The dilemma between the brothers Salvatore continued in Friday’s (January 27th) episode. To quickly recap… Episode 9 of The Vampire Diaries left us with the following:
- Damon can push Sybil out of his mind
- Matt’s family is the only family who can ring the bell
- Caroline broke off her engagement with Stefan even after he gave her the striker
- Sybil gave Damon his memories and humanity back
- Bonnie wants to give Enzo the cure
Episode 10 of The Vampire Diaries picked back up on the Salvatore brother’s journey to hell (and hopefully back). The episode kicks off with Damon in a comatose state. The elder Salvatore believes he is physically in hell, forcing Bonnie and Caroline to team up with Sybil in order to get inside Damon’s subconscious.
Once inside Damon’s mind Bonnie and Caroline are greeted by many familiar faces including: Henry (Damon’s civil war buddy that he killed), Vicki Donovan (Matt’s sister who Damon also killed) and Sherriff Forbes (Damon’s best friend whom he DID NOT kill). Damon is hiding within his own mind and reliving his mistakes.
Back in Mystic Falls, Stefan continues his murderous spree and kills Violet not even one day after he turned her into a vampire, while Matt and his dad weld the bell together.
Inside Damon’s mind Caroline encounters her mother who then takes her hostage and tortures her for being a vampire. Caroline only gets her mother to stop torturing her when she admits to Sherriff Forbes that she has forgiven Damon for all that he has done because he was there for her when she died. He was the only one who truly understood what it was like to lose her. Unfortunately that wasn’t enough to wake him up.
This left the job to Bonnie who visited her Grams for some help. Bonnie is unsuccessful in finding Damon but runs into Tyler Lockwood. She does however figure out that Damon needs Stefan in order to wake up.
In the tower in the Mystic Falls Town Center Seline tells Matt that he must ring the bell 12 times in order to kill Sybil. Once done a hell fire will unleash and wipe out everything in its path, including the town of Mystic Falls and it inhabitants. This will also allow Cade to come to Earth. Stefan also learns of this plot and compels Matt to ring the bell unless he can forgive Damon for killing Vicki. This forces Matt and his dad to get into a fist fight in order to stop him from ringing the bell. When that doesn’t work Matt tells his dad to kill him in order to save the town.
Stefan then enters Damon’s subconscious and the elder Salvatore finally emerges. Turns out Damon wanted to tell Stefan that he forgives him for turning him into a vampire centuries ago and that he will stop blaming him for all his mistakes. This only enrages Stefan and makes him tell Damon about the town’s impending doom.
This is enough to wake Damon up. Once he emerges Damon kills Stefan and comes to Matt’s rescue before Matt’s dad is forced to kill his own son. After Matt wakes up from a concussion after Damon smashed his head into the bell, Damon apologizes to Matt for killing his sister Vicki. Matt isn’t there yet but he says if Damon keeps heading down this path he may eventually get there. He also let’s Damon know he is going to be the town Sherriff again.
Damon also visits Bonnie and finally let’s her know what he wrote in his letter. In one of the most beautiful scenes of the night, he promises Bonnie that he will never leave her again.
As Damon begins his own journey to redemption, Caroline forces Stefan down his by tying him up in the basement. She is determined to get his humanity back even if it takes Damon and not her, to do it.
Back at a diner, Sybil and Seline try to make amends but fail to do so. As they begin to bicker Cade emerges and kills them by burning them alive. Apparently 11 strikes allows him to surface on Earth. Mystic Falls is in for some hellish trouble.
Cade tells Damon to kill 100 evil strangers or kill Caroline aka the love of Stefan’s life
Caroline may become a martyr
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