The Vampire Diaries : Season 2 is definitely one of the most happening seasons out of the eight seasons. We are introduced to 2 of the most powerful villains of TVD universe in these season- also Damon’s love would make for a slow burning romance here. Since there are so many things going on in this season, I thought of making episode-based summary unlike my blog on season 1…
Ep 1: The Return
Elena kissed Damon in front of her house… attacked uncle John and chopped off his fingers along with a ring that can protect him from getting killed by any supernatural being. After a little bit of back-and-forth, Damon realized that the girl he kissed was none other than Katherine! Katherine met Stefan in Elena’s house and pretended to be Elena as well- however failed to fool him.
The 2 brothers got into a fight when Stefan came to know about Damon kissing “Elena”. Elena settled down the fight blaming it all on Katherine- as she would always wanted the salvatore brothers to br fighting.
Katherine reached Lockwood mansion where people gathered to pay their respect to the mayor who passed away. Salvatore brothers kept on wondering what she might be up to this time- however couldn’t get any clue from her.
Surprisingly enough, Damon still wanted to start a new life with Katherine and confronted her about her true feelings. Katherine told him that she only loved Stefan and left.
Feeling betrayed and abandoned Damon reached Elena’s house. Drunk Damon tried to convince Elena that she actually felt for Damon… Just when she was denying to kiss him back Jeremy came into the room. Damon snapped his kneck and left the scene. Later it was found that Jeremy was wearing the special ring of uncle John – which fortunately saved him. This is one of the many misdeeds of Damon- I seriously don’t understand how Elena could ever forgive him for this!
Katherine in the meantime turned Caroline into a vampire while she was still in the hospital.
Gotta give Nina some credit for acting skills. How she played the role of Elena and Katherine and not get everybody confused – was truly amazing.
Ep 2: Brave New World
Caroline almost unwillingly got dragged into the vampire life. She finished her transition by feeding human blood from a blood bag. However she was still pretty clueless about how to control her thirst for blood.
At night there was a carnival- where Caroline unintentionally killed Bonnie’s crush. Damon was determined to kill Caroline as she was a newbie and would make it difficult to live undercover for the Salvatore brothers.
That night Stefan and Elena saved Caroline from Damon- Stefan for the first time took Caroline’s reponsibility as a friend. He promised to help her get through the difficult phase and live without hurting/killing humans.
New Caroline is much stronger and confident. As her compulsion was fading away, she remember how she was abused by Damon earlier. Her recent transition to vampire brought new challenges in her relationship with Matt who was still a human.
We are also introduced to another character- Mason, Tyler’s uncle. Tyler’s anger issues became an interesting topic to Damon and at the night of the carnival he staged a situation to get some idea idea about about both Tyler and Mason- both of them seemed to had unusual strength- but did not come across as vampires either.
Stefan like a total-creep-yet-very-romantic bf woke Elena up and took her to the empty carnival at the dawn- to kiss her, as she had demanded in the morning before it all went down. The young couple promissed each other to keep on making precious memories like this one while fighting with the unknown perils of the dark.
Ep 3: Bad Moon Rising
Salvatore brothers took interest in the Lockwoods – the truth behind Tyler and Matt’s unnatural aggression and strength. Since Alaric’s wife/Elena’s biological mother Isobel was doing indepth research in supernatural creatures, Damon and Alaric went to visit Isobel’s old office to dig out her work. Elena on the other hand was desperate to know how she was related the Katherine, so she tagged along with them in hope for some answers.
Newbie vampie Caroline was stuck in her own house for days without a daylight ring- she couldn’t figure out how to break this news to Matt. Stefan stayed back to help Caroline to cope with her vampire life. He convinced Bonnie to make a daylight ring for her (even though Caroline killed her crush just few days back). Stefan taught Caroline about hunting and feeding on animals to prevent her front hurting any human.
Damon and company narrowed down the possibilities for the Lockwoods to be werewolves and also came to know about werewolves turning into their natural form during the night of full moon and their bites being lethal for vampires. Coincidentally Tyler threw a party in for his friends on the day of full moon- Stef and Caroline both were in the woods when Mason turned into werewolf and attacked them. They somehow managed to save themselves…
Later Matt broke up with Caroline over a bad blood. During the trip Elena sort of tricked Damon into thinking that she was still gonna give Damon a chance after snapping Jeremy’s neck so that he would help her cause. Damon handed Elena an old book of Petrova lineage i.e. Katherine’s original family for finding Elena’s connection with Katherine.
“You and Katherine have a lot more common, not just the looks…”, Damon told Elena after realizing Elena’s intention.
Elena was fully aware of the power she had on both Damon and Stefan- which she continued to use in the following events.
Ep 4: Memory Lane
Katherine snuck into Stefan’s bed while he was sleeping and entered in his subconscious replace Elena in his life with herself. Upon waking up, Stef kept interrogating Katherine about her true motive. Katherine then told her the incident in 1864- how she had an agreement with one of the Lockwoods to escape the tomb (which everybody thought she was for the last 145 years) in exchange of a moonstone.
Damon cooked up a plan to intimidate Mason. Friendly at first, but Mason turned against him after Damon tried to kill him.
Caroline on the other hand being threatened by Katherine started convincing Elena to end things with Stefan. Knowing her childhood friend all too well, Elena staged her break-up with Stefan to keep away from Katherine’s wrath.
Ep 5: Kill or Be Killed
Stefan and Elena still kept seeing each other secretly. After some back and forth between Tyler and Mason, Tyler gave him the moonstone that he found in his dad’s belongings. The stone could allegedly break the curse of the werewolves.
Stef apologised and tried to mend ways to Mason. Revengeful Mason exposed the Salvatore brothers to Liz (who’s a sheriff and a member of secret council/Caroline’s mother). Liz caotured the brothers, Caroline exposed herself while rescuing her vampire friends along with Elena.
Mason was seen Katherine, after all Katherine planted him to collect the moonstone. She made his werewolf curse to get triggered, so her own interest. She tricked Mason into thinking that she was in love with him.
After the incident with Liz, Stef decided to build a tolerance of human blood, by taking few drops every day.
Ep 6: Plan B
Caroline bonded with her mother and told her experience of being dead yet alive. With help of Bonnie, Damon captures Mason to find out more about the moonstone. The Salvatore brothers secured the moonstone and Damon killed Mason.
Knowing about this, Katherine started her plan B. She compelled Aunt Jenna to stab herself to threaten every one. Luckily, aunt Jenna escaped death this time.
Stefan and Elena blamed themselves for faking their breakup and food Katherine.
Ep 7: Masquerade
Katherine asked everybody to come to a masquerade party hosted by the Lockwoods. Salvatore brothers along with Alaric, Bonnie and Jeremy planned to kill Katherine.
Everything went smoothly and Katherine was almost killed – when the brothers came to know Elena had been linked with Katherine with a spell. Meaning killing one would kill the other one as well.
Katherine’s ally witch broke the link after bonding with Bonnie. After that, Damon locked Katherine in the same tomb where he thought she was stuck for last 100 years.
Stefan and Elena agreed to keep their relationship on pause considering the threat on their loved ones.
As per Katherine’s instructions some people in the party helped in triggering Tyler’s werewolf curse in the masquerade ball. Mason’s sudden disappreance and the curse, uncovered a vulnerable side of Tyler.
Bonnie and Jeremy started to bond… Alaric and Jenna became close too.
Ep 8: Rose
Elena got kidnapped by 2 vampires – Trevor and Rose on her way home from the masquerade ball. Turned out they wanted to trade Elena to an original vampire, Elijah for their freedom. Original vampires are the first generation vampires- around 1000 years old and strongest of the all. Back in 15th century the originals were looking for Katherine, when Trevor helped her to escape.
The originals have been hunting Trevor and her friend Rose ever since. Bonnie helped to find Elena’s location with some spells. Salvatore brothers saved Elena. Elijah killed Trevor but let Rose go.
Bonnie and Jeremy started getting closer and Jeremy came to know about the spells taking a toll on her health.
Tyler started pursuading Caroline, assuming she was a werewolf. Later Caroline exposed her true identity and made him swear to secrecy.
After being rescued, Elena came home. Damon finally confessed his love to her-
“I just have to say it once- you just need to hear it…. I love you, Elena. And it’s because I love you that… I can’t be selfish with you… and why you can’t know this. I don’t deserve you. But my brother does.”Damon Salvatore
kissing her on the forehead he compelled Elena to forget this conversation, “God, I wish you didn’t have to forget this. But you do.”
Both Damon and Stefan were ready to die to save Elena that day and I was definitely a huge fan of Stefan-Elena’s relationship when I watched for the first time. But this scene makes Damon-Elena much more special… (Even though I couldn’t look beyond Damon’s misdeeds!)
Ep 9: Katerina
This episode focused on Katherine’s history. After losing Trevor and being excused by Elijah Rose had a change of heart and she decided to help Elena and Salvatore brothers. The originals needed Elena for something- which wasn’t really adding up.
Elena went to the tomb where Katherine was held captive. In exchange of drops of blood (that would delay her desication) she requested her for more details. Katherine, originally Katerina Petrova was from Bulgaria in 1400s. After she had a child outside of marriage she was disowned by her family and her society.
The originals needed Petrova doppleganger’s blood for sacrifice – the requirement of the sacrifice was set by the witches… The sacrifice needed Katherine to die, Trevor gave her shelter in Rose’s house because he was in love with Katherine. Unwilling to die a horrible death Katherine attempted to kill herself but failed because of Rose (Rose was against Trevor in this)… That night Katherine hung herself with Rose’s blood in her body, she came back as a vampire and finished her transition by feeding on her human host. Being a vampire made her unfit for the sacrifice but the originals killed her entire family as a revenge and had been hunting her ever since.
Katherine also told about the sacrifice requiring a witch, a werewolf and a vampire- it’s not just Elena, it’s all her loved ones in trouble too.
Damon and Rose started looking out for clues to save Elena… It was no mystery to Rose that Damon was madly in love with Elena, the 2 bonded over their tragedies.
Bonnie became friends with another witch named Luca and his father. Luca called himself a warlock. Episode ended with Elijah being back from dead and talking with Luca’s father.
Ep 10: The Sacrifice
Salvatore brothers became desperate to prevent Klaus from making the sacrifice-to save Elena. Destroying one of the requirement – moonstone here became the goal. However the moonstone was with Katherine in the tomb that vampires can enter but not leave because of a spell created by Bonnie.
Jeremy being Jeremy, secretly took on the mission to bring the moonstone. To save him from getting killed by Katherine, Stefan stepped in and stranded himself in the tomb with Katherine.
Bonnie became good friends with Luka, Luka taught him some tricks to chanel energy from other witches and nature to perform powerful spells.
Elena decided to hand herself secretly over to Elijah but Damon reached just in time. Elizah let them go for the time being.
Having new moon around the corner Tyler was getting really anxious. Caroline was helping him out… However these secrets pushed Matt away from Caroline.
Ep 11: By the Light of the moon
Bonnie locked Elena in her own house with a spell to protect her.
Caroline accompanied Tyler to the underground cellar where Tyler had his transformation.
Another werewolf Jules reached Mystic Falls looking for Mason and Damon picked a fight with her. During the full moon, Jules broke into Salvatore’s house to attack Damon, in the encounter Rose got bitten by Jules.
With help from Bonnie, Stefan got out of the tomb and reunited with Elena…
Elena had a secret deal with Elijah to keep all of her loved one protected in exchange of her surrender.
Ep 12: The Descent
Rose’s werewolf bite got worse. In hallucination she attacked Elena thinking her to be Katherine. To save Rose from a poinful death, Damon showed her a comforting dream and drove a stake through her heart. Damon cared for Rose as a friend, he found himself guilty for her demise.
Jules told Tyler about Mason being killed by Damon. She also told about all the vampires in his friend circle.
Ep 13: Daddy Issues
Tyler confronted Caroline for hiding about Mason and the vampires in town. After Rose’s death, upset Damon went on a killing spree.
John Gilbert’s return made everyone angry and equally doubtful.
Jules on the other hand came along with her werewolf boyfriend- wanting to take Tyler along with them. They kidnapped and tortured Caroline to hand Tyler over to them. As promised, Elijah’s ally witch saved Elena’s friends in their encounter with the werewolf pack.
Damon compelled himself a girlfriend – a news reporter lady named Andy, to keep himself distracted from Elena.
Ep 14: Crying Wolf
Bonnie hypnotized Luka to know about their true intentions and how to kill Klaus.
Stefan and Elena went to Gilbert family’s old lake house to spend some quality time together. Elena found out her ancester’s vampire hunting weapons along with late John Gilbert’s diary.
Tyler’s werewolf friends explained to him that- vampire and werewolf, whichever species will perform the sacrifice will be free from the sun and moon curse (for vampires, they would be able to walk in the sun, and for werewolves they don’t have to turn every full moon). Unaware of the whole story, Tyler aided them to kidnap Elena.
Upon knowing that Elena needed to be killed in the sacrifice Tyler backed off. Jule’s revengeful boyfriend died in the encounter. Regretful Tyler left town with Jules as she promised him to help with his werewolf life.
Ep 15: The Dinner Party
Elena, found mention about Stefan in her ancester’s diary, back in the days when Stefan was addicted to human blood. Stefan told Elena more about his past and, how he meeting Lexi made him better…
Elijah presented himself as a researcher to aunt Jenna to find out an ancient burial ground for witches.
Damon planned to kill Elijah being doubtful about his true intentions. Elijah was invited to dinner party. Uncle Johh gave Damon the dagger to kill an original vampire in hopes to kill Damon along with Elijah (as any vampire killing Elijah will die too). Alaric stabbed Elijah and moved his body to a cellar. The dagger was supposed to be kept in his heart to keep him down- having no knowledge of this- the plan fell apart.
Irritated Elijah reached the lake house to take Elena with him, however got tricked and staked by Elena this time.
Luka’s father took Bonie’s magical power after learning about the hypnosis.
Free from Elijah’s compulsion, Katherine paid a visit to Damon. She confessed about misleading Damon into thinking that Elijah’s death would leave her stuck in the tomb forever… After being free.
Uncle John exposed the truth about Alaric’s ex wife Isobel to Jenna to force him giving up his special ring (that protected him from getting killed by any supernatural creature).
Ep 16: The House Guest
Katherine stayed back in Salvatore house for few days. Damon whouldn’y pay attention to her any more.
Stefan tried to call true with Luca and his father who were previously working with Elijah to free Luka’s sister from Klaus. Luca died while he and his father later tried witch magic to remove the dagger from Elijah’s corpse to revive him.
Elena spent the night with her girlfriends Bonnie and Caroline to vent out… Later Caroline publicly expressed her love for Matt… Luca’s father became revengeful after Luca’s demise and started terrorizing everybody asking for Elena. Matt got injured in the encounter. Caroline gave her vampire blood to heal him- but knowing Caroline’s true identity left Matt baffled.
Katherine helped killing Luca’s father by pretending to be Elena. He gave back Bonnie’s powers before dying.
Alaric and Jenna started to work out their relationship problems even though Alaric couldn’t bring himself to talk about the crawling supernatural creatures all the town.
Bonnie and Jeremy grew more attached to each other.
Ep 17: Know Thy Enemy
Learning about Isobel(Alaric’s ex wife) to be still alive Jenna felt betrayed by everyone in the family.
Katherine pretended to be in team with Salvatore brothers in killing Klaus mission but secretly met her old friend Isobel to have alternate plans for her freedom from Klaus. She stole the moonstone from the Salvatore brothers…
Matt and Caroline had a fight over her being vampire. He pretended to be compelled by her to forget about it. Caroline’s mother, Liz requested Matt to gather more information about the vampires in town from Caroline.
Compelled by Klaus, Isobel killed herself in front of Elena. Katherine got kidnapped by Klaus. Klaus took on Alaric’s body to know about his murder plans.
Salvatore brothers made Elena the owner of their house to protect her in the best way. (No new vampire would be able to step unless invited in by the human owner).
Ep 18: The Last Dance
Klaus comelled Katherine to fess all the progress in his murder plan. Klaus continued to use Alaric’s body to mix with the Salvatore brothers and Elena. Klaus sent Elena an invitation to a school dance.
Klaus revealed himself using Alaric’s body.
Bonnie harnessed more power from the hundred witches burial ground to take down Klaus. In the encounter with Klaus, she pretended to exhaust all her powers and die in front of all. Heartbroken Elena hit Damon for making selfish schemes and later apologised after knowing the whole story.
Elena removed dagger from Elijah’s corpse to revive him.
Ep 19: Klaus
Klaus kept Katerina as a hostage to get information. Damon provided Katherine with vervain to prevent her from being compelled Klaus.
Upon realizing Alaric was actually Klaus, everybody forbade Jenna to meet Alaric. Alaric(Klaus) came to Elena’s house and told her everything about vampire and werewolves- everything that was kept away from her.
Elena on the other hand decided to work with Elijah- Elijah told about Klaus… How he was very affectionate and loyal to him, how they met Katherine, the true sun and moon curse. Turned out the sun and moon curse was planted in ancient scriptures by Klaus and Elijah… In reality it was a curse on Klaus for being born from vampire and werewolf bloodline. Klaus was supposed to be a true hybrid, having the powers of both vampire and werewolf. However because of the curse his werewolf gene was dormant. The sacrifice would free him from the caurse and make him invincible. The false story was planted so that the vampires and werewolves could find all the necessary things (a vampire, a werewolf, a witch, a human doppleganger from Petrova bloodline, the moonstone) to break the curse and Klaus could step in conveniently and take those away.
Even though life threatening Stefan supported Elena in working with Elijah to kill Klaus. Damon couldn’t agree with them.
Klaus finally made his appearance in his true body instead of Alaric’s.
Ep 20: The Last Day
Real Alaric reunited with Jenna. Klaus met with the Salvatores and declared the day to be Elena’s last day as he would perform the sacrifice at night.
The plan was Elena would be taken to the sacrifice, after her death Bonnie would resurrect her with some spell. During Klaus’s transition he would be weak, Bonnie would take him down and Elijah would kill him- otherwise Bonnie would die exhausting her powers.
Desperate and doubtful about the original plan to save Elena Damon forcefully fed Elena his vampire blood – meaning Elena would become a vampire after her death in the sacrifice. Elena never planned on becoming immortal, Stefan took her to a beautiful site to lighten up her mood on her last day as human.
Damon tried to convince Klaus to postpone the sacrifice but that went in vein.
Klaus kidnapped Caroline and Tyler (he came back to town to visit his mother after getting an emergency call) for the the sacrifice. As they were rescued by Damon, Klaus went on with his backups – Jenna (turned her into vampire), Jules (Tyler’s werewolf friend who had come with him) and Elena. Damon got bitten by Tyler by accident.
Ep 21: The Sun Also Rises
The sacrifice started even after all the attempts to differ it.
Stefan offered himself in exchange for Jenna but Klaus didn’t accept neither of the Salvatore brothers for the sacrifice. Jenna and Elena died as per the sacrifice and Bonnie attacked Klaus when he was in transition.
Elijah came in time to confront Klaus and kill him for murdering his entire family. Klaus promised to reunite Elijah with his family- so Elijah changed his mind and escaped with Klaus from the sacrifice site.
Bonnie revived Elena as Uncle John sacrificed his life for the spell, the next day.
Everybody gathered at Jenna’s funeral where Stefan discovered about Damon’s werewolf bite.
Ep 22: As I Lay Dying
Damon’s condition got critical, hopeless about recovery he tried to kill himself. Stefan saved him and locked him up to prevent from doing anything similar again.
Stefan’s life was spared by Klaus during the sacrifice, while he told that he had other plans for Stef. Desperate for help, Stefan went to Klaus as his blood is the only cure for werewolf bite.
Hallucinating Damon fled from the cellar and went out in the town. Sheriff Liz, shot Jeremy while trying to aim Damon. Jeremy died and later brought back to life by Bonnie with powerful spell.
Elena took Damon to home and took care of him in his death bed.
Klaus agreed to share his blood to save Damon if Stefan started feeding on human blood again and leave town with him. Klaus freed Katherine and sent her to Damon with the cure- as Stefan gave in himself to his uncontrollable thirst of human blood- for which he was called ‘a Ripper’ (for not being able control himself while feeding on human and ending up with draining the body of blood and ripping off the victim’s head).
Damon recovered and Stefan left town with Klaus to keep his promise…
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