Expect a lot of bloodshed when The Vampire Diaries returns for its third season on September 15th.

Last season of The Vampire Diaries ended with Stefan (Paul Wesley) having his blood lust returned courtesy of Klaus (Joseph Morgan). The two have likely been terrorizing the world for Klaus’ amusement ever since.

In case you haven’t had a chance to watch the first two seasons, this is what has happened so far.

The show starts out with teenage siblings Elena (Nina Dobrev) and Jeremy Gilbert (Steven R. McQueen) trying to come to terms with the untimely death of their parents. The high schoolers are under the care of their Aunt Jenna (Sara Canning) in the small, fictitious town Mystic Falls.

Elena, The Heroine of Our Story

Elena is a popular and good student and under the impression that she is a fairly typical teenager coming to terms with a great loss. She is actually far from being a typical teenager because she is the Petrova doppelganger. Elena is a clone of her great, great, …, grandmother, Katherine Pierce (also played by Nina Dobrev). Katherine is actually Bulgarian and originally called Katerina Petrova. Banished to England for having an illegitimate child, vampires come to believe that she is the one who can end their ‘curse’.  (The curse that prohibits them for walking during the day.) Unfortunately Katherine herself became a vampire before the ritual could be carried out. The fact that Elena is the Petrova doppelganger makes her a prime target for vampires trying to break the curse. Then throw in that Elena’s biological father is actually her vampire hating uncle, John Gilbert (David Anders) and her mother Isobel (Mia Kirshner) was an academic researcher obsessed with vampires, who became one.  That would mean her brother is her cousin, her father is really her uncle and her aunt (her mother’s sister) is not actually related to her. Far from typical.

The Salvatore Brothers, Blood Sucking Frenemies

Vampire brothers, Stefan and Damon Salvatore (Ian Somerhalder) return to Mystic Falls, the place where they were born and became vampires. Stefan has learned to control his blood lust and refuses to drink blood from people. Damon is a complete psychopath. Stefan decided to come back to Mystic Falls and saved Elena and Jeremy from a car accident which claimed their parents’ lives. He stayed so he can get to know Elena, the polar opposite of Katherine. Damon returned because he intended to free Katherine from the tomb that he believes she is trapped in. They both own and wear special rings that allow them to walk in the sunlight.  These rings are neither uncommon as many key vampires seem to have them, but not so common that all vampires have them.

Katherine, The Good Girl Gone Very Evil

Katherine is the vampire that turned both Stefan and Damon into vampires. There was a triangle between the three of them. Damon was in love with Katherine, Katherine was in love with Stefan and Stefan was beguiled by Katherine. She was not in fact in the tomb that the brothers think she is in, but has been wandering around for the past hundred or so years. Katherine had no interest in seeing the Salvatore brothers and especially not Damon.

Jeremy, The Brother-Cousin

Jeremy used to be a talented artist, but turned into an addict trying to escape the death of his parents. He’s a loner who is always butting heads with the mayor’s son Tyler Lockwood (Michael Trevino).  Jeremy likes Tyler’s girlfriend Vicki (Kayla Ewell) and believes Tyler doesn’t treat her right. Vicki then tried to eat him after Damon turned her into a vampire. In order to protect him, Elena asks Damon to do a mind-wipe on Jeremy so he can forget everything including Vicki’s final death. The mind-wipe actually helps him become less moody and his personality starts to return to how it was before the accident. After Jeremy finds the journal of a Gilbert ancestor, he gets curious about his history and develops an interest in vampires. Eventually, Jeremy finds Elena’s journal and realizes that he has been made to forget what happened. He gets over it.

With a Little Help From My Friends

Elena’s circle of friends includes a narcissistic blonde named Caroline (Candice Accola) who was pursued and fed on by Damon. After each feeding, he would do a mind-wipe on her so that she couldn’t remember what happened. Caroline’s memory returns after she gets turned into a vampire by Katherine. She becomes more compassionate and sympathetic after joining team Stefan, people are friends not food.

Elena’s close friend Bonnie (Kat Graham) is the descendant of a Salem witch who come into her powers with the help of her grandmother (Jasmine Guy), only to have them taken away from her and then returned along with some extra mojo after a witch battle.

At some point, Bonnie and Jeremy decided to stop fighting their mutual attraction and be with each other. They originally tried to hide their feelings for each other, because of the awkward situation that might have developed with Bonnie and Elena being BFFs.

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Expect a lot of bloodshed when The Vampire Diaries returns for its third season on September 15th. Last season of The Vampire Diaries ended with Stefan (Paul Wesley) having his blood lust returned courtesy of Klaus (Joseph Morgan). The two have likely been terrorizing the world for Klaus' amusement ever since. In case you...
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