In a flashforward, three years later at a news television broadcast station, Caroline is directing everyone until her assistant interrupts her saying that her fiancé called asking what her schedule is right before the wedding because he wants to go to Mystic Falls. Caroline looks shocked for a second and mutters that they are not allowed to go back there. She then walks off.
Back in present time, three weeks after Mystic Falls was evacuated and to two teenagers filming themselves as they begin to walk into Mystic Falls in the middle of the night because they are curious to what really happened there. As they walk near the Salvatore crypt Amanda is pulled up into the trees by something unidentifiable, the cameras then show the two teenagers being fed on by vampires. Matt comes in telling the two girls to let him go, by holding up a weapon, although, they use magic to redirect the weapon into the boy and they attack Matt. The next day matt is laying on the ground in the forest just waking up, he has a black ribbon on his wrist.
Alaric is teaching a class and begins to talk about death, and what happens after. His class is unusually full as the teenagers want to know if he would know anything about what is happening in Mystic Falls. He reminds everyone to stay out of Mystic Falls and class ends, Bonnie comes up to him and he tells her how all of the college kids are going into mystic Falls and the result of that is that they end up dead. Bonnie asks if he is okay because she heard what he was doing in Europe. He says he's over it but she doesn't believe him, he then proceeds to ask her about the Phoenix Stone.
Stefan is driving in his car and calls Caroline asking where she is and what she's doing. He then almost runs into Beau that was just standing in the middle of the road, Stefan asks him if he is okay and Beau begins to melt Stefan's mind as Lily comes out from behind the car and asks Stefan to excuse Beau but he doesn't like jokes. She then says "I thought we had a deal." Stefan says yes we still do, Lily says she didn't come to blame him but to make him understand why they did what they had to do.
Caroline is all tied up in the cells in the Salvatore house by Enzo as he explains to her that Lily needed to retaliate as someone killed Malcolm. Caroline tricks him into untying the ropes slightly and as he does so she strangles him with vervain ropes. She then proceeds to run out the door until she was caught by two of the vampires. They are exchanging threats until Enzo comes saying he has it under control.
Damon and Stefan are moving into Tyler's house as Lily and her Heretics are taking over their house. Stefan confronts Damon about killing Malcolm Damon jokes around about Malcolm's heart until Stefan tells him that Lily had kidnapped Caroline. Stefan tells Damon that he has to go over to Lily and fix the mess he had made.
Damon knocks on the door and Lily answers, he discovers that she had hired a maid and tells him to leave but he does not. He tells her that he killed Malcolm, he asks her to let Caroline go and leave her and Stefan out of it. She doesn't believe that he acted alone but he assures her he did, he asks if he can trade places with Caroline she says no. He tries to walk in but discovers that he cannot since she has signed the deed over to someone living. She then tells him that she has to go bury her son, she shuts the door in his face.
Alaric is explains to Bonnie about the Phoenix Stone, he says how it is supposed to have resuscitative powers. Bonnie is skeptical and Alaric tells her how he snuck into the maritime museum and stole it. Bonnie says that she doesn't feel any powers coming out of it, Alaric chuckles tells her that she is the most honest person he has asked all throughout Europe. Bonnie tries again to see if a witch has hid the magic in the talisman. She sees flashes of people dying, and says there is something wrong, evil, about the stone. She tells him that they can't mess with that magic, so they have to destroy it.
Stefan is planning to storm the building through the tunnels until Damon tells him that he can't because someone living know owns the house. He explains that he tried to get Caroline out but Lily won't give her up, he also says that he called the registrar's office and they will know who owns the house and then will be able to him him/her and storm the building to save Caroline.
Caroline is all chained up and is being asked for advice on a dress for a funeral by the Heretics, she laughs at the old fashion dress that Nora is wearing and as Nora storms off her girlfriend threatens that if she ever embarrasses Nora again she will stab her eyes out. Caroline then get stabbed with a pencil in her arm, Enzo hears this and winces as he pours himself a drink.
Lily and Beau comes up behind him and asks him why he isn't watching Caroline. He explains that she escaped temporarily and Mary Louise and Nora are watching her. He tells her that she promised that Caroline wouldn't be hurt, Lily retaliates with how he promised she would not escape. She asks him to watch the house while they all go to the funeral for Malcolm. Valerie tells Enzo how Mary Louise and Nora usually get away with murder and Enzo looks annoyed, she tells him how he chose his side and that there's no going back. Valerie tells him to stop caring about Caroline. Enzo walks off.
Damon calls Bonnie and asks how things went with Ric, she tells him how Ric wants to bring Jo back to life with an evil stone. Damon tells her that Lily took Caroline and Bonnie begins to get mad, she feels guilty because this all happened when Bonnie and Damon killed Malcolm. Bonnie then goes up to Matt to tell him that he owns the deed to the house and asks him if she can temporarily stop his heart so that Damon and Stefan can rescue Caroline. Matt hates the idea and only goes along to save Caroline.
Caroline has multiple pencils stabbed in her by Mary Louise and Valerie walks in asking what happened. While Caroline tells her she gives her a book to stand on and takes out all the pencils. She then proceeds to tell her how Mary Louise poisoned her for a month when she made a snide remark about Nora. Valerie says that she can help and chants a spell on Caroline and then promptly leaves. Mary Louise demands to know what Valerie did and attempts to touch Caroline but burns, she gets mad and injects her with more vervain. Nora tells Mary Louise that they have to go to the funeral now and just before Nora leaves Caroline complements her by saying that the dress is cute. She then falls unconscious.
Bonnie is preparing Matt before she kills him, she tells him that he doesn't have to do it but he tells her that it is fine and that it is for Caroline. He tells her to just do it, she begins to chant and slowly stops his heart. Damon and Stefan are walking through the woods, Damon is worried that Matt won't want to die and then proceeds to ask Stefan if him and Caroline are a thing as he is letting Matt die for her. Stefan argues with him about this until Damon gets a text from Bonnie saying that they're all good and ready to go.
Alaric is preparing to destroy the Phoenix Stone in some sort of acid but cannot bring himself to do it as he sees a photo of himself and Jo.
Bonnie begins to bring Matt back to life but sees flashbacks of dying people and pain. She collapses onto the floor next to Matt.
Damon knocks on the front door and is greeted by Enzo, Damon tries to distract him by asking about Caroline and about their friendship issues. Damon walks in and taunts Enzo until Enzo tells him that they're burying Malcolm in the family crypt next to Elena. Damon says that that is impossible since it is sealed shut, Enzo says that it's a good thing that there are a bunch of magic siphoners then. Damon then releases everything in shock.
Lily and her Heretics are walking toward the Salvatore family crypt when Lily instructs them to get Elena's body out of the coffin and dump it in the river under the falls. Saying how she can spend the next 60 years of her life underwater.
Bonnie wakes up and sees that Matt is still dead, she freaks out for a few second but then begins to resurrect him. She resurrects him and Matt tells her how that was an awfully long ten seconds.
Stefan finds Caroline and breaks her out of the chains she was in, he tries to pick her up to carry her out of there but he cannot because of Valerie's spell. Valerie made Caroline's skin like vervain so Stefan can't touch her without being burned.
Damon walks into the Salvatore family crypt and discovers that they already took Elena body, he gets frustrated and begins to yell. Lily walks in and tells Damon how Elena is cloaked and only she knows where she is. Damon tells her to torture him and kill him but to leave Elena out of it. Lily reminds Damon of a time when he broke her grandmother's vase, she tells him that how even though his father beat him until he was bloody and bruised he denied it. When the day was over he played with his toy soldiers, still denying everything. So, the next day she tried a different tactic. She made his room bare, took away all of his toy soldiers. He cried and cried and then admitted everything. Damon tells Lily how Elena is not a toy soldier, she replies with Malcolm was not a vase. She leaves the crypt and Damon finds her and her Heretics all outside, they all tell him what Malcom meant to them and Damon then says. Alright, what do you want?.
Stefan gets Caroline a jacket so that he can touch her without being burnt, he tells her that they'll find Bonnie and get her to reverse the spell. Just as they are about to leave the house begins to rumble and Stefan is thrown out the window as Caroline is being dragged down the stairs by some invisible force. Enzo is at the bottom of the stairs and tells the maid to invite her in, she does and all the rumbling stops.
Bonnie and Matt are in the car, Bonnie wants to take him to the hospital to get him checked up on. Matt is mad and says that this is all Damon's fault, but Bonnie tells him that it isn't. She tells him that the Heretics are there because of her, and that she helped Damon kill Caroline. Matt says that he prays that he doesn't see anyone anymore because that means they'll get killed. Bonnie asks him why no one is fighting anymore.
Stefan comes home to see Damon in front of the fire, he questions him on why he left and gets mad. Damon tells him how Lily said that they all have to get "as far away from Mystic Falls as humanly possible" for good. Damon says that Lily has Caroline, Elena, the town, the people, their homes. Damon tells him that she wants to take away all their toys, and that she wants them fight. Damon tells Stefan that they have to trick Lily and in doing so get both Caroline and Elena back.
Bonnie calls Alaric and asks him if it worked, he lies and tells her that he burnt the Phoenix Stone in acid. He is actually holding it in his hand. He goes up to Jo's body but at the last moment turns away. He experiments with the phoenix Stone by trying to resurrect someone with it, it works until he takes the stone off his body.
Enzo is playing guitar in front of the fire, Lily stands behind him, watching. She smiles and then as he realizes she is there asks her about the burial. She goes on to tell him that if he wants Caroline can stay with him instead of the girls, he declines and says that Caroline made her bed. He asks Lily if she considers him one of her children, she says yes. Although, he then says that he doesn't want to be her child and that he chose her side not because of them but because of her. He then proceeds to walk off while she is stunned.
Nora walks up to Caroline and tells her that she is still spelled in the room and that she shouldn't trust Valerie since she is actually the worst out of them all. She throws Caroline Stefan's journal and tells her that that was the first thing that Valerie looked for. She told her that the diary entry July the 15th, 1863 should tell her why. Nora walks off and Caroline picks up the journal. She reads the entry, Stefan says how he met a girl called Valerie, only for a moment. But that he thought that she was wonderful.
Then it cuts back to three years later and back on the set of a television broadcast show. She tells her assistant that she needs to call her fiancé back and he tells her she had another call from a man named "Stefan Salvatore". She tells her assistant to tell Stefan that if he calls back she is not her and that she also never wants to hear that name again. She storms off but realizes that she was a bit harsh so turns around to apologize only to realize that Tony was hit in the throat with a dart and is on the floor. As she runs to help him, she gets a stake thrown at her and collapses on the floor to what seems to be unconscious.