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Original Sin is the third episode of the fifth season of The Vampire Diaries and the ninety-second episode of the series.
SECRETS OF THE PAST - When Elena and Katherine have the same dream that Stefan is in danger and desperately needs their help, they convince Damon to help them find Stefan. However, their plans are thwarted by a mysterious young woman named Tessa who seems to know everything about Stefan's history. In flashbacks to a distant time and place, Tessa reveals the shocking secrets in her past and what she has planned for the future. She also has a disturbing message for Damon about his own future. Silas forces an unwilling accomplice to help him search for Katherine, leading to a confusing and life-threatening situation for Matt. Finally, Silas reveals the reason he's determined to find Katherine, and Damon and Elena face a disturbing new reality.
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Main CastNina Dobrev as Elena Gilbert/Katherine Pierce/AmaraPaul Wesley as Stefan Salvatore/SilasIan Somerhalder as Damon SalvatoreSteven R. McQueen as Jeremy GilbertKat Graham as Bonnie BennettCandice Accola as Caroline Forbes Zach Roerig as Matt Donovan/GregorMichael Trevino as Tyler Lockwood
Recurring CastOlga Fonda as Nadia Petrova
Guest CastJanina Gavankar as Qetsiyah
Co-StarringBriana Laurel Venskus as Jo
TriviaAntagonists: Qetsiyah (past), Silas, Gregor and Nadia (present).This episode marks the appearances of Qetsiyah and Amara.This is the first episode this season to feature four main cast members.It is revealed Qetsiyah is the one who saved Stefan and the man killed by Stefan after being released from the safe was the owner of the cabin they are staying in.Elena continues to have nightmares of Stefan, sensing something is wrong.It is revealed that Katherine's blood contains the cure. That is why both Silas and Qetsiyah (Tessa) want Katherine so they can make more of the cure.Stefan is the first to learn that Bonnie is dead from Qetsiyah.Qetsiyah tells Stefan that she resurected herself in Graduation when Bonnie was distracted before the veil was restored.Stefan loses all his memories after a spell done by Qetsiyah, having no memories of Elena, Damon, or anyone else.Elena, Damon and Katherine meet Nadia in this episode.Unknown to Katherine, she meets her daughter (Nadia) for the first time since she gave birth to her in 1490.Qetsiyah reveals that Amara is the progenitor of the Petrova Bloodline.Qetsiyah decides to change the name people call her to Tessa, saying that it is easier to pronounce and doesn't sound too ancient-timey.This is the first episode in the season to feature Stefan more than Silas.This is the first episode in which Nina Dobrev plays all the three doppelgangers Elena , Katherine, Amara (in the flashbacks).It is revealed that Silas fell in love with Qetsiyah's handmaid Amara, the first Petrova doppelgänger, and he gave her immortality instead of Qetsiyah.Damon's epic "you are my life" confession to Elena in this episode was declared the scene of the week in an online poll.1
ContinuityThis is the second time that Nina Dobrev plays three different roles in a single episode: Elena, Katherine and Amara. The first time was in the Season Four finale (Graduation), where she played Elena, Katherine and Silas.Qetsiyah appears for the first time in this episode. She was last mentioned in Graduation.Qetsiyah claimed to have reversed Amara's immortality and killed her. This was proven to be a lie in Handle with Care.Thought not revealed until Monster's Ball, Damon correctly guesses that Nadia is European.Silas possibly learned that Nadia is Katherine's daughter in this episode before it was revealed in Monster's Ball.
Behind the ScenesThis episode had about 2.93 million viewers in USA which was 0.79 million more than the previous episode.
Cultural ReferencesIn Christian theology, Original sin, also called ancestral sin, is described as humanity's state of sin resulting from the fall of man, stemming from Adam's rebellion in Eden.Original Sin is the title of a 2001 movie starring Angelina Jolie and Antonio Banderas and is directed by Michael Cristofer.Original Sin is a song composed by Elton John and written by Bernie Taupin.Riding Shotgun - refers to someone sitting in the passenger seat of a car, it originated in the old west where someone would sit in the passenger seat of a stagecoach or a wagon with a shotgun to protect the carriage from thieves and bandits.Original Sin is a concept album performed by Pandora's Box and produced by Jim Steinman.Original Sin is a detective novel in the Adam Dalgliesh series by P.D. James.