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Bite-Worthy Moment: Klaus compels Stefan to remember their shared past, The Vampire Diaries “The End of the Affair” 

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OK, here’s a disturbing thought: Klaus used to get tips on being an evil vampire from Stefan. Mind-blowing, right? Even more mind-blowing than finding out Damon was the good brother once upon a time. I feel like there was a recent headline touting the fact that Stefan’s reign of badassity, debauchery and destruction was going to make Damon look like a puppy. I was a little skeptical. But you know what? It’s true. It’s all true.

We keep finding out more and more about Stefan’s ripper past and there seems to be no end to what he did. Stefan’s calling card throughout his whole vamp bromance with Klaus (or should I say Nick?) is that even though he’s leaving a trail of dead bodies, he feels regret about it. But after the events of “The End of the Affair,” um, I don’t think he’s going to be saddled by all those pesky human emotions anymore. Wow.

How trippy was it to see those flashbacks to the 20s and find out that Klaus and Stefan knew each other? Plus, we were introduced to another Original, Klaus’ sister, Rebekah. Stefan and Rebekah had this love that burned bright for a very short time. And I know Stelena fans are going to kill me for saying this but those two look good together.

Photo Credit: Bob Mahoney/The CW

Let’s hit rewind: At the speakeasy, Stefan and Rebecca develop an  instant rapport. And when Klaus comes on to the scene and wants to take Rebekah away, you think it’s because those two are together when in reality, they are siblings. After a rocky start, Stefan and Klaus hit it off and they start hanging out. But when the club is attacked by an unseen force riddling the place with wooden bullets, Klaus (Nick) and Rebekah know what’s up and take their leave. But before slipping out, Klaus has some final business to take care of. He needs to compel Stefan to forget about him and his sister:

“You must forget Rebecca and me. Until I say otherwise, you never knew us, Stefan. Thank you. I had forgotten what it was like to have a brother.”

Can I say how much I adore this development? We knew there was a reason why Klaus targeted Stefan and now it all makes so much sense. The bite-worthy moment comes in the present after Klaus has resurrected a dormant Rebekah (he had staked her in the 20s flashbacks after he gave her an ultimatum — him or Stefan — and she chose Stefan). Klaus compels Stefan to remember everything. This is yet another game-changing moment those wonderfully twisted minds behind TVD cooked up (I have no idea if this happened in the books or just on the TV series).

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How unstoppable are Stefan, Klaus and Rebekah going to be now that Stefan remembers everything and the Stefan/Klaus bromance has truly been restored? They are going to be a trio of terror, I’m sure, as they look for the necklace that will, in the end, help Klaus with his plan to create more hybrids. I really shudder to think how Stefan will act when facing Elena or his brother again. He was able to protect them before but now that he’s unburdened by feelings of sorrow and regret? Oh man, things are about to get messy.

Paul Wesley and Joseph Morgan really hooked me in those 20s flashbacks. I really felt the connection between “Nick” and Stefan — they quickly became brotherly, in a way Stefan and Damon have never been. It puts into perspective their relationship in the first two episodes of the season. There was this disconnect and it was more than the mere fact Stefan was only with Klaus against his will because of the deal they made. You knew there had to be a reason why Klaus wanted Stefan with him so bad. Just fascinating. This show continues to impress.

The Vampire Diaries airs Thursdays on the CW at 8/7C.

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