I have officially had it up to hear with hiatus'. One minute I'm revelling in joy from the return of my favourite show to then be crumbling in despair by the news that it is disappearing out of my life for a fortnight/month/quarter of a year etc. Can you blame me then for prolonging recapping the latest episode of The Vampire Diaries? As leaving it for so long meant that I had an excuse to re watch it, and boy was it worth it as it is a cracker of an episode!
A quick reminder, the previous episode ended with Elena being snatched from her room by the terrifyingly tiny Anna, who is hellbent on opening the tomb to rescue her mother Pearl, and it is here where the episode picks up.
Elena comes to in a hotel room being carefully watched by a sleeping Ben, and in a moment of suspense that Kevin Williamson does so well, attempts to creep from the room without waking him. But it would be far too simple for her to escape right at the beginning of the episode so of course Ben caught her out. What I love about TVD is that the female characters aren't victims. Last week Bonnie realised she was in danger and was quick witted enough to leave her jacket to give the illusion she was just going to the bathroom and not running away. In this episode Elena took advantage of the fact that Ben is a newbie vampire; he tried to compel her after her escape attempt and she played along with it promising to behave, only to then make another run at the door. She would have got away with it too if it wasn't for that pesky Anna!
Luckily her recapture meant that she discovered an unconscious Bonnie in the bathroom. Again, using her wits Elena switched on the tap to avoid some vampy eavesdropping and together they deduced that Anna and Ben intended to use Bonnie to get into the tomb, all they needed was the Grimoir.
Meanwhile Stefan's majorly worrying about Elena. There is no way of telling if Damon's blood is out of her system, so if Elena dies then that might mean she could actually become Katherine 2.0. We also learn how much Elena's betrayal last week hurt Damon. Even after Stefan apologises for his role in Katherine's capture Damon shows no forgiveness and instead tells Stefan he hopes Elena dies.
The non-vamp story is revolving around Duke from Duke's party at the old cemetery tonight. What are the odds? Isn't that where the tomb that's securing God knows how many mummified vampires who are just waiting to be released is? And Tyler's back too...have you missed him as little as me?
Anyway back to the hostage situation. Damon pays a visit to Bonnie's grandmother. who used her anger towards him to reveal that she is a super powerful witch managing to both cause him major head pain and successfully perform a locating spell. Whilst Anna was meeting to Damon to collaborate with their Diabolical Plans, Stefan bursts into the hotel room to rescue Elena and Bonnie and tells Ben to get the hell out of town. Which means Anna returns to a cowering Ben in an empty hotel room, she has lost her bargaining tool and has no other option then to just turn up when Damon attempts to open the tomb. Luckily she's agreed to meet Jeremy at the party so she can fulfil her plot to use Gilbert blood to revive her mother. Keeping up? Good!
Back at Bonnie's grandmother's there is a POA. The only answer it seems is to open the tomb and let Damon rescue Katherine in order to get him out of every one's life. The only problem is getting Damon on board. Stefan knows that he has no shot convincing his brother so Elena takes it upon herself to pay him a visit. It's quite revealing that Elena who has barely gotten to know Damon has more of an impact then his own brother, on more then one occasion during this episode. To prove that they're not tricking him Elena takes off her necklace and asks him to ask her if it's a trick. Damon needs no more conviction and in a moment filled with steamy chemistry fastens Elena's necklace for her before revealing that he didn't compel her in Georgia because they were having fun and he wanted it to be real. So Damon is officially on board and they head to the woods.
Bonnie and Grams have already set up and are chanting in some fancy witch language. The plan is for Damon to go in, grab Katherine and then Stefan can torch the rest. On route Elena and Damon bump into Matt and Caroline, who in a moment of insecurity grabs Matt's hand to prove ownership; Caroline gives Matt a number of speeches during this episode and it looks like their relationship is going strong. I'm pleased about this, they both need someone to love them properly. But back to the main event...whilst Stefan went to retrieve his vamp torching kit Damon insists that Elena accompanies him into the tomb. Bonnie and Grams are horrified but Elena is understanding, insisting that he needs her for protection that they don't just lock him in the tomb. Stefan encounters a problem when he runs into Anna, Ben and an unconscious Jeremy. Anna forces him to choose between preventing her from rescuing her mother or saving Jeremy from becoming Ben's main course. Someone needs to remind Ben that pride comes before a fall, gloating way too soon Ben mocks Stefan about his diet claiming that Stefan can't defeat him because human blood makes him stronger. Sadly Ben didn't account for the mahoosive flamethrower of Stefan's; game over.
Anna creeps past the witches and into the tomb, Bonnie makes to stop her but her Grams drops a massive bombshell; "She isn't coming out, baby. None of them are." The seal hasn't been broken after all, vamps can go in, but they can't come out!!!
In the tomb Damon has abandoned Elena in his eagerness to rescue Katherine; cue some shots of the emaciated vamps which did make me jump, but I do think the one at the end looked like he's escaped from MJ's Thriller video. Anna finding Elena alone decides to use her to revive her mother, shame she doesn't know about the adoption; not technically Gilbert blood!
Stefan hears Elena's screams and races in to the tomb even though Bonnie and Grams warn him that the seal is still up so he won't be able to get out. Promising Elena he'll be right behind her, Elena learns that her vamp bf and his bro are now to be trapped in the tomb for eternity. Bonnie is really upset by this, after all Stefan has proved his good nature by saving her life on more than one occasion now and convinces her Grams to lift the seal so that Stefan and Damon can escape. This is powerful mojo, you can see the effect it has on the witches and Gram warns that even if they can lift the seal it wont be for long so they need to hurry. I felt a bit sorry for Stefan during this bit. He just revealed to his girlfriend that he has risked his freedom to save her and Elena's reaction was immediate concern for Damon as she promised they wouldn't betray him. Anyway Stefan races to fetch Damon, and Anna and Pearl escape with the promise that they wont hurt Jeremy. Stefan finds Damon breaking down because, major twist alert...Katherine isn't in the tomb. In a fit of rage Damon chucks the bag of blood he brought to revive her against the wall. Probably not the smartest move with all those emaciated vamps but never mind. Damon doesn't listen to Stefan's pleas to hurry until Elena comes back down to beg. Luckily the threesome get out before the seal is replaced..or is it? Turns out no because at the end of the episode the Thriller reject escapes.
I found the next scene so heartbreaking. Damon looks absolutely devastated, all his plotting has been for nothing. With Stefan looking on Elena tries to comfort Damon with a hug and whispers 'I'm sorry', Damon can't even hug her back he's that crushed. Amazing acting by Ian Somerhalder; if only I could comfort him myself!
Back at the hotel room a vengeful Damon wants some answers. Waiting for Pearl and Anna he wanted to know why they got a happy ending and he didn't. It turns out that Katherine managed to bribe the guard to the church and she was never in the tomb. The last time Anna saw her was 1983 in Chicago, she'd known where Damon was and didn't care!
But Damon wasn't the only one to not get a happy ending. Back at Gram's house, Bonnie brings her a glass of water only to find the spell had exhausted her so much that she dies! This set me off, as soon as Leona began to sing Run I knew I was going. Bonnie screaming for Elena and protesting she can fix it was incredibly emotional, and then cutting to Damon gazing into a fire with Stefan watching on only added to the sadness. Brilliant acting from all involved.
So the episode ends with some closure to old stories and the beginning of some new. Jeremy through his dealings with Anna is now investigating vampire and turning to the world wide web. I couldn't work out if Anna went all vampy because she was lusting after Jeremy, I like to think so because they were cute. Matt and Caroline are official, so will the three of them discover vampires exist and Vicki didn't just leave town? Damon's whole purpose for his entire one hundred and so many years has been for nothing, Katherine was playing him all along. So will he now seek revenge? He was meant to leave town, will he stick around for a new love triangle containing Elena? Will Bonnie want revenge for the death of Grams? What will become of the escapee vamp? And what about Alaric, what's his story?!
Seeing as I managed to put off writing this blog for so long there's only about 3 weeks to wait until the next episode, as opposed to 5. In my opinion that's still 2 weeks too many to have to wait for the next installment. How many more times do you think is acceptable to re watch the last couple of episodes before it becomes shameless? I can't believe I'm about to confess the following, but I think the Vampire Diaries obsession has overtaking Twilight...I'm sorry R-Patz, now where can I find Paul and Ian?!