Friday night gets a double dose of “vampire hotness” when THE VAMPIRE DIARIES and THE ORIGINALS do a great crossover episode that is full of action, drama and one-liners.
In a move to save Damon (Ian Somerhalder) from Rayna Cruz’s Phoenix Sword, Stefan (Paul Wesley) is wounded by the mystical blade instead.
Since the blade’s mark can track its victim almost anywhere, Stefan heads to New Orleans for sanctuary in a bar that is cloaked to hide its supernatural occupants from hunters.
Stefan is welcomed by old friend, Klaus Mikaelson (guest star Joseph Morgan from THE ORIGINALS), and the two have a heart-to-heart about Caroline (Candice King), her babies and complicated families.
Stephan asks Klaus for some of his hybrid vampire/werewolf blood to help Damon, who has been trapped by Enzo (Michael Malarkey). Damon is locked in a room with Tyler Lockwood (guest star Michael Trevino) who is on the verge of turning into a werewolf with the night’s full A werewolf bite can kill a vampire, and Damon wants Stefan to bring home some of Klaus’s blood as an antidote. Klaus is considering the request when the wound from the Phoenix Sword on Stephan’s chest starts to leak blood through his shirt.
Klaus recognizes the X-mark wound and becomes enraged that Stephan would lead vampire hunter, Rayna (guest star Leslie-Anne Huff), to his city. Rayna, aka “The Huntress,” is responsible for killing several of Klaus’s vampire cronies in the past, and the current New Orleans vampire population is quite large.
Furious, Klaus kicks Stefan out of the bar, leaving his fate to the vampire huntress who is tracking the younger Salvatore to the Big Easy. Valerie (guest star Elizabeth Blackmore) and Matt (Zach Roerig) do what they can to keep Stefan ahead of Rayna.
Back in Virginia, Tyler tells Damon that people like them cannot afford to be around friends and family who always opt to rescue them…that they forever will be putting their loved ones in danger.
His prophecy comes true when Bonnie (Kat Graham) shows up to save Damon and is injured in the melee. As Damon grieves over Bonnie’s hospital bed, it seems as though he may take Tyler’s advice and remove himself from his friends and family.
He may regret that idea. A heartfelt talk with Enzo could convince him that family and friends are important. The Augustine Vampire finally finds a member of his family, Alexandria St. John, and they are connected to The Huntress and the mysterious Armory.
Perhaps knowing what happened to his family will relieve some of Enzo’s emotional torture, but how will he feel if Rayna tracks down Stefan and kills him? Hot on the vampire’s trail, The Huntress wounds Stefan and is going in for the kill when he is saved by none other than Klaus.
What are Klaus’s motives? Does he still have residual feelings for Caroline and want to save her from the pain of Stefan’s death? Is there a forgiving heart under all of that bravado? Regardless of his motives, he takes a detour when driving Stefan to the train station, opting instead to save his friend by offering to take Stefan to a witch that may be able to undo the cursed wound from the Phoenix Sword.
Does Klaus still love Caroline, despite the fact that his situation is already fraught with complicated women? Is it mutual? After she learns that Alaric is taking the SMU job in Dallas, Caroline offers to go with them on the trip and finds herself considering her future.
One thing that seems to be certain, she shows up in New Orleans, twins in tow, three years from now, looking for Klaus. Is she searching for Stefan, seeking safe haven, revisiting a lost love or something else?
Tonight’s episode of THE VAMPIRE DIARIES, “Moonlight on the Bayou,” was written by producers Caroline Dries & Brett Matthews and directed by Jeffrey Hunt and guest stars Scarlett Byrne, Teressa Liane, Mouzam Makkar, Sedona Monet, Lily Rose Mumford, Tierney Mumford and William Ngo.
THE ORIGINALS companion episode, “A Streetcar Named Desire,” was written by Beau DeMayo & Diane Ademu-John and directed by Matt Hastings.