Taking a break from the shocking cliffhangers of previous weeks, tonight’s episode centres more on the emotional side of things. And takes a few turns that I’m still conflicted about..
Let’s bitch it out…
Usually, I find Elena (Nina Dobrev) annoying. I’m not going to sugar coat it. She can be whiny and self righteous to a fault, making her hard to take at times. Especially when the whole gang ends up sacrificing themselves to save her. In this week’s episode, Elena is forced to re-live all of these elements in a series of hallucinations. How many times can a girl be reminded of all the people who have died trying to save her? How many times can she be told that she should kill herself before she finally starts to believe it?
Not that many, apparently, since she’s ready to kick the bucket before the sun comes up. But you know what? The writers do an impeccable job of making me sympathize with her. I actually feel bad for her as I’m watching. This may not seem like a big deal, but it comes as a shock to me.
But the person I sympathize with the most this episode is Stefan (Paul Wesley). I thought we were DONE with this love triangle last season!! She made her choice, then she forced him to let her die, and now she’s dumping him for his brother? Umm.. what?!! Stefan has spent the entire season so far watching Elena turn to Damon (Ian Somerhalder) for help instead of looking to him (ie: the person she is supposed to love). There’s only so much a guy can take. Damon’s success at saving her from the hallucinations appears to be the straw that breaks the camel’s back for Stefa, so he finally confronts Elena. Call me naive, but I didn’t see this coming. I knew that we would always have to deal a bit with the love triangle, but I honestly thought that Elena had made her choice and was happy with it. And I just feel bad for Stefan; the guy just can’t catch a break. But it is really nice to see such a raw, emotional moment as the close of an episode, compared to the gasp-worthy cliffhangers we usually get.
A few other observations:
- Damon really lets the cat out of the bag and gives up the whole ‘there could be a cure’ scheme. Yet no one really seems to care. Last week Stefan was protecting Connor (Todd Williams) and lying to everyone in an attempt to keep this a secret, but this week, it’s just no big deal that everyone knows? That seems a little off to me.
- For someone who is so concerned with her brother and protecting him, Elena doesn’t have one thing to say about the fact that Jeremy (Steven R. McQueen) kills a hybrid and turns himself into a hunter to save her life? That decision is going to have a huge impact on Jeremy and how this season plays out, and Elena is more concerned with snuggling up to Damon. Self centered much? (What? I said I don’t like her!)
- Damon paying tribute to his bromance with Alaric (Matt Davis) is greatly appreciated. It keeps my hopes up that we will see him again.
- Finally!!! Matt (Zach Roerig) gets a storyline and actually contributes something to the plot. In fact, he impresses Damon, which is no easy feat since Damon still hates him. I am glad to see that they are finally using this character more and giving Roerig more to work with. The growing bromance with Jeremy is a nice bonus, as well. The two humans sticking together gives the two lost boys more screen time at least.
- And obviously I saved the best for last: Caroline (Candice Accola) and Klaus (Joseph Morgan) are going on a date?! Amazing. Words can’t express how much I love them together. They play off each other so well and there is so much potential for their relationship. Tyler (Michael Trevino) is getting more annoying every week, so I’m thinking his recent actions will help push Caroline towards Klaus a little quicker. I cannot even imagine what kind of date Klaus takes a girl on, let alone where he would take Caroline. Saying I’m excited to see what happens next is an understatement.
What did you think of this week’s episode? Is anyone else as excited as I am about Caroline and Klaus? Are you as shocked as I am about the big breakup? Sound off below!
The Vampire Diaries can be seen Thursday nights at 8pm EST on the CW.