The Vampire Diaries "The Five" Review: Justified and Ancient (PHOTO RECAP)

The Vampire Diaries S04E04: "The Five"

Well, I guess you can blame all those scenes at Whitmore College, but I am about to get hecka academic here! Look, the reason why The Vampire Diaries inspires such varied opinions and passion in its viewership is because this series is so large and complicated it functions as a bit of an inkblot test. Everything comes down to what you want to see from this show. Do you want a show about a love triangle? You will be happy 80% of the time. Do you want a show about a specific pairing from that love triangle? You will be happy 30% of the time. Do you want a fast-moving, well-paced story filled to the brim with fantastic actors? We're talking 95% satisfaction rates there. Or, maybe you just want a show that occasionally flashes back to ancient times where shirtless dudes in capes and wigs get magic tattoos and romance Rebekah. In that case you are ME and you enjoyed a great deal of "The Five." As a longtime, on-the-record Rebekah fan (even when she's at her pencil-stabbing bitchiest), I was more than willing to look past this episode's obvious shortcomings and just be so happy to get an entire episode that more or less hinged on her character. In my opinion Rebekah is the second best blonde on the show, but in recent episodes she's been the most captivating. I know, right?

So as much as I love Rebekah and be-wigged British actors without clothes on, it's only fair to mention the reasons why this episode was, so far, this season's fourth best. The main thing was, there was just not enough story being told, and it was a rare example of the writers not being able to hide that fact. Usually set-up episodes like these are given epic trappings so we don't notice how little is actually happening, but "The Five" even busted out a 12th century flashback and yet it STILL felt small potatoes. Like, why even bother having a flashback plotline when the characters just sat around talking? Would it have killed this show to give us even ONE example of what sets these ancient hunters apart from any old shmoe with a sharp stick? They have supernatural powers, right? Why not show us? Anyway, so that ended up being underwhelming. But also, too many of the modern day storylines felt like repetitive wheel-spinning. Instead of one killer scene where Rebekah gets manipulated, we got what felt like seven of them. I'd watch Claire Holt read election pamphlets and be riveted, but I couldn't help but feel like there were too many writerly contrivances at play here: Rebekah gets mad and leaves the room; Klaus convinces Stefan to be his go-between; Stefan convinces Rebekah to come talk to Klaus; Rebekah gets mad and leaves the room. You know? ENOUGH.

Oh, and can Klaus PLEASE have a more interesting plotline than this hybrid nonsense? Ugh, hybrids are the new moonstone. Not only did this episode explicitly show us once again that hybrids are borderline useless, it's just a supremely uninteresting goal for this VERY interesting character to have. You're telling me there aren't any other epic schemes Klaus could keep himself busy with? I'm sure we could brainstorm up dozens of them right now in the comments. Klaus runs for governor. Klaus declares war on the Ghost King of Shanghai. Klaus tracks down his werewolf relatives. Klaus hunts for the Ark of the Covenant. Klaus comes out of the closet. Klaus transfers his consciousness into an super-powered android killing machine. So many options! NO MORE HYBRIDS PLEASE.

As for Elena's two-steps-forward, one-step-back shenanigans, I don't actually mind that too much. It feels pretty accurate to what she's going through. The thing I'm restless with, though, as ever, is the supposed love triangle. Mostly because this is a show about Elena's "epic love" with Stefan. Period. Sorry, I obviously think Damon is the more entertaining and complicated character, but Stefan and Elena are perfect for each other. It's maddening to see this show pretend there's a possibility that Damon and Elena will ever, ever end up together. Cut Damon loose! He deserves better than Elena, anyway. I actually got chills when he was walking around a college campus in this episode, because that just felt like a better fit for him anyway. Give him a snarky, strong-willed love interest and be done with it. Elena and Stefan can go chill in the woods having laugh-free moments for eternity. They are soul-mates in this way.

Okay, sorry. I was all "I GOT OPINIONS" but now I'm ready to go. Hey guys, let's talk about "The Five"!

So in a cold open that felt directly inspired by Teen Wolf (explanation-free beefcakery!), five personal trainers in wigs and capes stood around while an ancient witch poured a cauldron of lightning onto the ground.

Nothing at all sexual about the above image, moving on!

They all suddenly got Ed Hardy-style tattoos, then ceremoniously held up their swords to reveal the SAME symbols that Connor had been carving into his stakes in the modern day. So, that's a connection right there. If you were expecting something more interesting to happen in the cold open, sorry, I don't know what to tell you. Just lightning, beefcake, and a tiny bit of exposition. (I gave it an A+)

Anyway, I'm skipping the obligatory Stefan-and-Damon-break-down-today's-plotline scene because ZZZZZ, but also, like, we get it. You guys are at odds except you're brothers so you're stuck with each other. I'm kinda tired of the bickering, to be honest. Accept your new reality, fellas, and move on.

So then Elena and Stefan were in the woods and Elena was doing some kind of monologue ripped straight from "Scenes from a [Vampire] High School." Very theatrical, existential stuff. Plus they were throwing plastic arrows at each other while also nuzzling mouth regions. Vampire romance stuff.

Meanwhile at Mystic Grill, Matt took a break from wringing out filthy dish rags to bluntly reject the mea culpa of an ancient, world-class beauty. She bought him a truck and earnestly apologized for having tried to murder him. Matt had a good point that the apology wasn't quite sufficient, but still. It was nice to see that the dream sequence Rebekah had last week actually made her change her ways.

So yeah, Matt wasn't all that gracious about the NEW TRUCK. But baby steps, you know? Rebekah's humiliation didn't end there, though, because look who was sitting behind Matt the whole time!

Klaus and Rebekah hadn't seen each other since he snapped her neck and pretended to leave town, so there was still some bad blood here. But he knew that all he needed to do was bring up a certain band of ancient shirtless himbos and she'd be interested in his schemes again. As it turned out, the re-emergence of The Five definitely piqued Rebekah's interest. But because this episode was just a bonanza of drawn-out contrivances, it would still be several scenes before we learned what/how/why Rebekah cared about The Five.

Oh, guess what! Welcome to Whitmore College! (Is that how it's spelled?) This was like when Veronica Mars visited Hearst College during Season 2: We knew she'd be going there full time the following season, so the visit helped us get used to the idea. Because believe it, here's where the characters will be spending their time in Season 5:

SORRY STUDENTS! Enjoy the beautiful quad, lush lawn, rock wall, and camaraderie, because as soon as the next freshman class arrives, most of you will be murdered. Oh, what a poignant image this was.

Haha, that is not a parking space, Damon. (Aside that is probably not interesting to anybody: I went to UCLA which is where 90% of all movies and TV shows film their college scenes, and it never ceased to amaze me how incorrectly the campus was depicted. Like, Van Wilder's dorm was in the Life Science building? Or Elle Woods went to a fancy dinner in the Public Policy building? But the main thing was characters were constantly driving their cars on walkways. Get your cars off our walkways, fictional characters!)

So, the whole point of this excursion was that Bonnie had been summoned by the professor who had taken over Jasmine Guy's teaching position at the college. So Elena came too, and so did Damon because fine. A hunting trip or whatever. But because Elena doesn't know proper classroom etiquette, she and Damon immediately started talking amongst themselves.

The professor called them out, which was pretty hilarious. But I also loved that this was an Anthropology class but he was focused on the Occult and witchcraft? And also, he was making some point about how witches aren't always stereotypical storybook villains, sometimes they are stereotypes specific to The Vampire Diaries:

In other words, witches are black and/or African. Open your minds! #eracism

Oh, and LOL at the professor for not knowing how to use a projector. PRETTY SURE you can just center it on the screen, guy. Unless you LIKE staring directly into a projector bulb?

So apparently after Klaus woke Connor up in his RV, he chained him up in his dining room. Because of course Klaus did.

Stefan arrived and made a reference to 50 Shades of Grey, because of course Stefan did. But because this timeline is 2010 or early 2011 at the latest, Stefan must have been making reference to Twilight fan-fic, right? So basically Stefan goes on the computer and reads Twilight fan-fic.

But it was extremely charming when Klaus pretended for 2 seconds that he didn't want Stefan meddling in his schemes only to immediately reverse that and be all, "I'M SO HAPPY YOU'RE MEDDLING IN MY SCHEMES." Just like old times. Look how glow-y Klaus gets when Stefan is around. It's seriously touching!

Back in the 12th century, the lead hunter himbo Alexander was giving a public demonstration of the new vampire threat. Which, I HOPE it's convincing, Alexander, or else you're just openly murdering people in a town square.

This vampire did NOT seem very happy about the bright, penetrating sunlight of the--OMG WIG ALERT!!!

I knew to expect wigs, but I was NOT mentally prepared for these ones! Look at Klaus! Look at Elijah! Look at their wigs! Anyway, they discussed how they had been turning tons of vampires over the past hundred years, but there were now so many that people were becoming aware of them. Something like that. Also they were highly interested in the burgeoning relationship between Rebekah and Alexander:

Okay, we're not keeping score, but KLAUS' WIG WINS. So much better than Elijah's. Elijah's English accent was pretty fun, but that lace-front was doing him no favors. Klaus killed it though.

Anyway, now it was time for our first major Rebekah-gets-manipulated scene, this time with Stefan and a non-presence named Dawn Nikki & Paolo Cousin Oliver April.

Klaus knew that Rebekah didn't want to help him in any way, so he put her Ex up to doing his dirty work instead. Rebekah is a notorious raw nerve when it comes to heartfelt situations, so she very easily agreed to Stefan's request for help. But in general it never made sense that Klaus would be so personally terrible at getting Rebekah back on his team. So basically 65% of this episode's tension had to do with Klaus being unable to personally manipulate the most easily manipulated character on the show. Not the most compelling stuff. On the other hand... Anything Rebekah: Compelling! (To me at least.)

Meanwhile at college:

Bonnie got a crush, y'all! On the professor dude. Sort of. Look, I don't know, it's just nice to see Bonnie getting involved, you know? Anyway, she also brought over a flyer for a frat house party. Seeing as Elena was somehow unable to feed off of some random girl in plain view of hundreds of people, Damon decided that a party with the following theme might make for a more opportune co-ed hunting experience:

Oh, students of Whitmore College, you're really tempting fate with this one. On the other hand, the college is technically in Mystic Falls right? So maybe this is their way of exorcising the stress and anxiety of having been personally touched by murder on a regular basis? Sad stuff.

So then Klaus, Rebekah, and Stefan had an awkward, flashback-laced dinner party that really got underway once Klaus reluctantly apologized for being so mean lately.

So yeah, then we flashed back to another meal scene in the 12th century in which the Originals flirted with Alexander and he said something about having an 'ultimate weapon' against vampires. But again, writerly contrivance dictated that Rebekah couldn't just come outright and say what it was, so first the characters did this dance about how they'd decode Connor's tattoos, but to do that they'd need Alexander's original sword, etc.

So yeah, the sword will decode the tattoos, which constituted a puzzle, the puzzle's solution was a map that revealed a treasure, etc. I could hardly keep track. It was basically a laundry list of what the characters would be tracking down over the next few episodes. Cool! Because the moonstone and white oak MacGuffins were so riveting. (S.S.S. sorry so snarky, I acknowledge how hard it is to fill up 22 episodes a season. At least there's been no mention of POWER CRYSTALS. Yet.)

Oh, and Klaus kidnapped Jeremy for tattoo decoding purposes. Which, fine. I highly doubt Jeremy would've not come over if asked. Jeremy doesn't have a ton going on, Klaus. Be nice.

Guess what time it was? PARTY O'CLOCK!

It was a good thing that Damon always had theatrical, period-specific, murder-related costumes in his trunk. Unless they drove home and had them in their closets? Still weird.

Speaking of weird, that witch-obsessed Anthro professor attends frat parties. Good sign! Cool prof. Definitely getting tenure. (Also he drinks blue drinks, which was a definite Save the Cat moment for me, because I LOVE BLUE EDIBLES SO MUCH).

So while Bonnie went upstairs to chill with the professor, Elena started feeding off of roofie-creeper frat dudes.

And hey guess what? Elena was getting better at self-control! Credit where credit's due, Damon was a pretty decent teacher in that respect.

Speaking of aspiring teachers. We learned a bit more about Connor and how he seemed pretty eager to be Jeremy's mentor. As it turned out, Connor also shared the ability to see secret tattoos, and an old Army buddy had recognized this skill while in combat and had imbued Connor with the same special hunting faculties as The Five. Assuming they even have special hunting faculties. But the important thing was, the tattoo would only reveal itself as he killed more vampires, which suggested that maybe Connor hadn't killed that many vampires yet? The tattoo was unfinished! Or at least that's what Jeremy assumed as he sketched the naked, glistening contours of a grown man.

Oh, Jeremy. His life has gotten so creepy lately.

Meanwhile things were getting steamy in the 12th century!

After a brief moment where both Rebekah and Alexander expressed admiration for Alexander's sweet tats, it turned out that Alexander was WELL-AWARE of Rebekah's vampirism and had acquired those tricked-out daggers that she'd come to know all too well.

Fortunately Klaus was still half-werewolf so the daggers didn't work on him. He was able to undagger himself and "kill" The Five. I put that word in scare quotes, because in my opinion the actor who played Alexander was too recognizable to be relegated to a single, slightly unimportant flashback episode. I'm guessing one of his heretofore secret abilities is the ability to be alive and well in modern day Mystic Falls? We'll see!

But yeah, anyway, what had happened was, apparently Rebekah had more or less sold out the Originals because she found out what Alexander's "ultimate weapon" was and decided she wanted in: He knew how to turn vampires back into humans!

So yeah, obviously, this possibility would have HUGE ramifications not only for these characters but maybe even the premise of the show. Klaus wanted to find the cure in order to turn Elena back into a human (and thus be able to create hybrids again), and this interestingly intersected with Stefan also wanting Elena to go back to normal also. It's definitely not clear that the show would make such a dramatic move, but the possibility is undeniably tantalizing. Personally, I've learned my lesson about judging a storyline before it happens; I thought vampire-Elena would be a disaster, but I was wrong. It's been terrific so far. So who knows if Elena getting turned back would be good or bad? Can't judge it till we see it, folks!

So, back at college, Bonnie and the professor bonded over Jasmine Guy's fondness for Stephen King novels.

Also, he more or less offered to become her new guru, promising to teach her how to tap into powers that her angry ancestors won't get all bent out of shape over.

Obviously Bonnie seemed more than down, but a tidbit from earlier gave us all pause: The witch that had helped The Five get powers back in the 12th century had evidently DIED from it. So, um, be careful, Bonnie?

Downstairs on the dance floor (what murder parties are complete without glowstick dancing?) Elena was openly feeding on college students and dancing TOOCLOSEREALCLOSE with Damon.

Fortunately Bonnie came downstairs and put an end to it all. Elena was immediately ashamed of herself.

Seriously, it was almost whiplash-inducing.

Her blood drinking didn't seem particularly overboard. But OH, can I ask a question? Why is she refusing to heal her victims? First Matt, and now these strangers: Couldn't she give them a parting gift of a lil bit of vampire blood to fix their gaping puncture wounds? Not doing so just seems rude to me. Maybe Damon IS a bad influence there? Other than that, though, he seemed pretty reasonable.

Oh, and in case it wasn't clear yet, Connor was clearly a BAD ASS. Look at what he did to the poor hybrid who was guarding him:

He BIT OFF the dude's piercing! And then used it to pick the lock on his torture table! That's just ingenuity. And madness. But mostly ingenuity.

So then the best scene of the episode. This was after Rebekah and Klaus had had yet another argument about how much they basically hated each other and Stefan summoned her to make amends.

And after touching her in a heartfelt way over how much he loved Elena (Rebekah's a big softie and now apparently Team Stelena), he admitted that he himself would take the vampire cure if it meant spending all his mortal days alongside Elena.

Because Rebekah was so overcome with humanity, she let slip that she had personally buried Alexander (whom she still loved) at some cathedral in Italy and that's where his sword was. The same sword that would somehow provide the key to Klaus finding the vampire-human cure. Or whatever. But now that the info was out in the open, the whole thing was revealed to be a setup and Stefan had just been trying to manipulate Rebekah into giving up the info. (So was Stefan lying about the humanity stuff? It's a mystery now!)

So yeah, it apparently wasn't enough that they'd gotten what they wanted from Rebekah. Now they also had to put her down also. Horrible! I felt so bad.

Rebekah's final, emotionally fraught monologue before Klaus daggered her was a stunner of a scene. Perfectly written and acted, she basically summed up all the ways Klaus falls short as a person, and how all her admitted mistakes of the heart were badges of honor compared to his failures. Maybe it's because I relate better to the older, more world-weary characters on this show, but this scene really got me, guys. It just got me. Someday it'll be hard to believe that Claire Holt was once just a "guest star" (!) on our favorite show before she went on to start winning Oscars and being the next Nicole Kidman or whatever. Same with Joseph Morgan. These two are crazily talented actors, to the extent that it often seems like a whole 'nother show when they're around. If we can't get our Originals spin-off, then I'm at least crossing my fingers that they can get sliiightly better plotlines in the near future. I just feel like these performers are so good yet the characters themselves have begun to stagnate a bit. Just my opinion! But yeah, this was a great scene in general and I loved it so much.

Klaus knows what I'm talking about:

MISS U REBEKAH. I'm sure she'll be back though. This show has A LOT of characters, so we just need to accept that many of them will be written off for entire stretches of episodes. But I think Rebekah will be back sooner rather than later, especially if my theory about the reappearance of Alexander comes true. SOMEONE will have to admire his sweet tats by candle light, you know?

At this point Klaus made Stefan run all his errands, including keeping all his secrets and hiding Rebekah's body in a safe place. Because Klaus had a plane to catch! (The sword MacGuffin was still in play.)

So after Damon took Elena home and she explained to him that she hates everything about him and his vampire ways (but in a friendly way!), she came clean to Stefan what was really going through her head:

She HATES being a vampire. Fair enough! She gave it the old college try (literally) and it's just not for her.

Unbeknownst to her, however, Stefan had some cold-hard knowledge that might help her situation. He kept mum though, because his old boo had asked him to.

So then Connor beheaded the hybrid with a chain. !!!

Yeah, it was as cool as that sounds. (But seriously, ugh, these hybrids...)

And oh hey look at who was helping Connor be a vampire hunter!

Boom. I guess? So, this was not the best cliffhanger that The Vampire Diaries has ever had. Generally speaking, a character should be around more than one episode for a cliffhanger reveal to be particularly shocking. So yeah, cool, someone we barely know is theoretically a bad guy. But because we still don't know all that much about The Five or what they can do, this whole scenario was littered with question marks. Oh well. Remember all the terrific Rebekah scenes??

Flashback episodes are by definition expository, so it's no wonder "The Five" wasn't the most exciting hour of television. But a set-up episode just means we're headed for another climax, so that's pretty exciting. WHAT WILL HAPPEN? WILL THERE BE WIGS? Nobody knows!

AND BYE!


QUESTIONS:

... Are you for or against Elena becoming human again?

... Do you prefer Bitchy Rebekah or Heartfelt Rebekah?

... Who had the best wig: Klaus, Elijah, Alexander, or Rebekah?

... Can you name at least ONE scheme for Klaus that would be better than making more hybrids? Seriously, let's brainstorm it up!

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Weird questions if Bekah Would have married Alexander,Would she than be Rebekah Alexanderson xD?
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If a cure does become available, the writers better remember this scene happened...: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R-I-IX6EqQU
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I agree this episode felt like it was missing a couple chapters of excitement that I've come to expect from TVD.



I really don't want Elena to become Human again however for the longevity of the show it may be a practical move and when they did it in the book I was happy about it so I guess it depends on how it happens.







I like both I think Rebekah is a nice balance of bitchy and heartfelt it keeps her from becoming boring (as if)







I think Rebekah had the best Wig I really liked the braids she had.







One scheme Klaus could be doing instead of making Hybrids; Well I could see him plotting to find Katherine to finally get revenge on her? I miss Katherine.
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Rebekah, eat your veggies love - Love it! Klaus is getting one liners almost as good as Damon's! So glad they didn't kill him off
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About Stephan and Daemon,

I think it will be a long time before we see Daemon with an actual girlfriend. It feels like he is always inferior to Stephan. He keeps hanging around him and honestly imo he is only going after Elena because Stephan is. When was the last time he actually did something not Stephan related(Yes this show is about those too, but still). Imagine this for real. You want a girl, your brother gets her and you stick around for the occasional flirt? Daemon is way more broken than Rebecca, not even the Ripper storyline could totally convert Daemon to a non dependent brother(though it kinda did the first time). I guess you could say it is brotherly love, but even there, hatred takes over some time. And they did seperate before for years. Daemon is terribly lonely and he needs a major arc to confront his problems. I want to see a season finale Daemon-Stephan standoff. Like with pure hatred and with calling out all the bullshit.

Why not even have stephan kill Daemon at least for a few episodes.

As you said, right now DSelena is not a triangle, it is going nowhere, And we need to get to the bottom of that.

Beneath the superficial "we are brothers" is there really any love left? Because I don't see it. Daemon might be very close to becoming a Klaus/main antagonist.(at least thats what i want to see)
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it will be a good twist if damon is the one who got cure [accidentally or willingly], i always wonder how he was like as human

for a short while of course, either stefan or elena will turn him back, can we imagine tvd without damon the crazy wacky impulsive vamp??? i know i can't
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Turning him human for a few episodes to (of course) turn him back would give the writers a lot of fodder for his character - first, by openly showing honesty and humanity - only for him to lose it all over again. He'd be more crazy and impulsive than he is now, the second time around.
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a few things...first:

PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE STOP with adding the most STUPID text on every capture..



It is stupid and totally messing up the feeling you have with the episode...!! I have said this many time, but it seems that PRICE PETERSON who writes this reviews, cares only about his own review and don't care what we write down here...and ignores us completely...



That said, i agree with everybody that Elena, must stay vampire..so much more interesting than when she was a wining human....I still hope that she and Damon will be together one day...they fit so much more than she and Stefan...



Poor Rebecca...i liked her from the moment she came in the series, and this episode i felt really bad for her. She is really trying to be good, but unfortunately her brother don't let her be...very annoying....Hope she will return soon....



Of course Bonnie is making AGAIN a bad decision, by falling for the teacher...



The five, what shall i say about them...i think i have not seen enough to give a clear opinion about it....
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Are you kidding??? I like these picture recaps more then watching the show! Leave Price alone please!
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It's common knowledge that insanity begins when a person does the same thing every time but waits for a different result))



You come here and read Price's reviews which are: photo-recaps with pics and funny texts - waiting him every time to JUST STOP ALREADY DOING what he does for the last several years.



Kind of torture for you)) Are you punishing yourself for smth?
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You appear to be lost.
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Don't be mean to Price! :( If you don't like they way he writes his recaps, why read them? Personally I think the captures are hillarious. We all know Price loves this show and he does care about what we write down here, last week he replied to loads of comments!
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I've been waiting for them to introduce a vampire cure ever since Damon stood on the road with a girl and revealed his secret - that he hates being a vampire. I'm betting he's the one who ultimately gets the cure, accidentally or not, and we'll get to see that play out for a few episodes.
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Against. Elena needs to stop whining and enjoy being a vampire. If she becomes human again then we're back to the Hybrid storyline and protecting weak human Elena and her precious Doppelganger blood.



I like both bitchy and heartfelt Rebecca. If she was just bitchy she would be a very one-dimensional character. If there was no bitchiness then shen would boring and annoying - another Elena.



Rebekah's hair was my favourite, Klaus a close second. The other wigs looked really fake.



He could use his devious manipulating skills to try and win Caroline or use his genius against this new evil that is coming - he won't want someone taking over his turf. Anything but more useless hybrids.
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More bitchy Rebekah, please. And please bring in some Originals from the Werewolf-side. Would be frikkin-a-mah-zing.
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1. I'm completely against her becoming human again. Now that Elena is a vampire it's THE most interesting thing about her.



2. Heartfelt Rebekah makes me laugh or yawn depending on the day I've had. When she's just bitchy she's one dimensional and I long for the writers to write a slow painful death for her. Hey, if the writers can make Elena a human again why can't they give Rebekah a long drawn out death? That way by the time she dies she will have won over those of us that thinks she needs to go and she can come back as a ghost. I pick "Dead Rebekah" instead.



3. Klaus had the best wig, hands down!



4. Taking a speech therapy class to get rid of that lisp for starters then a trip to Japan to be mentored by Satoshi Takeda ala Emily Thorn. Or.... maybe... exposing the nature of the relationship between Tyler and Haley in order to swoop in and try in vain to win over Caroline. She's to strong and independent for him and he's too broken and self centered for Caroline. I like the first two suggestions better.
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1. Making Elena human would only make Stefan more annoying. Again. I think they need to explore her vampireness. She was useless as a human.



2. I LOVE Rebekah from every angle, no matter what she does. I love how she's a paradox, this 1000 year old killer who wants to be loved and is actually very fragile and impressionable. Heartfelt Rebekah makes me wish Matt would finally be nice to her, but Bitchy Rebekah makes me laugh and throw popcorn at the TV, especially when she does fun stuff, like stab Elena with pencils.



3. Alexander. Hands down. He totally looks like Arwen.



4. And as for Klaus, he just needs to start doing evil crap again. This hybrid thing is totally tired. Just do bad shit. Kill Sheriff Forbes or better yet, compel Jeremy to do it! Something fun.



I'm out.
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he did but that cant kill an original vampire:)

one thing id really like to see is kathrine coming back to answer that whole.- elena-can-only-drink-from-the-vein-problem......

im mean if they somehow manage to find a solution for that she can stay a vampire without her stupid guilt issues.... even thou personally i like the elena going all damon aon people more :)

anyways she has to stay a vampire :)

and i really like the emotional side of rebekah maybe not as emotional as in this episode but its nice to see that she has feelings sometimes :)

as for the wigs : they all looked stupid cant even put my finger on one in particular :D



and klaus could really find some new thing to do. hes not as much of a bad guy anymore as he was before. everyone knows about his hybrid thing its no secret. he has to get more mysterious again. find a new devious plan that no one knows of. i dt really care what that plan is gonna be as long as it makes him mean, secretive and unpredictable

for everyone

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Wait, I'm confused, is Rebekah "dead" as in she-will-come-back-when-the-storyline-says-so or is she DEAD-dead forever? Didn't Klaus dip the dagger in sacred oak ashes before he stabbed her?
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She will come back! The dagger only works as long as it stays in. When you take it out she will come back to "life"! The only thing that could kill her is the white oak stake. :)
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1. I'm against it because Elena is more compelling as a vampire. Her personality is more tolerable. Because of all the shit she has went through before being a vampire, you would think she would be more pissed off. As a vampire she seems to struggle more with being so nice and compassionate all the time. It is way more interesting watching her morally struggle for once.



2. Any Rebekah is good but I love seeing her emotional side because it's really moving.



3. Klaus looked perfect in his wig.



4. Klaus should travel the world to show the beauty and culture to people since he has seen everything.
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I dont understand one thing. The map to the cure is the more visible the more vampires the hunter kill, so basicly if he kills enough vampires, he can find the cure and the rest of the vampires cure with it? So why he must kills at first if there is a cure?



And Elena is ungrateful bitch! She wanted hep from Damon, she is the one who cant drink from the blood sacs, and then she says to Damon that he is bad and she doesnt want to be like him? He was controlling her not to kill anybody but didnt mentioned her to clean her mouth after dinner? He is not supposed to tel her. I have the impression that she hate herself as she is vampire, but accuse Damon that he let her be like this? Something must happen, she should stop complain and grow up!
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I laughed at the Teen Wolf reference...



1. I think I am for Elena becoming human, not sure why, but basically because vampire Elena seems about a week or two away from slipping away from the boys, ditching her ring and facing the sun.



2. I like both Rebeccas but kind of the bitchy one more because she is a little poor me otherwise.



3. Best as in quality? Rebecca as I thought those were only extensions. I really don't see either Klaus or Elijah's hair looking like that if they grew out...I really didn't focus too much on Alexander, basically because I thought he was dead and was unlikely to be an ancestor or whatever of either Connor or Jeremy.



4. Well, this would be the best argument to keeping Elena as a vampire (or whatever it is she turns into in the books, I know it is kind of like a vampire, but different) to force Klaus to deal with the family who he actually has since most of the remaining Originals are the ones who took a stand against their father on his behalf.
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So, if they're going through with this cure, they'll need to have some rule like, it just returns you to the age you would be in life. So Elena might go back to human teenager, but Rebekah/Stefan/Damon/etc would just become corpses, so they have to stay vampires. I mean, they can't cure everyone. I prefer to think Caroline would just choose to stay a vamp anyway.
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Elijah. He seriously looked like he was auditioning for Passion of the Christ with that one...
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1- Don't really care. I hoped she'd change for the best like Caroline did but UGH what the hell she's probably even worse? Nothing will change and she'll be perfect for Stefan so whatever. Let Damon off the hook Elena!



2- I love every Rebekah. The problem with Heartfelt Rebekah is she gets stabbed real often.



3- Maybe Alexander. I just wanted them to use these wigs nowadays. Or more often. Do a Lafayette guys!



4- Why not trying to start a Fight Club in Mystic Falls? Not that the town needs extra carnage but hey, better than hybrids!
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Can I just say how grateful I am that Klaus is alive and well? I love him and Rebekah. I was devastated for a half an hour after season finale when I thought Klaus died. Fortunately, I found out quickly that Joseph Morgan isn't going anywhere. I'm a little concerned Claire Holt is only guest starring. I want Rebekah around until the very end, please...
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I guess I'm just gonna accept that I'll always be late to the comment party every week. Stupid busy life...

- Neutral on this one since Elena is somehow much more whiny and annoying as a vampire but she could have the potential to be a much more better character as a vampire.

- Heartfelt. It's nice seeing the vulnerability of her.

- Elijah. I'll always choose him.

- Maybe coming up with a plan to somehow make all the supernatural creatures bend to his will. Or maybe summoning the Devil to raise hell on Earth? I don't know...
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Loved the episode!

I like her as a Vampire but maybe a little back and forth is a good thing

I like a mix of both types of Rebekah

Klaus

Yeah actually take over the world, it can't be that difficult for an Original Hybrid in these modern times

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Are you for or against Elena becoming human again?



i am absoulutely against for it. if they somehow manages to turn elena back t being a human. i am done with this nonsence. hundreds of years with no so called "cure" for being a vampire and a minute when elena becomes one the topic pop up. it's just BS.



Do you prefer Bitchy Rebekah or Heartfelt Rebekah?

i am in for every version of Rebekah it doesn't matter :D



Who had the best wig: Klaus, Elijah, Alexander, or Rebekah?

Rebekah of course she reminded me of Daenerys in Game of Thrones. Loved it.



Can you name at least ONE scheme for Klaus that would be better than making more hybrids? Seriously, let's brainstorm it up!



Seriously is there only a doppleganger on earth or what. He shoud go find some other one. Or he could maybe do some spell with the help of a witch to turn the vampire dopplegangers blood in to a human version of itself. So with that may be we can see Katherine again after all she is a doppleganger vampire :D
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Who needs a witch? Human cloning. Dolly the sheepleganger!
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Imagine the disappointment, when they realize the only cure is a stake through the heart....
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Why why why oh why would anyone like Damon or well..anyone at all..fell in love with such whiny boring stupid empty lame girl without attitude, hobbies, opinions, interesting character and intelligence as Elena? I dont normally hate characters but this..this one..
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Wow reading all the comments took a while, but now I'm done!

Most people have already said what I think of this episode so I don't have a lot to ad. I loved Elena in like the first half of the episode (until bonnie ruined it)! Elena can be awesome when she is having fun, the problem is that the last time she had fun was on the roadtrip to georgia three seasons ago!

I hate this cure idea. So much, If I go further into this I will get mad so I'll stop now. ;)

The only good thing this cure brought was that Stefan will keep it a secret from Elena. I hope they make an interesting story of her finding out!

And one last thing! Do NOT make Damon human. Please don't ruin my favorite show!!!
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I don't know if it's just me, but I think the plot of season 4 so far is not as good as season 3.

I still remember Price's recap of Season 3 Episode 4. You mentioned something like... the episode being a season finale. Compare to this episode, well I can see the difference. So far so good though...



And also I agree with you, Stefan and Elena deserve each others. I'm looking forward to see the original doppelganger, will she be played by Nina Dobrev too?
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OK, maybe it wasn't the best episode but it absolutely changed my opinion about the whole SERIES!

As many viewers, beforehand the main catch for me was the love triangle + Damon himself but now it's everything KLAUS. I loved Joseph Morgan at first sight but now he's definitely the main character of the series and our hearts. Just the best!

As for questions:

1. Sure against. She just became a little bit interesting as a character (beforehand she was interesting ONLY when involved in the triangle and connected with Damon). If everything returns to the start, what's the purpose?

2. I know that it's odd but I don't like Rebekah v. much. Don't hate her either. Bitchy, heartfelt - whatever. I don't know why, just because.

3. KLAUS, sure, but I'm biased here))

4. I'm ready to watch my new fav doing ANYTHING: making hybrids, confessing his love to Stefan (don't understand his superboring choice, but whatever), reading the dictionary - LOVE JOSEPH MORGAN, so he can keep doing anything he wants!
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Great review!

... Are you for or against Elena becoming human again?

It depends, it's a bit too much like Twilight now... why not go back to human ?

... Do you prefer Bitchy Rebekah or Heartfelt Rebekah?

Heartfelt, because we need an original on the good side at some point

... Who had the best wig: Klaus, Elijah, Alexander, or Rebekah?

Definitely Klaus :-)

... Can you name at least ONE scheme for Klaus that would be better than making more hybrids? Seriously, let's brainstorm it up!

--Now that Tyler is a cheater, Klaus and Caroline should end up together in passionate affair. Klaus would discover his human side for a while.

-- or...Find a way for Elena and Klaus to end up together! even though it doesn't make sense unless Elena loses track of her humanity (but then she might go with Damon)

-- We need to find a new powertrip for Klaus, Politics would be a change but maybe too public for him. He could open a Casino in Mystic Falls :-)



Another thought, I'm tired of "weak" Elena, can't they change her a bit and stop the never ending "lets talk about me" psychoanalysis ? We don't care how she feels anymore, stop crying and get on with your afterlife. We never saw this kind of struggle with Caroline when she became a vampire! they used the excuse of Caroline being stronger but we all know that's not true.
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"Five personal trainers in wigs and capes" LOL

Elena almost biting that girl in the middle of the day in front of a lot of people... seriously?! Please try to be more reasonably about the places and context of vampire things, it's supposed to be a secret.



... Are you for or against Elena becoming human again?

I really don't know. I just know that Elena has to change a little. She is too boring and even when the is starting to look less boring, she always ends up with the same "poor me" speeches...

... Do you prefer Bitchy Rebekah or Heartfelt Rebekah?

Neither. Always bitchy is too much "I have thousands of years but I'm still a high school bitch" and Heartfelt is too needy and always get screwed. So I vote for a more mature Bitch with feelings. Something more complex, a mixed thing, not a bipolar thing. lol

... Who had the best wig: Klaus, Elijah, Alexander, or Rebekah?

you're kinda obsessed with the wigs! lol. But yeah, Klaus...

... Can you name at least ONE scheme for Klaus that would be better than making more hybrids? Seriously, let's brainstorm it up!

hum... let the writers do the work they are paid for! :P No, I like the brainstorming. Klaus is a (fantastic) bad person, so being so old and vicious, he must have more enemies...

One of them could kidnap Caroline and then...! LOL ok,... Forget.

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I think you were on to something there, with Klaus having more enemies. . . Though he's pretty powerful, maybe any enemy he's ever had has died. :(
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1- against Elena becoming human again: the girl needs to learn what real life is = start letting loose and not trying to be overmoralistic and selfrighteous as she was as a human. Thankfully we got a taste of that, which I would hope to see expanded. Unfortunately, Bonnie ruined it all, as usual (she is even more overmoralistic and selfrighteous, if that is even possible!!) - this character seems really just a filler (and annoying!) one.



2- Heartfelt Rebekah all the way. I really can't stand Bitchy Rebekah.



3- Who had the best wig: Klaus by far. The other ones... I just can't look at the wigs in this show without rolling my eyes at how pathetic it all seems with the wigs!! haha



4- Can you name at least ONE scheme for Klaus that would be better than making more hybrids? All the ones you suggested are cool! And yes please, NO MORE FREAKIN HYBRIDS.



Btw I have to say I always laugh really loud at all your comments; but this week's recap left me kind of "um"/cold :( I will hope it was only because of temporary blindness due to Rebekah's stealing of the show ;) I'm sure next week I'll laugh as hard as always!
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While I absolutely think they should stay away from this cure thing except as a 'weapon' against vampires that they try to destroy (not a saviour for them to seek), it could hold the key for stopping/killing Klaus once and for all - if Klaus got cured, then he would just be a werewolf, right? And then he could not get re-sired because he was the only one who could make hybrids in the first place. Therefore, no more needing to worry about wiping out his bloodline if he died.
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-I'm for Elena being human so we can keep Katherine

-I love heartfelt Rebekah but the poor thing gets screwed over a lot. It's like why are you complaining Klaus, your sister has a much worse life.

-Alexander

-If Klaus became human and couldn't make more hybrids.
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oh no, please. She finally has the chance of being FUNNY, sort of. I don't want her to become boring again. I hate her anyway though. She really pissed me off.

And I am tired of how everyone keeps blaming Damon, he is the only one who actually does something useful in this show.
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new theory alert: alexander lied about this "cure" to get Rebekah to admit she was a vampire. because if they did have a "cure" then why didn't alexander get Rebekah to help him find vampires and the cure so he could save her?



just a thought! also on this theory is the season 2 situation with the curse and everyone thought it would mean vampires could walk in the sun but really it was just Klaus' personal curse?

JUST PUTTING IT OUT THERE!!!
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and they drive an ice cream van
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Good episode but bad hair day all around.
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1. I still think Elena should have stayed dead in every season finale that she died in...but I hate her and find her lifeless judgy personality to be annoying.



2. Bitchy Rebekah she threw a pencil and stabbed Elena IN BROAD DAYLIGHT how is that not hilarious and fantastic.



3. That flowing main of awkward horse hair on top of Elijah's head is SECOND ONLY to Klaus'



4. Klaus steals and destroys all the shirts of every hunk in Mystic Falls (including his own); I'd watch that storyline.

How about Klaus does something with his hybrids; maybe a hybrid/witch war
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i subscribe to those who said that this episode was not great... and i wonder how long was klaus sitting at "the grill" waiting for rebekah to drop by.... days? weeks? since last episode?

also i am seriously thinking what is worse... the hybrids plot line or elena?

to answer the questions:

1-i kind of am against elena.

2-i prefer the bitchy one

3-klaus

4- damon and klaus to do anything else than hybrids and try to "save" elena... and i mean anything is better than that....
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I personally LOVED this episode (I'm a sucker for these flashback eps!)



1) Are you for or against Elena becoming human again? -> Against! I personally don't believe there should be a cure for vampires. They DIED. The only reason they are still around is because they are blood sucking creatures. If you take that away, they should go back to being dead.



2) Do you prefer Bitchy Rebekah or Heartfelt Rebekah? -> Both! But mostly Heartfelt Rebekah because she really gets to me!!!



3) Who had the best wig: Klaus, Elijah, Alexander, or Rebekah? -> Klaus!



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This comment makes me wonder what if the cure does just what you said makes them what they were before they became a vampire: Just Dead. Anyway if has to have a loop hole or something nothing on this show is straight forward what it is suppose to be except maybe Matt.
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Great recap again Price! :)

I hate the cure already. Why couldn't the weapon be something awesome instead...like maybe a 16 year old blonde from Sunnydale and her rag-tag group of Scooby pals.

1. UGH, so against. Why is it so awful for Elena to be a vampire? Like 90% of the people she loves are vampires and deal with it just fine, but for Elena it's so terrible? I mean, look at Caroline? She became way more awesome after turning, why can't Elena be like that :(

2. Both are fantastic. Heartfelt Rebekah got me so hard at the end though when Klaus daggered her, I actually teared up. Claire Holt is fantastic I want Caroline and Rebekah to have their own spinoff show.

3. Klaus, definitely! He had fantastic hair. It looked so smooth and shiny :P

4. Seducing Caroline probably. Opening a hair salon? Maybe going on a quest to draw My Little Ponies forever.
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First let me say that Elena is not my favorite character. However with that being said allow me to get on my soapbox for a minute.



I have to play devil's advocate here because many people are comparing Elena's transition and Caroline's but really Elena has spent many of her Vampire days puking up blood (nobody likes to vomit come on) Then she has St. Stefan making her feel like drinking from humans is WRONG and then to find out the only way she can survive is to drink from the vein.



As I recall Caroline was a mess at first and she got way more support from the people around her i.e. Stefan & Damon I think because they feel too much for Elena to be helpful without pushing their own wants and fears on her they treat her like she is made of glass not a new Vampire.

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Bah, I just needed to add a mini-rant about my issue with Elena. What I loved about Caroline's transition was that it was so realistic. She was down about becoming a vampire because she essentially died and would outlive her family and friends but then Klaus opened her eyes to all the opportunities that she would have available to her.

Let's be real, even if you potentially become a murderer/have to drink blood to live, there are aspects of vampirism that are awesome--that whole opening up to a world of art and culture and music and all that good stuff. So becoming a vampire really isn't the shitfest that Elena is making it out to be. I almost feel like vampirism can be a second chance at life. Before Caroline was a vampire she was kinda a woobly human that lacked agency, but with her newfound physical strength so too came her emotional strength and agency. I was REALLY hoping Elena could use her "second chance" or even "new outlook on life" to become a stronger character. Obviously, there are some fundamental things that suck about vampirism but there's a reason that vampires don't up and commit suicide: 1) Most people have a propensity for wanting to live 2) Some people can adapt and change to their circumstances and make the best of a bad situation..but for some ungodly reason Elena just can't because she's "too compassionate"...please.

And on her so called "epic love" with Stefan...i hate this ship and couldn't care less about their relationship but I think epic love means that you want to be with that person no matter what. I mean, look at Achilles and Patroklos, that was real epic love, yo. Vampirism is really giving her an out here to be with the person she loves forever >_>.

Also...really missed Caroline this ep :(
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Random thought that's totally not right but could be interesting about this map/quest/treasure hunt to find a cure - the person who completes it would be the one to become human somehow? And that would be Klaus. It would be EXTREMELY awesome to see Klaus become human accidentally because his story as a villain isn't working anymore and it would give him an excuse to stick around the show.
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I like this idea, Klaus accidentally becoming a human would be amazing.
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He would be still a werewolf. It could be cool.
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"Sorry, I obviously think Damon is the more entertaining and complicated character, but Stefan and Elena are perfect for each other." TRUE
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- I'm against

- I love both! Hard to say which I prefer..

- Elijah!

- I can't actually lol. I sat and brainstormed myself for like 5 minutes and I got nothing. I mean I HAD ideas, but when weighed against the hybrids one they're not as good.
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Anti human Elena

Bitchy Rebekah and Heartfelt Rebekah come as a package deal. Everyone has two sides to them. Makes her character more interesting.

Klaus' wig was obviously the best.

How about Klaus+Caroline?! Klaus's path to redemption!? Klaus and Rebekah patching things up, Klaus and Stefan patching things up, happiness all around! But not too much happiness. Klaus can't become too docile of course.



In all honesty. I wanted a little more "bad Stefan" and Klaus working together. Maybe even some "bad Stefan" and Rebekah? eh? eh?



Imagine if Stefan and Elena turned off their switches TOGETHER. Madness! Can't really see that happening unfortunately. Unless Elena turns off her switch because of something super horrific that stefan is directly involved with and then she's the one to persuade him to turn off his switch too. I could sort of almost actually see that? Maybe? Man. Those two would be insane.



Well if Elena ever turns her switch off, I betcha Damon would be the one to bring her back ;) Even if it meant bringing her back to Stefan :( :( Poor guy. He needs a lover.
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1) Not clear about this. Maybe against. Because if she would turn human again, that wouldn't last very long, would it? And then everything could start over again... No, I'm not a fan of that scenario. Maybe if she keeps whining about being a vampire. She's really starting to get on my nerves. She admitted that she liked drinking from the vein (even though she was very remorseful and a tad hypocritical about that later on), so let's call that progress. I do not want her to be Katherine, don't get me wrong, but she needs some personality. Where's the fierce Elena who stabbed herself in order to put a dagger into Elijah? She can be great, she just doesn't want to be. Ugh!

So I think they should make someone else a mortal again, preferably an original. Haha, wouldn't it be lovely if Kol suddenly turned into a worthless, weak human? Spin-off material. Where is Kol anyway?

2) I wish I could say bitchy Rebecca, but I'm really in love with the heartfelt Rebecca. Although it is probably the fact that she's mostly bitchy, which makes her heartfelt moments so perfect.

3) Rebecca's was very nice, but Klaus' wig just beat everything! Elijah's was looking kinda flat.

4) Start a successful boysband with Elijah and Kol, focus on Caroline and ruin Tyler's life, run for president, find Katherine, grow out his hair (then he wouldn't need a wig anymore) and maybe try and build a time machine.
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1. Definitely against. Vampire Elena is a much more interesting character than human Elena. However, it could be cool if they *all* decide to try the cure together when the show comes to an end a few years from now.

2. I really like the new Rebekah, so I hope that Stefan unsproinks her the moment Klaus has left. Evil Rebekah was good as a part of the original family when they were the season's villains, but I've had enough of that. A "season's villain" should die at the end of the arc, or become something else. This is what's happening now. I want her to try to *earn* Matt's forgiveness, April's friendship, etc. This would also make those two characters more interesting, and we all know they need it.
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the whole relationship between Klaus and Rebekah its a very very complicated one Rebekah is a character that basically is a teenager still



Klaus in order for him to protect what he loves the most he needs to become the monster himself does he care for Rebekah? he does he truly does thats why he becomes this mean character because I believe he wants her to learn from her mistakes



before daggering her he said something about .." you really are foolish" <<<<<< he said that because of what he heard about Rebekah leaving his suppose boyfriend in the place where they were suppose to get married



why he daggered her??? well it could be because he does not want her interfering with the plan that he has with Stefan



_ what I like to believe is that Klaus knows that Rebekah is interested in Matt right now and he knows what a foolish Rebekah can be when she likes/loves someone and wants her out of danger while he is gone since probably Rebekah did not wanted to go with him to Italy



AND THATS WHAT I GOT FROM THAT EPISODE xD all the KLEBEKAH FEELS you guys zjpeirjpeiojrihjaoier!!!





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Hmm I'm hoping you might have the answer to this, but do you know why Klaus can't just take the sword of the other 4 hunters that he killed? Didn't they all have the same swords? And Rebekah only burried Alexander not the rest. So what's up with that? He always knew that the tattoos meant something and that the sword was the key so why wouldn't he have saved the sword - cuz they did say that was the point when he left Finn daggered up. By the way howcome the rest of the family did nothing to free their eldest brother of that?
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I ask me too why Nobody helped Finn and where was Sage when Finn was daggered?Why shouldn't he have been with Big Love Sage together.
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