The Vampire Diaries reaches a milestone with tonight's 100th episode, "500 Years of Solitude." The hour moves the story forward, while honoring the show's past. With the gang reunited, secrets are revealed and laughs are shared. And it wouldn't be The Vampire Diaries without a few jaw-dropping moments.
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Katherine is dying and that means flashbacks to her past. While the gang reminisces about all the awful things that Katherine has done to them, we get a look into what made her into the seemingly selfish woman she became.
The flashbacks provide a different perspective of her 500 years of life. In the end, Katherine will have to decide whether to die peacefully or live selfishly.
Klaus returns to Mystic Falls and comes face-to-face with Caroline. Oh la la! Sparks fly! They have always had a special connection even when Caroline pushed him away. In the 100th episode, Klaus and Caroline have a much needed heart-to-heart about their unrequited love.
Elena and Damon broke up ... for real! It's awkward when they get together with the gang awaiting Katherine's death. Will they stay broken up? Elena gets some encouraging words about the relationship from a somewhat unexpected person. I wouldn't count them out just yet, but too much else is going on for them to reconnect in the 100th episode.
Katherine may be dying, but a couple will find time to connect and have epic sex. It's a special moment.
It's the 100th episode and that means characters will be back for cameo appearances. Lots of them! Characters both dead and alive will pop up throughout the hour. I have to commend The Vampire Diaries writers because they were able to fit the cameos in perfectly. None of the appearances seem out of place or awkward. Well done.
Klaus returns, but he's not the only one that made the trip from New Orleans to Mystic Falls. Tyler got out of Marcel's garden and makes the journey back home. Oh, Caroline. What will she do?
The Vampire Diaries airs on Thursdays at 8 pm ET on the CW.
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