While this season might’ve taken some time to find its footing, this is the second episode in a row that feels like we’re back on track. Gasp worthy moments and a few solid plot twists round out this week’s episode. So much to discuss!
Let’s bitch it out..
Remember the old days when you would gasp out loud numerous times during an episode of The Vampire Diaries because so much happened that you didn’t see coming? (… At least I hope it’s not just me that does this alone in my family room! Ahem.. anyway)
Well, tonight’s episode feels like we are back in the good ol’ days. When Elena (Nina Dobrev) kills Connor (Todd Williams), I felt so many emotions at once. I am shocked that the writers decided to kill him so early in to the season. I am disappointed, because this mean’s Elena’s shot at being saved is now ruined and she ruins it herself (I will freely admit that in the moment, it definitely did not occur to me that there are four other hunters out there with tattoos they could use). And then I immediately got down to the task at hand of preparing myself for multiple Elena guilt-themed episodes that we are going to have to endure now that she has killed her first human.
Elena-suckage aside, the moment she kills Connor is pure TV genius. Stefan (Paul Wesley) has spent the entire episode fighting to save the hunter, and it’s ruined in a split second because she can’t control herself.Surely I can’t be the only one still dealing with the shock, right? I thought for sure we were going to deal with Connor for a heck of a lot longer than that (especially when he escaped death last week)! But congrats to the writers because we are back on track with this shocking turn of events.
Another gasp worthy moment for me was the very end when Jeremy (Steven R. McQueen) realizes that he has inherited Connor’s tattoos. NO! I will not allow him to turn in to a raging lunatic like Connor. And he can’t be a hunter, because pretty much every person he knows (except Matt and new chick) is a vampire, including his sole remaining family member. Umm, conflict of interest much? Connor was extremely dark and actually liked killing; he didn’t just kill to get rid of a threat. This episode alone he shot a teenager just to get at a vampire!
Compare this to Jeremy. Despite everything that he has been through in the past four seasons, Jeremy remains a good hearted person. I hope they don’t ruin that and take him down a dark road to end up like Connor. We went through that last season with Alaric (Matt Davis) and the fall-out from that storyline was heart wrenching. It’s far too tough to watch a likable character deteriorate into something that so hated. I can’t go through that again with Jeremy! He does seem to be at the end of his rope when it comes to the secrets and lies and head games, so his new situation doesn’t exactly find him in a good mind frame. The question remains: what will he do now that he realizes that he is sporting the tattoo of The Five?
A few other observations:
- That Caroline (Candice Accola) / Tyler (Michael Trevino) / Hayley (Pheobe Tonkin) triangle certainly has an anti-climatic result. I was hoping it would come out that Tyler and Hayley had had a torrid love affair in the mountains while he was breaking the sire bond. Instead, they’re saving secret hybrids and lying to Klaus (Joseph Morgan). Gosh, what else is new? Everyone is always trying to get one over on Klaus so I guess I’m not surprised. But boy was I ever hoping for a breakup so that the way could be cleared for a Klaus / Caroline affair. I think that would be phenomenal to watch but I guess I’m going to have to wait a little longer. The show can only keep the sexual tension and chemistry between the blonde vampire bombshells going for so long before they have to explore it. I’ll be over here waiting…
- As usual, the Bonnie (Kat Graham) story is boring. Professor Shane (David Alpay) carries their scenes together, but that alone isn’t enough to save it from winning the “most boring part of the episode” award. Thankfully after 7 hours of hypnosis, we find out that Bonnie can do magic; she’s just been afraid. So at least next week the witch will be back in action (finally) and contribute to the gang’s plots. But seriously, when someone sequesters you away from everyone you know and insists that you turn off your phone, isn’t that a major clue that something big is happening? How did Bonnie not see right through that one? She’s just lucky this guy didn’t stick her in a hole with a bucket of lotion for her back.
- Despite being held hostage by a crazy killer and then compelled to forget, I’m pretty sure April (Grace Phipps) still has the best day of anyone in Mystic Falls. The poor girl gets to hang out with two of the best looking guys in town, can’t remember a thing about it, and still has friends (and her life) after it all? That sounds like a pretty good day to me!
Now it’s your turn: I can’t be the only one who was absolutely floored when Elena killed Connor, was I? Her panic attack was expected/dreaded/endured, but what do you think will come of her strange hallucinations? What about poor Jeremy’s tattoos? I wonder if the tattoo is the equivalent of a death sentence and he’s fated to become just like Connor? What do you think? Sound off below!
The Vampire Diaries airs Thursdays night at 9pm EST on The CW