'The Vampire Diaries' first look: Elena gets trapped in the library with Stefan and Caroline
"After School Special" takes a cue from "The Breakfast Club," trapping many of our major players in the library and forcing them to confront some tricky issues. Of course, Mystic Falls High School is much more prone to death and destruction than your average Hughesian setting -- and since Rebekah's the one who has locked them in, you know things are going to get dangerous quickly. To say she's angry is an understatement, and she's not one to manage that in a healthy manner.
Elsewhere in the episode, we'll see that the death of yet another mayor has left a void in the town's political structure. Bonnie's MIA father, Rudy (Rick Worthy) steps in for the interim, so we'll finally see more of Bonnie's family life and learn just how far her father is willing to go to protect her in an increasingly dangerous environment. She's balancing his role in her life with Professor Shane's (David Alpay).
Meanwhile, back at the Lake House, Damon is helping to train Jeremy and work on killing enough vampires to complete his tattoo. Klaus isn't the most patient person, though, especially given his recent slaughter of his hybrid "family." He puts Matt in significant danger in an attempt to motivate Jeremy. (Never underestimate the bonds of bromance.)
Tune in January 17 at 8 p.m. EST to see it all shake out. (Fun fact: This is Candice Accola's second episode called "After School Special." She guest-starred in "Supernatural's" season 4 flashback episode of the same name.)
UPDATE: Check out the rest of the episodic photos below!