“The Vampire Diaries” Season 6, episode 15, dealt with the aftermath of Sheriff Forbes’ (Marguerite MacIntyre) death. Caroline (Candice Accola) had to plan her mother's funeral while Damon (Ian Somerhalder) was reminded of his own mother’s death.
Caroline woke up in the Salvatore house surrounded by friends. She went to get a glass of water and found Damon writing her mother’s eulogy. Damon wanted to tell her about his own mother’s passing, but Caroline didn’t particularly want to bond with Damon on the beginning of the worst day of her life. Damon didn’t push her, but he warned her that the funeral wasn’t the worst part. The toughest day would be when she went home and was finally alone.
Still, Caroline went into organizational mode with funeral planning and assigning her friends tasks. Even though she wanted to talk to Stefan (Paul Wesley) about their kiss, they had other things to do.
Stefan felt the same way. He went to Damon to ask for advice about when to talk to Caroline. Damon claimed they weren’t truly in love because Stefan wouldn’t need to have this conversation if that were the case. He told Stefan to “pull the ripcord” sooner rather than later -- but not today.
Caroline tried to talk to Stefan about their relationship. She acknowledged that it was the most inappropriate time, and Stefan politely told her that they should wait until after the funeral. It clearly wasn’t the response that Caroline was looking for.
Meanwhile, Damon was still having trouble with Sheriff Forbes’ eulogy. He thought Liz was testing him from beyond the grave. He flashed back to his own mother’s funeral. A 10-year-old Stefan was angry that his brother didn’t give his mother’s eulogy. Stefan said that all he needed to say was goodbye.
At the funeral, Damon stepped up and talked about the Sheriff’s last moments. He recalled Liz calling Caroline “extraordinary” and said that she was proud of her daughter. He said goodbye to her and then Caroline sang a song. While she was singing, Stefan seemed to have some sort of realization.
After the funeral, Stefan told Damon that he gave a good speech. “I failed you by not doing the eulogy at our mother’s funeral,” Damon said. “I didn’t want to fail anyone today.”
Stefan also told Damon that he was wrong about Caroline. Just because it wasn’t the same feelings he had for Elena (Nina Dobrev) or Katherine (Dobrev) doesn’t mean that they weren’t real feelings. “I may not be able to explain what I feel for her, but it is something,” Stefan said. “I think this could turn into something even better.”
Damon advised his brother to go tell Caroline immediately.
Caroline went back to her house, and Elena was there waiting for her. Caroline said she was fine, but Elena knew she wasn’t. She’d been watching her all day, and she realized Caroline was going to turn off her emotions. “That’s the plan, right? You’re not going to feel tomorrow because you’re going to turn it all off,” Elena said.
Damon made Caroline realize that today wasn’t the worst day of her life, and she didn’t want it to be any worse than today. “I can’t do worse, Elena,” Caroline said. “I didn’t even think there was a worse.”
Caroline claimed she had more control as a vampire than Elena ever did. She wouldn’t be a killer without her emotions. She just needed to get through the worst part of the pain. “If Stefan had said the right thing earlier, would that have changed your mind?” Elena asked.
Elena said she wouldn’t let Caroline do it, and Caroline went into her arms crying … and then she snapped Elena’s neck. She may have made the decision just a little too early. Stefan came over to Caroline’s house to declare his love for her, but he only found Elena on the floor.
Meanwhile, Alaric (Matt Davis) and Jo (Jodi Lyn O’Keefe) thought they were dealing with food poisoning until Kai (Chris Wood) came around coughing up blood. Kai claimed that they were dying because they didn’t merge as twins. He needed Jo’s magic if they wanted to survive. Also, Kai noted that his death would destroy the prison worlds -- plural. There’s more than one.
Alaric let Jo make the decision, but he said he would still love her either way. Ultimately, Jo gave Kai her magic. “Congratulations,” Kai said and whispered something in her ear. He said that the reason she was sick wasn’t food poisoning. She’s pregnant. Then he left and Jo immediately told Alaric about their child.
“Marry me,” Alaric said.
“What? No,” Jo said. “That’s a pity proposal.”
Alaric pulled out a ring. He revealed that he had been thinking about proposing to Jo for a while. She accepted and it appears that she and Alaric will finally have some happiness.
They weren’t the only ones who wanted a new beginning. After Tyler (Michael Trevino) showed up drunk to the funeral, Matt (Zach Roerig) kicked him out. Later, Matt revealed that he wanted to join the police force, and he grabbed an application for Tyler too.
Of course, happy endings don’t come easily. Bonnie (Kat Graham) learned that in “The Vampire Diaries” this week. She had two broken toes, nine blisters and an ear infection, but she finally got Qetsiyah’s blood and had her magic back. She was all set to go back home during the next eclipse, but she was suddenly in a snow-covered forest.
Kai’s illness was disrupting the prison worlds. She saw the Northern Lights and followed footprints to a house. She saw a notebook that was dated November 1903. Bonnie investigated the home, but it wasn’t just anyone’s house. There was a framed picture of Damon and Stefan there. Suddenly, Bonnie was back in the Mystic Falls forest, but only for a moment. Then she was back at the Northern Lights. She realized she could use the Northern Lights the same way she planned to use the eclipse to bring her back home.
As Bonnie was leaving, she saw a woman. “Who are you?” the woman asked. Bonnie returned the question, but she couldn’t wait for any answer. She was taken up and returned to her own time.
Damon didn’t know where his girlfriend was, but he was suddenly distracted. Bonnie was in his kitchen. She ran right into his arms.
Bonnie explained what happened to Damon. She happened to have the camcorder from 1994 with her as she left the prison world, and she discovered that it was on when she had seen the woman. She showed Damon footage from her departure. Damon knew her. It was his mother.
“The Vampire Diaries” airs Thursdays at 8 p.m. EST on the CW. Do you think Caroline will be able to handle herself without any emotions? Sound off in the comments section below!