Dearest” episode. “You really see why he is the way he is. His mom screwed him up and he has no bones about saying it: ‘I don’ t want you to be happy.’ Furthermore, I want to orchestrate how to make you the saddest you can possibly be.
Somerhalder also says, “I’m grateful that I have incredible parents, but parents really screw up their kids. Stefan luckily weathered the storm much better. Catherine and his mother broke his heart … pulverized it. So, without Elena around to soften his heart and talk sense into him, he is a wildcard and hellbent on making Lily pay.”
Lily (Annie Wersching) admits to Stefan and Damon that in order to protect Julian (Todd Lasance), she has linked her life to his, which after hearing his mother’s backstory, encourages Stefan to keep Damon from killing Julian.
In the end, it seems as if kidnapping their mother with vervain-soaked ropes is exactly what Lily needed to finally realize that her taste in men is awful and detrimental to all those around her. Lily appears to see the similarities between Julian and Giuseppe and declares her allegiance to her sons.
But is she just playing them in order to escape? Is she really picking her sons over the love of her life?
Find out soon when “The Vampire Diaries” returns after a Thanksgiving break on Thursday nights at 8 p.m. ET/PT on the CW.