Quarry. Stefan takes a big bag out of the back of his SUV. When he opens it, he finds broken pieces of pottery, instead of the Original Mythology Mess that is Silas. Silas appears in Elena's form and says, "Don't bother. I'm not there." Stefan says, "Silas. You were stone. They saw you. The spell worked." Silas-as-Elena says, "That's the funny thing about spells. They're bound by nature. Nature demands balance, so every spell has a loophole. The spell that turned me to stone was bound by a witch -- a living witch, so when that witch died, the spell broke." Stefan says, "Bonnie? Bonnie's not dead." The entire fandom yells, "SO THEN WHY DIDN'T THE VEIL DROPPING SPELL BREAK WHEN BONNIE DIED?" Nobody answers us.
Silas-as-Elena says, "It doesn't matter, does it? And here's where the mystery of me comes full circle. I created the immortality spell 2,000 years ago. I could never die, so nature needed to find a balance -- a version of me that could die -- a shadow self -- a doppelgänger." Stefan says, "So, this is finally your real face? You're another one of them?" Silas-as-Elena turns red and says, "Not exactly." We cut to Stefan's reflection in the car window and back to where Silas-as-Elena stands, but now he's Silas-as-Stefan. Yes. Stylus is a thing!
Stylus's eyes glow amber. He looks at Stefan and says, "Hello, my shadow self." Before Stefan can react, Stylus thrusts his hand into Stefan's torso and asks, "Do you have any idea what it's like to starve for 2,000 years?" There's a yanking sound and Stefan collapses, but I don't see Stylus holding a heart or anything, so hell if I know what just happened. Stylus looks down at the water below. We cut to a shot of him locking Stefan in the giant safe that recently served as Elena's torture chamber. Stylus takes the safe and shoves it (and Stefan) into the quarry. The safe sinks to the bottom. Stefan, now conscious, bangs on the door. The entire fandom sighs, "Oh Stefan, how very Angel of you." The safe fills with water. Stefan screams, until his head is fully submerged. We're off 'til the fall. Grrr argh.
Dearests, this has been a hard year. I'm not even talking about the show. You know I'm a Bostonian, right? When the Boston Marathon bombing happened, I made a choice not to go on at real length about it to you because I'd already gone on about Superstorm Sandy and the Sandy Hook school shootings. Now we've had this impossibly monstrous tornado strike in Moore, Oklahoma. My point (and I do have one) is that prior to this year, I can't remember having to take (or not fully take, in the case of Boston) these moments in my recaps. They're so momentous, I feel like an ass when I mention them in something so trivial as a TV recap, and I feel even worse when I let them pass by. To any and all of you who have been affected by the Oklahoma tornado, please know you're in my heart and in my prayers. I want you to have a safe, calm, and dare I say -- boring -- summer, and then meet me right back here, as soon as you can.