The Vampire Diaries: Flapper Keeper (PHOTO RECAP)

The Vampire Diaries S03E20: "Do Not Go Gentle"


Let's be real, the Mystic Falls High School dance calendar has become one of the most trustworthy predictors of disaster since Nostradamus first said "Whoa I got a bad feeling about this, guys." The Decade Dance in particular has turned into an almost poignant exercise wherein all the town's teenagers get dolled up in earnest when they know FULL WELL the night will end in tears and bloodshed. Like, what is even going through their minds as they look through their vast theatrical wardrobes? "I guess I'll wear this top hat. And maybe college is overrated anyway. [Sadface.]" But then again this is Mystic Falls, where brutal murder has been so normalized that most surviving citizens are probably just plum looking forward to dying. "Just following in my parents' footsteps!"

"Do Not Go Gentle" was a good episode, but you knew that! It mostly served to set up the season's grand finale, and grand finales are what The Vampire Diaries does best. Like, duh. Saying this episode was good is like saying "She ordered a pizza really well." That's fine but STAY TUNED.

But I do have one quibble and it's that Esther sort of sucks? Hear me out. Okay, that was basically it. Does Esther suck, you guys? Maybe she doesn't, I don't know. I mean, the character is fine, and her story was fine when it first played out. But that's the problem: To me it played out already! But she keeps coming back! I guess the thing that bugs me about her the most is that her grimoire isn't even a book, it's just a napkin with the word "ANYTHING" scrawled on it. Because that's what she's able to do: Anything. She's invincible. She can create vampires from scratch. She can swap bodies like it ain't even a thing. She can possess (allegedly) powerful witches to do whatever. This show has taken pains to write out a supposedly strict set of rules the vampires must live by, but then some viking witch ghost strolls in and does tons of crazy powerful stuff without precedent. And her motives don't even make a ton of sense. Has she been preying on ring-wearing citizens of Mystic Falls this whole time, even when her children weren't living there? And if she can possess Bonnie to overtake Damon like that, why did she even need an Alaric vampire? Can't Esther just pick up the dang stake on her own?

So to me a lot of this endgame stuff just seems a bit random now, which is fine if we're going by dream logic. I like dream logic! I still remember last year when TVD was like, "Oh, that Sun & Moon curse we were yammering on about for half the season? That was sort of fake, forget about it." Cool, thanks! Look, it's all good, really. I'm not Joyce Carol Oates over here trying to pretend I have high standards in writing. Ultimately this episode was super entertaining and its sense of dread was palpable. Bad times are coming for our characters, and it doesn't really matter what the threat is.

Had enough rambling yet? (I can't actually hear you because this is a written piece and you're probably at a computer, but I'm just going to assume you nodded or gave a thumbs-up.) Let's talk about this episode!

So first off, Klaus was sick of charcoals and had moved onto mixed media. What exactly this medium was I'm not sure. Shoe polish on drywall?

The Rebekah/Esther arrived with a fake stake and they threw it in the fire together. She'd apparently been out all night chillin' with Evil Alaric or something. Because seriously didn't they go to the cave the night before? Anyway, that's when Klaus informed his sister-mother that it was time to bounce.

Luckily Esther knew JUST the way to get him to stay another night. Like most everyone else alive, Klaus was a sucker for some Caroline.

Elsewhere, Evil Alaric was using up tons of daytime minutes trying to get Damon off his back.

Yeah, it was weird. It made me laugh that it would be reasonable to allow a known split-personality murderer to roam free in the area. That definitely keeps everybody safe!

But it turned out Evil Alaric was all up in Klaus's mansion, chillin' in the coffin parlor. Klaus must've run out to 7-11 or something because Rebekah/Esther and Evil Alaric were just freely discussing their plans at normal volume. (P.S. didn't those coffins look so clean and inviting? I honestly wouldn't mind curling up in one for an afternoon.)

Anyway, Esther wanted her real body back. Why, you ask? Wouldn't remaining undercover be the better plan? I don't know. She probably needed her old body back in order to do mega magic. Except then at the end of the episode her ghost was plenty magical? Honestly, most of the witchcraft in this show just confused me. Anyway, this happened:

Okay, so Esther was back to being Esther. That's definitely a bit more straightforward at least.

Back at the school, the kids had hung their elaborately painted backdrop and were now hanging Christmas lights and glittery stars, just like they had in the 1920s!

Meanwhile, Caroline took Elena aside for some unsolicited love triangle advice:

That's right, it's as though this season only had three episodes left to deal with its central love triangle! Because out of the blue, Caroline was now insisting that Elena give Stefan another chance by inviting him to the dance. And you know Elena, don't have to tell her twice to forgive a minimally apologetic mass murderer!

As suggested last episode, Stefan was more than ready to get back with Elena, so he practically lit up when she invited him to the school dance. Not as thrilled about this turn of events was a certain eaves-droppy older bro:

Meanwhile at the Salvatore crypt, Esther and Evil Alaric were getting down to business:

The first part of her plan involved melting down Alaric's ring so as to make the last remaining wooden stake re-usable. Which, if you think about it, is just a good example of Esther going green.

See that? That's the instrument with which she wants to stab each of her children to death! Or, more specifically, she wants a vampire version of Alaric to do it. Because, I guess, if he turns into a vampire his evil personal will take over permanently. According to her. Because fine. Esther's the boss, not me.

Elena and Stefan both looked quite dapper, and it was just like olden times! In both senses. Costume-wise and romance-wise. (Aside: Elena looked real good, but I still think maybe Detective Katherine rocked the '20s garb better back in the day. Personal preference!)

No offense to Caroline, but maybe Rebekah might've done a better job at putting this room together. I mean, what am I even looking at here? A bunch of teenagers in feather boas throwing elbows around. The '20s!

Obviously Caroline looked awesome, but it was great when she immediately took Matt aside and warned him about getting too close to Elena. Elena's human friends tend to die!

Some may call this a tiny character moment, but I took it as foreshadowing. Be careful, Matt!

Meanwhile Elena was tearin' it up:

Fortunately she waited for a slow-dance to bring up the most awkward topic possible.

Stefan DID NOT want to know what happened in Denver. Which means he totally knew right? Why else would he have said that? I actually liked this moment because he finally admitted that it'll be a while before Elena could possibly come close to hurting him the way he'd hurt her. So yeah, Stefan was pretty cool about the whole thing. As he should be! If these two are gonna get back together, Elena's got A LOT of free f*ck-up tickets she'll get to redeem. He'll be like, "Did you dent my fender?" and she'll be like "Did you eat a family in Tennessee? That's what I thought."

Anyway, because this was a high school dance, any old grown man could walk in off the street and attend. So Damon showed up with some bad news about Alaric: He was gonna have to die.

But Jeremy was NOT okay with that plan. To his credit he was still pretty out of the loop, but still.

Then Esther showed up at the front of the high school and whisked Elena away.

But not before exacting one of the more hilarious boundary spells this show's ever seen:

Haha, did Esther arrive in a DUMP TRUCK? Did she seriously dump a trail of salt around the entirety of the high school? And nobody noticed? That was one clever witch. Anyway, all vampires were now locked in.

Meanwhile in Alaric's classroom Bonnie and Jamie were enjoying some quality time.

Unfortunately for Bonnie, the vampires were in trouble so she would be expected to drop everything and help them at all costs! Ugh, back to the grindstone for our resident deus ex machina.

Back at the Salvatore mausoleum, Esther and Evil Alaric laid out their whole plan for Elena.

Esther wanted to turn Alaric into a vampire to match the strength of the Originals. Even though he'd be a NEW vampire. He'd still be as strong as them. Because why? Because doppelganger blood. What? No idea. Oh, and for kicks Esther elaborated that the ring had turned Alaric evil because every time he died she threw a surprise party for him in the afterlife and I guess talked him into developing a split personality. If you're curious about whether she'd done the same thing for Samantha Gilbert, stay curious because that was never explained. BUT Esther did admit to turning her husband Mikael into a bloodthirsty vampire-hunter, so there's that. Honestly, the more she opened her mouth the more I got confused.

Then Klaus arrived at the high school, apparently after not having seen his sister all day nor noticing the enormous ring of salt around the campus. Why should he worry about those things when he had an unrequited love to pursue?

Tyler had been acting sort of jackassy all night (might've just been the hat) and he had to swallow his jealousy over Klaus by pretending to still be sired. So then Caroline HAD to dance with Klaus and he pitched his best offer right up front:

We could tell Caroline was definitely listening to his eloquent plea to become his cultural protege, but at the last second huffed incredulously.

So then he got all butt hurt, told her that someday she'd realize she was too good for Mystic Falls, and THEN she'd be sorry. Or something. Klaus was definitely acting a jerk but I felt real bad for him. Sometimes even the alpha male doesn't get his way.

That's when he finally noticed the salt ring.

So yeah. Now Klaus was involved and it wasn't long before he was hassling Bonnie to break the boundary spell also.

Although, and this might be my screengrab-damaged brain speaking, but did it seem like Klaus totally lit up when Jeremy offered to help?

'Sup Klaremy?

Back at the Salvatore Badtimes Bounce House, the conversion ceremony was underway:

And just like that, Alaric's conversion to vampire had begun!

Aside: Did you guys like the original song that this gentleman wrote?

If there's one thing we can all agree on, The Vampire Diaries needs more R&B; slow jams called "Love Triangle." Great job, Backwards James!

Back in the gymnasium, Tyler was stressin' about the fact that everybody wanted to kill Klaus even though it would probably kill him also (bloodline drama). Caroline did her best to cheer him up, but he was being real mopey about it.

Wuh-oh. This relationship has been real front-and-center these past few episodes. That can't bode well for the future, right?

So then a couple of mortals came at a one thousand-year-old witch with sporting equipment.

And get this: She STILL had the upper hand! She tried to make Jeremy and Matt shoot each other!

Phew! Luckily Original Recipe Alaric woke up and stabbed Esther so bad.

Just so we're clear, THIS type of murder was cool. So this was definitely the Good Alaric. Not the Evil one who sought to murder other murderers. (Someone keepin' a flowchart, btw?)

Back at the salt line, Klaus was caught up in a romantic mood evidently brought on by nostalgia for the 1920s. He even referred to Stefan as a bedfellow! You know, I'm starting to suspect that the subtext of their relationship is just plain old text now. Pretty sure they shirtless-hugged at least once back in the '20s.

Oh, Klaus. At least he tries, you know? Hang in there, kitten.

But then it was time for tearful goodbyes. Deciding that he would definitely NOT complete the transition into evil vampire and bringer of nightmares, Alaric started getting closure from Jeremy and Elena. Elena was especially guilt-ridden over all that had happened.

Then in the real gut-puncher of the episode, Alaric walked outside to see all his friends standing in teary-eyed tableau.

It was sad! All I ever want on ensemble dramas is for all the characters to stand in tableau, united for some emotional purpose. This scene was tableau porno basically. All the greats just assemblin' to say goodbye to their history teacher from thirty feet away.

Do you think he ever asked why they were all in costume? Probably he was just distracted.

At some point someone dragged Esther's dead body back to Klaus's house where he gingerly placed her back in a coffin for some reason. (Try a woodchipper next time?) Despite opting to preserve her body, Klaus was still NOT happy with his mum.

He shouted at her corpse a ton, threatening to build an army to protect himself. I definitely expected someone to jump out and stab him at that very moment, but WHEW! Didn't happen.

So then Bonnie and Jamie went somewhere truly fantastical.

Yeah. Bonnie was emotional about, I guess, Alaric? But let's be real, her three minutes of screentime in this episode didn't necessarily deserve the emotional pay-off it was now getting. Unless this was just a cumulative effect type thing. Either way, her sadness was clearly appealing enough for Jamie to want to stay the night.

Matt and Jeremy decided to remember Alaric the best way they saw fit:

Aw, at least they got each other, you know? (Question: Jett or Maremy?)

Back at high school (man these kids were really all over town tonight, weren't they?), Stefan decided to make a move on Elena by, I guess, bragging about how healed he was now.

It was especially cool how he took advantage of Elena's lowest emotional moment to swoop in and be the hero again.

Welcome back, Normal Stefan! Honestly you guys, I'm happy for them, but I could not be more bored by this love triangle. Sorry. Sue me in a court of law if you must, but it's getting to the point where my eyes just glaze over every time Elena so much as looks at a Salvatore.

This was nice: Damon and Alaric had a funny, touching, and slightly devastating final scene together. Laughin' and cryin' and apologizin' and drinking tons of brown liquid together.

Okay, technically he'd only fallen asleep here... Which, hey brilliant plan, Dr. Fell! Give sleeping pills to a man whose alter ego emerges whenever he sleeps? What could go wrong?? (Either way, this was definitely the end for Original Recipe Alaric. Bye, you handsome weirdo!)

Back at Bonnie's HOUSE (I know, I'm still getting over it too!) her slumber was interrupted by a VERY persistent viking witch ghost.

Then there was this completely useless "it was only a nightmare" fakeout. Why did they even do that? Only minutes later Bonnie was definitely possessed and on a mission:

AND BAM! Endgame time.

So Universal Soldier Alaric is now awake and on the move, and he'll be stabbin' EVERYBODY! Fingers crossed that they go full Jason Voorhees with this thing, because man, this guy is scary looking!

All in all, an emotional and tense episode. I will not pretend to understand all the witch stuff, but that could just be a personal problem on my part. Or maybe Esther's storyline was written quickly in a notebook during a very bumpy commute? Either way, I am able to look past the particulars and enjoy "Do Not Go Gentle" for what it was: Entertaining! Can't wait for next week when the pizza party REALLY starts.

BYE!

 

QUESTIONS:

... Who WON'T survive Alaric's rampage?

... Which romance is circling the drain?

... Foxiest flapper: Elena, Caroline, or Katherine?

... No seriously, where is Jeremy's dog?

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I personally think Bonnie was the sexiest flapper.
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For you, Price..since we all know Alaric's real alter ego is a girl

http://tinypic.com/r/2aj55js/6
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1) I'll let them surprise me. They always do. Well, not really, but we'll see.

2) Definitely Meredith and Alaric, probably Caroline and Tyler, but only because of the latter's stupidity and stubbornness, and God, hopefully Elena will become a nun. That eliminates like three possible relationships, right? I don't really care if Bonnie/Jamie break up, I don't feel it.

3) I'm going with Katherine (loved the hair!), followed by Elena and then Caroline. I'm sure that does not do Caroline credit, but I didn't really like her hair-do, or her dress, so.. She's still the greatest person, er, vampire.

4) I KNOW RIGHT? Did they dump him somewhere alongside the highway? That's just terrible. You know what, I'm betting they just killed him in broad daylight and buried him in a very shallow grave.

I have one huge remark, it relates to 2): I want Elena to be like asexual from now on. Just, a nun, please, for a little while. Because I cannot stand that 'triangle' anymore. I liked the tension between her and Damon in the previous episode well enough (j/k, I squealed and giggled like a overenthused fangirl), but it didn't tip the balance. It didn't tip a thing. And I think that was a mistake. I mean, what kind of a person is Elena? I have always defended her behaviour towards the two brothers, but in 3x19 she must have realized she has some feelings for Damon, but instead she pretends like nothing happens and then runs back to her ex, who is of course humbled by his own mass-murder-conduct. Aargh, what's wrong with this girl? The problem is, that she THINKS that Damon could never be good for her, and therefore he ISN'T. So she just acts as if liking him is more improbable than Klaus and Caroline hooking up. I mean, that's my point: people all are for Klaus/Caroline/Tyler, which is completely ridiculous, yet awesome. I love the dynamics between Klaus and Caroline, because she challenges him, but I would be disappointed in Caroline if she would get romantically involved with him right now, even though Tyler's a douchebag, because Klaus is worse than Damon and Stefan combined. Times a hundred. There is never any question when it comes to Damon/Elena/Stefan, because Elena still thinks Stefan is a saint and Damon a devil, and she's quite self-righteous about that too. The writers should seriously consider to shake things up, maybe Damon/ Elena, and Stefan sabotaging (in a scheme with Katherine, whatever) , idk, just SOMETHING. Because right now, they are putting me to sleep. And I want to punch someone.
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Poor Rebekah never gets to go to the dance - really, for such a brilliant character, it would be nice if the writers gave her a bit of a break, you know?



I also would like to know what happened to Jeremy's dog, and whomever he was living with in Colorado. How did they explain him leaving? For that matter, how did they explain why he was moving there?



Did the adults left in town (namely Mayor Lockwood and Sheriff Forbes) just decide to give up and let their kids turn Mystic Falls into a supernatural Lord of the Flies reenactment?

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Seriously! All the poor lass wants to do is go to a GD high school dance, and every time she gets staked instead.
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If you ever get a chance to ground a witch, a vampire or a werewolf from their cell phone, don't. If I were the parents, I wouldn't get in the middle of this shit, either.



I lose track, does the mayor even know her son died in addition to being a werewolf? Or does she think he was off in the mountains with the webelos?
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Am I the only one who thinks that Jaime is going to turn out evil?
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At this point they kind of need him to at least remain HUMAN, evil or no... with alaric gone we're down to, what, Jeremy, Matt and the sheriff? Oh and Meredith. Like she counts, whatever.
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I used to think that but now I don't because they have plenty of characters doing that, they don't need another one ya know?
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Also, forgot to mention. "Be Still" by the Fray when Jeremy says goodbye to Alaric? Brilliant.
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Surely they wouldn't give Bonnie a house if they were about to kill her off, right? ...I'm still holding out for a Dark Bonnie plotline (though if that doesn't happen, then I wouldn't care whether she survived).



I also think the season final may have a dopelganger switch up like season 1 did, though whether it is with Katherine or the original one (Tatia?) I'm not sure.



Quick thought: if killing any of the Originals kills off their whole blood line, is it possible that killing a dopelganger (whose blood made them) could kill off ALL vampires? Just a thought...
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May I say Caroline just dropped on my rank? She was the awesomest until going a little 'Elena' with Tyler/Klaus and rooting for Stefan! I dislike her in this episode... yes I said it!



1. Tyler.

2. Honestly im tired of romance in TVD, Elena/Stefan/Damon sucks the more. Caroline/Tyler/Klaus sucks the second and any Bonnie romance sucks the third. Can they just be monsters and humans kicking each others butts?

3. KATHERINE! Come on! No discussion there!

4. Kol ate it!

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I just have to say that I LOVE these photo recaps. I never comment and I rarely read show recaps, but these are literally almost better than the show... good work! Hopefully they're paying you well...
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Yes, Esther sucks. So let me get this straight, it turns out witches aren't just black women continually doing the bidding of a bunch of white male vamps, they're all literally slaves to an old white woman, to the point that if she wants she can just remote control them from the great beyond? As disturbing as the whole witch racial issue has been, this was just the worst. "Your sisters need you." BS, Esther, you need her, and nice pretense that Bonnie had any choice about helping you fix your own screw up that the original Bennett witch told you was a terrible idea.



sorry, this made me really angry. Thanks, Price, for making me all sensitive to this creepy issue, BTW. Fun sucker.



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Great Episode!



The Foxiest Flapper was definitely Caroline, then Bonnie, then Elena



Jeremy's dog was brought to Klaus for a new type of Hybrid Army
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Its seriously funny when Alaric is now an evil vampire set to destroy all vamps as we know it, Elena is being slut-like by playing with both bros and Caroline is dealing with an impossible love and all you think about is where Jeremy's dog is!! -----it's probably with the people he satyed with in Denver!! :P
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Another amazing recap. It is annoying how anything goes when it comes to Esther's magic. You think she could of killed her kids by now. Answers. 1.) Kol, Bonnie (although I don't hate her like everybody else does), her beau (Jaime?), Alaric and unsuspecting citizens. 2.) I'm hoping the whole Caroline/Klaus pairing is circling the drain. Team Tyler. Look, I know she deserves better, but she can see the whole world on her own, or with Tyler. 3. As much as I love Caroline, I have to choose Katherine. 4.) Oh, Jeremy's dog. 5). I think the reason Caroline endorsed Stephan is because he was the one who helped her through her whole vampire transition when Damon wanted to kill her. Plus, he hasn't taken advantage of her like Damon has. Although, that was kind of douchey for Stephan to make that final moment about him.
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... Who WON'T survive Alaric's rampage?

Well someone has to die, so I wouldn't be overly sad if it was Bonnie, Jamie, Jeremy or Tyler.



... Which romance is circling the drain?

Well I think Alaric and Meredith have no hope....!?



... Foxiest flapper: Elena, Caroline, or Katherine?

Caroline of course!



... No seriously, where is Jeremy's dog?

We will never know!!
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Haha yeah probably Alaric and Meredith will have to break up now.
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Evil vampire Alaric = awesome.
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So we've got two episodes left. Seems like time for some predictions.



Certain to die:

Alaric

Jamie

Kol

Meredith Fell



Half of these will die:

Klaus

Tyler

Matt

Bonnie

Jeremy



At most one of these will die:

Rebekah

Elijah

Sheriff Forbes

Mayor Lockwood

Abby

Caroline

Elena
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Oddly enough. I wouldn't be surprised if you hit it on the nail right there.
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How do I keep forgetting Kol? It's seriously a skill. I hope Jamie doesn't die, he seems genuinely sweet. And those eyes! Anyway if they kill Matt off they'll need a human.



If Jeremy dies we might as well just kill Elena too, that's just too cruel.
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and here i was asking wtf is jamie :-))
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Hahahaha I see what you did there ;)
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. Who WON'T survive Alaric's rampage?

Hopefully Bonnie or Jeremy, but if it has to be a vampire, I am thinking Tyler



... Which romance is circling the drain?

All of them.



... Foxiest flapper: Elena, Caroline, or Katherine?

Caroline

... No seriously, where is Jeremy's dog?

Probably dead.
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OMG this is a different message. Is this what we'll be seeing in the upcoming weeks?
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Hahah
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The witchcraft in this episode annoyed me too. One of the promblems with a show like this is the rules they impose on themselves, usually because they inevitably push them to the limit during seasons one and two, which leaves them trapped inside a selfmade coffin with a magic lock! Look at Supernatural - "Leviathans"... WTF?!?!!?



Anyway, it was a tense episode and it was sad to say goodbye to Alaric, but he did become a bit superfluous during this season so at least they are giving him a meaty send-off.



And yes, the "love triangle" is getting so very boring. Just have the indecisive slapper pick one already. Personally I'm looking forward to Rebekah and Matt hooking up next season. Yeah, seriously! (Hot) Ancient evil vampire with naive teen-like sensibilities (for some reason?) meets the only normal human left in Mystick Falls that doesn't choke on sand every day. It's a love story for the ages. I've come a long way since the last season finale when I was hoping for Matt and Bonnie to kick-it - now I only want Bonnie to kick-it. Having said that I could live with her and her new beau running away together, NEVER to be seen again, but that's just because of all the crap she's gone through this season - including being used by her "friends" on an almost daily basis.



Anyway, to answer your questions...

...Possibly Bonnie and her Beau (although, see above). Obviously the other brother (Kol is it?) will get [sproink]ed! I don't know, as long as Rebekah and Caroline live. Quite frankly, if those two go I'll stop watching, especially now that it seems as though Katherine isn't coming back. (See below for a better answer.)

...I suspect Tyler might be a casualty (possibly saving Carolines life) so I'll say them two. Also, I think the writers will be predictable and go with Elena & Stefan sitting in a tree, so you can add Elena & Damon to the list. Which gives me an idea - how about Caroline and Damon for next season?!?!?

...Rebekah! Seriously Price, that "girl" has gone through so much this season, being stabbed by everyone she trusts for even a heartbeat, and you can't remember to add her to the list? Shame on you.

...Meh! Maybe Cole ate it?



OK, my prediction. Evil Alaric will go on rampage against everyone, the good, the bad and the head-in-the-sand. I hope there is a full blown massacre - Kol & Klaus, Bonnie and her beau, Tyler, the "Sheriff", for a second there I actually considered Stefan but no not him, maybe Dr. One-Tree-Hill-Psycho-Nanny and the "Mayor" can all be casualties of the Universal Soldier Alaric war. (Are the "Mayor" and the "Sheriff" the only parents left alive? Seriously, someone please answer that.) This could free up plenty of space for new characters, including some form of real law enforcement, which will hopefully force the secrets back underground and re-introduce an us verses them mentality, especially if the "law enforcement" secretly know what's going on.



Well, great re-cap Price (as ever). It's good to be back!
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Ooh, you got me all excited for a complete house cleaning. I agree that this show needs Caroline and Rebekah, but if there was a totally out of this world massacre, I'd be pretty entertained by that. Shocked and sad, but I'd respect it.
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I did! It's a fantastic web page. I was JUST about to sign up but then someone warned me it was a scam.. That CAN'T be true, can it? I thought we were FRIENDS! :( lol
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Was a good episode. Loved Damon and Alaric's final scenes together. I was fast forwarding past every time Elena and Stefan were together so I don't know what happened with them. I'm so tired of them, I can't see straight. - I'm not sure who won't survive, but since Caroline and Tyler are being broadcasted so much, maybe Taylor gets killed by the finale. It will depend on if they bring back the rest of the originals. I can't see Klaus getting killed.
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LOL that's awesome. Trust me, I wanted to FF those parts too but didn't want to miss anything. Plus, Stefan makes really stupid faces when he's trying to come off as nice and sincere. He does this scrunch face thing almost like Renee Zellweger hahaha. What a joker
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Feel free to disagree but I loved this episode and I'm not too much of a man to admit those last scenes with Alaric got me all teary eyed all in all a great episode can't wait for next week... By the congrats to Price for once again making me do a spit take with his "Original Recipe Alaric" but it forces me to ask a question does that make the other Alaric "Extra Crispy"???
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He seemed to be slathered in secret sauce during that last scene.
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"I ain't no squeeze it!" ROFL! Loved that...doesn't help that she totally had a "Whatcha talkin bout Willis?" look on her face too.

-Umm it's MF... so everyone. After he straight masscres the top shelf at the Grille...I'm thinking Alaric won't survive himself, and Matt's still hanging in there... I totally lost that dead pool. Bonnie? No...they need a plot device. Jaime. Yeah, Cuz why else would they show that guy.

-All of them?! At least they should be. Elena's romances with anyone don't just circle the drain,,..they're in the septic tank. That girl is toxic.

-Katherine. Definitely Katherine. I loved that short bob she rocked and she just owned it.

-Seriously Kol totally ate it.





So agree about Esther. WTF? Why won't they stake this b..ahem....Witch?!! She isn't the least bit appealing and hasn't been since she came. I don't understand her thought process. I resent the fact that she has all this inexplicable power over so many people.Why can't she just die?! When she popped up again...because she has more lives than a black cat on life support...I almost staked my tv my damn self! Hades and Zeus when I see her I just get confused. And when she speaks I think about all the adults on Charlie Brown. So...you created vampires...got pissed that they were an abomination, made your husband a vampire vampire slayer to make up for your misdeeds.That didn't pan out...so now you've turned a vampire slayer into an original vampire vampire slayer in hopes that he slays all the vampire originals which will then kill off all the vampires in general and make the supernatural world all unbalanced even though your're an original undead dead witch whose sole purpose is the balance out the Earth and the supernatural world...which was why you created vampires to begin with because something had to conterbalance the werewolves?! What?! I love Klaus but if they can have Bonnie summon Freud from the other side so that he can have a little chat about his mum it'd be really helpful.Stop preserving her and let her die.



Stelena had some truly great moments. I will say the random Caroline shipping thing was annoying. She still hasn't had her own talk with Stefan...I know when I push my friends in the direction of homicidal maniacs with addictive personalities...it's usually because I'm still holding a grudge from them "borrowing" my IPod and "forgetting" to give it back. It continues to be this glaring overlook of some of Stefan's recent misdeeds that has me questioning the nature of friendships. I'd have loved a simple "Hey Elena, remember when he drove you a million mph in his teeny tiny car on the bridge that your parents died on and threatened to turn you into a vampire?! It was last week...Or " hey Elena...remember that time he massacred co-eds across the dixie line with Klaus his special friend?!" I just don't get pushing her in the direction of either brother...let her figure it out herself. And I don't get her being so forgiving and Elena is just gah. She didn't annoy me that much this episode but it wasn't until she appeared on screen and I distracted myself from her overhwelming sense of denseness by filing my nails that I realized...I wish Elena Gilbert was more like Liz Parker. Liz had goals and a sense of purpose outside of her romantic entaglements in Roswell.



So Bonnie actually has a house! Good to know!



So Matt works, lives, and presumably owns the grille? I love how the underage kid has access to all the liquor and it truly was a fitting way of honoring Alaric. Jeremy sat in Alaric's stool and everything. He was the Norm of the Grille good ole' Ric...he should have his face plastered up above the bar. I was totally feeling the bro mance (extra emphasis on the mance) vibes between those two. This show has more ships than a Navy yard..and I find myself hopping aboard all of them just for kicks. It's head canon now that Klaus and Stefan were engaging in drunken acts of debauchery in the twenties. There's totally a comment to be made about Stefan's own wickery stick and the fact that no one seems to want to let him go (Katherine, Elena, Rebekah, Klaus)...but that seems horribly indecent and lewd of me to imply or state such a thing so I won't. LOL! Klaus and Stefan, Caroline and Klaus, Tyler and Klaus, Jeremy and Matt, Elena and Stefan, Elena and Alaric, Damon and Alaric...jeremy and that guy that's kinda like her brother...there were just lots of moments.



Loved the gang giving Alaric a farewell...it was like a promo for the show,a bunch of pretty people dressed in 20's garb and/or leather and staring all sultry eyed towards the camera, and standing in awkward poses while some really sad and really cool music plays in the background. The room got all dusty all of a sudden. If I were capable of crying I would have totally squeezed out a tear Demi Moore style. But that scene with Damon and Alaric killed me. I curled up in the fetal position and rocked back and forth and chugged my root beer like I was Alcoholaric chugging down bourbon. It was a great moment that stayed true to Damon and Alaric's twisted friendship...very poignant scene that had me thinking of just how far these folks have come. Then Bonnie got cockblocked for the umpteenth time this episode, and got possessed for two glorious minutes, and we got to see Matt Davis do the kind of hot, kind of scary, reallly alluring and wickedly awesome dark and evil face and I was kind of happy and kind of sad and kind of intrigued. I will still complain that death has to mean more on this show. People die and come back to life again too many times, and they get possessed too easily and ugh. Alaric is dead but he isn't dead and I'm sad but then I'm not because he's still kind of there but he isn't...and now the kids will never know anything about history or have someone to forge their report cards and...I don't even know what to feel anymore. It emotionally manipulates me in the best and worst of ways....
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I agree on all fronts. I hate that anyone is pushing Elena to be with Stefan like nothing ever happened, it just completely discredits the whole evil Stefan storyline which by the way I loved. One thing I noticed in this episode, and maybe its just me, but Elena seemed very young. Backs up the theory some have that Stefan brings out the young, stars in your eyes, naive girl in her. You would have to be pretty damn naive to forget everything awful that he did and take him to a high school dance and googly eye him all night. UGH.

The Damon/Alaric scene was one of my favorite scenes ever on this show, bromances are the best. I cried my little heart out.
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If Caroline HAD spoken to Stefan at all this season (and especially if she'd helped him through his issues), then her endorsement of him would have made sense. This just seemed out of character and rushed. Frankly, this whole episode felt rushed, like the writers ran out of time and didn't want to have to work hard during the last few weeks of school.
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Glad we agree on this.
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PRICE!!! *hugs* Sorry was that innappropriate?! That may have been inappropriate...I so missed reading your comments though.



I agree...it bugged me for many reasons and that was definitely one of them. As far as we've seen Caroline and Stefan barely shared the screen together let alone had one of those sweet heart to hearts that they used to have on occasion so Caroline going all pep squad for Stefan had me confused and annoyed. It was indeed rushed.
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I'm kinda bummed about Alaric, i really really liked him!
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1. Hopefully Bonnie. I can't stand her.

2. Hopefully Forwood. I'm here for Klaroline.

3. They all looked great. Out of those three, Katherine. However, Rebekah looked better than all of them.

4. Anywhere but Mystic Falls is probably the best for the dog.
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Stefan chose the wrong moment to point out his soul change to Elena. Elena was really hurting, feeling lost, alone, and realizing that she definitely just lost someone else who really cares for her. Stefan should have let her have that moment to really be angry since she never really gets to show that side of her personality. She felt like it was all her fault and in some ways it really is, but there's nothing she can about it (except become a vampire, duh).
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Well said.
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I think he just pulled an Elena is all. I agree. It was the most inopportune time but I guess in MF there is never a good time for anything.
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Haha he DID pull an Elena, you're right.
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People should wake up in the morning and bare their souls immediately. Otherwise you will be interrupting an inopportune moment for sure.
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Pretty much...but the moment they crack open their eyelids crazy stuff happens so even then...
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I love how "pulled an Elena" is even a thing.
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"It was especially cool how he took advantage of Elena's lowest emotional moment to swoop in and be the hero again."



Are you joking me? i don't understand why you hate Stefan so much. In that scene, he was showing his support for Elena, he was trying to be there for her. He was just showing her that it was okay to be upset. He isn't being selfish at all, he's letting Elena figure things out. and he wasn't using her being emotionally unstable to try to gain himself some brownie points, he was just being there for her.



You are hilarious and all, but i don't really want to read your reviews anymore if you're just going to keep bashing Stefan.

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He interrupted Elena's grieving process (which apparently involves hiding weaponry) to make this big show of how everything in her life is cool because she has HIM. Not her friends or brother, but HIM. The same guy who made her life a living hell earlier in the year. So yeah, Stefan was acting like a bit of a selfish dick in that particular scene. That's my interpretation though. All of the characters have good moments and bad moments. I thought this was a hypocritical moment for Stefan. If you've been reading these for a while, then you probably know this isn't a big shipper column. It's anti-shipper if anything. I just want things to make sense or be emotionally compelling. This current Stefan/Elena thing is neither.
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Neither is Delena.
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Well, Delena sucks, because Stelena sucks.
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Now, maybe I've been working too hard, but I feel like with rigorous research, we would discover a confounding variable. Oh, right! Elena sucks!
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Agreed!
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These recaps are laced in sarcasm and wit...everyone gets made fun of. It's what makes them so funny. The fun of it is in the fact that he points out and makes fun of the fallacies of the show. I didn't read it as him hating Stefan at all...he was making fun of Stefan the way he often does with Elena and Bonnie and pretty much any other character he can muster up funny material on. So is the nature of the recaps. I personally don't feel it's grounds for you to stop reading them...if you want to do that, that's your choice...but I don't think it's fair to point out bashing of a singular character that your fond of...w/o acknowledging that the entire recap itself tends to revolve around him making fun of the show and it's characters in good fun.
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I am a hardcore Stefan fan. My obsession with him knows no bounds. I would happily kill off most characters if it would make Stefan happy.



Having said that, if you're going to stop reading because Stefan got a little hate, this might actually be the wrong place for you. ALL the characters need bashing here and there because they are ridiculous. And flawed, which is why we love them. I can understand you not agreeing, because I thought that moment was actually pretty beautiful and was happy to see the return of caring, loving Stefan instead of him constantly being in pain, but one dissenting comment is NOT equal to hating a character.



You had a great point there, but thumbs down for making it so personal. It's okay to disagree without declaring war on a persons reviews.

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Yes- but he also makes several other comments. Look back through his reviews and you will see.
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It's not enough to ship a character or read a review. You have to have the right spirit for everything. "I don't want to read reviews which tease Stefan" makes you sound childish. Price's reviews are full of affection and warmth for EVERY character, he takes a LOT of care to needle them gently, no one is sacred and no one is hated, and if you can't see that, then it's your problem, not the review. You have to be able to tell "malicious" from "affectionate". Otherwise Price's stuff is not for you.
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Oh and another thing - This has been bugging me for a while: I thought that the originals were unable to touch the white oak, as it would cause them pain?
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Yeah, what Montana_Katana said is spot-on.
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They couldn't touch the pretty purple flowers (vervain, basically) that grew under the tree and "grew from it's strength/purity" or some crap like that.
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has that been expressed in the series though? or just in the books? how ever if there were only one stake left, they didn't burn a white oak stake, or did i miss something?
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I might be remembering it wrong but I could have sworn that, in the episode where we see Esther turn Rebekah and the others into vampires, that the next day Rebekah was hurt both when she touched the flowers AND the White oak.
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The vervain had sprung from the base of the white oak.
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then it's me who haven't payed attention, my bad!
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Although I love all of your Vampire Diaries reviews, this one has got to be one of my favourites for the comment about Klaus not noticing the salt and Jeremy & Matt notorising their wills! If Bonnie's new squeeze has anything even remotely approaching a self-preservation instinct he'll dump Bonnie now and head for the hills whilst he still has a chance! I am curious to see how much longer Jeremy and Matt will last for. Jeremy does have the ability to communicate with the dead which makes him slightly more useful than Matt so my money is on Matt getting killed first! :-) I am soooo bored of the 'love triangle' At first I was rooting for 'Delena' then I realised - she doesn't deserve him! After all he has done for her, playing the 'bad guy' to make her feel better and she STILL is drawn to Stefan after he treats her badly. Damon should just say 'to hell with her' and find someone who will appreciate him.
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Haha exactly... Hasn't Jamie now seen enough to know he shouldn't get mixed up with these folks?
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Hope Bonnie dies, and maybe Tyler.

All of them!!! My guess is things will be shaken up in Mystic Falls and by the end of the season everyone will be with someone new!

Rebekah, in the flashback ep, but Caroline is a very close second. Of course. She is amazeballs after all.

I adopted his dog. Its lying at my feet right now, snoozing on my bed. (I wish, what a cute dog. Stupid prick left it behind all on its own :'( )

I didnt really find all the Esther stuff that hard to follow, if she really was the Original witch, as in one of the first, it makes sense that she could probably do loads of things other witches couldnt, and really if we are comparing her to Bonnie then clearly she's going to look like the rules dont apply to her, cos Bonnie is the saddest witch there ever was. She is even worse than "The Worst Witch" an exceedingly unlucky and very incompetant witch from a series of books I used to read when I was younger. So, yeah, she needs to go. I know she wont tho, cos then they wont have any witch, useless or otherwise. Sigh.
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I'm also hoping there's a big shakeup.
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I just thought of something, the way Esther aquired Elena's blood left me thinking that maybe she didn't have to kill Tatia to do the Original spell.
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I forgot about that lady. Do you think we'll meet her this season?
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I wish. Probably not until next season though.
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Hmm. That would explain how Tatia's lineage was able to continue.
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no wonder mystical cratues are drawn to mystic falls, the population is so stupid there they don't have to hide what they are, no one will notice either way. i'd definitley go there if i were a vamp!



i just realized something though, maybe alaric have to kill elena to get himself and the hybrids to die, mean the show essentially evolve around elena not being killed, and since she's been safe for a while the writes would want to awake that story line once again. or maybe not, dunno.



and price is SO right about the esther thing, and it bothers me cos' it's not the fist time they've done that. it's the easy eay out, and that's a big nono for me! otherwise, i liked the real drama of this episode with alaric 8almoste) dying, there's been way too much love dramas for a while now.
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Yeah at this point the citizens are so dumb it's basically a supernatural force unto itself.
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jamie whotf are you go away

alaric is so dead

ugh stelena

does anyone else think jeremy is going to end up being gay?

stefan is so lame the world doesnt need another edward cullen
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PS. I love Klaus & Caroline together, Tyler should get out of the way. I think a K&C relationship would be very intriguing to watch!
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I could go either way on it. It's great that she's holding out, I love seeing him put in the effort. But he's right, she's definitely bound for better things.
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*whispers*Klaroline
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- At least one original and his/her bloodline (Tyler?)

- They obviously gave us the big Delena kiss scene to please the fans and then let Elena move straight back to Stefan again. What I don't get is the fact that just a few months ago Stefan was ripping peoples heads off, and no-one has bothered to tell Elena about this, even though both Damon and Alaric witnessed it. I'd expect Alaric (since he is her guardian) to tell her the truth about her homicidal ex, right? Most things don't make a lot of sense in Mystic Falls.

- Foxiest flapper? Elena actually, she looked beautiful.

- Dog was just a prop.. now he's gone!
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Yeah the Stefan/Elena plotline seemed to have skipped a few steps. Seems real rushed to me.
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Hilarious recap. I got really upset when I thought Ric was dying, and then kind of annoyed that it was a fake-out, but then I realized that the real Ric might be gone, so I guess it's ok that they did it that way. RIP Ric!!! So sad.



I also thought Matt and/or Jeremy were gonna shoot eachother and die! That would have been crazy.



Completely agree that it seemed like Stefan was kind of using the moment to be the hero, but that's probably my bitter Delena shipper self talking...I guess he's just a really nice guy (again).
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Yeah as someone pointed out Stefan COULD HAVE said 'you have Jeremy, Bonnie, Caroline and ME' but he just said 'you have me.' Don't flatter yourself, Stefan.
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I took Elena saying she had no one in her life meaning more as a parental figure or guardian. I think she knows she has her friends and family but everyone always gets hurt around her. I think the Stefan moment was just suppose to be a sweet moment shared between two people who once were in love with each other. I know te series has strayed very far from the books and everybody loves Damon, but Stefan is suppose to be her soulmate.
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1. Alaric? Bonnie? Bonnie's friends? Please, let it be Bonnie...

2. Could they all take a break? At this point I need a break!!!!

3. Katherine.

4. Hopefully, far far away before it becomes a burger...
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Haha @2
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Is everyone too busy with finals or what? Seems kinda dead over here compared to last week haha
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Ugh, finals. Also impending sadness +/or minor fangirl depression related to Alcoholaric's death.

Maybe ppl exhausted themselves with the Comments Section that Never Ends (OMG, sounds like a Lambchop song) from a few weeks ago?
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LOL lambchops. that show sucked btw. but yeah you're probably right. we die-hards must maintain things around here then
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Can't speak for anyone else, but I'm just exhausted. I know I'll regret this in a few weeks but I just want all the TV shows to end already so I can read books and only watch one or two things a week. AKA Fangirling is just so hard lol
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I'm with you, actually. Is it summer yet??
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haha you are the best fangirl. Certainly one of the most hardworking.
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Blasphemy!!! My DVR wouldn't be able to handle that! Tv addiction is a biotch.
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DVR? whoa.. I don't even watch anything on an actual TV anymore. I can't remember the last time I watched one of my shows' NEW episodes while it aired for the first time.. I think the last time was the Chuck season 3 finale. I have the season pass for TVD on iTunes :) (yes that's right I paid real MONEY lol, piracy sucks)
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I feel you. I'm behind on a number of other shows, and I'll use this summer to catch up.
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The mountain of shows I intend to get through probably means i'll spend all of summer indoors. And I'm okay with this.
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same here actually. also to check out some new shows people have been ranting about such as Parks & Rec.
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We'll miss you while we're... umm yeah, I'm gonna play some video games till True Blood comes on.
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LOL thanks? True Blood and Teen Wolf will be my only summer shows, and neither of them require the kind of obsessive dedication I have with TVD.
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Dunno, had my final last week, but it does seem kind of slow.
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Is that why the ratings are down? I'm not in the US so I don't know if the finals affect TV ratings? Because TVD, TSC, SPN are all doing rather poorly in the ratings, most remarkably TVD and TSC, going by tvbythenumbers.com.
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Probably.. Although I've always been very skeptical of their "ratings" and how they even get them in the first place. As far as I know it's all hypothetical based on "test audiences" or something like that.. In other words, it's total BS? lol
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and I HATE Esther!!!
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I dont want to answer question number one, cuz I want none of em to die :(!

Ahhh the Damon/Elena thing is so close to gon down the drain but lets see what this show has got for us.

Flapper: Katherine!!

Maybe Kol had compelled him the dog and uncompelled it when he and Jeremy broke up (Karemy?)
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I thought this episode was very good and very sad but the last minute nearly ruined it for me. I just feel like they should have let Alaric die and now he's this Jason Voorhees vampire murdering robot thing. I get that TVD is all about plot momentum and all, but I feel like the writers totally sacrificed that sad and devastating scene with Alaric and everyone saying goodbye just for the sake of cliffhanger. I'm sure Evil Alaric will be great, though.



Hey, wouldn't it be great if there were NO love triangles?? I'm sick to death of Elena and Stefan and Damon. I love love LOVE Klaus, but this Klaus/Caroline/Tyler love triangle thing we're getting is just whatever. And I'm sure we'll get a Bonnie/Jamie/Jeremy thing going on too. They're all circling down the drain if you ask me. The only thing I'd be interested in is Rebekah and Matt, but only after Rebekah gets to FINALLY go to a decade dance and hopefully survive this season.



I thought Damon was being a total jerk to Bonnie. Also, I thought Bonnie looked really pretty. And since we've seen her house, maybe we'll get some character development? Maybe one day she'll become much more than a walking deus ex machina? Maybe I shouldn't count my chickens before they hatch . . .



Even though I hate this idiot love triangle, I thought Stefan and Elena were cute together. I might be a Stelena shipper? I don't know, I just like Stefan and Elena together MUCH more than I like Damon and Elena together.



All I want from this season is for Rebekah and Klaus to survive. I don't care about anything else. Just please let Rebekah and Klaus survive!! Don't leave us with this idiot love triangle!!!



I hate Esther!!! Is she dead-dead? Like, for real this time?? Please, let her be deader than a door nail. I hate her.



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Totally agree, the love triangles are kind of ruining this show. They've become boring when they shouldn't be.
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This episode was pretty much "zzzzzzz" during the first half and then it was BAM! I agree with you about Esther. I stopped asking "why" and "how" after the first 15 minutes and just went with the flowwww. But your recap is still more fun than the episode itself. I find this whole Klaus/Caroline/Tyler/bermuda triangle ridiculous. I just LOL whenever Tyler shows his jealousy. Until we get to see a threesome, I have no interest in this.



Stefan/Elena was sweeet. I really loved their cute, fluffy moments. Also, farewell to Alaric scene was pretty touching too, those were the moments that made me realize why I still watch this show. Although Alaric is always one of my favorite characters in this show, I kind of want him to die for good (he killed daddy Forbes, you bastard!) and I can't see him surviving this season. I mean, is there anything else left in this show that he didn't experience?



- Bonnie's new bf!

- Forwood might be done for good. Did you see what I did there?!

- Katherine!

- Perhaps he gave his dog as a gift to his ex-bestie Kol back when he was in Denver? O_o.



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Right, Alaric's story was totally done. Remember when he was barely even in Season 2? This plotline is him going out with a bang.
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Yes, true! But I also remember what the Alaric actor said about his new CW pilot. I thought he'd still be appearing on TVD next season even if his new pilot gets picked up? Or is this just a ...I dunno, a red herring?
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Actually..... Both Elijah and Katherine have been gone for a while... maybe they are plotting some plan to get rid of the crazy mum and perhaps Klaus too?
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Brilliant review!!! Even funnier than the show (which is so funny, if unintentionally so...).



None of Original Mamma made sense to me either but kudos to the actress for delivering such a bunch of senseless lines in a pretty convincing way... She definitely was a pro but I expect she will die this season and probably also Kol and perhaps Rebecca?



I just would hate for Elijah (where are you man?) and Klaus to get killed...



I also have a bad feeling about Tyler which is a shame as he was a cool character .... until he wore that superdouchebag fedora for the ball...geez, that was painful to watch....
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Okay yeah, good point: The actress playing Esther is awesome. It's just her writing that bugged me.
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Katherine. Though Caroline gives her a good run for her money.

I don't think Tyler was acting all the bad in this episode; he came running back to Caroline like a (dog) good sport, he even admitted that he knows he's not as awesome as Klaus. I think if anyone dies it will be him though, nobody seems invested in him anymore, not even the writers; it's like the whole wolf thing... so what? Tyler was awesome when he was trying to adjust to being a werewolf, him and caroline were so <3. Then they just took that away from the show.

Was I the only one that was expecting Esther's ghost to shut the coffin on Klaus's hand? i love him but it seemed like such a good opportunity.

Esther's problem is that she is such an holier than tho unemotional hypocrite. Evil characters atleast have that whole 'muhahaha' sadism they revel in, Esther's just a goody two shoes who waited for an eternity to come and reverse her mistakes.

I feel like the show is going to try and make Rebecca a human again, I feel like that's what she wants. Bonnie; I really do appreciate her unwavering witch loyalty, BUT I think she forgets what TSC fully grasps, the fact that humans NOT vampires went on an international witch murdering rampage. Also vampire's are a product of witch magic, so their vampire abomination ideology is fully flawed. Could we ever consider a TVD/TSC crossover? I can just imagine Damon snorting at them all, "Pffft, circles?" Faye: (rolls eyes) "Tell me about it."

Bonnie to Diana, "Sucks being a cockblocked witch right?,", Diana: "Totes."

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I definitely thought Klaus would get attacked at that moment.
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Same. I LOL'd super hard at the "FU Mom!" photo. hahahahaha
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I don't even remember the dog! I actually cried when Alaric and Damon had their moment, it was so beautiful! I really hoped Alaric would just get to die and have some peace, but it's too good of an opportunity to let slide, I guess.



It made me laugh so hard when Bonnie said normal guys don't want to date her, and Jamie said to her face: "Yeah". How is that not extremely nasty? And ofcourse, Bonnie kissed him after that.



I think Tyler is going down, he's come back just in time for the big send off.
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I believe they claimed Tyler was safe until season 4.
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I hope they're wrong! That hat was so annoying.
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I feel like Jer probs opted to leave the puppy at home... Stefan would just see it and be like OH GREAT, LUNCH. THANKS BRO.
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LOL I laughed so hard readin your review! How come people didn't see the salt?? LOL I felt like I was watching Supernatural . And ,yeah, I definitely thought Esther was going to wake up and stab Klaus right there! LOL The witchy stuff is pretty random. I guess Esther wouldn't be able to kill everybody because it would take to much energy to stay in Bonnie? I have no idea.

I honestly groaned when Stefan had to say he was there so elena wasn't alone. Seriously dude? He didn't want to turn his emotions on because it would hurt HIM and noe he really has the nerve to say HE is always there when , I don't know, Caroline, Bonnie,Matt and Jeremy were the ones who were truly always there? (See I didn't even have to bring Damon up even though I could)

Jeremy and Matt were pretty awesome! I want more of them! (BTW: Jett! LOL)

Alaric and Damon's last scene was so flipping awesome. I love it so much.

(1) I'm guessing Tyler and/or Matt. Maybe Klaus?

(2) Weirdly enough, Caroline and Tyler (I feel like something will happen there). And if I want to be honest, Stefan and Elena (something will definitely happen there)

(3) Elena!! I LOVED her outfit!

(4) Kol is taking care of it in Denver I'm sure
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Stefan's such a drama queen sometimes.
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Random thought but perhaps SuperVamp Evil Alaric has the potential to be as awesome as Dark Willow :D
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I'll believe it when he 'flays a guy alive.'
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Yeah he has a lot to live up to.
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btw, i DESPISE esther. hypocritical, self-righteous and completely and totally disgusting, revolting and just THE worst character on tvd EVER!!!!!!! SHE ruined her children's lives, made them something for the sake of her husband's pride, rejected her son (despite the fact that he was the result of HER adultery) and she is the reason that jenna died, the original doppleganger died and even katherine had to become a vampire. it's not ok for her children to live a thousand years, or kil ppl willy-nilly, but it WAS ok for her body to be preserved all that time, for her to kill the original doppleganger for a SPELL and for her to continually lie, manipulate and risk countless lives, all to rid the planet of her children? either this woman is mentally deranged, suffering from undiagnosed-post-partem disorder or just plain the REASON all of her children are fucked up. or all 3.
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Esther is one bad mommy.
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