OK, friends. Let’s do a rundown of the historical exposition dump known as “The Silas and Qetsiyah Melodrama” that happened on the most recent episode of The Vampire Diaries (Season 5, Episode 3: “Original Sin”)! It’s time to get the facts straight about what really went down between the Traveller and the witch all those years ago.
Ancient Greece, 2,000-ish years ago
Way back when in Ancient Greece, Silas had a terrible perm and Qetsiyah had terrible judgment. They were part of a group of gifted people called “The Travellers.” Silas tricked Qetsiyah into falling madly in love with him in hopes that she would help him create the Immortality Spell that he could use with his One True Love, Qetsiyah’s handmaiden and friend, Amara (who happens to look just like Elena).
Silas convinces Qetsiyah to create the spell by telling her that he never wants them to be parted — even in death — so she creates the Immortality Spell and plans a dream wedding at which they can drink it. Unfortunately for pretty much everyone involved, Silas steals the spell and stands Qetsiyah up at the alter. Runaway groom!
A heartbroken Qetsiyah finds an immortal Silas and Amara together in the forest. She waits for Silas to leave, then forces Amara to take a cure for immortality she has created and slits her throat. (Yep, cure worked.) When Silas returns, Qetsiyah shows him Amara’s heart and offers him a chance to take the cure and live out a mortal life with her. Silas refuses, and Qetsiyah further enacts her revenge. She traps Silas in a tomb with the cure, assuming he will eventually take it and join her in the purgatory she has created for supernatural beings known as “The Other Side.” Instead, he chooses to dessicate for over 2,000 years. Basically, he really doesn’t like Qetsiyah.
Fast forward 2,000 years! Last season, the TVD gang found Silas’s tomb and dug the dude out to find the cure (which Elena eventually forces down Katherine’s throat). They soon realize unleashing Silas was a bad idea, and Bonnie dropped the veil to “The Other Side” in an attempt to ask Qetsiyah how to kill Silas. When she dropped the veil, however, Qetsiyah comes back to the mortal world to destroy Silas herself in the spirit of “if you want anything done right, you’re gonna have to do it yourself.”
Qetsiyah pops up again in Season 5, calling herself Tessa, when she saves Stefan from the safe and explains to him her complicated history with Silas.
She also explains to Damon the doppelgangers’ destiny. It seems that, in the 2,000 years she has been watching from “The Other Side,” she has witnessed the many “Shadow Selves” of Silas and Amara be born into the world, find each other, and fall in love. She predicts that this will happen with Stefan and Elena, as well. But she can’t be much bothered with it. She uses Stefan to take out Silas’ psychic abilities, and vows to continue her revenge (possibly with use of the cure, which is now in Katherine’s bloodstream).
So, there you have it! The twisted love triangle between Silas, Qetsiyah, and Amara that started it all.
Catch the next episode of The Vampire Diaries on Thursday, October 17, 2013, at 8 p.m. ET on The CW, followed by a new episode of Reign.