delivered a moment destined to go down as one of the most celebrated in the series’ history. Six days later, the ground is still wet.
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I’m referring, of course, to Damon and Elena’s steamy rain kiss — known on Twitter as simply #DelenaRainKiss — a gift which arrived in the form of a flashback from the show’s infamous lost summer.
So where did this fan-fueled moment come from? And what convinced executive producer Julie Plec to
make it happen? The answers you seek lie just ahead in what I like to call “Delena Rain Kiss: An Oral History.”
THE ORIGIN | “When Stefan got kidnapped in Season 1, Damon and Elena — who heretofore hadn’t worked together much — had to go and rescue Stefan … from Frederick; it was raining and they’re standing there talking to each other about rescuing Stefan,” Plec recalled with reporters on Tuesday. “That’s one of those canon moments where the people who started really connecting with Damon and Elena as a potential couple really always called out that moment as like, ‘Oh, God! One day, they’ll be in the rain and they’ll kiss.’ It started as a little Twitter thing. … We laugh at it sometimes, we laugh
it, we kind of love it. It’s been sort of a frustrating request to fulfill because it’s just so awful to shoot [from a technical standpoint].”
THE TURNING POINT | Plec continued: “Here we were in the season when Damon was trying to win Elena back, saying, ‘We loved each other’ and her saying, ‘Tell me a memory that mattered to you. I want to remember something.’ We were writing the story and we were thinking, ‘OK, what could that memory be?’ We’ve always wanted to say, ‘What was that summer that we skipped between Season 4 and 5 where they had the summer of their lives? What did they do? There’s got to be something awesome that they did.’ So we were like, ‘OK, is it a meteor shower? Are they out by a waterfall? We were just pitching all these ideas, and all of a sudden, someone — I don’t even know who it was, maybe it was me, maybe it was somebody else — said, ‘What if they kissed in the rain?’ And we all went, ‘Oh, God!’”
“The story was, ‘What was this memory that they shared?’” Plec explained. “It was going to be something beautiful and epic, so the rain was a way of us [honoring] this group of fans who spent five years begging for this one thing. … I think it’s because of
. Basically, there’s something about people coming together in the rain that’s the ultimate expression of love in the minds of most audiences.”
THE JUSTIFICATION | “For every naysayer that’s like, ‘Fan service, blah, blah, blah’ … There’s fan service when you’re telling stories as though the fans think it’s a choose-your-own-adventure, and that’s not what we do,” Plec said. “Then there’s the fan service when you have a group of people who, for five years, have been begging for one little thing and you find the perfect way to give it to them. That’s called honoring your fans, and I believe that so strongly.”
-ers, did you enjoy the long-awaited #DelenaRainKiss? Which couple should get caught under a storm cloud next? Drop a comment with your take on this historic moment below.
Haha dying at the no it´s not fanservice thing omg everything about TVD has become fanservice to the delena fans hence making the show the dullena diaries and that utterly ridic cheese fest of a wet kiss just proves that!
OH and why don´t you honor other fans as well you blond ballon!
Somebody’s bitter. I think her response is smart and accurate; it’s honoring fans who suffered for over three seasons watching a couple that was so boring it was painful. The chemistry between Damon and Elena has existed since they first came face to face in the Salvatore mansion and has only snowballed since. It may not be your preference, but there’s no denying that.
And what about the other fans? Stelena fans that are suffering for over three seasons now watching a couple
That is so boring it is painfull. They are begging for them too, or the klaroline fans that are waiting for a reunion? Those couple also had a very hard time, but who cares about those fans right? Julie is team delena diaries not team vampire diaries.
I kinda blank out when its Damon and Elena scenes, honestly find both characters very boring nowadays!
Fan service aside, that moment was pure awkward. Their chemistry is just gone and that scene felt sooo forced. Ian still seems to be putting some effort in but Nina has checked out.
I noticed that too! I’m wondering if that is because they split in ‘real life’…it has to be difficult to do those scenes now.
I thought it was adorable. I just hope Elena remembers soon, or Damon rescues Bonnie and has her fix it, or at least enlists Elena to help him rescue Bonnie so that she can really understand that he isn’t all bad and let her fall in love with him again.
I’m not a fan of Damon/Elena romantically. But I thought what the writers did for those fan’s is really nice and Julie answered it well.
Now if the writers could do something for the Stefan/Caroline fans, that would be great! haha
so what about the klaroline fans that are waiting for two years for a crossover? They are also begging, what about the stelena fans that are waiting for a return for 3 years now? My god julie plec cleary only thinks about the delena fans and she tries to make it right for herself but that isn’t going to work, most fans know that this show has become the delena diaries, it is sad.
I know this has been said before but I always struggle with the whole “summer if our lives” thing when Stefan was stuck drowning over and over in a box. It just makes them both look a little bit like a-holes.
Well, This show is all about (delena) fan service…Where is the amazing TVD that I loved? Now it’s just about their (sexual) love who is so unfunctional that even the writers don’t know what to do with them!
It was everything we ever wanted and more and we’re thankful to the writers for that!
I loved that scene! Such a sweet moment between the two. I understand that there are differing opinions – but I for one think Damon and Elena are the BEST couple on TV. I’ve never seen a couple that has chemistry like they do. It’s one of the reasons I watch the show.
I would also love to see Stefan and Caroline hookup. They are much better suited for each other than Elena and Stefan ever were.
So over Dullena… we need a Steroline kiss!! Now that is something that has me excited! And a Bamon reunion.
It’s a awesome show. Keep up with the hard work
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