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The Vampire Diaries Recap "The Last Dance"

The Vampire Diaries "The Last Dance": The Good, the Bad, and the Bloody

We go vintage on The Vampire Diaries this week with a decades dance and a villain so old that calling him vintage is a compliment. It's Klaus, sort of showing his face, and striking fear into the hearts of all the characters, even the season's main baddie thus far (Katherine). Matt continues his subterfuge against his girlfriend for the benefit of the sheriff, and Damon — well, all you need to know is that Damon is a dancing machine.

But the episode culminates with a violent showdown that left me utterly shocked. I don't want to spoil that, or anything else, though, until after the jump! To read the good, the bad, and the bloody, just

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The Good

  • Matt Davis is the latest cast member to get to play a second character when he's fully possessed by Klaus this week. With Katherine imprisoned, he assumes Alaric's identity, even attempting to teach a class with the least informative lesson plan ever. Though Stefan and Damon have signed their house over to Elena to make it a safe house and keep out the likes of Klaus, he's able to walk right in, thanks to his human disguise. He doesn't plan on staying concealed for long, though; while the students prep for a 1960s-themed dance at school, Klaus sends Elena a message through a compelled classmate to let her know that he's coming to the dance.
  • Best dancer award goes to Damon! Though he's dressed for a leather pants dance while everyone else is in '60s getup, he's having the most fun, while everyone else is tense and on the lookout for Klaus. He spins Elena around on the dance floor, and she even notes his prowess (a man after my own heart, he quotes My Best Friend's Wedding: "I've got moves you've never seen"), while he also calms her down when he reminds her of how they beat the vampires at the last decades dance. Then, he partners with Bonnie to talk strategy, and even though Bonnie is happy with Jeremy, I swear I sensed a little more chemistry between them.
  • Excellent Bonnie twist, Vampire Diaries. Bonnie knows that she needs to use her full power to kill Klaus, but in doing so, she may also die. She keeps that info from Elena, knowing she'd just talk her out of it — which Elena tries when she finds out. But when it comes time, Bonnie and Damon secretly plot to take Klaus on. Locked in the cafeteria, Bonnie summons all her power to defeat Klaus, willing to sacrifice herself — and she does. Damon collects her lifeless body as Elena looks on in horror, shocked that her best friend is dead. The grief turns to anger, and at the house later, she strikes Damon for his part in Bonnie's death. But surprise! Bonnie's not dead, Klaus just had to believe she was — he did, and I did too. I was so fooled by Damon and Bonnie's ruse that I had completely accepted that Bonnie may have just been killed off. She survives, though, hidden away to keep up the facade of her death. At least she has Jeremy and the Internet to keep her company.
  • Five words that melted my heart this week: "I will always choose you." Damon is positively smoldering when he explains to Elena that he was willing to sacrifice Bonnie's life over hers. He says as much to Stefan moments earlier too, and while he sounds merely protective then, when he says it to Elena, it has a tragically romantic edge.
  • What's this new plot? In the final moments of the episode, Elena (or could that have been Katherine? Sigh) sneaks off to remove the dagger out of Elijah's back, which we know will resuscitate him. Does she think that Elijah will be able to defeat Klaus, or does she have something else up her sleeve?

The Bad

  • The Matt/Sheriff Forbes storyline is boring and mostly unnecessary. It's nice that the writers are giving Caroline something to do while she doesn't have a distinct arc right now, but having Matt as a spy for her mother isn't as compelling as the other subplots on the show. I hope it's resolved fast.

The Bloody

  • Even though I doubt how much pain a vampire can feel from stabbing themselves, Katherine's repeated leg-jabbing at the behest of Klaus freaks me out. Her tender thigh, covered in blood? Argh.

Were you as fooled as I was about Bonnie's death? And what do you think Elena's plan with Elijah is? Weigh in with your theories below and join the Hooked on The Vampire Diaries group in the Buzz Community for even more.

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xlightningboltx xlightningboltx 5 years
Favourite episode this season! Then, he partners with Bonnie to talk strategy, and even though Bonnie is happy with Jeremy, I swear I sensed a little more chemistry between them. - YES, I've been sensing this all season! Five words that melted my heart this week: "I will always choose you." Damon is positively smoldering when he explains to Elena that he was willing to sacrifice Bonnie's life over hers. He says as much to Stefan moments earlier too, and while he sounds merely protective then, when he says it to Elena, it has a tragically romantic edge. - YES YES YES! Season finale may finally bring these two closer together. Ahh, love this show.
xlightningboltx xlightningboltx 5 years
Favourite episode this season!Then, he partners with Bonnie to talk strategy, and even though Bonnie is happy with Jeremy, I swear I sensed a little more chemistry between them. - YES, I've been sensing this all season!Five words that melted my heart this week: "I will always choose you." Damon is positively smoldering when he explains to Elena that he was willing to sacrifice Bonnie's life over hers. He says as much to Stefan moments earlier too, and while he sounds merely protective then, when he says it to Elena, it has a tragically romantic edge.- YES YES YES! Season finale may finally bring these two closer together.Ahh, love this show.
kimmieb124 kimmieb124 5 years
I am still swooning from Damon telling Elena he'll always choose her! But I too thought the eye twitching was a little excessive this episode even though I love Damon. I thought it was hard to believe Bonnie could be dead, but I wouldn't put anything past the writers. I'm glad she's still alive...the show needs a witch. Am I the only one wondering about Alaric? Is he definitely dead now or will he return un-possessed once Klaus goes into his own body? I liked Alaric, so I'll be disappointed if we're done with him for good.
nancy94 nancy94 5 years
I too thought there was a lil something-something going on when Damon & Bonnie danced. But that doesn't stop me from rooting for Damon & Elena. And I am glad she didn't die. Poor Jeremy is right - he doesn't have the best luck when it comes to girlfriends. I am excited for the return of Elijah. During the preview for next wk's episode, you see him sipping tea & telling Katherine that the phrase she is looking for is "O M G" <--- that had me cracking up. Can't wait for Thursday nite!
nancy94 nancy94 5 years
I too thought there was a lil something-something going on when Damon & Bonnie danced. But that doesn't stop me from rooting for Damon & Elena. And I am glad she didn't die. Poor Jeremy is right - he doesn't have the best luck when it comes to girlfriends. I am excited for the return of Elijah. During the preview for next wk's episode, you see him sipping tea & telling Katherine that the phrase she is looking for is "O M G" <--- that had me cracking up. Can't wait for Thursday nite!
postmodernsleaze postmodernsleaze 5 years
I had a big feeling Bonnie couldn't really be gone and I was really happy when that was confirmed. I really like Bonnie, despite the fact that other Vampire Diaries fans seem to frequently say that they wouldn't care much if her character was thrown out. I love that girl! I think Elena pulled the dagger out of Elijah because she needs to find out how to kill Klaus and he's probably the best one to get that information from. If that dagger can kill Elijah, can it kill Klaus? Or is Klaus too powerful for it? I can't remember if that was ever mentioned. I rather like Elijah, I'm excited to have him back next week :) The Matt/Caroline/Caroline's mom thing is a big yawn. They should've just had him missing from a couple episodes because that story is so insignificant right now that I don't think anyone is paying attention to it.
postmodernsleaze postmodernsleaze 5 years
I had a big feeling Bonnie couldn't really be gone and I was really happy when that was confirmed. I really like Bonnie, despite the fact that other Vampire Diaries fans seem to frequently say that they wouldn't care much if her character was thrown out. I love that girl!I think Elena pulled the dagger out of Elijah because she needs to find out how to kill Klaus and he's probably the best one to get that information from. If that dagger can kill Elijah, can it kill Klaus? Or is Klaus too powerful for it? I can't remember if that was ever mentioned.I rather like Elijah, I'm excited to have him back next week :)The Matt/Caroline/Caroline's mom thing is a big yawn. They should've just had him missing from a couple episodes because that story is so insignificant right now that I don't think anyone is paying attention to it.
cotedazur cotedazur 5 years
Near the end of the episode, when Elena is in Damon's bedroom semi-apologizing for slapping him, did anyone else get the impression that she looked longingly at his bed before walking away? Ahhhh I am SO ready for some Damon-Elena action!
megs813 megs813 5 years
I was completely convinced that Bonnie was dead! I was soooo happy when she came back to life!
liz313 liz313 5 years
How does this show deliver events of EPIC proportions every single week?! I was still feeling/hoping Bonnie was not dead but that was a great twist. She really seemed dead.
jannam jannam 5 years
good news: there's no way it was katherine because she's not allowed in the house (elena didn't invite her in)
shaima shaima 5 years
I really hope that Klaus is here to stay, because it brought some tension, I love it. The episode was great, as usual with VD. @ Becky Kirsch: I noticed that too. Well, he knows he's sexy, he's just playing with us by doing his hypnosis trick :p
shaima shaima 5 years
I really hope that Klaus is here to stay, because it brought some tension, I love it. The episode was great, as usual with VD.@ Becky Kirsch: I noticed that too. Well, he knows he's sexy, he's just playing with us by doing his hypnosis trick :p
Becky-Kirsch Becky-Kirsch 5 years
Is it just me, or is Ian Somerhalder particularly overdoing it on his weird bug-eye tricks this week? It's starting to get distracting.
PoshBride PoshBride 5 years
I was so mad when I thought Bonnie died! First time ever I was angry with the writers, but 10 minutes later I was so glad to see her alive and with Jeremy. The scene with Damon and Elena was so sad, pulled at my heart strings!
candiifloss candiifloss 5 years
the episode was amazing. absolutely loved it. btw it wasnt katherine, she can't get into the house. p.s i read ur recap every week after VD airs xx
candiifloss candiifloss 5 years
the episode was amazing. absolutely loved it.btw it wasnt katherine, she can't get into the house. p.s i read ur recap every week after VD airs xx
ChelMarie ChelMarie 5 years
When oh when are Damon and Elena going to kiss?! I know, I know---all the fun is in the tortuous waiting, I guess I'm just impatient!
lockandkey lockandkey 5 years
Why do they keep making Elena be the dumb martyr?! Other than her bring Elijah back, I liked this episode. Great twist on Bonnie coming back.
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