The Salvatores may fight like dogs, but in the end they would die for each other. At least they know what family means. You destroyed ours.” – Rebekah
I often feel like a broken record when I discuss how the importance of family is the true meaning of the ‘Vampire Diaries,’ but as long as the writers keep shoving it down our throats, I guess I’ll keep talking about it. Because, hey, what else am I going to talk about? How much I will cry if Alaric dies? No, I’d rather pretend that isn’t even remotely a possibility and live in blissful ignorance. So instead, let’s talk some more about family!
Last week we left off with Damon showing Stefan the Wickery Bridge sign. You know, the one made out of white oak that no one apparently knew about despite the fact Sage and Rebekah were both at the Wickery Bridge thing last episode when Alaric forgot to bring it. Whatever. So the episode begins as Elena shows up to see Alaric at his loft, but Damon (the bromance is back, y’all!) shoos Elena away from Alaric’s Stake Whittling Academy. “Finally have our own stakes to kill an Original, I’m not gonna miss because you can’t whittle,” Stefan chastises Damon for his terrible technique. Boy, do I love these two.
So they whittle twelve stakes and then Alaric decides he’s had enough of this life of crime and wants to turn himself in to Sheriff Forbes. “I have a homicidal alter ego. Unlike some people in this room, I would like to take responsibility for the people I’ve killed,” he tells the brothers. Sounds like a burn to me. But in the end, Alaric decides he rather likes his freedom, even if he’s sometimes a psycho killer. So he agrees that it’s time to kill some Originals and hesitantly puts his Psychotic Killing Ring back on just in case he runs into some trouble while trying to off my second favorite vampire family.
Meanwhile in the woods, Elena tells Caroline about the Psychotic Killing Alaric and Caroline is not happy at finding out Alaric is the one responsible for killing her dad, even if it is his alter ego doing the killing and not her alcoholic vampire hunting history teacher. But after awhile Caroline understands that Alaric is a victim, just like she was, just like Bonnie’s mom (who we’re still apparently supposed to care about despite the fact she was on the show for five minutes and was completely boring the whole time), just like Tyler and the Salvatores. “Who would I be if I just turned my back on any of you?” Elena asks. Well, for starters, Elena, most of those people you just named would probably be living a normal life right now if it weren’t for you. Sooooo….
But Caroline doesn’t see it that way. “Oh, Elena Gilbert,” she says, “Savior of the cursed and the damned.” And then she pulls her into a hug. Funny how everyone in this town just lets Elena off the hook for being a harbinger of doom and gloom and everything. Because if I were Caroline, I’d probably start to put the pieces together and not think of Elena as a savior of the cursed and damned, but as the reason for all this cursing and damning in the first place. But whatever, I’m not from Mystic Falls, so what do I know?
As the Mystic Falls chapter of the Scooby Gang plots how to trap Rebekah (whom they’ve deemed to be the weakest link), Rebekah and Klaus are stalking their crazy-eyed, suicidal brother, Finn, and trying to convince him that breaking their Circle of Blood and Trust is a good idea. He doesn’t see it that way. Eventually they rumble in an alley and they bring him back to their Mikaelson Mansion where Sage is waiting for him.
Rebekah, meanwhile, is still angry at Damon for seducing her (take a number, sister) and decides to exact her revenge on him by bear-clawing him to the ceiling and bleeding him dry in the middle of the house. Seriously? She didn’t even put down a tarp or anything. That crap is going to stain.
So as Rebekah bleeds and tortures Damon, Klaus is in the next room trying to get Bonnie to break the blood-link spell that bound the Originals. She refuses to do the spell by claiming that she’s too weak to do it, but then Klaus shows her a video of Jeremy (!) playing with a puppy (!!!!!!) in Denver. Because Kol has been stalking my favorite Gilbert sibling and is ready to pounce on him any second. So Bonnie agrees to do the spell and proves once again that chanting in Latin is really, really easy.
After finding out that Rebekah has Damon shirtless and bleeding, Elena decides he’s the number one priority (I can’t argue with that logic) and that going after Finn – who’s at the Grille doing tequila shots for the first time ever with Sage – is not all that important. Stefan says otherwise and he decides to go after them himself. Damon hallucinates that Elena has come to save him from Barbie Klaus, but realizes it’s not real and is actually a cruel punishment for making Rebekah believe he liked her and for allowing Sage to mind-rape her.
After Matty slips some vervain into Sage and Finn’s next round of tequila shots, Stefan attempts to stake Finn, but is charged by Sage and goes down to the ground. Elena and Matt open another door at the back of the Grille and like the Olympic cross-bow champ she is, Elena hits Finn square in the chest with one of the Wickery Bridge stakes on her first try. He goes down and bursts into flames as Sage cries.
Thinking that Klaus and the rest of the Originals are dead, Elena and Co. are in for a major surprise when Bonnie finally calls to tell Elena that Klaus has Damon (which she already knew), whom she’d just left chained up because she was angry he’d turned her mom into a vampire and then she abandoned her again. Shocked to find out he was still alive since Finn was dead, Bonnie admits that she wussed out at seeing Jeremy with the puppy and did the spell reversal thus breaking the Originals’ bond. Stefan plays the almighty heroic brother and decides to go rescue Damon alone. He refuses to let Elena help and storms out. “I miss well adjusted Stefan,” Caroline pouts. And then Sage hurtles Stefan back through the door and slaps Caroline around a bit. Until she ultimately starts coughing blood all over the entry way rug and dies on the spot.
Realizing that Sage and her minion died less than hour after Finn, they deduce that killing an Original means killing every vampire ever turned by their bloodline. Oh, crap. Thank God, Damon and Stefan weren’t of that blood line because things would have become hella awkward just then. Not knowing which Original he’d been turned by, Stefan takes most of the Wickery Bridge stakes and goes to trade them for Damon. Damon, compelled by Klaus, admits that there are 11 stakes left, not 8 like Stefan had said.
In the end, Damon and Stefan are set free and are tasked with returning the remaining two stakes (Stefan pulled one on Klaus in pure anger, thus taking the total in Klaus’ possession up to 9). After they leave, Rebekah tells Klaus that she can’t believe Finn is dead, to which Klaus basically shrugs and says, “Whatever.” Rebekah wishes she had a family like Stefan and Damon because despite their anger and hatred for one another, they’d still die to save the other. And she’s stuck with a brother who only wants to skip town and form his new hybrid family.
Speaking of hybrids, while discussing the new information they’d learned when Sage died, Caroline and Elena realize that at least one of their inner circle was indeed turned by Klaus; our beloved hybrid Tyler, who’s been MIA for months now. So even if they found out who turned Damon and Stefan, and therefore Caroline, and it wasn’t Klaus, they still couldn’t kill him because that would mean killing Tyler. And that simply cannot happen.
In a moment that surely sent Stelena shippers’ hearts aflutter, Stefan tells Elena that he still loves her and he knows that she never stopped loving him. But he also can’t deal with the fact that part of Elena feels something for his brother, too. And Elena doesn’t deny it when he asks her to look him in the eye and tell him she doesn’t have those feelings. She stammers and shifts her eyes uncomfortably from side to side before telling him she doesn’t know how she feels.
In the ending scene, Damon goes to see Alaric to get the last remaining stake, only to realize that Pyschotic Killing Alaric has moved it from Alcoholic Vampire-Hunting History-Teaching Alaric’s super secret hiding spot behind the books on his bookshelf. Dun. Dun. Dun.
To quote Willow Rosenberg, I think this episode was mostly filler. I mean, sure, we learned some very important facts, but it felt a lot like the writers were moving pieces around the chessboard, setting us up for the end of the season. And I have no problem with that. Not every episode can be a straight up horror movie or dissolve into a giant sob fest. Sometimes these episodes are necessary to move the story along. But one thing is for sure, I like knowing that the Originals are safe for now. Because I enjoy the hell out of Klaus and Company. Their dysfunctional family drama adds another layer to the show and each character is decidedly different. I can’t imagine a show without them now and I have a hard time believing that I ever wanted Klaus dead.
The next new episode isn’t until April 19, but it looks like a hell of a lot more is going on than happened in this episode. But Jeremy and Tyler are back. And Elena is finally forced to confront her feelings for Damon. I cannot wait.
Some stray thoughts/observations:
- “What is wrong with you? Do you really have no appreciation for me?”
- “Nik, he’s my play thing, not yours!”
- “Hear you had a run in with Buffy the Vampire.”
- Damon: “She’s lonely, desperate.” / Caroline: “Clearly. She slept with you.”