The Vampire Diaries recap: “Man on Fire”

Last week’s episode of the CW’s The Vampire Diaries did not leave off in a good place. The end of the relationship between Elena (Nina Dobrev) and Damon (Ian Somerhalder) didn’t leave us with any sort of closure, the other side of the veil was left in a mysterious mess, and Tyler (Michael Trevino) is a prisoner of the travelers — a problem that no one, including Tyler himself, has figured out yet.


Enzo (Michael Malarkey) has been on the hunt for his old “girlfriend” Maggie (Heather Hemmens). He recently got a piece of information that led him to believe that the person that killed Maggie was Stefan (Paul Wesley). Let’s not forget that Stefan has a horrible past history where he was once upon a time a nasty and ruthless ripper. Because of his history, Enzo thinks that Stefan is the one at fault. However, the year that Maggie was killed was just around the time that Stefan had started to recover from being a ripper. After we find this out we get a nice little flashback to the 1960s where we see what really happened between Stefan and Maggie. Maggie had been on the trail of Damon to get revenge on what he did to Enzo.

Just to fill you in if you missed previous episodes, Damon committed the ultimate betrayal to Enzo. When they were both held prisoners they had planned to escape together, but when the time came Damon saw that the only way out was to leave Enzo behind to die in the fire.

Now we know that Maggie had found this out and was seeking her revenge. However, on the night that Maggie found Stefan, he did not kill her … so what really happened? After swearing that he never wanted to see Elena again, Damon finally shows up — of course, seemingly cocky as ever at first, until he gets down to business. And here we get another flashback to the 1960s to when Damon met Maggie. Unfortunately, Maggie wasted no time and tried to attack Damon, and the only thing Damon could do was defend himself and kill Maggie.

When Enzo finds this out, of course he feels betrayal. Damon is his only true friend in the world, so his solution is to turn off his humanity switch. This whole flick of the switch of the humanity should not be a thing because it definitely seems to create more problems than solve them. Everything escalates and it ends with a fight between Stefan and Enzo. When you think that it’s about to be all over for Stefan, Enzo flips things all upside down and commits a sort of suicide in a twisted way to ruin the relationship that he has with his brother, Damon.

While all of this is happening, Liv (Penelope Mitchell) has still been doing her own thing, no matter what it costs to the people around her. I have to admit that I’m not a fan of her, and I hope she makes some sort of personality change soon. In this episode she’s been helping Enzo to make sure that her plan of getting rid of the travelers works out. Speaking of the travelers, don’t forget they still have Tyler, and whatever tricks they are up to, they do not look pretty.

If things end up in favor of the travelers, Bonnie’s (Kat Graham) life will become very questionable. We barely know what is even happening to the other side, but we do know that with the connection that Bonnie has as the veil, things most likely won’t end well for her either.

From the CW, in a preview for next week’s Vampire Diaries, the travelers are still relentless in getting what they want. Will they be able to fight them off? We’ll have to wait to find out until next week, but check out the preview below:


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