‘The Vampire Diaries’: Five Reasons Why ‘The Killer’ Is a Must-See

"The Vampire Diaries": Nina Dobrev as Elena and Paul Wesley as Stefan (Photo Credit: Bob Mahoney/The CW)

This week’s episode of “The Vampire Diaries,” “The Killer,” is a must-see. As Elena continues to struggle with her new identity as a vampire, every guy that she cares about is in jeopardy thanks to Connor. Tyler is in a different type of trouble when Caroline meets Hayley, while Klaus and Stefan’s reluctant partnership is put to the test as they work together to discover a cure for vampirism. Executive producer Julie Plec and Todd Willliams,  who plays Connor, previewed the episode that will change everything.

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The Actual Vampire Diaries Return: When the show began, both Elena (Nina Dobrev) and Stefan (Paul Wesley) kept journals. The device quickly fell by the wayside. This week, it returns. “What we’ve said since season one is that a diary is your most personal place for your most personal messages,” says Plec.  “For when you’re a in a friendship or a functional relationship and you feel like you’ve got something to share you can share it with a friend, a lover, a whatever. And Elena’s sort of always had that in Stefan or Damon. Right now she feels more lost or alone than she ever had. This felt like the right time for her to need to have a voice for that because she doesn’t feel like she could admit this to her friends and loved ones that she hates who she’s become.

Preview Thursday Night’s Episode of “The Vampire Diaries”

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Connor Holds the Humans Hostage: Connor’s plan to kill every single vampire in Mystic Falls takes an even darker turns when he holds Matt, (Zach Roerig), Jeremey (Steven R. McQueen) and April (Grace Phipps) hostage at the Mystic Falls Grill. His plan is to lure Stefan and Damon (Ian Somerhalder) into a trap when they ride to the rescue. However, in classic TVD fashion, something unexpected happens instead. According to Williams, Connor is more than just a killing machine. “From what I’ve come to understand, Connor, he’s actually in a way a victim of the tattoo. People think that’s all he wants to do is kill vampires and that he derives some kind of pleasure from it. But it’s quite the opposite. He’s a very tortured man and he has a lot of questions and he didn’t even know his origins and his background. He’s just in search for so many things that there’s a level of desperation that you can see in ‘The Killer’ just because he’s like ‘I just want to know. I want everything that I’ve done to be worth it.’ This tattoo, he’s not able to be compelled by vampires. But it kind of compels him to do what he does.”

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The Vampirism Cure Creates [Another] Rift Between Damon and Stefan: Last week, Stefan learned that there was a potential cure for vampirism. He promised Klaus that he would keep its existence a secret. This week, the steps that he takes to keep Damon from finding out creates the umpteenth rift between the brothers. In fact, the existence of the cure could change everything about the universe of the show. Says Plec, “There’s going to be a whole lot of questions asked about what could happen if this cure were to be uncovered and deciding who would go to great lengths to make sure it didn’t fall into the wrong hands. That all being said, our mythologies season to season always have a nice sort of beginning and right now this announcement of the cure at this point in the narrative is equal to Katherine wants a moonstone is equal to Damon’s looking for a crystal.  It‘s the beginning of a lot of roads that we can travel down.”

Caroline Discovers Hayley’s Real Agenda: Hayley (Phoebe Tonkin) is the werewolf who kept Tyler (Michael Trevino) company while he was learning how to break his sire bond with Klaus (Joseph Morgan). It seems like the two of them were just hooking up. However, this week we, and Caroline, learn that Hayley has a secret agenda. “What we like to do is introduce a trope that you think you know where it’s going and everyone gets all up in arms because here comes the slutty little vixen and Tyler’s a cheater and that’s how they’re going to break up Caroline to get Caroline to Klaus and hack hack hack. We like to do that and invite that sort of attack because we’re masochists and because we like to feel badly about ourselves,” jokes Plec. “Then we like to be basically like, ‘That’s not at all what we’re doing.” Hayley is a character, not to say she doesn’t have her own strong attachment to Tyler, but she is there for a reason.”

Bonnie and Professor Shane: Last week Bonnie (Kat Graham) met Professor Shane (David Alpay) who told her there was a possibility she could regain her witch powers. This week, she begins her studies with him, totally unaware that he is working with Connor. Is she regaining her strength or making a deal with the devil? Plec isn’t telling. “On one hand there’s this mentor that’s appearing in her life. She’s in her own darkest place where she feels like she lost connection to her magic and has been punished by the spirits and here’s this very wise, very bright, very connected professor who’s saying to her, ‘Hey, let me teach you how to get back in touch with who you really are.’ So there’s an allure to that that’s really great and unfortunately, as we’ve already seen, he does have an alternate agenda that he’s hiding. We just don’t know that it’s in her best interests or not.

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

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