As the season winds down, tension builds, –and it comes to a head when Johnathan Gilbert, brother of Elena’s father, returns to town. Not only does this ‘long lost’ type character come back to town, he also comes back with a chip on his shoulder, during kind of a bad time for everyone involved. Everyone is freaking out over Vicki, except, well, the people who killed her; Stefan is going into serious addictive withdrawal from blood issues. Basically, he’s turned into a crackhead with more energy.
Elena tries to bond a little more with Jeremy, and in an attempt to quell the vampire fascination, find out why he’s so drawn to the subject. Uncle Johnathan, much to Aunt Jenna’s chagrin, is arriving in town and it seems like he might be there to stay. Plus, he’s in on the whole vampire thing in Mystic Falls; he’s part of the ‘Council’, despite having few friends in the group with him.
At one of the many ‘Founders Day’ events to come, Johnathan Gilbert arrives, with the rest of the family, Elena included, –even Jeremy hangs out for a little while. Stefan and Damon show up too, and Stefan’s in a rare mood to party down, shake loose, get incredibly wasted, be irresponsible, and kill a couple people. Okay, Stefan doesn’t actually kill anyone, but he comes close. Damon on the other hand, after a brief chat with Johnathan Gilbert, does commit a rather short-lived homicide. The thing is, Johnathan Gilbert knows a lot about… well, everything. He knows about Damon being a vampire, the opening of the tomb, the other vampires, Katherine Pierce, Isobel, Alaric, and probably even more.
On top of that, he also has the same kind of ring as Alaric, –shortly after Damon snaps his neck and throws him off a balcony, Johnathan Gilbert strolls back into the Founders’ Hall to give a quaint little speech, and ring a bell. Damon alerts Alaric to the situation, and after the party, they approach him for answers, if not in an attempt to snag the ring and kill him. But Johnathan has insurance; he promises that if anything happens to him, everything he knows will go straight to the Council.
Johnathan reveals that it was him, who sent Isobel to Damon when she confessed to wanting to turn into a vampire. Apparently, Johnathan Gilbert is not only omnipotent, but pulling quite a few strings. Despite a few interesting developments in Subplot Land, the only really momentous event is the arrival of the villain; the Man Behind the Curtain, the Wizard of Oz’s alter ego, the Puppet Master! and so on. Not a whole lot more becomes clear, but I can tell you this, –Bonnie will be back in the next episode, and we discover one of Stefan’s dirty secrets too. Stay tuned, boys and ghouls.