THE VAMPIRE DIARIES Sneak Peeks: Dare To Be Rocky

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Damon (Ian Somerhalder) brings his own version of MORTAL KOMBAT X (Immortal Kombat?) to THE VAMPIRE DIARIES this week.

Emotionally distraught after accidentally destroying Elena’s body last week, Damon decides to climb into the ring as penance.

For anyone who missed it, Damon was hallucinating following his emergence from the Phoenix Stone.  In his confusion, Damon knocked out Tyler and set Elena’s coffin on fire.

Kudos, by the way, to Paul Wesley’s (Stefan) deft handling of Damon’s descent into near-madness last week as he directed, as well as acted, in the complex episode.  Also, Michael Trevino’s brief return as Tyler was a pleasure.

Yes, accidentally burning the love-of-his-life’s body theoretically has wiped away the possibility of her awakening from the Sleeping Beauty curse and set the elder Salvatore brother on the path to self-destruction.

How does a vampire whose self-destructive impulses already tend to dominate his life go on after he demolishes his moral compass?  By becoming buddies with his dead mother’s sociopathic boyfriend, Julian (guest star Todd Lasance) and beating the daylights out of the local vampire FIGHT CLUB.  (Rule 1: Never talk about…well, you know.)

This may be a runaway train that even Stefan’s hero hair cannot stop.

With Elena apparently gone, does that free Bonnie (Kat Graham) from the tie that she had to the Sleeping Beauty curse?  Possibly.  She and Nora (guest star Scarlett Byrne) seem pretty high-spirited as they take a road trip to hunt down the ruthless vampire hunter, Rayna Cruz (guest star Leslie-Anne Huff).

Not so chipper…Mary Louise (guest star Teressa LIane)…who sits fuming in the backseat while her longtime love and the Bennett witch chum it up.

Watch for Rayna to play a role in the upcoming crossover episode with THE ORIGINALS.

Not quite as cheerful as Bonnie…Caroline (Candice King).  The very pregnant vampire is beginning to have some dangerous side effects from her supernatural pregnancy.  She is forced to turn to Valerie (guest star Elizabeth Blackmore) for help.

King must have a huge work ethic.  In tonight’s episode, she looks very near her real-life due date.  Baby Florence May King arrived on January 15.  The Fray’s Joe King is the doting dad.

THE VAMPIRE DIARIES also stars Matt Davis, Michael Malarkey and almost-birthday boy Zach Roerig (February 22).  Back for another episode is guest star Ana Nogueira as Penny.

Tonight’s episode, “Postcards from the Edge,” was written by producer, Rebecca Sonnenshine, and directed by producer, Pascal Verschooris.   Sneak peeks below include spoilers by Executive Producer, Caroline Dries, and Co-Executive Producer, Brian Young, and shots of Somehalder showing off his boxing skills.

THE VAMPIRE DIARIES airs tonight at 8:00 p.m. on The CW.

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