Episode 7×03 “Age of Innocence”
FLASHBACKS TO 1863
In the aftermath of a clever plan orchestrated by Lily (Annie Wersching), Damon (Ian Somerhalder) sets off on a road trip with Bonnie (Kat Graham) and Alaric (Matt Davis) in search of leverage they can use against his mother.
Meanwhile, Caroline (Candice King), who is being held hostage by the Heretics, learns some shocking information about Valerie’s past, while Stefan (Paul Wesley) learns a few unexpected details about his own past from Lily.
Finally, Alaric turns to Bonnie for her help after coming clean about a secret he’s been keeping.
Michael Allowitz directed the episode written by Melinda Hsu Taylor & Holly Brix (#703).
Original airdate 10/22/2015.
Episode 7×02 “Never Let Me Go”
ONE STEP AHEAD
When an impulsive decision by Damon (Ian Somerhalder) threatens to unravel a carefully negotiated deal between Stefan (Paul Wesley) and Lily (guest star Annie Wersching), he has no choice but to make amends with his mother before things spiral further out of control.
However, Lily remains one step ahead and carries out a harsh plan that hits Damon where it hurts most.
Elsewhere, after returning to Whitmore Collage, Alaric (Matt Davis) turns to Bonnie (Kat Graham) for help with a mysterious and potentially dangerous artifact he has obtained, while Matt (Zach Roerig) is forced into making a risky life or death decision.
Meanwhile, Caroline (Candice King), who finds herself a pawn in Lily and the heretics’ plan for retribution, uncovers a shocking detail about Stefan’s past.
Michael Malarkey also stars.
Chris Grismer directed the episode written by Brian Young (#702).
Original airdate 10/15/2015.
Episode 7×01 “Day One of Twenty-Two Thousand, Give or Take”
LIFE WITHOUT ELENA
After a twisted plan left the life of his girlfriend Elena linked to that of his best friend Bonnie (Kat Graham), Damon (Ian Somerhalder) is forced to navigate his new reality without the love of his life.
A newly empowered Bonnie has decided that she will be Damon’s moral compass and keeps a close eye on him as he, in turn, cautiously keeps tabs on Alaric (Matt Davis), following the loss of his fiancée Jo.
Meanwhile, as he waits for Caroline (Candice King) to sort out her emotions, Stefan (Paul Wesley) takes an active role in protecting the town from Lily (guest star Annie Wersching) and her family of Heretics, who have wasted no time wreaking havoc in Mystic Falls.
Elsewhere, Enzo (Michael Malarkey) struggles to find his place in Lily’s new life, and is quickly forced to decide where his true loyalties lie.
Finally, with the stakes higher than ever, Matt (Zach Roerig), who has recently completed his deputy training program, teams up with Stefan and Caroline to put a stop to the Heretics, but an unexpected turn of events leaves one of them in a dangerous position.
Pascal Verschooris directed the episode written by Caroline Dries (#701).
Original airdate 10/8/2015.