Shane's Office. Hayley is waiting and reports that they have 12 hybrids now. She wants to know where her parents are. Shane: "They're dead." Hayley: "You lied to me." Shane: "No, I didn't lie to you. I said I'd tell you where to find them." RECAPPER: "Die in a fire, Shane. Die in a fire." Hayley feels the same and reminds Shane he just picked a fight with a werewolf. Shane holds up the USB drive, which includes everything she wanted to know, including their burial sites. He tells Hayley: "I'm not declaring war here. Just because they're dead doesn't mean you can't see them again. [...] This is far from over, Hayley. We are the beginning." I have to say that, sexual politics aside, I'm excited about where the season seems to be heading. Could there be zombies?
Fortress Forbes. Stefan tells Caroline how Damon can break the sire bond. And he thinks he'll do it. Damon will do what he needs to do. Caroline almost spills the beans about Elena sleeping with Damon, but manages not keep a secret. Stefan adds that he thinks Damon loves Elena as much as he and he can't be selfish with her.
Damon returns to Mossy Manse and he and Elena admit they both had a horrible night. When Damon tries to break the news to Elena, she tells him she already knows she's "sired" to him. When she asks if there's a way to break the sire bond, Damon says, "Not exactly. That's why we need to talk." Elena tells him what Tyler said and that it doesn't control her feelings. In her opinion, nothing has changed, but of course that's because she didn't see how crazy the sire bond drove Charlotte. Damon knows everything has changed. Elena points out that Damon has changed too and she is happy with him. Damon: "You know what would make me happy? To know that this entire time that I've been completely in love with you -- that what you actually felt for me was real." Um, did you not just hear what she said about the sire bond as regards feelings, Damon? Elena insists it's real. She knows a break up is coming and asks him not to do this to her.
Damon raises his voice. "I don't want to do this, Elena. I'm not the good guy remember? I'm the selfish one. I take what I want. I do what I want. I lie to my brother. I fall in love with his girl. I don't do the right thing." When Elena's eyes plead with Damon, his voice drops to a whisper. "But I have to do the right thing, by you." Grabbing Damon's right hand, Elena places it over her heart. "Does this feel wrong?" When Damon gulps, Elena caresses his cheek. Does this feel wrong?" They're staring into each other's eyes as we fade to black.