Upon returning from the forest, Jolek joined Preacher to investigate the church at the top of the hill. However, they found not only that the door was magically locked, but the specter Marie was standing outside after having been released from the Death House by the party's actions.
Meanwhile, Ekazi and Vandelev found an old rat-filled townhouse where a mysterious woman clutching a doll rocked, pleading with Vandelev to tell her daughter Gertruda to return to her and giving him the distended doll.
The four met up at the burgomaster's mansion, only to find that Ismark and Ireena's father was lying in a coffin on the living room floor. Unable to move their father alone and unable to contact the priest, they ask for the party's assistance and agree happily to leave immediately after the funeral.
The party spent the night at the mansion, all but Ekazi awaking at midnight due to glowing green light through boarded up windows. They were told the next morning that the green ghostly people they saw slowly parading down from the cemetery and out of town were Fallen Warriors, immitating their past marches on Strahd. Ireena also confirmed with Vandalev that the mysterious red eyed, pale vision he saw before falling back asleep was Strahd, and that "maybe she didn't have the best wards after all," since his last two attacks.
At the church, they found the magical lock on the door worn off, and heard screamed demands to be fed from below the church. The priest Donovich was praying desperately, as he had been for the last 4 days since his long-missing son had come back a monster. Preacher convinced him prayers would not turn Doru human again, and Donovich agreed that when "his son was not a monster" he would perform the funeral.
In the giant undercroft the party found Doru, attacking him profusely as he scampered around the area, his wounds slowly healing as they fought. Partway through the battle Marie came shrieking back to the party's side, joining the fray to help her saviors. By the end, Doru died hanging from his claws off the wall, blinded, tormented with whispering curses, covered in cuts, bound with magic, burning with radiant light. The last drop of his life essence was pulled slowly by a sorrowful Marie through one long, spectral finger; he let out one last choking gasp before he perished.
Donavich, after falling on his son's body sobbing, was true to his word. He buried both the burgomaster and his son, praying alongside Preacher, before the party and their companions slowly departed town.