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The Vampire Diaries
Season 5, Episode 3
Air date October 17, 2013
Written by Rebecca Sonnenshine & Melinda Hsu Taylor
Directed by Jesse Warn
Episode Guide Transcript
True Lies
For Whom the Bell Tolls

Original Sin is the third episode of the fifth season of The Vampire Diaries and the ninety-second episode of the series.


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SECRETS OF THE PAST - When Elena and Katherine have the same dream that Stefan is in danger and desperately needs their help, they convince Damon to help them find Stefan. However, their plans are thwarted by a mysterious young woman named Tessa who seems to know everything about Stefan’s history. In flashbacks to a distant time and place, Tessa reveals the shocking secrets in her past and what she has planned for the future. She also has a disturbing message for Damon about his own future. Silas forces an unwilling accomplice to help him search for Katherine, leading to a confusing and life-threatening situation for Matt. Finally, Silas reveals the reason he’s determined to find Katherine, and Damon and Elena face a disturbing new reality.



Main Cast

Recurring Cast

Guest Cast



  • Antagonists: Qetsiyah (past), Silas, Gregor and Nadia Petrova (present).
  • This episode marks the appearances of Qetsiyah and Amara.
  • This is the first episode this season to feature four main cast members.
  • It is revealed Qetsiyah is the one who saved Stefan and the man killed by Stefan after being released from the safe was the owner of the cabin they are staying in.
  • Elena continues to have nightmares of Stefan, sensing something is wrong.
  • It is revealed that Katherine's blood contains the cure. That is why both Silas and Qetsiyah (Tessa) want Katherine so they can make more of the cure.
  • Stefan is the first to learn that Bonnie is dead from Qetsiyah.
  • Qetsiyah tells Stefan that she resurrected herself in Graduation when Bonnie was distracted before the veil was restored.
  • Stefan loses all his memories after a spell done by Qetsiyah, having no memories of Elena, Damon, or anyone else.
  • Elena, Damon and Katherine meet Nadia in this episode.
  • Unknown to Katherine, she meets her daughter for the first time since she gave birth to her in 1490.
  • Qetsiyah reveals that Amara is the progenitor of the Petrova Bloodline.
  • Qetsiyah decides to change the name people call her to Tessa, saying that it is easier to pronounce and doesn't sound too ancient-timey.
  • This is the first episode in the season to feature Stefan more than Silas.
  • This is the first episode in which Nina Dobrev plays all the three doppelgängers Elena, Katherine, Amara (in the flashbacks).
  • It is revealed that Silas fell in love with Qetsiyah's handmaid Amara, the first Petrova doppelgänger, and he gave her immortality instead of Qetsiyah.
  • Damon's epic "you are my life" confession to Elena in this episode was declared the scene of the week in an online poll.1


Behind the Scenes

  • This episode had about 2.93 million viewers in USA which was 0.79 million more than the previous episode.

Cultural References


Katherine (to Elena) : "Do you really think that I want to take a road trip with you? America's most boring self-righteous vampire."
Qetsiyah (to Stefan) : "I'm Qetsiyah, that sane, rational, well-adjusted woman you seem to know so much about...clearly you've heard the man's version of the story, the one where I'm a back stabbing lunatic that ruined everything for Silas, a raging bitch-witch, whose obsession with vengeance created a whole new dimension of suffering in the afterlife!"
Qetsiyah (to Stefan) : "I'm a complicated person... but Silas remains a simple man."
Qetsiyah (to Stefan) : "Have you not been listening to me!? I have trust issues...I'm controlling...and paranoid...and a little crazy. And that's working out just fine."
Katherine (to Elena) : "I can't believe I am saying this, but I am really glad it's you!"
Damon (to Elena) :"No one tells me how I live my life, no one tells me who I love, especially not some vindictive prehistoric witch, and definitely not the universe. And I'm not gonna let someone else's idea of destiny stop me from loving you or being with you or building a future with you, because you are my life."
Qetsiyah (to Damon) :"Silas had his true love and Stefan has Elena. We're merely the conflict that makes it interesting."
Silas (to Katherine) :"You know, it's funny. The love of my life looked exactly like you and yet the mere thought of your face makes me want to vomit."



Last.fm_play.png "Way Out" – Bass Drum Of Death
Last.fm_play.png "Hello Lover" – Empires
Last.fm_play.png "Dear Mr. President" – Fitz & The Tantrums

Last.fm_play.png "Breathing Underwater" – Metric
Last.fm_play.png "Hard Times" – J. Roddy Walston & The Business
Last.fm_play.png "Satellite Call" – Sara Bareilles




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