Four months later, Elena is having a horrible time coping with Damon's death as she returns to Whitmore College for her sophomore year. She is taking drugs that Luke has given her in order to see Damon, but she soon develops side effects that make her violent. Caroline has dropped out of college to spend her valuable time finding a way to reverse the spell that the Travellers had put on the Mystic Falls border. Tyler adjusts to being human as he begins attending Whitmore while his feelings for Liv grow. Matt gets really worried after Jeremy continues to cope with Bonnie's death by having sex with random girls and drinking. Alaric, after returning, spends time adjusting his life as a vampire. Stefan, who has started working in a garage, after giving up, is not bothered with Damon and Bonnie's loss but decides going on with a normal life. Elena asks Alaric how he copes with being a vampire and asks him to compel her into forgetting about Damon.