LET’S MAKE A DEAL — Damon (Ian Somerhalder) and Stefan (Paul Wesley) try a brutal new approach to provoke Elena (Nina Dobrev) into turning her humanity back on, and Caroline (Candice Accola) is frustrated when her attempt to intervene backfires. When Elena figures out a way to call the Salvatore brothers’ bluff, they call for backup from a surprising source. Matt (Zach Roerig) gives Rebekah (Claire Holt) some unsolicited advice on her life choices, and she tries to help him in return. Caroline has a confusing and dangerous encounter with Klaus (Joseph Morgan), and Katherine (Nina Dobrev) is suspicious when Bonnie (Kat Graham) makes her an offer that she promises will benefit them both. Darnell Martin directed the episode written by Michael Narducci & Rebecca Sonnenshine (#421).
Elena (Nina Dobrev) and Rebekah (Claire Holt) take off in search of Katherine (also played by Nina Dobrev) and find themselves in a small town in Pennsylvania, where Elena has a surprising encounter with another old acquaintance — Elijah (guest star Daniel Gillies). Stefan (Paul Wesley) and Damon (Ian Somerhalder) are both concerned about Elena’s state of mind and are determined to do what’s best for her, but she makes it clear that helping her will be difficult. Damon is not sure how to react when Stefan reveals his unexpected plan for the future. Meanwhile, in Mystic Falls, Klaus (Joseph Morgan) receives Caroline’s (Candice Accola) reluctant help and comes to a new understanding of Silas’ powers.
In Thursday’s episode of The Vampire Diaries (The CW, 8 p.m. ET), Joseph Morgan’s Klaus is still trapped in Elena’s house while the hunt for the cure continues on that island off the coast of Nova Scotia. “He’s really the only thing at the moment that can help them translate the code on the sword and break the code on the tattoo and find out where the cure is. [Tyler and Caroline] are pushing him to try to get that information, and he, as always, loves to lord it over people. ‘Yeah, I have the information. Maybe you should beg me,’” Morgan says. “I feel like if this was an episode of 24, the other characters are the ones out on the streets busting into a drug warehouse or something, and we’re the ones back in headquarters going on the computer like [bloop], ‘We’re uploading the satellite thing now.’ There’s that kind of feel to it.”
As we’ve been pointing out in our recaps, we’ve never actually heard what form the cure takes and how many people can partake in it. That will change this week: “It’ll become a lot clearer,” Morgan says. “We find out a lot more about what the rules are concerning the cure.” Something else to look forward to: Klaus’ incarceration will leave him understandably pissed: “They killed his brother, he saw it, it was right there in front of him. And to top if off, Tyler spent the next two episodes taunting him. I don’t know if we can get quite as glorious as the slaughter of 12 hybrids with an ancient sword, but he’s certainly going to come out looking for vengeance.” (Klaus won’t be in the Feb. 21 episode, “Stand By Me.” Says Morgan, “That’s because of the way he lays it down in this episode.”)
Looking ahead to the April 25 episode of TVD, which will serve as a backdoor pilot for a New Orleans-set spinoff centered on the remaining Originals (costarring Daniel Gillies and Claire Holt), a grateful Morgan says he’ll travel to the Big Easy the week of March 11 to shoot it. (If it goes to series, they’ll shoot primarily in Atlanta to allow for crossovers.) “I’m terrified I’m gonna say something I’m not supposed to,” he admits, “but there’s some huge, huge transitions and some reveals that will change the character forever…. We’re gonna see some tremendous moments of vulnerability, but he is so, I wanna swear, badass. We’re gonna see him cooler than he’s ever been before.”
Klaus returns to New Orleans, a town he helped build, to find his protegé Marcel (The Game‘s Charles Michael Davis) its unofficial king. “It would be nice, if we were picked up or even possibly during the pilot, to see a little bit of Klaus as the underdog, the one we’re rooting for,” Morgan says. Look for Morgan and Davis to have good chemistry: “I used to play poker with him in L.A., so I randomly knew him. He actually won money from me a bunch of times,” Morgan says, laughing. “He’s a really good poker player. He texted me when he was auditioning for it. I’m excited to start it with him, because I feel like I know the dynamic between the two of us works. It’s good to know that that’s something else that works, as well as mine and Gillies’ relationship.”