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.
Sybil enlists Caroline in her hunt for a mystical talisman which can be used against her. Sybil's immortality depends on recovering this object, and no one (besides Matt Donovan) knows Mystic Falls better than Caroline Forbes.
At the moment, it's looking like there won't be a Steroline June Wedding after all, since Stefan has to go play soul collector for Satan. Can his love for Caroline bring him back to her for good? We'll see.
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.
Damon: You know what they are? Children. Like lighting a candle's going to make everything OK, or even saying a prayer. Or pretending Elena's not going to end up just like the rest of us murdering vampires. Stupid, delusional, exasperating little children. And I know what you're going to say: 'It makes them feel better, Damon.' So what? For how long? A minute, a day? What difference does it make? Because in the end, when you lose somebody, every candle, every prayer is not going to make up for the fact that the only thing you have left is hole in your life where that somebody that you cared about used to be. And a rock with a birthday carved into it that I'm pretty sure is wrong. So thanks, friend. Thanks for leaving me here to babysit. Because I should be long gone by now. I didn't get the girl, remember? I'm just stuck here fighting my brother and taking care of the kids. You owe me big. Alaric: I miss you too, buddy.