First of all, there are six episodes left in the season.
Episode 17, “Break on Through” airs Thursday, March 22nd.
Episode 18, “The Murder of One” airs Thursday, March 29th. HELLATUS…
Episode 19, “Heart of Darkness” airs Thursday, April 19th.
Episode 20, “Do Not Go Gentle” airs Thursday, April 26th.
Episode 21, TBA airs Thursday, May 3rd.
Episode 22, “The Departed” airs on Thursday, May 10th.
Per Paul Wesley, speaking to EW, during Episode 19 “Stefan” and “Elena” (Nina Dobrev) will be “on a bit of mission, [and] during that mission, they sort of divert and talk about their relationship and the reality of what they’ve been through. It’s a good story-line plot point that allows the two of them to be in a close situation and allows for a little bit of intimacy.”
He also says that “audiences can look forward to Stefan and Elena getting one step closer by the end of the season to potentially reuniting.”
Wesley cautions, though, that things between them are not going to be the same as they were season one.
From E! Online, Wesley said, “It’s one of those things were they look at each other say, ‘Hey, maybe this is too late. Maybe it’s too late to actually salvage this.’ I think it’s two people who really love one another very deeply getting to a place of resolution about the fact that there may be no hope . . . They have to conquer that. And I’m not saying they do because they certainly don’t. I’m filming episode 21 right now and it’s not like they’re a lovey-dovey couple. But what I’m saying is the more truthful they are about what has happened, the more grim it is. But at the same time, it’s more intimate because they’re sharing these truths with one another.”
Wesley also indicated that the season finale will include the flashback scene from the “Gilbert” accident, as he’s preparing for some scuba diving.
Finally, Ian Somerhalder, who revealed the title for the season finale episode last night, said that the last episode of season three will make viewers cry, and,“It’s really dynamic, man. There’s so much stuff happening.”