For an episode with some heavy storylines and a high death count, Death and the Maiden was a heck of a lot of fun, thanks to bonus Ninas and Pauls, more Katherine and Caroline moments, and the triumphant last moments of two bitter-to-the-end badasses.
Tis the season for doppelgängers! As Damon and Jeremy try to bring Bonnie back from the Other Side by teaming up with Silas, while Tessa tries to subvert the plan and bug Elena for good measure, Handle with Care finds its life in the other doppelgänger’s storyline. Long-in-the-tooth Katherine and mystery-solving Caroline are the dynamic duo needed to save the day from doldrums.
It’s strange to think about how far we’ve come from the end of season one when Katherine Pierce was the Big Bad in Mystic Falls, the most ruthless, the most hated, the baddie that our gang plotted to kill — and seemed justified in doing so. In Monster’s Ball, she’s a compelling contender for most human — and most vulnerable. On The Vampire Diaries, the diabolical ones are never limited to hero or villain classifications, and the final moments of this episode prove that the moral ground the “good guys” stand on is very very shaky.
Instead of blazing forward, this episode of TVD looked back; with the morbidly only-in-Mystic Falls Remembrance Day celebration as the backdrop, For Whom the Bells Tolls was all about remembering — the past, your lost loved ones, and what the point of being good is in the face of all this crazy-awful.
Geez, not much to talk about with this episode… Except the massive backstory revelations, insane twists, flashback hair like none seen before, and the introduction of a sane, rational, well-adjusted character we heard so very much about last season. Original Sin gave us the other side of the story Silas and his followers fed us, with implications for our doppelgängers that shake the foundation of what we thought we knew. To Ancient Greece!
More of that, please! In a romp of an episode, the idea of ‘finding yourself’ at college is made fun as the gang unselfconsciously figures out how to be in a new era with unfamiliar surroundings and no de facto leader Stefan to guide them. What would a hero do, what would the reformed serial killer do? What’s the human thing to do and what kind of choices will make people treat you like you’re the frickin’ moonstone? With another great episode full of peppy dialogue, snark aplenty, and some unexpected heroics, season five is shaping up to be the fun year for us that Caroline wants so much at Whitmore.
It’s been a long summer without The Vampire Diaries, especially since most of us didn’t spend it shacking up with a beautiful vampire, sending postcards from the Other Side, or having champagne-fueled threesomes (I presume…), and season five kicked off with a fresh and fun episode. Fresh and fun but also, you know, full of suffering, torment, violence, near deaths, and actual deaths. It is, after all, The Vampire Diaries.
The Vampire Diaries Season 5 premiere draws ever closer (Thursday, October 3, 8/7c on the CW) and that means it’s time to start ramping up the anticipation around here. What sort of havoc will Silas wreak with his actual face? Can Damon and Elena make a semi-long distance relationship work? Will Tyler return to town now that Klaus has lifted the threat on his life? How will they explain Jeremy’s return? Will Matt have regrets about keeping things with Rebekah “on the road”? Will Caroline be top of her class at college? Will Bonnie get lonely on the other side? Will Stefan be at the bottom of that waterfall forever?!
In honor of today’s Vampire Diaries Season 4 DVD/Blu Ray release (get your copy, quick!), and the impending release of Love You To Death – Season 4: The Unofficial Companion to The Vampire Diaries (out October 1, 2013!), we thought we’d spin you through some fun highlights from the season.
You know those moments that are so satisfying, so awesome, or so wrenching that you become physically overwhelmed? GUYS, WE HAVE A LOT OF FEELINGS ABOUT VAMPIRE DIARIES SEASON 4.
Hello, hello, and welcome to the last In Review of The Vampire Diaries Season 4! Thanks for your patience in awaiting this post; we hope you’ll accept this sneak peek at the super-sized episode write-ups you can expect to find in Love You to Death – Season 4: The Unofficial Companion to The Vampire Diaries. The book version will have additional sections – Circle of Knowledge, History Lesson, Previously on The Vampire Diaries, and Off Camera – but below is the review (pre-edit!) that you’ll see in the book. We’re also happy to announce that we can add showrunner Julie Plec to the interview list we teased last month. You can pre-order LYTD4 on Amazon US and Amazon UK.
After high-school graduation, real life begins — or at least it can feel that way as the last rite of passage of the teenage years means everything becomes optional and what happens next is a choice. For most of the seniors assembled in Mystic Falls (congrats for living to see this day!), the question of what comes next is a huge one. That “anything’s possible” spirit of graduation comes into a neat contrast with the guys willing to blow up Grandma and Grandpa at the Grill to see that their immovable destiny is fulfilled. The Hunters return to life determined and more goal-oriented than Caroline Forbes on a prom steering committee. There’s no two ways about it: Silas must be destroyed with the cure. Their presence drives the action of Graduation, as do the resurrected massacred interested in keeping that veil down, but that single-mindedness about their purpose is about as far from the average graduate’s state of mind, and it acts as a supernatural foil to the big decisions the seniors have to make now that high school is over, and they’re moving on to the next phase of their lives — whether in this realm or on the Other Side.
Graduation day is almost upon us, my friends! Express-post those grad announcements to Uncle Bob and Aunt Mary, because the cap-and-gown finale is right around the corner. And in true TVD fashion, The Walking Dead unleashed a whole lot of crazy in preparation for the big finish. Of course, in Mystic Falls, the “zombies” are a heck of a lot prettier than on that other show . . .