The first episode after a break is always highly anticipated and this one was no exceptions. While I feel like it delivered, for the most part, it felt in other parts disconnected and didn't do the best possible job of connecting all the events from the previous episode. For instance, it would have been nice to see Rebekah's awakening to April and how they reacted to one an other. It was unclear what each other's feelings were towards one an other in this episode, and it was unclear as to why April especially, did some of the things she did. Rebekah holding up the dagger that Caroline had attempted to use on her was a clever heart-stopper but ultimately was anticlimactic when it was revealed Caroline was fine. Tyler being forced to shift was also a scary moment but ultimately anticlimactic as he didn't really come close to harming anyone at all.
Overall it felt like there was too much happening and yet too little information. That being said, Rebekah was a fantastic player in this episode and it was great to see her back in action. It was also very interesting to see how the characters and teams split up and reassambled in various ways. The race is now on to get to the cure and Silas- this mysterious Silas who as it seems isn't just a mere legend. Bonnie is still under Professor Shady's grip which could lead down interesting paths, and the introduction of her father might be an other valuable element still. Jeremy's spiral in to darkness is something to watch for. No sign of Hayley in this episode - she probably headed for the hills or a safe hideout while waiting for things to blow over because she has too little friends and too many foes at this point but I know we haven't seen the last of her, especially after Shane told her Silas could bring them back. Which after what he mentioned in this episode makes me wonder if they weren't amongst the victims of one of the ritualistic sacrifices.
All in all not the best standalone episode out there but certainly a good build up for things to come.