Free will or fate — which really guides our lives? And when it comes to love, do we all have that one soulmate ... or can we choose our partners?
This flashback-heavy episode of "The Vampire Diaries" delves into those questions, as it becomes clear what being a doppelganger really means. The story of Silas and Ketzia — which gets shaded in more — brings up a lot of relationship questions for Elena, Damon, and Stefan.
Let's get an update on all the 'ships from this week's episode:
Elena and Damon
Status: Love don't come easy
Exes can haunt any relationship, but Elena's opus of a love affair with Damon's brother is the Ghost of All Ghosts. Elena continues to have dreams about Stefan, this time bursting into flames in the sun (he lost his daylight ring). And as much as Damon tries to pretend he's OK with her psychic connection to Stefan, well, he's not. It bugs him. Damon even has a chance to leave Stefan behind with Ketzia, but he's too loyal to his brother to do that. Still, after learning about how the doppelgangers are destined for each other, Damon can't help but fret that he and Elena are a "lost cause." He won't let that stop him from loving her, though. Elena assures him that Ketzia is crazy and she loves him. Fate be damned.
Elena and Stefan
Status: Meant to be?
After getting out of that box, a burning Stefan is rescued by none other than Ketzia, the woman who a) turned Silas into an immortal, b) created "The Other Side," and c) made the cure. From her, he learns why he and Elena exist: When Silas and his true love, Amara (a dead ringer for Elena/Katherine), were made immortal, it violated a law of nature. "Nature found a balance by creating mortal shadow selves," she says. And those doppelgangers are destined to find each other. Everyone else (herself, Damon) is just an obstacle in their path to each other. It'll be interesting to see what happens now that Stefan is back in town — without any recollection of who he is, who Damon is, and who Elena is. Will Amnesiac Stefan fall for Elena all over again?
[Video: Nina Dobrev and Derek Hough Split]
Silas and Ketzia
Status: Out for revenge
Right, so this was not an amicable breakup. But these two exes want the same thing: Make Silas mortal again by giving him the cure. Still, their epic battle for vengeance is going to have a lot of victims — first and foremost, Katherine. Seems the cure still exists … in her blood! By the way, is it just us, or does it feel like Ketzia (now calling herself Tessa) maybe lied about killing Amara? We never saw a body, and Ketzia could've been holding up any heart. Just theorizing.
Nadia and Matt
Status: Sort of a couple
Nadia is one mysterious chick. What is her agenda here? She promises Silas that she'll use Matt to find Katherine, then kill him. But when she corners Matt in an alley, she performs some kind of spell, which calls her dead friend Gregor's spirit into Matt's body. And she and Gregor are clearly lovers (after some yelling, he forgives her for killing him). But he wants to know where his body is, for some reason. Later, Matt wakes up, disoriented. He doesn't remember calling Elena earlier, or why his boots are caked with mud. Or why there's a knife in his pocket. Hmmm.
Check out Twitter reactions to the episode, and then sound off in the comments below!
Why can't Damon have a doppelgänger?!!? #VampireDiaries— Julia Merritt (@_Oodledoodle) October 18, 2013
Poor Matt just gets dragged into every terrible situation possible, leave mystic falls while you're still human and alive #VampireDiaries— Brittney (@Brittneyeva) October 18, 2013
"The Vampire Diaries" airs Thursdays at 8 p.m. on The CW.
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