The Vampire Diaries September 22 Preview Video: Damon and Elena discuss Andie’s death.

Damon and Elena have a chat about Stefan’s call to Elena in The CW’s preview of this week’s episode. Damon has understandably lost faith in the possibility of Stefan returning after he killed Andie. That’s saying a lot considering Damon is the king of giving in to a vampire’s natural urges. Then again, he’s slowed down a bit in the slaying department since his feelings for Elena deepened and it looks like Andie’s death truly affected him.  It’s funny since I always thought he would be the one to kill Andie. He certainly mistreated her enough and she submitted to the abuse.  Still, I’m sad she’s gone. I think her character had potential. I also believe killing her will have long-lasting effects on Stefan’s psyche. Can he carry out Klaus’s dastardly plans and remain true to his good nature or will the strain drive him insane?

The Vampire Diaries September 15 Season Premiere Recap: Stefan kills Damon’s girlfriend Andie!

Andie has joined Jenna in the great beyond.

September 15 – Picking things up two months after last spring’s season finale, the gang in Mystic Falls ponder their lost loves in an episode heavy with aching hearts and violent confrontations. Stefan, who agreed to serve as Klaus’s henchman to save the lives of Elena and her friends, has accompanied the powerful vampire-werewolf hybrid to Memphis on a hunt for werewolves, leaving a bloody trail of victims in their wake. Klaus adopts an American accent to approach a young woman at a remote house, compels her to gain entry and learns the location of a werewolf named Ray from a second woman. He then has Stefan slaughter them in savage fashion. Klaus and Stefan find Ray at a bar and torture him with wolf’s bane-dipped darts to get him to reveal the location of his pack. Klaus feeds him his blood and snaps his neck to transform him into the first recruit to this planned army of super-powered hybrids. Back in Mystic Falls, Klaus’s movements have been tracked by Elena, who’s getting Sheriff Forbes’ inside information from Caroline, and Damon, who’s using his reporter girlfriend Andie’s contacts at the TV station. It’s Elena’s birthday and a flirtatious Damon, freshly scrubbed and naked from a bubble bath he just shared with Andie, surprises her in the living room. Elena orders him to cover up, but I’m not sure she’s totally sorry it happened. Who would? Damon gets serious when he drives to Ray’s house with Alaric riding shotgun. Inside, they find blood-soaked walls and a trap-door leading to a hiding place with a werewolf’s telltale restraining chains. We also learn why Damon refers to Stefan’s dark alter ego as The Ripper. A guilt-ridden Stefan had meticulously recomposed the bodies of the two women he had slashed to pieces! Klaus’s local spies report Damon’s presence in Memphis and a protective Stefan convinces Klaus to let him dissuade Damon from continuing his search. Caroline puts together a raucous party for Elena and has a tense encounter with Matt, who quizzes her about her relationship with Tyler. The sexual tension between Caroline and Tyler is building and she’s not happy he brought a date to the party. Matt and Jeremy share some pot to work off stress in the den and Jeremy admits he’s been seeing things ever since Bonnie brought him back from the dead with her magic. He leaves out, however, that he’s seen Matt’s dead sister Vicky. At the TV station, Andie is surprised by Stefan. When Damon arrives to pick her up, Stefan warns Damon to back off his quest to free him from Klaus’s control. When Damon refuses, Stefan compels Andie to jump off an elevated catwalk and prevents Damon from saving her. When a distraught Damon arrives at home he’s confronted by Elena who has discovered his board tracking Klaus’s movements. Elena’s mad at Damon for keeping her in the dark about Stefan’s whereabouts. It’s too late for Stefan; the trail of victims belongs to him, not Klaus, Damon tells a shocked Elena.

Caroline and Tyler gave in to their animal attraction.

Getting ready to drive home from the party, Jeremy gets a quick flash of Vicky, who asks him for help, and Matt hears him say her name. Jeremy admits to seeing her but Matt thinks it’s just Jeremy wishing he could see her.  He doesn’t realize that Jeremy truly sees dead people. As night falls, Alaric, feeling like a failure, leaves Elena’s home for good and a grieving Damon trashes bedroom furniture. Stefan sneaks a call to Elena but is rendered speechless when she picks up her cell phone. Sensing it’s him, she tells her tortured lover to cling to their love to make it through his ordeal. Having a better evening are Caroline and Tyler, whose supernatural hormones are raging as they fall into bed together. The next morning, Caroline attempts to do the walk of shame but is stopped in her tracks by tranquilizer darts fired by Tyler’s mom. Mrs. Lockwood isn’t as helpless as she looks!  I have to say it was hard to watch the scenes where Stefan savagely took human life and killing Andie to get Damon to back off was a cruel way to “protect” his brother from Klaus. I wonder how this will damage his relationship with Elena. What do you think?

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