The Vampire Diaries Season 3 consists of 22 episodes and will focus on the story of Klaus' origin, his relation with his family and reveal more about the original family. The season takes a gap from the last season and begins with Elena Gilbert's 18th birthday with all series regulars returning with the exception of Sara Canning whose character Jenna Sommers was killed off in the previous season.
Series three of The Vampire Diaries has been a tempestuous rollercoaster so far. As Klaus manipulated Stefan into helping him create an army of hybrids, Elena and Damon searched for a means to stop him and put an end to Klaus' malevolent plans. Jeremy's mysterious connection to the ghost of Anna helped them track down the only person with the power to stop Klaus, his father Mickael. Elsewhere, the relationship between Tyler and Caroline was put under pressure when Tyler became a hybrid. Can their relationship last? And, as Stefan slipped further away from his humanity, was Elena starting to see something in Damon's?
Installed on the couch to convalesce, Elena begins to dream about the past again. This time, she's with Bonnie (also a cheerleader) and Matt. Bonnie psychically predicts some fashion trends and danger at the school bonfire. Elena protests that she won't be attending, as it's Family Night. Matt insists that she blow off her family, and we learn that Elena wasn't all that into the boy, even then.
Elena awakens again at this point. Matt is staring at her, which is kind of creepy. He then demands to know what she was dreaming about. Also creepy. But Elena doesn't even notice "creepy" anymore and spills about how sorry she is to have strung Matt along. Just like she's stringing along the Salvatores.
"Vampire Diaries" season finales have never disappointed us, but this year's season-ender is arguably the most ambitious episode the series has ever done -- and not just because it includes a harrowing (and expensive) underwater sequence.