7 Things to Know About the Game-Changing 100th Episode of 'Vampire Diaries'
It's fitting that for its 100th episode, "The Vampire Diaries" deals with the most human of conditions: aging.
The CW series returns from its winter break with a milestone episode, "Five Hundred Years of Solitude." "It's a big accomplishment that not many shows can say that they have reached," star Nina Dobrev (Elena/Katherine) told Yahoo TV and other media outlets on the Atlanta, Georgia set last fall.
Executive producers Julie Plec, Caroline Dries, and Kevin Williamson "did a really great job of making a great episode of television," Dobrev said, "and also catering to the fans and giving them what they would like to see and would make them happy — paying homage to many past episodes, experiences, characters."
Here are seven things to know about the game-changing 100th episode:
1. It's all about Katherine.
"Five Hundred Years of Solitude" focuses on Katherine, the once haughty vampire-turned-human who's been aging this season — a process that she hasn't handled well.
"She was — and is — a very vain, selfish person. So for her to get a gray hair, lose a tooth, get wrinkles, and start to age, it's terrifying," Dobrev noted.
"She's starting to realize she has no friends. She has no family. She has no loved ones. She has no one that really cares about her because she's never cared about anyone but herself."
2. Nobody's crying much about Katherine possibly dying.
Katherine's bad behavior has earned her quite a few enemies, and the other characters in the show relive some of the vamp's most notorious moments.
"Damon wants Katherine as dead as a doornail," Ian Somerhalder said. "I think she reminds him of everything awful he's ever done — she taught him how to kill, taught him how to enjoy it."
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3. The past is present.
The episode also flashes back to 1490, the night when Elena gave birth to her daughter, Nadia, who was immediately taken from her. The flashbacks will provide new insight into perhaps the most heartless character in the series.