The Vampire Diaries "The Walking Dead" Review: Ghost-traumatic Stress

The Vampire Diaries S04E22: "The Walking Dead"

Let’s talk about relationships. Not the kind that lend themselves to mashed-up couple names, but the kind that exist among friends and family. Because, for as central as The Vampire Diaries’ various love polygons often are to the conversation around the show (both among fans and in the marketing), it's these non-romantic bonds that have flourished as some of the series’ greatest strengths.

“The Walking Dead” briefly brought many of those relationships back to the surface, living up to expectations that first arose when the notion of dropping the veil was explained. And it was a blast. There were Damon and Alaric pallin’ around again, as always not more than ten feet away from one of the dozens of liquor caches they’ve stashed throughout Mystic Falls. There were Stefan and Lexi falling right back into step, complete with a nod toward the echoes of their relationship in Stefan’s current buddy system with Caroline.

These were incidental scenes, comprising not much more than five minutes of total screen time, and they were all but meaningless to the larger plot of the episode, let alone the season. But that’s what made them so delightful. This has been a grim season, and these digressions crucially let things breathe. Just to see these characters so at ease with a comrade is refreshing.

Equally potent emotionally but more important narratively were the pair of family reunions. Elena reconnecting with Jeremy was powerfully cathartic, all the more so since it was almost entirely wordless—a rarity in a circle where everyone expends an awful lot of energy telling everyone else how they feel. My one quibble? I wish it’d been Elena, rather than Stefan, who snapped Kol’s neck (hilariously mid-quip). Partly for the touching Gilbert-sibling team-up quality, partly to restore some damn agency to Elena now that she can’t go ten minutes without someone trying to rescue her in some way, shape, or form.


Jeremy wasn’t the only deceased relative arriving in the nick of time this week. Not for nothing did Bonnie obtain the power to defeat Silas from Grams—the most important person in her life—instead of from ancient non-character Qetsiyah. The Ballad of Silas and Qetsiyah was a MacGuffin that got mistaken for mythos, but what promising moments it did generate focused on Bonnie’s growing power and faltering control, both of which were at the heart of Grams’ longtime fears for the young witch. Now that Bonnie’s hubris has finally pushed her too far—in a way I did not see coming, wrapped up in a pretty nifty reveal—her relationship with her grandmother could prove more vital than ever, either to revive her or to facilitate whatever existential transition the show cooks up.

As for Bonnie’s vanquishing of our much-ballyhooed Big Bad: Was it lame that the key to victory wound up being nothing more than to MAGIC AT HIM HARDER? Of course. It was a spectacularly anticlimactic turn from a show that’s specialized in delivering multiple climaxes each season. (I know, I know. Phrasing.) But that also made it a fitting end to a stupid, pointless, ill-defined villain. Drying Silas up into a nondescript husk and explicitly stating that “we’ll never know” who he was felt like the writers throwing up their hands and acknowledging this. (P.S.: Silas died on the way back to his home planet.)

That leaves us with an impending finale centered on an apparently still-open veil and a whole mess of ticked-off dead vampire hunters, including Connor, Vaughn, and some Berserker-looking ex-boyfriend of Rebekah’s. Oh, and hey, the cure is still a thing that exists and is around. THANKS ALARIC. Oh, who am I kidding, I can’t stay mad at you.


NOTES & QUOTES

– Another opportunity to bring back Jenna, and nary a mention. Has she been retconned out of existence? Do we even know for sure whether Sara Canning is currently alive? 

UPDATE: Several commentors have pointed out that last season, Esther explained that Jenna is not on the other side. Although Jenna was a vampire when she died, she didn't do anything evil, so she got to go sit at the dead-human table rather than mingle with the supernaturals. Thanks, astute commenters! There is a lot of mythology to keep track of on this show.

– Liz, after Stefan explained the Silas arc: “I have no idea what that means.” Join the club, Sheriff.

– Anyone else cheer when Elena clobbered Stefan/shivved Damon so she could make a break for it and do her own thing? Man, I hope Elena gets to take the reins of her own life again next season. 

– Matt refused vampire blood to treat his injury to avoid the risk of getting be-vampified himself. There’s something about being willing to suffer in the name of preserving humanity that sums up Matt Donovan tidily.

– “So this is either really good or reeeeally bad.” 

– “Not every ghost has a reason to come back to Mystic Falls. Just the ones like me, looking after their idiot best friends.” 

– “Really? I’m your biggest problem right now?”

– “I thought you were gonna take care of the children.” “You heard that? Well that’s not creepy.” Aw, Damon and Alaric. 

– “So you’ve been back, what, five minutes and you’re already laughing at me?” “No, I’ve been laughing at you for a while and you just haven’t been able to see me.” Aw, Stefan and Lexi. 

– “I’m just glad I got the chance to knock her upside the face.” Aw, Rebekah and Caroline?


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Bonnie is dead?! If this is permanent then drinks are on me. I'll even spot for some shots too but not tequila or baby Guinness though - there is a line.
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Can someone remind me when was it in the past (season 2 maybe?) that ghosts were resurrected as if the veil was down?

Anyway, with Silas ending this way, this entire season feels so pointless :( I wish Bonnie didn't defeat him so easily!
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In the episode Ghost world, 3x10 i think :)

Hahah yes, my thoughts exactly.
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Glad I wasn't the only one... I had this feeling "Didn't this happen already???" I looked it up, was it Esther's doing from the other side using Matt and Vicki right?
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I expected this season to be more powerful. It did have its moments but all in all I'm kind of dissappointed. Klaus has been missing for far too long and in general there was all this fuss around Silas just to have him mummified and leave it at that... I'm in a general mood of "watching but always expecting something better" with this show... We'll see...
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I realized this season that I actually do like Elena. And, strangely, have become defensive. Elena is not a bad character really. She isn't whining, or demanding people save her. She has been trying to die for others for a long time, but STEFAN told her she was being a martyr. Damon said he just didn't want to lose her, but these Salvatores boys have wrecked her. But hold on, the blame isn't all on the Salvatores. What are we supposed to expect Elena to tell her friends and family? "Stop trying to save me?" She did. Elena has had a serious character arc over the seasons, and she has been morphed by all these bad things. She's been a hero, "martyr" (thanks Stefan for saying that dying for others is wrong), a villain, and plain hasn't been anything but a background character due to the likes of bad writing. She wanted Kol to kill her, so she wouldn't have to deal with the pain and so that she could see her brother on the other side, maybe. She, even with emotions, stopped caring about Caroline and Bonnie and Matt and Stefan and Damon. I'm sick of people saying she relies on the Salvatores or that she cries for people to save her. They CHOOSE to save her--as in not ELENA'S choice. She obviously doesn't only care about Stefan or Damon because she just wanted to die. None of this is her fault. If I remember correctly, she didn't even want the cure if it meant Rebekah or Stefan couldn't have the only dose, and when she was emotionless, she didn't want it, PERIOD. She didn't recruit people to get the cure for her, or to save her. a small plotline was that everyone was trying to fix her when she just wanted to spiral or live or whatever. I actually really pity her character. Anyone make the connection about the line "Fated to live the same life as you" and "We're lonely"? If Kat and Elena have become the same, then Elena really is alone. How could you not feel so after your entire bloodline has died out and you have no chances of carrying it on? After your friends die and who you can trust is a question with answers that keep changing? I really see Elena as a Katherine who took the light road instead of the dark. I really like Elena, and feel sorry for her, and hate that the writers are tearing her and nearly every other character down to nothing. Stop whining about Elena when it's not her fault and just because it's not something you, a fan, would do.
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"Pulling a Bonnie" needs to become an acknowledged fact in the show. I mean, come on--even when she gets something right, it's still about 30% wrong. Despite all that, I'm down with the veil-dropping. If the Originals are getting shipped off to another show, I want some of our old favorites to come back and revive the show, which has limped along pitifully this season. Alaric, YES. Lexi, YES. Rose? Anna? The possibilities are awesome.
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What a boring finale. The cliffhanger was really lame and Elena was extra annoying. I already regret her turned-off self. The only good point was the Damon/Alaric scenes. Gosh, I hope Alaric would stay.
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this wasnt the finale... next week is the finale.
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Ooh. Well, that explains a lot. Thanks for the info! ;)
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You were not the only one to believe that! I, too, was sure that this was the finale and the exact same thoughts came into my mind :)
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Kat Graham dyed her hair blonde?! Does this mean she's gone for good
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She did that months ago and she's wearing a wig now so I don't think that's a proof :)
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Okay, I'm puzzled by this -
In the end, we see the four vampire hunters... 3 questions:
1)Does that mean Jeremy is back too? Considering the amount of fans drooling over steve mcqueen I doubt he is off the show.

2)Should we even ask we only the 4 we saw on the show are back? There should be plenty of others - aren't there?

3)Umm... When did the blonde guy (forgot his name) die?!?
Last I recall, he was tortured by Rebekah and Daemon on the island. Surely neither of them killed him (hunter's curse)


So... umm... yeah... episode was neither here nor there. The stupid deus-ex-machine of getting rid of Silas was really dumb. Bringing back characters was okay, but again, so many other characters would have been expected to come back.

I was expecting Kol to come back and go over to the originals spin offs.
Still betting on Jeremy coming back. Maybe Alaric would return now that Cult is canceled.

Next episode (that's the finale right?) seems pretty straight forward.
We know that Rebekah signed off to join the originals so she's out of town.
Elena would take the cure - Although I have no idea why. Being a vamp on this show is far better than being human. Heck, they don't even care about sunlight.
Rebekah is just an airhead blonde and nobody else even dreams of using it.

Bonnie won't stay dead unless we're getting another witch instead.
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Vaughn died because Rebekah left to him to die of thirst/starvation and rot on the island.
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One of the characters said not every supernatural being has a desire to come back to Mystic Falls, so it makes sense (ha! this show?) that the ones we've seen before are the ones who are back. We could still see more, too, though I doubt it.
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Didn't Silas kill the blond guy?
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I don't think so. If I recall correctly, Rebekah and Damon tortured him, while Silas was masqurading as Prof Shane
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I love seeing Alaric again! And I enjoyed seeing Elaina punch Stefan, I think he deserves it :) Overall I loved this episode and was a little shocked that they actually killed Bonnie even though it may not be a long term thing. I was hoping the cure would be gone...and I really wanted to see who Silas really was, ah well.
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why did Stefan deserve being punched ?
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Berserker-looking ex-boyfriend of Rebekah’s=YUMMY!

Had it not been for getting to see some dead-favs again, I wouldn't have liked this season finale very much, but then again, most of this season was wonky. If Bonnie is dead-dead, I'm going to be quite upset! I wouldn't mind both her & Grams coming back to stay a while.
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This was not the season finale, there's still one more episode left
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Thanks miss_winnberg! I mistakenly thought it was, now there's one more episode to tie up loose ends that I thought I'd have to wait until next season for. And now that you've taught me better LOL, it was pretty good for a regular episode.
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Wait! Bonnie died?!
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There's no way to tell. She's dead. She killed herself on accident by trying to use spirit magic, dark magic, and expression at the same time.
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Did she accomplish what she died trying to, at least?
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Hard to tell. Maybe we'll find out next week. Or maybe next season. Or maybe what she was trying to do was actually unnecessary because half the dead characters were coming back anyways. That sounds like her kind of screw-up.
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I would say the show's screw-up myself: 99.9% of the last minute magic solution wouldn't be needed if the characters wouldn't have made a mistake that needs fixing 99.9% of the times. The 0.1% left are really questionable curses.
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I know! It's great right!? :D
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...You monster.
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Oh you sweet talker! :)
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What happened? Who did it? Why? Is it permanent like Jeremy's or she'll come back like Elena?
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Did you watch the episode? Like safibwana said, death is subjective on TVD, Jeremy's not exactly dead dead at the moment. It's confusing (as usual), best just to watch it for yourself. You'd probably get your answers but I have no doubt that it'll also leave you with more questions....
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Your question cannot be parsed, because of your other question. Bonnie. Jeremy. Dead. Not dead. Is permanent death even a thing on this show? Your question, I'm afraid, contains an assumption that can't be supported. Bonnie was trying to undo Jeremy's death. Also, he was already walking around while she was casting it. What even happens when you try to resurrect someone who is temporarily resurrected? How can you tell?
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1. Oh Alaric, I've missed you! And Lexi too!

2. I know some of you guys have already pointed this out but I have to comment on it. I was kinda bothered that Elena could overpower Katherine so easily. Remember how powerful she was in s02? She is 500 years older than Elena and has beaten the crap out of every inhabitan of MF that has tried to kill her. Until now, when newbie vampire Elena has a go, then she turns super weak in no time.

3. I was convinced that this was the season finale so afterwards i was kinda disappointed (the ep wasn't that good IMO), so I was really happy to learn that there is one more episode wihoo! Does anyone know why there are 23 episodes this season and not 22 as usual?
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No Anna, Vicki, Rose, Uncle John, Isabel, Mr Lockwoood (lol) or Finn? Or tomb vampires? Why doesnt the show bring back all the previous big bads?! Like the werewolves? that would be fun.
Good riddance Bonnie, you were brutal love.
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The actress who played Rose is-funnily enough-, playing a long term character in The Walking Dead so that's why she wouldn't be back :)
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Yeah I know that, but TWD is only 16 episodes I thought she might have time to make a very welcome appearance.
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Anna was awesome and she had way better chemistry with Jeremy than Bonnie ever did. I don't really care about Jeremy, but if he does stick around I hope Anna comes back too.
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Anna<3
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OMGGGGGGGGGGG

So since my beloved K is not coming back and has his own show they needed to bring more people to this one!

Seriously where is Jenna? Esther? Michael? didnt the originals have another brother?

Alaric lost his show so now he's free and he can come back to this one yaaaay!!
3 campire hunters on the loose? I mean 4 with Jeremy!

They'll give the cure back to Elena and she will develop a super human power because she's the only vampire that made it back to being human! Ha! (if that happens I will write my own show... or book and have someone do a series about it, we'll see how that goes) LOL

I dont care that whats her face died I wish they'd replace the actress all together!
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I really want them to bring Alaric back as well but I recently read that Matt Davis was free to do Cult because his character was already written to be killed off TVD.
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You may have recently read it, but it's not recent news. Cult has already been and gone. Alaric was killed off TVD, Davis went to do Cult, then it was cancelled and now he's back wandering around Mystic Falls with his best bro Damon :)
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I liked having Bonnie on the show! Sure she was annoying at times but it was interesting especially lately to have a witch who could hold her own against the vampire population.
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I'm going to miss Klaus on TVD but it's cool they're bringing back some characters (I will follow you to the ends of the Earth, Klaus! Or in this case, Louisiana, which coming from NZ is almost the ends of the Earth).

Yeah you would think that if there was anyone that had unfinished business in Mystic Falls it would be Esther or Michael and their vendetta to rid the world of their children. Maybe they will make an appearance next ep, or if the veil stays down, maybe next season.

I would watch your series :)
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I have to say im a fan of vampire diaries bet the show is getting kind of boring. When the show keep putting off the choice Elena have to make! And almost everyone has died! Im getting tired of it!
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Nice review! Ugh, I have to say I might have loved this episode.
Elena was nice, some independence showing, and noted in the review it would have been cool to see her snap Kol's neck mid-sentence. Plus the Elena vs. Katherine... I don't know. It was enjoyable but a bit inconsistent. Why Katherine so powerless?
The way Silas was defeated or dessicated seemed like it could have been done way earlier but then again maybe Bonnie didn't know she had that much power. She just needed a little guidance and motivation from the person she cares for the most: Grams. So it's sad to see her dead-as-a-doorknob. It almost as if she was transitioning plot device to character-to-be-reckoned-with.

It's also sad that I have this feeling she'll be brought back... I just... then why kill her? Anyway, #TeamBonnie.

Great set-up for season finale though!
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Don't worry, I loved this episode too! Great set-up for next week, can't wait to see what goes down with all the hunters and of course Klaus comes back so I'm happy! :D
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The only time I cheered was when Cole was just about to off Elena for good. Of all the characters to kill ... Bonny?! Will the writers *never* put us out of our misery by ridding us of that self-centred, selfish, infuriating retard? I can't even enjoy the show anymore because she is just getting worse and worse. It's almost impossible to bear at this point.
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Bitch! :D
Awesome episode, I am really excited for the final. I hope we get more Cole.
Also I hope for a little more action. Something like an actual all out battle would be nice. Obviosly that is not what vd is about, but this setup screams for it.
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Did anyone noticed why no one warned Elena not to kill Katherine for the sake of...all of them? I mean if Katherine died, her line of vampires would have been lost right? So that includes Damien, Stefan, Elena herself.
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No, that's only the Originals - if you kill an Original, their whole line dies. That's not true of a normal vampire.
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JENNA EXPLANATION: for me, Jenna was the best character on the show. As much as i'd LOVE to see her again, he oh so emotional death was with dignity: she didn't have to come back and ruin the last goodbye. Esther said that although Jenna died a vampire, her soul remained pure, thus allowing her to go to the human afterlife.
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Loved this episode! Kinda felt like the old TVD. Loved the part where Alaric had stashed a bottle of alcohol in a student's locker which no one has found/touched since. It was hilarious that out of all the ways he could have proven that it was him, he chose to emphasize the fact that he was a proper drunk when he was alive. Still can't believe he was allowed to teach.. amazing.
And the part when Stefan snapped Kol's neck mid-sentence, hahhaha :D just I LOLed so hard at that. Sorry to drag this into the conversation again, but I would LOVE to know what Pierce thought about those instances and this episode overall.
Generally a great episode. Also Bonnie is dead? Dare I hope?
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Total illogical snore-fest. I mean c'mmon! How could Elena possibly defeat Kathrine in a fight? they are not match - We've seen her beat both Damon and Stefan like a million times, really dumb. Also - how could Damon strangle Silas, a being so strong even Klaus couldn't match in speed and strength! Same goes for Stefan getting Kole..

Honestly, this is a really underwhelming episode, only good parts were the ones with Damon & Alaric going down memory lane.
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Oh no (but really OH GOD YES!). Klaus is in a suit next week. Deep breaths.
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I'm not sure my television can handle that level of hotness!!!!
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my laptop screen would definitely explode,...
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Good riddance, Bonnie Bennett. Never liked you, I hope you actually stay dead. ^__^
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^ a thousand times this.
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All of your favorite characters would be dead without her. Yeah, she's become a plot device, but thats simply due to bad writing for her.
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I was so happy with Jeremy finally died, but that brat is next thing to immortality D:
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they have to let stay Alaric vamp,and jermy!
i had stop watching but when i saw Alaric i did a follow up
Alaric whas a super vamp when he died so plse let him stay vamp
logic is what this season needs now with some big storys and i think it should be Alaric jermy
what better way than teach a teen hunter as a super vamp that has turn good again .

not bring Alaric back and let him nib some silas blood!that would kill the show
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I don't even mind that Silas' ending wasn't cathartic--I'd rather it just be over. If he's out, Klaus is out--do we get a chance at a real reboot next season? It was nice to have Alaric and Lexi back. These characters hardly have honest friendships between them--someone's backstabbing someone one week, someone's humanity is off next--it was refreshing to see characters who genuinely like each other, uncomplicated, have screen time.
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true,... good friends are hard to find,... but only when one end of the rope is Miss I-am-so-bloody-good-that-I-puke-kindness Elena,...
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I was totally bored by this episode. It was much too predictable and low on forward momentum, plus the payoff with the whole Silas deal was pretty much zilch. The veil dropped, as we knew it would. We met up with some dead characters, like we knew we would. Elena attempted to kill Kat and failed, like we knew she would.

And then another character died, which at this point is just old. It probably doesn't help that we never had much real connection to Bonnie - despite that she is a main character - aside from her plot convenience (see: magic). We're also kept from caring by the fact that she's still apparently on the show and might even come back somehow. It just doesn't mean anything.

I guess the only remotely interesting thing that got added to the plot is the (physical?) (semi-permanent/permanent?) return of the hunters, who actually do seem pretty threatening. Gotta love how the season's main Big Bad, an ancient truly immortal vampire, never got to us one bit and yet a handful of hunters actually seem like they could plausibly do some real damage to our characters. We know how all-business they are, and, frankly, just straight-up mean.

I do like Elena's continued Path to Independence arc, even if she is so clearly going about it the wrong way. Actually, that's just going to end up another complaint (sorry) because Elena does have very legitimate and logical reasons to want Katherine dead, like simple justice for Kat's many victims, and yet the writer's are writing her vengeance in a way that makes her look -- silly. As she explains, she's apparently under the impression that killing Kat will free her from all grief and guilt. But clearly Jeremy will still be dead and so too will the waitress. Katherine's death doesn't fix that. That shouldn't be the point. I don't know why they're trying to make that the point. Just let Elena's mission be to stop a monster and deliver deserved fate.

Also - let's just say it - how the hell did Elena do as well as she did in her fight against Kat? She beat the hell out of her and nearly killed her in five seconds. She would have had Stefan not stopped her. How does this physically even make sense? Is Elena now supposed to be 500-year-old Kat's equal in strength because she's been working out a bit lately? I know being linked to Bonnie did nothing to make Kat weaker, since a) she went after Silas and, b) she was made no weaker when connected to human Elena the last time we saw this spell used.

But whatever. I'm sort of back to not being excited about TVD again. It reigned me back in for a while there with Jeremy's actual real death, Elena's heartbreaking meltdown, and her Evilena follow-up. But overall this season's endgame, the arc, the villain - none of it's falling together well. It's just a grim mess. And I'm normally a fan of grim, but not when it's this anticlimactic.

Note: I've never been a big Caroline fan, but I realize now how badly she's needed even just purely to bring some balance/variety to the dynamic. When everyone's a damaged killer with a drinking problem you need to throw in an optimistic ball of energy.

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true,... this season lacked any wow factor,... but TVD was never a show capable of delivering wow factors,... as a hardcore Klaroline shipper I had my few aaahhhh moments and that's that,... Evil Elena remained boring as hell to me,...
killing Kat brings the whole very old debate,... Are we morally allowed to seek vengeance,... I personally think that any kind of killing even self defense takes away a piece of our soul,... so I agree with Stefan about not letting Elena kill anyone,... although she killed 1/5 of vampire population and felt absolutely nothing about it,...
as for her overpowering Katherine,... if you check out my cmnt you see that I have explained it thoroughly,... and the fact that writers are high when they write about Elena,...
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I'm logged in from a computer that is optimized for television, not next, so I was a little surprised to find that your c*nt was explaining things.
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Don't tell me we are on the same page? HURAY,....
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COOLCOOLCOOL I loved this episode so much (JERIMY! ALARICK!LEXI! AAAAA!!!) and I was sooooo not expecting Bonnie to accedentaly kill herself!! (I also kind of found that scene pretty rushed, but hey! They only have a limited amount of time per episode so....) and the reason why jenna wasent there was because we've already established that she went to heaven because her souls remained pure or whatever. (but wait-- Does that meen Alaric, Jerimy and Lexy's souls WERENT pure? WTF??)



GO ELENA! YA THATS RIGHT, YOU ARE YOUR OWN PERSON. U DONT HALF TO LISTEN TO DAMON AND STEFEN 24/7
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Coolcoolcool to this and the other good news of the day ;) (#sixseasonsandamovie)
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*HIGHFIVE*
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Epic!!! Epic!!! Epic!!! Alaric, Kol, Jeremy "How many times do I have to kill you", Lexi and angry vampire hunters. Gotta love the season finale next week
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Hahaha gotta love Matt, his shoulder got pierced and he brushed it off like a scratch.. For the rest: moar Jeremy please. And did Bonnie's spell apparently bring ALL the vampire hunters back instead of just Jerz? I don't mind, they're kinda hot :))) Oh and the exbf vampire hunter of Rebekkah looks too much like Elijah... yichh, incest much?
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oh and: Alaric.
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Back in season 3 Esther the "original witch" told Elena that Aunt Jenna wasn't on the other side because she was still good and pure when she died. That's why she didn't come back when Bonnie dropped the veil. That would've been a continuity error.
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Why the hell wouldn’t she want Katherine dead, Stefan? Lol.

Getting money for graduating FTW!

“Thirteen if you don’t get to the point.” Lol.

Elena is still acting as though she has her humanity off.

Yay, Alaric!

Why would Matt be getting paid when the Grill is obviously closed?

Yay, Kol!

Lol, like Elena would have been able to take Katherine that easily. Do the writers not remember her manhandling both Stefan and Damon at the same time back in S2?

Okay, see, when Silas is being played by the main characters, he’s so much more interesting. Him switching back and forth between Stefan, Caroline, and the disfigured guy was great.

“Isn’t she your girlfriend?” “Who knows?” So true. :p

“Look, Caroline, you’re graduating, and, and Uncle Bob and Aunt Mary really want you to graduate with both hands.”
“Bitch!”
“There is the Caroline I know and loathe.”

Lmao.

Nice scene with Elena at Jeremy’s grave.

Aw, Grams.

Oh, okay. Damon showing his intelligence again.

Alright, Bonnie just turned Silas into stone. Now that was badass.

I was wondering where the hell Jeremy was. I guess he waited until he was really needed. :p

Lexi! And she gives her approval of Caroline and Stefan, lol.

It’s always nice when the show finds a way to bring back past characters. I know a lot of people disliked Ghost World last season but I did.

So one good girl comes back from the brink and the other goes over it. Wait, did they actually just kill off Bonnie? Uh… Now I’m confused.
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Oh, yes and ALARIC! The only dead character that I want back!
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HAVE U FORGOTTEN LEXI????
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Nope :) I just don't miss them.
I think we have enough of Lexi in flashbacks, and bringing back Jeremy, Jenna etc. - it's just a stupid way to get more characters since some are leaving for the Originals. So no.
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En, logical. But I still miss Lexi.

...OMG I FORGOT ABOUT ROSE :O
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Rose is too busy fighting zombies and marrying Asian dudes and ain't got not time for this mess.
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Yeah, I loved Rose, but I still don't want any of the dead characters back... Except fot Ric <3
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JEREMY TOO!
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No. Not Jeremy.
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Meanie. jeremy is amazazing.
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Elena's obsession with killing Kat was ridiculous. It looked so stupid and weird! Good God, Elena can never get a decent storyline.
But the whole 'end of the world' part - that was fun.
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If the veil is dropped within Mystic Falls doesn't that mean that every supernatural creature is essentially completely 'immortal'? If Kole actually killed Elena, she would just pop right back up as a ressurected ghost?
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That's what I was thinking. Killing any supernatural creature right now will accomplish nothing, at least it won't while the veil's still down. Once it's back up though, they'll disappear with the other dead people.
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No, I think it simply means that if they die they'll go where humans go when they die. I'm assuming that's where all of the other supernatural creatures went before the veil was put up in the first place or else the witches and werewolves would have been able to live forever for centuries.
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I don't think anyone put the veil up in the first place, it's just one of those things that has always existed.
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Well, they said Qetsiyah put up the veil.
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Oh really? Whoops, I missed that part. Thanks for the info! :)
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Am I the only one who kinda got the feeling Elena died?... O_o
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No, I don't think she died.
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Jenna couldn't come back, hey brought back SUPERNATURAL creatures. Pay attention.
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Jenna was supernatural. When she died she was a vampire. She didn't come back probably because of her actually moving on like Esther said in the previous season.
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Eh...last time I checked vampire are supernatural creatures.
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Not really sure if this question makes sense.. But what would happen if one of the dead took the cure - someone from the ones, coming from the other side. For example Alaric (he is still a vampire, right?). Probably just nothing. Or maybe they will get REALLY dead (like Jenna, not on the other side, but peacefully dead). But could it be that they for example could no longer go to the other side hence they will stay in the world of the living as mortals (humans)?
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I'm going with the idea that if they took the cure they would come back to life as a human. It's one of those things that I think they would do to bring back a character permanently who has already died since I don't think they'll allow every character present to remain.
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Interesting thought... I'd say they'd get Jenna-dead, since they've already died and will no longer be supes.
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Damn! This show hited the bottom this season. Lets talk about fighting sequences.

Katherine has 500 years, Helena is just a baby compared to her and she cant snap her neck like a human snaps his fingers! How come she needed Stefan to save her life! Really!

What about the beautiful Rebekkah, she as 1000years!!! and shes afraid of a hunter that had to stabber while she was asleep! and two other guys that either are baby vampires compared to her or just some human hunters! Really!!!!

And a 2000 years Vampire that must be Jesus because you know! He has 2000 and some years, and he just turns to dry skin like that! An entire season playing with the big all powerful buggy man and he just... Wait what happen? Oh yeah a big Shotgun that when fired, a flag came out that said bang! Eat that viewers.

I´m not a big fan of TVD either way but DAMN writers! The fact that older Vampires are Stronger is just used when its convenient to you?
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That's not the only thing that doesn't make sense. Remember Elena/Jeremy killing Kol in like 2 minutes? A thousand year old vampire is way stronger than a baby vampire and a human but the writers think the viewers are stupid.

Just the whole season has been a huge mess. There are so many plot holes, and things that don't make sense. I feel rather offended by the terrible writing more than anything. At this point, I'm willing to accept anything. Even non-sense storyline like Elena killing Katherine makes more sense than Elena killing an original vampire.....<< LOL
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When Jeremy killed Kol he wasn't human. He was a hunter. He had supernatural powers.
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I forgot Jeremy was a hunter....too much plot inconsistency, it's hard to keep track of everything, but Erebus69 is totally right. Even so, Kol should have been able to overpower both of them easily.
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Yes he was a hunter, but he was an inexperienced one, he didn't even know how to fight. And even if he had all the experience that the black one had he was a goner just like the black one was!
The black one could kill a 100year old vampire and maybe a 500 one with traps but not a 1000year old one!
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I thought about the "magic at him harder" thing too, but it felt logical considering how the episode ended. Bonnie has always searched for more power, failed to save her friends or defeat the bad guy. She was never quite strong enough. To learn that she was indeed strong enough, she just had to believe in it for once, felt like a redemption for a character who's been tossed around as a toy for most of her run. I was glad it was Bonnie who defeated Silas. It was a worthy triumph before her demise.
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I agree, but then for her to think she'd be strong enough to save Jeremy? Like if she just wanted it hard enough it would happen? For someone so lacking in confidence, it seemed... out of character. Like she doesn't even remember how her grandmother died.
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She saved him before with less power so I don't think that it was illogical for her to think that she could save him again.
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I wasn't particularly impressed with this episode. I mean Bonnie was a complete dumbass this week, I love how 10mins in she is apologizing to her Grams for being an idiot and than in the end she does the exact same stupid thing she did in episode one. Even though I know her death isn't gonna be permanent I wish she would stay dead.

Part of me supports the Caroline/Stefan thing because they are cute together (but I prefer the best friend / brother-sister relationship they have), also it will stop the Elena/Damon/Stefan love triangle. And I want Caroline in a relationship (non-existent Tyler doesn't count) and I know they aren't gonna bring Caroline into the Originals to be with Klaus (or there would be no cast for TVD) so I will settle for a brief fling between Caroline and Stefan, as long as it doesn't ruin their friendship or make things eternally awkward.

I did love the Alaric and Damon scenes, they are sooo cute. Same with the Stefan and Lexi scene (as short as it was).

I actually wasn't really moved by the Elena - Jeremy stuff, I feel like because we have had to watch so much of her "mourning" or Jeremy related complaining I am actually more annoyed having to watch them than actually feeling any sympathy. Especially because after everyone else died they only spend really an episode tops on mourning them before moving on, they dragged Jeremy out far too long for me to care.
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okay I have some thing to say about the show and the damm triangle! The episode had some good parts, like seeing Alaric, Kol, Lexi and Jeremy. I want them to figure out away to keep them on the show for good. I was shocked when Bonnie died. I remembered having some issues with her in the first season, but she kinda grew on me and i am hoping that she somehow gets revived. I am sick of the Delena and Stelena shit! I don't think Elena should end up with either of the guys tbh. I think that she should be by herself for awhile. They do need to find a new love interest for both the guys and stop with the annoying, who loves Elena this week or season and how much one brother loves her more and who deserves her more and stuff...I usually don't care about the shipping unless it has to do with Klaroline but I am so tired of hearing about Stelena and Delena every time I turn around, no offense but the triangle and who Elena is going to end up with is old and tired. ANYWAY, SORRY FOR THE MINIRANT! I did like the episode and the fact that Elena staked Damon in the stomach and punched Stefan in the face made me laugh so hard...I was so happy to see her do something against the guys like that..maybe she could stop playing both guys though, because its pretty obvious that she is doing that. Her speeches to both guys was just so hollow, but she def should try and be more on her own...Silas being mummified did nothing for me because I didn't like him and the plot that had to do with him in the first place. His great power seemed to be just getting in people's head and draining some folks at the hospital and did I miss something, is he a vampire or a warlock? I know he is an immortal being that can't be killed or some shit like that, but come on!?! That was the big bad or is the big bad? So Silas has nothing better to do then complain about not being dead so that he can be with his love and how he can be anyone to someone...wow, color me scared, not!! Klaus is more scary, wait he was more scary(he better get mean in the originals). I am hoping that they somehow manage to get Kol over to the Originals along with Rebecca, but I am hoping that Matt and Rebecca finally get together even though she is going to New Orleans.I loved the Damon and Alaric parts, because it was just nice to see them together again and I am hoping that Matt Davis stays and they can bring the whole bromance back together. I missed Jeremy as well, because well its Jeremy and why wouldn't I miss someone so cute and I missed him with Matt and with Elena. She can still grow and he could still stay and not leave..It's always good to see Lexi. Her scenes with Stefan are so great and how she hinted towards him and Caroline, made me smile. Okay i know that I probably made no sense, but that is just what is rambling on in my head for now...Sorry to anyone I offended.
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I'm gonna be honest with you, I loved this episode and I think it has something to do with the totally dumb way the Silas arc was resolved. Basically, it was not the centre of the episode. I believe the episode arc was around the veil and what would happen when all the supernatural creatures returned. No one cared about Silas. If you ask me tomorrow, I'm not even gonna remember what happened to him, because the highlights of the episode where the reunions: The ones we wanted and the ones we feared. Elena- Jeremy was really moving and emotional and meant closure for her, and us. I must confess a tear might have dropped during the Gilbert hugging. I liked that Kol was true to him Original ways and wanted to kill Elena even if he had only one day or less on Earth.
Damon-Alaric made my day. I miss Rick like crazy and I think Damon misses his drinking buddy way too much. Those two made a hell of a team and I enjoyed watching them together again. I actually screamed loudly when he showed up.
And when Stefan was telling Caroline about the person he was expecting but didn't see, I was already screaming Lexi's name so much that I freaked out my cat. It's funny how we met her the same episode she died and only returned in flashbacks yet she's one of the most beloved characters on tvd. Arielle and Paul have so much chemestry it's impossible not to love them and not to instatly feel like a long lost best friend of those two!.
I felt tvd was back to good old awesomeness this last two episodes (thank god) and I hope I see that again in the finale.
Also, even though I didn't quite expected it, it's not surprising that Bonnie died doing a spell. She's tried to do more than she's physically capable of before, so no news there. But I'm sure she'll find a way back or something...
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OMG BONIE IS DEAAAAAAAAAAD! YES! Thank you Jesus!
-She's not gonna stay dead. Damn it.
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This season kinda made me wanna quit this show, but I have to say to credit the TVD, is whenever I was about to give up on this show they managed to pull me back in and last night episode did just that , killing off bonnie was surprising and also best decision they ever made ,look I'm not a total bonnie hater mostly I don't really mind her and it's always nice to rag on her because she's like the worst witch on TV ever most of her magic mostly include turning off the light or making fire ,and how does she even know what mambo jambo to chant when she perform any of her spells … but anyway aside from that thanks to bonnie lame magic we finally got rid of silas so yey for that.

Also seeing Alaric and Jeremy back was very touching and moving I loved the fact the Alaric didn't waste any time in finding the nearest liquor, but why did silas had to look like him in the end hasn't Alaric played evil possessed way too many times first with klaus hijacking his body, then with he's evil alter ego, why can't Alaric just be Alaric. Missed him and damon bromance .:(

Oh and I really hope it's not damon who takes the cure like many predicted in the season final .
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How was killing Bonnie the best decision? It's just makes no sense to me.

What they are going to do? Cast someone else, just because the show needs a witch? That's not going to work, because no one is going to like someone better than Kat Graham. Or bring her back? How? Too much inconsistentsy, and terrible writing. If you going to have someone die, just leave them DEAD.
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Say that to Supernatural.
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WTH...Bonnie's dead AGAIN, geez can the witch stop getting the raw end of the stick already. The gift of seeing Jeremy and Alaric again is a dead Bonnie, ugh. Hopefully she'll hunt them all. Although it was great seeing Jeremy, I keep finding myself annoyed at Elena, her grieving, her anger, her rebellion, her bad attitude and yes her whining. Really have lost interest even if all her emotion all her emotion and kind of which all her emotions will come barrreling back in a wave that drowns her. But she's a vampire...she will live. Katherine is always entertaining although she's lost some cool points recently, I still thinks she's bad azz. Now the hunters at the end was interesting.
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I know, Katherine has been screwed over this season to make Elena look better. But honestly nothing the writers do is gonna redeem Elena or make her a badass. They need to stop dragging the story of every other character into the mud just to make Elena look interesting. If your main character is that boring than perhaps you should focus more on collective cast or other characters and not so much on her. I am aware the story and the books are supposed to be about her, but the show has changed so much and developed things so why not move past the basic Elena driven plot, which can really only surround around the love triangle or her difficulties with being a new vampire.
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Amen,.... Amen,...
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I have only one comment. Bromances can totally be mashed up into one name, hence Dalaric ;)
Thanks for the review. Loved the episode.
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Overall a decent episode. Not as good as last week, but should set us up for a nice little season finale after what's mostly been a crappy season.

The winners this episode:
1) Sherriff Forbes: for delivering the line of dialogue that best sums up the viewers’ reaction to season 4: “I have no idea what that means.” I’m sorry, I’ve watched all of this season and I STILL have no idea how the veil works, why Bonnie just now figured out that she can dessicate Silas, or really much of anything else related to the whole Silas/Qetsiyah/MacGuffin storyline. Nor do I care. Time for a new season/new bad guy. This one is tired.

2) Alaric/Damon: the epic bromance continues. Loved it.

3) Matt/Rebekah: not as cute as Klaroline, but I still am rooting for these two. He’s the humanity she doesn’t have and probably won’t ever get. She’s a badass who can protect him from all the evils in Mystic Falls. Go Mabekah, go!

The losers this episode:
1) Lexi: apparently it’s hard to find a good place for hair extensions on the other side. Poor girl’s extensions looked like Britney Spears’ circa 2010, and that is NOT a good thing.

2) Bonnie: should’ve listened to Grams. She should have known Jasmine Guy would never lead her astray.

3) Nina Dobrev/Elena: how ridiculous did she look doing pull-ups?? I would have thought being a vampire would a) make pull-ups unnecessary and b) make doing pull-ups look easy, but apparently I was wrong on both accounts.

4) Kol: Julie Plec just won’t let this guy stick around long enough for some character development, which is a shame because I bet he could be interesting. And be nice eye candy, too.

5) Caroline: not only will Elena not apologize for her for trying to kill her and saying some pretty un-BFF-like things to her, but then she’s forced to cut herself and gets slapped by Rebekah. WHY DOES CAROLINE HAVE TO KEEP GETTING TORTURED FOR NO REASON???..And to top it off, there was no Klaus around to help nurse her wounds...which leads me to the other loser this episode…

6) Klaus: he wasn’t in this episode and I missed him. Not sure I’m gonna be able to handle next season if he’s not in it. Who’s going to slaughter hybrids and have an amazing accent and sit and grin villainous smiles all the time???
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AGREEEEEEEEEEEEEEED,...
They torture Caroline left and right,... it is disgusting,... torture plot devices should always be tough guys with lots of muscles and a I-stab-myself-when-I-am-bored attitude,...
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I want to marry this post. It is my perfect match.

A LOL at Sheriff Forbes having no clue about what's been happening this year and a WTF at Bonnie pulling a Medusa on Silas. That was easy.

Dalaric = <3

No one is as anywhere near cute as Klaroline (it's ok, I know you know this) :D I'm rooting for Mabekah too. Mashed potato babies! (Once she takes the cure of course).

It's ok Lexi, you're back with your bestie now, you guys can braid each other's hair and no-one will notice your Britney extensions.

Bonnie. Ugh. I can't believe she still hasn't learnt anything! You can't just be resurrecting people all willy-nilly like that.

Haha, vampires doing pull-ups? Like what? Why? I understand they can still learn fighting moves and technique and stuff but doesn't strength come strictly from blood and age?

I'm very shallow when it comes to Kol; he could be interesting I guess but I'm really in it because he's hot and I love his accent.

Elena was such a b*tch to Caroline! Seriously, not even an apology? Rage Elena didn't seem that different to Humanity Off Elena. Ugh the Humanity Switch, right? Poor Caroline, she can't catch a break. (The slap was funny though).

Klaus. Sigh. Where have you been all my life? What? I saw you a couple of weeks ago? Feels like a lifetime.
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Klaus,... sigh,... sigh,... moan,...moan,... moan louder,... moan even louder,...Klaus,... silence,... end of scene,...
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The general feeling I've had for this entire season was confirmed in this episode: Alaric is the glue that makes Mystic Falls better. He was the reason the show picked up pace in S1. It fell apart when he left at the top of this season. He comes back this episode, and magically everything works again. If Matt Davis really returns for S5, I'm more optimistic about where the show is going than I have been all year.
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I hope Alaric sticks around too. Him and Damon are awesome and adorable together!
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I'm not going to say that it was only because of him why I enjoyed this episode so much. It was a combination of many of the characters and scenes.
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I agree with you. It was a great episode all around. I just feel like when he IS around, the episode quality tends to be higher. Might be a coincidence
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I miss Alaric, too! So good to have him back.
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I hadn't missed him at all, but it was great to see him. Him and Damon are awesome together.
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exactly how I feel,...
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My first thought after watching this was "are you fking serious" ? BONNIE IS DEAD??@!?!?!??!!?!?!?

Seriously, what's happening to this show? If she really is dead, I'm officially done.

I'm so upset, there's not much else to say. The whole Silas non-sense killed off both Jeremy and Bonnie and for what? Nothing? It was lame, Silas isn't scary, he is pathetic. Elena is finally back to her old self boo-hoo....why it took them all season long to mess up her character to being her old self again? No freaking point! Nothing that happened seemed to matter anymore.

If Bonnie doesn't return to the living, count me out.

Sincerely, Kat Graham fan.

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Yeah, I feel like they'll bring her back but why? Just leave her dead and hope the writers don't introduce any witches just because it's "essential" to the show
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she can not remain dead,... I mean she is the queen of plot devices,... how can they manage anything without her,... ?
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Not sure, if sarcastic or not. But, there are other Bonnie fans out there, and they have killed off enough characters as it is. They didn't have to kill Bonnie, it serves no purpose to the story or the show itself. It was stupid idea. It makes no sense.
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not sarcastic,... I am not a Bonnie fan nor a Bonnie hater,... just someone who thinks she is necessary for TVD,... probably the most necessary and most definitely more necessary than Elena,...
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