Man, it was a really close call between the title I chose and “You know what else is her call? Every bad thing ever.” Hee! Yes, Elena is NOT known for her good decisions.
You guys … this episode was really great. And also a little confusing. But mostly just really, really great. So let’s talk about it!
I always have a hard time knowing where to start, but for some reason, it’s even tougher this week, I guess just because there was so much happening. So let’s go back to the beginning … as in … FLASHBACKS! You know, for someone who seems to be way less into the Civil War era flashbacks than everyone else, I have gotten a HUGE kick out of basically any other time period of flashbacks.
So obviously, it was fun seeing Elena being a happy bimbo–although I don’t care HOW peppy you are, who in the hell wakes up smiling to their alarm clock, turns it up, and dances? Give me a fucking BREAK. On a show of vampires, werewolves, vampire-werewolf hybrids, witches, ghost whisperers, magic rings, unicorns, time travel, aliens, ET CETERA, you would think that they would know where the limit is. But show, there is a line drawn in the sand and you CROSSED IT!
And of course, it was educational to see Elena jerking Matt around, and not in the fun way, and a little bittersweet to see Jenna again. I always did love her. And we’ll come back to the Damon stuff, of course. But mainly, I think this was the perfect time to show us Elena’s parents. She’s really been dealing with that this year and it’s come up a few times, and I just think that it was really well-placed.
And let’s just go ahead and discuss the drowning scenes now, while we’re on the subject. They were good, and well done. And Elena’s dad telling Stefan to save her instead was so poignant. And I understood why Stefan saved Matt–because Elena’s free will is always the thing he puts first. But … okay. This is my issue with shows with super powers. It’s like … the powers kind of come and go when convenient. I mean, I’ll agree to overlook it, but first, I have to get it off my chest. Stefan is a super strong, super fast vampire, right? And Grayson Gilbert was still alive. Couldn’t stefan have super quickly, with his super strength, ripped off Grayson’s door so he could swim to shore and then ripped off Elena’s door and saved her? I just … And then when Elena was telling him to save Matt, she had plenty of capacity to tell Stefan what to do, but then he took Matt and Elena just SAT there. I mean, seriously? You can point and make crazy face, but you can’t, oh, I don’t know, UNBUCKLE YOUR FUCKING SEATBELT AND NOT DIE? I get that Elena had to die for all of the story stuff to work, and I’m cool with that. And I’m actually really glad that they saved Matt, because I feel like they finally figured out what to do with him.
BESIDES make him just be Elena’s girl talk buddy. God, how awkward was that? But again, Elena is pretty sure the world revolves around Elena (did I say PRETTY sure? Make that TOTALLY POSITIVE), and Matt is too sweet and/or polite to tell her to fuck off. But seriously, Elena? Fuck off.
Anyway. I loved Matt and Jeremy, and how they were together, and how they just wanted to protect Elena and keep the human perspective alive, but in a non-crazy, non-Evilaric sort of way. And I do feel like the show’s need to maintain a connection to true, non-supernatural humanity is what has kept Matt alive this long. I just wish it hadn’t taken quite so long to fully integrate him.
And speaking of Jeremy, he was really great in this episode too. I loved how he was trying to find the really delicate balance of doing what was best for Elena and what would keep her the safest. Of COURSE he took her to the hospital, which was obviously a smart choice. But he recognized that Damon was right about her being a sitting duck that all the Originals would be after, so he got her the hell out. But not just back to Stefan and Damon–OUT out. Of course, that didn’t work, but … it was a nice thought.
And wow, did Jeremy’s ghost-seeing powers (there’s gotta be a better word for that, right? But it escapes me at the moment) come in handy or WHAT when Alaric showed up to say goodbye? It was really sweet, and you know, I felt like Alaric already really got a great goodbye before turning whole hog evil, but this just really put a beautiful finish on the whole thing. And man, I love Matt Davis. He’s played at least three different characters on this show, each one distinct and outstanding, and I’ll definitely miss having him around. BUT I am very excited about his new show that has been picked up for next season, yay!
Ya know what else? I was sitting around thinking about how we are getting VERY thin on “adults” on this show, but then I realized that we picked up Meredith this season and she’s still around, and I’m really happy about that. I like her, and I think there’s potential for all sorts of fun stuff with that.
Alright, let’s wade into the heavy duty vampire stuff going on, starting with Caroline and Tyler. You guys … I love her so much. She was so sweet with Tyler, and of COURSE she needs a curling iron. You go get her that curling iron, Tyler!
Oh, you guys. I am not going to be able to avoid this anymore. I actually watched this episode twice, mainly because the Klaus and Tyler thing confused me so much. I’ve kind of made peace with it, like … maybe I’m SUPPOSED to have a lot of questions, but if you guys have any better ideas or thoughts that make more sense or answers to any of the questions, PLEASE leave them in the comments, because I am lost. So anyway. On the rewatch, I was trying to see if I could figure out the moment with Tyler where he became Klaus. I’m not sure. I wonder if he started feeling weird when Bonnie started to put Klaus in him? (Oh, god … THE HOYAY!) I get that Klaus was DEFINITELY the sire of the bloodline of all our peeps, and I get that he’s all up in Tyler now (this show is KILLING ME here) and that’s why everyone is alive, but I have so many other questions/things I’m confused about that I’m gonna need bullets. No, not for my brain! I’m not THAT confused. Just for listing purposes:
- So … was this really Bonnie’s best plan? Isn’t there a cloaking spell or some shit?
- Klaus’s body … definitely dead, right? (I was, by the way, SO surprised that they did that.) But if he’s not in it at the time, it doesn’t count? That seems … cheap. Or am I being too hard on it?
- We’ve seen before where Klaus occupies a body (Alaric’s), and Alaric is still in there, being repressed. Is Tyler still in his body too? And if so, who was in Klaus’s body when he was getting staked and looking around and stuff? It’s not like Rebekah went into Esther’s body when Esther took her over, right?
- Why did he need to go into Tyler’s body? Wouldn’t it have made sense to stick him in a different donor body, if the goal was keeping all your friends alive and happy and, you know, unpossessed?
- So does this make Klaus killable now, if he’s in Tyler’s body? And since he’s in Tyler’s body, is he technically still an Original? And if not, could he be killed without killing the entire bloodline? Which brings me back to when he was possessing Alaric–while he was in a human body, was he still a vampire, or was he human at that point?
Do you see why I was having a brain cramp? Anyway, so as of now, Caroline either has Klaus in Tyler’s body OR Klaus AND Tyler in Tyler’s body. Girlfriend could do a lot worse.
And finally, Elena and The Salvatores. You know … the whole time she was babbling on about this to Matt (and I’ve already told you how I feel about that), she mostly just seemed selfish and whiny and maybe a little greedy. But at least she seemed to recognize this about herself. And you guys know that at some point last season, I somehow started to prefer Stefan to Damon for Elena, and I loved when he went back and kissed her and man … those two still got it. But the whole episode, I basically couldn’t stop thinking about how if it’s THAT HARD for you to choose one of them, then maybe the answer is really neither of them. Right? I know. It doesn’t work for TV. But if anyone out there is reading this and going through it in their real life, that’s my advice.
Anyway, Elena picked Stefan in the most non-committal, wishy-washy way possible, and told Damon, “Maybe if I had met you first …” Well, turns out she did, but Damon compelled her and … oh DAMON. Why ya always gotta fuck shit up? Basically. But you know, this episode really reinforced things that we’ve seen all year and all series, which is that Stefan will always let Elena make her own choices, and he’ll always be there for her and love her, and it’ll be sweet. Meanwhile, Damon will do ANYTHING to keep her alive, even if it means he can’t be with her, and he can’t be the one she loves. Even if it means she hates him, which of course she’s gotten past now. He takes it on the chin. And as we’ve been over before, neither of those kinds of love is better or worse than the other, they’re just … different. And I think that the curse of the Salvatores is that it’s like … neither one of them is ever really enough for the person they love. They keep finding these bitches who want the safe, secure, tender love and the dangerous, passionate, bad boy love. And unfortunately, whichever half is missing is always going to turn up and compete.
Maybe Bonnie should make herself useful and cram both of those two into one sexy body.
Anyway. So Elena’s a vampire, which I’ve been really excited to see happen. I can’t say it was a huge shock, but I DO think it’s going to make next season really awesome and really turn things on their head, which I kind of think the show is due for. I have some theories about what will happen with her being a vampire, but they’re loosely related to the books and even though this show has almost completely broken away from them, I don’t want to say anything that could be considered spoilery and ruin it for anyone else. I’m really excited for all the possibilities next season. I feel like the end of this season has really gotten awesome again, and I kind of wish the whole season would’ve gone more that way, but I do feel like the payoff was really worth it. And I’m glad that we’re MOSTLY (but not totally) done with the Originals. And speaking of … ELIJAH. That is all.
So you guys, that’s it for this season! What did you think? Theories (NOT SPOILERS) for next season? Favorite moments/lines? Stuff you want to discuss? Let’s talk about it all in the comments, and thanks for reading and all the great conversations this season! Best readers on the internet. :)