We've been hearing rumors of a TVD death, and we may or may not have witnessed it in this episode as thawing Silas drained Jeremy and snapped his neck. Jeremy looked more dead than usual, and the promo for next week seems to suggest that Jeremy has not woken up (if Meredith wants Elena to release "the body") -- even though he had his ring on. Does being a member of The Five make him supernatural, and therefore the ring no longer works on him? If he did die, who gets the Hunter's Curse: Silas for finishing him off, or Katherine for setting it in motion? Or will there be no curse because of a loophole? If Silas is raised, does that mean there's a way for him to bring Jeremy back from the dead, or was the possibility of resurrection just a lie that Silas' hallucinations told folks like Shane and Bonnie? And wait, how was Katherine there? Is she working with Shane? Was she completing the final sacrifice of 12 for Shane? Does she want the cure for Klaus, so she can stop running and hiding from him? So many questions. But let's go back to the start.
Vaughn, the Hunter who captured Damon, had him tied to a tree and wanted to know why his mark suddenly completed itself two days ago. Damon insisted he knows nothing about tattoos. "Look at my skin, it's flawless," he cracked. A new classic Damon line. While Vaughn took a poker to Damon's neck to show he should be taken seriously, Elena recapped everyone's whereabouts on the phone for Caroline. They saw signs of a struggle, so they assumed Damon has been taken and wasn't just off brooding. They asked Caroline to get Klaus' sword so they could translate Jeremy's tattoos via the photos Bonnie took and send them a map and directions. Klaus wouldn't hand the sword over, Rebekah argued. He didn't need to: "There's only so many places you can hide a 3-foot piece of metal," Stefan said. Next time we'd see Caroline, she and Tyler would have found the sword in Klaus' attic. That is like Damon hiding the moonstone in his soap dish, only less clever. The handle is a cryptex ("I've seen the Da Vinci Code," Caroline said), so they basically had to twist parts and read Aramaic, which of course Klaus knew.
Jeremy, Bonnie, and Shane reached the well, and the islander who was assisting Shane asked for his payment. Shane gave him the tombstone. Like Bonnie, I thought that was a lame use for it. Apparently its core is made up of Qetsiyah's calcified blood, which is more valuable in some witch circles than the Hope Diamond. While Rebekah tried to get a signal, Elena and Stefan talked about the fact that he'd never told her he's always wanted to be human again, even before he met her. I don't think it's that much of a deep dark personal secret, Stefan, considering you preferred to drink animal blood when we met you. But Stefan referred to Elena as a friend, which made Elena happy and Rebekah concerned.
Vaughn now had Damon walking toward the well. His plan was to use Damon to make Bonnie open the crypt to Silas for him. He'd make Silas take the cure, kill him, and complete the Brotherhood of the Five's mission. Damon noted that Bonnie would not do anything for him, but good news for Vaughn: They didn't give a crap about Silas, they just wanted the cure, so yes, Bonnie would open the crypt regardless. Vaughn dropped the bombshell we all kind of saw coming: There's only one dose of the cure. Klaus, who'd wisely decided that he could help Caroline and Tyler read the cryptex and keep that important information to himself, shouted it out to Rebekah when Caroline phoned her to say they were emailing the translation and directions. Did he really want her to be happy, or did he just want her to take the cure so no one would try to force feed it to him? I assume the latter.
On her way down into the well, Bonnie fell and cut her hand. Jeremy bandaged her up so they could talk about how she wouldn't let Shane raise Silas and would kill Shane herself if he made a move to hurt either one of them, but not before she bleed heavily enough that it seeped down below to the crypt and fell on stony, steely Silas' mouth. (Ah, so the blood is what gives him enough mojo to produce the hallucinations.) Meanwhile, Damon and Vaughn took a break on their trek to reveal that Vaughn hadn't saved Jeremy and Elena, there's someone else on the island -- someone who also took out the islander who'd been given the headstone. From the neck injury, it looked like a vampire. It didn't occur to me yet that it'd be KATHERINE.
NEXT: Tantric magic