The Vampire Diaries

Season 3 Episode 19

Heart of Darkness

Aired Friday 8:00 PM Apr 19, 2012 on The CW
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    In "Heart of Darkness," FOUR well-liked characters returned to the fold and two love triangles got a much-needed reshuffling, and it all resulted in the season's best episode so far.

  • Episode Summary

    Elena and Damon travel to Denver to check in on Jeremy and to see if his special abilities can help them track down the information they need about the ancient vampire bloodlines. When they arrive, they quickly realize that Jeremy has been hanging around a bad crowd. Meanwhile, Stefan and Klaus both go to extreme measures as they try to find the missing weapon. Caroline is ecstatic when Tyler returns to Mystic Falls, but he quickly starts to suspect that something has been going on between Caroline and Klaus. Matt stays busy trying to keep Rebecca focused on organizing the school's upcoming 1920s Decade Dance.


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    • Absolutely Fantastic!

      No idea what FROTHY is talking about to be honest, a great deal of things were revealed and happened in this episode. For starters, ESTHER is back and worse than ever before. So she's inside Rebekah, now? UGHH I hope that doesn't seal her fate then! Didn't see that one coming, although I was definitely suspicious of something when Esther took her hands and starting trembling just before she fell to her death..

      Now onto what was in my opinion the heart of the episode: Damon and Elena. I couldn't possibly agree more with the whole plethora of fans out there who've grown weary of the constant teasing and wondering if boring Stefan is here to stay and will he work it out with Elena. I'm right there with you guys.. Even I, in my disgust for Elena, began to think Damon would be better off with, say, Rebekah for example. But tonight's episode really painted a true picture of desperate love. The scene in the motel didn't even strike me as cheesy or anything, it was just awesome!

      This is what TVD is all about!!!moreless
    • Almost Everyone Let Out Their Dark Side and I Loved It !!

      Wow this episode was wonderful!

      Everyone was at the top of their game.

      Caroline and Matt teaming up to distract Rebekah was great.

      I loved having Tyler back so amazing!

      However I have a VERY bad feeling that the Forewood reunion is gonna be cut short soon!

      It was great seeing Elena trying to figure out her feelings for Damon in Denver but once again Elena couldn't make up her mind! UGH! She is really starting to irritate me!

      Jeremy aka the Ghost Whisperer is back and he contacted Rose on the Other Side, it was nice seeing her again it was really cool that she was happy.

      Esther possessing Rebekah was a fantastic twist, and one that I didn't see coming, way to go VTD writers!

      It was really cool that we finally got to see the Evil Alaric persona in full this episode, it was also way cool that Stefan finally accepted his Ripper Side, and now that he has, Klaus no longer has any control over him. Way to go Stefan!

      I just have one question where is Bonnie? I hope she comes back soon!

      I am super excited for next week to see what happens!

    • And It's Not Round One to Damon

      Another episode with lots to keep entertained. Damon was so easily caught off guard again, hello Kol has a bat look out, even Elena didn't warn him, in her secret desire to nurse him once again as in the season 2 finale. Then he's caught off guard for a second time. Then Elena trying to deny her feelings and yet she watches Damon, secretly yearning, wait, it wasn't so secret, she wanted him to lie next to her as he's done so many times in the past, except back then, the feelings were one sided and here she was just so in lust.

      Didn't think much of Stefan sending Elena off with Damon, how predictable throwing Elena practically at him. Yes Damon and Stefan are different and change and affect Elena in differing ways, but is Damon necessarily good for her. Seems she can't think straight when he's around and maybe that's a good thing for her but not for others around her, loving Damon is risky.

      Caroline waited a long time to tell Tyler about the bloodline and Klaus being killed once they discover who turned them, then leaving Klaus's sketch around and not being able to tell him why. That was as bad as Elena not knowing who she wants. Jeremy was disgusted with her when he caught them making out. he hasn't found out about his compulsion yet either.

      When Ester touched Rebekah's hands, knew she was up to something, considering no one recalled Klaus taking over Alaric.moreless
    • Remember what Katherine said

      Has anybody else noticed that Katherine is still at large but AWOL? At some point Elena's going to have to remember what Katherine said before the latter took off for parts unknown: "It's alright to love both of them. I did." Kudos to Nina Dobrev for that steamy thirsty look as she devours bare-chested Damon with her eyes when she thinks he's not looking. I love it when TVD writers deliver us a feast like that.moreless
    • Best episode yet

      This episode was definitely my fav episode yet! God that Delena kiss totally caught me off guard my mouth fell open for 1 second then I started jumping up and down screaming "YES! YES! I KNEW IT! I KNEW IT!!!!!!!!! Ahhhh I was dreaming of that to happen but then I thought it'd be too good to be true, but my wish was satisfied! Can't wait to see who she chooses btw! Looking forward to what happens next!moreless
    Claire Holt

    Claire Holt

    Rebekah Mikaelson

    Recurring Role

    Lauren Cohan

    Lauren Cohan


    Recurring Role

    Nathaniel Buzolic

    Nathaniel Buzolic

    Kol Mikaelson

    Recurring Role

    Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


    • TRIVIA (0)

    • QUOTES (6)

      • Jeremy: I can't believe Kol was a vampire.
        Damon: Well, didn't you find it weird that you made a friend so fast? Have you met you?

      • Damon: Have you ever flown first class?
        Elena: Who did you have to compel for that?
        Damon: Please. I used miles.

      • Rebekah: Okay, spill. Why are you being nice to me?
        Matt: I drove you home. You don't have a car.
        Rebekah: Not just that. I mean, helping me with the dance, and, and standing up to Caroline. I don't buy it.
        Matt: Buy what?
        Rebekah: The whole gentlemanly thing. There's everything my family's done to you. What are you up to?
        Matt: It's sad that you can't just get a ride home from school without thinking there's some ulterior motive.
        Rebekah: (laughs) You're right. I'm probably gonna organize the whole dance and then have to compel myself a date.
        Matt: (laughs) Let's not get crazy. Goodbye, Rebekah.
        Rebekah: Goodbye, Matt. Thanks for the ride.

      • Damon: (after Elena tells him she isn't sure about her feelings for him) I'm sorry Elena. But this time I'm not going to make it so easy for you. This time you'll have to figure it out for yourself.

      • Elena: Why don't you let people see the good in you?

        Damon: Because when people see good they expect good. And I don't want to have to live up to anybody's expectations.

      • Stefan: (to Alaric, referring to Elena) No matter what I go through to get her back...fighting my blood lust, trying to gain control of my life again...none of that matters if she has feelings for somebody else.

    • NOTES (3)

      • Featured Music:
        "Starting Now" by Mississippi Twilight
        "Dying To Be Born" by Civil Twilight
        "Redemption" by The Strange Familiar
        "Never Let Me Go" by Florence + The Machine
        "When The Light Dies Out" by Christel Alsos

      • Although credited, Katerina Graham (Bonnie) does not appear in this episode.

      • Original International Air Dates:
        Canada: Thursday, April 19, 2012 on CTV 2
        United Kingdom: Tuesday, May 1, 2012 on ITV2/ITV2 HD
        Sweden: Friday, May 18, 2012 on TV6
        Norway: Wednesday, May 30, 2012 on FEM
        Australia: Tuesday, August 28, 2012 on FOX8

    • ALLUSIONS (0)