Well, things are certainly changing – and going to change – on “The Vampire Diaries” and on “The Originals,” if the glimpse into the future is any indication. The Friday, Feb. 26 episode, 714, “Moonlight on the Bayou,” sees Stefan head to New Orleans in hopes of escaping Rayna, while Caroline leaves town as well, to help Alaric get the twins to Dallas. Plus, Damon and Bonnie find out what Enzo has been up to and end in trouble, leading to Damon making a decision.
Well, first things first, the look at New Orleans three years from now raises a question about the future of “The Originals.” Caroline takes the twins to the bar to find Klaus, only to be told that he’s gone and no one has seen or heard from him in three years. Wait, what?
As for present day New Orleans, Stefan escapes to the bar/safe house after a small hiccup when he stops for a phone charger and Rayna catches up to him on the way. Yes, a vampire’s downfall is almost his cell phone’s battery life. Klaus, of course, knows he’s there and joins him for a drink and to catch up, and Stefan tries to keep the real reason he’s there a secret. He’s just there for some R&R, he says, seeking this kind of safety so Damon can’t track him. Stefan may be able to lie, but his wound bleeding through his shirt doesn’t, leaving a nice X-shaped bloody mark for Klaus to see. Once Klaus realizes why he’s really there, he orders him to leave. He knows all about Rayna.
When Stefan leaves, he leaves his phone behind, so when Caroline, on the road to Dallas with Alaric and the twins, calls, he answers, much to her surprise. And he knows that it’s not so easy for Caroline to just let Alaric take care of the babies and have no role in their lives. His family challenges his sanity, drives him to do unspeakable things and finds fresh and inventive ways to torture him, but it’s also what truly makes him happy, he tells her. It’s not a crime to love what you cannot explain. And with baby Jo asleep, they hang up, but Caroline has something to think about – and that explains why she wants to stay in Dallas at least for the night and why she’s still with the twins and Alaric in the future.
During that call, Klaus also promise that Stefan will be fine, and he keeps his word. When Rayna catches up to Stefan on a dark road in the middle of the woods in the dead of night, Klaus comes to his rescue and brings him back in New Orleans to see a witch to help him. But he also offers him some advice: “Let her go or spend an eternity sacrificing everything good you have with her for your brother.”
Meanwhile, The Armory, a mysterious society of supernatural artifact collectors are busy. They not only snatch up Mary Louise and Nora while they’re snacking away at a rest stop and planning a future together with a ring pop, they also have Enzo trying to pitch a trap to Damon and Bonnie: use Stefan to lure Rayna there, and they’ll lock her up. However, once Valerie informs Damon that they offered the same thing with Beau and didn’t care what happened to him, Damon’s ready to get out of there. Unfortunately, Enzo stops them, puts Damon in a room with Tyler on the night of a full moon and injects Bonnie with some sort of magical time-out.
Damon tries sedating Tyler and tying him to the bed, but nothing works. Bonnie, upon finding out the kind of trouble Damon’s in, knocks Enzo out and goes to find him. However, to open the door to his room, she needs Enzo’s hand … so she goes and cuts it off. (How these two get together in the future remains a head-scratcher.) But when Tyler threatens to go after Bonnie once the door is open, Damon tries to stop her, to get her to leave him there. She refuses, and when she opens the door, Tyler lunges at Damon. Bonnie trying to interfere gets her knocked out, and Tyler takes Damon’s advice to run if he wants to say alive.
Damon tries to give Bonnie his blood, but it doesn’t work, and as he sits at her side in the hospital, he promises to heal her once the magical time-out is out of her system. “You are a terrible friend, you know that? Do you have any idea what I’d have to go through if you’d had died today?” He asks her as he waits. “You’re not supposed to die for me, Bon. Neither is my brother.” And since he knows they won’t stop trying, he has to take himself out of the equation. “It all ends tomorrow,” he promises.
As for Enzo’s motivations, The Armory promised him answers about who he is in exchange for helping them with Rayna. Since his family sent him to a workhouse at the age of 4 and he knew nothing about love, relationships and family, he jumped at the opportunity. So he’s willing to make an enemy out of everyone, Bonnie questions. But when it’s all over and his hand is reattached, Enzo tries to quit, only for Alex, his handler essentially, to tell him they needed him to prove himself to them. It turns out his father founded The Armory, it’s his birthright and Alex is his family.
“The Vampire Diaries” season 7 airs Fridays at 8 p.m. on the CW. What did you think of episode 14 “Moonlight on the Bayou”?