All season long, we've watched Stefan (Paul Wesley) be chased down by the mysterious Huntress in The Vampire Diaries' flash-forwards. But who is this woman and why is she after the youngest Salvatore?
The vampire huntress Rayna (Leslie-Anne Huff), who will be formally introduced in Episode 12, is after Stefan because he was stabbed by the Phoenix Stone Sword. "Pretty much everyone gets in her cross-hairs," Annie Wersching tells TVGuide.com. "But anyone with the X scar on their body - it opens up for Stefan as you can see in the flash-forwards - and she's obviously hunting him. Stefan is the biggest goal for her that she's trying to flush out."
Since Stefan isn't the only one who was stabbed by the sword (paging Damon and Julien!), that means they're likely in danger from Rayna as well. "As we saw Stefan and Damon both get stabbed by that sword, we start to understand what the heck is going on with that mythology. It's all together," showrunner Caroline Dries explains. "Once we understand the rules of that sword and who owns it and who's compelled by the sword, essentially, to kill vampires, it'll all make sense."