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The Vampire Diaries Recap "The Last Day"

The Vampire Diaries "The Last Day": The Good, The Bad, and The Bloody

Whoa, what an episode, you guys! The Vampire Diaries knocked the wind out of me this week (seriously, I gasped so many times). Though the sacrifice doesn't happen yet, the buildup to the ritual brings such an unexpected turn of events. Pretty much everyone in the main group becomes a pawn in Klaus's attempt to break the curse, including Tyler (!), who is finally back in town.

I've been frustrated with how long it's taken to wrap up the Klaus/curse plot, but this week's episode is so good that I'm ready to forgive. Before I reveal any spoilers, though, let's get down to it. To recount the good, the bad, and the bloody, just


The Good

  • To break the curse, Klaus needs a witch, the moonstone, and to sacrifice a werewolf and a vampire — aaand drink Elena's blood until she dies. Damon balks, even when Elijah unveils a potion to bring Elena back from the dead. Elena's ready to give herself up, and as for the other ingredients, like the werewolf, Klaus figures out a way to bring back our favorite were-boy: Tyler! He's tricked into coming home by his compelled mother.
  • Damon and Stefan find themselves in another fight over Elena, but this one's much crazier. When Elena attempts to soothe Damon about her choice to die and take Elijah's potion, she takes his hands in hers, sweetly, and he utters "I can't lose you." The tender moment is fleeting, though, because Damon thinks of another way for Elena to survive: by force-feeding her his blood so she'll have it in her system when she dies — and become a vampire. The fight is brutal, with Stefan angrier than we've ever seen him, and it only ends when he takes a stake in the gut.
  • With Tyler on deck to be Klaus's werewolf sacrifice, he finds his vampire quite easily: Caroline. After Caroline runs into Tyler outside the hospital, they have a bittersweet reunion (the four words "Take care of yourself" always reek of romantic longing, don't they?), but before he can drive away, Klaus's minions kidnap them both. Caroline and Tyler have an emotional moment in the tomb, thinking they're going to die, and Caroline asks why he left her. He says that he thought she hated him after turning his back on her, but Caroline assures him that she could never hate him.
  • To mark Elena's last day as a human, Stefan takes Elena on a hike (I can think of a million things I'd want to do besides hiking, but that's me). Stefan has the "forever" talk with Elena and he admits that Damon did what he did because he loves Elena. But Elena is too overwhelmed to even be thinking of her (very long) future with Stefan. "I don't want to be a vampire," Elena weeps. So different from Ms. Bella Swan, eh?
  • Damon wants to eliminate Klaus's werewolf to prevent the ritual, and Katherine reveals that he's chosen Caroline and Tyler. When he asks where they're hidden, Katherine won't help — until Damon lets her know that Elena has vampire blood in her system and would be an eternal rival. She obliges, directing Damon to the tomb. He finds it guarded by one of Klaus's henchmen, and an unlikely ally comes to his aid: Matt. Though Damon knocks him out almost immediately, he comes in handy after Damon frees Caroline and Tyler, because Tyler can't heed Damon's warning that he "better not wolf out on us." Tyler transforms, and Caroline and Matt are barely able to outrun him and lock themselves away from his jaws. Others are not so lucky . . . (see below).
  • Damon heads to Alaric's apartment to taunt Klaus with the knowledge that he's rescued Caroline and Tyler. His trademark smugness is quickly erased, however, when Klaus shrewdly informs Damon that he has Jules as a back-up werewolf, and now, Damon as his back-up vampire . . . but not for long. Two crazy twists follow: Klaus's witch (who is Luka's sister) leads Elena to the ritual site, where she finds Jenna unconscious, and assumes she's dead, but she's not — she's transitioning into a vampire (true fact: I gasped). And the reason why she's been turned into a vampire? Damon is useless to Klaus, because he was bitten by a werewolf (true fact: I gasped again).

The Bad

  • It doesn't happen often, but I actually have nothing to put into this category this week. Well played, Vampire Diaries.

The Bloody

  • There wasn't too much in the way of the bloody this week, either, except for one unforgettable image. After Damon forces Elena to drink his blood, the red stains running down her mouth are unnerving. Even though we've seen Nina Dobrev as Katherine, seeing the character of Elena with blood on her face, traumatized and frightened, makes a big impression.

So many crazy things in one episode! I've barely been able to process that Elena might become a vampire, Jenna has just become one, and Damon may die of his werewolf bite wound. I can't remember the last time this show had such an amazing cliffhanger episode. What did you think of it? Let me know your thoughts in the comments!

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xlightningboltx xlightningboltx 6 years
This show is so freaking good! I don't know how high the ratings are in the USA (and I know ratings are important for continuing shows over there), but I hope it's damn high! I'm so happy to see Tyler back. He was definitely becoming my favourite character in Season 2, but he was cruelly taken away from us. The scenes with him and Caroline were CRACKLING WITH TENSION! That Jenna sub-plot came out of no-where! I was expecting Stephen, but Jenna?! So good; they totally got me. I love this show.
cotedazur cotedazur 6 years
Great episode, but they had BETTER not kill Damon!!
kimmieb124 kimmieb124 6 years
What I love about this show compared to Twilight is that Elena and Stefan's relationship seems to be on more equal footing. He respects the choices she makes and doesn't try to sabotage her decisions like Edward did for Bella (i.e., messing up her car so she couldn't go visit Jacob). While Elena does tend to try to take the martyr's role to protect her loved ones just like Bella, Elena overall seems like a stronger more confident heroine whereas Bella bores me with constantly acting like she's worthless without Edward. I liked how Elena told Stefan during this episode that she's supposed to grow up and not make these eternal decisions now. And I liked how Stefan defended Elena's decision to Damon and told him he won't try to interfere or control her.
Jen4 Jen4 6 years
Jenna? i think they will kill Damon but he will come back in next season, (i think its like this in books) and yeah it was an amazing cliffhanger episode. :D
Mandi-Villa Mandi-Villa 6 years
AMAZING episode! Please say Elena and Damon hook up in the season finale!
care0531 care0531 6 years
I am thinking that Elijiah will know how to heal a werewolf bite or something. I just can't see him dying AT ALL! Jenna being a vampire totally shocks me! She was so clueless about all this before! I know this series is based partly on the books and for that reason (don't read ahead if you don't want books to be spoiled) I saw Elena eventually becoming a vampire. I just don't see it happening right now...maybe after HS. Someone has to stop Klaus and all the from happening. Maybe we will be introduced to some new major characters that will play a big part in season 3??? It will be a great finale no doubts!
khameel khameel 6 years
Great episode! The plot twists were insane!
postmodernsleaze postmodernsleaze 6 years
THIS EPISODE WAS NUTS! I had a hard time picking my jaw up off the floor :D
Diana-Nguyen Diana-Nguyen 6 years
Can't. wait. for. finale!
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