Previously on The Vampire Diaries, things were heating up in Denver between Damon and Elena, while Stefan tried to unleash Alaric’s inner madman back in Mystic Falls. Jeremy learned (again!) that having friends can be a dangerous business and Rebekah’s life got a whole lot more complicated.
All in all there was a lot going on in this episode, so here’s a whole crowd of recaps with which you can refresh your memory before Do Not Go Gentle (EP320) airs tomorrow night.
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- Price Peterson, tv.com: Man alive did I love this week’s episode. If this season was a pack of Starburst, “Heart of Darkness” was definitely one of the pink ones. Definitely the best episode since “Our Town.” The “epic kiss” was fine, but that’s not even what I’m talking about. It’s more just that this episode was full of nice moments and thrilling dynamics and returning characters and cool surprises and is it just me or was everyone wearing slightly tighter T-shirts this time? Just a recipe for success, basically. Seriously, this was one sweet hour of television.
- Crissy Calhoun, Vampire-Diaries.net: What I loved most about this episode — besides, you know, the wall action — was how beautifully the two main storylines resonated with each other: Alaric and Stefan battling their repressed evil alter egos in the Salvatore dungeon while Elena and Damon tussled with her repressed feelings and the previously unacknowledged patterns of their relationship.
- Erin Frazee, The Voice Of TV: Wow. That was intense. All of it. And stressful. And heart breaking. In other words, Vampire Diaries is BACK.
- Andy Swift, Hollywood Life: Stefan spent the hour playing mind games with both of Alaric’s split personalities until he finally revealed that the remaining stake is located in the no-vampires-allowed cave. This seemed like a good thing for Alaric, until Rebekah crossed the threshold and entered the cave because — wait for it — she’s now being possessed by dead Esther’s spirit!
- Robyn Ross, TV Guide: No point in burying the lede on this one. Damon and Elena made out. It was hot. Jeremy interrupted. Elena continued to be confused.
- Hilary Busis, WSJ Speakeasy: There was a lot of relationship drama in tonight’s installment of “TVD,” and not a ton of plot development—but somehow, I bet most of you didn’t mind.
- Lindsay Sperling, We Got This Covered: Hopefully alcohol will be the key to unleashing the knowledge Alaric has hidden literally inside of his head.
- Matt Richenthal, TV Fanatic: JUST DECIDE ALREADY! Yes, it’s hard. We’ve all been there. Okay, we haven’t all been stuck between a pair of smoldering, blood-sucking brothers, one of whom has hair that belongs in the Smithsonian and another whose smirk should be classified as a lethal weapon – but we have all had to make tough choices in our love life.
- Meredith Jacobs, examiner.com: Caroline and Tyler reunited, but their happiness together was short-lived.
- Laurel Brown, Buddy TV: Nothing stays hidden on The Vampire Diaries. Feelings, people and occasionally an all-powerful stake cannot avoid being discovered. And that’s good. Life would be far too easy if everything was obvious.
- Gayle, Iphignia939: “Sorry, mate, but we were never buds.” WHAM! bat to Damon’s head! And then we learn that Kol is the pretty one in his family, because wooden bats break and he is literally talking about that when Damon stakes him–for time, remember, it’s about as deadly to an Original as bullets are to any other vampire–and books it with the Gilberts.
- Crystal Bell, HuffPost TV: After informing Jeremy of their plan, they head to the motel, where Jeremy connects with the all-knowing Rose (who’s totally a Delena shipper) and she tells him that the vampire who sired her was unfortunately not an Original, but rather a vampire named Mary. She doesn’t know where Mary is now, but she’ll try to find her.
- Carrie Raisler, AV Club: The scene where Elena watches an unknowing Damon just be was such an inspired choice, so illustrative of both his character and her changing feelings towards him without either of them saying a word. It’s the epitome of visual storytelling, showing not telling the audience what is happening between two characters. If the scene was just that it would have been beautiful, but the way it escalated into talking, then more than talking was simply fantastically well done. Last season I had major problems with the love triangle and more specifically with Damon’s viability as a love interest for Elena, but if they are going to do it as well as that sequence any doubts I once had will definitely stay in the past.
- Thomas Galvin, Thomas Galvin Blog: Damon Salvatore: Okay, let me get this straight … you want me to take your girlfriend across the country and spend the night with her in a seedy motel where the only forms of entertainment are listening to people doing crack in the next room or trying to have sex loud enough to drown out the people doing crack in the next room, while you stay here and torture my best friend into revealing a bunch of secrets he doesn’t technically know?
- Carina Adly MacKenzie, Zap2it: A lot of this episode’s success can be attributed to Stefan and Alaric sharing significant screen time together. These two don’t usually confide in each other, but this week, they had no other option, and their conversation revealed a lot about how both of these men work at this stage in the game. We were also privy to some very genuine moments between Damon and Elena, though those moments weren’t particularly flattering to Elena as she cast blame and played dumb.
- S.B., Off Color TV: I kind of don’t know where to start, since usually I start with what I was least into. But I was pretty into this whole episode. So let’s go with Stefan trying to lure out Evilaric.
- Dianne Sylvan, CrazyBeautiful: I’m pretty much on team Damon/Elena. And it has nothing to do with who’s “better” for her – let’s face it, what would be GOOD for Elena is for everyone to ship her with her 21st birthday.
- Kristen & David, ThinkHero:
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