After a little trip to New Orleans for The Originals episode, we're back to Mystic Falls and all the small-town vampire drama on The Vampire Diaries. We pick up where we left off, with the Salvatore brothers trying to force the humanity back into Elena. It's tough — evil Elena has a lot of resolve, but the guys bring out the big guns this week for a climax that's not only devastating fort Elena, but also shocking for me. There's still cure business and Silas issues happening, but this episode is devoted to the fight for Elena's soul.
There are only two more episodes of The Vampire Diaries this season, and it seems like this week is pointing us to a final showdown: Elena vs. Katherine. Oh yeah, and possibly every dead supernatural creature vs. everybody, if Silas gets his way. But let's deal with this week first! Get to the good, the bad, and the bloody after the jump.
- Elena is a tough nut to crack, humanity-wise, and Damon and Stefan try it all. Getting "in her head" doesn't work, Caroline can't help, and the classic burning-in-a-chair technique barely moves her. She even opens the curtains herself and bursts into flames! I'm sorry, but it's hilarious when you have to put out your ex-girlfriend with a fire extinguisher.
- When the guys finally accept that they can't get the job done themselves, they use their trump card: Katherine, who's more than ready to torture Elena. Katherine has some good moves, grabbing Elena's heart, threatening to feed her her own eyeballs, but her big "move" is letting Elena run free. Who should catch up with her but Matt, whom she's willing to feed from but not kill, because surprise, she still cares for him.
- OK, TVD, you got me: I really believed Matt was dead. My jaw-dropped the second Damon breaks Matt's neck, and it stayed open until Damon reveals that Matt is wearing a ring. I breathed the same sigh of relief Elena did, because I was worried Damon had done something so brutal and that we'd lost the one main human character. So yeah, phew. Oh, and it works! Elena gets her humanity back. Yaaay.
- Matt isn't the only almost-goner this week: I also thought Caroline's mom was dead too, killed by Silas. Thankfully, she's also still alive.
- I'm excited about the idea of Matt and Rebekah being study buddies. It's nice that she's trying to make good after doing so much bad (I was glad that she copped to her part in Elena becoming a vampire), and I'd like to see them together. No one else has been having any romance lately, so someone might as well.
- The floodgates of emotion open when Elena lets humanity back in, and she decides to focus her energy on hating Katherine, blaming her for everything bad that's happened in Mystic Falls. Misguided a little, but I'm into it, because I'd love to see Katherine killed once and for all.
- Klaus comes back to share a moment with Caroline, not just to say goodbye, but to invite her to New Orleans. It's so cute — until it's not, because it's not Klaus. It's Silas trying to get Caroline to tell her where Bonnie is. Wah wah. Get out of here, Silas! I hate your fake-outs! And generally, I hate the whole Silas story line this week that has him mentally torturing Caroline to get to Bonnie. Mystic Falls is a small place; it can't be that hard to find one teenage girl, especially one who's hanging out in coffee shops making deals.
- About that deal. Bonnie wants Katherine to get Silas's tombstone in exchange for her freedom — by which Bonnie means she'll arrange for Katherine to get the same immortality spell Silas has. Two things: Katherine being around forever? Ugh. And really, Katherine, you want what Silas has? I feel like that hasn't worked out so well for him.
- Caroline gets staked, Matt's treated like a Hi-C, and Katherine manhandles Elena's organs, but in general, it's not too bloody of an episode.
What did you think of this week's episode?