Well, I’m here to tell you that episode 10 of The Vampire Diaries, titled “The New Deal” and airing on January 5, is a solid return for the show. Here’s what you can expect to see when The Vampire Diaries returns next week (warning: some spoilers are below, although a lot of other stuff goes on that I just can’t tell you about!)
Elena & Stefan Are Not Sitting in a Tree, K-I-S-S-I-N-G: Elena is very, very angry with Stefan after the events of the previous episode. When Bonnie asks Elena about her wayward boyfriend, Elena resolutely declares that Stefan “betrayed us”. The two of them do interact in this episode, but will the outcome be what Stelena fans had hoped for? Elena also takes a few large and unexpected steps in this episode without consulting her allies.
Damon’s Got His Sad Face On: He may be a rogue, but Damon genuinely loves his brother, as we all know. Elena understands how much he’s grieving after Stefan screwed up their plan in the previous episode and when he finally meets up with Stefan again, he lets him know how angry and grief-stricken he is.
Jeremy’s Gone Rogue: Jeremy’s gotten a little unstable since he was forced to give up Anna and his relationship with Bonnie ended. Alaric is concerned because he’s been cheating in school and both he and Elena are surprised when they learn he was fired from the Grill. He’s been spending his down-time hanging out with Tyler, which his family isn’t too pleased about. But Jeremy hasn’t lost all his reason and quickly catches on to what’s happening in Mystic Falls. This new, more proactive Jeremy is even armed with a cross-bow and a really big knife.
Tyler’s Loyalties Are Questioned: When Jeremy gets huffy with his sister and Alaric for their concern, he decides to invite Tyler inside for dinner. Elena and Alaric are both extremely wary of Tyler and his motivations because he was sired by Klaus. They ask him to explain his connection to the Original, but aren’t pleased with his answers. After all, as Elena says, “Klaus has terrorized every one of us and you’re just blindly loyal to him”. “You’re over-thinking it. I can still make my own decisions”, Tyler shoots back, upset that they’re questioning his choices like Caroline did. Can you, though, Tyler? It will soon become clear whose side Tyler is on.
Klaus is Back….With a Vengeance: Elena’s paranoid that Klaus hasn’t yet made a move since the Homecoming dance, but that soon comes to an end when the Original stops by for a drink at the Grill. He tells the duo that he’s looking for Stefan, but Elena tells him his problem lies with her old squeeze, not them. Oh yeah, and he’s also kind of concerned about his missing sister. But Klaus is done playing games and confronts Damon at the Salvatore house, telling him exactly how Stefan stole his family members andthat he wants Damon’s help in retrieving them. When Damon reminds Klaus that he doesn’t exist to do his bidding, Klaus decides “…a demonstration is in order. It seems you people respond best to displays of violence.” You should be concerned. Klaus is not fooling around.
Bonnie’s a VIP: Despite being absent for a while at the beginning of this season of The Vampire Diaries, Bonnie is the first person we see in this episode, mostly because she’s dreaming of the Originals’ coffins, without realizing what her dreams mean. But she soon gets involved in the entire situation and her witchy powers are once again called on.
Say Hello to Dr. Fell: Pretty Little Liars’ Torrey Devitto (who is also the wife of Paul Wesley) comes to The Vampire Diaries! She first meets with Alaric in the Mystic Falls hospital and is shocked at his healing abilities. She’ll be sticking around for a while (I can’t recall the exact number of episodes), so I suspect we’ll be seeing more of her soon.
Foreshadowing?: Jeremy angrily declares what may turn out to be true. After they all become aware of the lengths Klaus will go to in order to retrieve his family members, Jeremy wisely suggests they skip town. “None of us are gonna make it out of this town alive”, he concludes. One has to wonder whether that will turn out to be true in the end. With The Vampire Diaries, you never know.
Two Shockers: While some actions in this episode are surprising, the two most unexpected events take place in the last five minutes and I think we’ll be seeing the repercussions for a while.
Watch a trailer for the January 5 episode of The Vampire Diaries here and make sure to tune in for this episode on Thursday, January 5 at 8:00 p.m. on The CW!