'The Vampire Diaries,' Season 3, Episode 1, 'The Birthday': TV Recap. Welcome back to "The Vampire Diaries," the supernatural soap that’s been diary-free since 2009. Here’s where we left things last season: Damon loved Elena and got bitten by a werewolf. Elena loved Stefan and kissed Damon, just to keep things interesting. Stefan loved Elena, traded himself for a cure for Damon’s bite, and basically became Angelus—e.g. evil übervamp/werewolf hybrid Klaus’s right hand demon. Vampire Caroline and werewolf Tyler obviously loved each other, but couldn’t be together. Jeremy… existed. All caught up? Good.