Returning for its second season, The Vampire Diaries is the story of two vampire brothers obsessed with the same beautiful girl, who are battling to control the fate of an entire town. During season one, Stefan Salvatore (series star Paul Wesley) and Damon Salvatore (series star Ian Somerhalder) returned to their hometown of Mystic Falls, Virginia, for very different reasons: Stefan was determined to get to know Elena Gilbert (series star Nina Dobrev), who bears a striking resemblance to Katherine Pierce, the beautiful but ruthless vampire the brothers knew and loved in 1864, while Damon was intent on releasing Katherine from the tomb where he believed she was trapped by a witch's spell all those years ago.
In the season one finale, Elena's Uncle John (recurring guest star David Anders - Alias, 24) set a plan in motion that brought the Founder's Day celebration to an end amid chaos, destruction and death, and saw the return of the vengeful Katherine Pierce (also played by series star Nina Dobrev). Elena's troubled younger brother, Jeremy Gilbert (series star Steven R. McQueen), was so devastated by the death of Anna (recurring guest star Malese Jow - Hannah Montana), the vampire who befriended him, that he lost all hope and took an overdose of pills. That same night, Tyler Lockwood (series star Michael Trevino), Matt Donovan (series star Zach Roerig) and Caroline Forbes (series star Candice Accola) were in a serious car accident while trying to escape the chaos in the town square, and Caroline was rushed to the hospital. The events of that terrible night will also have long-range effects on Bonnie Bennett (series star Kat Graham), the powerful witch who was Elena's best friend until the vampire brothers came between them; Alaric Saltzman (series star Matt Davis), the vampire hunter who has become an unlikely ally for Stefan and Damon; and Jeremy and Elena's aunt, Jenna (series star Sara Canning), who has yet to discover the violence that occurred in her own home.