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: You know what they are? Children. Like lighting a candle's going to make everything OK, or even saying a prayer. Or pretending Elena's not going to end up just like the rest of us murdering vampires. Stupid, delusional, exasperating little children. And I know what you're going to say: 'It makes them feel better, Damon.' So what? For how long? A minute, a day? What difference does it make? Because in the end, when you lose somebody, every candle, every prayer is not going to make up for the fact that the only thing you have left is hole in your life where that somebody that you cared about used to be. And a rock with a birthday carved into it that I'm pretty sure is wrong. So thanks, friend. Thanks for leaving me here to babysit. Because I should be long gone by now. I didn't get the girl, remember? I'm just stuck here fighting my brother and taking care of the kids. You owe me big.
Alaric: I miss you too, buddy.