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The Vampire Diaries Season 7 Episode 15 Recap: “I Would for You”

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While most couples spend their first dates at a movie, or baseball game, Matt (Zach Roerig) and Penny (Ana Nogueira) are using their time together to hunt vampires. Ever since Penny has figured out what Mystic Falls really is about, Matt has been training her to be better prepared. Unfortunately, they run across Rayna (Leslie-Anne Huff) who saves them from being killed. Now that they are in her debt, she is requesting any information they have on Stefan.

Stefan (Paul Wesley) and Valerie (Elizabeth Blackmore) head off to a greenhouse to find herbs that can help sooth Stefan’s wound. For whatever reason, getting any wound from Rayna’s sword doesn’t exactly heal over time. Even though Matt has completely written off all supernatural enemies, he still keeps a close ally to the original gang. Matt tips off Damon (Ian Somerhalder) that Rayna has them captive. Without any hesitation, he uses his signature move of ripping out her heart. This not only saves Matt and Penny, but frees his brother.

Luckily for Damon, he’s realized that people never actually dying in this town, and stands guard to watch Rayna resurrect. Damon tries to bargain with Rayna by proposing a deal. Since she can’t die, he hopes she goes against her nature, takes Stefan as a loss, and moves on to someone else.

Things get a bit Walking Dead-ish when Valerie and Stefan are poisoned by a zombie-like woman in the witch garden. The herbs they needed have already been taken. The scary women explains that because the herbs are lethal to witches, they have been removed from the earth. All except the stash that was taken.

Alex uses to Enzo (Michael Malarkey) to ask Bonnie (Kat Graham) to return to the Armory. They want Bonnie to work with them to capture Rayna. A piece of information Bonnie learns that Damon may need to immediately know soon surfaces. Because Rayna is linked to eight sacrificed souls, every time she dies, a soul dies. Like a cat, she only has a few lives left until she is gone for good. However, what Bonnie failed to tall Damon is that if Rayna dies with any unfinished business, that victim dies as well. Penny is having a hard time understanding the complicity of “good” and bad vampires. This may cause Matt to abandon his loyalty to everyone.

Caroline is in full mommy mode, and that causes tension between her and Stefan. She decides it’s best she stay in Dallas to help take care of the babies. Damon manages to save Rayna just in time, but now is on her hit list for trying to kill her (again).

Enzo has a hard time understanding Bonnie’s loyalty to Damon. She scrambles to find a spell to weaken Rayna’s power. The Armory got to her in time to capture her. But to Enzo’s surprise, however, Bonnie is their next project. Stefan begs that Damon refrains from running away. Damon feels the only way to stop hurting his brother and the people around him is to desiccate himself with Elena.

Matt officially has had enough. He no longer wants to be under the mercy of vampires in his own hometown. He has hours of surveillance footage that would expose Damon and Stefan, and threatens to leave Mystic Falls for good. Stefan heads to Dallas to be with Caroline, but when he sees how much more of a family Alaric and Caroline are then he and her could ever be, he decides to keep moving forward with Valerie.

We’re now at the moment we’ve been waiting for, three years later. Rayna is back and finally has Stefan captive. What Stefan doesn’t know is that three years ago, Damon and Rayna came up with a mutual arrangement for Damon to be the one she kills (since Stefan was the one who took the fall in the first place).

Only question is, will Stefan let Rayna kill Damon?


Keli Hall is a journalism major and freelance writer in South Jersey. She currently has her own dating advice blog called As Told By Me 

You can find Keli on Twitter at @Jerseystarlet

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