Collective sigh, Vampire Diaries fans. After almost an entire season of teasing, we finally meet the real Klaus this week, both in flashback form and in present day. Elena forms an alliance with a woken-up Elijah to figure out a way to kill Klaus without sacrificing herself or Bonnie. And just for a touch of romantic drama, Damon and Stefan work out some tension over their mutual love of Elena.
We're getting closer to the season finale and what I assume will be an epic battle to try to take down Klaus, but this week's episode is more about information than action. There are some pretty surprising pieces of info, though, so it's not to say it was a dull episode. Let's talk about what went down when you
- When Elijah is roused from the dead-dead, he thinks Elena is Katherine, throwing him into a flashback. It's the first time we see Klaus in his original form, making the acquaintance of Katherine, or "Katerina," as she was known then. There are lots of silly wigs, heavy accents, and frolicking about in meadows. In present day, Elena and Elijah form an uneasy truce, and obviously Stefan and Damon are less than pleased. They figure out that Elena is using Elijah to kill Klaus in order to stop Bonnie from trying, knowing it will kill her if she does.
- Later, Elijah reveals more of his back story to Elena with a bit of a shocking detail: Klaus and Elijah are brothers. The appropriate reaction is best put by Elijah: "I'm a little behind the times, but I think the term you're searching for is OMG." He informs her that they are from a family of Originals, from which all other vampires descend. Klaus drops another bomb: the Sun and the Moon curse is fake. The real curse is on Klaus, and only Elena, the doppelganger, can break it. And thus, we get the biggest bombshell of the episode: Klaus's mother had cheated on her husband with a werewolf and gotten pregnant with Klaus, meaning he's a hybrid of sorts. To echo Elijah: OMG. So Klaus's curse is that the witches made Klaus's werewolf side dormant, and he wants it reversed so that he can continue his bloodline and build his own race of vampire/werewolf mutts like him. Elijah reveals that there's one way to kill him: a witch, channeling enough power, during a full moon while he's transitioning and vulnerable. Bonnie, you're being paged.
- Jenna is back in town, confused about why Elena wants her to stay away from Alaric. Stefan rushes to warn her, but it's too late: Jenna has already let Alaric/Klaus in. Klaus taunts them both by talking about the existence of vampires and werewolves, ending in Stefan holding a knife to Klaus's throat until Klaus threatens Elena again. After Stefan reveals his vampire face to Jenna during the skirmish, Elena finds her at the Salvatore house, traumatized about her new knowledge. Well, at least there will be no more secrets in the Gilbert house.
- Bro fight! When Stefan needles Damon about using Andy, Damon admits that she's just a distraction from his being in love with Elena. When Stefan self-righteously claims that he has her respect, which Damon will never have, Damon takes a swing and they brawl. To be honest, I thought Stefan would say something more incendiary than "her respect," especially since Damon seems to gain more of that from Elena each day. Even so, angry Damon tells everyone to go to hell when they agree to Elijah's plan.
- With Katherine on house arrest at Alaric's, Damon and Andy visit her and give her vervain so she can resist Klaus's compulsion. But she's still there to witness Klaus's witch friend's entrance to perform the spell to get him back into his own body. Klaus leaves Alaric's body and appears in his own — much better looking than he was in flashback, I must say. In fact, he's so dapper that it's kind of hard to be terrified by a guy who looks like he just stepped out of the pages of GQ.
- The Sun and the Moon Curse is fake?! Fake. The curse we've been stressing on for months is fake. Ugh. Even though the real curse is more compelling, I'm still pretty annoyed.
- Oh, man. Elijah's flashback hair is laughably bad. it's like Jheri curl meets Kenny G. Maybe it was hot for the time period, but it just made me feel embarrassed for him.
- Katherine's home alone dance also made me laugh for the wrong reasons. Why do vampires on this show love to let loose by doing a solo jig? It's so awkward.
- Damon is bummed out, you guys. He doesn't have the girl he loves, no one will listen to his ideas, and the girlfriend he does have is so annoying. So when Andy begs to stay because she cares for him, he gives her one last love bite and then sends her on her merry way. Hard to believe it's one of the few times we see blood drawn on the show this week, but everyone else is pretty busy plotting schemes and having flashbacks and stuff.
What did you think of the episode? I appreciated that they managed to unite this season's two major arcs of werewolves and Klaus with Klaus's identity. Are you getting more excited for the finale? Let me know your thoughts in the comments, and if you're a fan, join the Hooked on The Vampire Diaries group in the Buzz Community too.
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