Prophetic dreams about the mysterious fourth coffin lead Bonnie and Elena to a surprising source, while Tyler seeks help to break free from Klaus' bond so he can be with Caroline. Alaric's ... See full summary »



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Jeremy Gilbert (credit only)
Matt Donovan (credit only)
Caroline Forbes (as Candice Accola)
Alaric Saltzman (as Matt Davis)


Prophetic dreams about the mysterious fourth coffin lead Bonnie and Elena to a surprising source, while Tyler seeks help to break free from Klaus' bond so he can be with Caroline. Alaric's new friend Dr. Fell has a secret no one sees coming, and Stefan's interference in Elena's life reveals something that surprises even him. Written by anonymous

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19 January 2012 (USA)  »

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Developing the Plot in Circle
19 November 2013 | by (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil) – See all my reviews

Bonnie has nightmares and brings Elena to see the coffins and Stephan questions what she is doing. Then they seek-out Bennie's mother in the police records, and Damon finds the file of Abby Bennett Wilson. Then he tells to Bonnie that he kissed Elena. Tyler comes to apologize with Caroline and brings Bill Forbes to help him to control his sire bond. However Bill does not succeed in his intent and Tyler bites him. Alaric has lunch with Dr. Fell and when Damon arrives to the Mystic Grill, Damon tells that Dr. Brian is dead. Klaus visits Stephan asking for his coffins. Elena and Bonnie travel to see Abby mother in the middle of nowhere. Meanwhile Klaus calls a hybrid to go to the Abby's house. Elena and Bonnie meet Abby and her stepson Jamie. Damon visits Dr. Fell in the hospital and she shots him with verbena and steals his blood. Stephan arrives at Abby's house and Jamie shots him with wooden bullets and ties Elena to a pillar. Meanwhile, Abby temporarily removes Bonnie's powers and takes to the hybrid trying to find where the coffins are. Elena escapes, hits Jamie and saves Stephan. Damon meets Klaus in the place where the coffins are hidden and he takes three coffins back home; however Damon has hidden the fourth one. Alaric visits Dr. Fell and she explains that she uses Damon's blood to save lives, and Bill is the first one. Elena tells Stephan that she kissed Damon and when he returns home, he punches Damon on the face. Damon shows a dagger that he removed from Elijah before delivering the coffin to Klaus.

"The Ties That Bind" is another irritating episode, thanks to Elena again. It is amazing how these teenagers cannot keep a single secret. Bonnie has completely disappointed with her lack of character, telling the annoying Elena the existence and location of the coffins. The she tells to Stephan that she kissed Damon. Why Damon delivered the coffins to Klaus? Would it be to save his friends? The story continues to be developed in circle: Rebekah is murdered but Elena gives her back to Klaus. Stephan steals the coffins and Damon delivers them to him. Elijah is dead and now Damon revives him. Mikael was supposed to be a powerful vampire hunter and is easily murdered by Klaus. My vote is seven.

Title (Brazil): "The Ties That Bind"

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