Just in case you missed it last week: Here’s why there’s a repeat of TVD tonight.

The h-word. One of the most feared words in a TV-lovers vocabulary. Hiatus. Yet another one is upon us for The Vampire Diaries, but why, oh why?

It’s simple math. There are 52 weeks in a year and only 23 episodes in Season 4 of TVD. Instead of running them back to back in one long chunk, The CW takes mini-breaks so the season stretches from fall to spring.

Now, this particular hiatus is only two weeks, because TVD began airing in October — instead of the typical September premiere that other networks use. By beginning the season later, it enables the show to have shorter hiatuses this time around. Last year, the hiatus stretched for an entire month before resuming in mid-March.

The Vampire Diaries will return on March 14 with a brand new episode, Season 4, Episode 16, “Bring It On.” Elena (Nina Dobrev) is newly unemotional and ready to cheer — with pom poms and everything.

But we aren’t done with the hiatuses yet. According to the schedule of episodes, there will be yet another two-week break in April. We know. Torture!

In the meantime, The CW will air reruns of TVD episodes in its usual time slot. There are worse ways to spend your time! But if repeats aren’t your thing, try reading a book. Or gazing at pictures of the gorgeous cast. The hiatus will be over before you know it!