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Posted by | May 15, 2014, 6:44 (MST) | 8 Comments
Category: The Vampire Diaries TV

XXPreviously on The Vampire Diaries, much of the episode was drowned out by the sound of the audience screaming. In fact, some of us are still screaming. We’re not at all ready for the season finale and at the same time are desperate to watch it. This show, man. It’s going to be a loooong day. Here are your recaps and twitter reactions from Promised Land (EP521). Enjoy!


Everyone okay out there? TVD did what TVD does best on Thursday night, and that’s to leave us tweeting in all-caps or stunned into silence. Did that really happen?
Vampire Diaries In Review: Promised Land (EP521) – One Move Left
By Crissy Calhoun, Vampire-Diaries.Net

So, that happened. Maybe.

The Vampire Diaries has always played fast and loose with death. After all, death is practically baked into the premise; when we first met the characters back in season one, Stefan and Damon were undead brothers wooing a girl whose parents were killed in a devastating accident. Death surrounded everyone and everything from the very beginning—and since then, everyone on the show has died at least once, some permanently. Death is such a constant in the TVD universe that being alive and human is actually the rarity at this point (with only Jeremy and Matt claiming that honor amongst the regular characters right now, despite both dying many times in the past). Mystic Falls is a mixed up, morbid world.
The Vampire Diaries: “Promised Land”: That didn’t really happen. Or did it?
By Carrie Raisler, A.V. Club

Is Stefan Salvatore really dead?!? That’s all fans want to know following The Vampire Diaries Season 5 Episode 21.
The Vampire Diaries Round Table: Rest in Peace, Stefan?!?
By Miranda Wicker, Leigh Raines, TV Fanatic, and Crissy Calhoun & Heather Vees from

Like a baby raccoon holding a handgun, television can force us to feel multiple conflicting emotions all at the same time. You know? First there’s disbelief, then there’s actual belief, then there’s joy, then there’s fear, then it’s back to disbelief again, then it’s time to lay down on a pile of pine cones and go to sleep. Same with a baby raccoon holding a handgun.
The Vampire Diaries “Promised Land” Review: Heart of the Matter (PHOTO RECAP)
By Price Peterson,


Posted by | May 8, 2014, 12:21 (MST) | 5 Comments
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XXPreviously on The Vampire Diaries, Damon was having a really bad day…and honestly? So was everyone else. Gotta agree with Price Peterson on this one (see below), this town is rough on people. Easy on sales of liquor, though! Only two more episodes left in this season; here are your recaps and reactions for What Lies Beneath (EP520).


When you’re on the run from an evil magic nomadic people and you could hide anywhere in the world, where do you go? Isolated cabin in the woods. It’s picturesque, it’s perfect for boozing it up, and it’s chock-full of opportunity for a vengeful ghost to get all revenge-y. Let’s talk about What Lies Beneath!
Vampire Diaries In Review: What Lies Beneath (EP520) – Cabin in the Woods
By Crissy Calhoun, Vampire-Diaries.Net

A handsome sassy ghost burned down a barn, vampires played charades, gypsies had a slumber party in a cave, a handsome witch wore a very nice sweater, and a vampire-werewolf had his abs licked by a stranger. This episode was entertaining, is what I’m trying to say. Let’s talk about it!
The Vampire Diaries “What Lies Beneath” Review: Pressurized Cabin (PHOTO RECAP)
By Price Peterson,

Perhaps the worst thing about these past couple of Vampire Diaries seasons is that they’ve almost turned the show into what most of us feared it would be in the first place, the show we swore to our friends, acquaintances, and even strangers it was nothing like. Constant relationship drama, love triangles, and even love rhombuses have come to the forefront of the show, instead of just being fodder for promotional materials. The rich, complex stories of the first two or three seasons (depending on whom you ask) are now oftentimes exchanged for meandering, forgettable plots.
Still, there are a couple of things TVD can do that will make me forget all of my worries about the show. When the show goes back to its horror roots, it’s easy to momentarily forget all the bad that has been going on. Also, put any of these characters in cabin, and I’m predisposed to not hate the episode. Luckily, “What Lies Beneath” does both these things and is a better episode for it.
The Vampire Diaries: “What Lies Beneath”: Secrets, lies, and the monologuing ghost guy
By LaToya Ferguson, A.V. Club

The Vampire Diaries Season 5 Episode 20 told a ghost story. But was it a scary one? Did it do an enviable job of building momentum toward The Vampire Diaries Season 5 finale? And should Caroline and Stefan happen or what?!?
The Vampire Diaries Round Table: “What Lies Beneath”
By Leigh Raines of TV Fanatic and Crissy Calhoun & Heather Vees of


Posted by | May 1, 2014, 10:45 (MST) | No Comments
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XX Previously on The Vampire Diaries, the TVD fandom spent the entire hour wailing Enzo’s name on Twitter. It was a veritable Enzopalooza, there’s no doubt that this character has won the hearts of quite a lot of fans. Only a couple more episodes before the end of season 5 (!), so savor every moment of Man On Fire (EP519) before the new episode rolls in tonight.


As we find ourselves upon the final episodes of season 5, Man on Fire relegated the supernatural-wacky-doodle stuff to the subplot, to instead focus on Damon’s only friend hell-bent on revenge. It’s been a season of characters being forgotten, left behind, abandoned, and Enzo locked in a cage for 70 years might get top prize for most hard done by.
Vampire Diaries In Review: Man On Fire (EP519) – Not a Care in the World
By Crissy Calhoun, Vampire-Diaries.Net

For a while now The Vampire Diaries has been slowly dismantling all its earlier simplistic notions of teen romance and trading it in for something more enduring and nuanced. That means hookups have become romances and romances have become breakups and at the end everything averages out to a tightly bound group of friends. That’s why Damon can call up Caroline for help (flashback to their troubling relationship in Season 1) and Stefan can hang out helping Elena study for tests even though there was a time he could barely look at her. Because friendship! It endures! Unfortunately, the downside is that a friend breakup can seem even more brutal than a romantic one.
The Vampire Diaries “Man on Fire” Review: Heart of Sass (PHOTO RECAP)
By Price Peterson,

It’s amazing how much better The Vampire Diaries works when it steps back from the love stories a bit. This has always been a show that innately knows how to use its relationship threads to enhance an episode’s plot, getting in trouble when it lets those threads define an episode instead. “Man On Fire” is an abrupt return to this structure; a fantastic episode that not only rights the sinking ship that was this season’s focus on the love triangle, but also manages to use those tired relationships in a way that actually strengthened the episode instead of detracting from it. Well done, TVD.
The Vampire Diaries: “Man On Fire”: Enzo wants revenge, and it’s so, so sweet
By Carrie Raisler, A.V. Club

Enzo has been sizzling throughout the back half of The Vampire Diaries Season 5. But he was truly a “Man on Fire” this Thursday night after learning that Damon killed Maggie back in the 1960s.
The Vampire Diaries Round Table: “Man on Fire”
By Miranda Wicker & Leigh Raines of TV Fanatic & are joined by Crissy Calhoun and Heather Vee of


Posted by | March 27, 2014, 8:08 (MST) | No Comments
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XX Previously on The Vampire Diaries, Elena had a lot of catching up to do. The first few months of college are often something of a blur, but thanks to Katherine, Elena had an awful lot of shenanigans to sort through.


For an episode where Elena had a heck of a lot of catching up to do — made much trickier thanks to Katherine’s parting gift of a werewolf-venom-infused ripper virus — While You Were Sleeping seemed more about providing a bridge from the Katherine arc to the final batch of episodes of the season.
Vampire Diaries In Review: While You Were Sleeping (EP516) – Going Viral
By Crissy Calhoun, Vampire-Diaries.Net

I can only speak for myself, but I think the main thing I don’t like about this season is how exhausted I am with the main trio. At this point we’ve seen every permutation of their romances and their mental states and I frankly do NOT care anymore. I’m just so tired of Damon, Stefan, and Elena. All three can go take an Uber directly into a volcano for all I care. It would be a different story if this season had them moving forward or growing somehow, but in doubling down on the past it’s made them all regress into immature states that I just don’t care to witness after four seasons of forward movement. Fortunately “While You Were Sleeping” suggested that all three of them are starting to feel the same way. Damon and Elena even broke up! (Sort of.) Stefan is definitely headed more in the direction of a certain blonde judgey type. So, fingers crossed, things might be moving forward again?
The Vampire Diaries “While You Were Sleeping” Review: Rolling With the New (PHOTO RECAP)
By Price Peterson,

So… Elena and Damon are cured, Liv is not what she seems and there is ANOTHER Stefan doppleganger out there.
The Vampire Diaries Round Table: “While You Were Sleeping”
By Leigh Raines, Miranda Wicker of TV Fanatic and Crissy Calhoun and Heather Vee of Vampire-Diaries.Net

The departure of Katherine Pierce leaves The Vampire Diaries with some seriously huge stilettos to fill. She basically singlehandedly saved season five, ripping it out of the narrative doldrums it threatened to sink into before she arrived on the scene. But now that she’s gone—taking her infectious turn as an Elena impersonator with her—will the show be able to keep the momentum her story arc started alive?
The Vampire Diaries: “While You Were Sleeping”: Elena goes a little mad sometimes
By Carrie Raisler, A.V. Club


Posted by | March 6, 2014, 9:26 (MST) | No Comments
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XXPreviously on The Vampire Diaries, beheadings! Canoodling! Ex drama! Very poor treatment of Stefan’s car! Just business as usual in Mystic Falls. Just a few more hours until Gone Girl (EP515), so here’s your last chance to revisit No Exit before the new episode airs.


Nothing like being forced to spend time in an enclosed space with someone to lead to canoodling! Whether orchestrated or enforced, No Exit saw the TVD gang in some delightfully tricky situations. And as with most trouble in the lives of the Salvatore brothers for the past 150 odd years, all roads led back to Katherine Pierce.
Vampire Diaries In Review: No Exit (EP514) – Be Cool
By Crissy Calhoun, Vampire-Diaries.Net

This week, both The Vampire Diaries and The Originals returned from their Olympics-imposed hiatuses with episodes that revolved around characters finding out a big secret the audience already knew. In both cases, this path to realization basically creates a filler episode, a way to move the story to the place it needs to be for the inevitable big confrontation in the future, but the difference was all in the execution.
The Vampire Diaries: “No Exit”
By Carrie Raisler, A.V. Club

This season of The Vampire Diaries has seemed, well, all over the place. I still cannot believe how much time the show wasted on such a truly terrible villain like Silas, nor how underdeveloped the Augustine stuff has been so far. But the biggest mistake this season has made was its attempt to be a throwback to Season 1 while also throwing all the old character dynamics in a blender. Those fundamental romances and friendships everyone’s always so worked up about? I think I miss them too.
The Vampire Diaries “No Exit” Review: Severed Head Games (PHOTO RECAP)
By Price Peterson,


Posted by | February 27, 2014, 14:29 (MST) | No Comments
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Previously On The Vampire Diaries: Total Eclipse Of The Heart (EP513)Previously on The Vampire Diaries… Good god, it’s been forever, hasn’t it? A total eclipse of our hearts for three weeks. But it’s okay, lovely viewers: TVD is back, finally, and before we move on to new shenanigans, let us reflect on the weird, snarky, bloody glory of Total Eclipse of the Heart (EP513).


Both Caroline and Damon want to make a clean, no-looking-back, burn-the-bridges breaks from their past relationships. Caroline’s method — shredding photos and a fan-favorite horse drawing — is a little less dark than Damon’s, which involves murder, more murder, and attempted murder on a little brother who’s seen way more than his fair share of being murdered.
Vampire Diaries In Review: Total Eclipse of the Heart (EP513) – Never Be Wrong Together
By Crissy Calhoun, Vampire-Diaries.Net

Guys, “Total Eclipse of the Heart” was a very existential episode! In a general sense it was also very retro: Tons of Season 1 feels all over the place, from the diary intro (again with the diary intro!), but especially to the very Season 1-seeming Damon. The only thing that was missing was the white pancake makeup, but other than that, this was old-school Damon for sure. (Still patiently waiting for another Depeche Mode underwear dance party scene.)
The Vampire Diaries “Total Eclipse of the Heart” Review: Out of Spite, Out of Mind (PHOTO RECAP)
By Price Peterson,

This is why you always kill the bad guy. The last few episodes have been blissfully Dr. Maxfield-free. But it was never a question of if he would come back, but when; the last vision of Elena and Stefan leaving him knocked out on the floor, but not finishing the job, ensuring his return to cause more problems. It’s just The Vampire Diaries’ way.
The Vampire Diaries: “Total Eclipse Of The Heart”
By Carrie Raisler, A.V. Club


Posted by | February 6, 2014, 14:59 (MST) | 1 Comment
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XXPreviously on The Vampire Diaries, the show snatched our hearts yet again with doppelganger hijinks, a welcome home party, and the good old “body in the road” trick. Refresh your memory of everything that went down in The Devil Inside (EP512) before tonight’s new episode!


In the immortal words of INXS, Every single one of us, the devil inside. And nowhere is that more true than in Mystic Falls. The Devil Inside was another top-notch episode, in my opinion, with the Katherine-bodyjacking-Elena plotline taking its next logical, and for some disastrous, steps.
Vampire Diaries In Review: The Devil Inside (EP512) – It’s Done
By Crissy Calhoun, Vampire-Diaries.Net

They say that phone numbers are seven digits because studies showed that the human brain can only remember seven things at a time. That is definitely true for me, but usually anywhere between 4 to 5 of the things I remember are candy-related. I occasionally remember items from the menu at Popeye’s. But that only leaves one to two things that I can fit in my brain at any given time, so that means I forget A LOT of things. I especially have a goldfish memory when it comes to The Vampire Diaries, which I think we can all agree has ten episodes too many in each season. 22 episodes just seems like A LOT of episodes! It is crazy that ANY shows try to tell a 22-hour story anymore, let alone one like this, a complicated serial that borders on cable-level quality.
The Vampire Diaries “The Devil Inside” Review: Body Jacked! (PHOTO RECAP)
By Price Peterson,

This. This is The Vampire Diaries firing on all cylinders.

Last week’s 100th episode was a lot of fun, but it showed obvious strain in an attempt to properly commemorate the momentous occasion while still telling a compelling TVD story. “The Devil Inside,” free from these shackles, practically explodes onto the screen with unfettered glee and doesn’t let up until the very end. It’s a good time, but more importantly it’s a good story told well, and that’s something that has been sorely missing for a lot of this season.
The Vampire Diaries: The Devil Inside S5/E12
Carrie Raisler, AV Club


Posted by | January 30, 2014, 13:01 (MST) | 2 Comments
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XXPreviously on The Vampire Diaries… the cast, crew, and fans celebrated 100 great episodes with 500 Years of Solitude (EP511). From the best drinking game ever to some huge plot developments to a whole bunch of awesome cameos, this episode had something for everyone.


It’s a very nostalgic time to be a hardcore Vampire Diaries fan as the show hit 100 episodes with 500 Years of Solitude on Thursday, and Twitter flipped the frak out over an episode that gave us so much to talk about. Thanks to the power duo of Julie Plec and Caroline Dries, who wrote it, we were treated to memories and manipulations, scandalous sex, and a chance to see so many of the dearly departed — all while pushing the season forward to its next logical doppelganger hijink.
Vampire Diaries In Review: 500 Years of Solitude (EP511) – Here’s Looking at You, Kat
By Crissy Calhoun, Vampire-Diaries.Net

So as we all know, Katherine Pierce – formerly Katerina Petrova, mother of Nadia and ancestor of Isobel and Elena – is mortal once again, thanks to the cure for vampirisim Silas was buried with; nothing can stop it or slow it down, and now 500 years of life is catching up with her. So, logically, we celebrate this by getting shitfaced downstairs from where she’s dying and playing the world’s best party game, What’s the Worst Thing Katherine Ever Did to *You*?
time flies when you’re committing wholesale acts of murder!
By iphignia939

One-hundredth episodes can take many different approaches, from ignoring the occasion completely to going for full-on fan service. The Vampire Diaries wisely goes for something a little in between, cleverly continuing the season’s story while also taking ample time to give its fans moments with all of their favorite characters.
The Vampire Diaries: “500 Years of Solitude
By Carrie Raisler, A.V. Club


Posted by | January 23, 2014, 7:28 (MST) | No Comments
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XX Previously on The Vampire Diaries…the fans have officially made it through FIVE long winter breaks! Given that a lot of us have trouble making it from Thursday to Thursday, this is an achievement that must be recognized. Way to go, you guys! There’s a lot of hype and info floating around about the big 100th episode, but don’t forget to show episode 510, Fifty Shades of Grayson, a little love.

Or just listen to Enzo talk some more. Whichever.


The long winter hiatus is just about finished, and before we move on to TVD’s one hundredth episode (!!!), let’s revisit the fall finale, Fifty Shades of Grayson. An episode that saw Katherine hoping for redemption, while Damon rejected the very idea of it. And somewhere, out there, is a vial of goop that can turn any one of our favorite vampires into a crazed vampire-eating ripper…
Vampire Diaries In Review: Fifty Shades of Grayson (EP510) – Devil Inside
By Crissy Calhoun, Vampire-Diaries.Net

TV manipulates us because deep down we all want to be manipulated. So it’s not The Vampire Diaries’ fault that it figured out who our favorite character is and is currently putting her through so much angst and anguish and now the grim reaper’s scythe is hanging over her head. Because this show knows it will upset us to see these things happen to our favorite character! And let me tell you, IT IS WORKING. As much as my heart is not thrilled about what happened to Katherine in “Fifty Shades of Grayson,” I get it. I definitely get it. And I’m on board. Manipulate me, show. Make me feel things. I only wish I cared this much about the other plotlines! But much like a cat pawing its owner’s face at 4am, I’ll take what I can get.
The Vampire Diaries “Fifty Shades of Grayson” Review: Literal Heartbreak (PHOTO RECAP)
By Price Peterson,

As The Vampire Diaries wraps up 2013 with its fall finale, it’s become readily apparent that the show is in the midst of a good, old-fashioned slump. Let’s talk about why, shall we?
The Vampire Diaries “Fifty Shades Of Grayson”·S5/E10
By Carrie Raisler, A.V. Club


Posted by | December 22, 2013, 17:34 (MST) | No Comments
Category: Fandom, The Vampire Diaries TV

Have you heard about the #PickMeTVD contest the CW is running in honor of the one hundredth episode of The Vampire Diaries? Just make a quick Vampire Diaries reenactment video on Vine or Instagram and tweet it with the hashtag #PickMeTVD for a chance to be in a special rehash video. Watch the video below for details:

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