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I was gonna wait 'til the "death do us apart" bit, but it seemed a little on the nose. Am I right?
Malachai Parker to the attendants of Alaric and Jo's wedding

I'll Wed You in the Golden Summertime is the twenty-first episode of the sixth season of The Vampire Diaries and the one hundred and thirty-second episode of the series overall.


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ALARIC AND JO’S BIG DAY — It’s Alaric and Jo’s wedding day and Elena and Bonnie do their best to help a stressed out Jo with the last minute preparations. After uncovering some life-changing news that Damon has been keeping from him, Stefan takes his brother on a road trip to give him some perspective on his future with Elena. Elsewhere, when Caroline returns to Mystic Falls after dealing with the fallout of her humanity-free rampage, she begins making amends with her friends and comes to a realization about her and Stefan’s prospects of being together. Finally, when Bonnie begins having vivid nightmares that Lily is coming after her, she enlists Matt’s help in taking Lily down. Tyler and Enzo also appear.



Main Cast

Recurring Cast




  • Antagonists: Lily Salvatore and Kai Parker.
  • This episode features Alaric and Jo's wedding.
  • Since Stefan tells Damon that it has been four years since they met Elena, this is the second episode to confirm that it's 2013 in the series timeline. Possibly May 2013.
  • This episode reveals that it has been a week since Lily was captured and Elena took the Cure.
  • Damon serves as Alaric's best man and Elena serves as Jo's maid of honor, as Liv has not answered Jo's calls.
  • Elena became human again in the previous episode and this is her first episode only as a human since The Departed in Season Three. She completed the transition and became a vampire in Growing Pains in Season Four.
  • Elena tries explaining to Bonnie what the starvation that Lily's going through based on her experience as seen in She's Come Undone, telling her about the stages of it.
  • This is the first episode since Memorial that Elena isn't seen wearing a daylight ring since Stefan gave her original ring at the end of Growing Pains.
  • Stefan shows Damon a version of what will happen if he becomes human with Elena by going into his mind.
  • Nevertheless, Damon decides to take the cure with Elena, telling her that the prospect of a happy human life with her (even a small chance of it) was better than the certainty of an eternity without her.
    • Then Elena and Damon hook-up in the hay loft in the barn at the wedding location and almost miss the ceremony.
    • This is also the first time that Elena has had sex with Damon as a human as she had only had sex with him as a vampire only.
  • Liv appears in this episode and encounters Tyler. They fight over the events that took place from Prayer For the Dying to The Day I Tried To Live.
    • Which according to Liv took place over a week.
  • Kai returns in this episode. He crashes the wedding and stabs his sister from behind while having cloaked himself before causing the glass to shatter and all of the guests to take cover.
    • He had previously released Lily.
    • He also attacked Bonnie and Matt as they came to kill Lily in her cell.


Behind the Scenes

  • Thought not present, this is the last episode to credit Steven R. McQueen as a series regular.
  • This episode had about 1.32 million viewers in the USA.

Cultural References

  • "I'll Wed You in the Golden Summer Time" is a 1903 song by Alfred Bryan (lyrics) and Stanley Crawford (music).[1]
  • It's a meaning for a summertime wedding.
  • Damon mentions Mr. Rogers. He had a tv show called Mister Rogers Neighborhood. The show started in 1968 and ended in 2001.


Stefan (to Damon): "If you do this Damon, you're human forever."
Damon (to Elena): "I will love you until I take my last breath on this earth."
Caroline (to Elena): "Damon Salvatore? Human? I can't even picture it."
Damon (to Stefan): "You don't think I've thought this through?"
Stefan: "Let me show you."
Stefan (to Damon): "Eventually, word will spread and you and Elena will have to move away. No friends. No family. This will be your hell."
Damon: "Get out of my head!"

Caroline (to Elena): "Okay, the boys are officially taken care of, bride and maid of honor are in hair and make up. I'm gonna head into the vendor and fix whatever they're screwing up -- Elena! The curling iron! Just--"
Elena: "Yes. I see it, Care."
Caroline: "Okay."
Elena: "I'm human now. I'm not blind. I'm not fragile either. You don't have to walk on eggshells around me."
Caroline: "Uh, I do actually, because if you walked on them, they could cut you, you get infected and probably die."
Elena: "You know what? Given my luck, that actually seems possible."
Caroline: "So. What's it like now in world of the living?
Elena: "It's different. I'm slower, I look both ways before crossing the street, but it's nice to not--"
Caroline: "Be a monster like me? Who turns off their humanity and commits murder instead of dealing with grief like a normal person?"
Elena: "I was gonna say I don't have to wear a daylight ring all the time."
Caroline: "Look, I'm so sorry, Elena. I was trying to hurt you when I said that you would never truly be happy with Damon because you weren't human, now you are, and I just hope that it's not because I made you think that you would miserable for eternity."
Elena: "Care, I've wanted to be human from the day I became a vampire. Besides, I'm the last person you need to apologize to."
Caroline: "Thanks."

Matt (to Tyler): "Okay, we got suits."
Tyler (to Matt): "I got the rings."
Alaric (to Matt and Tyler): "And the vows."
Tyler: "So. What do we do now?"
Tyler (to Alaric): "To Alaric Saltzman, who after today will have sex with only one woman for the rest of his life."
Matt (to Alaric): "Seriously, just one. You can't even look after this."
Tyler: "Not that chicks aren't throwing themselves at an occult studies professor, but...."
Matt: "Yeah, actually you should probably lock this down but you can't."
Alaric: "Yeah, you ever remember how it great it was when you two were fighting?"
Tyler: "Sorry. Full moon tonight. Feeling extra dickish."
Alaric (to Matt): "And what's your excuse?"
Alaric (to Matt and Tyler): "What? What is it?"
Matt: "Wedding day chores."
Tyler and Matt: "Courtesy of Caroline!"
Alaric: "Karma. Sweet sweet karma."
Tyler and Matt: "Heh."

Matt (to Tyler): "Okay, we got suits."
Tyler (to Matt): "I got the rings."
Alaric (to Matt and Tyler): "And the vows."
Jo: "Crap!"
Damon (to Stefan): "So anytime you wanna clue me in as to where the hell we're going."
Stefan: "Oh, come on. It's your last few days as a vampire. Can't blame me for wanting to spend some quality time with my brother."
Stefan (to Damon): "Welcome to your suburban nightmare."
Caroline (to Elena): "Damon Salvatore? Human? I... I can't even picture it."
Elena: "Yeah. Something tells me, neither can he."
Damon (to Stefan): "You don't think I've thought this through?"
Stefan (to Elena): "You know how you and I were both worried that he didn't think this through?"
Elena: "Hah! It's Damon, he didn't."
Stefan (to Damon): "This will be your life, Damon. This will be your hell!"



Last.fm_play.png "L-O-V-E (French Version)" – Nat King Cole
Last.fm_play.png "No Good (For You)" – The Noogies
Last.fm_play.png "Love Like This" – Ry X
Last.fm_play.png "Between The Night, Between The Day" – Rosi Golan
Last.fm_play.png "To The Wonder" – Aqualung
Last.fm_play.png "Dance Me To The End Of Love" – The Civil Wars




  1. Discography of American Historical Recordings – "I'll Wed You in the Golden Summer Time"

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