The vampire huntress is reunited with her weapon -- which is not a good thing

By Dalene Rovenstine
February 20, 2016 at 12:06 AM EST
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The Vampire Diaries

S7 E13
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What would you do for the ones you love? Spend 145 years attempting to free someone from a tomb? Create a whole new realm to force someone to spend eternity with you? Carry twin siphoner babies in your womb for a friend? The Vampire Diaries has always been about the lengths people are willing to go for love, and tonight that thread continues: Both our heroes and the new Big Bad show what they’re willing to do, even begrudgingly, for their loved ones.

And that is where Rayna Cruz’s origin story starts: with the love for her father. In Saint Malo, Louisiana, 1842, a young girl is sitting around a fire with her father; he’s sketched over his invisible hunter marks so she can see them herself. If you’ll recall, the hunter tattoos are only visible to the Brotherhood of the Five. She hopes to be in the brotherhood someday and wants to learn how to fight.

For 15 years her father trains her (and she grows up into the huntress we saw emerging from the fire last week — actress Leslie-Anne Huff); it’s then that a vampire named Julian comes to attack the town of Saint Malo. Rayna’s father doesn’t let her go with him to fight, but later she goes to see what’s happened. That’s when she finds Julian about to kill her father. She attempts to get him to stop by saying that her father is one of The Five, but that backfires: Julian compels her to kill her father instead, so he won’t suffer the hunter’s curse. As she tries to fight the compulsion, Rayna cries and tells her father she can’t stop. “Carry on my legacy,” he tells her before dying from her stab to the chest.

Angry about her father’s death, Rayna goes to a group of shamans who perform a ritual to imbue her with long life and power. Seven of them take their own lives so that they may live on through her. The head shaman gives her a sword, “a weapon of judgment, one that thirsts for those who prey upon us.” Before killing himself as well, the shaman says that when the blade draws blood from a vampire, it will help her in their destruction.

And in 1903 England, we see that in action. Julian, Mary Lou, Nora, and Beau are walking out of a bar singing (Beau has a voice!) when the huntress finds them and runs her blade through Beau’s throat. Julian is able to knock Rayna out before they all flee. Julian knows they need to get as far from her as possible, so they book a transatlantic trip to New York, with Lily who is offscreen.

And before Nora can even complain about her pine box accommodations on the boat, Rayna has found them and finally avenges her father’s death. She stabs Julian with her special sword, which sucks his soul into the Phoenix Stone.

Rayna is pretty bad-ass, and she proves that in the future, too. She’s still in Enzo’s glass box, which she attempts to punch her way out of. He tries to tell her she’s going to hurt herself when she shatters the whole thing. The huntress is loose. And she wants her sword back.

Enzo calls Damon and threatens that he’ll tell Bonnie what Damon did to Elena (I’m questioning how Enzo knows this, but for some reason Damon doesn’t) if they don’t bring him Rayna’s sword. Damon doesn’t want his friend Bonnie — who found out about his fling from last week, “Krystal with a K,” and was super cool about it — to find out about his other, bigger mistake.

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They go to Bonnie’s dorm room, where she pulls out the sword, but she doesn’t want to hand it over before Damon tells her what Enzo has on him. “Damon, it’s me — I’m your best friend,” she says. I really love these two being friends, and I wish he’d tell her the truth here, but he doesn’t. Also, where is Tyler? Why didn’t he give anyone a heads up about what happened??

Damon asks her to leave it alone, but she gives him the sword anyway. They take it to Alaric’s old classroom, where they find Enzo tied to a chair. Next thing they know, Rayna is there, demanding her sword. When they say no, she shoots Bonnie in the stomach with an arrow. This woman is not very patient. So Damon throws the sword out the window for her to go retrieve.

Now that Rayna has her sword, she can finally track down her old friends, the heretics, who all just so happen to be at the hospital.

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After the events of last week’s episode, Stefan rushed back to the hospital, where Caroline is almost fully desiccated. He and Valerie compel the doctors to do a C-section to get those vampire-magic siphoning babies out of her, but the doctor can’t even make an incision before the scalpel goes flying across the room. “I don’t think they want to be born,” Valerie says, as I die laughing. Those babies want to stay connected to Caroline’s sweet vampire blood apparently.

Valerie thinks the only way for this to work is to create enough magic outside of Caroline’s body that the babies won’t resist when the compelled doctors try to take them out of the womb. So she calls on her heretic friends to help. Mary Louise, Nora, Beau, and Valerie stand around Caroline chanting magic as the doctor performs C-section attempt No. 2.

Ric is trying to get back to Mystic Falls and isn’t super happy about how all this is going down: “What do you mean she’s surrounded by heretics?” he asks Stefan on the phone. But Stefan swears he’ll make sure nothing happens to the babies — or Caroline. This time the doctor is able to make the incision, and it’s right at that moment that Beau’s huntress neck scar opens and he starts coughing up blood; it’s the very moment that Rayna is reunited with her sword.

Nora calls Bonnie, who is freshly revived thanks to Damon’s blood, and asks how Rayna got the sword. Bonnie tries to say it wasn’t intentional, but Nora doesn’t care how it happened. This means that Rayna will never stop coming for them until they’re dead. Oh, and she just happens to be coming to the very spot where Caroline is trying to deliver Alaric’s babies — which is news to Bonnie.

She and Damon rush to the hospital, from which Mary Lou, Nora, and Beau have decided to flee. Stefan pleads with them to stay and help Caroline, but Valerie says it’s best if they go and get Beau to safety. Valerie might also be a target of Rayna’s, but she wants to stay and give the babies a chance, even if it means they will take all of her magic, thereby killing her.

The three heretics flee, but it’s too late: Rayna’s already at the hospital and she stabs Beau with the sword, sucking his spirit into the Phoenix Stone. Mary Lou and Nora flee, and Rayna heads inside the hospital, which can’t be good considering Caroline is currently unconscious on an operating table. Stefan takes her hand, and goes into her mind, in an attempt to have one last date with her in case this is the end.

Damon and Bonnie arrive at the hospital: He takes on Raina while Bonnie goes to help Valerie with the baby magic-stealers. While Damon is telling Rayna how much she looks like Elena (“You look a lot like my girlfriend and her three doppelgängers”), Bonnie is telling Stefan he has to help his brother, even though he doesn’t want to. At that moment Rick arrives to see his babies’ births, so Stefan reluctantly goes.

Damon is barely putting up a fight with Rayna; he’s ready to go back to hell, but just as she’s about to stab him, Stefan steps in front of the blade. It doesn’t go all the way in, but he’s been marked — and as his moments with Caroline flash before his eyes — he realizes he has to GTFO of town. “I’ll see you brother,” he says before fleeing.

Caroline gives birth to Alaric and Jo’s beautiful baby girls. Ric brings them to meet Caroline after she wakes up (for some reason they won’t steal her magic now) and tells her what he named them: Josie, in honor of their mother, and Elizabeth, “in honor of your mother.” TEARS.

After his brother takes yet another fall for him, Damon is feeling particularly angry, so he goes to take it out on Enzo, who’s still tied up in Ric’s old classroom (LOL Whitmore). He’s ready to end him when Enzo shouts out what we all knew/suspected: Elena is alive. It turns out that Tyler has been working with whatever group Enzo is mixed up in. The coffin Damon burned up was empty; the real Elena coffin is safe and sound in New York.

Damon calls his brother to give him the good news, but even that can’t cheer up Stefan. He’s not having the best day. He has to continually be on the run now that he’s been marked by the huntress — which probably means bye-bye Steroline? We know that’s true in the future — and we know that Rayna catches up with Stefan.

Also three years in the future: Caroline, with her twin daughters in tow, is heading to New Orleans to visit “mommy’s friend.” (Klaroline lives?!)

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The Vampire Diaries

Ian Somerhalder, Nina Dobrev, and Paul Wesley star in the CW’s romance-infused vampire soap opera.
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