Vampire Diaries Recap: The Kissing Time

[Warning: If you’ve yet to watch Thursday’s episode of The Vampire Diaries, avert your eyes…now! Everyone else, read on…]

In typical Vampire Diaries fashion, the CW series returned this Thursday with an action-packed episode. There were big reveals, shocking deaths and one very, very long-awaited kiss. Let’s take a look at the episode’s biggest surprises.

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MAKING OUT | Executive producer Julie Plec told us there would be romantic “payoff” for Damon and Elena, and she wasn’t kidding! In fact, it came much sooner than anyone probably expected. Damon decided that if he was going to feel guilty about something, it wasn’t going to be about thinking of and wanting Elena, but actually kissing her — and then he swooped in for a smooch! Unlike the Season 1 finale, this time it was really Elena that he was kissing, and it looked like she really liked it! Now, the question is: Will Elena really let Stefan go and move on to his bro? Between slapping Stefan and her confession to Damon that it’s over, it seems she’s finally coming to terms with the fact that it’s not up to her to fix Stefan.

KNOCKING THEM DOWN | Klaus continued to use Elena as a pawn to try to get his family’s coffins back from Stefan. He compelled Jeremy to walk out into the street and wait for a car to hit him. Thankfully, Alaric pushed him out of the way, but got pummeled and killed in the process. (Even though he was wearing his ring, the impact of the car still elicited a gasp from this recapper.) But Klaus’ threats, while dangerous, were all for nothing now that Stefan and Elena are on the outs. Still, Elena has to protect her loved ones, which brings us to…

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JEREMY CAN’T STOP FORGETTING | In another Season 1 echo, Elena decided that her little brother deserved to have a normal life and asked Damon to erase his memories. Damon compelled him to leave town and never think of Mystic Falls again, but we’re dubious that Jeremy will actually stay away. Now that the boy is in the know and involved in the mythology, it’s hard to imagine the show writing him off. Plus, can’t Elena keep at least one relative? (How chilling — and probably true — was Jeremy’s statement that none of them are going to make it out of Mystic Falls alive?)

THE DOCTOR REVEALED | Dr. Fell dropped a doozy not on Alaric but on fans of the Vampire Diaries book series, revealing her first name to be Meredith. We’re no book experts, but we know Meredith is an important character in the novels and one fans have been clamoring to see on the show, so this is an exciting and surprising turn of events. It also gives Alaric more of a meaty storyline as the pretty doc seems to be very interested in his healing abilities and, hopefully, him as well. However, Damon — SPOILER ALERT! – will not be Meredith’s biggest fan.

Vampire Diaries fans, what did you think of tonight’s return? Did the Damon and Elena kiss catch you by surprise? Are you excited Meredith’s finally made her way onto the show? And what are you hoping to see next?