WARNING: If you don't want to know what happened in this episode, don't read this photo recap!
The Van Helsings are on a road trip! Or they will be once they deal with some pesky vampire attacks. Luckily those vamps provided just enough blood on the pages of their sacred family book to reveal exactly the thing a vampire road trip needs: a creepy map. Now to steal some poor dude's boat and row far, far away.
When they complete their journey they end up on a quaint little island with a quaint little lighthouse containing a less than quaint little dead guy with no face. But it also has a fancy old school projector which, when you add the bloody map piece, tells the sisters exactly where they need to go to find the Third Elder.
A big jolt to the system and a creepy hallway later and Vanessa and Scarlett find this Lestat looking dude. Of course, this is no Interview with a Vampire. It's more like Family Feud, because this guy is none other than Jacob Van Helsing, brother of Abraham and surprise vampire elder.
Abraham tells the sisters that he was turned by the darkness itself, having given into it when he and Abraham were chasing the Dark One across the world. Abraham fell through the portal to hell while Jacob got to survive in his brand new state. It is a journey that he says Scarlett and Vanessa must now take themselves. Oh, and they came here for nothing because Scarlett already has his totem. It's the necklace their mother gave her.
The sisters allow Jacob to leave his tomb, since they did promise him blood for the totem. He also says he will tell them where the labyrinth is where they will find the Dark One. But when they get outside his request changes. He wants Vanessa to turn him human again. Scarlett wants to oblige, but Vanessa warns her that every time she does it something is taken from her.
They agree to feed him and while he eats Jacob tells Vanessa that she is "getting closer" to becoming what he did, that history is going to repeat itself and she and Scarlett are likely to encounter the same fates as he and his brother. That means only one of them can survive the coming challenge and he heavily implies that Vanessa is likely to be that one. Vanessa freaks out a little and allows Jacob to escape.
Vanessa insists they split up to look for him and while she's off "searching down by the beach" Scarlett heads to the woods for her own encounter with Jacob and his terrifying prophecy. Scarlett isn't quite so rattled though, insisting that she makes her own fate. Jacob responds by punching her, hard, into a clearing and making a break for it.
Vanessa finds her sister in the woods and they try to head Jacob off at the beach, but he gets the jump on them, biting Vanessa. She isn't going to just take that though and she turns the tables on her ancestor, literally biting his throat out before she switches to evicerating him with her bare hands.
Scarlett returns to the boat house to retrieve the totems only to discover that they are missing. Suddenly realizing what everything Vanessa has been saying and doing means, she runs out to the beach and finds her sister already out on the water in their only boat. Vanessa doesn't want Scarlett to die, so she's determined to make sure she is the only choice. Scarlett is not pleased.