Hi! I'm a new reader--I popped over via a link in one of Cindy's TWoP recaps--and I just wanted to let you know how very much I've enjoyed reading your recaps. Personally, I'm delighted that they're so in-depth. I can get a listing of plot points anywhere, but what I really love is a review that's well-written, thoughful and funny, and that's definitely what you've got here. Plus, I'm a sucker for Whedonverse references (and even more so since it's an established fact that Stefan and Muppet Angel were separated at birth). ;) Assorted thoughts accumulated while reading through your TVD archive: 1) Even if Season 2 had done nothing other than give us the glories that were Katherine, vamp!Caroline, and Elijah, it still would have contained more concentrated awesomeness than most shows pack into their entire runs. But nay, even the aforementioned beneficence was not enough for TPTB, for they also gave us Stefan and Caroline together, plus the Damon/Alaric bromance. Several times while reading your accounts of Katherine scenes, my brain launched into a "Katherine Pierce is flawless" monologue a la Mean Girls. If someone has not already substituted Katherine for Regina somewhere on the internets, I will be very disappointed. I'm convinced that several distilleries in Kentucky depend solely upon Damon and Alaric for their financial solvency. 2) I like your historical and linguistic geekery. 3) I have never forgiven Tyler for his hesitation in letting Caroline out of her cage when she was being tortured, and I'm not sure I ever will. To me, that completely destroyed whatever character growth we were supposed to believe had occurred since his attempted date rape of Vicki in the pilot. That's nothing against Michael Trevino, who I think has been very good this season, but I can't get over that degree of callousness and disloyalty in a character, no matter how confused they supposedly were. 4) I think we can all agree that Papa Salvatore won't be winning any posthumous Father of the Year awards any time soon, but it strikes me that it seems like even he preferred Stefan to Damon. There's that brutal flashback scene in "Children of the Damned" where he basically calls Damon a coward to his face and tells him that he's been a disappointment, while Stefan tries to defend him for leaving the Confederacy. Given that, and the massive daddy issues it doubtless engendered, it probably made him even more desperate to have Katherine choose him, and made her rejection even worse since both his father and the woman he loved wanted his brother but not him. I've always thought Damon was the Spike of the show, and I agree with you that 1864 Damon reminds me of William the Bloody. I can totally see baby!Damon staying up late in his room, writing bad love poetry about Katherine and trying to think of something that rhymes with 'effulgent.' (Plus, both he and Spike had tragically bad hair.) I eagerly await your take on the finale. I'm still processing it myself, even though it's been nearly a week. I guess that's good TV for you. <3
THE VAMPIRE DIARIES: “The Sun Also Rises”
Read on for my recap of The Vampire Diaries 2×21, “The Sun Also Rises,” aired Thursday, May 5th, 2011:
Hello, my lovelies. Are we ready? (Too soon? Sorry.) I had so many conflicting thoughts and emotions while watching “The Sun Also Rises.” The episode was exciting, disturbing, sad … and yet also hopeful. Kudos to the writers and actors, for bringing such a mythology laden season towards its close with such an emotional punch. I may spend hours debating things like the rules of werepire reproduction, but ultimately what matters on The Vampire Diaries is how these crazy plot twisty events affect our characters. How does it make them feel? In this week’s episode, after 30 minutes of non-stop action, we got the last 12 minutes to just feel all the feelings. And there were so many feelings. Going into Thursday night, I was terrified that one of my favorite characters would die, so the first time I watched I was very wound up and stressed out (and out of wine), so I didn’t take in all the beauty of the episode. I even felt guilty afterwards for feeling so relieved at the end. You guys, I have to admit: I WAS SO RELIEVED. Caroline, Alaric, and Elijah made it to the end alive (for now)! Only characters who I considered disposable died! And yet, even with that, the show managed to make the impact of Jenna and John’s death so emotional. Hey, even Jules’s death was emotional. I felt all the feelings!
John’s voice over, as he read the words of his letter to Elena, accompanied by Birdy’s “Skinny Love,” was the most beautifully sad three minutes that this show has ever boasted. Just so beautiful. So many tears. When I rewatched for a second (and third) time, I sobbed far more than I had the first time. And you all know that I love it when TV makes me cry. It’s my favorite thing. I love it more than candy. And I may or may not be listening to “Skinny Love” on repeat while writing this recap. Speaking of, let’s get on to the recap …
We open on Matt, Caroline and Wolf!Tyler. Matt is still holding onto his rifle. As Wolf!Tyler gets dangerously close to breaking through the bars, Matt shoots and wounds Tyler. Caroline, who has still been desperately trying out ill-advised wolf-whisperer techniques, is not okay with this. She stops Matt from shooting Wolf!Tyler anymore, asking Matt to take her hand so that she can speed them out of there while Wolf!Tyler is down.
Cut to Katherine and Damon at Alaric’s apartment, discussing his werewolf bite. Prognosis: not good. Damon is getting ready to head out. I guess Klaus didn’t plan ahead enough to compel Damon to stay in Alaric’s apartment. Disappointing villainy, Klaus. Very disappointing. Katherine: “145 years, and no last goodbye?” Damon: “You don’t get a goodbye.” He is annoyed that she’s the only one who gets to come out on top here: “Somehow you’re the only one who wins. How’d that happen?” Katherine: “I didn’t let love get in the way.” Damon: “Enjoy an eternity alone, Katherine.” Burn. Damon plans to offer himself as a replacement for Jenna but Kat tells him that Klaus won’t take him because he saw the bite. Damon’s blood is now “impure.” Pretty judgey of Klaus, given how he’s a hybrid, but whatever. Witches’ spells and rules and blah blah blah, so it makes sense. Probably.
Meanwhile, in the middle of the woods, Jenna and Elena stand amidst the three rings of fire. Is it the Vampire Olympics!?!? Sadly no. Jenna explains to her niece the events leading to her ending up dead in the middle of the woods. Katherine called pretending to be Elena, getting Jenna out of the house. Then Klaus grabbed her and forced her to drink his blood. Then he killed her. Elena then reminds Jenna about her vampire lessons. Jenna realizes, “I’m a vampire.” Greta: “And I bet you’re hungry.” Ugh, Greta! Elena rushes at her, but is magically thrown back. Elena begs for Greta to let Jenna go, but Greta says that Klaus chose her, and slices her wrist for Jenna to drink. And Jenna drinks. Aunt Jenna is no longer in transition but a full-blown vampire. Elena looks on helplessly, separated from Jenna by a ring of fire. Title card.
Cut to the abandoned house full of the spirits of dead witches. You know, where Bonnie and Jeremy have been hiding out. Turns out that Bonnie and Jeremy haven’t been keeping themselves busy with sex spells. At least not since they learned that Damon force-fed Elena his blood. They are looking through the grimoires (remember, they have the Martins’ collection), trying to find some way for Elena not to become a vampire. They plan on looking ‘til the last minute. Good plan, because in my experience with television, you only find these things at the last minute.
Then Elijah, Stefan, and Alaric arrive at the abandoned house too. Eliiiiiijah and Alaaaaaaric on screen together. Um, I mean … no big deal. Elijah then goes through an explanation of the sacrifice stages: first the werewolf, then the vampire, then the doppelgänger. Since we’re going to actually SEE these steps in order, I can only imagine that the details of Elijah’s exposition are inserted so that we can hear the Gillies speak. Thank you, TVD Powers That Be. I appreciate you. Elijah continues (shhhh, Elijah is talking!): “Once Elena dies, the curse will be broken. Klaus will become a hybrid.” I don’t even care that we already knew this. Elijah then explains that Klaus will be vulnerable during the transformation, and that’s when Bonnie comes in. Again, I don’t care that we already knew this too. Stefan: “And you’re sure Bonnie will survive this?” Finally someone asks, rather than just assumes! Elijah sort of answers: “If Bonnie can bring him to the brink of death, I’ll finish the job myself.” Not really an answer. Damon then calls Stefan on his cell. Damon tells him that the sacrifice is still happening and he fills his brother in about Jenna. Alaric watches this phone call and is all like “What’s going on?” At this point, he should just assume “something horrible involving a current or former love interest.” Poor Alaaaaaric.
We then return to Elena and Jenna and the rings of fire. They talk about that damn vampire switch. No comment. Elena says that she won’t let Jenna die, but I say that she shouldn’t make any promises. Then they watch as Jules is brought in. She-Wolf is in major pain. Greta cast a spell to slow down her transformation, and as she explains to her victim: “Your insides are trying to tear themselves free.” Ewww, Greta. You suck. Elena agrees with me: “Greta, witches are supposed to maintain the balance in nature. It’s your duty to them to keep this curse sealed.” See, this is why I think that there should totally be some kind of witches’ council looking into the outcome of their curses. I mean, it’s such a big deal that a hybrid not be able to wield his full power, and yet tons of witches just join in on Klaus’s side to help him break it? Where are the good witches? Why aren’t they keeping tabs on this nonsense? I was hoping that Greta was a double agent, but sadly this was not the case. She tells Elena, “My duty is to Klaus and the New World Order.” Ewww. Given that Joseph Morgan clarified how werepires procreate–by making babies—I guess Greta maybe plans on being the mama to the New World Order.” Would that make their babies Tri-brids? Because then they would be witches, werewolves, and vampires. Klaus is possibly underselling his wacky plan for world domination. Klaus then arrives to the party: “Glad to know I still have a dance partner. Hello, my lovelies. Are we ready?” Everyone watching: “Noooooooooooooooooo!”
Meanwhile Caroline (may she live forever) and Matt are completely separated from the rest of the action, sadly, as they lock themselves in the Lockwood mansion to stay safe. (Remember, they were at the old Lockwood cellar, so it makes sense for Caroline to take Matt to the Lockwood mansion, because it’s close.) Matt says that they’re not safe and loads his gun. Because, you know, he is now an expert on werewolves and guns. This show. Also, Matt is about 10x hotter in his take-charge state. (And I already thought that he was mucho adorable. #superficialcommentary) Caroline asks how he knew what she was. Matt just lays it all out there: “I was on vervain. I faked forgetting so I could spy on you. It was your mom’s idea.” He says it so matter-of-factly too. Awesome. Caroline is so Caroline, so she asks what her mom said. Matt: “Your mom hates vampires. She grew up hating vampires. She’ll probably always hate vampires.” Sad face. Caroline then asks what about him. “Where does this leave us?” Matt tells it like it is: “Stuck in this house. Trying not to get mauled to death by our friend.” Ah, just another night in Mystic Falls.
Cut to Uncle John knocking on Damon’s door. We see a really short beat where Damon gets a little woozy from his bite. (Foreshadowing of dark times ahead!) John is worried because he hasn’t heard from Elena in days. Uh, yeah. Damon: “Well you’re a day late and a daughter short, John.” Hee. Damon then elaborates, as he explains that Klaus has her and the sacrifice happens tonight. Also, he fills John in about his daughter becoming a vampire: “When Klaus kills Elena in the sacrifice, she will come back to life. Granted as the thing you hate most in the world but no one really cares what you think.” Then things get physical and John says accusingly, “You ruined her life. You know that, right?” Damon: “I know, John. I took her choices, destroyed her future. Trust me, I get it. It actually gets worse.” John: “How could it possibly get worse?” John! You never ask that question in television or movies. NEVER. Well, now things are about to get worse and it’s ALL YOUR FAULT …
Cut to Jules screaming. She is in so much pain. Klaus and Greta don’t care though, as Klaus hands over the moonstone so she can get started on breaking he curse. Klaus reminds us that he spent 500 years searching for the moonstone. Geez. He can’t have looked very hard. I wouldn’t go telling anyone about how it took you 500 years to find something that Damon recently hid in a soap dish. Fail, Klaus. So much fail. Katherine >>>> Klaus. Then there is MAGIC! And Jules and Elena finally officially meet for the first time. Jules tells Elena that she was just trying to help Tyler. So I guess since this is sort of a deathbed confession, we can trust her. There was nothing more to Jules’s plotting than wanting to help Tyler. She didn’t want him to be alone. If that’s all she cared about, then she shouldn’t have called in Brady and the rest of the werewolf goons! (Yes, I’m still mad that Caroline was shot in the head and tortured. I don’t think that I can just let bygones be bygones.) When Klaus goes on attack, Jules fights back, but then Klaus kills her. He rips out her heart. I guess heart-ripping skills are genetic.
Meanwhile Jeremy is reading Emily Bennett’s grimoire. I hope that this is the first grimoire that Jeremy and Bonnie thought to consult, because we all know that Emily Bennett has the best spells. And why doesn’t Bonnie have that particular grimoires memorized by now? Jeremy finds a section on spells that she did for Jeremy’s ancestor, Johnathan Gilbert. Bonnie’s all like, “My ancestor totally had a thing for your ancestor.” But at least Jeremy and Bonnie aren’t wearing their ancestor’s clothes in this scene (though, Jeremy does sport a Gilbert ring, of course). Awkward and cute. Jeremy pretty much blushes. Sorry, but Emily Bennett could totally have done waaaaay better than Johnathan Gilbert. Like, perhaps a guy named Jonathan who spelled his name correctly. Jeremy points out, “There’s something on a resuscitative spell she was working on.” Bonnie: “Yeah, I saw that too. She just didn’t explain what it did exactly.” Sigh. This is why going to school is important, kids. I’m gonna go out on a limb here, but I bet a “resuscitative spell” probably RESUSCITATES people. You know, BRINGS THEM BACK TO LIFE FROM THE BRINK OF DEATH. Just a stab in the dark. Sigh.
Then Alaric enters and wants a second with Jeremy. He fills him in about Jenna. Poor Jeremy. Meanwhile, Bonnie joins Stefan and Elijah outside and asks why Klaus took Jenna. Elijah answers: “A punishment for meddling.” Stefan fills Bonnie in about how Klaus had intended to use Tyler and Caroline for the sacrifice, but Damon saved them. She declares that they need to go now, so she can save Jenna. Stefan reminds her that if she uses that much power, she’ll be dead. “It’s not an option.” Bonnie: “Neither is letting Jenna die.” Elijah: “Stefan would agree with you.” Stefan explains, “We’re gonna offer him another vampire. One that he’ll want more.” Would it have been asking too much for Elijah to just exposit all the information in this scene? Yes? Okay, fine. At least I tried.
Cut to the sacrifice. Klaus and fire and blood and magic blah blah blah. Jenna and Elena talk. Jenna: “The day that the lawyers called to tell me that I was going to become your guardian, you know what my first thought was? Isn’t there someone else who can do this?” Elena: “Jenna, there was no one else who could have gotten Jeremy and me through that.” Jenna: “Just the thought that I almost passed up taking care of you …” Elena: “But you didn’t. You put your entire life on hold to help us.” Jenna: “Look around, Elena. I failed you.” Elena: “No, you didn’t. I failed you.” She then tells Jenna that while being a vampire is currently intensifying her guilt, it also makes her stronger and faster. She reminds her that she can fight back and urges her to run when she gets a chance. Jenna nods.
Cut to Matt and Caroline, still at the Lockwood mansion. Matt wonders if he killed Tyler but Caroline assures him that it would take a lot more than one bullet. And for the record: Matt is relieved that he did NOT kill Tyler. Caroline then asks the saddest question that was ever asked in all eternity: “Do you think my mom wants to kill me?” Saddest. Words. Ever. Spoken. Matt continues his no-nonsense tough guy demeanor and answers truthfully, “I don’t think your mom knows what to do with you.” Caroline: “Yeah, well I don’t really know what to do with me either.” Awww. These were the best three lines of the episode, after John’s letter. Love love love this little exchange. The two are then distracted by noises outside. Caroline tells Matt not to shoot and looks out the window. She asks for Matt’s jacket and then goes outside and covers a naked, and now human, Tyler. Matt stands behind her, looking on, still holding his gun.
Meanwhile, Stefan is still standing outside the dead-witch-spirit house. Elijah approaches and tells him that Bonnie did a locator spell and everyone’s at “Steven’s Quarry.” Did we already know what this place was named? I feel like maybe we knew it was called a quarry, but I can’t be sure. I wonder who Steven was. Anyway, Stefan says he’ll head over there first, and then Elijah and Bonnie will follow later. Elijah adds: “Just as the moon hits its final phase. She’s to stay hidden until then. He can not know that she’s alive.” Then Elijah proceeds to give Stefan the highest compliment he could possibly give: “You’re very honorable.” Shockingly, Stefan does not fanboy out at this point and start hyperventilating that an Original just called him honorable. (But don’t worry, I totally took care of the fangirling on my end.) Nope, Stefan is too cool for that so he just asks, “Are you? Because this whole plan is contingent upon your honor, Elijah.” Elijah: “I won’t fail you.” Stefan points out: “Klaus is your brother. I know I’ve wanted to kill my brother a thousand times but I’ve never been able to.” Very good point. Elijah: “Klaus was not my only brother. I had siblings, parents … I had a family. Over the centuries, Klaus hunted them down one by one and he took them from me. He scattered them across the seas where their bodies could not be found.” Daaaaaamn. No wonder Klaus and Elijah are estranged. I am so glad that it’s more than Katerina. Also, last week I was podcasting with Melissa, Vee, and Lee, and we were discussing just this possibility. What happened to the rest of the Originals? What other motivations did Elijah have to kill his brother? I mean, we fielded a lot of possibilities, and I’m not sure if we covered this one specifically because we were suffering some major technical problems and I was having a hard time hearing, but I’m just really glad that there’s more to the fallout between the brothers. Of course, there’s ALWAYS more to it on this show. (Except for in the case of the Martins. But more on them later.) Stefan realizes, “You want revenge.” Elijah: “Sometimes there’s honor in revenge, Stefan. I won’t fail you.” Stefan: “Please end this.” [Hold that thought! Saving talk of honor for later.]
Back inside, John brings over the Gilbert journals. Hurrah! I just love the journals. And they hold so much potential for deepening the back story. He tells Jeremy and Bonnie that he thinks he knows the spell they were talking about.
Elsewhere, in the house, Alaric fills Damon in on Stefan’s plan to offer himself as a sacrifice to save Jenna. We only get Damon’s reaction: “What?” Me: “Why would Damon even be surprised by this? Trying to sacrifice one’s self is the default mode of operation of everyone on this show.” Alaric explains, “He wasn’t gonna let Jenna die.” Subtext: “I’m fine with it because it will save my girlfriend. Also, I’m just glad it’s not YOU who decided to trade yourself for Jenna.” Damon is frustrated: “We have a witch. She kills Klaus. No one has to die.” Translation: “I’m not even counting Bonnie as a future death at this point. I’ve already judged her as acceptable collateral damage, (NOT) mourned her death, and I’ve even written the eulogy. Why can’t you people get this through your heads?” But Alaric reminds him: “Except for Bonnie.” Damon curses his brother and punches a wall. Alaric realizes that perhaps more is going on here and asks if Damon is okay. Damon: “I’m fine. Well, that’s my brother for you. Always cleaning up my messes.” True. But I’m still glad that Damon rescued Caroline, even if the punishment was sacrificing Jenna. Some messes are just necessary.
Back at the rings of fire, Elena tries to argue for Jenna’s life. She tells Klaus: “I followed your rules. I did everything that you asked. I didn’t run. Please.” However, Klaus is soon distracted by Stefan’s arrival, and he greets him: “Well well. I don’t recall you being on the guest list.” Stefan replies, standing on the hill (or whatever) up above: “I’m here to talk.” Klaus: “Very well then.” And he speeds up there to join Stefan. He asks, “What can I do for you, Mr. Salvatore?” Love it!
Meanwhile, John tells Bonnie and Jeremy about the resuscitation spell. According to one of the Gilbert journals, a mother called upon Emily’s help for her dying baby. Emily used the spell to bind the woman’s life force with her child’s. Then, when the child died, the mother’s life force flowed through her, restoring the child to life. I think we all probably predicted the accompanying cost here to the mother, but John leaves that part of the story out. Jeremy speaks for the audience when he points out, “We already know Elena’s gonna come back to life. But she’ll be a vampire.” John clarifies, “Not if her soul remains intact.” So, I guess this way, because the life force would be bound to someone else, Elena would never lose her soul when she dies, and so then she’ll reawaken a human, not a vampire? But these vampires in this universe don’t lose their souls, so how does this work? I don’t know. It doesn’t make any sense to me, but let’s just go with the following explanation: this is a magical solution that will override the vampire blood in Elena’s system and allow her to die and come back to life human. Don’t ask questions. Damon is less sure: “Her soul? Really? You’re gonna put your faith in some act of god mumbo jumbo.” John: “I refuse to let Elena become the thing I’ve spent my life protecting her against. And you can call that god or mystical energy or whatever you want, but yes, I’m putting my faith in it.”
Cut to Elena and Jenna hanging out in their respective rings of fire, wondering what in the world Stefan and Klaus are talking about. Elena has Jenna use her vamp super-hearing to listen in. A fair invasion of privacy, given how often Stefan uses his to listen in on Elena. As Jenna is trying to figure out the super-hearing thing, Stefan says he’ll take Jenna’s place. Klaus isn’t so sure about this. He tells Stefan, “I rather appreciate the sacrifice of three women. Three goddesses sacrificed at nature’s altar.” Really, Klaus? Really? I hope Elijah gets you good in the end. Finally, Jenna starts to get the super-hearing thing down and she hears as Klaus says, “Quite the hero, aren’t you? Yeah, I’ve heard that about you.” Stefan then repeats his offer to trade places with Jenna, and so Jenna fills Elena in. Elena looks SHOCKED. Shocked, I tell you. I just can’t with this. People, this is Mystic Falls. Everyone wants to sacrifice themselves for everyone all the time. Elena, for example, is sacrificing herself right this moment. How is she still surprised? The only thing surprising would be if there were one member of the gang who was like, “No way! I’m not sacrificing myself for anyone. No way, no how!” Oh, wait. That’s Katherine’s job. (xoxo Katherine!)
Back at the Lockwood estate, Matt asks how Tyler is. Caroline says that he’s sleeping and he should be better by morning. Matt: “Good. So this is your life now, huh?” Caroline: “Every dull moment.” You guys, I know that I say it a lot but Caroline is just SO ADORABLE at all times. I mean, how can everyone in the world not be in love with her? SO ADORABLE. Alas, despite her super adorableness, Matt is somehow still willing to break her heart. He tells her: “You know, these last few days with you have been so great and fun and … so Caroline. I thought that I might be able to get past this whole vampire thing.” Caroline expects the worst: “But you can’t?” Matt: “I don’t know if I can, Caroline. I get it. This is your life now. But you know what my life is, Care? My life is an absentee mom, and a bunch of bills to pay, and school, and a job. And it sucks sometimes. But it’s my life. And I think that I just want to live it without all of this.” Wow.
I have thoughts. 1) Matty, look at your life! Look at your choices! I mean, your life sucks. Having Caroline in your life will only improve your drab and depressing existence. I mean, be honest with yourself. 2) At the same time, I get it and I respect it. In some ways I would liken Matt’s decision to Elena’s confession that she doesn’t want to become a vampire. I mean, of course these are two totally different situations in a lot of ways, but in both cases we have a human who just wishes to hold onto his or her last vestiges of normalcy. In Elena’s case, she was already so deep down the rabbit hole of supernatural crazy that her humanity was the last normal thing she had left. I mean, I supported Elena when she said she was too young to totally change herself for a guy, right? In fact, I applauded her. I agreed that she was too young to make life choices that would change her future so dramatically. Especially because of A BOY. Why shouldn’t I extend the same courtesy and understanding to Matt? Why should he, as a (supposedly) 17 year old kid, be expected to change his whole existence and way of life for A GIRL? You know? (That said, Caroline >>>> Normalcy. Caroline > Anything.) 3) He said, “I don’t know.” He didn’t say that he definitely can’t be okay with Care’s life. I can see him changing his mind big time down the line. I mean, look at what he went through in just the past few days. He went from plotting with Liz to spy on Caroline, to stalking a vampire, a witch, and a werewolf WITH A GUN in order to PROTECT Caroline. You guys, he has possibly killed a man in his quest to save Caroline. I rewatched the scene from “The Last Day, when Matt shot Maddox through the chest with a wooden bullet. I don’t know if that killed him, because Damon proceeded to snap Maddox’s neck immediately after. So, whether Maddox was already dead before Damon snapped his neck is uncertain, and I have no idea whether wooden bullets can kill humans. (Where is Temperance Brennan when I need her?) However, witches are still human, right? So, basically Matt possibly killed a human man. I’m pretty sure that would have been his first murder, so this is A BIG DEAL. And even if shooting at a man’s chest with wooden bullets wouldn’t kill him, or if Maddox has some extra special witch layer of protection, you don’t shoot people in the chest unless you mean business. I would imagine. (Personally, I have yet to shoot anyone. In the chest, or otherwise.) Plus, Matt also shot his best friend to protect Caroline. Granted, Tyler was in wolf form, but still. So the stakes are very high for Matt here, and I wouldn’t count him out yet.
Okay, back to the recap. We cut to Bonnie doing MAGIC! She does the resuscitation spell, using John in the role of the mother from the journal. Damon meanwhile is just snapping his fingers, all “I got a hybrid to kill.” Um, you mean Bonnie and Elijah have a hybrid to kill. Ahem. Also, this little spell may guarantee that Elena would retain her humanity after the sacrifice. I think you owe it to her to hold up and wait a minute, Damon. I mean, c’mon. Sigh. Anyway, Bonnie is pretty quick with her magicking, so she’s done in a snap.
Jeremy agrees to stay with John. [Edit: Thanks to commenter Jen for pointing out that Bonnie totally witch roofied Jeremy! With a kiss! She is like YoSafBridge or something. Then John agreed to stay with the passed out Jeremy. Oh, J names ... you wreak havoc in my notes. My abbreviations confuse me, it was dark in that room ... excuses excuses blah blah blah. For Bonnie taking away Jeremy's choice, see arguments below for Alaric, minus the grown man part. However, remember that this allowed us to see Jeremy in a suit again, so I guess we can't judge too harshly.] Alaric, however, makes to follow Damon, Bonnie, and Elijah. But he can’t exit the house. Bonnie spelled it so that Alaric can’t leave the house! She doesn’t want any more unnecessary loss of life. Alaric then appeals to Damon, desperate to get to the quarry to try to save Jenna, but Damon agrees with Bonnie. Alaric’s life is too important. I agree, selfishly. I mean, I am torn, but ultimately I’m okay with it. You all know how much I HATED Bonnie and Damon trapping Elena in the Gilbert house earlier this season. Hated it. So dumb, because it basically made her a sitting duck for any enemy who might happen to stop by, without any escape route. I mean, I bet that the Gilberts are listed in the phone book, right? And we all know Elijah found the house easy peasy. Plus, it was just part of a growing series of decisions that people were making that limited Elena’s control of her own life. So frustrating. Plus, I just really didn’t trust Damon or Bonnie to make the right decisions for anyone, given their track records. And yet … I was sooooo scared for Alaric’s life in this episode. I woke up Thursday morning totally thinking that Alaric was going to die for good in this episode. For serious. So when Bonnie trapped him in the house, I was like, “Phew. Crisis averted.” I mean, Klaus would be too busy sacrificing and transforming to make any trouble for those stuck in the house full of angry witch spirits. Plus, we all know that the house full of angry dead witch spirits can hold its own against vampires, right? So, I was pretty okay with it, even though Alaric’s face broke my heart. Poor Alaaaaric. To have to wait in that house, helpless, afraid that the woman he loves will die? Agony. And it was unfair for this 17 year old girl and 163 (?) year old vampire to take away this grown man’s choice in the matter. Personally, I would have liked for Damon, Bonnie, and Elijah to invite the vampire slayer along to their Kill Klaus Party, and maybe Alaric could have even managed to get in a heroic move for my enjoyment. But at least he’s not dead. Relief. Also, it was a little bit funny that all the human guys (Alaric, John, and Jeremy) were holed up in the house, while a teenage girl strutted off with two vampires to go kill Klaus. Bonnie was a little bit Buffy-esque in this episode, I gotta admit.
Cut to the rings of fire. Klaus asks, “Well, who’s it gonna be, Elena?” He indicates a choice between her boyfriend and aunt. Elena is not willing to make that choice, but Klaus just says, “Don’t worry. There’s actually no choice.” Then he stakes Stefan in the back. (Or did he sever his spinal cord or something? I couldn’t quite tell what was going on there.) He says, “I have other plans for your boyfriend. I want him alive. But for now …” With that he hurts Stefan even more, incapacitating him. Hmmm. I wonder what Klaus could want with Stefan. Theories?
Then Klaus tells Greta that it’s time. But before he has a chance to kill Jenna, Jenna takes the initiative to bite Greta. Unfortunately, Klaus steps in and hurts her. Elena tells her aunt to “turn it off,” so she won’t be scared. But then Klaus stakes Jenna, while Elena screams. Jenna is dead, people. Definitely dead. Rest in peace, Aunt Jenna. We’ll miss you Sara Canning, and hopefully your next role will give you a chance to do more and express more of your clearly formidable talent. And let’s also hope it gives you a chance to hold a crossbow. Because that’s always fun. Also, R.I.P. Jenna’s thesis. It shall never be finished.
Klaus then tells Elena that it’s time. Before biting into her, however, he thanks her. Elena: “Go to hell.” Petrova fire FTW! And then the prettiest and neatest blood drinking ever shown on this show happens (also possibly the sexiest, but is that weird to say?), while Stefan watches and can’t do anything about it. Once Klaus has drained Elena (in typical TV fashion this takes all of 3 seconds), Elena can feel that his transformation is happening. Bones break, etc. But before he goes full-on wolf, Bonnie shows up! And she is hard core and IN CHARGE. Klaus pathetically protests, “You were dead.” Maybe you should have held onto the body to be sure, lame brain. Sigh.
Then Damon unceremoniously breaks Greta’s neck. No one will mourn her. I guess the Martins were just a waste. I was really hoping that there was more to them, so that there was some real point. I really wanted Greta to be a double agent, working in the interests of the witches’ agenda. Or for there to be some better reason for THREE different members of this family to be thrust upon us. I mean, ultimately, the fact that Greta was a Martin actually meant nothing. Changed nothing. There was no payoff, you know? She didn’t even learn that her father and sibling died trying to save her. Ah well. Damon then scoops up Elena and goes over to help his brother. He takes the stake out of Stefan’s back (or reattaches his spinal cord or something?) but then Stefan tells Damon to take Elena somewhere safe. Stefan will stay at the Quarry to see Klaus die.
Elijah approaches Klaus and sticks his hand in his chest. Awesome. He begins to speak: “In the name of our family, Niklaus …” But Nicky cuts him off. He tells his brother: “I didn’t bury them at sea. Their bodies are safe. If you kill me, you’ll never find them.” Well played, Klaus. Well played. Stefan tries to stop the inevitable: “Elijah, don’t listen to him.” Klaus continues: “I can take you to them.” Bonnie offers an empty threat: “Do it and I’ll take you both out.” Elijah: “You’ll die.” Bonnie: “I don’t care.” Elijah then apologizes (see how polite he is?) before speeding away with his brother. Bam!
Okay, so what did you guys think of this turn of events? I think Elijah is still honorable. (And definitely still dreamy. Obviously.) His family members are Originals, and there seems to be no permanent way to kill an Original. (I mean, possibly if you had the actual wood of the tree and not just the ash, but even the dagger and ash is only a temporary solution.) So presumably, if Elijah could find their bodies, he could bring them back to life. And the only reason he hasn’t found the bodies on his own is that Klaus claimed to have buried them at sea, so they could not be located. The ocean is really big, I guess. (But he is immortal, so it’s not like time is an issue. Plus, you know, there’s MAGIC. Whatever. We’ll give him the benefit of the doubt that this was for some reason impossible. If only Elijah had asked me, I could have pointed him to a certain rogue demon hunter who is ace at finding vampire bodies at sea, but alas.) So, to recap: this is a matter of saving HIS FAMILY. SEVEN members of his family, to be exact. Saving the people that he loves. That is like the sole reason for existence of the denizens of Mystic Falls, so I’m not sure that they should be throwing stones. You know? I think that if any of our main characters were in Elijah’s shoes, they would do the same. Yes, Elijah gave his word that he would kill Klaus, but then he received BRAND NEW INFORMATION. He gave his word to Elena and to Stefan in good faith, but then things changed. So I think Elijah owes it to his family (who are all potentially Originalesque and awesome, and who I can’t wait to meet) to try to save them. Sorry it annoys you, Scoobies, but you did kill the guy three times already, so you’re lucky that all Elijah did is kidnap the guy you wanted to kill, and then take him far far away to hunt for mostly-dead bodies. (Disclaimer: I totally stand by what I just said. However, I also did spend a undisclosed amount of time watching Gillies videos on YouTube, featuring his lovely New Zealand ACCENT. So, you know … I’m not sure my opinion can be entirely trusted.)
Okay, so after we see the Originals leave, we cut to Jeremy and John. It is revealed that there’s more to the spell, as some might have suspected. The baby in the Gilbert journal lived, but something happened to the mom. Dot dot dot. I’ll fill in the dots: the mother died and so will John. John basically sacrificed himself for his daughter. Just like I called in season one. You guys, I am finally right about something! And I’m so glad that I’m right, that John will die to save Elena, because it makes for my favorite scene of the series yet to date. (Well, you know besides Caroline’s general awesomeness, every scene featuring Katherine or Elijah … and Alaric … okay, fine, I have a lot of favorite things.) But before John can die, Alaric comes downstairs. John tells Alaric and Jeremy, “Take care of each other, please.” Do you think this means that Alaric will become Jeremy and Elena’s guardian? This moment of bonding is interrupted when they hear noise upstairs. Alaric and Jeremy run upstairs to see what’s going on. Damon brings Elena’s body inside the house. He tells Unconscious!Elena: “If you come back as a vampire, I’ll stake you myself. Because I can’t stand the idea of you hating me forever.” This is what we call an 180 degree turn, people. Alaric asks about Jenna, and Damon merely says, “Sorry Jeremy.” Ouch. Meanwhile, John calmly walks outside to die in the sunlight. No parental figures left for you, Elena! If we count them up, five of Elena’s parental figures have died. FIVE! In like the span of a year and a half … or whatever timeline exists on this show. Bad luck is an understatement. Seriously, though, the scene is really beautiful. As Elena comes back to life, John collapses. Who would ever think that I’d cry at John Gilbert’s death? Well I did. And his death scene was only the tip of the iceberg. So much sobbing to come with the letter.
Cut to Caroline and Tyler, segregated from all the action. I understand why this is the case, but I really hope that next season Caroline can be integrated more into the A storyline. She is A storyline material, you know. Anyway, she tells him that he got shot, but it’s healing. Tyler: “You were right. I shouldn’t have come home.” Caroline: “No, you just should never have left. And you shouldn’t leave again.” Tyler is shocked: “You’re kidding, right? This is the second time I tried to kill you.” Caroline, “Well, no friendship is perfect.” Ha! This line and moment feel very Buffy-esque to me. Love it. Caroline then tells Tyler that Matt broke up with her. Tyler claims to be sorry. Caroline: “Well, instead of just bailing on me again, you could just say ‘Thank you, Caroline for taking care of me. And I’m sorry that I tried to chow down on you again.’” They laugh. But then Caroline’s laugh turns into crying. He motions for her to “c’mere” and then she rests on his (naked) chest as he tells her, “Thank you Caroline, for taking care of me.” You guys, I think I may be broken because Tyler does absolutely NOTHING for me—not the character or the performance. And I’m still mad about the whole standing-idly-by thing. But I trust Caroline, so if she likes him and trusts him, I’ll TRY. I promise you that I’ll try.
Cut to Damon and Stefan discussing the burial and Elena’s state of mind. Stefan: “She lost the only parents she had. She’s in shock.” Back in her room, Elena is dressed for the funeral as she looks at pictures that frame her mirror. Jeremy knocks and enters IN A SUIT. I mean, I don’t want to be callous, or for you all to hate me, but there is a silver lining in all this tragedy and it is BOYS IN SUITS. Suit aside, however, the sibling/cousins share a really sweet scene. He gives her the letter from John and the ring. I have to say that I’m really glad that the show slowed down its pace at the end of this episode to make room for these emotional beats. Jeremy starts to walk away, but Elena tells him: “Jeremy, I’m so sorry. I’m so sorry that you’ve lost so many people.” Jeremy: “I still have you.” Awwww! This is when the crying started, the second two times I watched this episode. And this exchange begins the three minutes of beauty that I alluded to at the beginning of my recap. The two of them hug as “Skinny Love” begins to play. Here’s the video, so you can listen while reading the rest of the recap:
(Yes, I want you all to cry again. I’m cruel like that.) Okay, so then Jeremy leaves and Elena sits by the window to begin reading the letter from her dead father. We hear John’s voice read the letter:
“Elena, it’s no easy task being an ordinary parent to an extraordinary child. I failed in that task. And because of my prejudices, I failed you. I’m haunted by how things might have played out differently if I’d been more willing to hear your side of things. For me, it’s the end. For you, a chance to grow old and someday do better with your own child than I did with mine. It’s for that child that I give you my ring. I don’t ask for your forgiveness, nor for you to forget. I ask only that you believe this. Whether you are now reading this as a human or as a vampire, I love you all the same. As I’ve always loved you and always will. John.”
So, yeah, I just cried a fourth time just reading the letter. This speech is accompanied by Birdy’s song, and it all plays over Elena laying roses on the graves of her lost loved ones. Four graves, all next to each other. Four members of one family, who all died in such a short amount of time. Tragical. Sniffle. The others also place roses, and we even see Alaric in a suit put a rose on Jenna’s grave. I feel so guilty. I complained so bitterly that Alaric didn’t wear a suit in “Masquerade,” and I wished so hard that he would wear a suit before the season’s end. But I didn’t mean LIKE THIS! I feel like Jules in Cougar Town when she “caused” Bobby to lose his golf tournament, because she wished that someone would take the attention away from her. Still, it kind of eases the pain, right? No, just for me? Okay. Happy and evil, party of one.
The music ends and Stefan walks over to Damon, who is standing on the edges. Damon plans to skip the reception but Stefan tells him that Elena needs them. Damon: “And then what’s the plan, Stefan? The curse is broken. How does one go about killing an all powerful wolf vamp? And his two-face older brother?” I resent the two-face comment! Hmph. Stefan has no idea, but Damon says they need to get one fast. I don’t know, I think now maybe Klaus isn’t their problem. Right? Once Elijah manages to wake up some other Originals, I imagine they’ll take care of Klaus together. Stefan naively declares, “I’m not gonna let Elena lose anyone else.” Damon: “I wouldn’t make any promises, brother.” Stefan: “What’s that supposed to mean?” Damon: “Tyler Lockwood bit me. It’s actually more of a nip, but there it is.” He shows his brother the bite, and Stefan examines it in shock. He sputters: “We’ll find something. Um, a cure.” Damon: “There’s no cure, Stefan.” Stefan: “We kept Elena human, right? We found a way when there was no way. Hey, I will do this.” Damon: “You wanna do something for me? Keep this from Elena. The last thing she needs is another grave to mourn.” The last shot of the episode is Damon walking away. The end.
I have absolutely no fear that Damon will die. But what will the cure for a werewolf bite be? Another werewolf bite? [Edit: I got switched around in my head. I should have said, Damon biting a werewolf. Thanks, Nicole! See the comments below.] The blood of an Original? (Thanks @tbrick2 for that theory!) The mysterious elixir? A spell from Emily Bennett’s grimoire? Emily Bennett does know a spell for EVERYTHING, after all. What did Klaus want with Stefan? What did he have planned? Are there any witches besides Bonnie trying to do the right thing? I mean, those are some guardians of nature’s balance, right? Will any good witches pop out of the woodwork and redo Klaus’s curse? Other thoughts? Reactions? Theories? Comment below.
Okay a word from the only guy here. :-) Mostly on technical things like: Regarding Matt shooting Maddox and if a wooden bullet would kill a human: I am not temperance Brennen (and I am a fan of "Bones". I love Dr. Camille Saroyan, the hottest woman on the show!! Men can gush too :-) ) but yes it would, just like a wooden stake can kill a human if that human is impaled by one. It is a projectile passing through the body causing damage as it did. It passed through Maddox from his back cleanly below his heart and out the front. So Maddox wasn't dead after Matt shot him since he was in the process of trying to get to his feet when Damon snapped his neck. Oh and while I am not a gun maven myself the rifle wasn't that big, just a .22 cal or something (.22 of an inch wide that is. That's a relatively small bullet :-) ) And yes witches are human they are just supernaturally in tune with nature for some reason but no it wouldn't be murder if Matt killed Maddox since it was in defense of Damon although technically speaking Damon is dead (although in this universe vampires hearts do beat). And not to be too contrary I agree with Bonnie and Damon taking away the "choices" of Jeremy and Alaric. There was no way at all any of them were going to be helpful. All it would've produced was more heart ache as Klaus killed them. This isn't the Buffyverse where somehow normal human beings can fight a vampire 10 times stronger than them with martial arts moves. Jules a werewolf couldn't fight Klaus, Jenna who is stronger than a werewolf despite being brand new couldn't fight him, not even Stefan could fight him because Klaus is probably something like five times stronger than Stefan (Damon couldn't even begin to fight Katherine, Pearl, Rose or even Anna because they were all much older and therefore much stronger than he was as a comparison so never mind Elijah and Klaus) at least and was probably at least over 10 times stronger than Jenna, so Jeremy and Alaric didn't stand a chance. And finally denying Jeremy and Alaric's "choice" to fight is far, far different that Elena's choice which was to die permanently, or die and comeback still as a human using Elijah's potion, but as we know Damon took away her choice in what happened after she died, to only to comeback as a vampire. Fortunately Bonnie and Jeremy found an alternative (but at the cost of John Gilbert so Damon, to me, is morally responsible for the death of John). Jeremy and Alaric would have just chosen to die if they came. A few other things: Klaus staked Stefan in the back and broke it off flush in it. Damon had to dig around for it to pull it out. The oceans of the world are vast, but not just what you see on the surface. In some places it is four miles deep in submariner trenches that are bigger than the grand canyon. Plus the pressures of the ocean can flatten him with thousands of pounds per square inch pressure at its deepest points. He is incredibly strong but even that would literally weigh on him. Also because of the density of water he will have a far more difficult time "super speeding" through it, therefore it would be a much longer time to cover the ground. Wave your hand back and forth in the air flat sides vertical and then do it in the water to see what I mean. Then imagine searcher every nook and cranny on the ocean floor in a place much bigger than the grand canyon. As for a locator spell maybe it only works for living vampires. :-) The Martins did seem to have no point, but that maybe is the point. They met a tragic end. To me I like it if only because they weren't obvious "red shirts". You know when you see a new character appear you somehow "know" he or she is going to be dead by the end of the episode, like Carter (Caroline's first kill)? I didn't have that feeling with the Martins. As it turned out they were like Pearl and Anna. I was pissed that Pearl and especially Anna were killed, but that is because I came to care and like the characters. It is the writer's way of having temporary characters but have you care for them without it being "obvious" they will die or survive. We "know" that Damon, Stefan and Elena aren't going to die, but everyone else around them....? I don't want Caroline, Katherine or Bonnie to die. I like Jeremy to stay because I do think Jeremy and Bonnie make a cute couple even though I am usually not a shipper but I want Bonnie to be happy) but this show shows us that anyone can die (but the three aforementioned stars). That's good for drama. Anyway this post is waaaaaaay to long so I will cut it here. :-)
Okay, I JUST discovered this recap and I want to now read everything you've ever written, basically. After skimming the comments, I've decided the only thing I need to add is this: "If only Elijah had asked me, I could have pointed him to a certain rogue demon hunter who is ace at finding vampire bodies at sea, but alas." Any Angel or Buffy reference kind of makes me do a little jump-up-and-down-in-my-head. ESPECIALLY when the reference is subtle. You rock!
I have been asking myself the same question you have, “Am I broken?” Not with regard to Tyler, with regard to this episode. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not one of those fans the throws up my hands every other week and declares that the show is going to the dogs. I’m a loyal viewer who loves the show, even when certain plotlines and moments don’t do it for me. But damned if this episode didn’t leave me cold. I was expecting surprises and sucker-punches, I was expecting characters to have aces hidden up their sleeves and secret agendas galore. I was expecting the writers to take risks. Instead we got the deaths of four fairly expendable characters, and twists that were so by the numbers (Elijah choosing his family over our Scoobies, Stefan offering himself as a replacement) I kept hoping another shoe would drop. I’ve watched the episode three times now and every time I’m even more disenchanted. I just keep thinking, “All of that plot twisting, and monologing, and hand wringing was for this?” Yet, everywhere I go online the fan reaction is almost completely positive. So is it just me? Is there something I’m not getting or appreciating? There were two things that resonated for me with the episode. The first was John’s letter, because DUH! The other was the Tyler/Caroline scene. I’m Matt/Caroline all the way, but this triangle has caused me more anxiety than the titular one ever could. Caroline’s behavior and feelings with regard to these two guys could only be described as above and beyond. She’s pretty much been a saint. To watch that be repaid with Tyler throwing her to the wolves and Matt plotting behind her back then dumping her has been very hard. It was just nice to see Caroline thanked and comforted—even if she did have to outright tell Tyler to do both. I agree that Bonnie’s actions were not cool in this episode, but I find Damon, Stefan, and Elena’s actions to be every bit as reprehensible. What did they think was going to happen? Letting Klaus go through with the sacrifice meant that two other people were going to die. Would they have even cared if those people had been random redshirts? Those sacrifices were almost Caroline and Tyler for crying out loud! I agree that Damon’s initial plan of sacrificing Bonnie was not acceptable, but neither was the one they ended up going with. Instead of spending the last few hours trying to find another way to stop the sacrifice or take out Klaus, all the time was focused on keeping Elena human. I am a fervent champion of keeping Elena human—I love that about this show, but it does display some pretty whacked-out priorities. I feel like sneering at them every time they talk about Jenna’s death, “Well, Elena was saved and that’s what you all cared about, right?” And Jenna deserved more. Both Sara Canning and Jenna Sommers, in the end, showed us they could take anything the writers could throw at them. Jenna deserved better than she got. Like you, I don’t think there’s any danger of Damon permanently dying. In a way that kills a lot of the suspense for the finale, but it also opens up for some nice character moments if the writers are game. This season has been pretty light on the character moments, at least for the three leads. Neither Stefan nor Paul Wesley has been asked to stretch much since the breakup at the end of “Plan B”, and Elena’s spent most the season speechifying about how protecting her loved ones is the most important thing to her (which all seems rather hollow now). With Damon we’ve gotten a lot of feints at character development, but really he’s spent the season chasing his tail. It would be nice if they used this bite as an opportunity for some real forward momentum, as opposed to the fake stuff (if I ever have to watch Ian Somerhalder cry in the bathtub about his feelings again, I will vomit). Many people have postulated the hows of curing him, but that’s all just flabotnum. I have been curious as to whether or not they will take a leaf out L. J. Smith’s book and make him human. I think making any of our other vampires human would be a colossal mistake, but it might be just the thing to get Damon out of this rut he’s in. Understandably, a lot of fans might not like it because they’ll worry it’ll de-fang him figuratively as well as literally, but no matter what being human might do to him, it can’t be worse than the bathtub.
Oh wow so many comments and thoughts on here already. Don't mind me if I'm repetitive. *On the subject on legal custody of the Gilberts - My first thought was 'Damon! They can all live in the mansion together and be protected from all the bad Vamps! In the eyes of the unknowing townfolk Damon is technical Stefan's legal guardian or something since the human decendent who was Stefan's original human cover got killed probably by Damon back in 1x05 or something.' (That is pretty much how my brain works btw) But that mifght be weird though emancipation is also an option if Alaric doesn't take custody of them. *Tyler - He kind of grew on me this episode but the sexy shirtless body might have something to do with it. His last scene with Caroline was really sweet. I guess if Matt is soapdishy enough to dump Caroline then I guess she and Tyler can be together. Maybe they'll even have werepire babies some day. (Dear god no.) *Matt - I hate him right now. YOU DON'T WALK AWAY FROM THE SUPERNATURAL LIFE! IF SAM WINCHESTER CAN'T DO THAT THEN WHY ARE YOU EVEN TRYING! Ok rant over. * I hated how Matt/Caroline/Tyler were shoved aside as a subplot these past few episodes. Yes we needed Matt/Caroline to work out there issues but come on, it's like they're being segregated from the rest of the group. 3 needs to see some mixing up when it comes to who's always with who. * I firmly believe the excellenct residences of Mystic Falls could have helped Elijah find the originals. Of course we wouldn't have a werepire running around but still. I can't believe he did that. * RIP Jenna, you were my favorite.
Great recap for a wonderful episode! I cried so much for Jenna, her final scene was really awesome going out as a true heroine trying to keep Elena safe the only way she knew how. Even John managed to tear me up with his letter which is really a surprise considering I hated the guy. I'm so glad Caroline survived, she has definitely become one of my favorite characters in the show. As for Damon my theory is the blood of the doppelganger will somehow end up being the cure.
RIP Jenna. You were SO much more interesting and badass than Bonnie. Your final act was pure awesomeness. "Elena looks SHOCKED. Shocked, I tell you. I just can’t with this. People, this is Mystic Falls. Everyone wants to sacrifice themselves for everyone all the time. Elena, for example, is sacrificing herself right this moment. How is she still surprised?" BWAHAHAHAHA!! TOO funny! And yet, when Bonnie knew Klaus had Jenna, and that Elena might turn into a VAMPIRE, and that Stefan was also going to turn himself in, she stayed hidden and waited for the sacrifice to go forward. Just saying.
Great recap. This show doesn't want you to write a short recap. I feel so guilty. I wanted Caroline, Matt and Elijah to make it to the season finale. They made it and I still cried. Uncle John's letter made me feel all the feelings. Congratulations on your prediction coming true. I can't wait for more Originals. Please let the reason Klaus wants Stefan alive be less creepy than the sacrifice ritual. Joseph Morgan totally creeped me out. He seemed to relish the heart ripping and blood sucking. Ick! I hope Original siblings take after Elijah more. You are not broken! Tyler is finally not a dick for two episodes. Two episodes. I need to see a lot more from Tyler before he proves himself worthy of Caroline's time. And did you see Matt in his Mystic Grill shirt? Did it shrink when he did his own laundry? When does Matt have time to lift weights? He was ripped with saving Caroline muscles. I was so distracted when he was breaking up with Caroline that I forgot to be mad at him for a minute. I really hope the Mystic Grill is in financial trouble again in season three and they offer a free delivery service for everyone in Mystic Falls. This will be how Katherine gets food while she is stuck in Alaric's apartment. Katherine better be gentle with the hardest working bus boy in town. Alaric will be too busy looking after for the remaining Gilbert kids to be living in his old place. I hope Alaric chooses his next love interest wisely. I can't believe there is still one episode left. I'm out of tears.
"Kudos to the writers and actors, for bringing such a mythology laden season towards its close with such an emotional punch. I may spend hours debating thing like the rules of werepire reproduction, but ultimately what matters on The Vampire Diaries is how these crazy plot twisty events affect our characters. How does it make them feel?" So. Well. Put. The reason I am so passionate about this show is because of how I feel about how they feel, & boy did this episode make me FEEL! (I will not post a pic of the Ugly Cry or empty tissue box but you get the idea). This is a credit to the writers for giving our characters such emotional depth & the actors for bringing said character to life so fully. I am so invested in them it's ridonkulous (made-up word) my hubby would attest via his rolling eyes & sighs of "what has this show done to my wife this week". No Emmy's because it's the CW? This is CRIMINAL, wake up Hollywood & give this show it's due. Rant over...on to my thoughts, which I am typing to "Skinny Love". This may or may not be one of my new fave iPod tracks. I agree with you on 1. Elijah. Soooo glad he didn't kill Klaus because I crave more Originals in S3. What a wealth of storytelling to be told. He retained his honour in my eyes because it was for family. 2. Caroline. Team Vamp Barbie FTW!!! Though I disagree on Tyler as he won me over this episode. I know crazy! I'm not really sure how that happened...I am not ready to forsake Boy Wonder for good but would love to see Care's love triangle with these two lads explored more. 3. I cried over Uncle/Daddy John. WTF?! How the hell did that happen? I despised him...wow Kudos writers & Mr. Anders because he died nobly with grace & the letter slayed me. RIP Jenna (Sara & Elena rocked their scenes) but I was also terrified for Alaric. Long live the Blood/Beer Bromance! Whew... 4. My tears started to flow with Jeremy's line to Elena "I still have you" & that hug. How grown up did the man of the Gilbert house look? Troubled teen is gone... The funeral scene saw me evolve from upset to freaking HYSTERICAL. EVERYONE made me cry in this scene, especially Elena. Dudes, she deserves a bloody Emmy. I was also very moved by Damon & Stefan's last scene. Damon playing with his ring (contemplating his own demise) & Stefan's reaction to the bite. Oh Paul Wesley! The range of emotions that you went through in just a few moments...shock, fear, desperation, determination to save your bro; and the cherry on top: did you see the way his hand was shaking as Damon walked off alone? WOW, the subtlety of these actors that make me forget I am watching a fictional show. I was a mess! Ian & Paul bring out the best in one another, EMMY PEOPLE, FRICKING EMMY!!!! (am I being repetitive?)Yep and while we're at it: Kevin, Julie & the dream team of writers: EMMY! I look forward to Stefan's emotional journey next week in trying to save his brother. My #1 theory: biting Tyler (flashback Jules/Rose) but witchy juju or Original elixir could play a part. What a lovely character arc for Damon, dealing with his mortality & choices. He has come full circle & it's going to be good. Can I survive the finale? Wine, tissues & Xanax will be on hand~
You're the funniest gal around. :) Also, I'm happy that that's how you'll remember Jenna. I knew you'd love the Cordelia throw back pic! I'm biting my nails 'til next week. So many unanswered questions, questions that you have intelligently raised. Oh! And YAY about the book blog! Can't wait to read it. Congrats! You da bomb, Lucia.
so i have decided that the writers realized there where to many characters with j names hence killing john and jenna. i agree elijah will eventually follow through with killing klaus and am also very happy that katherine was not the only reason elijah wanted klaus dead also i think klaus is in trouble because Joseph morgan keeps spilling things in interviews the fact that he can procreate is only thing latest in the long list of things he spilled. so i think they will kill him the next time a reasonable opportunity comes up. also skinny love has been on replay since you amazingly told me the name :) clearly u did so solely for my personal benefit haha i cried so much in this episode and found myself crying for different reasons each time a rewatched the episode at first i cried when jenna died for elena the jeremy then alaric then for jenna ( i may have watched this a few times) and the funeral i cried for elena and jeremy then for jenna and john i was SHOCKED that i was sad about john but ever since isobel died he has been growing on me and i wanted so badly for elena to have a parent and jeremy to be able to resolve their issues sorry for writing a novel but i love love love this show and have no one to discuss it with and i love that you allow me to attempt to analysis it with some degree of intelligence so thanks you for that reading your posts are something i look forward to every week. i will miss them very much over the summer
I am glad fans feel confident that Damon will survive - I hope so, because the show would be nothing without him. There seems to be too many characters that are fixtures now. There was an edge to the first series that has sometimes been missing from series 2. It needs to bring the vampire brothers back to the centre of the story. Perhaps the end of this season leaving us wondering how Damon overcomes the wolf bite, means that series 3 will recapture the intensity of the first series. For quite a few episodes of this series I have found myself getting impatient waiting for Damon and Stefan to appear! Well we will see.....
I've loved reading your recaps all season and must echo your adoration of Elijah. Frankly I am thrilled that both he and Klaus have lived to see another day, and presumably next season. Yeah, I am so Team Evil. That doesn't mean I love Alaric, Stefan, Damon, Elena, etc. any less though! It's so impressive that the show managed to kill off basically the most expendable characters (I would also classify Matt as fairly expendable and was pretty worried about him) and still make me cry like a baby about it. And it's to the show's credit that despite Jenna's minor role in the show I still felt like she had oodles of story left in her. I couldn't think of one character I could comfortably give up at this point and say it's fine because I think the show has done all they can with that character's journey. Bravo, Show. Oh, one thing since you discuss Bonnie and Damon taking away Alaric's choice to come along to the sacrifice - Jeremy didn't agree to stay behind. Bonnie gave him a kiss roofie. I'm surprised he's not a little pissed at her about that even though he probably wouldn't have been any use at the sacrifice.
Does Anyone remember when Damon Asked Jules how to cure a wolf bite and she replied "bite me". I think she was telling him the truth, and thAts the cure. Damon just needs to bite Ty
I think Elijah will ultimately end up keeping his word to Stefan and killing Klaus... either because Klaus knows that the other Originals will try to kill him and tries to turn on Elijah, or because once the family is back together they have no need to Klaus, who killed them. He could show back up and get Bonnie's help, or he could do as Klaus, as just rip him into pieces and separate his body? Gross... but possible I guess. I'm guessing they'll find some kind of loophole in the fact that Tyler wasn't fully in wolf form that will ultimately save Damon. Emily will probably play some role in that. I'm also glad Alaric survived, but I can't help thinking that him becoming their guardian would be really awkward - from the town's perspective anyway. It could work for the purpose of the show though. It's either that or live in his apartment with Katherine (who is stuck there until Klaus comes back or dies). I'm guessing having her there would make it difficult to live there for him - or, you know, sell the place lol.
Awesome! Thanks for reading and commenting. I'm working on my recap for the finale now, and when I read your comment it totally cracked me up. "it’s an established fact that Stefan and Muppet Angel were separated at birth." SO TRUE. I feel like I always knew this deep inside, and yet could never express it. Hee. Oh and regarding your Mean Girls comment, sooo funny should mention that because I am obsessed with Katherine Pierce=Regina George and wrote a whole post inspired by that: Katherine Pierce's Burn Book. And yes, Kentucky should definitely be grateful to Alaric and Damon for keeping their distilleries afloat.
Good point! Bonnie's internal monologue: "Never really liked Jenna. Sorry, Jeremy and Elena. My bad." I guess the only one Bonnie cared about was Elena, because she did take care of doing the spell to keep Elena human before showing up at the sacrifice. Seems like Bonnie could have interceded earlier to help Jenna escape. She wouldn't have had to kill Klaus to do that either. Just hurt him and distract him. Because the whole point of Elena sacrificing herself was to keep her friends and family safe, and clearly that plan was not working once Jenna was kidnapped. Why did they not change the plan? Why just allow the sacrifice to happen anymore? Isn't saving their loved ones' lives more immediate and important than killing Klaus? I mean, PRIORITIES, people. I had the following realization last night. The Originals are good at lots of stuff, but finding things is DEFINITELY not one of them (see the moonstone, Kat, & Original bodies). They are like REALLY bad at finding things & people. It took 500 years to make any progress. Then another 500 years to make more progress. Elena & her family running probably would have been the best solution.
"so i have decided that the writers realized there where to many characters with j names hence killing john and jenna." Ha! So really the writers were trying to help me with writing my recaps, so that I wouldn't get confused over my abbreviations. How thoughtful of them. Hee. Thanks so much for reading, Danie, and for all your awesome comments this season! I can't believe that we only have one episode left! But I'm sure that I will manage to post some TVD related stuff over the summer.
"Oh, one thing since you discuss Bonnie and Damon taking away Alaric’s choice to come along to the sacrifice – Jeremy didn’t agree to stay behind. Bonnie gave him a kiss roofie. I’m surprised he’s not a little pissed at her about that even though he probably wouldn’t have been any use at the sacrifice." Oooh, I thought that John collapsed after the spell, so Jeremy agreed to stay with him. So it was the other way around? Jeremy collapsed and John agreed to stay with him? It was dark in that candlelit room and I was rewatching on a really small window so that I could have my Word file open. Or maybe I got the J names confused in my notes. (Or maybe I'm just making up excuses for being a soapdish.) Will rewatch that scene and edit the post. Thanks so much!
Yeah, I'm glad you mentioned that. We were just talking about that quote on the podcast earlier this week. That's why I mentioned the bite of a werewolf possibly being a cure, at the end of the recap. Of course, I clearly got turned around, and as you said, it would have to be the injured vamp biting a werewolf, not another werewolf bite. Oops. However, as of now I'm leaning towards the Original blood theory myself.
ITA with Aria, Elijah will try to keep his word just later and the truth is we want another season and keep both Klaus and Eljah. I really enjoyed watching Klaus. He makes and good villain and I liked Eljah and Stefan together. About Stefan. Well it could be just that Klaus wants to toture Katherine by using Stefan and torturing him or compelling her to torture him, but I hope for more. It is quite possible that there are other vampires with werewolf gened which were dormant, so maybe they can come out like Tyler by killing a person. I know STefan did that already, but maybe it would just work if he does it with the deactivated curse. I hope for it and I hoped that we would see him turning as well in this episode. I would love to see Stefan having a storyline besides cleaning up all the messes and comforting Elena. Klaus couldn't compell Damon because Damon is on vervain. My big fear for next week is Please don't kill Katherine. I love her so much and she is so much fun to watch, but I can also see that it is quite hard for Nina and we probably we'll the the original Petrova next season.
Interesting idea that there might be a magical loophole because Tyler wasn't all the way turned. And I'm so glad that you brought up Katherine being stuck in the apartment! I meant to discuss that in the recap, because it was my first reaction when Klaus didn't die, but I totally forgot! I wonder how they're going to have her get out of that one. We can't have a whole season of Katherine stuck in the apartment. Maybe if Alaric permanently moved out, and someone else took the apartment, the invitation rules could overpower the compulsion.
ROTFL, the Originals are bad at hide and seek!! Then again, we also know Damon is pretty bad at hiding things. I think even Klaus could find Elena hidden in a soapdish.
"Klaus couldn’t compell Damon because Damon is on vervain." Ah, yes. This is where that little detail pays off, I guess. Good call.
The rules about being invited in have always somewhat confused me. The Salvatore house for example ... did Stefan and Damon get invited in by the previous owner? Did they buy it when no one was living there so that allowed them to enter? Maybe they had it built and owned it from the beginning? If they were invited in by the original owner then it seems that all invitations are revoked once the house changes owners since Elena needed to invite them in. That may have been the most confusing thing I've ever written lol. Either way, I'm interested in how they handle Katherine being stuck there. If Elijah stuck around I wonder if he would have been able to compel her to leave, against Klaus' compulsion. I also wonder if Alaric giving the apartment to someone else would just kill Katherine. It didn't seem all too comfortable for Elijah when he was in the Salvatore house without being invited in, so what if that happened to Katherine but the compulsion kept her there? So many questions lol.
Definitely an interesting point. Klaus, Elijah and Katherine seem to have had a fair number of witches helping them out ... Elijah described witches as "servants of nature", they're not exactly supposed to be Team Vampire, yet that seems to be their default setting on the show so far lol.
OMG, you know what the Salvatores should have done? First, build a huge soap dish and put it in Steven's Quarry; then fill it with liquid vervain, pool floaties, Elena, and all the humans and werewolves they know; then told Klaus, "FIND THAT!" Moonlit pool party in a giant soap dish, while Klaus and Greta cry. Or, you know, they could have found a bunch of other witches to help Bonnie, and finished off the wannabe werepire with MAGIC. Ad in the newspaper: "Calling all witches who think vampires are annoying! You know what would be even worse? A vampire who is also a werewolf! Come to Mystic Falls by the next full moon to help us out, and we'll reward you with a free grimoire for your troubles. We have lots! Thanks, and please tell your witchy friends!"