Dear diary, today I did the thing I was most afraid of. I lost control. I killed someone. I used to think the worst feeling in the world was losing someone you love, but I was wrong. The worst feeling is the moment that you realize you've lost yourself.

The Killer is the fifth episode of the fourth season of The Vampire Diaries and the seventy first episode of the series overall.


THE HUNTER'S MARKStefan and Klaus form an uneasy alliance to try and contain the danger that Connor has unleashed on the town. When Connor takes Jeremy, Matt and April hostage at the Mystic Grill, Stefan and Damon have a serious disagreement about the best course of action, and Elena is again caught between the two brothers. The situation quickly turns violent when Klaus sends one of his Hybrids, Dean to stand up to Connor but is killed during the attempt. Caroline is surprised to find Hayley, Tyler's friend, at the Lockwood Mansion. Meanwhile, Professor Shane works with Bonnie to help her get past her fear and guilt.


Connor siphons the venom

The episode starts with Connor as he entered his trailer with the head of Nate which is wrapped up in white linen and he placed Nate's head on the counter top, next to an empty glass bottle. Then we see Connor, as he extracted venom from the head of Nate with a syringe before he filled a bag full of weapons.

Connor and Atticus Shane had a conversation about Vampires. Connor seemed to want some sort of answers and Shane told him that he would get his answers once he killed enough Vampires to complete his Hunter's Mark. It is revealed that it was Shane who had sent him to Mystic Falls to kill Vampires for this very reason. He asked Connor not to harm the Witch referring to Bonnie Bennett and implied that he needed her for what he has planned, Connor told him that he would kill anyone who gets in his way, so Shane told him that he would keep the Witch occupied.

Connor walked across towards the Mystic Grill with his bag of weapons in tow. We see Jeremy at work in The Mystic Grill and was bringing things into the store cupboard at the back of the establishment, as he entered the storeroom he heard a sound and then he is quickly ambushed, confronted and threatened by Connor, insisting that they talk about Vampires.

Elena awoke and wrote in her diary and began to lament for her human life and express dislike for the person she had become, in another split scene Stefan is shown writing in his diary about Elena. Stefan gets a text message from Klaus telling him that they have a problem. He rang Klaus who was in Italy. Klaus told him that Connor has escaped and that he had undoubtedly procured Werewolf Toxin from the head of Nate, Klaus was hard at work in Brienno digging up Alexander's body in order to get to The Hunter's Sword. Klaus ordered Stefan not to tell anyone else about the Cure, to keep Connor alive and to keep Damon in check. Klaus gave Stefan an ultimatum and told him that he must keep quiet or Klaus will throw The Sword into the sea and therefore take away any chance of Elena ever being Human again.

Matt is setting tables at the grill and April walks in asking for Rebekah. Connor walks in with Jeremy. We see Damon walk in while Elena is in her room, he demands Elena's phone to call Stefan because he thinks he's avoiding him. Damon's surprised when it goes straight to voice mail.

Connor then tells April and Jeremy they've been compelled, then he textes Damon, Stefan, and Tyler. Elena, Damon and Stefan and Caroline are making a plan to kill Connor.


Main Cast

Recurring Cast

Guest Cast



  • Antagonist: Connor Jordan.
  • Elena makes her first official kill in this episode when she snaps Connor's neck. Previously, she only truly killed Alaric Saltzman, though it was only to ensure that he would be revived with his Gilbert ring after he was stabbed.
  • Caroline meets Hayley for the first time.
  • Bonnie doesn't share any scenes with the other main characters in this episode.
  • This episode marks the first time that Matt has been featured in each of the first five episodes of a season.
  • This is the second episode of the season to feature all main characters, the first being Growing Pains.
  • Stefan tells Damon about the Cure.
  • Jeremy gets the first part of his Hunter's Mark on his hand after Connor is killed.
  • Stefan and Elena are shown writing in their diaries for the first time many episodes. Elena also mentioned in her diary that it's been a while since she had last written in it.
  • Bonnie regains her confidence in performing magic thanks to Professor Shane's teachings.
  • While she is writing in her diary, Elena writes from right to left instead of from left to right.
  • This was the first and last appearance of the hybrid Dean.
  • Connor killed his second hybrid in this episode with the death of Dean.

Body Count



  • Damon and Elena sparring with the crossbow to prove Elena's fighting abilities is a perfect example of Interplay of Sex and Violence, when the fighting becomes a bit too heated and close, then stops being a fight. Sometimes it's the violence itself that is arousing, especially for vampires.
  • Connor shows hints of MacGyver , jury-rigging a very complicated booby trap filled with the werewolf venom he extracted from Nate's head within minute. It was supposed to kill only vampires, in which case it would be a Phlebotinum Bomb , but any being in its range would be seriously hurt as well.
  • Don't threaten Jeremy! That is a sure way to press Elena's Berserk Button ! Berserkers were Norse warriors who fought in an uncontrollable, trance-like fury. "Going berserk" is used to indicate a person acting in wild rage or in an uncontrolled or irrational manner.
  • Or maybe her Berserk Button is to get a stake in the stomach that led to her giving Connor a Neck Snap ! Please note that unless you are a super-strong, super-fast vampire, most likely you will end up with a quatriplegic victim who can still scream for help.
  • With Connor's blood on her lips, Elena digs his grave and later heads for the shower to wash out the guilt from her hands... Out, Damned Spot!
  • Concealment Equals Cover - Connor's bomb send shards and nails covered with werewolf venom in all directions - yet Stefan and Jeremy are protected behind a table....

Cultural References

  • Elena calls herself a Crackhead - that is a person who abuses and gets high on "crack" cocaine.
  • She talks about Dirty Dancing with Damon - that's the name of a romantic musical with Patrick Swayze and Jennifer Grey. While vacationing with her family, Baby falls in love with the dance instructor. The "dirty dance" she learns is the salsa, considered way too sexy in 1963, which is when the movie is supposed to take place.
  • Damon calls Bonnie the Wicked Witch of the West - she was the most significant antagonist in Frank Baum's The Wonderful Wizard of Oz as well as other Oz Books. She is ranked #4 on the American Film Institute list of the 50 Best Movie Villans of All Times, making her the highest ranking female.
  • In Alaric's apartment there are some MacGyver contraptions - that is the name of the main character of a 1994 NBC TV series. MacGyver's claim to fame was his uncanny and inventive ways to improvise complex devices with household items in a matter of minutes. This has entered pop culture - the constructs were called "MacGyverisms " click on the link for a list of them.
  • Crossbows are popular in vampire lore. They are handy because they can shoot stakes as well as arrows, and look cooler than a longbow. Real crossbows, though, are hard and complicated to reload, so fictional crossbows often can shoot several missiles before needing to be reloaded.

Behind the Scenes

  • This episode had about 3.02 million viewers in the USA, which was 0.15 million less than the previous episode.
    • This episode is also the last time the show has received three million viewers.
  • Michael Lee Kimel is credited as Nate even though only his chopped off head appears.
  • Hashtag during the airing is #AngryCareBear.


Damon: "So we each take a different entrance and hit him at the same time."
Elena: (Stefan enters and Elena goes to hug him) "Stefan."
Damon: "Where the hell have you been?"
Stefan: "Coming up with a plan." (Elena hugs Stefan)
Damon: "Yeah? We have a plan. Plan is I'm going to rip Connor's heart out and feed it to him."
Stefan: "That's not a plan. We need to be careful. Connor has Jeremy and who knows how many other hostages."
Damon: "Hence the open-heart surgery."
Elena: "Damon's right. Connor is strong but he's not going to be able take all of us at once."
Tyler: "I called they hybrids. They are up, too." (Caroline walks in)
Caroline: "My mom put squad cars blocking the streets. They're saying it's a faulty gas main. We're good to go."
Damon: "Good. Great. No cops, no witnesses, no reason to wait around."
Stefan: "Alright, hold on. We are not all going."
Tyler: "He shot me like nine times. If we are killing him, I want in."
Elena: "He's got Jeremy. I'm going."
Stefan: "Listen, nobody is going anywhere until I figure out what we're walking into."
Damon: "Until you figure it out? Is that you've been all morning? Out buying bossy pants?"
Stefan: "This guy is known for setting traps, alright? We'll be pretty dumb to walk into him especially if has werewolf venom."
Elena: "Does he?"
Stefan: (turns to Elena, looking flustered and guilty): "He's had it before."
Damon: "Fine. Fine. You want to take some time to do recon? You get one hour. But, we need some extra help. So, where the hell is the Wicked Witch of the West?"
Caroline: "She can't do magic."
Damon: "Really? Call her. Tell her Jeremy's life is in danger. Maybe that'll bring her out of retirement."

Elena: (Damon enters Elena's bedroom abruptly as she opens the door) "Oh. Excuse me. What are you doing?"
Damon: (walks past Elena and turns to face her) "Where's Stefan?"
Elena: "Okay, uh, good morning to you too."
Damon: "Well, he's not answering his phone, and he's not here, which, you know, big deal-- we've only got a killer vampire hunter on the loose."
Elena: "I haven't talked to him yet today."
Damon: (walks toward Elena) "Mmmmm. Gimme your phone. Maybe he's dodging me."
Elena: "Why would he be dodging you?"
Damon: "Ooooooh, I don't know, maybe the hot, sweaty, dance party business. I figured you spilled your guilty little guts the minute I left last night." (He watches as Elena rummages through her purse for her phone, looking flustered) "Ooooooooh, you didn't tell him, did you?"
Elena: (hands Damon the phone) "No, I didn't tell him that I got high on blood like some crackhead and then dirty-danced with you. It was a mistake, okay? I wasn't... myself. And besides, he has enough on his plate with trying to get me through this vampire stuff."
Damon: "Oh, I see, this is classic shame-spiral."
Elena: "I'm not in a shame-spiral."
Damon: "Oh, you so are. Newbie vampire remorse. Woooof, it's worse than a hangover."
Elena: "I'm not in a shame-spiral, Damon."

(Elena and Stefan are both writing in their journals)
Elena: "Dear Diary, I know it's been a while. A long while. I haven't needed... I haven't wanted to write this stuff down. But I don't wanna say it out loud either. The thing is, I'm a vampire. And I hate it."
Stefan: "She's been spiraling since her transition. There are times I barely recognize her. But now, for the first time in a while, there's hope."
Elena: "I feel hopeless, depressed, angry. But most of all, I'm scared."
Stefan: "Somewhere in the world, there's a cure for vampirism. If I can get it, Elena can be human again. I can give her back her life."
Elena: "Part of me just wants to end it. But then I think of Jeremy. I'm all that he has left. So, I need to find a way through this. No matter what it takes."
Stefan: "So, that's what I need to do. No matter what Klaus asks, no matter what lies I have to tell or secrets I have to keep, I'll do it. No matter what it takes."



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