As if his plate isn't full enough, Enzo hasn't forgotten to promise that Damon made to him--to bring him back from the dead. He's growing impatient, and he's acting out. Enzo feels the time crunch with the Other Side on the brink of collapsing. That means harassing not only Damon, but Bonnie as well.
Damon decides to delegate. Under the false impression that Liv is working up a spell to bring Bonnie back, he figures Enzo can just hitch a ride with her. Just as Bonnie is about to explain why this isn't the best idea, Jeremy shows up. The Enemy of My Enemy
Elena and Stefan are stuck hoofing it along a back road due to the fact that they are too weak to capitalize on their super speed power. Hard to believe anyone, sane or otherwise, wouldn't pick these two up.
Of course, the conversation inevitably turns to Damon. Elena thinks that
the fact that her blood could kill Damon is further proof of the
toxicity of their relationship. Stefan refuses to let her shoulder all
the blame since it takes two to make the spell go right. He waxes
philosophical about how vampires are a toxic species, they kill. Some
are just better at controlling it than others. He tells his ex that she
and Damon are miserable without each other, so if she wants to be with
his brother, she should just do it. Both halves of Delena have been
over-thinking their relationship since Katherine was still alive. Enough
Stefan and Elena finally catch a ride with the Traveler who freed them: Julian's wife. Her life is now in danger, and it's imperative that she
get to her husband, who is now Tyler, before the Travelers get to her.
She explains that if she can get to Julian before Markos goes to work on breaking the curse, they can flee Mystic Falls. Once Markos' spell starts, magic will be stripped away layer by layer, and since Tyler's a hybrid, he'll eventually die. Stefan says they aren't just going to let her take their friend, but she makes it clear that Tyler is gone for good. Luke and Liv's Only Hope
Luke's in trouble with his coven since he failed at his protection
duties so badly. He defends himself by stating, "How was I supposed to
know that Casper the English ghost would be a complication?" Liv tells
her brother they were never supposed to let things get this far, but
they got sucked into the friend zone. Luke thinks the Mystic Falls gang
are a whole lot nicer than their screwed up family. Liv says their only option, if they hope to keep their magic, is to kill the
Damon has Matt and Jeremy fetching Traveler bodies from the cave and
bringing them to Casa del Salvatore. Caroline questions what he plans to
do with all of these limp house guests. Damon's hoping that since Markos
tucked them away somewhere safe because he might possibly want them back.
Caroline's dubious at the idea of drawing Markos to Damon and Stefan's
house. He says its all he's got. The Extinction of Witchcraft
Caroline asks ex love of her life and now permanent Traveler Julian why Markos has chosen to settle in Mystic Falls. Not only does Markos want to put down roots, he's seeking revenge for everything the witches stand for: every grimoire, every talisman, every daylight ring, etc. The Travelers see it all as a perversion of pure magic. Markos wants to destroy the perversion and restore the balance. Liar, Liar
Ever the optimist, Caroline thinks she's found a way to get her boring ex-boyfriend back. She thinks if they kill Julian, Tyler will be released and make that trip to the Other Side. Then, the same imaginary spell that's supposed to save Bonnie and Enzo will bring Tyler back as well. Bonnie is forced to confess that there is no spell. She tells Care Bear that the Other Side is collapsing, its inhabitants disappearing for good, and as the Anchor, she'll be gone soon, too. Things Go From Bad to Worse
Turns out Damon was right about Markos. He returns to the cave, and
instead of finding his hibernating followers, he finds a note from
Markos shows up and Damon lets him know that he's doused all his buddies
in gasoline and is itching to light a match. It's too bad that even
though Markos would like for the passengers to return to their bodies,
it's not essential to his grand plan. And just to drive that point home,
he kills one without blinking.
Damon's next attempt to save the
town is to convince Markos that it's a poor choice, a dump if you will.
Markos explains that once he breaks the witches' spirit magic, the spell will ripple outward unraveling spirit magic as it
spreads. Only the Travelers' magic will remain. So, to summarize,
anything witches ever created will be gone, including vampires.
Damon resorts to physical violence, but Markos, channeling the power of all his people, is too strong. And just to add insult to injury, he lets Damon know that the spell has begun.
As soon as Elena and Stefan re-enter Mystic Falls, Liv and Luke are waiting to take them down. Their driver doesn't fare so well, and things look bleak for at least one doppelganger. Little do the twin witches know that Markos' spell is already underway. They learn the hard way when they start to lose their powers. Elena and Stefan are also feeling the effects as they start to sizzle in the sun, their daylight rings no longer viable.
Enzo's extremely peeved to hear that he won't be returning to the land of the living. Bonnie tells him there's no solution, but Enzo says there are exceptions to the rule. He's able to name three right off the top of his head: Bonnie, Jeremy and Markos. Bonnie breaks it down for him, but Enzo says he will only accept it when he's sucked away into oblivion.
The town square is full of chanting Travelers, so Elena, Stefan and Matt take refuge in the tunnels under the Grill. But the doppelgangers are fading fast.
Julian, probably hoping to skip town with his significant other, decides to help Damon. Damon sneaks him a key to free himself from the basement, but his attack on Markos falls flat, no fangs. Damon's going downhill too.
Markos says it will be sunset soon, which will buy Damon time to say goodbye to his friends. He says they can try to outrun the spell, but it will catch up with them eventually.
A Glimmer of Hope
At Whitmore, Caroline is actually trying to pack with the threat of extinction breathing down her neck. As she has a panic attack, Bonnie announces she may have a way to get them all back from the other side, but she has to find Enzo.
Total Eclipse of the Heart
Damon and Elena reunite with a kiss. Stefan's plan is to get their clique ahead of the spell and regroup. He orders Jeremy, who I thought as a vampire hunter was also supernatural, to stay behind to be his eyes and ears.
What Stefan doesn't count on is just how badly Julian takes the news of his wife's death. He holds Stefan accountable and has enough hybrid in him to rip out Stefan's heart. Poor Care Bear witnesses the whole thing.
Stefan appears to Bonnie. He asks if she's figured out a way to bring them all back. Unfortunately, her plan hit a snag, that at this point, seems insurmountable.
Hard to imagine how this is going to end well for anyone, but I'm dying to find out. Can the Anchor and the antihero save the day?The Vampire Diaries
season finale airs Thursdays at 8 pm on the CW
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