|“|| Okay, Mom, listen... While you're still here, there's something that's been nagging at me for... a long time.
I'm so sorry.
A FRACTURED FAMILY — As Julian and Lily throw a party to celebrate Nora and Mary Louise's Anniversary, Stefan and Damon set in motion a risky plan to eliminate a new threat posed by Julian. Meanwhile, following a major revelation uncovered by Valerie, Caroline is forced to face her new reality, even as it threatens to destroy her relationship with Stefan. Finally, determined to do what’s best for her family, Lily makes the most difficult decision of her life.
|Lily, Damon and Stefan carry out a risky plan to take down Julian which requires Lily and Julian unlinked with the help of heretics. Valerie discloses about Julian to the rest heretics who are now on her side completely except Mary Louise. Caroline informs Stefan about her pregnancy. After a talk with Lily, Stefan apologizes and says he will always love her. Enzo approaches Lily asking her to run to safety as she may fall into trouble and they share a moment. Later in the episode, Enzo finds himself vervained & kidnapped by Matt and his new hunting friends. Damon and Stefan finally corner Julian, but are interrupted by the heretics. Julian forces Lily to choose between killing Valerie, or Damon. Not realizing they are no longer linked, Lily decides to kill herself in order to protect her actual children. Nora breaks up with Mary Louise as the latter doubted Valerie's story and sided with Julian. The heretics and Stefan bid heartfelt goodbyes to Lily while Damon in his unforgiving self, gives a crisp one "You made your bed. Have a nice nap!"
Flashforward: Rewinding back to the three-year flash forward at the beginning of the episode, Damon is held captive by some woman whom he hallucinates as Lily; he asks for forgiveness as he bid her goodbye in the harshest possible way. At the end of the episode, the unknown woman says that Lily's been dead for years and that Damon will die soon as he has been poisoned with werewolf toxin. She kicks him on his face and the screen goes blank.
Special Recurring Guest Star
- Antagonists: Julian and Mary Louise
- In the flash forward, Damon is held captive at the TV station by the Huntress. At first it was assumed that the Huntress was Lily. Later on, it was actually a hallucination of Lily and the Huntress knocked out Damon.
- In the last few seconds of the episode, the Huntress' real form was shown.
- Damon was confirmed to have been affected by werewolf venom.
- Valerie tells the rest of the Heretics what Julian did to her and her unborn child. Beau and Nora turned on Julian and sided with Valerie and Lily but Mary Louise does not believe Valerie's story and thus sided with Julian instead.
- Lily is the second vampire mother character to kill herself, the first was Elena's, Isobel Flemming under Klaus' compulsion in the season two episode Know Thy Enemy. Though Lily did so willingly to save her son Damon and Valerie from being killed by Julian.
- Lily Salvatore staked herself to kill Julian not knowing that the latter was freed from the linking spell. He ordered Mary Louise to undo the spell to protect Lily from being killed when her sons get the chance to eliminate Julian, resulting in a backfire.
- Julian grieved Lily's suicide, he was seen weeping in this episode indicating that he may have genuine feelings for her.
- Both Damon and Elena, his sleeping girlfriend, have both watched their mothers kill themselves.
- Mary Louise proposes to Nora, who accepts, but the engagement does not last long as Nora breaks things off when Mary betrays everyone and frees Julian.
- Dallas, Texas
- KQBC Channel 3 News Studio (flashforward)
- Mystic Falls, Virginia
- McKinley, Virginia
- Lillian Salvatore - staked; by herself
Behind the Scenes
- This is the first episode of the series overall, in which the third official main cast member (Kat Graham in this case) is absent.
- Hashtag during the airing is #LilysChoice
- "Hold Me, Thrill Me, Kiss Me, Kill Me" is a 1995 single by U2 from the Batman Forever soundtrack album.