The Vampire Diaries recap: No One Left to Defend

Secrets of the past cause turmoil in present relationships, and one character could be gone forever
Ep. 10 | Aired Dec 12, 2013

SLOW YOUR ROLL. Aaron (Shaun Sipos) tries to stop Damon (not pictured) from killing him by offering up his family's documents. 

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In the Mystic Grill's first appearance of the night, Nadia asked Matt to hold onto the magic passenger knife. She was going to leave town, but if Katherine changed her mind about the spirit possession thing, she wanted her to have the option. Matt and Nadia then bonded over bad, selfish mothers. If anyone understood that crappy parent thing, it was Matt (Sorry, Kelly). He agreed to keep the knife.

When Enzo woke up, he realized he wasn't back at Augustine. Damon had taken him to Wes' lab and injected him with a bunch of things that were labeled "antedote." Probably a good call, D. One of them had worked. However, this did not mean they were friends, Enzo informed him. Damon shoved his hand inside Enzo's chest -- not a great way to get your friend back -- and told him that he didn't feel guilty after he left him because he had to shut off his humanity in order to do what he did. So no, there was no remorse, no regret, no pain. Enzo's response made me cringe: "Even if I forgave you, Damon, would that make you less of a horrible person?" Damon said they were even, but Enzo hadn't finished speaking his mind just yet. He told Damon that he had been the most important person in his life and that he had ruined him. "That's just who you are, who you'll always be... a monster." And you know that made him think of Elena.

So let's get to the Damon-Elena talk. In reading her father's journal, Elena figured out that the little girl her father had saved was Megan, who had a heart defect when she was young. Damon was amazed at his girlfriend's ability to find the one happy passage in 100 pages of torture. Ha! She told him that she couldn't not defend her dad, even if he tortured vampires to save people. "I know you can, because you do it for me all the time," he said. Correction: Elena was not defending Damon for his decision to kill Aaron's family. "So why are you still here? I'm bad, Elena. I am bad for you," he said. Why hadn't she run away? Because she loves him, and she chose him. She's standing by her choice. Well, he chose something too. He chose to let her go. He chose not to have to think about how she must feel every time a ghost from his past comes into their life. He chose to relieve her of having to defend him for every awful thing he'd ever done.

She told him she'd done horrible things too, but as soon as she brought up the fact that she couldn't judge him after he was tortured for five years, Damon had had enough. He screamed at her so she would hear it. "Stop defending me! I won't change who I am. I can't. But I refuse to change you." This is where I sit motionless for way too long a period of time. So many chills and emotions and damn, Ian Somerhalder was great in that scene.

But we're not done with the chills (or the tears) yet. Upstairs, Katherine was looking in Stefan's mirror at her wrinkles. Her "chickens had come home to roost in the form of wrinkles." Oh, Stefan, you're so precious. Katherine brought up their night together, and Stefan quickly shot down her hopes. They got swept up, he said. He wasn't ready to forget everything she'd put him through for the last 147 years. But she was dying! For real this time. She showed him her grey hair and was all, "What does someone have to go through to get a little redemption around here?" Her charm didn't budge him. "147 years is a long time to forgive in one night." She came back: "One night, an eternity... You'd never look at me the way you look at Elena, would you?" He didn't respond.

Katherine went to walk away, and Stefan stopped her. He interlaced his fingers with hers. "I'm sorry that you're dying." "Trust me, I am, too." And then she left.

At Whitmore, Aaron found Wes, threw him around and told him he never wanted to see him again. "Get the hell out of my life," mini-Ken Doll said. Also, did Aaron take that needle with him when he left?

Finally, Elena burned her father's journal -- is that good or bad for Damon? -- just before the camera cut to Katherine. She was on the phone with Nadia. She agreed to the spirit possession. "I'm a survivor. Staying alive is my specialty," she told her daughter just before she dropped her bag. She grabbed her left arm. No! She grabbed her heart. No! She fell down the stairs. No No No! Could that be the last of Katherine Pierce? Although I will say leaving this world after a sweet moment with the man you love wouldn't be the worst, I'm not ready to lose my Katherine yet.

What did you think of the mid-season finale? Based on the promos, Katherine survived the fall, so the question is: Will Katherine ever actually die? Will Elena fight to get Damon back or come to terms with what he said? And what is next for Enzo? My vote? Shirtlessness!

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