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.
Dear Elena, yes you heard that correctly. Hell has frozen over. I'm writing it all down. Granted, I'm half a bottle in thanks to my 1950 Chateau Cheval Blanc, a bottle I waited 65 years to open. I used to spend nights sitting in my wine cellar convincing myself I could hear it age, tannins growing, fermenting, but appreciating its beauty didn't make time go by any faster. The bottle just laid there on its shelf, torturing me while I waited for Katherine and time stood still. Eventually I convinced myself that no sip of that wine could ever taste as good as I dreamt it would. And that is the story of why I drink bourbon. I don't know who I am without you, but I know that as long as I'm with you, time will stand still. So who is Damon Salvatore without Elena Gilbert? A selfish friend, a jealous brother, a horrible son? Or maybe with a little luck, I'll do right by you. Because you may be a thousand miles away or a hundred years away, but you're still here with me and my heart is right there in that coffin with you. Until you come back to me.