The Vampire Diaries may be taking a week off next Thursday, but at least last night's "The Ties That Bind" gave fans something juicy to ponder until we wait for the show's February 2 return:
Elijah. Oh, yes, he's back.
What sort of impact will this Original have on "Bringing Out the Dead?" It's unclear, but the official CW synopsis teases a dinner party thrown by Klaus on the episode, one that will reveal more family secrets and then get interrupted by "an unexpected guest."
Elsewhere, look for Sheriff Forbes to deliver disturbing news to Alaric and Elena; while Stefan seeks help from Bonnie and Abby; and Caroline does all she can to prevent a tragedy from taking place.