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.
After a season-long build-up to breaking the curse, it was a little surreal to actually see the curse broken. An episode that very much felt like the culmination of a season’s worth of mythology, backstory, characters’ choices and growth, The Sun Also Rises managed to pack in some serious action and slaying as well as poignant moments that won’t be soon forgotten. I know that I’m not the only one who’s been listening to “Skinny Love” on repeat since Thursday. As the sun rises on the day after the sacrifice, we’re left with a lot to grieve.
Above the desk where I’m writing this (my bride-to-be bestie has kindly loaned me use of her office) is one of those posters: Keep Calm and Carry On. (Yes, I’m in England.) And after The Last Day I imagine something along those lines is what’s repeating in Elena’s head as she is faced with an impending sacrifice and all sorts of complications — those twists and turns the evil, evil Vampire Diaries loves to throw our way so we scream and cry at our television.
Amazing. Klaus pulled the rug out from under us and instead of feeling cheated by the massive mythology fakeout, I’m giddy with excitement at the revelations. Vee has done an excellent run-down of the mythology and its implications — and to say there is a lively discussion in the comments on that post would be as understated as saying I kind of have a crush on Elijah. Be sure to read it and chime in with your thoughts.
That was one well-decorated high school gymnasium. Mystic Falls loves to go all out for its many events but the only one from our gang who truly got into the spirit was Damon, dancing up a storm in his leather pants while the rest were as grim as if they headed to their own funeral — and with good reason.
It’s back! And The Vampire Diaries is just as hellbent as ever on freaking us out with heartbreak, supernatural twists, and double crosses galore. It’s the beginning of the end of season 2, my friends.