Caroline takes drastic measures to ensure her family's safety when her children become the focus of the Siren's latest plan, and Stefan pledges to do everything he can to save the twins. Meanwhile, Enzo is unable to fight off Sybil's latest move and Stefan dives into his subconscious and sets off a chain of events that leaves him faced with a life-changing decision.
After learning that someone from Stefan's past may be Damon and Enzo's next target, Stefan, Bonnie and Caroline head to North Carolina. There, Bonnie takes drastic measures in an attempt to break Enzo free of whatever has a hold over him. Meanwhile, at the armory, Alaric and Georgie stumble upon a mysterious symbol that may be related to the supernatural force controlling Damon and Enzo.
Damon and Alaric face an old enemy after they obtain a weapon that may be able to destroy Cade. Meanwhile, Stefan is held captive by a surprising acquaintance and is forced to confront a dark secret from his past and Cade digs deep in Bonnie's mind.
Spoiled billionaire playboy Oliver Queen is missing and presumed dead when his yacht is lost at sea. He returns five years later a changed man, determined to clean up the city as a hooded vigilante armed with a bow.
Stefan's Christmas Eve dinner with Caroline is crashed by Damon and Sybil, and things quickly take a dark and twisted turn. Meanwhile, in a series of flashbacks to Stefan's past, Cade's attempt to entice him with his mysterious agenda leaves Stefan faced with an unimaginable decision.
Telepathic waitress Sookie Stackhouse encounters a strange new supernatural world when she meets the mysterious Bill, a southern Louisiana gentleman and vampire.
Damon makes a deal with Cade to retrieve the Maxwell journal, in an effort to save Stefan's soul, but Alaric and Matt refuse to hand the journal over because it may contain the key to destroying Cade. Meanwhile, Caroline desperately tries to connect with Stefan before Cade goes through with his plan.
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