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The Vampire Diaries

Season 5 Episode 11

500 Years of Solitude

88
Aired Thursday 8:00 PM Jan 23, 2014 on The CW
8.1
out of 10
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104 votes
9

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With her impending death, 500-year-old Katherine reminisces about her life and the night she gave birth in 1490. Stefan informs Elena, Caroline and Bonnie that Katherine doesn't have long to live. Damon, Matt and Jeremy talk about Katherine's infamous moments. Stefan and Elena are forced to help Nadia save her mother. Caroline indulges in some scandalous behavior. Katherine and Elena share a moment of bonding.

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  • Unexpected, but plesantly surprised :)

    10
    Totally unexpected, but plesantly surprised by the klaroline moment, I've been waiting for that in a long time! and with Tyler being free from the garden and coming back, ought to shake things up seriously. on a side note, I wish they would clear up the timeline with 'originals'. I know Rebekah said three months, but a lot of thing has been going on in New Orleans lately... And like others, I'm glad it was not the end of Kathrine, I would miss her scheming, excited to see what diabolical plan she comes up with next. I imagine the others finding out she's not really dead pretty fast, with Bonnie being the anker and all.



    But really, what's up with that Klaroline ending? No proper goodbye?!

    On a Little sidenote as to how klaroline could have enden in a better way, in my opinion. I'd prefer that it didn't end at all, but this is how it could take a good break:

    After the hot, hot moment in the woods, Klaus compels Caroline to forget everything. What happened in the woods and about him completely, he's letting her go to live her own life and grow into her vampire life. Bittersweet romance, matches them well :) then, one day, she visits New Orleans, meets Klaus and her memories returns and the EPIC romance is reborn in it's own time and without interuptions from vampires, WHO just won't die, witches and bad writers :)moreless
  • Predictably LAME!!!!!

    6.5
    I knew it, I knew it. Way to ruin a perfectly good episde!!! LAME!!!!!
  • Disappointing filler episode

    7.0
    This was a total let down for a 100th episode, I expected something much more, it felt rushed and hap hazardly put together and more like a filler than a land mark milestone. The storylines were forced and thrown together with no thought to consistency. They relied too much on the emotional death bed of Katherine and put little thought into the rest. So What was wrong?..



    Damon's mental torture of Katherine on her death bed and he even tries to smother her until the sheriff stops him. Why all of a sudden is Damon doing this? Sure, he has his reasons to hate her, but she's been human for months now, and he's not acted like this before and to torture someone on their death bed is cowardly, something Damon is not. Also would Damon forget so easily when he was on his death bed, it was Katherine who turned up with his cure. Would a vampire really use a pillow to kill a human? Would the sheriff really have to arrest him if he did? That would be fun in court proving the murder of someone who was born and died hundreds of years ago.



    Klaus turned up when he heard Katherine was dying. Why now? He would have been the first on the scene the minute he heard she was human, her blood would be useful for him again, the blood he's spend hundreds of years searching for.



    Klaus and Rebekah turn up now, like there's nothing major keeping them busy in new Orleans at the moment.



    The fans really wanted Klaroline, but this felt rushed and just included to make the easily pleased slightly pleased.



    The drinking game. It was funny at first, then it went on and on like what should have been a quick joke was dragged out to fill in time.



    For Katherine's body jump plan to work it would require Elena to visit her deathbed alone before she died, How did she know for certain Elena would come alone at just the right time? She could have come after she dies, not come at all or she could have had Stephan/Damon/Caroline/Bonnie/Jeremy/Matt/The sheriff/The pope with her.



    For the 100th episode, I expected a shocker, I guess that was supposed to be Katherine in Elenas body, well that's not been a shocker since the episode where Katherine said she liked her own body too much to swap with someone. Elena was really the only option.



    I expected past dead characters to be back, but for a reason, not just to say Hi. I expected a character death, Katherine doesn't really count. For a moment I got excited, briefly. when Bonnie was seeing the dead and she saw Tyler - I cheered, then I realised everyone could see him so he was alive - I cried.



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  • Emotionally charged but conveniently written, "500 Years of Solitude" is a filler episode preparing the ground for what's to come...

    6.5
    *CONTAINS SPOILERS*



    While this was supposed to be the 100th episode of the show, it was pretty much a filler, preparing the story for the new direction.



    Convenient writing was present at maximum doses, since Nadia broke in Salvatore's house unnoticed, Kathrine changed her mind twice about her demise, Klaus and Rebekah came together despite Rebekah is planning against him in the spin-off series, Klaus was more interested in having sex with Karoline in the end presenting another forced romance on the supposedly ruthless original, Tyler once again spawned out of nowhere for no purpose, somehow Nadia knew that Kathrine was planning to enter Elena's body despite they split when Kathrine was ready to accept her fate, Kathrine used her mind to revive back to life (a clever yet cheap way to make us believe that Kathrine really died), sheriff Forbes was there to prevent Damon kill Kathrine and the fact Bonnie didn't rushed up to Kathrine when she saw her ghost and then she disappeared.



    I was expecting more of Kathrine's past through flashbacks, we just got 2 new flashbacks and 1 old one.



    Drinking to Kathrine's upcoming death was funny but Matt drinking and laughing with the creature which killed his sister and has the audacity resurfacing it was too much.



    Damon feeling righteous and selfless and continuing the forced break up with Elena is even more forced than their break up itself. Oh, and extremely irritating since the possessed Elena/Kathrine will chase Stefan once more now. No love triangle was as frustrating and repetitive as this one... It has to end.



    As for the final scene, it didn't surprise me if that was its purpose. I was sure that Kathrine, despite her suicide tendencies lately, will try to survive. Is what she has been doing for 5 centuries. And there's no better body to possess than Elena's. As for Elena, she and Stefan was stupified earlier in the episode despite they realized that Nadia led them to a trap and they reacted only when it was too late. Travelers only needed some blood, despite they are both vampires now and it shouldn't really matter...



    Awaiting for what the rest of the season will bring, given the fact that Silas' chapter was quickly closed with 1 million unanswered questions (including the actual purpose of the dopplegangers since they can't be used to kill the immortal original versions after all) and the same thing happened with the promising Augustine chapter. I just have the feeling the show doesn't know where to direct itself anymore. Hope I am wrong...



    Original score 6 +0,5 bonus for its emotional content and the possibility that Kathrine was actually planning to aboard Elena's body all along.moreless
  • Loved to see them again

    10
    Great episode, not only for the obvious reasons (Klaroline <3, Katherine being as devious as ever, Elena seeming jealous). What I really loved was the way former characters revisited, especially aunt Jenna and Alaric. Gives me hope they might revisit some more in the future.

    Really a very thrilling 100th episode!
Nina Dobrev

Nina Dobrev

Elena Gilbert/Katherine Pierce

Paul Wesley

Paul Wesley

Stefan Salvatore

Ian Somerhalder

Ian Somerhalder

Damon Salvatore

Zach Roerig

Zach Roerig

Matt Donovan

Candice Accola

Candice Accola

Caroline Forbes

Katerina Graham

Katerina Graham

Bonnie Bennett

Taylor Treadwell

Taylor Treadwell

Mia

Guest Star

Josué Gutierrez

Josué Gutierrez

Ivan

Guest Star

Monica Louwerens

Monica Louwerens

Doctor

Guest Star

Olga Fonda

Olga Fonda

Nadia Petrova

Recurring Role

Marguerite MacIntyre

Marguerite MacIntyre

Sheriff Elizabeth Forbes

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