Previously on The Vampire Diaries: the decade dance was in full swing and the entire state of Virginia was sold out of table salt. There were dastardly schemes coming to fruition, an awful lot of relationship drama and (bonus!) there were waistcoats everywhere. All in all, there was a lot going on in Do Not Go Gentle (EP320), and some of it was frankly confusing, so there’s no better way to get ready for Before Sunset (EP321) than with a recap roundup to help you get it all straight in your mind.
- Price Peterson, tv.com: Let’s be real, the Mystic Falls High School dance calendar has become one of the most trustworthy predictors of disaster since Nostradamus first said “Whoa I got a bad feeling about this, guys.”
- Crissy Calhoun, Vampire-Diaries.net: Oh decade dances — this was the one to end them all. Trickling stars, hideous chandeliers, wonderful 1920s costumes, bromances new and old . . . it should have been a magical night, but “dangerous dance karma” meant there was an unstoppable ghost witch on a mission to ruin everything.
- Dianne Sylvan, CrazyBeautiful: Okay, so, another episode that divided people. To be perfectly honest…I kind of hated it. No, hate’s a strong word. There were maybe two scenes that didn’t make me roll my eyes or throw stuffed animals at the screen. The one comfort was knowing that there’s still two more episodes where all this ridiculous sh*t can be set right. We know our show does endings like whoa.
- Matt Richenthal, TV Fanatic: It was mostly a terrific episode. Seriously, I can’t think of another show that can pull of such conflict – both emotional and physical – in the course of one hour, causing my eyes to both well up and pop out of their socket. It ended on a shocking note and it set up a clear direction for the final two episodes of the season.
- Laurel Brown, Buddy TV: The anti-vampire schemers meet in the coffin room, where we learn that Esther/Rebekah gave Klaus a fake stake and hid the real one. She’ll get it to Alaric (for the killing and all) as soon as she’s back in her Esther-body and therefore not vulnerable to white-oak stakes.
- Crystal Bell, HuffPost TV: Meanwhile, Mystic Falls other super hot threesome — Tyler, Caroline and Klaus — heats up. Tyler is jealous of Klaus, and despite breaking his sire bond, he still has to act like he’ll do whatever Klaus says. When Klaus asks Caroline for a dance, Tyler has to begrudgingly walk away.
- Gayle, Iphignia939: For the record, this is where I started tearing up. Alaric is actually sadder than Matt, to me; Matt, at least, has people who love him. So does Alaric, you can’t discount that, but: Alaric lost his wife. He’s not close with his parents, he’s an only child as far as we know. He came to town to do one thing and failed at that, then wound up being an erstwhile vampire hunter/history teacher who befriends vampires instead of killing them. This is the second time he hasn’t been himself for one of these little shindigs; last year, he was Klaus. And now he’s–well, himself, but the bad parts, the worst parts, the parts who hate and are angry and anonymously talk sh*t on the internet. He’s what lives in the bug house.
- Cairrie Raisler, AV Club: Frankly, the show was overdue for a main character killing and the type of good gut punch this brings about. Tonight’s goal was pure gut punch, and although the plot mechanics leave quite a bit to be desired, the episode delivered. Right up until it didn’t.
- Erin Frazee, Wine Stained Life: These magic rules are confusing. Is there a Cliffs Notes for all the grimoires?
- SB, OffColor TV: Let’s start with why it was so good. First of all, everyone was at school! I know. No one was learning anything. But they were there, so that’s fun. I’ll take it. Secondly, the stakes (heh) were raised and thirdly, the story was cohesive and everyone was involved and engaged in one particular thing.
- Carina Adly MacKenzie, Zap2it: If there’s anything we learned from “The Homecoming,” it’s that emotion is more important to this story than plot. There were three scenes in the episode that dug fingers into our hearts, and somehow still managed to feel restrained. Hit play on your DVR so we can get there sooner rather than later.
- Kristen & David, ThinkHero: Video recap (below).
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