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Meanwhile Damon releases Stefan from his chains, allowing him to leave the cell, taking brother to a bar to feed from a waitress at the Grille to strengthen himself. Eventually Mikail emerges wanting Niklaus back in Mystic Falls so he can kill his son for the murder of his wife (Nik’s mother), threatening to pluck Damon’s heart from his torso if Stefan doesn’t agree to lure him back. A question my family pondered was Katherine’s fate because Mikail emerges alone with no signs of her at all. Mikail can persuasive, too. The back story involving vampires and werewolves once at peace until a child was viciously, mortally wounded during the turning cycle of the full moon, as Niklaus returned with his dead brother (ripped asunder) gives significant detail not known previously regarding the Originals and how it all began. Niklaus’ vampirism was bloodthirsty and savage, rampaging through a village killing too many people while Rebekah describes her insatiable craving after a witch’s spell caused Mikail’s family to become vampires in order to survive. Niklaus’ bloodlust (and eventual murder of his mother) serves as the driving force behind Mikail’s hatred for vampires and desire to kill them…and especially him. Damon and Elena in bed together at the end (Elena spent due to trying to talk sense into Rebekah while studying the cave drawings with Alaric and Bonnie, while Damon hangs around to chit-chat until she finally falls to sleep) is innocent and harmless although it is clear the writer’s room is emphasizing the romantic feels all stirred up and realized. Stefan’s loyalty to Klaus does appear to have a loophole…Damon’s safety. Damon feels obligated to help Stefan because of his sacrifices, resulting in Klaus’ almost vice like hypnotic hold over him. Stefan continuing to be a jerk gets him good and ass-kicked as Damon becomes fed up with his antics. Damon is as big a jerk in times past as anybody, but Stefan has proven to be an even bigger pain in the ass. Even the tree that produces the dagger gets proper back story when told through flashback as Rebekah recalls her past to Elena. So this covers important ground and fills in some gaps to move the story of Mikail, Klaus, and Rebekah along.