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TAKE IT OFF Elena (Nina Dobrev) wanted to see Damon (Ian Somerhalder) shirtless -- and it really was life or death.
Elena's search for Bonnie ended with her finding Kol, who luckily disappeared right before he could kill her. But Katherine was there to wish her a happy graduation -- and death. While those two fought off-camera, we watched Rebekah go see Matt. She figured he'd only said it was a travel-the-world date because they were under extreme duress. He told her he couldn't invite her in because he promised Tyler he'd keep the house a low-vampire zone, which is exactly how he needed to keep his love life. She turned to walk away, and he essentially said, that's why they could never have a real relationship but they could have a great summer. He has no college plans, no future. Since she almost killed him a year ago, he thinks it's her obligation to show him how to live. Part of me has resisted this pairing because of the way the Rebekah-Stefan reunion abruptly ended, but good for Matt. He deserves to be a kept man for a while.
We joined the Katherine-Elena brawl in progress. They blame each other for their unhappiness. There might have been a little too much trash-talking for my taste. I like the all ass-kicking Arrow-style fight sequence. Katherine eventually stabbed Elena in the neck. She shouldn't have played with her. She should have gone straight for the heart. We flashed back to Stefan giving Elena back the cure because, he said, everything he'd done this entire season was to get it for her. Elena shoved it in Katherine's mouth. When Katherine passed out beside her, Elena told her to enjoy her human life. That felt like a bit of a disappointment to me, because while I'm sure we'll see Katherine next season, it's not like we'll see her EVERY episode (or Nina Dobrev would die!). So the impact, while interesting since the outcome is the polar opposite of what Katherine wanted, isn't as high as it would've been if it had been Stefan. (And also: Have we established that Katherine can't just become a vampire again? I assume that would be too easy.)
Speaking of Stefan, he was ready to toss Silas into the quarry when he realized there was no stone Silas. Silas appeared to him as Elena and explained that the spell that turned him to stone was broken when the living witch who bound it (Bonnie) died. He also explained that he created the immortality spell 2,00 years ago, and the witches, needing to find a balance, created a version of him that could be killed. A shadow self. A doppelgänger. Stefan thought he was looking at Silas’ real face, and that explained the Petrova doppelgänger. “Not exactly,” Silas said. The reflection in the car window: STEFAN. “Hello, my shadow self,” he said to Stefan. Then he staked him in the stomach, asked him if he knew what it was like to starve for 2,000 years, put him in the large safe, and pushed it into the quarry. So not only was Stefan buried alive, the safe filled up with water as it sank. BRUTAL. Everyone will just think Stefan has left town. So will Silas pose as Stefan now in Mystic Falls, or will he go off to do whatever in another city? Does this mean everything Silas said about wanting to die and be with his one true love was a lie? Is this the Curse of the Sun and the Moon all over again? Everything we thought we knew was wrong -- only this time, we didn't get our beloved Elijah taking an hour to explain it to us?
Well, we have all summer to ponder it. Start in the comments, friends. Regardless, I'm happy Paul Wesley will get to play a bad guy for at least a portion of next season, it seems. Your turn.