From Elena's sense of hope, to Tyler's sense of despair... Caroline went to see him to apologize for Chris having been sacrificed. Not that she felt all that guilty for his death -- she did it to save their friend. She doesn't understand that Chris was a friend of Tyler's, and more importantly, Tyler had promised him that he'd have his back. Tyler then thought to ask Caroline how she got Klaus to agree to give up one of his precious hybrids. Caroline said she agreed to go on a date with him, because it'd also help sell the breakup with Tyler. Yeah, Tyler didn't take that well. He threw a bottle at the wall. That anger felt like pre-wolf Tyler, the one we didn't like. Don't make me not like Tyler. And yay, Klaus will be Caroline's date to the Miss Mystic Falls pageant in the Nov. 29 episode. Fun!
Back at the Grill, Damon bought two rounds and saved one for Alaric. Love that he still does that. Let's keep it going. Matt very bravely approached Damon because he needed to share information he'd dug up on the explosion. Hearing that April's dad knew Professor Shane, who knows about the hunter's mark and curse, he decided to have Sheriff Forbes check the pastor's phone records. The pastor made a call a day the last month he was alive to the same number, and 10 calls to that number on the day of the explosion -- Shane's office.
Speaking of Shane's office, Bonnie was there asking Shane how he knows all that he knows. He's traveled the world, studied every supernatural creature, and since witches are the most powerful, he assured her that he is her biggest ally. He said he knows that she has a new hunter, and that when the hunter completes his mark, she'll want to come to him because he's the only one who can help. What does that mean?! Jeremy will be evil? Or simply that only Shane knows how to read the mark and perform the ritual that turns vampires human again?
Finally, we get to the breakup. Sitting on the porch, Elena asked Stefan why he'd sent Damon to her on the bridge instead of coming himself. He told her it's because lately, he seems to be the one who can reach her, the one she trusts even when she doesn't trust him. Stefan told her after all they'd been through, she can finally admit it. She didn't say she loved Damon, but she admitted what she wants is darker now. "What you want or who you want?" Stefan asked. He understood: Her feelings for Damon are magnified. He told her understood why she wanted Damon when he was the Ripper, because he'd driven her to Damon. But now, he just can't keep doing this. She agreed. It's over.
Your turn. Even if you're a Stelena fan, can you see how this opens up the show to a new dynamic? And are you already hoping that this opens the door for Stefan and Caroline to hook up down the road? (If Elena can date Stefan's brother, Stefan should be able to date her best friend!)