Flashback hair. Sword fights. Elijah. The origin story of a predatory species. A thousand-year-old lie. (Probably.) We got a ton of information in Ordinary People — if you haven’t already, make sure to read this rundown of the Original Family, complete with a boatload of speculation and interesting comments. As in every other good Vampire Diaries exposition session, it was done not only to satisfy our burning questions about how things came to be, but to push characters in compelling directions, provide parallels across storylines and centuries, and set up what is sure to be an explosive midseason finale next week.
The one and only Julie Plec tweeted that this episode was meant as a holiday treat for longtime fans, and Ghost World delivered on that promise. Such a high mortality rate in Mystic Falls means a wealth of ghostly potential to draw on. Bringing back lost fan favorites could have played out like a cheap emotional trick, but instead in true TVD form, Ghost World was all treat, tying up loose ends in a way that resonated across the storylines and set up new mythological goodness for the episodes to come.
I need to get a thesaurus, because the phrase “another amazing episode” is going to get tired this season. But Smells Like Teen Spirit was another amazing episode. As the seniors (and Jer) returned to Mystic Falls High and reflected on how different their lives were one short year ago, we were treated to a number of callbacks to season 1 to share in that feeling of how simple things used to be. But thank the TVD gods that things have become so damn complicated.
Elena’s life is the worst. She shouldn’t even try to be happy anymore, because the second that girl smiles, her worst nightmare is just waiting to pop up around the corner to make her suffer. Season 3 was already exceeding my very expectations, and The Reckoning was another amazing episode, one that delivered many clues to the past (read the two excellent posts on hybrid and mythology speculation if you haven’t already!) and set up so much complicated plot and relationship goodness for the future.
An episode that felt kind of old school, Disturbing Behavior brought Mystic Falls back to the heart of the show — with characters coming home, the council becoming relevant again, and yet another Lockwood estate party that no one really wants to go to. While there was no shortage of disturbing behavior from a few of our MF friends, the rest of the gang decided that it was time to be straight with each other.
We all love a good flashback episode and we’ve been lucky enough to get some amazing ones in the first two seasons of The Vampire Diaries. But The End of the Affair’s Roaring Twenties puts the others to shame — it’s the most stylish, visually realized trip back through time with a soundtrack to match. Pair that with amazing twists, delightfully devilish behavior, sexy vampire action, tears and heartache, and the introduction of a much-anticipated character. Chicago really is a magical place.
Even when you’re the oldest, meanest vampire in the history of time, sometimes the best-laid plans go awry. Like, bleeding-from-the-eyes awry.
And we’re back! Our favorite show has returned with a killer episode (pun intended, sweet peas) that jumps ahead two months from the finale to a Mystic Falls that’s trying its darnedest to be a normal, boring human town. But moving on from the past proves to be impossible — and we wouldn’t want it any other way.
In case you haven’t heard (but you have, right?), The Vampire Diaries will have a new 9 p.m. partner this fall on the CW: The Secret Circle, based on L.J. Smith’s trilogy of the same name, adapted for the screen by Kevin Williamson (executive producer, The Vampire Diaries) and Andrew Miller (creator, Imaginary Bitches web series). Yep, an Alloy Entertainment/L.J. Smith/Kevin Williamson block on Thursday nights, which has us long-time fans of both series pinching ourselves and wondering what year it is. (The Secret Circle was originally published in 1992.)
The series stars Britt Robertson as Cassie (center) and (left to right) Thomas Dekker as Adam, Jessica Parker Kennedy as new (i.e.: non-book) character Melissa, Louis Hunter as Nick, Shelley Hennig as Diana, and Phoebe Tonkin as Faye.
The short version: We really, really liked The Secret Circle pilot.
NOTE: Yes, there are major changes from the books, but we think most fans are braced for that and we won’t dwell on the details here. (Tierney Bricker has an excellent breakdown if you’re curious about books vs. pilot. Please be aware that there have been changes to the pilot since the posting of the article.)
And so it ends. It’s incredible to think how much has happened — how many lives lost, characters transformed, and game-changing moments occurred — since The Return in September. This finale, following the action-packed curse-breaking The Sun Also Rises, was much more of a denouement than last season’s finale, but As I Lay Dying not only resolved some lingering emotional threads, the episode left us with things we took for granted forever twisted, so we can spend the summer theorizing about the implications for our friends in Mystic Falls.