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Review: ‘The Vampire Diaries’: Race for the cure

There are many things at which the ‘The Vampire Diaries’ excels. Suspense, for one. Weaving tangled webs is another. Break neck pacing, as well. Actually, neck breaking in general, I suppose. But what the show really excels at is reinvention.

It’s something that’s been discussed heavily in terms of character development, but it’s mostly been limited to Damon’s personal journey and the journey he is on with Stefan as those are the two most obvious examples. When Caroline became a vampire in season two, and again when Elena became a vampire at the end of the third season, are two more examples of how the show is constantly reinventing itself. Granted, Elena’s transformation had a larger rippling effect in terms of storytelling, but Caroline’s transformation into a vampire completely changed her character. She went from an “insecure, neurotic, control freak” that was more grating than anything, to the moral compass and one of the most beloved characters on the show.

Despite my constantly growing affection for Caroline, my favorite reinvention came in season three when Stefan reverted back to his Ripper persona. As the Ripper Paul Wesley was able to play with a whole new set of emotions. His character had done a complete 180. For two years he’d been playing the brooding good guy to Damon’s (mostly) bad guy, but with one drop of human blood he finally had the chance to strut around as a bad ass. Wesley has mentioned on several different occasions how much he enjoyed those episodes and how if he had it his way, that would be the character he’d play all the time. And it looks like his wish might be coming true.

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'The Vampire Diaries': Winning the battle, still losing the war

“How many times do I have to tell you, Elena? Stop trusting vampires!”

As we learned when Caroline was turned in season two, when you become a vampire the most prominent parts of your personality become magnified. Caroline became more neurotic as a result of her transition. And though most people would say his distaste for vampires was multiplied, I think Alaric became more of a protector too. I mean, sure, he’s driven by his hate for vampires (does that extend to all supernatural creatures? Like are werewolves and hybrids included in his hate?), but the flip side of that has got to be a desire to see innocent people live. There were times tonight when the viewers could see Alaric’s frustrations with Elena because she willingly threw herself into another dangerous situation.

He spent so many hours teaching her to protect herself against vampires, training her to be a vampire slaying teenager, telling her not to trust them. And yet she continues to accept their words at face value as if they’re not evil creatures driven by bloodlust.

Everything Alaric told her in tonight’s episode was true. She needs to stop being so trusting. She needs to stop letting her emotions get the best of her all of the time. Because she won’t survive much longer if she does.

And no, Elena isn’t stupid. She doesn’t just go along believing everything people say. But she does tend to ignore the fact that people are inherently evil by nature. She trusted Alaric tonight, knowing he was Evilaric who hates vampires, that he’d let Caroline go as long as she came to the school. She trusted him because she knew Human Alaric and she was unable to separate him from Evilaric. She trusted - to an extent - Esther when she first met her and bound the Originals circle. She trusted Elijah, too.

It doesn’t matter that she’s wary of these people - it matters that even though she’s wary she still puts her trust in them to an extent. She wants to see the good in all people. But no one is good all the time. And it’s possible that no one is evil all the time either. It’s possible for those who commit evil acts to come back from them - to change, to start over. Damon Salvatore is a walking, talking, leather-jacket wearing example of that.

And I think that’s one of the most important lessons from this show. It’s that people might do evil things - but if you only look at those instances and refuse to see the rest, then you’re going to miss quite a bit. You’re going to be sorely misinformed. You’re not going to see who they really are. This show is about family and it’s about forgiveness. This show teaches us that we cannot judge ourselves or anyone else by past transgressions. Because we are all capable of change and we are all capable of love, and as long as we have our family, we can learn to make the right choices here and now.

So call me crazy, but I still have hope that Evilaric can be helped. There were a few points tonight - and yes, I’m probably blinded  by love for Matt Davis and the character so I’m going to read a hell of a lot into different things from tonight’s episode, but whatever - there were times tonight where it seemed that Evilaric wasn’t as gone as we thought. Yes, he’s evil. Yes, he wants to kill all the vampires. Yes to all these things. But after sitting through three seasons of this show I don’t take anything at face value anymore. There’s always an underlying reason or force driving people and their actions.

Damon is driven by love. He was driven by his love for Katherine in the first season and he didn’t care what he did or who he hurt, as long as it meant he could get to her. And we’ve seen that same passion and love and loyalty these past two seasons as it’s developed for Elena. His love for her drives his actions now. He wants to be a better man so he’s worthy of her love.

Stefan is driven by guilt and his own fear of the monster within. He knows what he’s capable of, and so he does everything in his power to limit and deprive himself of things like human blood because he knows what will happen if he doesn’t. He’s carried the guilt of forcing his brother to become a vampire for a century and a half. He carries the guilt of knowing all of the innocent people he killed. And that drives him to be a better man.

And Klaus - poor, poor Klaus - he’s driven by loneliness. All he wants is a family, a family who loves him and wants to stay with him and have fun with him  - not one who deserts him or wants him dead. So he decided to create his own family - the hybrids. But unlike the Salvatores, he’s yet to find that family and so he’s been unable to redeem himself.

Everyone is driven by something. And I think Alaric can be saved. I know that it would never happen quickly and it would certainly not be easy, but I don’t think that all of a sudden we’ve got one character who is absolutely pure evil and has no weaknesses. There is something there that can be used to save him. We just don’t know what it is yet.

On ‘Buffy the Vampire Slayer’ Willow went apocalyptically evil at the end of season six after Warren’s stray bullet killed Tara. She flayed him alive and hurt her friends, but that still wasn’t enough to ease her pain. The only thing that could get through to her was the love and friendship of her lifelong best friend, Xander. And I see no reason why Alaric - who’s turned out to be this show’s best villain since he’s a character we got to know and grew to love long before he became a villain - should be any different.

If I had to put my money on it - I’d say it’s the feeling of being needed. The feeling that someone wants and needs him. I also think it’s his own guilt for allowing himself to get to know Damon and Stefan and Caroline - get to know these vampires and to like these vampires. He was a vampire hunter and he allowed himself to see these people and get to know these people and he saw that there’s good in them too. That’s why I think - and hope - that the writers don’t just let him bite the dust. There’s a story there. And in the right hands, it could be a great story.

And knowing that Alaric’s life is tied to Elena’s life - I think that’s important. He made it seem like the only reason he cared whether or not Elena lived or died was because he didn’t want to die too. And while that’s certainly the most important reason right now,  I think there was more to it. When he yelled at her to stop slicing herself open, it looked to me (here I go reading too much into everything again) like there were real feelings behind those words. Before he was turned Human Alaric genuinely cared for Elena. And somewhere inside Evilaric, Human Alaric lives and dwells. Somewhere in there are those feelings and that love for both her and Jeremy. I just hope we get to see it. Because conflicted vampires are my favorite vampires.

But there was a lot of crap that happened in tonight’s episode.

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Recap: “The Vampire Diaries’: Wise men at their end know dark is right
“Is this the part where you give me a dream? Rainbows? Rolling green hills?”
Last week we learned that Damon never told Elena about what he did for Rose in those last moments of her life. But we learned this week that in a moment of drunken weakness Damon told Alaric about what he’d done to ease her pain and suffering.
And I only wish someone had done something to ease my own pain and suffering during last night’s episode. Because even if you’ve only read a couple of my reviews, you probably know that Alaric Saltzman is my favorite character that this show has ever given life to. I’ve said time and again the best thing the writers ever did was keep Alaric alive at the end of season two. And I stand by that statement.
I don’t think killing Alaric will ever serve any sort of purpose – aside from ripping out mine and Damon’s hearts – despite whatever message the writers think it makes. His death would not advance the plot, it would not force the Gilbert children to grow up. If anything, Alaric’s death would weaken them and further strengthen my theory that death is Elena’s gift. Killing off Alaric would set the Gilbert siblings back. They’ve literally lost everyone who has ever played the role of guardian in their short lives. And killing off Alaric would be an unforgivable mistake.
And sure, maybe I’m just a tad bit biased and blinded by love for the character of Alaric Saltzman, because, hello, I have eyeballs, but I have no problem admitting this. Matt Davis ruled this episode; he made it his bitch, just like the episodes last season that were focused on him as he was being possessed by Klaus. He’s got a screen presence, especially when paired with Ian Somerhalder, that makes him unlookawayable. And I can’t imagine the show without him.
I suppose if you want to look at it from an unbiased point of view you can point out that Alaric has been a character to rally around. He’s truly been this show’s punching bag, and the one character that’s been through hell and still alive to tell the tale. You just feel bad for him and for all of the pain he’s gone through that you simply want to see him make it to the other side (not The Other Side) in one piece.
When we first met Alaric he was a vampire hunter searching for his missing wife, Isobel, who’d been kind of obsessed with vampires. And who was also Elena’s birth mother. We later found out she had asked Damon Salvatore to turn her into a vampire, and that he’d granted that request. After returning and stomping on poor Alaric’s heart for a bit she died last season.
Alaric eventually started a relationship with Jenna Sommers,  the aunt and legal guardian of Elena and Jeremy Gilbert (“Well, I’m naked. So I’m gonna go”). But then Jenna was killed at the end of season two and Alaric was thrown into an even deeper pit of despair. His drinking became worse – the only thing that seemed to keep him afloat was the idea that he was somewhat responsible for the well-being of these two children.  And even though he wasn’t the best father figure, he was at least there to give them some much needed guidance and advice and to try to protect them from getting hurt. And to think that these children might have to go without again makes my heart hurt.
At one point last night I thought my review was literally going to be just the word “NOOOOOO!” over and over and over again. Because I didn’t know how I was going to tackle the death of my favorite character. I think there was a point in time where I was curled up in the fetal position rocking back and forth weeping, trying to figure out how I was going to go on living in an Alaric-less world. And then I remembered Damon. And I found myself wondering how he was going to go on living in an Alaric-less world.
Those two were bros for life. And for Damon to be there, at the supposed end of Alaric’s life, that meant a lot to everyone involved. I haven’t been on Tumblr really, but I’m assuming there’s been thousands of gifs made of that scene. The fandom loves their bromance, just like I do. In fact, the Damon/Alaric bromance has been a part of the show for so long that I can’t even remember a time before I wasn’t using the “Damon and Alaric – bros for life” tag on Tumblr (though I’m betting it was probably sometime in 2009). An Alaric-less world is not a world I want to live in.
So in those last moments with Damon I was trying to come up with every possible scenario for him to live. And somehow the Bonnie twist didn’t cross my mind. Mostly because Bonnie never crosses my mind except when I think about how much I hate her character.
I was hoping against hope Damon had spiked the bottle with human blood – I mean, how much blood does he possibly really need to complete the transition? But alas it was not meant to be. That being said, I’m pretty sure Alaric was dead dead by the time possessed Bonnie got there and forced her blood into his throat. But you won’t really find me quibbling over that fact since it means Matt Davis’ pretty face is still, at least for now, a part of this show.
But let’s take a step back for a minute and discuss a couple of other things that happened in last night’s episode. I know, believe it or not, some other things happened outside of the Alaric drama.
First and foremost, Jeremy and Matt are among my favorite bromances now. Jerematt? Mattermy? I don’t know and I don’t care, I just know that I love it when these two bond and hang out together. Remember that time they got stoned and their conversation was basically, “Words, man. Words.” Those two make my heart happy. I hope to see more of them.
Secondly, it was the decade’s dance. And for once, there was no Damon and Elena moment (I know everyone thinks dances are a Delena thing; I think that’s stupid, but whatever). I don’t know how I made it this far into a review without mentioning these two – especially after last week’s hot and heavy groping session in that motel, but there were more important things at hand this week. But even if with everything else going on the writers still found plenty of time to remind us that Elena is Conflicted. She has feelings for both brothers and doesn’t know what to do. So after trying out a little Damon last week at the Mystic Falls Beef Cake Buffet, this week she’s opting for the younger, broodier brother.
And you know what she found out? Stefan still tastes delicious. And that’s because Stefan is still Stefan. He’s always going to be perfect and sweet and their love will be pure and puppies and butterflies and rainbows. And I admit that I love that about them. But will he ever really challenge her? Probably not. Stefan is a great guy and an intriguing character, but I don’t see Elena choosing him. Not right now at least. Maybe after she gets a taste of what Damon can offer,  but for the foreseeable future, no.
Because as beautiful as Stefan and Elena’s relationship is, I think she has to choose Damon. And I’m not just saying that because I ship Damon and Elena. I’m saying it because, 1) the Pacey Witter Theorem dictates it, and 2) because Elena will eventually come to blame Stefan for not being more like Damon. She will begin to resent him and their perfect monotonous life together. It’s science. And by science I mean the science of television.
But even more important than the love triangle relationships, is the Team Salvatore relationship. Looking over my notes from last night’s episode I wrote, literally in all caps, “AS MUCH AS I LOVE DAMON AND ELENA, I WILL ALWAYS CHOOSE DAMON AND STEFAN. ALWAYS.” This came right after Damon said, “Well, he already has a brother. Not to be, you know, territorial or anything.”
And with that one statement I found myself tumbling (not Tumblring) back into my Team Salvatore obsession. At the risk of sounding like a broken record, these two are the reason this show exists. And I’m afraid that this one thing – their mutual love for the same woman – the same love that once brought them together, will also be what tears them apart. Ian Somerhalder gave an interview last week to E! in which he said, “Damon and Stefan really start to love each other. In this situation, heartbreak and failure and triumph brings them together.” But the question that’s left unanswered is, “But for how long?”
I don’t like things coming between my bromances, whether their blood brothers or brothers in alcoholism and bad choices, I don’t want anything getting in the way. But this week it looked like the Brothers Salvatore were both on the same page, probably because they were trapped in the high school after Esther pulled a ‘Hocus Pocus’ and poured a ring of salt around the school making it impossible for them to leave the school grounds. Now, I have some questions: Where the hell did that bitch get all that salt? And how much did it cost? Did she pour it herself? How long did it take? Because to go all around the freaking high school must have been a big chore. I’d have gotten bored halfway around and been like, “You know what? Vampires? They’re really not all that bad after all. I could really use a soda.”
But whatever, I’m not a witchy woman. I don’t hate vampires when they look like the ones on this show. But you know, I feel like someone should have been able to kick some of that salt around to misplace it, thus breaking the ring and the spell, but that seems WAY too obvious and logical and Bonnie has to have SOMETHING to do other than annoy the crap out of everyone. So she’s called away from making out with that guy from ‘Cousin Skeeter’ and has to help the vampires she loathes in order to once again save her best friend and Alaric and all of mankind. But she’s going to pout about it and give everyone really mean looks while doing it.
Meanwhile, back in Oblivious to the Plight of Their Friends World, Caroline and Tyler are being adorable at the dance. Until Klaus walks in in his dapper attire and is all, “I don’t have to prove anything, love. I am the alpha male.” He said some other stuff too, but all I really heard him saying to Caroline was, “IIIII can showwwwwwwwwwww you the worldddddddddddd.”
I might love Klaus, but I don’t think I can support a Caroline/Klaus relationship. I enjoy Tyler, and the relationship of Forwood too much to ever really pay attention to anyone else.
This thing is already too long, so I’m going to wrap it up with a few stray thoughts:
This episode was titled “Do Not Go Gentle” which is from a poem by the Welsh poet Dylan Thomas. And as someone named after his wife (though she spelled her name with a C) and who would have been named after the man himself if I’d been a boy, I was very excited to see this episode title. If you’ve never read the poem before, click here to do so. I’m not a fan of poetry in general (I subscribe to the Jess Mariano school of Poetry Opinions), but once you read the poem, you’ll understand why it was actually a perfect title and why Alaric accepting death was not for him to go – going out fighting is more his style. And while I hope he doesn’t go out at all, if he does – it should not be in such a sad way.
I liked seeing everyone’s reactions to Alaric’s death. They were all very fitting. Jeremy did a shot with Matt. Elena freaked and started cleaning out his vampire hunting weapons and broke down about her and Jeremy being alone again. And Damon pretended that it wasn’t eating him up inside.
I hope Rebekah makes it though this season and into the next. Because I love her. Seeing her get stabbed in the heart made me want to cry.
Speaking of crying – that tear that slowly tickled down Alaric’s cheek at the end? Yeah, that made me cry. Like, a lot. I couldn’t take it. I think I also started to possibly hyperventilate. I understood him not wanting to transition, but I think Alaric as a vampire could and would work. Sure, he’d have to work at it, since Esther poisoned his mind from the Other Side every time Damon (or someone else) killed him. But it could be done. Plus, I like the idea of Damon and Alaric’s bromance lasting for all eternity.
I loved the final moments between Damon and Alaric. Especially this exchange. Because it says a lot about them: “Sorry I killed you. Twice.” / “Do I have to actually die to get a real apology out of you?” / “Drink?” / “Actually I’ve been thinking about cutting back.”
I was a little disappointed to see Bonnie in next week’s preview. I was really hoping that Alaric drained Bonnie. Because homegirl is a major buzzkill. And I hate her.
What did you guys think? Did you cry thinking Alaric was really dead? Did anyone else get really annoyed that they couldn’t just kick the salt ring apart?
Recap: “The Vampire Diaries’: Wise men at their end know dark is right
“Is this the part where you give me a dream? Rainbows? Rolling green hills?”
Last week we learned that Damon never told Elena about what he did for Rose in those last moments of her life. But we learned this week that in a moment of drunken weakness Damon told Alaric about what he’d done to ease her pain and suffering.
And I only wish someone had done something to ease my own pain and suffering during last night’s episode. Because even if you’ve only read a couple of my reviews, you probably know that Alaric Saltzman is my favorite character that this show has ever given life to. I’ve said time and again the best thing the writers ever did was keep Alaric alive at the end of season two. And I stand by that statement.
I don’t think killing Alaric will ever serve any sort of purpose – aside from ripping out mine and Damon’s hearts – despite whatever message the writers think it makes. His death would not advance the plot, it would not force the Gilbert children to grow up. If anything, Alaric’s death would weaken them and further strengthen my theory that death is Elena’s gift. Killing off Alaric would set the Gilbert siblings back. They’ve literally lost everyone who has ever played the role of guardian in their short lives. And killing off Alaric would be an unforgivable mistake.
And sure, maybe I’m just a tad bit biased and blinded by love for the character of Alaric Saltzman, because, hello, I have eyeballs, but I have no problem admitting this. Matt Davis ruled this episode; he made it his bitch, just like the episodes last season that were focused on him as he was being possessed by Klaus. He’s got a screen presence, especially when paired with Ian Somerhalder, that makes him unlookawayable. And I can’t imagine the show without him.
I suppose if you want to look at it from an unbiased point of view you can point out that Alaric has been a character to rally around. He’s truly been this show’s punching bag, and the one character that’s been through hell and still alive to tell the tale. You just feel bad for him and for all of the pain he’s gone through that you simply want to see him make it to the other side (not The Other Side) in one piece.
When we first met Alaric he was a vampire hunter searching for his missing wife, Isobel, who’d been kind of obsessed with vampires. And who was also Elena’s birth mother. We later found out she had asked Damon Salvatore to turn her into a vampire, and that he’d granted that request. After returning and stomping on poor Alaric’s heart for a bit she died last season.
Alaric eventually started a relationship with Jenna Sommers,  the aunt and legal guardian of Elena and Jeremy Gilbert (“Well, I’m naked. So I’m gonna go”). But then Jenna was killed at the end of season two and Alaric was thrown into an even deeper pit of despair. His drinking became worse – the only thing that seemed to keep him afloat was the idea that he was somewhat responsible for the well-being of these two children.  And even though he wasn’t the best father figure, he was at least there to give them some much needed guidance and advice and to try to protect them from getting hurt. And to think that these children might have to go without again makes my heart hurt.
At one point last night I thought my review was literally going to be just the word “NOOOOOO!” over and over and over again. Because I didn’t know how I was going to tackle the death of my favorite character. I think there was a point in time where I was curled up in the fetal position rocking back and forth weeping, trying to figure out how I was going to go on living in an Alaric-less world. And then I remembered Damon. And I found myself wondering how he was going to go on living in an Alaric-less world.
Those two were bros for life. And for Damon to be there, at the supposed end of Alaric’s life, that meant a lot to everyone involved. I haven’t been on Tumblr really, but I’m assuming there’s been thousands of gifs made of that scene. The fandom loves their bromance, just like I do. In fact, the Damon/Alaric bromance has been a part of the show for so long that I can’t even remember a time before I wasn’t using the “Damon and Alaric – bros for life” tag on Tumblr (though I’m betting it was probably sometime in 2009). An Alaric-less world is not a world I want to live in.
So in those last moments with Damon I was trying to come up with every possible scenario for him to live. And somehow the Bonnie twist didn’t cross my mind. Mostly because Bonnie never crosses my mind except when I think about how much I hate her character.
I was hoping against hope Damon had spiked the bottle with human blood – I mean, how much blood does he possibly really need to complete the transition? But alas it was not meant to be. That being said, I’m pretty sure Alaric was dead dead by the time possessed Bonnie got there and forced her blood into his throat. But you won’t really find me quibbling over that fact since it means Matt Davis’ pretty face is still, at least for now, a part of this show.
But let’s take a step back for a minute and discuss a couple of other things that happened in last night’s episode. I know, believe it or not, some other things happened outside of the Alaric drama.
First and foremost, Jeremy and Matt are among my favorite bromances now. Jerematt? Mattermy? I don’t know and I don’t care, I just know that I love it when these two bond and hang out together. Remember that time they got stoned and their conversation was basically, “Words, man. Words.” Those two make my heart happy. I hope to see more of them.
Secondly, it was the decade’s dance. And for once, there was no Damon and Elena moment (I know everyone thinks dances are a Delena thing; I think that’s stupid, but whatever). I don’t know how I made it this far into a review without mentioning these two – especially after last week’s hot and heavy groping session in that motel, but there were more important things at hand this week. But even if with everything else going on the writers still found plenty of time to remind us that Elena is Conflicted. She has feelings for both brothers and doesn’t know what to do. So after trying out a little Damon last week at the Mystic Falls Beef Cake Buffet, this week she’s opting for the younger, broodier brother.
And you know what she found out? Stefan still tastes delicious. And that’s because Stefan is still Stefan. He’s always going to be perfect and sweet and their love will be pure and puppies and butterflies and rainbows. And I admit that I love that about them. But will he ever really challenge her? Probably not. Stefan is a great guy and an intriguing character, but I don’t see Elena choosing him. Not right now at least. Maybe after she gets a taste of what Damon can offer,  but for the foreseeable future, no.
Because as beautiful as Stefan and Elena’s relationship is, I think she has to choose Damon. And I’m not just saying that because I ship Damon and Elena. I’m saying it because, 1) the Pacey Witter Theorem dictates it, and 2) because Elena will eventually come to blame Stefan for not being more like Damon. She will begin to resent him and their perfect monotonous life together. It’s science. And by science I mean the science of television.
But even more important than the love triangle relationships, is the Team Salvatore relationship. Looking over my notes from last night’s episode I wrote, literally in all caps, “AS MUCH AS I LOVE DAMON AND ELENA, I WILL ALWAYS CHOOSE DAMON AND STEFAN. ALWAYS.” This came right after Damon said, “Well, he already has a brother. Not to be, you know, territorial or anything.”
And with that one statement I found myself tumbling (not Tumblring) back into my Team Salvatore obsession. At the risk of sounding like a broken record, these two are the reason this show exists. And I’m afraid that this one thing – their mutual love for the same woman – the same love that once brought them together, will also be what tears them apart. Ian Somerhalder gave an interview last week to E! in which he said, “Damon and Stefan really start to love each other. In this situation, heartbreak and failure and triumph brings them together.” But the question that’s left unanswered is, “But for how long?”
I don’t like things coming between my bromances, whether their blood brothers or brothers in alcoholism and bad choices, I don’t want anything getting in the way. But this week it looked like the Brothers Salvatore were both on the same page, probably because they were trapped in the high school after Esther pulled a ‘Hocus Pocus’ and poured a ring of salt around the school making it impossible for them to leave the school grounds. Now, I have some questions: Where the hell did that bitch get all that salt? And how much did it cost? Did she pour it herself? How long did it take? Because to go all around the freaking high school must have been a big chore. I’d have gotten bored halfway around and been like, “You know what? Vampires? They’re really not all that bad after all. I could really use a soda.”
But whatever, I’m not a witchy woman. I don’t hate vampires when they look like the ones on this show. But you know, I feel like someone should have been able to kick some of that salt around to misplace it, thus breaking the ring and the spell, but that seems WAY too obvious and logical and Bonnie has to have SOMETHING to do other than annoy the crap out of everyone. So she’s called away from making out with that guy from ‘Cousin Skeeter’ and has to help the vampires she loathes in order to once again save her best friend and Alaric and all of mankind. But she’s going to pout about it and give everyone really mean looks while doing it.
Meanwhile, back in Oblivious to the Plight of Their Friends World, Caroline and Tyler are being adorable at the dance. Until Klaus walks in in his dapper attire and is all, “I don’t have to prove anything, love. I am the alpha male.” He said some other stuff too, but all I really heard him saying to Caroline was, “IIIII can showwwwwwwwwwww you the worldddddddddddd.”
I might love Klaus, but I don’t think I can support a Caroline/Klaus relationship. I enjoy Tyler, and the relationship of Forwood too much to ever really pay attention to anyone else.
This thing is already too long, so I’m going to wrap it up with a few stray thoughts:
This episode was titled “Do Not Go Gentle” which is from a poem by the Welsh poet Dylan Thomas. And as someone named after his wife (though she spelled her name with a C) and who would have been named after the man himself if I’d been a boy, I was very excited to see this episode title. If you’ve never read the poem before, click here to do so. I’m not a fan of poetry in general (I subscribe to the Jess Mariano school of Poetry Opinions), but once you read the poem, you’ll understand why it was actually a perfect title and why Alaric accepting death was not for him to go – going out fighting is more his style. And while I hope he doesn’t go out at all, if he does – it should not be in such a sad way.
I liked seeing everyone’s reactions to Alaric’s death. They were all very fitting. Jeremy did a shot with Matt. Elena freaked and started cleaning out his vampire hunting weapons and broke down about her and Jeremy being alone again. And Damon pretended that it wasn’t eating him up inside.
I hope Rebekah makes it though this season and into the next. Because I love her. Seeing her get stabbed in the heart made me want to cry.
Speaking of crying – that tear that slowly tickled down Alaric’s cheek at the end? Yeah, that made me cry. Like, a lot. I couldn’t take it. I think I also started to possibly hyperventilate. I understood him not wanting to transition, but I think Alaric as a vampire could and would work. Sure, he’d have to work at it, since Esther poisoned his mind from the Other Side every time Damon (or someone else) killed him. But it could be done. Plus, I like the idea of Damon and Alaric’s bromance lasting for all eternity.
I loved the final moments between Damon and Alaric. Especially this exchange. Because it says a lot about them: “Sorry I killed you. Twice.” / “Do I have to actually die to get a real apology out of you?” / “Drink?” / “Actually I’ve been thinking about cutting back.”
I was a little disappointed to see Bonnie in next week’s preview. I was really hoping that Alaric drained Bonnie. Because homegirl is a major buzzkill. And I hate her.
What did you guys think? Did you cry thinking Alaric was really dead? Did anyone else get really annoyed that they couldn’t just kick the salt ring apart?

Recap: “The Vampire Diaries’: Wise men at their end know dark is right

“Is this the part where you give me a dream? Rainbows? Rolling green hills?”

Last week we learned that Damon never told Elena about what he did for Rose in those last moments of her life. But we learned this week that in a moment of drunken weakness Damon told Alaric about what he’d done to ease her pain and suffering.

And I only wish someone had done something to ease my own pain and suffering during last night’s episode. Because even if you’ve only read a couple of my reviews, you probably know that Alaric Saltzman is my favorite character that this show has ever given life to. I’ve said time and again the best thing the writers ever did was keep Alaric alive at the end of season two. And I stand by that statement.

I don’t think killing Alaric will ever serve any sort of purpose – aside from ripping out mine and Damon’s hearts – despite whatever message the writers think it makes. His death would not advance the plot, it would not force the Gilbert children to grow up. If anything, Alaric’s death would weaken them and further strengthen my theory that death is Elena’s gift. Killing off Alaric would set the Gilbert siblings back. They’ve literally lost everyone who has ever played the role of guardian in their short lives. And killing off Alaric would be an unforgivable mistake.

And sure, maybe I’m just a tad bit biased and blinded by love for the character of Alaric Saltzman, because, hello, I have eyeballs, but I have no problem admitting this. Matt Davis ruled this episode; he made it his bitch, just like the episodes last season that were focused on him as he was being possessed by Klaus. He’s got a screen presence, especially when paired with Ian Somerhalder, that makes him unlookawayable. And I can’t imagine the show without him.

I suppose if you want to look at it from an unbiased point of view you can point out that Alaric has been a character to rally around. He’s truly been this show’s punching bag, and the one character that’s been through hell and still alive to tell the tale. You just feel bad for him and for all of the pain he’s gone through that you simply want to see him make it to the other side (not The Other Side) in one piece.

When we first met Alaric he was a vampire hunter searching for his missing wife, Isobel, who’d been kind of obsessed with vampires. And who was also Elena’s birth mother. We later found out she had asked Damon Salvatore to turn her into a vampire, and that he’d granted that request. After returning and stomping on poor Alaric’s heart for a bit she died last season.

Alaric eventually started a relationship with Jenna Sommers,  the aunt and legal guardian of Elena and Jeremy Gilbert (“Well, I’m naked. So I’m gonna go”). But then Jenna was killed at the end of season two and Alaric was thrown into an even deeper pit of despair. His drinking became worse – the only thing that seemed to keep him afloat was the idea that he was somewhat responsible for the well-being of these two children.  And even though he wasn’t the best father figure, he was at least there to give them some much needed guidance and advice and to try to protect them from getting hurt. And to think that these children might have to go without again makes my heart hurt.

At one point last night I thought my review was literally going to be just the word “NOOOOOO!” over and over and over again. Because I didn’t know how I was going to tackle the death of my favorite character. I think there was a point in time where I was curled up in the fetal position rocking back and forth weeping, trying to figure out how I was going to go on living in an Alaric-less world. And then I remembered Damon. And I found myself wondering how he was going to go on living in an Alaric-less world.

Those two were bros for life. And for Damon to be there, at the supposed end of Alaric’s life, that meant a lot to everyone involved. I haven’t been on Tumblr really, but I’m assuming there’s been thousands of gifs made of that scene. The fandom loves their bromance, just like I do. In fact, the Damon/Alaric bromance has been a part of the show for so long that I can’t even remember a time before I wasn’t using the “Damon and Alaric – bros for life” tag on Tumblr (though I’m betting it was probably sometime in 2009). An Alaric-less world is not a world I want to live in.

So in those last moments with Damon I was trying to come up with every possible scenario for him to live. And somehow the Bonnie twist didn’t cross my mind. Mostly because Bonnie never crosses my mind except when I think about how much I hate her character.

I was hoping against hope Damon had spiked the bottle with human blood – I mean, how much blood does he possibly really need to complete the transition? But alas it was not meant to be. That being said, I’m pretty sure Alaric was dead dead by the time possessed Bonnie got there and forced her blood into his throat. But you won’t really find me quibbling over that fact since it means Matt Davis’ pretty face is still, at least for now, a part of this show.

But let’s take a step back for a minute and discuss a couple of other things that happened in last night’s episode. I know, believe it or not, some other things happened outside of the Alaric drama.

First and foremost, Jeremy and Matt are among my favorite bromances now. Jerematt? Mattermy? I don’t know and I don’t care, I just know that I love it when these two bond and hang out together. Remember that time they got stoned and their conversation was basically, “Words, man. Words.” Those two make my heart happy. I hope to see more of them.

Secondly, it was the decade’s dance. And for once, there was no Damon and Elena moment (I know everyone thinks dances are a Delena thing; I think that’s stupid, but whatever). I don’t know how I made it this far into a review without mentioning these two – especially after last week’s hot and heavy groping session in that motel, but there were more important things at hand this week. But even if with everything else going on the writers still found plenty of time to remind us that Elena is Conflicted. She has feelings for both brothers and doesn’t know what to do. So after trying out a little Damon last week at the Mystic Falls Beef Cake Buffet, this week she’s opting for the younger, broodier brother.

And you know what she found out? Stefan still tastes delicious. And that’s because Stefan is still Stefan. He’s always going to be perfect and sweet and their love will be pure and puppies and butterflies and rainbows. And I admit that I love that about them. But will he ever really challenge her? Probably not. Stefan is a great guy and an intriguing character, but I don’t see Elena choosing him. Not right now at least. Maybe after she gets a taste of what Damon can offer,  but for the foreseeable future, no.

Because as beautiful as Stefan and Elena’s relationship is, I think she has to choose Damon. And I’m not just saying that because I ship Damon and Elena. I’m saying it because, 1) the Pacey Witter Theorem dictates it, and 2) because Elena will eventually come to blame Stefan for not being more like Damon. She will begin to resent him and their perfect monotonous life together. It’s science. And by science I mean the science of television.

But even more important than the love triangle relationships, is the Team Salvatore relationship. Looking over my notes from last night’s episode I wrote, literally in all caps, “AS MUCH AS I LOVE DAMON AND ELENA, I WILL ALWAYS CHOOSE DAMON AND STEFAN. ALWAYS.” This came right after Damon said, “Well, he already has a brother. Not to be, you know, territorial or anything.”

And with that one statement I found myself tumbling (not Tumblring) back into my Team Salvatore obsession. At the risk of sounding like a broken record, these two are the reason this show exists. And I’m afraid that this one thing – their mutual love for the same woman – the same love that once brought them together, will also be what tears them apart. Ian Somerhalder gave an interview last week to E! in which he said, “Damon and Stefan really start to love each other. In this situation, heartbreak and failure and triumph brings them together.” But the question that’s left unanswered is, “But for how long?”

I don’t like things coming between my bromances, whether their blood brothers or brothers in alcoholism and bad choices, I don’t want anything getting in the way. But this week it looked like the Brothers Salvatore were both on the same page, probably because they were trapped in the high school after Esther pulled a ‘Hocus Pocus’ and poured a ring of salt around the school making it impossible for them to leave the school grounds. Now, I have some questions: Where the hell did that bitch get all that salt? And how much did it cost? Did she pour it herself? How long did it take? Because to go all around the freaking high school must have been a big chore. I’d have gotten bored halfway around and been like, “You know what? Vampires? They’re really not all that bad after all. I could really use a soda.”

But whatever, I’m not a witchy woman. I don’t hate vampires when they look like the ones on this show. But you know, I feel like someone should have been able to kick some of that salt around to misplace it, thus breaking the ring and the spell, but that seems WAY too obvious and logical and Bonnie has to have SOMETHING to do other than annoy the crap out of everyone. So she’s called away from making out with that guy from ‘Cousin Skeeter’ and has to help the vampires she loathes in order to once again save her best friend and Alaric and all of mankind. But she’s going to pout about it and give everyone really mean looks while doing it.

Meanwhile, back in Oblivious to the Plight of Their Friends World, Caroline and Tyler are being adorable at the dance. Until Klaus walks in in his dapper attire and is all, “I don’t have to prove anything, love. I am the alpha male.” He said some other stuff too, but all I really heard him saying to Caroline was, “IIIII can showwwwwwwwwwww you the worldddddddddddd.”

I might love Klaus, but I don’t think I can support a Caroline/Klaus relationship. I enjoy Tyler, and the relationship of Forwood too much to ever really pay attention to anyone else.

This thing is already too long, so I’m going to wrap it up with a few stray thoughts:

  • This episode was titled “Do Not Go Gentle” which is from a poem by the Welsh poet Dylan Thomas. And as someone named after his wife (though she spelled her name with a C) and who would have been named after the man himself if I’d been a boy, I was very excited to see this episode title. If you’ve never read the poem before, click here to do so. I’m not a fan of poetry in general (I subscribe to the Jess Mariano school of Poetry Opinions), but once you read the poem, you’ll understand why it was actually a perfect title and why Alaric accepting death was not for him to go – going out fighting is more his style. And while I hope he doesn’t go out at all, if he does – it should not be in such a sad way.
  • I liked seeing everyone’s reactions to Alaric’s death. They were all very fitting. Jeremy did a shot with Matt. Elena freaked and started cleaning out his vampire hunting weapons and broke down about her and Jeremy being alone again. And Damon pretended that it wasn’t eating him up inside.
  • I hope Rebekah makes it though this season and into the next. Because I love her. Seeing her get stabbed in the heart made me want to cry.
  • Speaking of crying – that tear that slowly tickled down Alaric’s cheek at the end? Yeah, that made me cry. Like, a lot. I couldn’t take it. I think I also started to possibly hyperventilate. I understood him not wanting to transition, but I think Alaric as a vampire could and would work. Sure, he’d have to work at it, since Esther poisoned his mind from the Other Side every time Damon (or someone else) killed him. But it could be done. Plus, I like the idea of Damon and Alaric’s bromance lasting for all eternity.
  • I loved the final moments between Damon and Alaric. Especially this exchange. Because it says a lot about them: “Sorry I killed you. Twice.” / “Do I have to actually die to get a real apology out of you?” / “Drink?” / “Actually I’ve been thinking about cutting back.”
  • I was a little disappointed to see Bonnie in next week’s preview. I was really hoping that Alaric drained Bonnie. Because homegirl is a major buzzkill. And I hate her.

What did you guys think? Did you cry thinking Alaric was really dead? Did anyone else get really annoyed that they couldn’t just kick the salt ring apart?

In the finale, Damon and Stefan really start to love each other. In this situation, heartbreak and failure and triumph brings them together.

To clarify: The Salvatores are my favorite brothers. But I really like the Kinsellas, too.


*Stefan shows up to save Damon*
Damon: This was much different in my head.Disappointed DE fanbase: Yeah, darling, same here.

Team Salvatore fans: YESSSS! TEAM SALVATORE FOREVER!

*Stefan shows up to save Damon*
Damon: This was much different in my head.Disappointed DE fanbase: Yeah, darling, same here.

Team Salvatore fans: YESSSS! TEAM SALVATORE FOREVER!

*Stefan shows up to save Damon*
Damon: This was much different in my head.Disappointed DE fanbase: Yeah, darling, same here.

Team Salvatore fans: YESSSS! TEAM SALVATORE FOREVER!

*Stefan shows up to save Damon*

Damon: This was much different in my head.
Disappointed DE fanbase: Yeah, darling, same here.

Team Salvatore fans: YESSSS! TEAM SALVATORE FOREVER!