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The Vampire Diaries recap: season 3, episode 8

Elena gets Rebekah to reveal her family secrets, while Stefan and Damon enjoy some brotherly bonding

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The Vampire Diaries

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Nina Dobrev, Ian Somerhalder, Paul Wesley
The CW

I’ve got to admit, you guys, when I saw those etch-a-sketch cave drawings in last week’s TVD preview I was a wee bit skeptical about how this episode was going to turn out. But once again this show has proven me wrong. From revealing flashbacks (with Elijah!) to brotherly bonding and of course, an all too swoon-worthy Damon and Elena bedroom scene (don’t worry we WILL discuss this), this week’s episode definitely delivered. Now, let’s jump in!

The episode kicks off with former besties Alaric and Damon showing Elena the cave that Mason Lockwood discovered in the last episode. Turns out that Mason was speechless moments before disappearing into the land of dearly departed vamps (again), because he saw a wall covered in cave drawings illustrating how the originals came to be. Now, I know this was meant to be a big reveal and what not,  but there’s something about miniature chalk-stick drawings that make me chuckle. But I digress. The cave paintings were obviously a huge deal for Alaric, who finally got to release his inner-history geek. He explains to Elena that the drawings pre-dated the founding of the New World and that they were kind of a big deal. Before long, he’s translating the ancient Viking script on the wall (NBD right?), which apparently reads: Klaus, Elijah and Rebekah. And here we thought writing our names in a bathroom stall was cool.

This revelation leads to the first flashback of the night which shows a very human Rebekah carving her name into a wall with a blade, while a very human Klaus watches on. Klaus warns Rebekah that their father could figure out what they were up to at any moment and it’s evident that they are both very, very afraid of him.

Back at the cave, Elena wonders whether the drawings could just be another one of Klaus’ games, but Damon and Alaric assure her it’s not. Turns out there’s another name on the wall, one that they know Klaus wouldn’t mess with: Mikael. Or, as Damon likes to call him, “Papa Original.” Yep, Mikael (you know, the one who most recently chomped on Katherine’s neck? Whatever happened to her anyway?) is Klaus, Elijiah and Rebekah’s dad. Admittedly, this didn’t come as a huge surprise to me since I read quite a few comments from sharp fans who guessed it early on. The writers must have realized it wouldn’t be a gasp-worthy reveal too because they made sure to throw in another shocker (which I don’t think many people saw coming) later in the episode, but we’ll get to that in a few.

After taking tons of photos of the symbols on the cave walls, Alaric and the gang go back to his place, where he pores through them in hopes of deciphering what they represent. Meanwhile, in the background, Damon and Elena pick up their Buffy 2.0 training while theorizing with Alaric. Now, usually I’d critique them for not giving the cave drawings their full attention but come on, did you see that neck nuzzle Damon gave her at the end of their fake fight? Totally made the non-attention excusable. Anyway, apparently all the physical contact helped spark something in Elena because she realized that the best way to get the story of the original family would be to go to the source, a.k.a. Rebekah. Hey, I didn’t say it was a good idea.

NEXT: Damon and Stefan play drinking games