Ahhhh The Vampire Diaries has returned. The 8th and final season of The CW show gave a slow and steady build in its premiere hour, ultimately revealing the face of our final big-bad. The biggest bad we have ever seen according to executive producer Julie Plec. “Hello Brother” kicks off with Damon and Enzo kidnapping a couple. The young girl dies quickly while her male counterpart gets tortured.
Steroline is back in full swing after reconciling in the season 7 finale. Therefore Bonnie is writing to Elena now; the three friends are taking turns writing to her. Not soon after she finishes up her journal entry, the police find the body of the young girl. Later in the episode we find out that Enzo left the girl’s body as a clue. Guitar wire was found around her neck and candle wax was found in her ear only 3 miles from an abandoned warehouse with drainage issues.
Bonnie has flashbacks of her and Enzo’s relationship. Him teaching her how to play the guitar and reading the Odyssey and a book on sirens to her. She then puts two and two together and realizes he is leaving her messages at the crime scene based off stories of the sirens; the wax, how he setup the girl’s body. Enzo wants them to help fight the creature. That’s why he is leaving clues. Enzo wanted Bonnie and Stefan to find them.
Damon has switched off his humanity again in order to survive. He has it in his head that there is no such thing as redemption. However, he still has flashbacks of the first time he and Elena met. Damon is calling out to Elena for help. He doesn’t know how long he can fight. Stefan learns this the hard way when he finds the warehouse.
Damon says his famous “Hello brother” line [God I love when he says that!] and proceeds to tell Stefan to give up and walk away. The banter between the Salvatore brothers continues but is cut short when Bonnie arrives and Damon realizes Stefan won’t leave without him. Stefan then stabs Damon with a broom stick in an attempt to kidnap him. Enzo comes out of nowhere and punches Stefan as Damon takes Bonnie hostage.
Stefan and Bonnie leave without Damon and Enzo. After seeing Enzo, Bonnie has regained her hope however Stefan may have lost his. Stefan is afraid Damon may never forgive him.
Understandably so, Damon did tell Stefan that his life has been over for over a century when Stefan took it away from him; when Stefan forced him to become a vampire. However, this was one last blow in hopes to keep his brother out of harm’s way. Damon is trying to protect Stefan from the creature that has Enzo and him under its grasp. Damon shut off his humanity because “You care for nothing, it can see nothing.” The creature will hurt or kill what you love.
Later on in the episode Damon and Enzo take another victim. This time it’s a painter who paints with human blood. As we learn the creature can sense evil/darkness in people and feeds off of that. It knows your darkest secrets, even if you try to hide them. The creature is revealed to be a woman toward the last act of the episode. She is singing and apparently has had enough to eat as she was strong enough to introduce herself to the boys.
Georgie and Alaric’s intern discover a place in the armory where you can go through the wall. The same wall that Damon, Enzo and the creature used to escape the armory. This wall leads to another tunnel, which leads to a hidden door with hidden treasures. While Ric is uncovering treasures his children and nanny (Seline) are being attacked by Virginia; the girl who escaped from the mental institution in season 7 and knows everything there is to know about the woman controlling Damon and Enzo.
Virginia slices Seline’s throat and goes after the twins. Caroline quickly arrives and knocks out Virginia. She then gives Seline her blood, saves her and has her take the twins out for ice cream so she can interrogate the deranged woman. Virginia lets Caroline know that the creature (siren woman) wants the twins. But why?
Before we can find out Virginia swallows her own tongue and dies.
Ric returns to the house and tells Caroline to go live with Stefan. He will move into her childhood home with the girls because it is what she wants. It will make her happy. Georgie may end up making him happy but he isn’t up for trying anything…yet.
Steroline moves in together and Stefan writes to Elena telling him that he thinks he lost Damon but promises he won’t give up on him.
The siren comes out to play. Hello Sybil.
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