• Genre:   Drama
  • Air Date:   Sep 9, 2010
  • Network:   CW





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The Return

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The Return

The Return is the first episode and season premiere of the second season of The Vampire Diaries and the twenty-third episode of the series.          


KATHERINE RETURNS WITH A VENGEANCE - Picking up on the same night as last season's finale, Elena arrives home to a nightmare as she discovers Uncle John's and Jeremy's fate. At the hospital, Sheriff Forbes is comforted by Matt, Bonnie and Damon while she waits to hear if Caroline will survive the car accident. After a confusing conversation with Elena and Jenna about the night's events, Damon is the first to realize that Katherine has returned. Katherine's arrival sends Stefan and Damon on a path to find out what she wants, why she's back, and how much of a threat she is to the people they love. Meanwhile, still reeling from his father's death, Tyler is surprised when his charming and mysterious uncle, Mason Lockwood, arrives to console the family.  


Main Cast

  • Nina Dobrev as Elena Gilbert/Katherine Pierce
  • Paul Wesley as Stefan Salvatore
  • Ian Somerhalder as Damon Salvatore
  • Steven R. McQueen as Jeremy Gilbert
  • Sara Canning as Jenna Sommers
  • Katerina Graham as Bonnie Bennett
  • Candice Accola as Caroline Forbes
  • Zach Roerig as Matt Donovan
  • Michael Trevino as Tyler Lockwood
  • Matt Davis as Alaric Saltzman
  • Guest Cast

  • Marguerite MacIntyre as Elizabeth Forbes
  • David Anders as John Gilbert
  • Taylor Kinney as Mason Lockwood
  • Susan Walters as Carol Lockwood
  • Trivia

  • Antagonist: Katherine Pierce.
  • This episode marks the last time Caroline is human on the series.
  • Katherine meets Matt, Tyler, Bonnie and Caroline in this episode.
  • Katherine becomes a series regular as of this episode.
  • This is the first episode that Caroline and Katherine appear in the final scene together.
  • Since Katherine appears in Caroline's bedroom at the end of this episode, it implies that Katherine got herself invited into her house posing as Elena. Meaning Katherine may have been in Mystic Falls earlier than is known.
  • This episode marks the first appearance of Mason Lockwood, who is the show's first werewolf.
  • This is the first episode of Season Two.
  • This is the first episode of the first chapter of Season Two, The Katherine Chapter.

  • Episode Title revealed.

    Book References

  • During the wake at the Lockwood mansion, both Damon and Katherine pick and eat fruit from the buffet table. Damon has eaten human food before on the show (he steals Elena's pickle in Bloodlines), but this time the parallels between Damon and Katherine are even more evident. The fact neither of them need to eat human food but do so anyway indicates the same hedonism that L.J. Smith gave Damon in Dark Reunion.
  • Body Count

  • Jeremy Gilbert - broken neck, killed by Damon Salvatore but resurrected by his ring.
  • Caroline Forbes - suffocation, killed by Katherine Pierce but returns as a vampire since she had Damon's blood in her system at the time of her death.
  • Production Notes

  • This is the first season premiere to not feature Alaric, since joining the show mid-way through season 1.
  • Episode name was known on July 12, 2010 thanks to Ian Somerhalder's twitter picture.
  • Julie Plec said: "Stefan and Damon will know within the first 15 minutes of the first episode about Katherine. Damon realizes he was duped, and Stefan comes face-to-face with Katherine. The fun of it is how Stefan responds to the moment, as opposed to how Damon responded to the moment."
  • Elena's house number is 2104 Maple Street.
  • This is the first season premiere to not feature Vicki, but feature Katherine.
  • Mason meets Tyler and Jeremy in this episode.
  • When news of new character Mason Lockwood emerged, fan and media speculation on casting included popular picks of Milo Ventimiglia, Skeet Ulrich, Jason Dohring, Brian Austen Green, and Gale Harold. Ultimately the role went to Taylor Kinney.
  • Mads Langer's track "The River Has Run Wild" (featured during the Damon and Katherine scene at the boarding house) was recorded especially for this episode.
  • Cultural References

  • The Return is also the episode title of the nineteenth episode of the first season of Once Upon A Time.
  • Behind the Scenes

  • This episode had about 3.35 million viewers in USA.

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