5. It’s complicated
Teen love can be confusing — which is why Caroline took off running after Matt kissed her. Still, that’s pretty harsh! So we totally get why Matt cornered her to ask why. “How’d you feel?” he said. “I feel like I… I love you,” Caroline replied, as if it hurt to utter that phrase. Normally the L-word is a good thing. But coupling it with tears and a negative shake of the head was not what Matt wanted to see. “Then what’s the problem?” Matt asked. “If you love me then tell me.” Poor thing. He thinks he’s so strong. He wants to salve Carolines’s pain. But we seriously doubt that he can handle this truth. And, speaking of truth… (See OMG No. 4)
4. This dog bites
Again, we’ve gotta give it to the she-wolf Jules. Not only did the furry femme stick around after Damon told her not to, she called for back-up and put her own plan in motion by dropping a M-is-for-murder bomb on Tyler. She told him that not only has Uncle Mason joined his father at the Lockwood estate in the sky, but that “the little blonde vampire” and her vamp friends put Mason in his grave. Now, remember she’s saying this about the chick Ty just spent the most intimate night of his life with. And, yes, we count changing into a werewolf in front of someone as a intimate thing. (You know how dudes are. They don’t like to share their emotions, let alone life-altering events.)
3. Just say Uncle
On a quest to figure out a way to save Elena from the whole Klaus sacrifice thing, Stefan left town, looking for E’s birth mother Isobel. But he came back with her treacherous Uncle-Daddy John. What? Yeah, that cliffhanger’s got us baffled too. Last time we checked, Stefan threatened to turn Uncle John into a vampire if he didn’t get leave Mystic Falls — and Elena — alone foreva-eva. Yet now he’s bringing the dude back? This better be good.
2. A rose by any other name…
The proverbial “they” weren’t kidding about werewolf bites. One little nip-nip really is lethal to a vampire — in the most dramatic of ways. Rose’s swan song was a gut-wrenching tragedy. In addition to a rash that turned into rotting flesh, she suffered dementia, cold sweats, and a rabid blood thirst. But her final moment was a tender one. Curled up in Damon’s arms, she flashed back to her human days, spending her last undead moments basking in the warm glow of the sun. We doubt she even felt Damon stake her. R.I.P, Rose.
1. Embrace the evil within
We thought some event involving Elena would send Damon over the edge. But, no, it was Rose and her painful death that broke our boy. After he ushered his friend into the Great Beyond, the elder Salvatore lost it. “It was supposed to be me,” he told Elena. “Jules was coming after me.” Overcome with guilt over Rose’s death and tired of dealing with all those other pesky emotions, he got stupid drunk then laid in the middle of the road. “I’m lost,” he told the good samaritan who stopped to help. “Metaphorically. Existentially.” Seconds later the vampire found himself. Well, his evil self. “I’m not human. And I miss it. I miss it more than anything in the world,” he confessed to the passerby “But there’s only so much hurt one man can take.” Then he killed her. Her name was Jessica.