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Damon: She's not a toy soldier!

Lily: And Malcolm was not a vase.

Damon and Lily


Never Let Me Go is the second episode of the seventh season of The Vampire Diaries and the one hundred and thirty-fifth episode of the series overall.

Summary

ONE STEP AHEAD – When an impulsive decision by Damon threatens to unravel a carefully negotiated deal between Stefan and Lily, he has no choice but to make amends with his mother before things spiral further out of control. However, Lily remains one step ahead and carries out a harsh plan that hits Damon where it hurts most. Elsewhere, after returning to Whitmore College, Alaric turns to Bonnie for help with a mysterious and potentially dangerous artifact he has obtained, while Matt is forced into making a risky life or death decision. Meanwhile, Caroline, who finds herself a pawn in Lily and the Heretics' plan for retribution, uncovers a shocking detail about Stefan's past. Enzo also appears.


Plot

Cast

Main Cast

Special Recurring Guest Star

Recurring Cast

Co-Starring

Trivia

  • Antagonists: Lily & the Heretics (Valerie, Nora, Mary Louise and Beau).
  • Damon and Stefan now stay in the Lockwood Mansion.
  • This is the second flash forward in the series and also the first time flash forwards have been in back to back episodes.
  • For the first time, a thermal camera is used in the series and it shows that Vampires do have some body heat. In Season One's Haunted, Stefan told Vicki the reason vampires drink hot drinks like tea and coffee is so that they're not cold to the touch.
  • The EMF Meter that Amanda is holding goes off and leads her and Ryan to Elena's casket in the crypt, as she told Ryan the meter will go off around anything supernatural.
  • Mary Louise and Nora attended the funeral of Queen Victoria in 1901, Nora didn't want to wear the dress to Malcolm's service cause she felt silly. After Caroline laughed at her she went to find something else to wear, Mary Louise then hurt Caroline for laughing at her girlfriend. She later picked one of Elena's dressess after a suggestion by Caroline.
  • Lily takes Caroline as a hostage, due to Stefan and Damon breaking the deal for truce she and Stefan had made. Even when Damon apologises to her, she doesn't accept his apology, due to realising that he didn't kill Malcolm alone, but he had help. Later on, Lily steals Elena's coffin as a further punishment to Damon, especially, willing to cause fighting between the two brothers, by slowly taking away everything they love and care about.
  • Lily took Elena to force Damon to leave Mystic Falls for good and never come back, implying she would kill her if he should return.
  • When Lily and her Heretic family come to place the ashes of Malcolm in the Salvatore crypt, she originally told them to remove Elena's body from her casket and dump her body at the bottom of the falls so she would spend the next 60 years in the river. This is before deciding to use her against Damon. This implies that either Kai's sleeping spell on Elena protects her from dying or that she might not be a human anymore as the only reason she wouldn't die if her body was put into the river.
  • It was confirmed in this episode by Lily that Giuseppe was physically abusive to Damon.
  • Alaric lies to Bonnie that he destroyed the Phoenix Stone as she instructed him to, due to having seen a vision of people dying when she touched the stone, considering it dangerous. Alaric, later, is seen to resurrect Ryan's dead body by putting the Phoenix Stone on his chest, but when he removes it from it, he dies again.
  • Bonnie stops Matt's heart for 6 minutes after he is made the owner of the Salvatore Boarding House, nulifying his claim of ownership. This allows Damon and Stefan to enter the house to save Caroline.
  • It is revealed that Stefan had met Valerie in the past, while Caroline reads a specific page in Stefan's diary, instructed by Nora. Having met him, Valerie kept reading his diary in 1903 Prison World's Salvatore House, where she lived along with the rest of the Heretics and Lily. Hence, the first thing she looked for when they moved from Lily's House to the Salvatore Boarding House, after returning to the real world, was Stefan's diary.
  • The diary of Stefan's that Caroline reads from obviously comes from the 1903 prison world as Stefan burned all of his original diaries in For Whom the Bell Tolls.
  • In a flash-forward to three years in the future, Caroline is seen working backstage for KQBC 3 in Dallas, Texas. At first, her fiancé calls and Tony, her assistant, is informing her that he's planning a trip back to Mystic Falls. When Caroline hears that, she says they cannot go back there. Afterwards, Stefan calls and Tony is letting her know once again. However, Caroline gets mad and tells him that she doesn't want to listen to the name of Stefan Salvatore ever again. While walking away from Tony, they both turn around looking at each other, where Tony has been shot in the neck and Caroline is shot with a stake. It is unknown if she got shot in the heart.


Continuity

Body Count

Behind the Scenes

  • This episode had about 1.40 million viewers in the USA.
  • Horror fan (and this episode’s director) Chris Grismer was in his element directing the Phoenix Stone flash-cuts. He was allowed to be as outrageous and gory as he wanted to be because the footage would be so short that it just might sneak past the rule-makers. It’s his homage to similar nightmare flashes in the movie Event Horizon.
  • Lucy is the name of Brian’s housekeeper, who is now the name of Lily Salvatore’s housekeeper. For years, as a joke, the writers have pitched a comedy web series about the never-seen but clearly well-paid cleaning staff of the Salvatore House. Keeping all the candles burning and the logs stocked is a full time job, not to mention carpet/couch blood stain removal. 
  • When Caroline laughs at Nora wearing the frumpy dress, the camera was rolling on Candice and first AD Tony Griffin walked into the shot in the dress instead of Scarlett Byrne. That laugh was genuine.
  • As Grismer was trying to figure out a whole complicated split-screen gag to shoot the eyeliner pencil that close to Caroline’s eye, an epiphany occurred: Every day in the makeup chair, the makeup artist gets that close. So instead of using VFX, he used the makeup artist and did it for real. Clever thinking.
  • Michael Malarkey is a musician in real life, and we couldn’t resist giving him the opportunity to show off his skills. He’s strumming the chords of a song he wrote.

References

Quotes

Stefan (to Damon): "Lily took Caroline"
Damon: "What?"
Stefan: "For breaking our deal."
Enzo (to Caroline): "I am the closest thing to a friend you have in here."
Mary Louise (to Caroline): "What do you think of this colour?"
Caroline: "It'll totally make your eyes pop!"
Mary Louise: "Do you think it will make your eyes pop?"

Stefan (to Damon): "Lily took Caroline-"
Damon: "What?"
Stefan: "To retaliate for breaking our deal."
Damon: "Killing Malcolm was classic Damon."
Lily (to Damon): "Malcolm was a vital part of this family."
Damon (to Stefan): "You taking her side?"
Enzo (to Caroline): "I am the closest thing to a friend you have in here."
Mary Louise (to Caroline): "What do you think of this colour?"
Caroline: "It'll totally make your eyes pop!"
Mary Louise: "Do you think it will make your eyes pop?"

Damon (to Stefan): "Just so we're clear, I'm taking the master bedroom. Carol Lockwood and I had a little thing, I think she'd want me to have it. Let's open some windows too. Reeks of dog in here which is impressive considering Tyler's been with Jeremy for months."
Stefan: "You killed him, didn't you?"
Damon: "Tyler? No. Jeremy once, but are we really bringing that up right now?"
Stefan: "The Heretic. Malcolm. Lily came by earlier: She found him in the Town Square without a heart."
Damon: "Oh. Did she want that back? I mean, I think I packed it somewhere alright."
Stefan: "You know Lily and I had a deal?"
Damon: "A bad deal."
Stefan: "She took Caroline."
Damon: "What?"
Stefan: "To retaliate for breaking our bad deal. She took Caroline."
Damon: "But you weren't the one that did it --"
Stefan: "Yeah I know I wasn't. You were. Which is why you are gonna over there and you're gonna fix it."

Bonnie: "So. Great Mystic Falls evacuation isn't going as well as everyone hoped."
Alaric: "Heh. Well it turned it into a ghost town. That part worked. Unfortunately for us, ghost towns are like amusement parks for kids. The Heretics have killed ten people already. Two last night: Idiots looking for a.... ghost selfie."
Bonnie: "Are you okay? Damon told me what you were doing in Europe."
Alaric: "Losing my money and my sanity to a series of con artists? Yeah. Don't worry. I'm over it."
Bonnie: "It's okay if you're not, Ric. Heck, I'm a little offended you didn't come to me first."
Alaric: "Oh. You wouldn't think it's weird that I'm trying to contact my fiancé who's been dead for months?"
Bonnie: "Honestly, after everything we've experienced....it'd be weird if you weren't."
Alaric: "Hey Bonnie. Have you ever heard of the Phoenix Stone?"

Lily: "I thought we had a deal."
Stefan: "Yeah, we do. Otherwise, I would be at home. Not out patrolling the streets to keep humans out of your minion's fangs."
Stefan (to Damon): "You killed him, didn't you?"
Damon: "But you weren't the one that did it --"
Stefan: "Yeah I know I wasn't. You were. Which is why you are gonna over there and you're gonna fix it."
Doctor: "It's said that once you bury a body, the grieving process begins."
Alaric: "Oh I'm not planning on burying her. I'm planning on bringing her back to life."
Bonnie: "Heck, I'm a little offended you didn't come to me first."
Alaric: "Oh. You wouldn't think it's weird that I'm trying to contact my fiancé who's been dead for months?"
Bonnie: "Honestly, after everything we've experienced...it'd be weird if you weren't."
Damon: "Hello? Somebody burying anybody nobody cared about?"

Multimedia

Soundtrack

Last.fm_play.png "Dark" – Breaking Benjamin
Last.fm_play.png "Love & Exhale" – AirLands
Last.fm_play.png "Other Man" – Jimi Charles Moody


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