In which not a single person gets compelled! Also: someone important might have died.
Warning: Spoilers for the episode follow.
This was a big week in The Vampire Diaries. First of all, someone found some Vervain, thank God. I’m not sure how Bonnie’s Dad managed to procure any of the stuff, let alone enough to spike the ENTIRE town’s water supply, but whatever. I’m willing to let that little piece of questionable logic go, since I was just complaining that there was way too much compulsion going on.
This year’s decade dance was the 80′s, and its a shame it got cancelled, but it wouldn’t have been much of a decade dance without Caroline. Where is she, anyway? The two person dance with Stephan and Rebekah ended up being a surprisingly moving sequence, though. Stephan explaining the 80′s to Rebekah(how did she not know about The Breakfast Club, seeing as how she re-enacted it just a few episodes ago?) was cute, and the koala corsage was a really sweet moment. The show has done an amazing job of making Rebekah the subject of both our empathy and our hatred at the same time. She is a cold-blooded killer, but you still kind of have to root for her to finally catch a break, you know?
Having Rebekah see through Stephan’s really obvious plan and just give in was actually kind of heartbreaking. She knew he was using her to get the dagger, but she was just so desperate not to be alone she stopped fighting it. Rebekah has come a long way towards redemption in the eyes of the viewers, and it’s easy to see how she could fit into The Originals spin-off.
Someone not likely to make the transition to that new show is Kol. Credit to Elena’s plan to kill him, it ended up kind-of-sort-of working. A lot of things played out just right for that to happen, including the newly vervained water supply, but ultimately she wanted to kill Kol and she did. I’m kind of sad about that. I’ve disliked Kol for a long time and he was just starting to grow on me. No one seems to be commenting on the moral implications of killing a quarter of the world’s remaining vampire population for their own purposes, though. Kind of seems like a dick move to me, but whatever.
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Klaus was suitably upset about the death of Kol and revealed that he never wanted the cure and was just going to destroy it and kill everyone anyway. I wan’t expecting that. So what are they going to do with a super-powerful original vampire/werewolf hybrid filled with murderous rage? I’m anxious to find out.
Bonnie takes the place of compulsion as the plot device generator this week. Her magic seems to be able to just do whatever they need it to do in any given situation. As she goes further to the darkside, though, it’s hard to fault her for it. Sure she shouldn’t be using all that dark magic, but since everyone would be dead if she didn’t…
Another good episode this week, with a lot of important events and legitimate character development. It feels like things are setting up for a big season finale, but the season is only halfway over! Seriously, though… what happened to Caroline?