While The Vampire Diaries does center a female protagonist and revolve around the subject of female desire, the show is ultimately not feminist in its politics. The female characters are repeatedly sidelined, turned into vampires against their will, and are also put into situations where their sacrifice is needed for the greater good. The female characters constantly play into gender roles of servitude and their own agency is consistently revoked.
With the help of Bonnie and Kai, Damon and Elena set forth a plan to rescue Damon's mother Lily, who is trapped in the 1903 prison world. Meanwhile, when Caroline's plan for Stefan backfires, she is left to pick up the pieces. Elsewhere, back at Whitmore College, Enzo and Alaric's attempt to reel Caroline back in doesn't quite go as planned when they realize they're outmaneuvered. Lastly, an unexpected gift from Bonnie leaves Damon shaken to his core. 59ce067264