The Alpha is the first episode of the Year of Transition.
Stefan and Damon try to find a solution about Elena. With Shane's advice, Tyler and Hayley encounter a dangerous werewolf which will bring them a dramatic ending. Bonnie, meanwhile, discovers something during a lesson.
Hayley was sitting in Shane's office, telling that Kimberly had betrayed them and narrated the whole story ; that Klaus had killed the hybrids except Tyler and Kimberly, who killed Carole by revenge. Shane was in front of the window, watching a group of students.
« I know a werewolf. He's arrogant. He would be perfect for the offering. », said Shane, simply.
In the living room, Damon was upright with bourbon in hand, Stefan was pacing.
« Elena turned her humanity. There's nothing to do. »
« Jeremy was going to kill Elena. I had no choice. », simply said the younger brother.
« How you did not have hallucinations? », he inquired, facing to his little brother.
« I had. I saw Lexi and our father. But they left after three hours. »
« A potential has replaced Jeremy, I guess. »
« This professor will lead us directly to the hunter. »
« I didn't trust him. »
« I didn't either. But he's the only way to find the cure. »
Hayley and Tyler walked.
« Kimberly betrayed us. We need hybrids, Tyler. », the female wolf said.
« And where hybrids are? »
She stopped to walk too and turn.
« Before turning, hybrids were werewolves. »
« Only Elena's blood could complete the transition for a hybrid. », he replies.
« Shane told it was because Klaus broke his curse with her blood or something like that. »
They resumed their walking.
« Well, I complete my transition with her blood too. »
« We'll see if it works or not, anyway. », she said, annoyed.
« Okay. But where do we find werewolves? The only werewolves I knew were all turned or killed. »
Shane has a student who is werewolf. »
« As luck. »
Tyler stops walking, visibly annoyed by what Hayley as well. Hayley did the same. After a few seconds, she smiled seeing a guy.
« His name is Zander. Him... », she pointed to a man.
The guy went into a tavern. Hayley and Tyler followed him.
Inside, Tyler felt uncomfortable. There were only two or three clients, Zander and a man who seemed to be the boss of the tavern.
« There's not a lot of people. Fine. Convinces him to be a hybrid is great. » she whispered
« Seriously? You do not have another idea? » he quipped
« Go ahead. We have no time to lose. », she pushes him away.
Tyler walked up to get to the place where Zander was sitting, he drank a cocktail.
« Zander? » He asked, still uncomfortable.
« What? » The werewolf barked, turning his ice in shot glass filled with a mixed drink that stank like a long island iced tea.
« I know you. You're a werewo... »
« Go right to the point. »
Disturbed by the smell of the mix of vodka, tequila, light rum and other ingredients that he couldn't ignored anymore, Tyler tries to concentrate of why he was here.
« I knew. This pain. »
« Wait. Did Klaus sent you here? »
« No. I have nothing to do with this guy. »
« You look as fanatical as him, to be honest. »
« Where you know Klaus? »
« I threatened him I would bite Elijah. »
Hayley, impatient, pulls his arm and led him near the exit.
« Listen, there really no time to lose. Turn him into hybrid and get it over with. »
Tyler looked at the werewolf for a moment. Then, with the hybrid speed, he reached him, snatched his wrist and forced him to drink his blood. But the werewolf pushed Tyler on the table.
« Your master did this to me, too. You are really predictable. »
Hayley turn back to run but the pretended clients closed the door and curtains.
« I'm his sire. I can forced her to turn on. »
« Klaus said the only way to disable a sire bond between a vampire and the sire was turn the humanity off. Elijah and he were sired to the Original Petrova. Their mother had to find a way. But if Elena back on, she would again be your personal sexual slave. But now, she kills people. »
« So, what's your plan? Find the cure? »
« Have you a better plan? »
« Where's the judgy witch? »
« She's with Shane. »
Damon placed his drink and stood up, ready to leave the house.
« Where are you going? »
« See where Elena is. »
Damon left the house.
« You know, if I refused the offering of your dear master, I also refuse to his stooge. »
« I'm not his stooge! »
« How did you do that? »
« It seems my lycanthrope genes are more developed than yours. »
« What? »
« I will be more clear. I'm a special werewolf. »
« Special how? He's a hybrid! It's the most special a werewolf could be! »
« Torture her in the basement. She already annoys me. »
Caleb did and forced her to follow him.
« Listen, release Hayley, she did nothing. Torture me like you want, but release her. »
« I have to go to class. Mind you. »
A werewolf opened the door, Zander went and this same werewolf closed immediately.
« You killed all this people? Why? »
« And why not? I was hungry. Foxes eat rabbits. Vampires eat humans. The Nature is a bitch. »
« It's not... »
« How will Stefan since he killed my brother? Fine, I hope. I remember when you were the one who killed my brother, my mother and my father. And I actually slept with you. Disgusting. »
Shane stopped to pace and looked Zander.
« Kitsune is an ancient legend. There's no evidence they ever existed. I visited Japan several times and I haven't seen a kitsune. »
« Well, I've never seen the Florentine Diamond... Does not mean this diamond never existed. Isn't it? »
Shane ignored Zander's comment and back to the thread of his lesson.
« Kitsune? »
« An old myth. As I said, they do not exist. There was a problem? »
« Tyler would join me before the lesson, but he's still not there. Hayley and him returned at Mystic Falls, I guess. »
« I don't think so. I was supposed to have an important chat with Hayley. »
« Weird. »
Bonnie cast a brief look at Zander, who kept his books in his bag and left the classroom.
« Excuse me. »
She followed Zander.
« Wait! »
Zander stopped and turned to Bonnie.
« What's a kitsune? »
« They are like creepy magical foxes. Why? »
« Have you ever seen one? »
« I'm pretty busy to talk right now. Can I? »
He went before she had time to respond.
« You talk with Elena? What did she say? »
« Yes, she acts like Katherine. »
« For someone who has tried to turn me into Katherine, you're very hypocritical. »
Elena crossed her arms and looked at Stefan.
« Why are you still alive? Should you not supposed to have hallucination that makes you all suicidal? »
« They disappeared. Are you sure you okay? »
« I feel perfectly fine. Actually, I've never felt better in my life. »
« You should go home. »
« This is my house. I do what I want in my house. I have an idea. If we had a threesome? Or foursome, with Rebekah. Undagger her. Klaus wouldn't be happy. »
« What did she say? »
« She does not want to talk. »
« Kill her. We get nothing from her. »
Caleb pulled a knife and was about to cut the jugular vein of Hayley.
« Okay, okay. Professor Shane wants to resurrect someone. »
« Someone? Who? Akira? »
« No. A woman named Iris. His former lover or whatever. He told me he will ressurect my parents too. »
« Cutting her to pieces. »
Zander returned to the restaurant, where Tyler was tortured by his werewolves.
« Okay, I'm tired. Release him. Are you hungry? I do not want to let a bad reputation to Erin. »
Matheus and Chad, two werewolves, release him.
He forced Tyler to sit.
« Too bad, you're an impure werewolf. There was a vacancy in my pack.
« I like you. I can't believe you are an Original's hybrid.
Tyler finished his flat, looked completely disgusted.
« Was it good? »
« What was that? »
« Fillet of wolf with honey. I hope you liked... Because this is the last time you saw Hayley in your life. »
« Freak. »
« I'll take that as a thank you. »
« I think I should become a lesbian and end my eternal life with Katherine. That would solve our story. »
« Elena. This is not you. I know Jeremy's death hurts you, but ignore your emotions won't solve your problem. »
« I switch on and I would become Damon's sex slave again. I become human and I would become Klaus's blood bank again. »
« I'll find a solution. I promise. »
Elena looked up and left.
- Hayley died.
- Zander appears.
- Stefan said Klaus and Elijah were sired to Tatia.
- First mention of kitsune.
- The Florentine Diamond is a lost diamond of Indian origin.