‘Vampire Diaries’ Catches Up with Flash-Forward, But…

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“The Vampire Diaries” has been teasing viewers with flash-forwards all year, leaving fans wondering what in the world could have happened in three years’ time to put the Mystic Falls denizens all over the map.

Finally, as Damon (Ian Somerhalder) locks himself away to dessicate next to Elena, “The Vampire Diaries” makes the time-jump forward. But are all of the raised questions answered? Not be a long shot.

On a few counts, some of the flash-forward scenes were finally explained by Friday’s (March 4) episode, “I Would For You.” The mysterious red tape keeping Caroline (Candice King) and Alaric (Matt Davis) from ever returning to Mystic Falls turns out to be put in place by Matt (Zach Roerig).

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Matt also teams up with Rayna (Leslie-Anne Huff) for the first time, explaining why they seem so chummy hunting Stefan (Paul Wesley) in the future. Caroline’s strange engagement to Alaric similarly makes more sense, now that she’s decided to stay with him and the twins in Dallas.

Unfortunately, everything else is still very hazy. Why is Caroline so infuriated with Stefan in this future timeline? Did he abandon her in Dallas without a word? Cheat on her with Valerie (Elizabeth Blackmore) while on the run? Nobly decide to take himself out of her life to protect the twins? And how did he end up with Valerie at all?

Answers are probably a ways off, since according to executive producer Julie Plec, the show is about enter a stretch of episodes without Caroline to accommodate Candice King’s maternity leave.

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Bonnie (Kat Graham) and Enzo (Michael Malarkey) are another unsolved mystery, as we have yet to see how their dynamic turned from combative to romantic, or how Bonnie ended up in a mental institution. And what about Caroline heading to New Orleans to find Klaus (Joseph Morgan) missing?

It wouldn’t be “The Vampire Diaries” if answers came easy. All signs point to a little more time spent in what can now be called “the past” to explain a few of these unanswered questions. There’s even potential for another crossover with “The Originals” since Damon is still poisoned with werewolf venom.

“The Vampire Diaries” returns from a short hiatus on Friday, March 25 at 8/7 p.m. CT on the CW.

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