Vampire Diaries: Will Klaus' Ritual Work? Will [Spoiler] Survive? How Will the Season End?

[Warning: This story contains major spoilers from Thursday’s episode of The Vampire Diaries. If you’ve yet to watch, avert your eyes…now!]

Holy wow! Damon Salvatore (played by Ian Somerhalder) went so far over the line in this Thursday’s installment of The CW’s Vampire Diaries, I doubt he can still see the line.

Of course, immediately following his drastic measure to preserve Elena’s life — forcing her to drink his blood — Damon attempted to do the right thing and rescue the transitioning Tyler. (Unfortunately, he was “rewarded” for that with a fatal werewolf bite.) So, what’s next for Mystic Falls’ badboy with a heart of rusty-colored gold? Has he finally done the unforgivable?

The Vampire Diaries Death Toll “Will Be Extreme”

“This thing Damon did to Elena (Nina Dobrev) is the biggest lesson he’ll ever have to learn,” TVD executive producer Julie Plec affirms. “You can love someone with all the power in your soul, but you still have remember who they are and what they want. That’s the difference right now between Stefan (Paul Wesley) and Damon — Stefan sees those things and Damon… doesn’t.”

The synopsis for the season finale (airing May 12) says that Damon will inevitably seek Elena’s forgiveness for (potentially) forcing the vampire lifestyle upon her. “He desperately wants it, and he has an extra reason now, with his werewolf bite,” says Plec. “He can’t die with Elena hating him, but how does that play out? That is what the finale is all about — the end of the road of Damon’s journey for the year.”

Which means that Klaus’ much-hyped ritual, which began at the end of this week’s episode, won’t actually be the focus of the season’s big finish. “We could have ended with the sacrifice, with the really big, powerful episode — which is next week’s and it’s enormous, very emotional,” Plec says. “But when we started the season, Stefan said to Damon, ‘For the first time, I see you starting to feel something. Do not let this ruin you. Do not let any of this come between us.’ And here we are, full-circle.”

“Damon’s at the end of his life, so he believes, and he needs to come to terms with the decisions he made,” Plec says. “He’s reliving the mistakes he made, trying to get Elena’s forgiveness, while Stefan [is] determined to do anything possible to save his brother. He can’t let him die now.”

But before we get to any of that, the group has to save Elena and — gasp! — transitioning vampire Jenna (Sara Canning) from the relentless Klaus. Next week’s episode takes place over the rest of this night,” Plec previews. “Everyone is [trying] to keep Jenna from being the vampire that Klaus sacrifices.”

And one last bonus tease about the May 5 episode, just for fun? Says Plec, “Miss Kat Graham’s at her most badass-fierce!”