The Vampire Diaries returns Thursday, January 27 on The CW with an episode appropriately titled, "The Descent." The last new episode on December 9 left us with finger-tapping, head-scratching cliffhangers as it wrapped for the mid-season finale. Tyler experienced his first werewolf transformation with Caroline offering support. Rose, the vampire, was bitten by the new character, Jules, the female werewolf, who left a nasty mark with lasting consequences. But one information-loaded scene that will effect the forthcoming storyline was the "deal" assumedly made between Elena and Elijah. Fans have focused on other interactions and events in the episode and had only a miniscule amount to say about that scene. A refresher: Elijah offered to protect Elena's friends and family. She, in turn, will try to stay out of trouble and will be used as bait to draw out the ancient, dominating vampire, Klaus. Elijah wants Elena alive and Klaus dead. He stated that if he wanted Elena or her friends and family dead, he would have already killed them by now. If news gets out that Elena is a doppelganger, vampires will want to capture her to take to Klaus for his approval and reward. Elena must stay alive to allure Klaus to Mystic Falls so Elijah can dispose of him. Spells from witches (Bonnie and another that Elijah knows) can keep everyone safe. Something to consider: Elijah swears that he keeps his promises - he wants Elena safe and will keep all the people she cares about protected, but once Klaus is dead, if that actually does happen, will he just walk away from Elena or does he have another agenda up his sleeve for her?
Also, Elijah says his goal is to NOT break the curse of the moonstone, which is interesting. A refresher on the curse: Centuries ago, an Aztec shaman cast the curse. The moonstone BINDS the curse. Vampires cannot tolerate the sun; werewolves can only transform during a full moon and are unable to control themselves. A Petrova doppelganger (Elena) needs sacrificed to BREAK the curse. Her blood along with a vampire, a werewolf, the moonstone and a witch to do the spell are all needed to break the curse. Katherine has been trying to break the curse. She wanted to present to Klaus all those "ingredients" so the curse would be broken and she could win Klaus' approval and then he'd leave her alone. Those "ingredients" were: Elena with the Petrova bloodline, Caroline as the vampire, Mason (killed)/Tyler (newly transformed) as the werewolf, the moonstone and Bonnie as the witch.
When the show returns in January, Damon will be pressing Jules for a cure to the werewolf bite she gave Rose in order to save her. Of course, Jules says in the preview to put a stake in her heart. And what happened to their theory that a werewolf bite would kill a vampire? Rose is stomping around alive...so far. The Vampire Diaries winter break will be agony for dedicated fans. How many more weeks till the show returns?! When? Thursday, January 27!!