Stefan returns to Mystic Falls on The Vampire Diaries Season 8 Episode 9. Not shockingly, he's in his Ripper form again, which is exactly where he was during our very FIRST experience with the Miss Mystic Falls pageant. History really does repeat itself.
Besides Caroline having the twins, have we ever seen a vampire in a hospital bed? What can possibly be going on here? Is Damon sick? (And if so, how!? Why!?!) Or are the brothers just plotting something? Hmmm.
You want a love that consumes you. You want passion and adventure, and even a little danger... I want you to get everything you're looking for. But for right now, I want you to forget that this happened. Can't have people knowing I'm in town yet. Goodnight, Elena.