12 items from 2012
Nothing gets me in the holiday spirit quite like some not-so-merry mayhem set to a delightful Christmas soundtrack, so I've decided to write a full "Vampire Diaries" to wrap up a fantastic Mystic Falls year. This week's winter wonderland episode featured an unexpected death (I've given the victim a proper eulogy here), a bit of heartbreaking romance, and some major reveals that changed the course of the season.
Before we cue up the episode, though, I'd like to remind you that as usual, this recap is stuffed with my own opinions, which might be different from your opinions, because that's how opinions work. (Madness!) Right now, I'm enjoying the choices the show has made with Damon/Elena, but I think Stefan's heartbreak and anger is entirely justified. I love Caroline as much as ever, but I have yet to be convinced that she and Klaus are forever-love material. Also, I love Jeremy's arms. »
Spoiler Alert! If you haven’t watched this week’s episode of The Vampire Diaries (our full recap), stop reading now. Tyler’s scheme to take out Klaus didn’t exactly go according to plan. Who paid the price?
Tyler’s mother, Mayor Carol Lockwood (Susan Walters), who viewers have known since season 1. After Hayley told Klaus about the unsired hybrids’ betrayal as part of her deal with Professor Shane, Klaus massacred the 12 of them to the tune of “O Holy Night.” Then, with blood still covering him, Klaus found tipsy Carol at the fountain in the town square. He wanted to hurt Tyler, »
- Mandi Bierly
Plus, did Damon man-up and break his sire bond with Elena? We all knew there'd be death on the Dec. 13 episode of The Vampire Diaries — and there really was so much death — but nothing could have prepared me for how truly sad it was to see a long-time Mystic Falls resident breathe her final breath. I'm talking, of course, about Mrs. Lockwood (Susan Walters), who was drowned by Klaus (Joseph Morgan) because she was the only person Tyler (Michael Trevino) had left in the world. Tyler "Alpha" Lockwood planned to send Klaus into Rebekah's (Claire Holt) body, then encase her in cement — a plan Klaus was, understandably, not on board with. As soon as Klaus was clued into Tyler's plan, thanks to super-bitch Hayley (Phoebe Tonkin), he went all Kill Bill on Tyler's hybrid army, conveniently giving Hayley the 12 un-sired bodies she'd been waiting for. No more bondage for 'Delena': Ok, »
- Andy Swift
After Klaus discovered Tyler's secret plan to free his sired hybrids and stage a revolution against the most powerful Original, he went on a massacre, killing all of the hybrids, as blood spilled set to a poignant "O Holy Night" soundtrack. Then, Klaus exacted his terrifying revenge on Tyler's mother, his last remaining family member. Blood-splattered and shimmering with anger, Klaus calmly held the champagne-buzzed Mayor's head under water and left her in the town square.
It's not the first time Klaus has used Tyler's mother against him. In Season 2, after Tyler left Mystic Falls to join Jules' werewolf pack, Klaus lured him back to town by launching Carol down the staircase at the mansion. The news that his mother was hospitalized was enough to bring Tyler home, »
Is Bonnie a goner? Is Caroline becoming an orphan? Scope out the potential victims & share your predictions. Jeremy's (Steven R. McQueen) giant arms aren't the only surprise guests coming to Mystic Falls on the Dec. 13 winter finale of The Vampire Diaries — we're also getting a visit from our old buddy Death! Someone's biting the big one this week, and thanks to EW.com, we can narrow down the list of potential victims to six. >> Bonnie (Kat Graham): If I'm being honest, there's usually one point every season where I genuinely think Bonnie could die. Besides the fact that she's barely been seen all season, she has no idea her powers are being manipulated by the evil Professor Shane (Dave Alpay). I'm hoping she sticks around, though, because the very idea of "Evil Bonnie" leaves me tickled. >> Liz Forbes (Marguerite MacIntyre): Mystic Falls' fearless sheriff is always putting herself in harm's way, »
- Andy Swift
On Thursday’s midseason finale of The Vampire Diaries (The CW, 8 p.m. Et), death will again come to Mystic Falls. One of these six will die. Who will it be? First a refresher, then a vote!
Tyler (Michael Trevino): After breaking his own hybrid sire bond to Klaus, Tyler has teamed up with werewolf Hayley to help 12 other hybrids do the same. We know from the promo, Tyler has his mind set on “taking out Klaus” in this hour, which is worrisome because — no offense, Tyler — we think Klaus can definitely outsmart him. Also working against Tyler: Stefan »
- Mandi Bierly
Written by Caroline Dries
Directed by Chris Grismer
Airs Thursdays at 8pm (Et) on the CW
This week, on The Vampire Diaries: Bonnie gets in too deep, Elena transitions, and there’s a new Pastor in town
Last season ended with one hell of a cliffhanger. In what was one of the best-kept secrets of recent television (with fans of the books generally keeping mum), Elena woke after dying and began to transition into being a vampire. This season picks up where last season left off, with Elena in transition and our characters’ secrets outed to the Council. In true The Vampire Diaries fashion, the plot hits the ground running and, while plenty of time is spent on Elena’s journey of loss, anger, and acceptance, by the end of the episode there are two big teases of what’s to »
- Kate Kulzick
It's been a long summer since the big twist in The Vampire Diaries season three finale, but we are back in Mystic Falls to see the huge impact that this event has had. As expected there are some furrowed brows and the big theme of this premiere is choice; the choice Stefan (Paul Wesley) made when he saved Matt (Zach Roerig) first and the choice that Elena (Nina Dobrev) has to make between survival and death. Did the season premiere match up to the dramatic season finale?
Returning episodes are often table setters; they have to remind us what happened at the end of the previous year as well as propel the story forward. Killing Elena with vampire blood in her system is an incredibly bold move and while I think the process of her transition was handled well, it didn't have the wow factor that I have come to expect from this show. »
- emma fraser
The penultimate episode of season 3 of The Vampire Diaries managed to get rid of one villain while setting up Elena's (Nina Dobrev) big decision for next week's finale. Of course it wasn't as clear cut as that and like the witches and the balance of nature; this show has loopholes that it is happy to use to create tension and danger at every turn. Last week we said goodbye to Alaric (Matt Davis) and while he is still in Mystic Falls this is not the Alaric that we are familiar with and so those misty eyed farewells still matter.
While our Alaric started life in Mystic Falls as a vampire hunter, he soon became very much like Elena in seeing that vampires aren't just monsters. This new vampire version of Alaric is how he probably wanted to be when he first came to town »
- emma fraser
The Vampire Diaries 3.17 "Break on Through" Review
As we head into the final third of this season of The Vampire Diaries certain story threads are being untangled and this episode definitely felt like a table setter to the overall plot and to remind us of what the goal of the year has been. The overarching story this year has been about the Originals; though it is only Rebekah (Claire Holt) who has featured in the last couple of episodes and these have dealt primarily with the serial killer plot and Stefan's control issues. These were the two stronger parts of this weaker episode and other aspects such as the Sage (Cassidy Freeman) felt a bit flat.
So let's start with what worked well in "Break on Through" and that begins with last week's big reveal that Alaric (Matt Davis) was the one who had been going on a mini-killing spree. »
- emma fraser
There is something special about The Vampire Diaries that makes every episode stand out from the long list of serialized TV shows on broadcast networks. The showrunners rarely – if ever – give viewers filler episodes. If you have ever watched one of the series on the CW or the previous incarnation of the network – The WB – then you know that the shows mostly follow a procedural format. However, it’s the longer underlying story that keeps you locked in. Supernatural may do monster-of-the-week one-offs throughout a twenty-plus episode season, but you will always come back to follow the broader story arc. USA Network’s Burn Notice and White Collar follow the same pattern.
The Vampire Diaries has no filler. The story from one episode always bleeds into the next – quite literally at times. Now, I’m a die-hard fan of gritty shows like Breaking Bad, Sons of Anarchy, Game of Thrones and Boardwalk Empire. »
- Bags Hooper
The Vampire Diaries celebrates Caroline's (Candice Accola) 18th birthday so that's a time to be cheerful right? It would seem not, especially as this is the first birthday for Miss Forbes since she has become a vampire and this excellent episode explores letting go of the old and embracing the new. This sounds pretty simple but obstacles such as a power play between Klaus (Joseph Morgan) and Stefan (Paul Wesley) makes this both dangerous and complicated.
Stefan is ready to make his move against Klaus and wants to see if his theory about the importance of the coffins is correct by calling Klaus' bluff. This is a dangerous, ballsy and perhaps stupidly crazy move that Stefan is set upon doing, with or without Damon's (Ian Somerhalder) consent. The aim of the game here is to get the hybrid army out of town and »
- emma fraser
12 items from 2012
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