Sunday, January 3, 2016
- Cold as Ice is the ninth episode of the seventh season of The Vampire Diaries and the one hundred and forty-second episode.
THE SALVATORES ARE COMING TO TOWN — With the holidays in full swing, a search for Julian leads Damon and Stefan to a small town outside of Mystic Falls. While managing a holiday toy drive at Whitmore College, Bonnie seeks help from Nora and the two strike up an unlikely friendship. Elsewhere, Caroline does her best to navigate her new life as a pregnant vampire, while Alaric grows concerned that the pregnancy is effecting her more than she’s letting on. Finally, after finding himself at odds with Damon, Stefan is forced to take matters into his own hands, setting off a tragic chain of events that leaves their lives changed forever.
- Hold Me, Thrill Me, Kiss Me, Kill Me is the eighth episode of the seventh season of The Vampire Diaries and the one hundred and forty-first episode.
A FRACTURED FAMILY — As Julian and Lily throw a party to celebrate Mary Louise and Nora's anniversary, Stefan and Damon set in motion a risky plan to eliminate a new threat posed by Julian. Meanwhile, following a major revelation uncovered by Valerie, Caroline is forced to face her new reality, even as it threatens to destroy her relationship with Stefan. Finally, determined to do what’s best for her family, Lily makes the most difficult decision of her life.
- The Heretics are a group of Vampire/Witch hybrids originating from the Gemini Coven.
They were originally six Siphoner witches, all of whom were exiled for their inability to perform magic unless it was siphoned by another source, such as a supernatural being or a magical object. They were considered an abomination by the coven and were ultimately exiled sometime between the mid-late 19th century and early 20th century.
After being rejected by their coven, they were turned by Lillian Salvatore, a vampire and known Ripper, at some point prior to 1903, and, as vampires, they were revealed to have fallen into a loophole in Nature's laws that allowed them to not only retain their ability to siphon magic, but to channel the magic of their own vampirism, which essentially gave them a limitless source of power. This transformation and subsequent discovery proved that Siphoners were the only known beings who could be both witch and vampire.
In 1903, Lily and her den set sail from England to New York, where they intended to find and destroy the Gemini Coven in revenge for exiling them. On the way there, Lily also turned a sick young man she met at the shipyard into a vampire to save his life. Lily left Enzo behind after he died so that she and the Heretics could go after the coven, believing they could return to them afterward when he awakened as a vampire. However, the Geminis found them first and cast a powerful spell on them using an Ascendant, which banished them to a prison world where they were trapped in a snapshot of November 1st, 1903 for over a century.
Lily was eventually found and freed by her son Damon, his girlfriend Elena, and their best friend Bonnie, but she was distraught when she learned that Bonnie wasn't strong enough to bring the Heretics, who had been desiccated for decades due to the lack of blood in their Prison World, with her. However, Lily managed to feed Malcolm before she left, and Bonnie, who sought to get revenge on Kai Parker for everything he had done to her in the 1994 Prison World, left Kai behind with the Heretics, who fed on his blood to replenish their strength. Kai then helped the Heretics free themselves and return to the living world, where the Lily fed him her blood to allow him to turn into a fellow Heretic. Though Kai was eventually killed, the rest of the Heretics were reunited with their leader Lily and settled into Mystic Falls so they could get used to the modern age.
- Mommie Dearest is the seventh episode of the seventh season of The Vampire Diaries and the one hundred and fortieth episode,
SECRETS FROM THE PAST — In order to get through to Lily about Julian's manipulating ways, Stefan and Damon confront their mother with painful memories from their childhood. However, when Lily reveals a dark secret she’s been harboring for over 160 years, Stefan and Damon are left questioning everything they’ve ever known about their family. Determined to prove himself to Lily, Enzo comes face-to-face with Julian and challenges him to a duel, but an unexpected twist threatens to complicate things. Elsewhere, Matt finds himself in the middle of a deepening mystery involving the residents of Mystic Falls, and Caroline's world is turned upside down when Valerie reveals some life-changing news to her. Bonnie and Alaric also appear.
- Best Served Cold is the sixth episode of the seventh season of The Vampire Diaries and the one hundred and thirty-ninth episode,
DAMON AND STEFAN COME FACE-TO-FACE WITH JULIAN — After being reunited with her former love Julian, Lily hosts a dinner party to introduce him to Damon and Stefan and to declare peace between her family of Heretics and the residents of Mystic Falls. Damon and Stefan find themselves at an impasse when they realize they have differing views on how to handle Julian’s arrival. At the party, Bonnie and Matt uncover a strange mystery involving some unsuspecting residents, while a devastating revelation causes Alaric to reach his breaking point. Caroline and Enzo also appear.
- Live Through This is the fifth episode of the seventh season of The Vampire Diaries and the one hundred and thirty-eighth episode.
A NEW THREAT ON THE HORIZON — After realizing the downward spiral he was on, Damon decides he’s going to turn over a new leaf and that his actions moving forward will do right by Elena. Lily prepares for the arrival of a special figure from her past, while Enzo stands by not sure what to expect. Elsewhere, at Caroline’s urging, Stefan comes face-to-face with Valerie and learns some upsetting details about her past, while Enzo and Bonnie find themselves at odds when they’re forced to fend off a violent threat. Finally, when Bonnie learns some disturbing information involving the Phoenix stone, she is forced to confront Alaric.
- I Carry Your Heart With Me is the fourth episode of the seventh season of The Vampire Diaries and the one hundred and thirty-seventh episode of the series overall.
HEAVEN & HELL BALL — Just as Damon thinks he’s gained the upper hand in his fight against Lily, an unexpected turn of events leaves him scrambling for a plan B. Elsewhere, when the fallout of Damon’s actions gains the unwanted attention of Mary Louise and Nora, Stefan and Caroline are forced to spend the night distracting the girls at Whitmore College’s Heaven & Hell ball. Finally, after suspecting that she’s up to something, Enzo sets off on a mission to find out what Valerie is hiding, while a plan set by Alaric and Bonnie leaves their worlds turned upside down. Matt also appears.
- Age of Innocence is the third episode of the seventh season of The Vampire Diaries and the one hundred and thirty-sixth episode.
FLASHBACKS TO 1863 — In the aftermath of a clever plan orchestrated by Lily, Damon sets off on a road trip with Bonnie and Alaric in search of leverage they can use against his mother. Meanwhile, Caroline, who is being held hostage by the Heretics, learns some shocking information about Valerie’s past, while Stefan learns a few unexpected details about his own past from Lily. Finally, Alaric turns to Bonnie for her help after coming clean about a secret he’s been keeping.
- Never Let Me Go is the second episode of the seventh season of The Vampire Diaries and the one hundred and thirty-fifth episode.
ONE STEP AHEAD – When an impulsive decision by Damon threatens to unravel a carefully negotiated deal between Stefan and Lily, he has no choice but to make amends with his mother before things spiral further out of control. However, Lily remains one step ahead and carries out a harsh plan that hits Damon where it hurts most. Elsewhere, after returning to Whitmore College, Alaric turns to Bonnie for help with a mysterious and potentially dangerous artifact he has obtained, while Matt is forced into making a risky life or death decision. Meanwhile, Caroline, who finds herself a pawn in Lily and the Heretics' plan for retribution, uncovers a shocking detail about Stefan's past. Enzo also appears.
- Day One of Twenty-Two Thousand, Give or Take is the first episode of the seventh season of The Vampire Diaries and the one hundred and thirty-fourth episode of the series overall.
LIFE WITHOUT ELENA — After a twisted plan left the life of his girlfriend Elena linked to that of his best friend Bonnie, Damon is forced to navigate his new reality without the love of his life. A newly empowered Bonnie has decided that she will be Damon’s moral compass and keeps a close eye on him as he, in turn, cautiously keeps tabs on Alaric, following the loss of his fiancée Jo. Meanwhile, as he waits for Caroline to sort out her emotions, Stefan takes an active role in protecting the town from Lily and her family of Heretics, who have wasted no time wreaking havoc in Mystic Falls. Elsewhere, Enzo struggles to find his place in Lily’s new life, and is quickly forced to decide where his true loyalties lie. Finally, with the stakes higher than ever, Matt, who has recently completed his deputy training program, teams up with Stefan and Caroline to put a stop to the Heretics, but an unexpected turn of events leaves one of them in a dangerous position.