Whether or not Damon wants to take the cure and become human makes for an incredibly boring storyline.
But Damon deciding to take the cure, as he did toward the end of The Vampire Diaries Season 6 Episode 21, only for Elena to then die at the hands of a returning Kai?
Well... that makes us wonder just how quickly next Thursday night can arrive.
For the most part, this episode felt like a waste of time.
It's hard to find content that fills any more like filler than multiple scenes wasted on some imaginary terrible human future between Damon and Elena.
The Caroline-Stefan talk was pretty lame (come on, who chooses not to be with the person she loves because she wants to keep "control?") and Jo's panic attack was really just another waste of time.
But things are set up VERY well for The Vampire Diaries Season 6 Episode 22.
Kai has somehow returned from the 1903 prison world, and he's appeared to have murdered his sister.
It's unclear whether he's brought Lily's Hertic family back with him (it doesn't look that way), but he's definitely knocked Matt and Bonnie out cold and, most importantly, he really may have killed Elena.
We know Nina Dobrev is leaving The Vampire Diaries, so her character's death feels like a real possibility.
And it would provide a floundering show with the momentum it needs to head into Season 7.
Will TVD actually go through with it? The following promo for "I'm Thinking of You All the While" certainly implies Elena is a goner, wouldn't you say?
Go ahead and watch The Vampire Diaries online to relive this installment and to prepare yourself for what may be a tear-jerking finale.
To say the very least.