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'The Vampire Diaries' Season 7 Episode 17 Recap: “I Went to the Woods”



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Now that the Phoenix Stone is destroyed, any vampire that had been trapped in the stone has now been released and put into the nearest dead body their soul can find. Stefan (Paul Wesley) believes he is still in the stone, until he discovers he’s actually dead and in someone else’s body- a body that is wanted for driving under the influence causing a school bus to crash.


Desperate to find a way to resolve this chaotic situation, Rayna (Leslie Anne Huff) turns to Matt (Zach Roerig) for help, since he is the only other person that hates vampires just as much as she does. However, since she is tied to the only friends, he ever had he declines.


Since Matt is now an enemy to the rest of the group, Valerie (Elizabeth Blackmore) drags Rayna to see Alaric (Matt Davis) in order to find Stefan. She also emphasis that although Stefan has done much good, he still needs to be killed. Every vampire she hunts are apparently the worst of the worst.


Since Ric went through a similar situation with Jo, he informs Valerie that Stefan only has a few days to live. Anxious, Valerie forces Rayna to focus on an old picture of Stefan in order to track his location, which they discover is in Arkansas.


Once Damon (Ian Somerhalder) is informed of where his brother his, he heads to the police station that is hunting Stefan’s body. Damon compels the police to search in a different direction. Damon finally gets in contact with Stefan by calling a cell phone a victim dropped when asked to borrow it. When she heard the police warning for Stefan, she frantically drives off. Stefan humors his brother by holding on as much as he can, but deep down, he does not believe Damon will actually come through for him.


Alaric and Valerie take a minute to discuss the elephant in the room. They both agree that circumstances were the only reason they wound up with each other. Caroline believed it was best to marry Ric for the sake of the children, and Valerie has always harbored feelings ever since they first broke up. They both fear that this ignorant relationship may soon come to an end.

Damon comes through and saves Stefan. Alaric tracks down Stefan’s real body, but discovers the soul inside is a serial killer. This will make the switch a lot harder.

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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