WARNING: If you don't want to know what happened in this episode, don't read this photo recap!
Kicking things off this week with a little backstory on Dimitri. Not going all the way back, though. Instead, we're back in the days of Disco where Dimitri is running from - and captured by - a Van Helsing. Presumably, Vanessa and Scarlett's mother.
From there, Dimitri ended up in a cage, wearing a terrible mask and being electrocuted and experimented on, it seems. No wonder he's so angry all the time.
Somewhere along the way, someone gave Dimitri a key to his chains, setting him free. He wastes no time in killing everyone in the facility before sauntering out the door.
Back in the here and now, Dimitri is back in the facility he once escaped from, once again facing down two Van Helsings. He knows a bit more about Vanessa and Scarlett than they do. Like the fact that they're twins and that they have some kind of grand destiny, and Vanessa is more vampire than Scarlett.
The standoff deteriorates into an all out vampire/Van Helsing brawl. When it seems like the sisters are trapped, Vanessa passes off the key to Scarlett and drinks her blood. But Van Helsing blood is a much different cocktail than human blood. Vanessa gets a power boost she was not expecting and lays some serious hurt on the horde.
With Julius playing for the good guys, we need another vampire cult leader to join the fray. Enter Maya, the leader of some kind of vampire witch coven thing who wears a little too much makeup. Dimitri's little minion has come to recruit her but she's not exactly impressed by Dimitri's reputation.
Apparently, Dimitri tried to kill Maya once before and she's definitely one to hold a grudge, but the vampire minion has been instructed not to take no for an answer. The natural solution? Stab Maya, become the new leader, and take the sisterhood for your own.
Things move really fast now. Julius and Doc have stolen the tricked out ambulance that Lucky, Flesh and Mohamad were going to take for themselves, Dimitri is not dead but he is buried, Doc won't let them leave unless Vanessa either feeds or bites Axel, and Axel puts a gun to his own head refusing to live as a vampire.
Vanessa FINALLY agrees to bite Axel, which confuses the crap out of Scarlett who is still pretty new to all of this and ends in the usual blood vomit and humanity. Oh, and the not so usual cardiac arrest. Vanessa and Doc try to get Axel's heart started again, but it is to no avail.
After a heartfelt goodbye from Vanessa, they zip him up in a body bag and carry him to a grave that Julius and Doc dug by the side of the road. Vanessa says a few words, Doc cries, Scarlett is still new and confused.
While moping in Wanda, questions are asked about where to go next and the nature of the key that Scarlett is holding. Scarlett tells Julius and Doc that they can't destroy the key because Dimitri wants it, which means it's important. Julius gets very upset when he learns it will free an elder and a bunch of fighting breaks out. But Vanessa is distracted by the thumping, which no one else can hear.
Or maybe she's not the only one who can hear it. Scarlett can hear it too. They rush back to where they buried Axel and dig him up just in time for him to spring awake like a horrifying Jack-in-the-Box. He's a little ticked that Vanessa only gave him a few minutes to wake up when he sat with her for a full three years.
Vanessa gives Axel the Cliff's Notes version of everything he missed since being left to die, then leaves him to talk with Doc. Doc, meanwhile, is very concerned about what Axel thinks of her these days. He's quick to forgive, though, now that he's back to being human. They hug. It's cute. He threatens to shoot her if she betrays him again.
Scarlett, still very new and very confused, has a lot of questions. Her life was so simple before Vanessa. Just lots of stabbing and forest ninja-ing, but now she can hear heartbeats and maybe she has other super powers and there's this key and a sister and the sister is being called by an elder and what are they gonna do?! Vanessa has no answers.
With no wheels, Lucky, Flesh and Mohamad are still making their way on foot. Mohamad is still mostly being kept alive by his new cocaine habit and he's bleeding through his bandages and his favorite shirt. While Lucky redresses his gaping flesh wound, Flesh takes the bloody bits far from them so they don't attract ferals. But something is watching them.
Vanessa is still very scarred by her experience with Dylan because as Axel is about to walk into the sunlight she tackles him. Everyone is confused. He doesn't burn, but he does make a joke about her "kissing him again" which hints that maybe he remembers the first time. You know, when he was dead.
While Lucky and Mohamad are fighting over his drug problem and Flesh is off dealing with the bloody clothing, a vampire swoops in and steals Mohamad away. That vampire is, of course, the totally not at all dead Sam. At least this time he won't have to turn a kid INTO Mohamad. Bright side?
Finding the red door doesn't seem to have stopped the shared nightmares. Vanessa, Scarlett, Julius and Doc all have the same dream once again. This time of the elder and the key and the mountain from the mural where the key was hidden. They decide they need to beat Dimitri there and kill it.
Before they can go anywhere, though, a helicopter descends from the sky, and drops gas on them to knock them all out. Soldiers jump from the chopper. Unsurprisingly, they are here for Vanessa, and unconvincingly, the leader tells them they're "here to help" before carting her off away from her friends.