The Vampire Diaries Recap: A Bloody Mess

Vampire Diaries Paul Wesley Nina DobrevIf you have yet to watch Thursday’s The Vampire Diaries, avert your eyes now. Everyone else, you may proceed…

Blood, blood and more blood! Thursday night’s The Vampire Diaries sure was gory as Elena struggled to deal with her feeding problem. Meanwhile, two new faces made their way to Mystic Falls, where their reception was, let’s just say, not the greatest. Read on to relive the episode’s biggest surprises.

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WHAT’S FOR DINNER? | After she fails to stomach animal blood – and who can blame her? – Damon offers up his own to Elena. As she drinks from his hand, the moment is sexy, disturbing and personal all at the same time. Of course, Stefan’s not happy that his girlfriend and his brother have shared something so close, and he decks Damon. Executive producer Julie Plec tells TVLine the act won’t have any physical consequences for Damon and Elena, but it is sacred and forbidden, and therefore a big no-no in Stefan’s book.

“Bloodsharing in vampire folklore — and certainly in the book mythology — is kind of sexual,” she explains. “It’s very intimate. It’s an exchange of bodily fluids, as they say, that you really shouldn’t be doing with anybody who’s not your one true vampire love. That’s the intention that we were going for there. In a weird way, Elena needing a fix was doing things that she shouldn’t have been doing to get help.”

In the end, the transgression doesn’t even do any good; she can’t keep down vampire blood, either. Thankfully, Matt steps up and lets Elena feed off him. But she’s going to need a more permanent source of blood — or does Matt plan to stop by the Gilbert house every night for a standing dinner appointment?

Vampire Diaries Candice Accola Michael TrevinoSHHH! HE’S HUNTING VAMPS | The new vampire hunter in town, Connor, quickly makes his presence known by shooting Tyler – he survives since he’s a hybrid – and stabbing Pastor Young’s daughter, April, whom Elena used to babysit. He uses the poor gal, who’s bleeding pretty profusely, as bait to lure out the vamps at a Mass for the deceased town council members. Elena’s struggle to control her urges comes off as a breakdown and Stefan escorts her off the stage. Tyler takes the pressure off everybody else, taking the mic to talk about how the pastor taught him what it means to be part of a community, and so he takes one for his own team as Connor shoots him. (The former jock jerk really has come a long way.) Meanwhile, Caroline feeds some of her blood to April to heal her and Elena wipes her memory. (Could this girl have gotten a worse welcome back to Mystic Falls?)

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THE INVISIBLE DANGER | Jeremy can see more than just dead people! After Matt gives Connor a lie about his neck wound, which he clearly doesn’t buy, Jer comments on the baddie’s impressive arm tattoo, unaware of who he’s talking to. Just a small problem: It isn’t visible to anyone else. Now both Gilberts are on Connor’s radar. So are Jeremy’s ghost-seeing abilities tied to the tats? Is the ink a gift from the other side? Is it spelled? And what is it for? Protection? Strength?

Even more scary than the new hunter is the unseen threat. In a letter from Pastor Young to his daughter, he warns that “a greater [evil] is coming. My death is but the first in the war ahead.” Who do you think is the new Big Bad?

THE BROMANCE LIVES | After last week’s surprise Grams cameo, the show manages to pull off another unexpected return, this time from the dearly departed Alaric. Damon’s been missing his drinking buddy something fierce, even saving a seat at the bar – “I’m going to pretend like there’s someone there because the alternative is too damn depressing,” he says – so while the rest of the gang is sweetly mourning all those they’ve lost by lighting Japanese lanterns, he visits Ric’s grave to vent and drink. Little does he know, Alaric is there listening. “I miss you, too, buddy,” he replies as Damon leaves.

Vampire Diaries fans, what did you think of the surprises in “Memorial”? What’s going on with Jeremy? And did Plec make good on her promise that Damon would be more like he was in Season 1? His dialogue was certainly snappy and snarky this week (“The scenery is to die for. Funeral pun! Too soon?”). Sound off in the comments!