Go Back in Time with The Vampire Diaries...

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I did not care for this week's episode of The Vampire Diaries. At all. Find out why it my scathing review of "Ghost World."

However, the show knows the way to this fan's heart, as I have the utmost faith next Thursday's "Ordinary People" will redeem my affection for the series, thanks to one word and two syllables: flashback.

Through Alaric's discovery of ancient symbols, combined with the return of an angry Rebekah - who will go at it with Elena - we'll learn more than ever about the Original family via a focus on its origins. This will include the introduction of Klaus' mother. Excited yet? Watch the official CW preview:

Also on tap for next week? Stefan and Damon will be surprised by an "unlikely ally," according to the network tease. Who will it be? I'm calling it now: Mikael.

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Vampire Diaries Quotes

You want a love that consumes you. You want passion and adventure, and even a little danger... I want you to get everything you're looking for. But for right now, I want you to forget that this happened. Can't have people knowing I'm in town yet. Goodnight, Elena.

Damon

Dear Elena, yes you heard that correctly. Hell has frozen over. I'm writing it all down. Granted, I'm half a bottle in thanks to my 1950 Chateau Cheval Blanc, a bottle I waited 65 years to open. I used to spend nights sitting in my wine cellar convincing myself I could hear it age, tannins growing, fermenting, but appreciating its beauty didn't make time go by any faster. The bottle just laid there on its shelf, torturing me while I waited for Katherine and time stood still. Eventually I convinced myself that no sip of that wine could ever taste as good as I dreamt it would. And that is the story of why I drink bourbon. I don't know who I am without you, but I know that as long as I'm with you, time will stand still. So who is Damon Salvatore without Elena Gilbert? A selfish friend, a jealous brother, a horrible son? Or maybe with a little luck, I'll do right by you. Because you may be a thousand miles away or a hundred years away, but you're still here with me and my heart is right there in that coffin with you. Until you come back to me.

Damon