By Mandi Bierly
January 15, 2013 at 10:09 PM EST
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After a month’s hiatus, The Vampire Diaries returns Thursday (The CW, 8 p.m. ET) with a new episode that begins a new chapter for the show — the war for the cure. Claire Holt’s Rebekah returns after (once again) being daggered by her brother Klaus (Joseph Morgan) and she wants two things: Revenge and an update. “Rebekah gathers Stefan, Elena, and Caroline in the high school and she basically psychologically tortures them,” Holt says. “She questions them about the tattoo, and the cure, and Stefan and Elena’s relationship, and it brings some uncomfortable truths to light. It’s definitely going to be much more difficult for Caroline, Elena, and Stefan than it is for Rebekah.”

Some of the those “uncomfortable truths,” when spoken, will draw audible gasps/empathy groans from fans. The script certainly elicited a response from Holt. “I was so excited, I texted [showrunner Julie Plec] immediately after I read it, and I was like, ‘Ohmygosh, thank you so much. I love this episode,'” Holt says. “It was one of the few moments where Rebekah truly is in control and she loves that. It was so fun to play this ‘Truth or Dare’ game. It was one of my favorite episodes.”

We know from the promo that Rebekah and Klaus’ brother Kol (Nathaniel Buzolic) also returns in the episode. “He’s there to help Rebekah get the answers that she wants, and he brings Shane [David Alpay] to the school for questioning as well,” Holt says. “The result isn’t too great for Shane.”

As for Rebekah’s relationship with Klaus, Holt says, “She’s so devastated that he’s betrayed her. He’s done it so many times now, I’m not sure that they’re going to be able to rebuild that trust. It would take a lot and be a long journey for them, if they were to ever be as close as they used to be. Both of them now are more out for themselves. Her goal it to find the cure, and she doesn’t really care about anyone else.”

It’s tough to tell whether that makes it more or less likely that the proposed Vampire Diaries spinoff, The Originals, centered on Klaus, would have a place for Rebekah. “We haven’t read a script yet for [the April TVD episode that will serve as backdoor pilot],” Holt says. “I guess we’ll just have to wait to find out.”

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