Oh, please, Liz. I came first. Vampires are nothing more than a disgusting perversion of me. I'm unkillable, I'm immortal, and I'm psychic, and to function, I need human blood, but don't ever call me a vampire.
Silas (Ancient Greek: Σίλας or Σιλουανός, Modern Greek: Silouanos, Latin/Roman: Silvanus or Sylvanus; translates into "Forest Dweller" or "From the Forest"), also known as the world's first immortal being or the world's first immortal man, was a recurring character and a primary antagonist of the fourth and fifth seasons of The Vampire Diaries. He was a very powerful witch and one of the two most powerful members, alongside of Qetsiyah, of the Traveler subculture. Silas became one of the world's first immortal beings along with his true love and soulmate, Amara, the oldest known ancestor of the Petrova family.
In recent times, Silas tricked Atticus Shane into helping him to get out of his tomb by appearing as his dead wife and persuading him to. He then finally did so when Jeremy Gilbert and Bonnie Bennett found the tomb and inadvertently freed him when they tried to take the Cure for immortality he was clutching in his calcified hands for Elena Gilbert. In doing so, Katherine Pierce bit Jeremy and forced him to feed his blood to Silas, who ultimately snapped Jeremy's neck afterward. However, Qetsiyah also managed to come back to life, thanks to some unintentional help from her distant descendant Bonnie, and was able to stop him from succeeding, saving the Other Side in the process. Silas was eventually killed by his own doppelgänger Stefan and sent to the Other Side, despite his best attempts to avoid it, instead of reuniting with Amara in the peaceful afterlife like he had planned. During the destruction of the Other Side in Home, Silas was sucked into Hell, keeping him separated from his one true love. With the destruction of Hell, his ultimate fate remains unknown.
Silas was arguably the most pivotal character in the entire series, as it was his actions that shaped the future and the destiny of almost all of the characters in the series. His relationships with both Amara and Qetsiyah, which formed the first love triangle in the series' universe, also played a huge role in shaping history, as it was the actions of these three that lead to inception of immortality, the creation of the Other Side, and all the consequences wrought from them. Silas, along with Amara, were the only two people in the series' universe to have ever become truly immortal, resulting in them being the longest-lived people in history at over 2,000 years old. Silas is the second oldest male character in the series universe (after Arcadius who is over 1,000+ years older than him), being 1,000+ years older than the oldest male Original vampires. Additionally, while he was an immortal, he was arguably the most powerful being ever to appear in the series universe solely due to his absolute Immortality and his very powerful psychic abilities, over which he had an immense level of control.
Silas (Ancient Greek: Σίλας; Latin: Silvanus) was born some time during 1st Century B.C.E. (100 B.C.) in Ancient Greece, during the Biblical Times, Silas was a young, gifted and powerful witch who was a part of a group of very gifted witches called The Travelers. Silas was one of the most powerful witches amongst the group who desired immortality, wanting to live for eternity, and wanted to create a spell for immortality. Silas was engaged to a beautiful young lady named Qetsiyah (who would become the oldest known ancestor of the Bennett bloodline), who was one of the most powerful witches in history and was also his best friend since childhood. Silas told Qetsiyah that he loved her and wanted to spend an eternity with her, saying that he never wanted to be apart from her, even by death. Qetsiyah was deeply in love with Silas and believed that his declaration of love was genuine and true.
Qetsiyah ended up creating the spell of immortality out of love for him, believing that Silas loved her as well and had intended to share the gift of immortality with her when they were to be married. However, this was not Silas' true intention. Although Qetsiyah was deeply (more like obsessively) in love with Silas, Silas did not reciprocate her love and affections. Silas, instead, was deeply in love with another young woman; a beautiful young woman named Amara (who would become the oldest known ancestor of the Petrova family or bloodline). Silas and Amara's love was so powerful that they both desired to spend an eternity together as immortal beings. Sadly for Silas and Amara, their love was strongly forbidden as Amara was the personal handmaiden to Qetsiyah and Silas was engaged to be married to Qetsiyah. There was also the issue of social statuses that posed a problem for Silas and Amara being together. Silas was a powerful witch who was born into a wealthy, noble and rich family, while Amara was a normal human who was born into a poor, downtrodden family. Silas' engagement and marriage to Qetsiyah was seen to be normal within their society as both Silas and Qetsiyah were powerful witches, belonged to the same group of powerful witches (The Travelers) and were both born into wealth and nobility. Therefore, Silas and Amara's love affair was kept secret between the two of them, out of fear of shame from society. Qetsiyah was unaware that he had no intention of spending eternity with her while she created the spell, blinded by Silas and her love for him.
Unfortunately for Silas, he was trapped in a situation with Qestiyah, to whom he was engaged. The immortality spell (elixir) in which Qetsiyah had created was to be consumed by both Silas and Qetsiyah on their wedding ceremony. As Qetsiyah was waiting for Silas to join her at the altar so that they could share their gift of immortality together, everything around Qetsiyah started to die, which indicated that Silas had betrayed her and that he was drinking the immortality elixir somewhere else. It was at this time that Silas and Amara had consumed the immortality elixir and had become the world's very first immortal beings but this wasn't the worst of Silas' betrayal for Qetsiyah. Qetsiyah then tracked Silas down and discovered Silas and Amara, her own handmaiden, together. Qetsiyah was strongly enraged and deeply hurt when she discovered that Silas had loved Amara and not her and wanted to spend an eternity with Amara instead of her. Out of revenge, Qetsiyah created a Cure for Immortality, found Amara, petrified her and faked her death. Qetsiyah had faked Amara's death by saying that she had slit her throat and cut out her heart, as Qetsiyah had shown Silas holding a human heart in her hands (it's presumed that Qetisyah might have murdered another innocent human in her plan to fake Amara's death). Silas discovered what Qetsiyah had "done" and was completely devastated, changing the life and the fate of the young witch forever. Qetsiyah gave Silas an ultimatum after Silas had found out that Amara had "died": to surrender to her, give up his immortality and take the cure so that he would become a mortal witch again, with the intention that he spend the rest of his mortal life with Qetsiyah instead. Silas refused to adhere to Qetsiyah's wishes, so she incapacitated him with the use of her magic.
Qetsiyah then lured and imprisoned Silas with the cure for immortality on a desolate Island deep in an underground cave. Silas had two choices: take the cure, die a mortal death (and eventually become a witch again) and be with Qetsiyah for eternity on The Other Side or rot, starve and desiccate to fossilization as an immortal in darkness for eternity. Qetsiyah had hoped that Silas would take the cure, die and join her on The Other Side, a purgatory for all supernatural beings (including vampires, werewolves, witches, doppelgängers, Original Vampires, etc) that she created in order to spend eternity with him. However, Silas, being the brilliant and intelligent person he is, knew that this was her intention and therefore, he chose to desiccate and starve in darkness forever instead, both out of love and loyalty to Amara and out of spite, anger and revenge against Qetsiyah. For two millenniums, Silas had lain buried, awaiting the day when someone would find him and free him from his tomb.
Centuries later, a group of miners created a well above Silas' tomb. This allowed them to experience a mysterious "magic" that came from below that allowed them to see their lost loved ones. However, it required them to sacrifice blood. They were all found bled out (this means they may have sacrificed too much blood to maintain their reunions with their loved ones and died). A group of college kids had come to the island for spring break. A few weeks later, they were all found dead and drained of their blood (they were more than likely sacrificed by someone to feed Silas). In 2009, Atticus Shane ventured to the island to locate the well. Shane spilled his blood in order to see his wife Caitlin again. He was then told what is needed in order to raise Silas, who could in turn revive her and his son, Sam.
In After School Special, Silas is mentioned by Shane when he is being interrogated by Kol and Rebekah, the latter of whom is in search of the Cure. He explains, "Silas will revive those who are sacrificed to bring him back." Kol is shocked at the mention of Silas' name, which indicates that he knows about Silas. Kol is struck with fear and starts rambling to Rebekah on how Silas will kill them all and states that Silas would bring hell on earth. Kol then decides to kill Shane to make sure Silas cannot be unearthed, unaware that Bonnie cast a spell to protect Shane.
In Catch Me If You Can, Kol reveals that he had met a cult that worships Silas. They had revealed to him a prophecy in which Silas' return would result in "the end of all time."
In A View to a Kill, Elena requests a meeting with Kol to arrange a truce and discuss what Kol knows about Silas. He reveals he has traveled with many witches in his lifetime. The witches he met and traveled with in the 14th and 17th century knew about Silas. The witches he knew in 1900's New Orleans also did. All of them told him about the destruction Silas will bring if freed. This leads to Kol shooting down Elena's attempts to refute Silas' existence or power. This fear also leads to Kol betraying their truce by attempting to chop off Jeremy's arms so that the map on the Hunter's Mark will never be completed; which leads to his death at Jeremy's hands, with Elena's assistance.
In Into the Wild, Silas is mentioned when Bonnie is looking at Jeremy's tattoos. She states that according to Shane, Silas asked Qetsiyah for help in a spell for immortality. When she found out Silas' plan to give immortality to another woman, she buried him, knowing that she couldn't kill him. Silas refused to give Qetsiyah the satisfaction of winning, so he stayed buried, not taking the Cure. The Five were created to kill vampires and find Silas. Once the members of The Five were to find Silas, they were to wake him, force him to take the Cure, and kill him. At the end of the episode, Shane had everything he needed and was on his way to freeing Silas.
In Down the Rabbit Hole, Bonnie, Jeremy, and Shane go down to the bottom of the tomb to raise him. Bonnie cuts herself on the way down, and her blood drips down the hole onto Silas. When Bonnie does the spell, the floor partially caves in, pinning down Shane, which breaks his leg, and opening the tomb. Bonnie goes in with a plan to get the Cure, and leave Silas where he is, but he creates an illusion of Grams using a connection from the blood she dripped on him. Grams tries to convince her to free Silas.
Jeremy tells Bonnie that if her Grams were there he would be able to see her, and that Silas is messing with her mind. Bonnie realizes this is how Silas was able to control Shane with visions of his dead wife, Caitlin Shane. Bonnie and Jeremy reach Silas, and quickly realize he is fossilized with the Cure in his hands. Bonnie tells Jeremy that in order to get the Cure, they must feed him blood. They are attacked by Vaughn, who stabs Bonnie, and tries to force Jeremy to feed Silas. Katherine (pretending to be Elena) comes to his rescue and knocks Vaughn out, but instead of helping Bonnie, Katherine uses Jeremy to feed Silas. When Silas begins to move his arms, he grabs Jeremy's neck, taking his hands off of the box with the Cure, which allows Katherine to grab it and get away. Bonnie lays motionless on the ground, watching Jeremy be fed on when Silas snaps his neck.
In Stand By Me, Silas had removed his mask, and using some unknown abilities, took the form of Shane as he left his tomb. He also took Bonnie with him, healing her while creating an illusion that makes him appear to be Shane. He explained that everyone Shane had sacrificed would be brought back, but when Bonnie still didn't want to go along with his plan, Silas told her that Jeremy was drained of blood and killed. Bonnie, emotionally shattered by the news, started to lose control of her magic and Silas used this moment of vulnerability to tell her that she can bring Jeremy back. He explained that she needed to help Silas because when Silas became an immortal (a vampire), he lost his ability to do magic.
He continued to say that the only reason Shane had been teaching Bonnieexpression was so she could do Silas' work for him, since he was no longer a witch. He explained how Shane had completed the first two points of the Expression Triangle by orchestrating the death of 12 Town Council member's at Pastor Young's farm and the death of 12 hybrids in the underground tunnels below the old Lockwood Estate, and explained that there was still one more massacre left to complete the triangle. He justified the massacres by assuring her that the humans used would find peace and that the supernatural creatures used would be brought back. Bonnie still refused to help him, but Silas used her grief over Jeremy and her Grams against her, creating a vision of Jeremy asking for help. This gave Silas the power he needed over her to do his bidding.
Silas, sent Bonnie to Damon so she could be taken back home, where Bonnie told her friends of what "Shane" told her. She explained to her grief-stricken friends that to get Jeremy back she will have to complete the Expression Triangle, which had already begun to form thanks to Shane's earlier orchestrated massacres. Bonnie had learned from Silas that Qetsiyah had created The Other Side so if he did take the Cure and die of old age while buried, he would be trapped in that supernatural purgatory. This is what caused him to create his plan to be awoken; he wanted Bonnie (a descendant of Qetsiyah) to use the power of the Expression Triangle to destroy the veil separating the living world from the Other Side, which would bring back every dead supernatural being, and make the Other Side nonexistent. Then, he wanted to take the Cure and die so that he could be reunited with the woman he loved. Bonnie, who wanted to bring back Jeremy and Grams, tried to convince her friends to get on board by telling them that their dead supernatural friends and family could come back too, and that they just had to finish the triangle by killing 12 more people. The group was shocked that Bonnie was willing to kill 12 people to bring back their loved ones, which would also bring back all of their dead enemies who were vampires, witches, werewolves, and hybrids.
Silas, still posing as Shane, appeared when Bonnie returned home and asked her if she told her friends. When she told him of their unwillingness to help, he told her that they were just afraid. Meanwhile, on the island, Rebekah came across the real Shane, who she believed to be dead until he grabbed her and frantically muttered one word: "Silas."
In Bring It On, it was discovered that Silas had been taking entire blood bank stocks of blood from several hospitals in order to sate his hunger, having been desiccated and deprived of blood for 2,000 years. It is this discovery that causes Stefan to realize that Silas followed them back from the Island where they found him, and that he is in the Mystic Falls area.
In Because the Night, Silas continued to try and harness Bonnie's expression. He had revealed to her that he was not really Shane, and she questioned why he wouldn't reveal his true form. Wanting to continue the charade of being Shane, Silas used his guise to convince Bonnie's father that she must continue her lessons with him in order to help her control her magic. He explained to Bonnie that the final part of the Expression Triangle they were forming required killing twelve witches. He told her that the witches would all link themselves together in an attempt to remove the expression from her being; he emphasized that she endure them until they were all linked, and once they did, she was to overpower them and kill them. His plan didn't go perfectly, however, due to interference from Caroline Forbes, who saw that Aja, the witch who was cleansing Bonnie, was about to kill her after learning of her involvement with Silas, and Caroline quickly stabs her, causing all twelve witches to die in succession. With the Expression Triangle completed, Silas had everything he needed to destroy The Other Side.
After the triangle was completed, Silas confronted Klaus, now only needing the Cure to complete his plans. Klaus refused to give up its location (the Cure was in Katherine's possession; her plan was to use it to buy her freedom from Klaus,) and Silas threatened the hybrid, telling him to bring him the Cure. When Klaus refused, Silas revealed that he had gained possession of the White Oak Stake from an unknowing Rebekah. Klaus tried to attack him but Silas caught him off guard, stabbing the stake into his back, just below his heart. Silas snapped the tip of the stake off, leaving it embedded in Klaus' back before reminding him to bring him the cure and leaving the scene.
In American Gothic, Silas briefly appeared in the form of Caroline to taunt Klaus and get him to find the Cure. Later, it was revealed that Silas had not actually staked Klaus, but it was in fact an illusion in his mind that was so powerful it took Klaus' focusing solely on his anger and frustration toward Caroline in order to overcome it.
In Pictures of You, Silas appeared in Stefan's, Damon's, Jeremy's and in Rebekah's form, all in a ploy to get Bonnie on his side and get to maneuver his obstacles out of the way as he tries to secure the Cure from Elijah. He succeeds, in getting the cure, but fails to get Bonnie on his side. Silas tries to convince her that they should work together, But Bonnie gets angry and makes him get out of her head. Silas is then later confronted by an empowered Bonnie, who has embraced her magical powers and become confident in her abilities. At the end, a part of his face can be seen, looking scarred and disfigured. He explains that it is a punishment from Qetsiyah, which he referred to as "Qetsiyah's revenge"--if she couldn't have him, she didn't want anyone to be able to love him either.
In She's Come Undone, Silas appears as Klaus to torment Caroline in order to find Bonnie, who is hiding from him while trying to come up with her own plan. When Caroline confesses she doesn't know where she is, Silas (still as Klaus) plants an illusion in her mind that he staked her in the heart. Then when Caroline wakes up, he appears as Matt and Klaus and then his monstrous form in the mirror of her car, while threatening to kill her mother if she doesn't help him find Bonnie. When Bonnie arrives at Caroline's house, she sees Silas posing as Sheriff Forbes and then returns to his disfigured form. Caroline runs to find her mother injured by Silas, and he warns Bonnie not to break her promise to destroy The Other Side. He tells her that her promise is binding and she must answer to him if she breaks it. He then tells her not to hide from him again.
In The Walking Dead, Silas realizes what Bonnie is planning to do, and causes Caroline to hallucinate that she must cut herself over and over. He takes Caroline's form in order to find her, pretending to be Caroline to Stefan as well until he can get Bonnie alone. When he does, he taunts her by revealing that she never gained the ability to force him out of her head. He's been manipulating her the whole time, including making her believe that he was a deformed monster. He tells her that Qetsiyah will never come to help her put him down, and that she either has the choice of destroying the veil, and allowing the supernatural dead to walk the earth, or have Silas walking the earth. He then causes Bonnie to believe that she was suffocating from lack of oxygen, before going to Damon in the form of Alaric in order to get Damon to convince her to help. However, Damon's knowledge of the tunnel routes allows him to realize it was Silas. He attacks Silas, and holds him in chains, with Bonnie coming to attack him before he could react.Bonnie then used Expression to petrify him. Stefan and Damon then planned to dump his body in the ocean, and Alaric helps Damon put Silas' body into the trunk of his car and hands Damon the Cure from Silas' pocket.
In Graduation, it's revealed that Silas was freed from his stone encasement when Bonnie died, after she closed the veil along with her ghost. Silas tells Stefan that nature needed a loophole for him to be an immortal who could never truly die: a shadow self - a doppelgänger - who turns out to be Stefan. Silas shows his true form, which is exactly the same as Stefan's. Silas stabs Stefan and asks him if he knows what it feels like to be starved for 2,000 years before locking Stefan in a safe and dumping him at the bottom of the quarry.
In I Know What You Did Last Summer, Stefan had been trapped in the safe for three months while Silas continued to grow stronger. Over the course of the summer, Silas drank vast amounts of blood, drinking from the people of Mystic Falls casually before wiping their memories that he was ever even there. Later, he continued moving around freely in his true form, tricking Damon into believing he was Stefan and reading Damon's thoughts to find the location of Katherine Pierce until he touched Jeremy, whose remnants of the Hunter's Mark could sense that it was Silas. He left, going to the Salvatore house where a now cured Katherine was taking a bath. He initially pretended to be Stefan until he let slip who he was. She fled, getting Jeremy and Damon to help her escape. Silas spoke with Damon, bringing up the fact that Stefan was missing and telling him that he'd only bring him to Stefan's location if he got Jeremy to bring Katherine back. Damon called Jeremy, deciding to comply with Silas' demands but Katherine escaped Jeremy, much to Silas' annoyance. He then went to the gathering in the town square where Rudy Hopkins was giving a speech. At that moment, Silas decided to reveal himself, explaining to the town that he had gained a lot of strength through his blood-letting in the summer and though he was once limited to only getting into one person's head at a time, he could now control a whole town square. He psychically commanded them all to stay where they were as he viciously slit Mayor Hopkins' throat in front of the town and Bonnie's ghost, completing his vow that Bonnie would suffer for breaking her promise to drop the veil to the Other Side, before ordering them all to find Katherine for him.
In True Lies, while those he mind controlled hunted Katherine, Silas found Elena at Whitmore College using his abilities to convince her that he was Stefan. When he got a message from one of his mind controlled slaves that Katherine had been spotted on Route 9, he asked Elena, under the pretense of looking for Jeremy who was with Katherine, where they would be going. Elena told him about an old campground their family used to go to and Silas left, implanting a psychic command in Elena to kill Damon before he left. Arriving at the campground, he confronted Matt Donovan but discovered his abilities didn't work on him, and when he pried into Matt's mind saw that a group he was familiar with, The Travelers, had already manipulated Matt's mind to see through and spy on Silas. Annoyed by the inconvenience, he snapped Matt's neck, killing him. Jeremy found Matt's body and Silas, who had figured out that the Gilbert Ring must be what could bring Matt back to life. Jeremy, mustering all his courage, stood up to Silas, telling him that because he was a member of The Five, none of Silas' psychic abilities worked on him either, and that he knew that Silas wasn't as strong or fast as a vampire. Picking up a hatchet, Jeremy attacked him and the two fought rather evenly for a moment until Jeremy got the upper hand. Silas admitted that he wasn't quite as strong as Jeremy but his immortality did give him an edge, skewering himself while Jeremy was grappled to his back, impaling Jeremy as well. Silas was then struck by shotgun rounds from Katherine, immobilizing him long enough for Jeremy, Matt, and Katherine to escape. Silas made his way to a local store, commanding the clerk to cut his wrist and bleed into a cup so Silas could drink his blood and recharge his energy. At that moment, he was approached by the Travelers who intended to incapacitate and re-imprison him as their history dictated they should. One of them, Nadia, killed the other, saying that she had her own agenda and needed Silas free.
In Original Sin, Silas tried to have Nadia prove herself further despite her killing Gregor in front of him. He wanted her to find Matt Donovan, take off the Gilbert Ring, and kill him for good to show her loyalty. Unknown to Silas, Stefan had been rescued from the quarry by Qetsiyah, who had returned from The Other Side when Bonnie had lowered the veil, as her hunters of The Five had failed to kill Silas. Nadia then pursued Katherine, having her own agenda with her and managed to capture her, but Silas tracked them down, suspecting Nadia's ulterior motives. He told Nadia to put her gun to her own chest and was about to make her kill herself but was suddenly stopped by a mental attack. Qetsiyah, having told Stefan of her and Silas' history, was linking Stefan and Silas together which would cut off Silas' psychic abilities. The spell worked and caused Silas a great amount of pain, giving Nadia and Katherine time for an escape. Having lost his power, Silas realized that Qetsiyah was back, calling Nadia and telling her to hold up the end of their deal. He then spoke to Katherine, telling her why he wanted her; her blood was now the Cure.
In Monster's Ball, Silas tracked Damon down at a Whitmore College ball that was being held and told him that he needed him to kill Stefan and then explained a plan that would be able to help them figure out what Tessa, the name Qetsiyah had gone under, was up to and where the anchor, keeping The Other Side around was. Damon wanted to exchange Silas with Bonnie on The Other Side. The reason Damon needed to kill Stefan was that by breaking Stefan's neck and temporarily killing him, the link Tessa had placed between Silas and Stefan that had given one amnesia and made the other lose his psychic abilities, would be broken temporarily. He wanted to have his powers back long enough to get inside Tessa's head, counting on her believing she was speaking to Stefan and being off guard since she had once loved a man with the same face. His plan went well at first, being able to manipulate Qetsiyah psychically while Damon killed Stefan multiple times to keep the link broken. When Stefan would awaken, Silas would receive a great pain until Stefan was "killed" again but after a few deaths, Stefan had grown tired of what he thought was his brother's personal vendetta and fought back, breaking Damon's neck instead. He then went to Tessa, revealing that she had been speaking to Silas the whole time. Furious with her former lover, Qetsiyah used her magic to manipulate Silas' heart, stopping the blood from coursing through his body and desiccating him. Damon brought Silas' body to the Salvatore house when Katherine arrived at his call. Upon seeing Silas' body, she believed she had escaped death once again but Damon attacked her, feeding her and her blood to Silas just as she had done to Jeremy on the island, raising Silas as he drained her of her blood while at the same time he was drinking the cure in her bloodstream. Silas was then cured and returned to his former state of being a witch.
In Handle with Care, as Silas agreed to bring Bonnie back to life and knew the anchor's location, he told Damon and Jeremy to go with him on a road-trip to a warehouse where the anchor is hidden by the Travelers. He found out that the anchor is not an object but a person. In a tall wooden crate, Amara, his one-true love, was the anchor to the Other Side. Silas was deceived by Qetsiyah that she cured Amara and brutally slaughtered her. In fact, Qetsiyah desiccated her and bound her to the Other Side, so it would prevail eternally as Amara is truly immortal and indestructible. Silas gave her some blood and took her out from the warehouse. Both shared a moment of romantic reunion. A moment later, Amara grabbed a piece of broken glass and stabbed into Silas' neck and drained his blood which was fusing with the cure, confessing that she could not live another day.
In Death and the Maiden, a wounded Silas, picked up Damon's call and broke his promise to resurrect Bonnie. He had a new plan to kill Amara. As Amara became mortal and could be killed, the Other Side would no longer exist; therefore, Amara and him could spend eternity in the afterlife. When Silas knew Qetsiyah's scheme that she would make Bonnie as the replacement for Amara, Silas stopped the ritual and wounded Qetsiyah. Later, he received a call from his doppelgänger - Stefan that he captured Amara as the hostage. Stefan successfully lured him out. In the woods, Silas found Amara tied to a tree. Amara told him that she wanted to die and Silas understood her decision. As Silas was cutting Amara's throat, Stefan intervened and they had a fight and he dropped his knife. Stefan threw the knife into Silas' chest, killing him.
In Home, Enzo enlists Silas as the Traveler who could teach them the spell which could bring the dead back to life. He teaches Bonnie how to do the spell so that she could teach Liv Parker. Silas plans to return and arrogantly gloats to Bonnie about how he would cause havoc on the world once again. However, before the spell can start, the darkness starts to drag Enzo and Silas into oblivion. They hold on to trees to prevent themselves from getting sucked away. Bonnie saves Enzo and tries to reach Silas. However, as he is about to catch her hand, she pulls it back and lets Silas disappear into oblivion, getting final revenge for her father's death. It is unknown if Silas was able to pass onto the afterlife to reunite with Amara or is destroyed for good.
1st century B.C. (1st Time Witch)
During and after exposure of the story of the first immortal (Silas), Atticus Shane describes part of the true nature of Silas. Shane says "Maybe we should be afraid". Shane describes Silas in three ways, at first, he found his true love, and was very happy. After the death of his loved one, he becomes very dangerous and malicious. This is evident by Kol's fear at the mention of his name. He describes Silas' return to the world as "Hell on Earth".
In Original Sin, through flashbacks Silas is shown to be a manipulative but relatively normal person. He was a good friend and the fiancé of Qetsiyah, however, he did not hesitate to take advantage of the affection she had for him for his own purposes.
Present Time (2nd Time Witch)
After taking the Cure, Silas felt like a new man. He was beside himself with the pleasure of having his old powers back, and also at the prospect of finally being able to die after 2,000 years. Despite his age, Silas exhibits a rather twisted sense of humor akin to that of a modern day man, as seen when he makes jokes about the people he's killed or harmed on his quest to terminate himself.
Even his ghost is sadistic and ruthless when stating he was weirdly amused watching an 80 year old witch get sucked into oblivion as his reason for being late to meet Bonnie and Enzo, and even said he would slaughter many people once resurrected, though he was saying this in a joking manner rather being serious, though the fact jokes about such things shows a morbid sense of humor. Bonnie calls him a plague, much to his delight before being sucked into oblivion.
"That's what I wanted you to think. I can make you see whatever I want. Am I a disfigured monster? Of course not. The monster is what I wanted you to see. That's the beauty of all this: you have no idea who I am. Or what I look like. Or how deep I am inside of your head. You thought that you were more powerful than me? I'm stronger than you can imagine. I defeated the Hunter's Curse in minutes. You thought that you could betray me? You can't. I will always be one step ahead. "
Silas is shown to be very manipulative, as during his time in which he was desiccated, he placed illusions in people's minds in order to get them to help free him from his prison. He later uses illusions once again in order to manipulate Klaus into believing that he had a piece of the White Oak Stake in his chest in order to try to get him to help Silas get the Cure. He later torments Caroline to find Bonnie who was hiding from him, even going as far as threatening Sheriff Forbes' life, and going on a killing spree.
Like many vampires, especially the ancient ones, Silas is ruthless when it comes to getting what he wants. He breaks Jeremy's neck moments after feeding from him, and showed no remorse for the lives lost in order to complete the Expression Triangle, (although he did hint at it during the witch massacre). Likewise, he did not care about mentally torturing Klaus in order to get him to do what he wants.
However, Silas has shown to be willing to negotiate with people. He also appears to be very clever when speaking with others. His arguments were able to help him gain Bonnie's trust, despite killing her friend. He also attempts to get Klaus to help him through a deal, before resorting to more extreme measures after Klaus' refusal.
What seems to be one of Silas' most defining traits is his apparent death wish. By his own admission, Silas wishes to take the Cure, so that he can die and be reunited with his human lover. Silas uses as a justification the fact that every man should want to know peace, for the humans sacrificed in his name.
Silas is not above killing innocent people to achieve his goals. Although he had previously stolen blood from several blood banks to re-energize, he more recently drained 5 hospital patients of blood, due to the hospital no longer keeping a blood bag supply, in anticipation of Bonnie casting the spell to drop the veil to The Other Side.
Silas' overall personality and unhinged mental state may have been the result of 2,000 years of starvation and desiccation along with the belief that his one true love was butchered, before that, he may have been quite moral though since little of him before he became immortal is shown, it is not known what kind of man he was though Qetsiyah says he wasn't always a monster, Qetsiyah herself is also mentally unhinged and her actions contributed towards Silas' personality.
His ability to make others see whatever form he chooses has resulted in his true form being unknown. It was thought that Silas' true face was greatly deformed and covered in scar tissue, however, he revealed to Bonnie that that was merely another illusion, used to lull her into a false sense of security.
When Bonnie and Jeremy found him he seemed to be in such a desiccated state that he was fossilized. His skin appeared to be very dark/black, apparently from all the dirt accumulated on him as well as being mummy-like because he has had no blood. His face was covered with a fossilized iron mask and most of his body was covered with intertwining vines and roots. Also, his eyes appeared to be white from the blood consumption.
In Graduation, he reveals his true form, which is identical to Stefan. Silas has a handsome appearance with a pale complexion, a broad forehead, strong bone structure (angular jawline), deep-set, forest green eyes, a straight nose and a well-formed mouth. Silas is about the same height as Stefan and he has a lean physique similar to that of his doppelgänger.
In his scarred form, Silas was wearing a long black robe with hood, designed to hide his deformity, while in its true form, Silas has adopted the clothing and hairstyle of his doppelgänger, Stefan.
Powers and Abilities
As a witch, Silas was powerful enough that Qetsiyah considered them to be the two most powerful members of the Travelers 2,000 years ago. He proved to be a very powerful magic user as shown when he disrupted Qetsiyah's anchor swap spell. He also defeated her in magical combat although it should be noted that he had a psychological hold over her at the time. He also performed other basic magical feats such as making flames appear on the tips of his fingers, liquifying a stranger's internal organs and trapping Qetsiyah, one of the most powerful witches in history inside a cabin for a whole day by binding the spell to the sun in Handle with Care. He was particularly gifted in telekinesis, using little to no effort in performing it.
He was knowledgeable in numerous spells, including the one used by modern day Travelers to resurrect someone from the Other Side although he was not talented enough to create a spell for immortality himself.
As an immortal, Silas' mental abilities far surpass any Vampire, including the Original Vampires. He can make illusions that are so real that he convinced Klaus the Original Hybrid that he was dying. He also can inflict pain upon others as when he made Bonnie think she was suffocating and Klaus that he was stabbed with the White Oak Stake. He also can make himself look like anyone such as when he appeared as Shane. His compulsion far surpasses any other vampire and this is demonstrated when he compels a mass of people at once without eye contact. Aside from these abilities, Silas demonstrated Super Strength on par with those of The Five and was completely indestructible.
Through the use of his powerful illusions he can be as strong and as fast as he wants his target to believe, Klaus perceived him to be faster as he couldn't catch him with his own speed, and "felt" Silas' strength when he impaled him with the indestructible stake and broke it, while all this was in fact an illusion, Klaus saw and experienced it as if it was real.
Silas had the typical weaknesses of an immortal. However, after being given the Cure, he had the typical weaknesses of a witch.
The Cult of Silas
"A few hundred years back, I came across a group that worshiped Silas. His followers told me that he would rise again, and when he did, he would trigger the end of all time. You know, being an immortal, you can see why I'm opposed to time's ending. I murdered all of them, and now here you are willing to risk raising him in your search for the cure."
The Cult of Silas was a group of humans and supernatural species that worshiped Silas. They originated around Greece and started approximately two thousand years ago. The group's current status is unknown, however, with his ultimate demise, they are likely inactive. Some centuries ago, Kol came across a Cult that worshiped Silas as a god despite the fact he would supposedly destroy the world. Kol proceeded to kill them all. He also mentioned running into with some witches in Africa in the 14th century, Haiti in the 17th century and New Orleans in the 1900s; all knew about Silas though it is unknown if they were part of his cult.
While there have been several people working to free Silas for their own ends, they did not act as an organized, force, nor did they worship him. As such, the cult of Silas remains destroyed.
Not much is known about their relationship, but according to Atticus Shane they were once best friends. Shane says when Silas was searching for a way to become immortal he got help from his friend Qetsiyah. However, this prove to be fictitious as it was later revealed that Qetsiyah was in fact his lover, but when she found out that he had used the Immortality Elixir to turn someone else immortal she got faked her death and buried him alive on the Island with the Cure, hoping he would take it. But knowing that Silas would only take the Cure to reunite with his one true love, Qetsiyah created The Other Side, where Silas would be imprisoned, keeping him from moving on into the afterlife. Silas refused to give her the satisfaction so he remained immortal and trapped for 2,000 years.
Not much is known about their relationship but his feelings for her is what inspired him to become immortal. Her death is also what's currently motivating him to lose his immortality, so he can join her in the afterlife, but first he must destroy The Other Side to rejoin her. In Original Sin, a short flashback to Ancient Greece revealed Amara is Elena's ancestor, and that Silas was engaged to Qetsiyah, however his true love was Amara. On his supposed wedding night to Qetsiyah, He stole the immortality elixir she had created for herself and Silas, and made Amara immortal, in order to spend the rest of his life with her. After Qetsiyah found out, she killed Amara in a jealous rage, her death devastating Silas.
The relationship between Silas and Bonnie Bennett started after the group's acquisition of the Cure and the subsequent release of Silas who awoke and broke free of his prison after feeding on Jeremy. At first Bonnie was willing to work with Silas, as he was using his psychic powers to influence her mind. Bonnie, unlike Silas, didn't want to destroy The Other Side. Silas, unwilling and/or unmoved by her reasoning, sought to compel her cooperation by threatening her friends and loved ones. When this proved inadequate he escalated his efforts culminating in the murder of Bonnie's father, Rudy Hopkins. Bonnie later avenged her father when she deliberately allows Silas to be sucked into oblivion. (Home)
Stefan and Silas have rarely interacted with one another, however in the Season 4 finale Graduation, it is revealed that Stefan is in fact a doppelgänger and descendant of Silas, a line created so that there would be mortal 'Silas' that could die in the place of Silas, who was a true immortal. Silas seems to show a similar animosity to Stefan that Katherine does to Elena, as both of their 'shadow selves' are leading far better lives than them. After Stefan's ancestry was revealed, Silas stabbed him, locked him inside a safe and threw him into the lake. It would be three months until Stefan was found. Stefan eventually killed Silas.
Atticus Shane came to the Island in 2009 to attempt to see his wife again. When Shane cut himself to test the magic at the well he saw his wife Caitlin again, but it was actually an illusion by Silas. Silas told him that if he helped free him, then he can see his wife and son again. This motivated Shane to do the things he has done believing that it was the right thing. When Silas was freed he quickly saved Bonnie, but left Shane to die on the Island.
In Because the Night, after the Expression Triangle is completed, Silas pays Klaus a visit. Silas tells Klaus to bring him the Cure and it won't be used on him. Klaus, not wanting his enemies from The Other Side to return, tells Silas no and that he doesn't scare him. Silas says he knows what does and pulls out the White Oak Stake, and asks Klaus if he wants to reconsider. Klaus rushes at Silas just to have Silas vanish, then appear behind him, and stab him with the White Oak Stake and breaking a tip off inside Klaus, leaving him in agonizing pain. Silas walks off saying he'll be in touch. Silas later appears as Caroline while Klaus is in agonizing pain, trying to get the tip of the stake out of his back, taunting Klaus, and reminding him to get the Cure. Klaus later realizes, with the help of Caroline, that the pain was an illusion planted into Klaus' mind by Silas, and that Silas never had the White Oak Stake. Klaus later "helps" Silas obtain the Cure, delaying Rebekah long enough for Silas to acquire it from Elijah, as Silas promised to continue to torture Klaus with his psychic powers until he gave Silas the Cure.
Silas is the short form of the Roman or Latin name Silvanus. It was not used as an English name until after the Protestant Reformation. Silvanus is a Roman or Latin name derived from the Latin word "silva" meaning "wood" or "forest". It also means "woodland dweller" or "forest dweller".
Ironically, Silas' name is derived from a forest god, as in the series, he is considered to be the ultimate enemy of nature.
Silvanus was the Roman god of forests. This name also appears in the New Testament belonging to one of Saint Paul's companions, also called Silas.
Other spellings of the name Silas include Sylas, Siles, Silus, Syles, Sylus, Silous, and Sylous.
Other spellings of the name Silvanus include Silvain, Silvano, Silverio, Silvino, Silvio, Sylvanus, Sylvio, Silvaine, Silvaen, Silvaene, Silvayn, Silvayne, Silvius, Silviu, Silvan, and Sylvan.
Silas doesn't seem to have a last name.
Like his distant relatives, Stefan and Damon Salvatore, Silas was in a love triangle. The only difference being that two women were in love with Silas while Stefan and Damon loved the same woman twice.
Contrary to popular belief Silas had nothing to do with the creation of the Immortality Spell and the Cure as it was later revealed to be all lies he told to make himself seem a much superior witch to Qetsiyah who was the true creator of both.
Silas is the oldest known ancestor of the Salvatore family bloodline.
Silas is a distant ancestor of all of the Salvatore men, including Giuseppe, Zachariah, Joseph, Stefan, Damon and Zach.
Ironically, when Silas told Bonnie in The Walking Dead, that she had no idea who he really was while appearing as Stefan, he was in his true form.
According to what Shane said, Silas can be considered to be one of the oldest character in the TV series, tied with Amara and Qetsiyah.
It is, however, possible that the headstone was intended to be a power source for the witch who attempts opening Silas' tomb; of course, Bonnie could do so without it because she had practiced Expression.
According to Rebekah, Silas is a fairy tale character to scare children if they do not want to obey their parents.
This refers to the Boogeyman, an ancient evil being, which has no specific physical form, and often causes great terror among children. Sometimes, Boogeyman can be classified as a serial killer, or the devil itself.
Silas, Amara and Qetsiyah are the oldest characters in the TV series so far.
Unlike the TV Series, in the novels there are a lot of characters over 2000 years old.
Silas has had his own cult over the centuries that worshiped him, calling him the bringer of the end of times Kol was travelling along them.
Silas' face is covered by what is presumably an iron mask which could be a reference to the 1998 film The Man in the Iron Mask where King Louis XIV of France twin brother is forced to wear a iron mask to conceal his resemblance to the king.
The mask that covered Silas' face seems to have changed in design between Down the Rabbit Hole and Stand By Me. In it's first appearance it had a long rectangular shape running down from the middle of the mask's forehead to the nose. However when Rebekah looks at it in the next episode that feature is gone. This may be because of a second part to the mask such as the back, and the missing piece connects the two.
Silas is similar to Finn, as both were immortal created by the immortality spell, both were deeply in love with their respective lovers, both had a death wish so strong, they are willing to take many other beings down with them, and both became witches after ceasing to be immortal.
While the Originals can be killed by the White Oak Stake, from the source of their immortality, Silas is seemingly truly immortal and invulnerable to any weapon or weakness unless he takes the Cure.
In The Walking Dead, Silas tells Bonnie that he "defeated the Hunter's Curse in minutes", implying that he was affected by it, but he was able to easily overcome it.
He was the first antagonist to be defeated by Bonnie in a direct confrontation, however it should be noted that he was caught by surprise.
Silas is the first in the series to the powers possessed by the characters from the possessing the powers of telepathy, mind control without eye contact, and psychic illusions.
Stefan is Silas' doppelgänger, made to be a version of Silas that could die since Silas had cheated death by becoming immortal. Stefan was used to weaken Silas by Qetsiyah, linking their minds and frying Stefan's conscious mind to neutralize Silas' psychic powers.
Silas may have no fangs when feeding as his eyes never went red when feeding on Jeremy, and he cut the wrists of the hospital patients he fed on.
In a Season Four deleted scene, Silas, as a male nurse, used a razor to cut Stefan's neck before feeding which can back this up further. In I Know What You Did Last Summer he is shown using a knife to access Sheriff Forbes' blood to feed which confirms this further.
Silas mentioned he had a "soft spot" for brunettes, hinting his lover was brunette. As it turns out, in Original Sin, his lover was revealed to be Amara, the first version of Elena.
Silas can speak Polish.
As a result of Qetsiyah's spell, he had lost his psychic powers which included his telepathy, illusions, mind control, and psychic pain illusions, etc. However if Stefan is temporarily killed, he regained his powers until Stefan is revived.
Silas' one true love, Amara, was the original version of what became the Petrova doppelgängers, as he was the original version of the Salvatore doppelgängers. Their love story seems to replay itself when they are reborn century after century, according to Qetsiyah.
It is revealed by Markos that this is because he cast a spell to draw the doppelgängers together through fate and true love in order to find them and keep track of them for his plans.
Though Silas is a Latin name, his back story has shown him to have lived in Greece. However, Greece was part of the Roman Empire during Silas' lifetime.
Silas, Qetsiyah, Klaus, Nadia and Katherine are the only characters known to speak a language different from English and Latin.
Silas was a witch again after being force-fed the cure.
Silas loves Amara so much that he hates looking at both Katerina and Elena (Amara's doppelgänger or shadow selves) as he sees them as freaky carbon copies of his one true love. Silas even said that Katerina may have been the identical spitting image of Amara physically, but the mere thought of Katerina repulsed Silas.
Silas has the lowest count of episode appearances of all main male characters.
He and Vicki were killed in the 7th episode of their season as main characters, also both were killed by Stefan Salvatore.
In the 4th episode of season two in Katerina's retrospection, Stefan says looking at her: "All I see is an angel." In the 3rd episode of season five in Qetsyiah retrospection, Silas says the same words looking at Amara.
Silas is the last person to cross over to the Other Side through Amara.
Also he never disguises himself as Tyler or Bonnie.
Silas calls Damon "his distant nephew", implying that Silas did have a sibling or siblings.
After Tom Avery's death, all of Silas' human doppelgängers are now dead, with Stefan, a vampire, being the last one on earth.
With Stefan's death as a human, after being cured of vampirism, Silas' doppelgangers are now extinct.
Silas was not undead as an immortal, as he never died and awoke in transition. He could still desiccate as he could not die without consuming blood.
Silas is no longer on the Other Side after being sucked into the darkness in the sky.
Ironically, when he was immortal he wanted to die but when he became mortal again and died, being stuck on the Other Side, he attempted to get Bonnie to agree to resurrect him after teaching her the traveler's resurrection spell, though she allowed him to be ripped into darkness.
Personality-wise, Stefan and Silas were opposites.
Silas' statement to Stefan of never dying and doesn't know what death means is similar to Klaus' statement to Elena from the novels about never to have died to become a vampire.
Both of them are known for persecuting their family members who disappoint or betray them.
Both of them was able to control many people at the same time.
Kol Mikaelson wanted to kill Jeremy Gilbert because he feared that Silas would come back and destroy the world. Finn Mikaelson wanted to kill his niece so that Dahlia would not come back and destroy him and his family.
Both of them are described by biblical references. Kol was defining Silas' return as "end of the world" or "hell in the earth," while Bonnie defined Silas' eventual resurrection as "plague." Freya, while describing Dahlia, referred to her as "the devil."
Both of them were reunited with a person who they loved, before their death (Silas with Amara, Dahlia with Esther).
Both of them were ultimately killed (stabbed) by descendant of their sibling (Silas by his distant nephew Stefan, Dahlia by her nephew Klaus).
(To Bonnie) "We got to get you home if you're gonna help Silas raise the dead. Well, Silas can't do magic. He was a witch, but after he became immortal, that ended. He can be a witch or a vampire, but never both. That's why I've been teaching you Expression, so you can do his work for him. Using the power of 3 massacres. Each massacre of 12 marks the earth with power, and you can use Expression to tap into that power. I've had 24 people killed-- 12 humans at the Young farm, 12 hybrids. You and I are gonna complete the triangle. Look, there needs to be another massacre, but it's okay. They're gonna come back. It's worth it. Won't you, if it meant you could see Jeremy again, your Grams, everybody you or your friends have ever lost? I think you would".
(To Bonnie) "When Silas was buried by the witch Qetsiyah, she left him with the cure and two choices-- stay immortal and rot or take the cure and eventually die in there of old age. Because, you see, Qetsiyah had already one-upped him. She knew that he wanted to die so that he could find peace, be reunited with his one true love. So she created the Other Side as a purgatory for all supernatural beings, ensuring that if he died, he'd end up there forever. That's where you come in. Because you, as Qetsiyah's descendant, can make the Other Side go away. You can. Yes, you can. All the witches, your ancestors who've been persecuted throughout time, your Grams, Jeremy, they'll all be back. You can do this. You will do this".
(To Bonnie): "Did you tell them? Oh, they're just scared. They're afraid to believe. They were a necessary sacrifice, for the greater good. They've passed on. They've found peace. That's all anyone wants. That's all Silas wants. We'll do this together, you and I. We are the beginning".
Bonnie: "How can I trust you if you can't show me your real face? Don't you think it's a little creepy that you're appearing as my dead Professor?"
Silas: "I told you that I'm Silas. I told you Shane died on The Island. I'm trying to earn your trust."
Silas: "Alright, look. You invited me into your home. Right? Why? Why'd you lie to your friends and tell them everything is fine? Why'd you convince your dad that you needed Professor Shane's help to control your magic? What am I doing here?"
Bonnie: "Your in my head. Your making me see things and, and do things..."
(She gets off the couch and starts walking away but Silas stops her)
Silas: "Hey, now see look I'm strong. But your a Witch. Now I can't force you to do anything that you already want to do. You care about Jeremy, right?"
Bonnie: "I do."
Silas: "Yeah, you're with him, and you promised to protect him. But you failed, and now in order to bring him back..."
Bonnie: "I need to get rid of the Other Side."
Silas: "You are descended from Qetsiyah. One of the most powerful Witches of all time and only you can complete the triangle, and cast the spell."
Bonnie: "Completing the triangle means killing twelve people."
Silas: "We've been over this. It's temporary, they'll come back."
Bonnie: "What if I'm not strong enough?"
Silas: "You are strong enough. Look, it won't be easy. Once they realize how strong you are they'll channel each other one by one using spirit magic, till they can strip you of Expression. You have to endure them until all twelve are linked, as one."
(Klaus is in his house's living room, still struggling to get the White Oak Stake out of his back. He even goes to the lengths of attempting to dislocate his arm so he can reach for it. He continues to grunt and groan as Silas, now taking the form of Caroline Forbes, walks in)
Silas: "Klaus, we need to talk." (stops and pretends to act surprised) What happened to you?"
Klaus: (stutters) "Silas. He attacked me."
(Silas walks over to him)
Klaus: "He stabbed me with the White Oak Stake. A piece of it, is still inside me." (Klaus trips but stops his fall by leaning on a grand piano)
Silas: "Klaus, that could kill you."
Klaus: (laughs) "Well, I certainly feel like I'm dying."
(Silas holds Klaus's face in his hands)
Silas: "As much as I'd love to watch you die you still haven't found me that Cure."
Klaus: (screams) "SILAS!" (Klaus pushes Silas off and trips again and falls against a painting display and then to the floor. Silas slowly walks away from him)
Silas: "That's right." (turns around) "Last night I looked like Shane. Today I look like Caroline, and tomorrow, who knows."
Klaus: "Show me your real face."
Silas: "Now why would I do that when I could look like whoever I want you to see?" (Silas walks towards Klaus) "Resist me all you want, Klaus. But until you bring me the Cure, I will bring you nothing but misery." (Silas speeds out of the room with high speed, leaving Klaus looking terrified)
"This summer, I have consumed an immeasurable amount of blood and I found myself stronger and stronger everyday and I started to wonder what are the limits to my powers. How many people can I influence? Two? Ten? An entire town square?"
Damon: "If I have to hear the word "doppelgänger" one more time, I think I'm gonna actually have to learn how to spell it."
Silas: "You say you don't believe me, and yet you're mind is spinning at the possibility."
Damon: "A, get out of my head; B, I think I'd know if my little brother had an evil twin."
Silas: "Oh, we're not twins. See, when I became truly immortal, nature retaliated by creating a version of me that was kill-able. It's called a shadow self."
Damon: "Well, whatever you are, your plan didn't work. The cure's gone. Now what do you want with Katherine?"
Silas: "I could tell you, but wouldn't be so much more fun if it were a surprise?"
Damon: "You're not getting her."
Silas: "Damon, how well do you know your brother? Do you really think he would leave town for three months without so much as a phone call so you could live happily ever after with the love of his life? Or did you just delude yourself into thinking it would be that easy?"
Damon: "Where's Stefan?"
Silas: "He's suffering, like I suffered. So, call the hunter, bring me Katherine, and then I will tell you where your little brother is."