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 . . .
For an episode that was pretty crammed with torture and torment, She’s Come Undone was a surprising amount of fun. But there’s also that inescapable The End Is Nigh feeling: finales are always game-changing on this series, and the approaching graduation day feels even more so than usual. SPOILERS! CONTINUE READING “HOW TO DEAL.”
Ah, remember the old days when we met the Originals and they were so incredibly awesome and we all thought, “That family needs its own series!”? TV dreams do come true, my friends, but rarely do they look so good (and sound so good) as The Originals did on Thursday night. Serving as the backdoor pilot for the series — which has already been picked up! — the episode was framed with Mystic Falls action, but its heart was in New Orleans.
An era is coming to an end! On the eve of the backdoor pilot for The Originals, the Mystic Falls teens (and creepily too-old-for-high-school Damon) head to prom to pay homage to a time of their lives (hopefully not the best) drawing to a close. But as they find themselves already grieving — both the actually dead and the dead-to-you friend in Elena — the high school rite of passage that is senior prom played out a little less than the Best Night Ever that Caroline hoped and dreamed for her pals. But hey isn’t that what prom is all about?
Willoughby, Pennsylvania: cream corn capital, beautiful place to die, and the site of the return of two of the most beloved characters on TVD. With doppelganger hijinks, hilarity, twists, tricks and ultimatums, American Gothic held me captive, like Katherine with a fork through her hand at the diner table. Except, you know, willingly captive.
Despite things taking a downturn for the brothers Salvatore (double fail, boys), Because the Night was wildly entertaining, and perhaps my favorite Lexi flashback ever? Quippy lines, twists aplenty, and fabulous hair — with a kickass soundtrack to boot. Bring on the night…
After the sob-fest of Stand By Me, the writers gave the characters — and us poor heartbroken fans — a break this week and had Elena and company try to have a little fun for once.
When we first met Elena Gilbert, she was grieving, but she was determined to go on living in the face of tragedy, in the face of loss. In Down the Rabbit Hole and Stand by Me, Elena Gilbert is once again tested: her faith that everything will somehow work out for the best is stretched thin to a breaking point, when the search for the cure ends in disappointment and the risks wagered result in incalculable loss.
As much as it’s always fun to leave Mystic Falls and take the TVD action out of town, if there was one skippable episode this season so far, Into the Wild was it for me. Still waiting for Silas to be magicked out of his tomb…but there still was lots to entertain and debate.