THE VAMPIRE DIARIES Series Finale: Bits, Bites and Bye

Please permit me a personal observation: It has been eight years since Stefan first gazed into Elena’s eyes that day in the cemetery on THE VAMPIRE DIARIES.

Having read the books, I admit that I had been taken aback at the casting of Nina Dobrev as Elena Gilbert. Dobrev’s dark hair and eyes were hardly those of the blonde/blue-eyed heroine of the book. I was a bit old for her DeGrassi years, and I admit that I was not familiar with her work. But, she won me over as she incorporated the best parts of the “book Elena” and made the part her own.

Paul Wesley (Stefan Salvatore) was another matter. I had seen him guest star on several series and had no doubt that he would be a star, as well as a fine actor, someday.

Then, there was Ian Somerhalder…Adam Wayne of SMALLVILLE…the man with the fascinating eyes and wicked smile. There only was a glimmer of how far he could take the character of Damon Salvatore back in those days, but Somerhalder took him far and then some.

The other “kids” in the cast were hardly reflective of their characters in the book, but there was a magic there that was unto itself, and before the credits rolled on Episode 1, I was hooked.

Partially, perhaps, because I was rooting for Julie Plec. We had met a couple of times, in what seems like a thousand years ago, through a mutual friend and again through work when we both were young women struggling to make it in a profession that did not look like us back then. I liked her immediately. I was extremely happy for her when THE VAMPIRE DIARIES took flight and owned the night.

Julie was working with Kevin Williamson, who was working with another mutual friend on DAWSON’S CREEK, and whose penchant for storycraft was fabulous.

This juggernaut of talent ensured that THE VAMPIRE DIARIES could be a success at the moment that Plec and Williamson penned the pilot. And tonight, the juggernaut rolls full (secret) circle as our time in Mystic Falls comes to an end, with Plec and Williamson writing us off the stage.

Dobrev returns as Elena and Katherine Pierce, who schemes to burn Mystic Falls to the ground. Perhaps Katherine is justified. I am not sure what constitutes “appropriate behavior” when your doppelganger’s BFF marries your ex. Having never had that problem before, I must defer to Katherine’s devious judgment and consider it within the realm of acceptability.

I am thrilled that I get one more chance to spend time with Katherine before TVD rides off into the sunset. Yes, I admit it. I love watching actors chew scenery when they do it well. Heck, I even delighted at the trained crow who doubled as Damon in the first episodes.

There is not much in the week’s press release to give any insight into tonight’s episode, “I Was Feeling Epic,” which reads, “With the fate of Mystic Falls at stake, Stefan (Paul Wesley) and Damon (Ian Somerhalder) must fight their greatest enemy for one last battle.”

The guest cast, however, gives a clue about how epic the evening will be. Returning to reprise their original roles are David Anders as John Gilbert, Erin Beute (Miranda Gilbert), Sara Canning (Jenna Sommers), Kayla Ewell (Vicki Donovan), Arielle Kebbel (Lexi Branson), Jason MacDonald (Grayson Gilbert), Steven R. McQueen (Jeremy Gilbert), Michael Trevino (Tyler Lockwood) and Chris Wood (Kai Parker).

Season 8 guest stars Kristen Gutoskie (Seline), Demetrius Bridges (Dorian Williams), Joel Gretsch (Peter Maxwell), Lily Rose Mumford (Josie Saltzman) and Tierney Mumford (Lizzie Saltzman) return, and Edgar Roche and Sebastian Vegas guest.

In addition to writing “I Was Feeling Epic” with Williamson, Plec directed tonight’s episode.

Enjoy a full night of THE VAMPIRE DIARIES tonight when the series retrospective, “Forever Yours” airs at 8:00 p.m. ET/PT on The CW and CTV Two in Canada, followed by the series finale, “I Was Feeling Epic,” at 9:00 p.m.

THE VAMPIRE DIARIES Sneak Peek: Till Undead Do Us Part

Guys, the next time you think that living with your significant other is hell, thank your lucky stars that you are not the Salvatore brothers.

With only two episodes left before THE VAMPIRE DIARIES ends, the Mystic Fallers roar toward next week’s series finale with a bang.

Eight years ago, Caroline Forbes took one look at Stefan Salvatore and predicted that they would be planning a June wedding.

But, fate stepped in, and it seemed like “true love forever” would be in the cards for Stefan (Paul Wesley) and Elena (Nina Dobrev) instead.

Of course, there were a few hiccups along the road to happily-ever-after… family, death, babies, vampirism, curses, cures and doppelgängers.

There was Damon, who wooed his brother’s true love away, Caroline (Candice King) who fell in love with Elena’s ex, and Katherine (Dobrev as the doppelgänger of epic proportions), who carried the torch for Stefan for over 150 years.

On tonight’s next-to-last episode, those hiccups converge on Mystic Falls in an explosive reveal that Katherine is “alive,” and still burning the torch for Stefan (and maybe a few souls) as the current ruler of Hell.

What better way to draw out an enemy than to dangle irresistible bait? Damon (Ian Somerhalder) concocts a plan sure to bring the brothers’ old flame out of the flames… cement the union between Stefan and Caroline and accelerate the nuptials.

THE VAMPIRE DIARIES also stars Kat Graham, Matt Davis and Michael Malarkey. Melinda Clarke and Joel Gretsch return as Matt’s (Zach Roerig) parents. Eugenia Gonzales, Lily Rose Mumford, Tierney Mumford, Julia Vasi, and Michael David Yuhl also guest star.

The teleplay for tonight’s episode, “We’re Planning a June Wedding” was written by Melinda Hsu Taylor. The story was written by Jen Vestuto and Melissa Marlette. Chris Grismer directed the episode.

Sneak peeks for “We’re Planning a June Wedding” and interviews with the cast are below.

THE VAMPIRE DIARIES airs at 8:00 p.m. ET/PT tonight on The CW in the U.S. and on CTV Two in Canada.

Programming note: The series finale of THE VAMPIRE DIARIES will air at a special time next Friday, March 10. The final episode airs at 9:00 p.m. preceded by retrospective of the past 8 years,”THE VAMPIRE DIARIES: FOREVER YOURS,” which airs at 8:00 p.m. Set your DVRs accordingly.

THE VAMPIRE DIARIES Sneak Peek: Almost Gone

It’s Been a Hell of a Ride (the name of tonight’s episode) for the cast and crew of THE VAMPIRE DIARIES over the past 8 years. There have been hookups and breakups. Marriages and divorces. They have welcomed babies and mourned the loss of one of their own. They have soared to new heights and plunged into sadness.

And that is in real life.

Perhaps the emotional roller coaster ridden by the young cast was instrumental in their acting development, allowing the actors to grow and to take us along for a great 8-year journey.

Now, older and more experienced, both Paul Wesley (Stefan) and Ian Somerhalder (Damon) have directed first-class episodes, and the series has grown into so much more than a “high school show.” The cast and crew has overcome the fantastic premise and has created a world in which vampires and werewolves seem perfectly normal.

Tonight, with 3 episodes left before the series concludes on March 10, Stefan and Damon will “brother-up” one more time to take on their most ambitious project yet. They are going to kill the devil.

Before they can go all “Winchester” on the Prince of Darkness, the Salvatores have a few things to address.

Kai (Chris Wood) has snatched Elena’s (Nina Dobrev) coffin and hidden her away from Damon.

The evil Gemini twin also may have the answer to Alaric’s (Matthew Davis) and Caroline’s (Candice King) problem children… how to deal with their daughters’ burgeoning magical powers.

However, child-rearing advice from Kai could yield twin monster-tykes, and he never is very forthcoming in his dealings with others. Freeing Kai from a cage… or another world… or Hell… is always a risk.

And Kai’s continual need to win makes him a compulsive liar who cannot be trusted.

Stefan, is riddled with guilt about his vampire exploits. He killed Enzo (Michael Malarkey) and ruined Bonnie’s (Kat Graham) life. He took Elena from Matt (Zach Roerig) and her possibility of a normal future. He remembers every innocent he killed or turned when he was a vampire, and his ripper exploits haunt him.

Unsure if he and Caroline should continue their relationship now that he is human, Stefan dons his best “brooding-yet-heroic hair” and considers leaving her for her own good.

But, there is Damon, standing in the way of his exit. Damon, who has been there his entire life, asking him for help… to join forces to defeat Cade (guest star Wolé Parks) and retrieve Elena’s casket.

What is a human-turned-vampire-turned-human to do?

Tonight’s episode of THE VAMPIRE DIARIES, “It’s Been a Hell of a Ride,” was written by Brett Matthews & Shukree Hassan Tilghman and directed by Pascal Verschooris.

THE VAMPIRE DIARIES airs tonight a 8:00 p.m. ET/PT on The CW.

THE VAMPIRE DIARIES Sneak Peek: You’re My Hero!! Really??

I just got used to seeing the evil Kai (Chris Wood) from THE VAMPIRE DIARIES struggling to become a good guy as SUPERGIRL’s Mon-El. Granted, it was not always easy as he plays a bad guy so frighteningly well. Just a couple of weeks ago, Supergirl was teaching him to change in an episode titled “We Can Be Heroes.”

Has that notion permeated its way through the TV universe and resurrected the late, lamented Kai and brought him back as a hero? Perhaps, but Kai has never been very trustworthy.

Wood, whose name was not in the press release for this week’s episode, “The Lies Will Catch Up to You,” referred to only as “an old enemy,” is the driving force in the photos and clips, I am guessing that his resurrection is one of the many returns in effect that marks the conclusion of THE VAMPIRE DIARIES 8-year run, including Michael Trevino as Tyler Lockwood, Steven R. McQueen as Jeremy Gilbert, David Anders as John Gilbert and Kayla Ewell as Vicky Donovan.

As the Mystic Fallers enter their 4 final episodes tonight, one can surmise that Kai’s return has something to do with reversing Elena’s (Nina Dobrev) sleeping curse. After all, he was the baddie who hexed her into the sleeping beauty state and tied her resurrection to Bonnie’s (Kat Graham) death.

Damon (Ian Somerhalder), none too happy about having to lose his BFF to get his long-lost-love back, no doubt has “alt plans” for the evil Gemini twin. When Kai returns from Hell, facilitated by Matt’s (Zach Roerig) ringing Hells’ Bell, Alaric (Matt Davis) is ready to send him right back. After all, Kai did kill his own twin sister at her and Alaric’s wedding.

While Alaric would be happy to return Kai to Cade (guest star Wolé Parks), Kai proposes an “alt solution.” The possibility of bringing Elena back to life without Bonnie dying is one that Damon embraces. Kai, wanting to stay on Earth and avoid the cellar, makes a deal with Damon, but can he be trusted?

As Alaric and Damon continue their plan to destroy Cade, Stefan (Paul Wesley) is held captive by a surprising acquaintance. Forced to confront a dark secret from his past, Caroline (Candice King) and Matt try to keep Stefan’s violent history from destroying him.

Cade, not to be outdone by some mere vampires, focuses his attention on Bonnie and digs deep into her mind.

THE VAMPIRE DIARIES also stars Michael Malarkey (credit only). Guest stars include Kenny Barr, John D. Hickman, Maurice Johnson. Brent McGee, Lily Rose Mumford, Tierney Mumford and Michael David Yuhl. Tony Solomons directed the episode, which was written by Neil Reynolds.

THE VAMPIRE DIARIES airs tonight (February 17) at 8:00 p.m. ET/PT on The CW.

THE VAMPIRE DIARIES Sneak Peek: The Horror!! The Humanity!!

Oh, the humanity! In the ultimate karmic backlash, Stephan Salvatore (Paul Wesley) has regained what was lost…his humanity.

There have been many times in the past 170+ years that the perpetual teenager has wanted to be human again. When he fell in love with Elena (Nina Dobrev), he yearned for a way that the two of them could share a future.

Now, through irony’s cruel joke, at a time that he had been embracing his bad boy self and ripping his way across the countryside, Bonnie (Kat Graham) has injected him with Elena’s blood to protect herself from Stephan’s murderous hand…rendering him human.

But not before he shattered Bonnie’s happiness. As Enzo (Michael Malarkey) stood at the door, Stephan ripped his fellow vampire’s heart from his chest, literally, and ripped Bonnie’s from hers, figuratively.

As his humanity floods through his veins, so do memories of the dozens of murders he committed over the past century-and-a-half. He flees to escape his feelings and the pain that he has caused Bonnie, Caroline (Candice King), and so many others in his turbulent life.

Damon (Ian Somerhalder) engineers a deal with Cade (guest star Wolé Parks) to retrieve the Maxwell journal in exchange for Stefan’s soul, but gets pushback from Alaric (Matt Davis) and Matt (Zach Roerig) who refuse to hand over the journal. The diary may contain the key to destroying the devil.

Guest stars on tonight’s episode, “What Are You,” are Alicia Beshears, Jimmy Dempster, Martin Feigen, Kristen Gutoskie, Todd James Jackson, Nathalie Kelley, Lily Rose Mumford, Tierney Mumford, Reece, Jaz Sinclair, Persia White, Kurt Yue and Emelita T. Gonzalez.

“What Are You” was written by Chad Fiveash & James Stoteraux and directed by Darren Genet.

Check out the sneak peek below, along with a music video featuring recent behind-the-scenes footage, and some thoughts from Executive Producer, Julie Plec, as THE VAMPIRE DIARIES airs the last 5 episodes of its eight-year run.

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

 

THE VAMPIRE DIARIES Sneak Peek: Ripped From The Dead-lines

Does the family that rips together, get a grip together? With Stefan’s humanity switch flipped to “off,” Damon’s baby bro plunges deep into his ripper ways, and Damon (Ian Somerhalder) must come to grips with how to handle it.

Should he revel in the experience, as he and Stefan (Paul Wesley) often are not on the same page, at the same time, when it comes to feeding frenzies? Normally, a show of fraternal support would be in order. But, with Sybil in his head, Damon’s grip on reality is a bit spotty from time to time these days, his mind cluttered by thoughts of Elena.

Sybil (guest star Nathalie Kelley) continues to taunt Damon with those thoughts, and where could she deliver that mind-control more intensely than at the Miss Mystic Falls pageant where Damon and Elena took their first dance steps down the path to eternal love. The siren still is in search of the artifact that previously was in the possession of Matt’s (Zach Roerig) family, one of the area’s historic families whose history was rewritten by the currently acknowledged community founders.

Is Bonnie (Kat Graham) in search of an eternal love of her own? She returns from Paris wearing a vial of Enzo’s (Michael Malarkey) blood, and Caroline wonders if the witch is intent on becoming a vampire.

Executive Producer, Julie Plec, has foreshadowed that there will be another death before the end of the series. If Bonnie must die before Elena can awaken, maybe her conversion to fang-girl is on the horizon.

The anticipated return of Nina Dobrev’s Elena has not been confirmed to the public, but the actress reportedly is amenable to coming back for the March conclusion of the series that established her career.

Eight years have passed for the Mystic Fallers, so it will be interesting to see Stefan, Damon, Caroline, Bonnie and Enzo at the pageant and reminisce about how they have changed over the years.

Tonight’s episode of THE VAMPIRE DIARIES, “The Simple Intimacy of the Near Touch,” was written by Neil Reynolds and Penny Cox and directed by Geoff Shotz. Matt Davis also stars.

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

THE VAMPIRE DIARIES to End With Season 8

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At Comic-Con today, the cast and producers of THE VAMPIRE DIARIES took to the stage to announce that season 8 will be the final season of the show. Julie Plec said that they have an ending planned for the series and they’re happy to go out on their own terms.

Warner Bros. aired a video of the cast, along with executive producers Kevin Williamson and Julie Plec, talking about what the show has meant to them and all of the wonderful fan experiences they’ve had.

“It’s so rare for a show to get to last this long, and what a privilege that Mark Pedowitz and Peter Roth have allowed us to choose the time to end the journey on our own creative terms,” said Plec. “It’s been eight of the best years of my life. I will miss it terribly, but I’m so proud to be here to see it to its proper end.”

“THE VAMPIRE DIARIES has meant so much to so many fans around the world, and has meant so much to all of us at The CW,” said Mark Pedowitz, President, The CW. “I am a huge fan of the show myself, and I’ve seen every episode. So I am very happy that we can give Julie and Kevin the chance to finish their story the way they have envisioned, and to give viewers a fantastic conclusion to eight spectacular seasons.”

THE VAMPIRE DIARIES will begin its final season on Friday, October 21 at 8:00 p.m. ET/PT on The CW.

THE VAMPIRE DIARIES Season Finale Preview: Big Changes?

Tonight’s season finale of THE VAMPIRE DIARIES brings changes that could affect next season drastically.

Caroline (Candice King), Enzo (Michael Malarkey) and Damon (Ian Somerhalder) have all tried to get inside the Bennett witch’s mind to reach the real Bonnie (Kat Graham) and get her humanity to override Rayna Cruz’s huntress instinct.

Instead, Bonnie was able to inflict the “Phoenix wound” on them with her mind so she could hunt them down and kill them once she regained consciousness.

Matt (Zach Roerig) kidnapped Bonnie and was driving her away from their friends. When she came to, she choked him with the handcuffs and was able to commandeer the car.

Alaric (Matt Davis) returned to Dallas to care for the twins, while Caroline and Stefan (Paul Wesley) took off for parts unknown to draw Bonnie away from the children.

Unable to gain entry to the magically sealed Armory, Damon suggests that the twins might be able to help them break into the impenetrable building by siphoning its power. Caroline and Alaric agree to let their Gemini twins breach the vault.

Ric professes his love for Caroline, but knows that she belongs with Stefan. He thanks her for carrying Jo’s twins and for their life together, but he wants her to be happy. Regardless of what happens, Ric reassures Caroline that they always will be a family.

Bonnie uses Matt’s Sheriff’s cruiser to outrun the other traffic and hunt down Caroline and Stefan. When it appears that they will be caught in a traffic jam, Matt grabs control of the steering wheel and causes the cruiser to crash, allowing Stefan and Caroline to escape.

When he comes to, he is pinned in the Sheriff’s car. To continue her mission, Bonnie leaves him to die.

The only way to stop Bonnie’s hunting instincts and restore her normal self is to destroy the final Everlasting in the vault, so Damon and Stefan go inside the Armory and find dead bodies that have been destroyed by the creature.

Finding that the Everlasting is locked in the vault, Damon insists on breaching the vault alone, opting to do the right thing and protect his brother.

Still under Rayna’s spell, Bonnie tries to kill Enzo, shooting him in the abdomen and stabbing him in the heart. She begs him to bite her so he can escape, but he is not strong enough.

As he is on the verge of death, he professes his love for her and begs her to forget her final attack on him… to hang on to the three years they were in love and the good times they shared.

Just as she goes in for the final killing blow, Damon burns the Everlasting in the Armory and the spell is broken. Enzo and Bonnie reunite, but Bonnie loses her magic.

After Damon kills the Everlasting, he calls Bonnie and Enzo to see if Bonnie is saved. While he is on the phone, he hears Elena’s voice and turns back to save what he thinks is Elena.

Enzo, having learned what is in the vault, fears for Damon.

Bonnie and Enzo rush to the Armory to save Damon, and Enzo sneaks away from the group and goes to save Damon in the vault. When the others are able to breach the vault, it is empty and Damon and Enzo have disappeared.

To their horror, they determine that both men have been possessed by powerful evil while in the vault. The group tracks them to the West Coast by charting increased numbers of murders and disappearances.

In a peek into Season 8, it seems that Damon and Enzo have returned to their wicked… so deliciously… wicked ways.

Matt, distraught over losing Penny and his friends, leaves Mystic Falls.

Many happy returns to Candice King whose birthday falls appropriately this year on Friday 13th.

THE VAMPIRE DIARIES guest stars Ana Nogueira, Lily Rose Mumford, Tierney Mumford and Andrea Laing. Michael Allowitz directed the episode, which was written by Brian Young.

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

THE VAMPIRE DIARIES Sneak Peek: Saving Bonnie Bennett?

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William Shakespeare once wrote THE COMEDY OF ERRORS, which involved brothers, infidelity, the supernatural, demonic possession, madness, near-seduction, mistaken identities, jealousy and possible death.

Tonight, in “Kill’Em All,” and with Bonnie’s (Kat Graham) life at stake, some previously unholy alliances are formed, some make a return to the supernatural lifestyle, and there is a journey back from near-madness bring the Shakespearian-vibe to THE VAMPIRE DIAIRIES. Here is a list of disparate occurrences that somehow will knit themselves into a coherent tale of woe and warning. Feel free to pick out the funny and the ironic.

1) Caroline (Candice King) concocts a brew that could help Bonnie back to health…a witch’s brew for a witch.

2) Alaric (Matt Davis) and Caroline face the truth that they never will have a normal life. With children who are witch-siphons, a vampire mom and a vampire-hunter dad, they hardly will be the PTA presidents.

3) Ric finds an antiquity of Charlemagne’s in the Armory archives with many other ancient relics. (Kid in candy shop time…)

4) Alaric and Caroline are on a roadtrip outside of Lexington, Kentucky, (an area known for its supernatural ties), in search of a couple named Ashland and Wyatt whose physical form seem to be in flux (inside joke: Ashland and Wyatt share their names with apartment buildings near the University of Kentucky).

5) Caroline hid the crossbow bolts in the girls’ Halloween box.

6) Penny (guest star Ana Noguiera) tried to kill Stefan but Matt (Zach Roerig) ended up killing Penny by mistake. Penny died rather than drink Stefan’s life-saving blood. Stefan (Paul Wesley) wiped Matt’s memory rather than have the deputy suffer, yet Matt blamed Stefan all along. (No good deed goes unpunished.)

7) Damon appeals to Alex to help finish Rayna’s list so that the huntress will give her last life to save the Bennett witch.

8) Rayna (guest star Leslie-Anne Huff) continues to feed her blood to Bonnie to keep her cloaked from the Armory’s locator spell, and the witch begs Enzo (Michael Malarkey) to return home for her last days.

9) Bonnie’s magic returns and the Armory is able to find her. She forgives Damon (Ian Somerhalder) in a moment of doubt that the Rayna/switch plan will work.

10) The mysterious Yvette St. John (guest star Aisha Duran) is found in her Armory prison, having a possible effect on Bonnie. Unknown to Alex (guest star Mouzzam Makkar), Bonnie’s last spell before fainting is to lock Alex and her Armory crew inside the tomb.

11) Because money may be for nothing but the chicks are for free, has Damon’s act of contrition turned Bonnie into the vampire-hunting weapon that used to be Rayna?

12) Damon succeeds in having Rayna’s remaining life transferred into Bonnie, with one slight miscalculation…Bonnie will now carry the mantle of “vampire huntress” and turn on all of her friends. (No good deed goes unpunished…amplified.)

13) Is tonight a rescue mission or just a Comedy of Errors? For those suffering Triskaidekaphobia, eliminate one bulletpoint before deciding which to find funnier.

Tonight’s episode of THE VAMPIRE DIAIRIES, “Kill’Em All,” was written by Chad Fiveash and James Stoteraux and directed by Kellie Cyrus.

Watch as nothing seems to go the way it should on THE VAMPIRE DIAIRIES, tonight at 8pm on The CW.

THE VAMPIRE DIARIES Sneak Peek: Bamon-zo!

Butch and Sundance.  Jesse and Frank James.  Bonnie and Clyde.  Bonnie and Damon.  Wait, Bonnie and Damon?  Make that Bonnie and Damon and Enzo.

Tonight on THE VAMPIRE DIARIES, “Bamon-zo” turns assassin to eliminate the vampires on Rayna’s (guest star Leslie-Anne Huff) “hit list,” with a little help from their friends.

What possibly could motivate such an alliance?  Damon (Ian Somerhalder) has driven away most of his friends.

Alaric (Matt Davis) has broken off their bromance.  After years of being incarcerated together, Damon chose to escape rather than save Enzo from a fire.

Stefan (Paul Wesley) has faced, yet again, that his brother is undependable, at best.

But, when Bonnie (Kat Graham) slammed the door in his face and on their relationship, Damon truly was crushed.

What can make those whom he has alienated answer his call to arms?  Bonnie’s impending death from the pills that were made from Rayna’s blood.

With only four episodes left this season, expect answers to some of the questions of what happens in between the present and “three years from now.”

What to expect…

1.   When Enzo (Michael Malarkey) gave Bonnie pills made from Rayna’s blood, he was trying to help her.  Expect him to go any lengths to save his new love from the unintentional death sentence that he has inflicted on her.

2.   Rayna will agree to consider helping Bonnie if the vampires released from the Phoenix Stone are destroyed.  The visions of the escaped vampires are driving her insane, and Damon (Ian Somerhalder) and Enzo’s offer may be the only way for her to have any peace.

3.   Bonnie’s deteriorating condition will bring the Mystic Fallers together to save their friend.  When a scab appears on Bonnie’s hand, Enzo will tell her that she has less than a week to live.

4.   The anti-magic pills will wear off in two days, and Alexandria (guest star Mouzam Makkar) will be able to track Bonnie and abduct her for her own purposes.

5.  Enzo will learn The Armory’s true motives behind the search for Bonnie. Alexandria will tell Enzo that her mentally-disturbed sister, Virginia, killed Lucy Bennett, and Bonnie is the only one who can help Alex save her other sister, Yvette, entombed in the Armory.

6.   Damon will threaten Enzo, furious about the mistake with the pills.  They will argue over which man made the bigger mistake…. Enzo with the pills or Damon’s decision to save his friends by retreating to his coffin.  Bonnie will stop the confrontation, telling Damon that she loves Enzo.

7.   Damon will do anything and everything that he can to save Bonnie, killing a long list of vampires in two days, including the Heretic, Beau.

8.  Alaric (Matt Davis) temporarily un-suspended his moratorium on his friendship with Damon last week to help save Stefan with a vampire hunt.  Irritated with himself over “how good that felt,” Alaric returned to Caroline (Candice King) and the twins to live in un-supernatural domesticity.  He will be pulled back into the hunting lifestyle once more to help Bonnie.

9.  When Stefan drops by the Saltzman/Forbes household, he will spot the couple’s upcoming wedding date on a calendar and will confirm that Alaric has fallen in love with Caroline.

10.  Caroline, still heartbroken over Stefan’s disappearing act, will ignore him at her house.  Alaric will tell him that even though she is still in love with Stefan, he hopes that she will opt to marry Alaric in Dallas rather than returning to the younger Salvatore brother.

11.  Stefan will not give up hope on Caroline, realizing that she and Alaric are still sleeping in separate beds.

12.   Will the potential wedding be postponed to pitch in on the fight for Bonnie’s life, or was it never going to happen anyway?

13.  Will Alaric’s desire to live “supernatural free” break him apart from Caroline?

14.  Will Ric remain in Dallas with the twins while Caroline returns to vampire life?  And, if so, does that signal Davis’s departure from the series for a second time?

15.  Will Matt’s (Zach Roerig) hatred of Stefan and the story of Penny’s demise be resolved?  Will the two former friend become friends once more?

16.  After the vampires on Rayna’s list are killed, will she still agree to do what she can to help cure Bonnie?

17.  Is Alex’s promise to help Bonnie if she frees Yvette just as empty as it was when she promised to help Mary Louise because there is no cure?

THE VAMPIRE DIARIES also guest stars Scott Christopher Kelly and Tierney Mumford.  Tonight’s episode, “Somebody That I Used to Know,” was written Matthew D’Ambrosio (story) and Holly Brix (teleplay).

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