Credit: Quantrell D. Colbert/The CW ©2012 The CW Network Photo: Elena in Season 3, Episode 19: “Heart of Darkness”

Get ready for some deadly decisions, because everyone’s making tough choices in Vampire Diaries Season 3, Episode 22, “The Departed.” While that’s nothing new for the TVD crew, the finale will flash back to a simpler time. Elena (Nina Dobrev) was a normal high schooler before her parents, Grayson (guest star Jason MacDonald) and Miranda (guest star Erin Beute), died. Aw, hopefully we’ll see E and lil’ Matt (Zach Roerig) back when they were ruling Mystic Falls High.

In the present, Damon (Ian Somerhalder) and Stefan (Paul Wesley) head out of town to see a concert or kill Originals or something of that nature. Elena calls on one of them, and the brothers part ways. All is not well with the Forwoods: Caroline (Candice Accola) and Tyler (Michael Trevino) are among those with a serious decision to make: Basically, their lives will be forever altered based on the outcome. (Is Caroline becoming a hybrid? Maybe Tyler is joining the forest rangers.)

Someone who definitely sounds like they’re in trouble is Bonnie (Kat Graham), whose covert agreement ends in tragedy. Sigh. Well, at least we get to see Aunt Jenna (Sara Canning) in flashback form.

THE SECRET HERO — Determined to protect his sister, Jeremy (Steven R. McQueen) makes a decision that will change everything.  In the harsh reality of the present situation, Elena (Nina Dobrev) longs for simpler times when her parents, Grayson (guest star Jason MacDonald) and Miranda (guest star Erin Beute), and Aunt Jenna (guest star Sara Canning) were still alive and her biggest concern was her relationship with Matt (Zach Roerig).  Stefan (Paul Wesley) and Damon (Ian Somerhalder) leave Mystic Falls together on a mission, but soon split up when Elena needs one of them.  Caroline (Candice Accola) and Tyler (Michael Trevino) are forced to make a life-changing decision.  Finally, Bonnie (Kat Graham) makes a secret deal that has heartbreaking consequences.  John Behring directed the episode with story by Brett Matthews & Elisabeth R. Finch and teleplay by Julie Plec (#322).

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