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Get ready to meet the Original matriarch of The Vampire Diaries.

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In the eighth episode, titled "Ordinary People" and airing Thursday, Nov.3 at 8/7c on The CW, viewers will get their first glimpse of Esther during a 1,000-year flashback featuring her children Klaus (Joseph Morgan) Elijah (Daniel Gillies) and Rebekah (Claire Holt). Esther, played by Alice Evans, is as fierce as her sons, but longs to protect her family. Plus: Look closely and you'll see that Esther is wearing a very important piece of jewelry.

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What new mythology will we learn by meeting Esther? And will this help explain why Klaus is the vampire he is today?

The Vampire Diaries airs Thursdays at 8/7c on The CW.