In Mystic Falls, Caroline finds the hunter's sword in Klaus's attic. Did no one check the attic before now? Ugh. A cryptex is built into the grip. The drawback is that it's in Aramaic. Fortunately the Viking Original Hybrid is fluent in Aramaic. Hey, he's been around for a thousand years; Klaus has had plenty of time on his hands. Anyhow, when he realizes there is only one dose of the cure, he gets word to Rebekah. More on her later.
The rest of our time in the Falls is spent on Caroline persuading Klaus not to kill Tyler, once he (Klaus) is free from Bonnie's mystical prison. Caroline manages, of course, because she's Caroline. The downside is, Tyler must leave town. Again! He and Caroline have a heart-rending farewell. Candice Accola and Michael Trevino are this episode's MVPs.
Meanwhile, on Craphole Down East, Shane breaks his leg on the way to the cure. That's fine by Bonnie, who maybe gets the line of the night. When Shane begs for her assistance with his injury, she tells him to stay off it. Bonnie and Jeremy make it to Silas's desiccated corpse. The box containing the cure has fossilized in his hands. Bonnie realizes the only way to release it is to feed their blood to Silas, but neither she nor Jeremy are too keen on that idea.
Then it gets a thousand times better. See, once Rebekah learns from Klaus that the cure only comes in a single serving, she snaps Stefan's neck and takes off on her own. Stefan and Elena have a heart to heart about his desire to be human. They both decide the cure probably isn't in the cards for them, but they know they have to go after it in order to use it against Klaus so he isn't able to kill them all.
Meanwhile Vaughn (Twilight's Charlie Bewley), the new hunter, leads Damon toward the cure. Vaughn has anti-vampire weapons that would make Alaric weep for joy. He uses them against both Damon and Rebekah, so they're pretty well sidelined. I still don't understand why he doesn't kill Damon, but I have my suspicions.
Elena nearly catches up with Bonnie and Jeremy, but then she is attacked by an unseen assailant who, THANK GOODNESS, is Katherine. Welcome back, Kiki. Katherine gets to Bonnie and Jeremy shortly thereafter and pretends she is Elena. When Vaughn stabs Bonnie, Jeremy wants "Elena" to heal her, but since she's Katherine and dead set on getting the cure, she instead makes Jeremy feed his blood to Silas. During the feed, it appears that Silas snaps Jeremy's neck. Our Germy little boy falls lifeless to the crypt's floor.
Is Jeremy too supernatural now for the ring to save his life? Will Silas resurrect those who died to raise him? I suspect Jeremy is truly and permanently dead, but it's hard to care. Don't get me wrong, I love the Germ. It's the manner of his death that bugs. Because there are enough reasons to suspect his death is only temporary, I'm having a hard time feeling the loss in my gut, even though my brain says this is it.
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We open on Craphole Island Down East. It's day. Hunter Vaughn (Twilight's Charlie Bewley) has Damon tied to a tree in a jungle of mystery. The vervain soaked ropes are burning our Evil Pixie monster, but when Vaughn asks if something is bothering him, Damon is all would you believe mosquitos? Vaughn: "How does it feel when a relentless feeding machine is draining the blood from your veins?" Damon: "Itchy." Is it wrong that I keep imagining a reporter asking Julie Plec this same question in re: fandom? Oh wait, this is The Vampire Diaries, the home office of Moral Relativism. There is no wrong; there is only Zuul. Or Silas. Or Klaus. Or Elena. Or Damon. Or The Cure.
During their banter, Vaughn makes it clear that he can identify the members of the Fellowship of the Falls. He also reveals his hunter's mark, which magically completed just three days prior. Damon: "Come on, man. Do I look like I know anything about tattoos? Look at my skin. It's flawless." Vaughn grows tired of their conversation, and decides to introduce himself while shoving a hot poker into Damon's neck, as a way of encouraging the vampire to start giving up some intel. It is ridiculous to me that Vaughn is able to overcome his desire to kill vampires, since it took Shane's mind-games to teach Jeremy to do so. I could be wrong, but I'm starting to suspect that Vaughn is either working with or has been tracking Katherine, who SPOILER appears later in the hour and tries her best to make us all feel better about Season Bore. The way the episode plays out, it seems like he's not working with Katherine, but this show always finds a way to surprise it, so I wouldn't put it beyond them. We cut to the...
Beach. With Stefan and Rebekah nearby, Elena makes a call to Caroline, and updates her on the fact that Jeremy and Bonnie have gone missing and Professor Shady Shane is certainly to blame. She also tells Caroline that Damon is missing. Elena thought he was just off pouting, but down at the beach, they found signs of a struggle, which seems really weird, since didn't Vaughn snap Damon's neck back in the forest? I am not even going back to check, to because that last episode was so dark (visually). Anyhow, Elena wants Caroline's help. They have the photos of Jeremy's tattoos, which is terribly convenient given that Bonnie took them, and it would seem most likely that she took them on her own phone, which I don't remember her ditching before she cast the Locator Spell. Why am I bothering with details anymore? Why? It's a sickness, that's why. Anyhow Elena, Stefan and Rebekah need help translating the map. This is where Caroline can help, because Klaus has a hunter's sword which should be able to help with that very thing.