The Vampire Diaries Season 7 Episode 5 Recap: Phoenix Rising

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All aboard the crazy train!

Sides were chosen onĀ The Vampire Diaries Season 7 Episode 5, as multiple truths came to light and the Salvatore brothers once again found themselves aligned for a common cause:

The cold, brutal, violent, painful death of Julian.

We learned this week that The Phoenix Stone does not, in actuality, bring anyone back from the dead.

On the contrary, it fills a corpse with the spirit of a dark vampire who had been stuck in said Stone; meaning Oscar was not Oscar and Jo was not Jo.

Bonnie broke this sad news to Alaric, who fought back tears in front of Non-Jo and agreed to help her discover who actual identity.

She seems lost and lonely and confused in this news world, though it's unclear if that's some kind of act or really what is going on with the creature who inhabits who formerly pregnant and stabbed body.

Non-Oscar, meanwhile, met his demise at the hands of Enzo, who confronted Lily with everything he knew.

Lily responded with a full understanding of how the Stone works, telling Enzo she chooses it (and, by extension, Julian) over him because Julian's spirit is actually one of the ones stuck in that nefarious rock.

If used properly, she really can bring Julian back from the dead with it... and that's how we concluded the episode, with Nora and Mary Louise helping Lily use the Stone to match locked-up spirit with its true body.

So Julian is now alive again, but Damon and Stefan will both be looking to kill him very dead on The Vampire Diaries Season 7 Episode 6, each for a different reason:

  • Damon discovered that Lily was the one who told Kai to enact that whole sleeping curse on Elena.
  • Valerie came clean to Stefan about what Julian did to her, beating the baby she shared out of her womb all those years ago.

What will that latter admission mean for the future of Staroline? We shudder to think

In Flash Forward World, Bonnie confessed to a support group that she made a mistake a long time ago and "lost" someone she loved as a result.

Who might that be?!?

As you ponder those possibilities, ponder this as well: three years in the future, we also saw Enzo meet up with Bonnie inside some kind of rehab center, tell her things are pretty bad outside... and then totally make out with her!


Check out scenes from next week's installment and go watch The Vampire Diaries online if you need to catch up before then.

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