We pick up precisely where season two left off - or, more accurately, we pick up a few minutes before the season two finale. Nick is still zombified, trapped in a steel coffin, and on his way to Austria.
Dracula and his manservant Renfield come to London in 1896. Dracula poses as Alexander Grayson, a wealthy American entrepreneur who has come to London in search of investors for his new power source that uses the power from the magnetosphere. In reality, he is there to destroy the Order of the Dragon, a secretive cult that, ages ago, ran across the countryside, raping and pillaging and burning every village they came across. One of those villages was Dracula’s. His wife was burned at the stake and he was cursed with immortality. Nowadays, the Order rapes and pillages with wealth and power, including a complete monopoly on oil concerns in England. It is a blatant allegory for today’s one percenters.
It’s Remembrance Day in Mystic Falls, the day that everyone celebrates the dead by drinking and ringing a bell. Seems appropriate since an inordinate number of the denizens die every year. The festival began several hundred years ago, when a cholera outbreak panicked the town and caused some people to be buried alive.
The coven is getting new neighbors: Joan Ramsay and her son Luke. Joan is a religious zealot who is offended when she sees the girls watching Luke unpack boxes. Nan and Madison later bring over a welcome cake. Nan is sweet as can be, but Madison really sluts it up and doesn’t veil her flirting.
The contestants must create a dark elf based on an ancient rune. But, the contestants won’t know what their rune means until they have picked one out, so they have to go based on looks alone.
Castiel is still the on the fallen angels’ most wanted list. He has taken the name Clarence (because that is what Meg used to call him) and is getting by in various shelters and homeless communities. He spends a few days at each, then moves on.
Davina removes Elijah’s stake in a curious-puppy way. She tells Marcel that she doesn’t want to give up Elijah - he told her to find a way to kill an Original, and dammit, she is going to figure it out! She also wants to go to the music festival. Marcel refuses, and Davina explains how she can make someone’s blood boil - then demonstrates on Marcel.
During the night, Patrick slipped from the showers into the living quarter and settled in to eat a nice live one. Coughing makes him drop his current meal and move on to the next.
Damon and Elena find Stefan, along with an unwelcome new face, and we finally find out why Katherine is the most wanted girl in the supernatural world.
Madison and Zoe play Dr. Frankenstein to create the perfect boy.