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.

THE VAMPIRE DIARIES Sneak Peek: 13 Reasons Mystic Fallers Hate Damon

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It has been a rowdy week for THE VAMPIRE DIARIES.

First, Ian Somerhalder announced at WalkerStalkerCon in Nashville recently, that next year, Season 8, would be the last year for the show, saying “We have decided to do one last season to really do the story justice.”

This seems to have caught some by surprise, although Kat Graham (Bonnie) already has announced her intention to leave at the end of next season.

Then, Somerhalder clarified his statement saying that no decision has been made yet about the future of the show after next year, but he has not committed to staying with the show after Season 8.

Somerhalder blamed his misspeak on “foggy brain,” which fans most likely will forgive, given the insanity of thousands of people screaming at a convention.

While Somerhalder easily is forgiven for his “foot-in-fang” faux pas, his alter-ego, Damon Salvatore, definitely will not get off the hook as easily.

The title of tonight’s episode is not “Everybody Hates Damon,” but here are some folks who are taking issue with Big Bro’ Blue Eyes…

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1.  Alaric Saltzman – After taking the twins and Caroline (Candice King) to Dallas to get them out of Rayna Cruz’s path of destruction, Alaric (Matt Davis) has fallen in love with Caroline in the three years that Damon has been in desiccating in his coffin.  Why would Alaric hate Damon?  Damon took his 3-year sabbatical and did not bother to tell his bromance bud his plan in person.  He sent him a letter.

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2.   Alaric, Part Deux – Now that Damon is back in action, he shows up at Alaric’s door looking for help.  Alaric fears that Damon’s reappearance will destroy his happiness.  Damon needs Alaric’s help to save Stefan, and he plans to do it by dragging Alaric back into the vampire-hunting business.  It is a long road trip to Memphis, and Damon is going to get an earful from Alaric about the past three years.

Matt and Penny

3.   Matt Donovan – Matt (Zach Roerig) has been on a rampage in Mystic Falls during Damon’s three-year nap,  cleaning the fang-gang out of town.  Enraged over the death of Officer Penny Ares (guest star Ana Nogueira), Matt is going to save this city.  Wait, that’s another show, but we’ll use it anyway.

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4.   Valerie Tulle – Valerie (guest star Elizabeth Blackmore) was having a great time with Stefan (Wesley) while Damon was entombed next to Elena’s body.  It looked like things might work out for the last remaining Heretic when Damon offered to have the Phoenix Sword scar transferred to himself from Stefan.  When Rayna told him that he would die just about the time that Elena would wake up, Damon backtracked and Stefan was killed.

Stefan and Valerie

5.   Valerie, Part Dos – Damon pressures Valerie into performing a spell that will put Stefan’s spirit back into the correct body, almost killing her in the process.  Not only does Valerie almost die, she realizes that Stefan does not love her as much as she loves him.  After almost dying, she breaks up with Stefan.

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6.  Rayna Cruz – Rayna (guest star Leslie-Anne Huff) had developed a fondness for Stefan while she hunted him around the world.  Relieved that she was going to be able to kill Damon instead of Stefan, she had no choice when Damon backed out on the transfer spell.  Her nature forced her to go ahead and kill Stefan, and she hates Damon even more.

Enzo at the Armory

7.  Enzo St. John – Enzo (Michael Malarkey) has been pretty testy with Damon ever since the latter left him to burn in a fire back in the day.  Their frenemy status deteriorates even more with the devastating news that Enzo learns from Rayna.  The Armory’s witch poison is made with Rayna’s blood, and Enzo kidnaps her to engineer a cure.  Enzo and Damon lock horns because Enzo will not trade Rayna to help save Stefan, opting to try to save Bonnie instead.

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8.  Marty Hammond – Marty (guest star Ryan Dorsey) inherited Stefan’s spirit when Mary Louise and Nora blew up the car carrying the Phoenix Sword and souls went everywhere.  Mortal bodies cannot tolerate a vampire soul and poor, drunken Marty was deteriorating faster than a snowball in July.  If only Damon had done that transfer spell, then Stefan/Ambrose would not be killing innocent EMTs and trying to burn Marty alive.

Bonnie and Enzo at Armory

9.   Bonnie Bennett – Bonnie (Graham) has been undercover in a psych ward during Damon’s hiatus where she meets Alex’s sister, Virginia St. John (guest star Aisha Duran), who provides her with some valuable information about what plans the Armory has in store for the Bennett Witch.  She is taking pills that Enzo thinks will hide her from the Armory’s locator spell, but instead are poisoning her.

Bonnie hugs Enzo as she finds out she may be dying

10.  While it is not all bad (she and Enzo fall in love), things are a bit more frustrating.  As Enzo fights to save her, they are forced to team up with Damon to save her life.  Note to Damon…she carries around your unopened “Dear Bon” letter, just to remind her never to trust anyone, just in case you didn’t catch on when she slammed the door in your face.

Stefan as Ambrose

11.  Ambrose – Ambrose, the bloodthirsty killer (also played by Paul Wesley), is running around in Stefan’s body, using his heightened vampire senses to zone in on the next targets of his killing spree.

Alaric and Damon find the carnage at the fraternity house

12.  The Delta Rho Tau Fraternity – The frat boys may not know it yet, but whether Ambrose slaughters them depends upon Damon being able to get the serial killer to leave them alone.  As Alaric and Damon check out the carnage at the fraternity, they wonder if it must be Hell Week.

Paul Wesley as Stefan Salvatore

13.  Stefan Salvatore – Stefan has so many reasons to hate Damon.  After sacrificing himself to save Damon, Stefan is repaid with betrayal when Damon backs out on taking the Phoenix Sword scar from him.  Despite Damon’s attempts to be a good brother, the results always seem to be usurped by his selfish tendencies and self-preservation.

The Brothers Salvatore

But, despite all of his faults, in the end, the Salvatore Brothers seem to find their way back to each other.

And the audience never stops loving Damon.  (Look at that face.  What’s not to love.)

Tonight’s episode of THE VAMPIRE DIARIES was written by Rebecca Sonnenshine (teleplay) and Penny Cox (story).   Rashaad Ernesto Green directed the episode titled, “One Way or Another.”

THE VAMPIRE DIARIES airs tonight (April 15) at 8:00 pm on The CW.

THE VAMPIRE DIARIES Sneak Peek: His Brother’s Keeper

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Paul Wesley delivers a tour-de-force in dual roles as Stefan Salvatore and an extremely flawed soul, Marty Hammond, tonight on THE VAMPIRE DIARIES.  Executive Producer, Julie Plec, returns to the director’s chair to helm the episode that she wrote with Neil Reynolds.

Last week, Stefan (Paul Wesley) found out that Damon (Ian Somerhalder) was unwilling to risk his own happiness to save Stefan from death.  Rather than taking the Phoenix Stone scar as he promised, Damon gambled on “having it all,” and Rayna (guest star Leslie-Anne Huff) killed Stefan with the Phoenix Sword.

Mary Louise and Nora escaped with the sword and destroyed it (and themselves) in a fiery car explosion, not realizing that Stefan’s spirit was still trapped inside the stone.  So what of Stefan’s body and soul?

That question will be answered tonight amid the confusion of body switches, alliance crossovers and Damon struggling to take on the role of “hero.”  Nothing is what it seems to be on the surface.

Tonight’s episode, “I Went to the Woods,” has an appropriate title for Stefan’s take on what is happening to him.  He is confused, disoriented and unclear on where he is.  He is alone and vulnerable and trapped in a difficult situation that he must try his best to survive.

He awakens next to a burning school bus.  After failing to save everyone, he is unsure if he is in Hell or totally disoriented.  Most confusing is why his soul is trapped in Marty’s body and how he will survive.  His new body risks deterioration within days and being stranded in snow in a forest adds to the challenges.

Stefan is not the only one stuck in a quagmire of questions.  What circumstances could bring Valerie (guest star Elizabeth Blackmore) and Alaric (Matt Davis), Matt (Zach Roerig) and Rayna to team up temporarily to find Stefan.

Unfortunately for Stefan, Rayna is mystically bound to complete her hit list, and those on the list must die.

Damon, wallowing in guilt over how his own selfishness doomed his brother to the hell of the Phoenix Sword, sets out on his own to try to save Stefan.  Masquerading as “Deputy Matt Donovan,” Damon questions a victim in his search for his younger brother who is wearing the “Marty body.”

Contacting Stefan using the victim’s phone, Damon pushes Stefan to set aside his self-pity, encouraging his little brother to lash out in anger at all of Damon’s shortcomings.  The anger gets Stefan moving through the snow and toward a brother that he doubts will be there for him…again.

THE VAMPIRE DIARIES also stars Candace King, Kat Graham and Michael Malarkey.

THE VAMPIRE DIARIES airs tonight at 8:00 p.m. on The CW.  Immediately following tonight’s episode is a TVD crossover with THE ORIGINALS at 9:00 p.m.

THE VAMPIRE DIARIES Sneak Peek: “Thelma” and Mary Louise

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Ian Somerhalder, aka Damon Salvatore, takes the director’s chair as THE VAMPIRE DIARIES returns and clears up some of those pesky “three years from now” teases that have been alluded to throughout this season.

Much of the episode, titled “Days of Future Past,” takes place three years in the future, so events may be subject to change based on what happens between now and then.

Stefan (Paul Wesley) has to come to terms with Caroline’s (Candice King) decision to remain in Dallas near Alaric’s (Matt Davis) twins.  In danger from vampire huntress, Rayna Cruz (guest star Leslie-Anne Huff), he goes to Damon’s coffin and revives his brother who has been desiccating for three years.

Stefan and Valerie (guest star Elizabeth Blackmore), have been on the run to escape Rayna, who is driven to kill him by forces beyond her control.  Having run out of the herbs that Freya Mikaelson gave him to shield him from Rayna, he is concerned that Caroline would be the bait that Rayna could use to track him down.

Rayna who had been held prisoner in The Armory, has escaped, supposedly with the Enzo’s (Michael Malarkey) help, but the Augustine Vampire has been framed by Matt (Zach Roerig), who is furious with Stefan that Penny has been killed.  Matt joins forces with Rayna and is determined to rid Mystic Falls of vampires, once and for all.

Angry at Enzo for his perceived betrayal, Alexandria (guest star Mouzam Makkar), is unable to locate the Augustine vampire who may have been shielded by Bonnie (Kat Graham).

To force Nora’s assistance, Alex poisons Mary Louise (guest star Teressa Liane), and then makes a deal with Nora (guest star Scarlett Byrne) to help keep the dying Mary Louise alive.  All Nora has to do is bring Enzo to her. 

Damon and Valerie rush to save Stefan from Rayna.  The elder Salvatore would love to kill her, but if Rayna dies, all who are marked by the Phoenix Sword scar will die, including Stefan.  He also would dispatch Valerie who has been harboring the secret that would remove the curse from Stefan for the three years, but needs her to keep Stefan alive.

Damon has a chance to take the scar from Stefan with a transfer spell, but concocts a different plan that leaves Stefan shot on a tarmac.

Nora and Mary Louise escape with the sword, but the sword in the process marks Nora. The doomed pair decides to do a THELMA AND LOUISE, taking the sword with them.

Will this undo Damon’s chance to save his brother?  How much of this future is set in stone? 

Tonight’s episode of THE VAMPIRE DIARIES was written by producer, Melinda Hsu Taylor.

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