Two major deaths! A German snuff film! The thrilling conclusion to the Edward Mordrake saga more than made up for last week's slow build.
Stefan started over, Kai is not what he seems, and Jeremy wrestled with Alaric. Just another day in Mystic Falls-adjacent.
The ghost of a literally two-faced rascal paid the Freak Show a visit this week and spooky times ensued! (Somebody sang a Lana Del Rey song.)
Esther finally made her intentions clear via some juicy flashbacks and a jump into a much better body. Also she is rude as h*ck, pardon my French.
The gang met down at the swimming hole for some Jell-O shots and puncture wounds! Meanwhile Bonnie and Damon's two-person purgatory suddenly became a three-way. "Welcome to Paradise" was just a good episode in general.
Angela Bassett is back! Michael Chiklis has arrived! Episode 2 did a bit more world-building while demonstrating just how messed up some of these people are.
Fathers, brothers, flashbacks, and feathered wigs! "Alive and Kicking" took us back in time to reveal that the Mikaelson family's dysfunction runs deep.
Bonnie and Damon were trapped in the '90s! Elena damaged her brain! Jeremy had more sex! "Yellow Ledbetter" was an all-time great episode of The Vampire Diaries.
Humanity's greatest achievement is back for a fourth season, and the "Monsters Among Us" was as terrifying as it was brilliant.
And just like that, a near-perfect episode reclaimed our hearts and minds like an immortal monster reclaiming a popular tourist destination.
It's several months later and everyone has forgotten about Damon and Bonnie! Or have they? They probably haven't. Anyway, hey what's up? How are you?
"Smoke and Mirrors" saw everyone racing to Mexico for a brawl they'd never forget! Death, carnage, and gun battles ensued, plus somebody turned into a dog!
A banshee screamed at Derek, Scott ALMOST got some action, and Argent got rescued by a fire hunk. Plus there was a man with three eyes!
More assassins closed in on Beacon Hills, but did the newly unmasked Benefactor help or hinder our heroes' survival?