The January 21 episode will leave Mystic Falls a bit and will finally reveal to audience why Stefan came back to the city at the first place as well as how he found Elena.
One week shy of its return from Winter holiday break, "The Vampire Diaries" attached the preview of its new episode at the end of this week's repeat. The clip for episode "Bloodlines" focuses on the road trip that Damon and Elena take to Georgia.
Damon surprises an old flame, Bree (guest star Gina Torres) and enlists her help to figure out how to open the tomb. In the process, Damon comes face to face with someone who is determined to make him pay for past wrongs. When Damon returns from Georgia, Stefan is waiting with news that will change their world.
Stefan opens up to Grams in his effort to help Bonnie overcome her fears and accept her powers. While researching his history paper in the public library, Jeremy meets a cute-but-geeky girl named Anna (guest star Malese Jow) who has her own theories on the folklore of Mystic Falls.
"Bloodlines" airs on January 21. "There's a little surprise for the audience that comes near the end of the episode," executive producers Julie Plec said.