Damon Salvatore makes a deal with Cade in The Vampire Diaries season 8 episode 12. For a refresher on what happened last week, read my recap of episode 11.
The Vampire Diaries season 8 episode 12 opens on Matt Donovan. His feet are bloody as he makes his way out of the bell tower. Then, Alaric Saltzman finds him. Matt tells Alaric, “Something’s wrongs ith me.”
Bonnie Bennett sits by Enzo St. John‘s body, still sobbing. She gets a call from Damon. She tells him that Enzo is dead and that she turned Stefan Salvatore human.
Cade visits Damon. He tells him that he’ll take Stefan to hell at midnight unless Damon brings him Ethan Maxwell‘s journal.
A cop arrests Stefan. At the precinct, he tells him his fingerprints have been connected to 32 murders from the last two months.
Damon asks Alaric for the book. He says that since Stefan’s life is at stake, Alaric will have to kill him to stop him from getting it. So, Alaric says, “Have it your way.” He snaps Damon’s neck.
Bonnie’s mom helps her perform a ceremony returning Enzo’s body to the Earth. But, Bonnie says, “I don’t think he wants me to. I still feel him. I think he’s calling out to me.”
Stefan and Caroline Forbes look for a woman who Stefan left for dead while his humanity was turned off. They discover that she escaped from the car he left her in, so there’s a chance she survived.
Alaric tries to trigger Matt’s visions so he can figure out what Cade wants with the journal. Matt has a vision of Sybil and Seline forcing Cade to ring the bell.
Through Matt’s vision, he realizes that the secret to killing Cade is in the journal. But, as soon as he’s pulled out of the vision he realizes that Damon has already left with the journal.
Bonnie’s mother burns Enzo’s body to destroy the door Bonnie opened that was allowing her to hear from him. Bonnie screams as her mother pulls her out of the house.
Damon brings the book to Cade. Damon asks him if anyone has ever earned their way out of hell. Cade says, “I wouldn’t want to give you false hope.” Then he burns the Maxwell journal.
Stefan watches as the woman he left for dead is reunited with her daughter, thanks to him and Caroline finding her. Caroline brings Stefan antibiotics and pain meds.
At the end of the episode, Damon and Alaric make a plan to stop Cade. Damon is sure they need to use a relic of Cade’s creation to destroy him. But, Kai Parker walks in and says, “Sorry to interrupt but what if I told you I had a better idea.”