With the huge reveal at the end of Season 4 that Stefan was in fact Silas' original doppelgänger -- new term alert: shadow self -- and fans watched as Silas locked Stefan in a safe and sunk it to the bottom of a lake, we have been eagerly awaiting the Season 5 premiere to find out if anyone saved Stefan. Unfortunately, no one even knew he was in trouble, and since everyone thought he was leaving town to give Damon and Elena some space in their new relationship, Stefan has spent the past 3 months constantly drowning and coming back to life, over and over and over again. It's no wonder he's been wrestling with the decision of whether or not to turn off his humanity again ... at least he won't be miserable along with being tortured. Meanwhile, Silas isn't even attempting to pretend to be be Stefan: he outed himself in front of the whole town as himself, and ordered everyone in Mystic Falls to bring him the humanized Katherine ... for what reason? We'll have to wait to find out that particular cliffhanger. Meanwhile, Bonnie's still dead, Jeremy's still a hunter, Tyler's still MIA, and Elena and Caroline are realizing that being a vampire in college won't be easy after their roommate -- who somehow is connected to Elena's late father -- is mysteriously killed by a vampire.
-- Sydney Bucksbaum, Zap2it