The Vampire Diaries finally returned with its season premiere, which picked up three months after last season's finale – where Bonnie (Kat Graham) died saving Jeremy (Steven R. McQueen), Elena (Nina Dobrev) picked Damon (Ian Somerhalder) over Stefan (Paul Wesley), Silas turned out to look a lot like Stefan and Rebekah (Claire Holt) and Matt (Zach Roerig) were off to Europe.

Over the summer months: Elena and Damon spent more time in the bedroom than anywhere else. Bonnie has managed to keep her “death” a secret by sending emails through Jeremy to her friends. Former high school QB Matt is having threesomes with Rebekah and Caroline (Candice Accola) is geared up for college.

Elena and Caroline head to college together, leaving Jeremy and Damon to take care of themselves. Elena tells Caroline once their safely alone that she’s concerned about Stefan. Caroline assures her that he’s likely fine, just getting away in an attempt to mend his broken heart. Little do they know that he’s stuck in a barrel at the bottom of the reservoir.

Once Elena and Caroline arrive at their dorm, they realize that they’ve landed themselves a triple. The third roommate, Megan, is a complete annoyance to Caroline whose masterful attempt to bully her into leaving results in her getting a mouthful of vervain. Elena is initially okay with sharing the space with the third girl – until she learns she might be a vampire hunter.

Trying to blend into their college surroundings, Elena and Caroline try to crash a party. The catch is, without an invitation, the two vampires can’t exactly get inside. Before they’re able to pull off a ruse to get an invite, the suspected vampire hunter is thrown out of an upper story window, clearly having been killed by a vampire. The police suspiciously rule it a suicide, but nervous Caroline and Elena steal Megan’s phone in a move that could land them in some trouble with the authorities.

Katherine visits Damon, looking for some sort of protection, as she’s now unfortunately mortal. All he can think of is turning her into a vampire, but she fears that the cure would cause the “turning” process to fail and she’ll end up dead. Damon also has to solve the problem of getting Jeremy back in the good graces of the community, who believe he faked his own death. When Jeremy gets kicked out of school for a fight, he gets his girlfriend’s brother’s punishment knocked down to a three-day suspension.

Matt and Rebekah’s threesomes take a turn for the worst when they realize their third party Nadia stole Matt’s death-cheating ring. Rebekah, determined to move on from Matt and Mystic Falls, likely won’t be sticking around to help him find it. Thankfully, Matt eventually runs into Nadia and gets the ring back from her. But when she speaks to him in tongues, he collapses, proving she’s got another agenda on her mind.

Silas shows up in Mystic Falls in the visage of Stefan and immediately tells Sheriff Forbes exactly who he is. While admitting to being the feared Silas, he refuses to admit he’s a vampire; vampires are mere imitations of him and his thirst for human blood. When Silas pays a visit to Damon, he uses his likeness of Stefan to ask him about Katherine. Bonnie, who’s in the house and still ignoring Jeremy’s pleas to reveal herself, hears the conversation, realizes it’s Silas and believes her death released him.

After leaving the Salvatore house, Silas decides to control the minds of everyone in Mystic Falls to assert his power over them. In the process, he slits the throat of Bonnie’s dad and orders everyone to help him locate Katherine. Damon, who now knows what Silas did with his brother, currently has more than a little on his plate.

The Vampire Diaries airs Thursdays on the CW at 8/7c.

– Chelsea Regan

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