The Vampire Diaries Season 3-18 ‘Murder of One’ Recap

Now that the gang has a weapon that can kill an Original, the tables have turned on The Vampire Diaries.

Elena (Nina Dobrev) comes to pay Alaric (Matt Davis) a visit that comes with a complimentary muffin and coffee when Damon (Ian Somerhalder) turns her away at the door. He tries the whole for her safety bit, but really it’s because, along with Stefan (Paul Wesley), they are whittling some very well-done stakes.

Alaric is bent on turning himself in for his crimes, but present circumstances being what they are, the Salvatores can’t really afford to be short a man. This case even calls for him to don his magical ring once more – the same ring that has caused more than one person to go insane and kill council members.

Elsewhere, Caroline (Candice Accola) finds out that Alaric killed her father and it becomes one more name to add to a growing list of victims of the supernatural.

There’s no brotherly love between Klaus (Joseph Morgan) and Finn (Casper Zafer). Klaus tracks him down and requests that he returns with him to Mystic Falls, and not in the nicest tone either. With Rebekah (Claire Holt) on his side, Finn doesn’t have many options.

Stefan readies the troops. Everyone is armed. Everyone is prepared.

An angry Rebekah comes after Damon. I guess she doesn’t like to be used. Torture is clearly the form of revenge that should be taken in this case.

Klaus has taken a hostage, Bonnie (Kat Graham), and is forcing her to help him break the link between the Original siblings. As leverage he has Jeremy (Steven R. McQueen) being watched by Kol (Nathaniel Buzolic).

It doesn’t take long for Caroline to head to Alaric for answers about her father’s death. She is surprisingly understanding all things considered, but it’s a touching moment none the less.

With Damon on the sidelines, whereabouts unknown, Elena’s first instinct is to find him. Stefan wants to keep with the original plan, “see an Original, kill an Original.” This brings up a whole new series of questions about Elena’s feelings for Damon, and it does not escape Stefan’s attention.

A bloody Damon hangs, quite literally, in a state of agony. He dreams that Elena comes to save him, but it turns out to be a trick from Rebekah.

At the Mystic Falls Grill, Stefan and Matt (Zach Roerig) are working on taking out the weakest link – Finn. Meanwhile, back at Casa de Orginal, Bonnie is casting the spell to undo the bond. I wonder who will finish their task first.

Well, that’s one original down. But Klaus is still standing, so I guess Bonnie wins. Or loses. It depends on how you look at it. Either way, Sage (Cassidy Freeman) is pissed.

Bonnie is mid-breakdown after breaking the bond and seeing a strung up Damon. She manages to call Elena with a heads up, but it doesn’t look like she’s going to be doing much more tonight. Stefan storms out after the news that Klaus is still alive and plans to go after Damon solo, but he doesn’t make it far. Sage has come to make a house call.

Fortunately, or maybe unfortunately, Sage doesn’t make it far in her plan either. Both her and her lackey die almost upon arrival. Obvious reason? Everyone that Finn turned, and everyone they turned, and so on, are now extinct. It’s like Dominoes. Let’s watch and see if this theory turns out to be true.

Yep, that’s exactly what the gang realizes too. Well, that puts a stop to the plan at hand. They got lucky this time, but who knows which line they all belong to – most likely Klaus’s. It has the most irony, don’t you think?

We know that Klaus at the very least created Tyler (Michael Trevino), but considering the history of the show – he might just have to be collateral damage. Stefan goes to Klaus with 8 of the 11 remaining stakes, but after some negotiation finds himself on the downward swing of things. Rebekah releases Damon as a sign of good faith, but they expect to remaining pieces of the White Oak to be returned.

The last stake to fetch is with Alaric, or at least part of him. His alter-ego has hidden the only thing keeping Klaus and Rebekah from killing everyone Stefan loves.

After everything is said and done we finally get to hear Stefan admit to Elena that he is still in love with her. The victory is short lived though. Stefan tells Elena that he thinks she’s also in love with Damon, and we already know that he is in love with her. And thus, the love triangle lives on.

Will they be able to find the stake in time to save everyone or will someone bite the dust in the meantime?

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