Vampire Diaries First Look: Can Stefan Prevent Damon's 'Dark Descent'?

Damon appears to be trading in the Salvatore mansion for a cozy, no-bedroom apartment on Skid Row.

TVLine has an exclusive first look at an upcoming episode of The Vampire Diaries, airing Feb. 12 at 8/7c on The CW, in which Stefan and his older brother appear to be bumming around a less-than-desirable neighborhood in Mystic Falls.

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But what exactly are they doing there? Perhaps the answer lies in the episode’s official description:

When his experience in the Phoenix stone leads him to do the unthinkable, Damon finds himself without a care in the world, spiraling out of control and under the influence of a dangerous and reckless Julian. Refusing to give up on his brother, Stefan attempts to reason with Damon only to uncover the devastating reason for his descent.  Elsewhere, Caroline begins having some dangerous side effects as a result of her supernatural pregnancy and is forced to turn to Valerie for help. Meanwhile, Bonnie, Nora and Mary Louise attempt to track down a ruthless vampire hunter named Rayna after they suspect that she has reemerged.

Oh, it’s just “the unthinkable”? What a relief!

Damon’s “dark descent” begins when TVD returns from its winter hiatus on Friday, and executive producer Caroline Dries tells TVLine we’re in for — wait for it — a hell of an episode.

“You might be asking, ‘What show am I watching?’ when you turn on the TV,” she teases. “We’ll be dealing with the fallout from the winter finale for a while, both emotionally and plot-wise.”

TVD fans, your thoughts on Damon’s (latest) downward spiral? Drop ’em in a comment below.

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  1. Leeah says:

    So excited for the crossover! Can’t wait to see Klaus and Caroline interact for the first time in over 2 years!!! They had the best dynamic and I can’t wait to see it in action again!

  2. Annie says:

    and how many times has Damon “descended into a spiral” again? Doesn’t he do that at least once a season? Good grief.

    • Karen says:

      Yes but are you really surprised. Nothing has changed for him since s1. He’s still pining, whining and waiting for a Petrova.

      • chanrin says:

        OMG You did not! “pining, whining and waiting for a Petrova” that was the most accurate summary of Damon I’ve ever read.

      • Amber says:

        LMAO! That is the best description of him and what does that say about Elena? It says that she’s nothing special, she’s just the Katherine that would have him.

  3. Lily says:

    It’s in this episode where Caroline (FF) makes the decision to look for her friend in NOLA? Yep, definitely I can not wait!!!

    • Hallie says:

      That is a rumor that Caroline and the twins look klaus up after the 3 year jump but he is missing as far as we know Caroline will not cross paths with klaus but she is discussed

  4. Jake says:

    The real question, does anyone truly give two craps?

  5. Hannah says:

    His downward spiral this time is because he sets Elena’s coffin on fire to get out of the stone which he believes he really did when he comes back. It’s going to cause him to “spiral” until he finds out he really didn’t set it on fire. BORING.

  6. K says:

    I’m guessing the unthinkable is him turning off his humanity.

  7. KC says:

    Don’t panic! It’s finally happening! Damon goes dark and it’s not because of Elena!! :-D happy dance!