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The Vampire Diaries - Episode 7.11 - Things We Lost in the Fire - Promos + Post Mortem Interviews *Updated*

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The Vampire Diaries Mega Buzz: Why the Huntress Is After Stefan

All season long, we've watched Stefan (Paul Wesley) be chased down by the mysterious Huntress in The Vampire Diaries' flash-forwards. But who is this woman and why is she after the youngest Salvatore?

The vampire huntress Rayna (Leslie-Anne Huff), who will be formally introduced in Episode 12, is after Stefan because he was stabbed by the Phoenix Stone Sword. "Pretty much everyone gets in her cross-hairs," Annie Wersching tells TVGuide.com. "But anyone with the X scar on their body - it opens up for Stefan as you can see in the flash-forwards - and she's obviously hunting him. Stefan is the biggest goal for her that she's trying to flush out."

Extended Promo

Post Mortem Interviews

That ending

No, everyone’s not dead. “It’s teeing up that even though Damon has escaped hell, so to speak, emotionally and psychologically when you exit that Phoenix Stone, you’re a changed person and the decisions that you make as a result of that don’t necessarily reflect the decisions you would’ve made before you go in there,” Dries says. And in the next episode, we’ll see if Stefan can teach his brother about what it means to get out of the stone. “It’s sort of like Damon’s hell on earth now, moving forward,” Dries says.

Future flash-forwards

In terms of what’s to come, Dries pointed out that we still haven’t seen Matt Donovan in the future, and soon enough, we’ll start to understand why that is. And then, when it comes to the hunter who’s after Stefan, Dries says, “We’ll slowly but surely start to piece together this mythology that we’ve been building with that sword and the stone and why that’s the spine of this season.”

How Nora will affect Matt

Nora might’ve stabbed Stefan, but there’s more to her than meets the eye. “Nora starts to show other layers of her personality,” Dries says. “She’s still the villain because she’s a little bit selfish and reckless, but at the same time, she’s also very likable because she makes herself vulnerable in that same way that Rebekah kind of used to do. We’ll see her [enter] the fold in our hero group, which will make Matt uncomfortable, because Matt’s trying to stay staunch anti-vampire. So the heretics start to pull at his belief system.”

DAMON & STEFAN | “Even though Damon has escaped hell … [when] you exit that Phoenix Stone, you’re a changed person,” Dries explains. “What we get to see in the next episode is Damon really really mess things up. Stefan, who had his own journey that we didn’t see — and we’re not going to see the way we saw with Damon — has been through that. We’re trying to create a bit of intrigue; Stefan has survived it and learned some lessons from it, but can Stefan warn Damon in time of what it means to actually get out of there? It’s sort of Damon’s hell on earth now, moving forward.” As for Stefan’s love life, his friendship with Valerie will “evolve,” leaving Caroline to wonder, “Where did my boyfriend go?”

CAROLINE | Here’s my advice: Enjoy your time with television’s most pregnant vampire while you can, because Caroline Forbes is about to be in short supply. Due to Candice King’s real life pregnancy, the actress was written out of five episodes, and Dries says her return date depends on when she’s willing and able to come back to work. (Dries guesses she’ll be seen again in Episode 20 or 21.) That said, Caroline “still feels like she’s in the ether in that five episode chunk she’s gone.”

BONNIE | In addition to continuing her “bickersome” relationship with Enzo, Bonnie will also keep exploiting the “fissure” between Nora and Mary Louise — particularly when “they become interested in the same thing.”