|“I can…but then someone’s getting naked…”
First let me welcome back The Vampire Diaries, all the previews promised an epic return and my hat is off to cast, crew and writers…boy howdy did you deliver and then some!
Previously on The Vampire Diaries
Check out our post mortem on Homecoming if you need a catch up, because we’re diving into this episode full tilt.
The beginning opens with Bonnie venturing into the house of the dead 100 witches. They haven’t spoken to her since she resurrected Jeremy, so the whispers beckoned her on and she took the long, creepy walk down the stairs until she came across the coffins. Opening one, she found Klaus sleeping (or dead), his mother’s necklace wrapped around his fingers.
A sound behind her startles her and Bonnie jerks awake. Remember Klaus in the coffin and the necklace, I have a feeling this plays a huge part later this season.
We see a lot more of the coffins through the episode, so let’s just get the chat about the coffins out of the way right now. There are four coffins in the witch house. Four coffins that Stefan stole. But there were five coffins back when Klaus woke up Rebecca. So we can presume he didn’t take Rebecca’s empty coffin. That leaves coffins for:
Elijah – Daggered at the end of season 2
Kol – Cast and will be seen soon
Finn – Also cast and will be seen soon
And behind coffin number 4?
My money is on Mama or the original that Elena and Katherine are a doppelganger of, I would bet more money on Mama. Klaus ‘killed’ his mother. But we all know Klaus is a narcisstic psychopath with delusions of affection for his family. Who else carts around their corpses for the day he deems to wake them? What if he tried to turn his mother … it would explain the Original Witch’s powerful hold from the other side. It would also mean that necklace Rebecca is wearing is the key to opening the magically locked casket.
Paranoia, Parenting and Personal Sacrifice
At the Grill, Bonnie confesses her dreams to Elena and Elena expresses her paranoia over waiting for the other shoe to drop with Klaus. When she was out for a run earlier, she thought someone was chasing her…and of course she was right. Just because you’re paranoid Elena doesn’t mean they aren’t all out to get you. At least you stopped running around painted with the big red “Bite Me” sign. Damon and Alaric are at the bar and Damon has a whole counter top full of drinks and he’s trying to get curmudgeonly Rick to join the party because he can’t drink it all.
Well I can drink it all, but then someone’s getting naked…
Oh Damon, if only that were true. We would all watch you drink yourself right out of your clothes. Rick’s worried about Jeremy, turns out that he’s back sliding. He copied his term paper from the Internet, been fired from his job and is a no show at home. Is Jeremy back on drugs? Well, considering how cold Bonnie has been to him and the fact that everyone he’s ever loved is dead except for Bonnie and Elena…well, yeah, the slip is understandable.
Since the series began, one of the strongest parallels the
writers have drawn is the power and responsibility of the older sibling. We’ve seen it with Klaus and his
brethren, with Mayor Lockwood and Mason, with Aunt Jenna and her adulation of
Elena’s adopted mother and more pointedly between Damon and Elena and their
They are the eldest and with that comes the responsibility
to look after their younger brothers.
Stefan and Jeremy both have ‘addictive’ personality types and real
problems coping when life goes off the rails. Damon and Elena both try to shield their siblings, making
hard choices and ambushing them (or driving a branch through their gut, you
know, whatever works).
At the Grill, Elena is now worried about Jeremy as well as
Klaus and what the hell will happen next.
Damon is trying to make it light for her, and points out that Jeremy
hasn’t lost everyone he loves. He still has her. When Elena points out that it’s pretty bad, because Damon is
day drunk and that it’s not his most attractive look. He playfully flirts and asks what is his most attractive
look. Elena’s smiling when she
verbally back pedals that she wasn’t saying he had one, but if he did, then
this was the least attractive of them.
Of course, this is the moment the other Klaus shoe
drops. Elena jumps, but Damon is
right there, already moving between her and Klaus. The physical body language in this scene just gave me
chills. Damon is no physical match
for Klaus, but he never hesitates to body block, even if it only buys Elena
seconds, he’ll get them for her.
Klaus drops the bomb.
Stefan stole from him.
Elena and Damon need to get it back or there will be problems. Color Delena confused because isn’t
that a Stefan/Klaus problem? Gotta
love Elena’s snark there.
Bad, Bad Brothers
Stefan follows Bonnie to the witchy house and loops her into his plan to keep
Klaus from the coffins. Tyler and
Jeremy are shooting beers and the shit over being dumped by their respective
girlfriends. When Jeremy drops by
the Gilbert house, Alaric and Elena confront him about his behavior and he
retaliates by inviting hybrid Tyler in.
The conversation twists to the danger of Tyler’s being sired, with Tyler
blandly confessing that if Klaus told him to rip his heart out, he would,
what’s the problem?
Hey look, Jeremy actually seems shocked. At least Tyler told him how to kill a
Hybrid earlier – very USEFUL information.
Meanwhile at the Salvatore house, Klaus shows up to shake
his rocks at Damon. They have an
awkward testosterone and vervain laden drink together where Klaus tells Damon
he can’t compel him, but since he responds to violence anyway, his little phone
call should do the trick.
Apparently Tyler’s only been hanging out with Jeremy to get off of
vervain so Klaus can compel him.
He tells Jeremy to take care of the little issue they discussed.
That little issue is Jeremy taking off his ring and walking
outside to stand in the street.
Alaric and Elena race outside as a black SUV guns toward Jeremy. Alaric barely knocks him out of the way
in time only to be smashed into the grill, the windshield and then the ground.
One Ring To Resurrect Them All
Fortunately, Alaric is wearing his Gilbert ring. Unfortunately, his death was only
‘supernatural’ sorta. He was hit
by a car, driven by a supernatural.
I think this glitch is why the ring brings Alaric back to life, but
still leaves him badly injured.
Elena and Jeremy take Alaric into the house where Damon finds them.
Damon demands to know why Jeremy isn’t wearing his vervain and they put the
Jeremy wants to runaway, leave Mystic Falls and all the craziness behind and
then takes off to confront Tyler.
The scene between the two uneasy friends is painful. They had a real chance at friendship
once upon a time, but too many supernatural secrets and twists have come
between them. Tyler warns Jeremy
that Klaus is far from done with them and he needs to stay safe.
Damon and Elena track down Stefan at the witch house (thanks to Bonnie). Allow me to pause and mention here that the friendship
between Caroline, Bonnie and Elena remains one of the strongest and most
strategic foundations in this show.
Their adaption to the supernatural aside, they are real friends. From telling each other hard truths to
slumber parties to confessing conspiracies, they have each other’s backs and
these are the kinds of friends we always wanted to have.
At the witch house, the spirits won’t let Damon in without
futzing with his ring and burning the hell out of him. Elena tells him to stay
outside, she’ll confront Stefan.
He’s a real bastard to her, cold and edgy. He tells her Jeremy is her problem, not his. His war is with Klaus and she needs to
go away. There’s something to
Stefan’s manner that suggests he is aware that he will hate himself later, but
his emotions are still shut down and I don’t buy that this is his plan – it has
Katherine written all over it.
Heartbroken, Elena retreats to the outside where Damon has
listened to the whole conversation and boy is he pissed. He gives Elena the keys to his car and
tells her to go take care of her brother, he is going to take care of his. There is a pulse of trust that flashes
between them and understanding on the most visceral level that has been
building for weeks now. She
doesn’t like it, but he let her try, so she has to let him.
Damon charges through the house, whipping from shadow to
shadow and taking the vicious burns from the rays of sunlight until he gets to
the basement. He tells Stefan he
doesn’t give a crap about the coffins, he wants to talk to him. So, Stefan says, talk.
Damon drags him outside, kicks the hell out of him, rips off
a tree branch and drives it through Stefan’s gut. It’s a thing of pure, violent beauty.
He demands to know why Stefan turned on them, baby bro
confesses after a few more painful thrusts of the branch that he did it to save
Damon. Damon, true to form is
pissed. He stabs him again and
tells him “When are you going to learn baby brother, stop trying to save
It really never goes well.
Elena Plays Her Cards
When Elena arrives at home, Alaric is waking, but seizes up
and coughs blood. She calls for an
ambulance, but Klaus’ hybrid sends them away and tells Elena to let him
in. He’ll save Alaric with his
blood, but Elena for once, fights the urge to invite someone in (go girl) and
Jeremy shoots the hybrid with a crossbow bolt from behind. Then he stalks into the house, grabs
the cleaver and cuts off the hybrid’s head.
I’m sorry, Elena’s horror was hysterical, because with
everything she’s ever seen – that one really got her. It’s gruesome though, just how dead Jeremy’s expression is
as he says “Now he’s really dead.”
With Alaric off to the hospital, Elena makes a choice. It’s a dangerous gamble, but she has to
protect her brother. She calls
Klaus, invites him to the Salvatore boarding house and gives him Rebekah
back. But, she confesses that she
was the one who daggered her and that Rebekah will want Elena dead when she
wakes. Klaus is sure he can take
care of it. Not so fast, big bad. Elena points out that Rebekah knows the
truth about their mother and that Klaus killed her. She hates him too.
The poleaxed look was beautiful…because Klaus’ narcissism and impulse
control knows no bounds. Rebekah
won’t love their mother’s murderer.
He tries to threaten Elena into helping him with Stefan again, including
But it won’t do any good. Klaus destroyed Stefan’s feelings
for her, he made Stefan into a monster.
Stefan is Klaus’ problem, not hers.
Yes, I was cheering that. Go girl.
Welcome Paul Wesley’s real life wife in the role of Meredith
Fell. Is this our Meredith from
the books? It could be, but with so many changes in the series, anything is
possible. The doctor can’t figure
out how Alaric healed so fast, but now she’s curious and she’s founding
family…you do the math.
Meanwhile, Damon and Stefan strike an armistice and Stefan
reveals the coffins. They agree to
keep Elena out of it.
One Door Swinging Closed…
At the Gilbert house, Elena’s washing bloodied rags in the
sink, her expression tortured. Damon arrives. He’s disposed of the body and visited the hospital, his
blood will heal Alaric (lol a fact that Alaric would rather have head trauma
than owe Damon a drink, but that’s for later). Elena is clearly upset, she’s cleaned off the blood from the porch, but her hands
are red-rimmed and stained. Damon
tells her it will be all right and she confesses her deal.
Damon’s worried, he knows Rebekah wants her dead and she
says Klaus won’t let that happen.
Does she trust Klaus? No. She doesn’t trust Stefan either. But she had to protect Jeremy. Damon understands and he tells her that
his brother is playing his own game and she says that her brother just cut off
She whispers that he’s sixteen and he shouldn’t be going
through all of this. (Point of
Order sweetheart, you’re eighteen, you shouldn’t be either, but you’re not
I knew what she was going to do in that single instant and
sure enough, Alaric, Elena and Damon arrive in Jeremy’s bedroom and I think
Jeremy understood it too and he didn’t argue. Damon tells him they are going to have one of their chats
and his eyes dilate and he tells Jeremy he is moving to Denver to live with
friends, he’s going to go to school, take some art classes, meet some girls ..
living girls…and he’s going to have a great life.
Alaric adds that he should leave Mystic Falls and never give
it a second thought. Damon glances
at Elena to confirm and she nods tearfully. Damon impresses the message on him and it’s over. Elena is giving away her last family
member to keep him safe. Like
Katherine before her, she is willing to trade that love and connection for that
person’s safety (never forget, Katherine kept her baby a secret).
One Door Swinging Open…
Outside, Elena wrestles with emotional exhaustion. She is terrified she is making the wrong choice. Damon tells her it will be fine. Jeremy survived and living is better
than dead. If the compulsion ever
breaks, he will forgive his sister….he’s very lucky to have a sister like her.
Elena thanks Damon, not just for the day, but for
everything. He’s been there for
her, constantly and she doesn’t know how she would have survived without
him. It’s a poignant moment and
Damon tells her why Stefan betrayed them.
This is a true mark of the depth of trust between these two, they aren’t
keeping the hard truths from each other.
He says Stefan did it to save Damon’s life, but Elena has no idea what
that means – is he feeling? If he is why is he being a douche? And if he isn’t?
Then why did he do it?
Damon shrugs, he just knows that it makes him an idiot because just when he
didn’t think he needed to feel guilty anymore.
Elena: “Guilty about what?”
Damon: “For wanting what I want.”
Damon: “…I know.
My brother’s girl and all that.”
Small note here, that’s not the look Elena had on her
face. She’s not Stefan’s girl anymore.
Damon starts to leave and then stops himself, turning around
and saying, “No. If I’m going to feel guilty, then I am going to feel
guilty for this.”
And Delena fans everywhere went up in flames as he caught
her face in the cradle of his hands and kissed her. The kiss held for seconds, her hand came up to catch his,
holding it, as she kissed him back.
When he pulled away, she was leaning into him and when he whispered
goodnight, the shock and awe on her face could only have been better if she’d
grabbed him and kissed him again.
But hell yeah and it’s about damn time….the Vampire Diaries
is back baby.
And yes, it’s that epic…
Three notes worth mentioning:
Klaus is setting up house in the place Isabel claimed in first and second season.
Caroline’s absence was sorely missed, but maybe Tyler is getting a clue about Klaus’ control over him.
Klaus daggered Rebekah again rather than face her anger and hatred.
Is next Thursday here yet? What did you think of our ‘new deal’?
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