Episode 3.14 TVD – “Dangerous Liaisons” or “Belle of the Ball”

This was definitely one of my favorite episodes.  A beautiful setting, everyone dressed up and looking gorgeous, dancing, family conflict, love conflict, and mythology!

The show opens with Elena and Matt at the hospital, concerned about Ric and reminding all of us that a killer is on the loose.  In the background, a shadowy figure is watching them.  Turns out, it’s Rebekah.  She’s still pissed at Elena for stabbing her in the back – so to speak – and just as she’s about to take a bite out of her, Elijah shows up to stop her! Even though he is one of the “Original Three Musketeers (all for one and one for all, no?), Bex is pissed and lets him know it.  Elena is saved, for the time being.

In a town where there’s never a shortage of reasons to throw a party, the new kids on the block – known as the Mikaelsons – are throwing not just a party – but a ball!  Shades of Cinderella – and that’s what Caroline thinks!  Esther has penned a personal note to Elena that it’s time for them to meet.

At the Mikaelson mansion, Mommy Dearest is embarrassing her middle child by asking who he is bringing to this affair.  Guess it worked, because Caroline not only gets an invitation – and her own personal note from Klaus – but a gorgeous gown to boot – and it’s beautifully wrapped and everything!  Caroline – to her credit – resists the whole idea.  I’m betting she’s thinking just what I’m thinking.  Klaus set up the bite from Tyler for the express purpose of saving her so she will feel beholding to him.  And Caroline is not that easy!!!

This is huge, people, because when we first met Caroline – way back in Season 1 – she would have been happy to have love from anyone – remember?  God, she even got intimate with Damon, of all people.  Of course, she was compelled but still.  Caroline has matured by leaps and bounds – we will see just how much later on.

Meanwhile, the Salvatore brothers are dead set against Elena going to this affair, and she’s fighting them all the way.  But next thing you know, we are watching the beautiful people at the Mikaelson mansion.  When Elena walks through the double doors (looking radiant), Damon is bedazzled.   Stefan shows up by her side, and although both he and Damon make it clear she should just not be here, they each offer her an arm and walk into the fray, determined to protect her.

Caroline is looking for something to wear – anything but that dress that arrived with the note from Klaus.  I guess her Miss Mystic Falls dress was not up to snuff, because she relents and arrives in the gown – looking just like Cinderella herself – and she is even wearing the diamond bracelet from Klaus.  When Klaus sees her, it is evident that he is – indeed – smitten.

The Original Family is standing on the Grand Staircase.  Elijah is apparently the family spokesman, because he announces that there will be a waltz – and the next thing you know, everyone in town is dancing as if they have all competed on “Dancing with the Stars”!!!

Watching the pairs change was part of the great fun of this scene – but the absolute best part was watching Klaus melt like an ice cube in front of a heater in the presence of Caroline.

I cannot pretend to be a fan of this pairing, because I know it will end badly for Caroline.  But I can’t pretend that I did not enjoy watching Klaus – the big, bad, horrible, deadline, sinister, creepy villain – become a romantic fool in the glowing Caroline’s magnificent presence!!!

The second best pairing had to be Damon and Rebekah.  The look on her face when Damon compliments her?  Priceless.

Meanwhile, Elena and Stefan are outside plotting – Elena needs Stefan to distract Damon so she can get in to see Esther – alone.  And he agrees!  This is another Elena “bad plan” and he just goes right along with it – breaking Damon’s neck!

At this point, I do not like Elena OR Stefan much at all.

Elena and Esther have their meeting.  And we get a mythology lesson.  Klaus did kill her but Ayana (who – no surprise – IS a Bennett ancestor) preserved her body.  She’s had 1,000 years on the other side, with the souls of the dead witches – to contemplate the mistake she made.  Ayana was right.  Casting the Original spell created a race that is an abomination of nature.  She wants to undo the wrong she’s done.  She wants to kill her entire family – and she needs a drop of “Elena the Petrova Doppleganger’s blood” to bind her children together.  It will be mixed with champagne – which the will all drink.  It will take time to execute the entire spell, but once they are bound, kill one child, and all the children will die.

A loving mother this is NOT – and I don’t believe her.  Furthermore, if she’s that interested in undoing the evil she created, it follows she’d need to kill ALL vampires.  Not good news for the Salvatores, Caroline, etc.  I do not like this at all.

Esther also makes a statement that doesn’t bode well for the living Bennett witches – Abby and Bonnie.  She will need their help, but she also refers to them as the end of the Bennett line.

No, I do not like any of this.  And I like it all even less as things move along.

But first, there is another encounter between Klaus and Caroline that is matchless.  Caroline has gone out for some air and is admiring a horse (did they have horse drawn carriages deliver the guests to this soiree? I might have missed that – I must watch this episode again – and again.)

Klaus tried to curry favor with Caroline, and she continues to shut him down – in the sweetest most polite way.

Best part of this encounter (besides the veiled reference to the “Godfather-ish” way in which Original Papa killed Klaus’ most beloved horse)?  Klaus’ description of why he “fancies” Caroline.

“You’re beautiful, you’re strong, and you’re full of light!”  FULL OF LIGHT!!!  My God – YES.  That may just be the perfect way to describe the personal of Caroline Forbes – full of light.  Even as one of nature’s darkest creatures, she remains cheerful and optimistic – and strong beyond measure.  How could anyone possessing these qualities be anything short of beautiful?

And despite myself – despite the fact that I know this will end badly for Caroline if she falls for it – I find myself actually liking Klaus.  (Bravo Joseph Morgan!)

Despite his obvious infatuation for this lovely young woman, Caroline is not taken in by his charm.  She rejects him – again!  My heart sings!

Elsewhere, we find the other blonde Original child – Bex – starting to fall for the only really normal guy left in town – Matt.  Where her plan was to kill him, he – just like Caroline – is just so sweet and chivalrous, she thinks better of turning him into a snack for her brother Kol (who is pissed as hell.)

Back in the mansion, Elijah meets up with Elena.  Prior to her meeting with his mother (whose motives – it is clear – he does not trust) he asked Elena to let him know the content of their discussion.  And now that she knows Esther’s plan, Elena….LIES TO ELIJAH!

At this point, I don’t know who’s a bigger bitch – Esther or Elena!  In any case, Esther proposes a toast, and everyone drinks the blood laced champagne!  Step one of the spell is concluded.

Once again, we see Caroline and Klaus – this time, in a room full of art.  And Caroline is, once again, unimpressed.  Until she sees drawings – and asks Klaus if they are his.  He tells her they are (my God – he can draw too?  Is there no end to the charm?) and one of his paintings is hanging in a museum.

Rather than being impressed, Caroline once again asks why he needs sires – particularly her boyfriend Tyler?

And she confronts him with the sad truth.

Caroline: “I get it. Your father didn’t love you so you assume that no one else will either. And that’s why you compel people or you sire them or you try to buy them off. But that’s not how it works. You don’t connect with people because you don’t even try to understand them.”

In that description of Caroline – beautiful, strong and full of light – Klaus forgot something.

SMART AS A WHIP!

Klaus quietly tells her it is time for her to leave – a sure sign that she’s struck quite a nerve.

Meanwhile, Damon is alive again and furious with Elena for going behind his back.  When he tells her he loves her – she tells him “that’s the problem” – then tried immediately to retract it.

The pain on Damon’s face is heart-breaking.  Of course, I have an enormous soft-spot for Damon so this hurt, but I am also starting to wonder about whether or not Elena is worthy of him.  How’s THAT for irony?

Up on the balcony, a pissed off Kol is attempting to take a piece out of Matt after all.  But he doesn’t go in for the kill immediately – instead, he starts by breaking Matt’s hand.  Damon walks in on this scene and at first, I think he’s behaving with remarkable restraint, considering what just happened in the hall below.  He informs Kol “careful – this is the quarterback” and then Damon throws Kol right off the balcony – vaulting over the railing after him!!!!

On the pavement below, Damon is smashing up Kol’s face – and Kol doesn’t look as if he can fight back.  And that’s when it hits me!  Remember Rebekah said each family member’s qualities were enhanced when they were turned?

Kol’s major character trait is VANITY.  He’s not a whimp – he’s upset because Damon is hitting him in THE FACE!!!!  (Remember back at the beginning of the episode when he asked Rebekah to tell him how handsome he was?)

Anyway, everyone comes bursting through the mansion doors, starting with Stefan who wants to know if Damon’s crazy.

And “the old Damon” is back.  He says “Maybe just a little” and swaggers off!!

This is nearly too much – mythology, darling Caroline, and swaggery Damon?  And the episode isn’t over yet!!!

Speaking of Caroline, who actually did leave the party after that last confrontation with Klaus, she arrives home and calls Tyler asking him to please come home.  And she finds that bracelet box on her bed.  But this time, instead of the bracelet (which she previously ripped off her arm and threw at Klaus) she finds a drawing by the Master himself – a drawing of her, and a horse.  She is looking like a princess, and the horse might as well be a unicorn!  And I do not like the look in Caroline’s eyes.

Caroline, I beg you, do NOT fall for this.  Remember, Ted Bundy was charming too!!!!

Back at Casa Mikaelson, Mom and Finn (who I am sure is the oldest child and is apparently a real Mam’s boy) are preparing for Phase 2 of “the Spell”.  Esther slices Finn’s hand and drops of blood fall on a parchment.  It contains the names of the siblings, and the blood traces a pattern through all of their names.  When the trail of blood is complete, the shape of the old Oak tree (the Family Tree) is on the parchment, which bursts into flames.

Next there is a scene between Elena and Stefan which I didn’t like at all.  It’s clear that Stefan is so full of self-loathing that he doesn’t believe there is anything he can do to deserve Elena’s love, and it is apparently so painful that he’s cut off all feeling forever.  With apologies to all Stelena shippers, I think they could have skipped this scene and maintained the integrity of the episode.  It’s been clear for quite a while that Stefan thinks things with Elena are hopeless.

Rebekah shows up at the Mystic Grill to apologize to Matt – and she is REJECTED.  In the nicest way possible, of course.  Matt is a total gentleman.  But clearly Rebekah is not used to this kind of thing.  Lucky for her, a sympathetic Damon (who’s himself just been rejected) shows up to console her.

And they end the night with a bang – literally!  I know Delena shippers are hating this, but really – Damon and Rebekah make a great couple, for now.  Rejected – and “durable”.  Works for me.

Thoughts

Klaus and Caroline:  I believe this is awful for Caroline, but admit that it is interesting to see this side of Klaus.  However, remember, this is the man who said “Love is a vampire’s greatest weakness.”

Becoming a vampire enhances your dominant trait – each Original has one:

  • Elijah-morality.
  • Klaus-can’t stand betrayal.
  • Kol-vanity.
  • Rebekah-spoiled brat. .  She’s the baby and the only girl in the family – spoiled, spoiled, spoiled.  (Rebekah: “Get over yourself Elena – it’s not all about you.”)  Can’t stand that someone gets more attention than she does – ever.
  • Finn-maternal love?  Finn appears to be the eldest surviving child, and that may be the basis of his attachment to Original Mom.  No doubt after losing her first child, she clung to the next one, and I’m betting that’s Finn.  But he is still something of a mystery.  Maybe he’s just pissed at Klaus for daggering him about 100 years after they were turned into vampires! He’s missed so much!

Kol was last daggered 100 years ago – in 1912.  Wait, isn’t that the title of an upcoming episode?  And Damon seemed to think he was familiar.  And Kol gave him a dig.  These two have met before – can’t wait to find out what went down!

Stefan is getting boring.

Elena is getting reckless.

Damon has matured.  In the old days, after another rejection from Elena, he’d go off half-cocked (so to speak) and kill some poor, innocent human.  But this time, he pairs up with one of his own kind.  I don’t know why anyone has a problem with this.  Damon deserves some love – and so does Rebekah.  Even if it’s just temporary, or a one night stand, this works perfectly.

The spell:  No question about it.  This spell is going to kill all vampires.  Think about it.  The originals are the ones from whom all other vampires came – all vampires are their descendants – they belong to the same family tree.  Kill the Originals, and everyone goes with them.  And I’m not even sure the werewolves will survive.  Aren’t they “unnatural” too?

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Episode 3.13 TVD – Bringing Out the Dead” or “Family Business”

From now on, I am watching “The Vampire Diaries” with an oxygen tank, an AED (Automated External Defibrillator) and an enormous box of tissues at the ready!  This was another one of those episodes that had me gasping, jumping and crying.  As I tweeted while I was watching “This show is an emotional roller coaster and I want to ride it forever.”

There were basically three things going on in Mystic Falls in this episode.

  • Someone is killing the Mystic Falls Council Members – and it’s not Meredith!
  • Bill Forbes has turned into John Gilbert!
  • Meet the Originals!

Both Bill Forbes and Ric have been stabbed.  But Meredith has an air-tight alibi.

Bill has vampire blood in his system and doesn’t want to turn.  Bill’s final scene with Caroline was very reminiscent of John Gilbert’s letter to Elena. This scene – and the one between Elena and Caroline – both brought me to tears.  It’s true that Candice Accola has chemistry with EVERYONE.  I still marvel at the fact that in season one, I just didn’t like her at all.

Meanwhile, Ric thinks that his ring will protect him from a supernatural death and asks Elena to kill him – which she does, with Matt watching.  (Matt, I tend to agree with you – this is “messed up”.)  Thankfully, it works and Ric survives.

I don’t know why, but it kept occurring to me during this episode that Matt may be the one behind these stabbings.  Even as he was hugging Caroline – and later when he said the town is messed up and no one should have to live like this – I just felt there was a possibility that he was behind the stabbings.  I know that there are those who think it’s Katherine (on the basis of the prints on the weapon belonging to Elena) – or maybe it actually IS Elena.  We shall just have to wait and see.

But – let’s be honest – this episode was all about the Original Family.

Elijah pick up where they left off, with Elijah saying that if Klaus thinks he’s pissed off, he can’t wait to see how Finn and Kol will feel.  Finn has apparently been locked up for the past 900 years and Kol 100.  Before you know it, Klaus is making all kinds of promises about uniting the family – and it appears that Elijah is buying into it.

While Bonnie and Abby work on a way to open up the mysterious coffin, an extremely entertaining dinner is taking place at Casa de Nicklaus.  Seriously, despite the episode’s rather shocking ending, this was the highlight – and maybe my favorite scene of the entire series so far.  I could watch a loop of this scene forever.  The chemistry of these four is fantastic in the extreme.  You get the feeling that all four of them had a wonderful time and really like each other off set as well.

The Brothers Salvatore want to negotiate a truce – but Klaus and Elijah parry their efforts by regaling them with the tale of Tatia – the lovely Original Petrova. So far, Elena seems to be avoiding the curse of the “Petrova teenage pregnancy” because Tatia was already a Mom by the time Elijah and Klaus BOTH fell in love with her (I loved this despite – or maybe because of – the obvious parallel with the Salvatore Brothers’ dilemma. I even loved Damon’s reference to Stefan killing their father – yet another parallel to the Original history!)

Anyway, in order to keep the peace among the Original Brothers – Original Mom “took her” (what does that mean?) and later used her blood as part of the ritual to turn her kids into vampires.  Let us not forget, Klaus is still tied to this blood line.  The attempt at a truce – fake or otherwise – looks like a no go. Klaus makes an offer – and Stefan refuses.  Klaus threatens and Damon and Elijah appear to leave to go and get the mystery coffin back.

But they actually don’t go anywhere – except into the next room to undagger (love that word) Finn and Kol, who are obviously not happy.  Klaus appears genuinely terrified.  After being stabbed by both brothers he turns to make an escape – only to be confronted by a really pissed off Rebekah!  She stabs him too.

At this point, Elijah tells the Salvatores they can leave because this is “Family business” (and I particularly love this because it gives me a chance to hear Daniel Gillies long “a” sound – lovely!)

As the walk home, each confesses their love of Elena – finally it is out in the open.  Now what?  Well, for one thing, Damon appears to have taken part of that dinner conversation to heart.  He ignores a call from Elena, a gesture meant to show that he intends to put some distance between them – for her sake!  I Love Damon – he is the better man Elena wants him to be, truly.

They continue on to the cave, where they find Bonnie and Abby, both still alive but unconscious – and the coffin is open and empty!

Back at Casa Nicklaus, our Original Hybrid is a raving lunatic – ranting that he is a hybrid and has nothing to fear from them because he can’t be killed!  But the anti-Klaus siblings have something else in mind.  Elijah is reminding Klaus how dangerously close he is to turning the person he hates the most – their father!  And Rebekah intends to kill Elena, depriving Klaus of his blood supply and therefore leaving him utterly alone.

In the midst of this family revenge party, the door bursts open and everyone has a shocked look on their face!  Because who walks into the midst of this encounter but…..ORIGINAL MOM!

Now, many people were not surprised by this turn of events (including me), BUT what she says IS a surprise.  She is NOT there for revenge – she wants nothing more than for all of them to be a family again!

SAY WHAT?????

Call me cynical but I don’t trust this woman for a second.  I don’t believe she has any intention of forgiving Klaus. For anything.   In fact, I think she plans a huge, glorious scene for her own revenge.

A ball perhaps?

The next episode is “Dangerous Liaisons”.  Those who do not agree with me might want to check out the plot of the movie.

Just sayin’!

Episode 3.12 TVD – “The Ties That Bind” or “What Did I Miss?”

This episode was one of those unremarkable ones that moves the story line along, but doesn’t pack the punch (or punches) of some of the others.  Well, personally I want to thank the writers for giving us a breather.  And for the one punch it did pack at the very end.

To quote the eldest Original sibling – “Boom!”

The episode opens with Bonnie – dreaming again – and this time she’s in the cemetery, with “the” coffin.  Next thing you know, she’s IN the coffin, desperately trying to get out.  (If you watch The Secret Circle, this is like déjà vu, but unlike Cassie, Bonnie can’t get out of the coffin on her own.)

As she screams, a figure opens the coffin – Bonnie recognizes her.

In the cellar of the witch’s house, Bonnie tells Elena about the coffin dream.  As they are talking, Stefan walks in – he’s pissed that Bonnie told Elena about the coffins. But Bonnie says she thinks the dream means that her mother can help them open the coffin that is spelled closed.

Elena requested all information on Abby Bennett from the police, but it is Damon who locates her current whereabouts.  Damon divulges that he and Elena have kissed, and now it’s weird.  Bonnie and Elena set out on a road trip to find Abby – without Damon.

Elsewhere – Tyler apologizes to Caroline, and says he wants her compulsion-resistant Dad to help him learn control and resist his sire bond.

When did Bill turn into a nice guy?

The scene moves to Alaric and Meredith eating lunch, and Alaric’s asking if next time it can be dinner.  Meredith agrees.  As she leaves, Damon enters, and tells Ric that she’s hot and smart and – therefore – damaged.  He also informs Ric that the medical examiner is dead – staked like a vampire – and the doctor is the number one suspect.

At Casa Salvatore, Klaus and Stefan continue their chess game.  As usual Klaus is a few steps ahead of everyone else.  Stefan still has the upper hand, but Klaus is making all kinds of moves on the chess board.

On their way to Abby’s house, Elena and Bonnie have a brief discussion about “the Kiss”.  Bonnie asks if it was good – Elena says it doesn’t matter – Bonnie knows that means it was!

Klaus’s latest hybrid shows up at Abby’s house just before Elena and Bonnie arrive and Abby lets him in.  When they get there, they are greeted by Jamie – son of the man Abby was dating after she left Mystic Falls.  He invites the girls in.

Abby arrives home – and she must have been really young when Bonnie was born because she’s a very young woman herself.

She tells Elena that she is like her Mom, who was Abby’s best friend.

And here begins a history lesson.  15 years ago, Mikael came to Mystic Falls looking for the doppelganger.  To protect her best friend’s child, Abby lured him out of town, and cast a spell to desiccate him, leaving him in the crypt in Atlanta.  The consequences were that it nearly killed Abby.  She survived but lost her powers.  She realized that she had an opportunity to live a “normal” life so she did not return to Mystic Falls.

Abby did not come home because she wanted to be someone else – just a normal woman.  She felt Grams was way better at this stuff than her.  At this point, Bonnie realizes that Abby doesn’t know her mother is dead.  With the realization, she asks Bonnie what happened.  Bonnie explains that they were doing a rough spell and were exhausted – it took more of a toll on Grams, who ultimately died.

Abby wants to know why Bonnie has come and she wants to help.

Damon meets Meredith at the hospital.  He lets her know he thinks she killed the medical examiner and he wants to protect his buddy Ric.  And just like that she sticks a vervain syringe in his neck, and takes some of his blood.  When Damon regains consciousness, he goes to Alaric’s apartment and tells him that the doctor vervained and “blood-jacked” him.  Why?

Meanwhile, Bill chains Tyler up and says he needs to turn to break the bond (he can change any time he wants to) but Tyler doesn’t know how to start the process (but he’ll do it because he loves Caroline)

Tyler is turning – and it’s painful and he hates it.  Things get nasty – Bill tries to make Tyler speed up the process by making Tyler angry – “turn or I’ll kill you here and now.” That works all too well – Tyler breaks his bonds and turns on Bill before he can escape.

Meanwhile, Elena has been outside while Bonnie catches up with her mom – and Stefan shows up.   Jaime interrupts their conversation and Stefan compels him to leave.  But Jamie returns – with a shotgun – and shoots Stefan with wooden buckshot (ouch)! Then he ties up Elena – just as Abby appears to take Bonnie prisoner and puts her in the car.

Abby meets up with hybrid guy and tells him that Bonnie is not telling anyone where the coffins are.  He tells her to try harder.  Abby explains to Bonnie that she used herbs to remove her magic and she needs Bonnie to tell her where the coffins are or he’s going to have Jamie shoot himself.  But as she tells her this, she writes a text and shows Bonnie what it says – “warn your friends”.

Elena questions Jamie and he tells her what happened – and that the hybrid said that she was not to be hurt.  Elena breaks free and knocks Jamie out!  Then she digs into Stefan’s flesh to remove the buckshot – with her fingers.

Back at the witch house, Damon is greeted by Klaus – but the witches are pissed and punish him with the aneurism.  Klaus knows that witches – living or dead – take care of each other.  But he is going to kill every last one if he doesn’t get what he wants.

“My hybrid friend is prepared to end the Bennett line” – and the witches stop their torture – just like that.

With a “please” Klaus asks for them to show him the coffins – and they all appear – except for that locked one.  Damon explains they can’t show him that one because it’s not here – Bonnie got through to him and he only had time to get one out.

And here I am struck by the incredible chemistry between Klaus and Damon in a confrontation.  This is an even more interesting chess game than the one with Stefan.

Alaric meets up with Meredith at the hospital just as a badly injured Bill Forbes is brought in by ambulance, and Meredith reveals her secret – she’s a doctor who hates death so she uses vampire blood to heal. Bill is near death – but he will make it thanks to Damon’s blood.  (I have a feeling Bill’s not going to like that one bit!) Later, Tyler visits him in the hospital to apologize.  Bill tells him he knew the risk he was taking. But to break sire bond, turning needs to be painless – Bill won’t let Tyler near Caroline until he can act on his own free will. Tyler’s got a long row to hoe!

Back at Abby’s house, Stefan notices Elena’s changed – she’s stronger, tougher.  She tells him “We all had to change.”  And then she tells him just how much and who – she tells him she kissed Damon.

Stefan looks totally defeated.  He gets up and walks away, speechless.  She follows. Stefan apologizes for the car – bridge incident.  But he cautions her that she can’t lie to him while Klaus is still alive.  It’s too dangerous.

“You are better than him, Elena – you’re better than both of us.”

And yes, he no longer feels he deserves Elena – but he doesn’t think Damon does either.

Abby is now telling Bonnie the whole truth.  Her magic abandoned her over time after putting Mikael down – as if it was a punishment, for not returning to Mystic Falls and Bonnie.  Maybe Bonnie can help her get it back – she wants to help.

Now that Meredith has told Alaric her “secret”, he tells her his truth.  He’s a vampire hunter – semi-retired.  He also tells her about his ring – and they begin to kiss as Elena walks in.  Meredith leaves.  Elena thanks Alaric for staying, and gives him permission to move on.

Is this what Elena’s been thinking?  That Stefan’s gone and it’s time for her to move on too?  Is that why she told Stefan about her kiss with Damon?

Speaking of which, Stefan arrives home, and when Damon asks if Elena is OK, Stefan hauls off and pounds him in the face with a huge blow.  Damon knows immediately that Elena told him about the kiss and Stefan doesn’t want to talk about it – noted.

“So let’s talk about this!”  And Damon holds up a familiar looking dagger!

Stefan – “What did you do?

#Damonpulledtheddaggerout!!!!!

Yes, ladies and gentlemen, Damon only had time to remove one coffin, but he also had time to remove a dagger in order to revive one of the Original Siblings.

I’ve always loved Damon!!!!!

Klaus is talking to his hybrid when the guy gets a pained look on his face.  His heart’s just been snatched by ELIJAH – who asks

“What did I miss?”

So much, Elijah, so much!

Episode 3.11 TVD – “Our Town” or “The Hardest Part of Playing Chicken is Knowing When to Flinch”

“The only way to call someone’s bluff, Stefan, is to be willing to lose everything if you’re wrong.”

Damon Salvatore

 

For me, the high points of this episode – which left me breathless at every turn – were:

  • Stefan’s game of chicken with Klaus
  • Caroline coming to terms with being 17 forever
  • Klaus and Caroline

There was a common these in this episode for many of the main characters – coming to turns with their lives.

Tyler is trying to come to terms with being “sired” and admits to Caroline that he can’t put her first – and he’s sorry.  So is she.  He gives her a birthday gift – a charm bracelet.  This is significant.

Klaus and Stefan are locked in conflict.  Stefan is pushing all of Klaus’ buttons.  This is also significant because Klaus likes to do that – and Stefan’s pretty good at it.

Klaus is moody – just ask his siblings.

Stefan gives him an ultimatum – get your hybrids out of Mystic Falls.

Klaus pushes back – I’ll be forced to retaliate – kill people.

Stefan pushes further – go ahead.  Or maybe I care enough to drop Elijah in the Arctic.

Klaus – maybe I’d be willing to lose one brother if it meant killing yours.

Stefan – try me.  Let’s find out.

Mindy? (Really? I haven’t heard a name like this since “The Preppy Handbook” in the 1970’s).

Stefan takes her out with a single, decapitating blow (shades of Elijah!)

Caroline is not “feeling” her birthday.  She’s stuck at 17 – a filler year, between Sweet 16 and the significance of 18.   Being Caroline, it’s clear she will persevere, but she wants time.  Her friends encircle her to help her along that processing path.

Meanwhile, Klaus is compelling Tyler to take a nip out Caroline, and Tyler doesn’t even realize it.  This is a chess move – and it’s going to happen.  And I hate Klaus even more than usual now because he’s going to use Caroline as a pawn in his chess game with Stefan – sweet Caroline!

Elsewhere, Damon and Alaric are contemplating whether or not there may be a gray area between the on and off switch for Stefan’s humanity.  A dimmer switch.

 

Elena, Bonnie, Matt and Caroline take the birthday party to the Fell crypt at the cemetery to give the “old” Caroline’s life a proper funeral.  Honestly, I thought this was a terrific idea and it worked well, right down to Bonnie lighting the candles on the birthday cake.

Caroline’s wish!  Don’t you wonder what it was?

The Founder’s Council is having one of its meetings and there is a fund raiser for restoring the infamous Wickery Bridge, scene of the death of the Gilberts.  And who shows up?  Dr. Melanie Fell, who is fully aware of the history of Mystic Falls (she’s a Fell, don’t you know) and is also a member of the council, undoubtedly brought in to replace the Fell who was sacrificed during “Ghost World”.

It strikes me as rather creepy that the citizens of this town behave so “normally” in the midst of all these supernatural creatures and their plans and schemes.  Carol, Klaus and Damon standing around talking about no more hybrid decapitations over cocktails is just too absurd in any other reality but the one in Mystic Falls!

At the birthday party/funeral, the drinks are loosening inhibitions, judgment, and tongues. Caroline is texting Tyler (who just broke it off with her) to join the fun, Bonnie is judging Elena’s controlling of Jeremy’s destiny (and thus his removal from Bonnie’s life) and Matt seems to be the only one with the sense to realize that the party is not the right occasion for this.

Sheriff Forbes, being a mother, knows that Carol is only complying with Klaus’s desires because he’s “protecting” Tyler, but she wants Damon to get Stefan to back off before someone gets hurt – little does she know.

Alaric, meanwhile, gets a taste of who Meredith might be – a “psycho” according to her boss and former prom date.

And Stefan takes yet another provocative turn – until Damon intervenes with the rules, one of which is “no dead hybrids at the Founder’s Party”.   It’s nice to see Damon taking Liz Forbes’ warning seriously but Stefan is pushing for all it’s worth and declares that Elena’s safety is Damon’s responsibility now – he’s not going to let anything stop him from exacting his revenge on Klaus. Damon says he’s got to be smarter, but Stefan responds that you’ve got to fight fire with a bigger, badder fire.

Tyler shows up at the party.  And he’s sure he has everything under control.  Things heat up and wham, Tyler takes a nip at Caroline.  I don’t know who is more shocked – Tyler, who realizes that Klaus is still controlling him – or Caroline, who knows exactly what the bite of a hybrid means – and can’t believe it came from Tyler!

Stefan snatches Elena as she and Matt search for Caroline in the woods. Next thing you know, he’s racing down in the road with her in his car and calling Damon with Elena’s phone to tell him he’s making his next move – he’s going to feed Elena his blood and drive his car off Wickery Bridge – thus rendering Elena useless to Klaus as the tool to create more hybrids.

Say what?????

Damon tells Klaus that Stefan has just upped the ante, but at first, Klaus is sure Stefan would never do anything to hurt Elena.  He claims that even if Stefan is “operating on crazy”, that kind of love never dies – he’s bluffing.  But Damon reminds Klaus that no one knows Stefan better than his brother – and Damon doesn’t have a clue how far Stefan is willing to go.  He thinks Klaus should blink.

All of this reminds me of another classic game of chicken from the film “The Hunt for Red October” – the infamous submarine challenge.  There is a great line in that film….

“The hardest part of playing chicken is knowing when to flinch.”

Damon is sure it’s time for Klaus to flinch.  I am sure Klaus has his next (and next, and next) moves already set up in this chess game, but when Klaus answers Stefan’s call, Stefan is feeding his blood to Elena and planning to drive her off Wickery Bridge.

With Elena screaming in the background, Klaus blinks!

Matt, who has found Caroline and carried her home, arrives at the Forbes house where Liz tells him to bring her in.  What is Caroline’s reaction to her mother’s concern?  “I’m sorry Mommy.”  Even in this situation, Caroline’s first concern is not with herself – it’s for her mother.

I LOVE Caroline Forbes.

Back at the bridge, Elena leaps out of the car in a rage.  Stefan tells her that Klaus had to believe that he would go through with his plan – so her fear had to be real.  Elena wants to know what would have happened if Klaus hadn’t backed down.  But Stefan is sure he’s latched on to Klaus’ single weakness, and that knowing it is the key to being able to destroy him.  And ultimately that is what he plans to do.

Elena questions Stefan’s priorities – is that what matters most?  Destroying Klaus?  Stefan believes that he lost Elena when he left town with Klaus and that he will never get her back so the only thing he has left is his humanity and he’s willing to do whatever it takes to get that back.  For her part, I think Elena now knows that Stefan no longer believes that he deserves her – after everything he’s done, whether he did it of his own free will or not.  And if Stefan believes he doesn’t deserve her, where does that leave Elena?

Back at the Forbes house, Klaus shows up.  And yes, this is all part of his plan – the plan he set in motion at the beginning of the episode when he told Tyler to bite Caroline.  He wanted Tyler to bite Caroline so he could save her with his blood.  And of course Liz is going to allow him in to her home because what mother would not want to save her child at any price?  So although Matt and Liz are not happy about it, it’s Klaus to the rescue.

And here starts one of those absolutely incredible scenes on TVD – you know the kind I mean.  Intense, shocking, emotionally devastating.  These scenes leave you crying, or breathless, or both – but they reach deep into the heart and stay there.

Klaus walks into the room.  Caroline asks “are you going to kill me?”

“On your birthday?  You really think that low of me?”  says Klaus, with a look on his face that is total despair (as in “I am hurt to my very core that you would think such an awful thing of me”) – even when we know that what he really means is “I’d kill you on any day unless I could use this occasion to my advantage.”

And sweet Caroline is no fool – she knows it too.  Her response?  “Yes!” YOU GO GIRL!!!!

As he looks at Caroline’s wound (notice, please, that Caroline is wearing Tyler’s bracelet gift) Klaus explains that she is collateral damage.  How comforting.

He touches the bracelet – “I love birthdays”.

Caroline – “Yeah, aren’t you a bazzilion or something?”

Klaus “As a vampire you have to adjust your perception of time, celebrate the fact that you are no longer bound by trivial human conventions, you’re free.”

Caroline doesn’t see it that way “No, I’m dying.”

Klaus sits on the bed next to her and begins the seduction – what else can you call this?  Twisted and sexy at the same time, the man is nothing short of devastatingly charming – in the way I imagine Ted Bundy must have been!

“I could let you die, if that’s what you want. If you really believe your existence has no meaning.  I’ve thought about it myself (tears in his eyes!) once or twice over the centuries, but I’ll let you in on a little secret (smile, no more tears).  There’s a whole world waiting out there for you, great cities and art and music.” (He touches her bracelet again). “Genuine beauty – and you can have all of it.”

Klaus – You can have a thousand more birthdays – all you have to do is ask.

Caroline – I don’t want to die.

Klaus – There you go sweetheart – have at it.

Happy Birthday Caroline!

Did you see that momentary waiver in Caroline’s face?  Totally heartbreaking.  She’s going down and she knows it.  But honestly, what 17 year old could give it all up just to prove a point?

Elena, still smarting at Stefan’s methods, is not willing to agree with Damon that Stefan was the better villain – he got Klaus to blink.  Damon is proud of him.  And he exercises control, not pushing Elena to kiss him because he knows she is more conflicted than ever.

Stefan may have been the better villain – but Damon (as always, in my eyes) is – finally – the better man.

Good bye Jeremy.  I am so glad we knew about this and that we know he’s coming back because otherwise this would have been really ugly.

Caroline wakes up – fine.  And finds a jewelry box.  With a card – from Klaus.  Inside – a bracelet.  Platinum hearts and diamonds.

Uh oh.

Matt meets Elena on Wickery Bridge.  She reflects on his comment about being stuck.  Elena feels that she is holding on to the girl who was supposed to die here with her parents and had a normal life.

Matt tells her she’s not that girl any more – and it’s OK to let her go.  Matt believes in this Elena and symbolically lays the old Elena to rest.

And we end with Alaric and Meredith about to bond at the Mystic Grill bar….

…and Damon and Liz discussing the murder of the medical examiner.  And not by supernatural means.

Wasn’t this the guy who called Dr. Meredith “a psycho?”

Episode 3.10 TVD “The New Deal” or “A Relationship Matures”

If you follow my posts, you know that I’ve never been much of a “shipper”.  Frankly, it took me a very long time to figure out exactly what a “ship” was when I first saw it referenced out on Twitter.  When I finally caught on, I could see there were two camps – Stelena (Stefan and Elena) and Delena (Damon and Elena).  Even after I figured it all out, I didn’t get it.

I never understood why Elena was so attracted to Stefan.  Stefan is NOT my favorite Salvatore brother – largely because I don’t go for the sensitive types.  Stefan was “too nice”.  Not enough passion there.  I like passion.

Damon, on the other hand, is the character that I’ve always found the most interesting – and despite being a vampire, the most human.   His pain is responsible for some of the best lines on the show – delivered by Ian Somerhalder with a mastery of his character that is a genuine pleasure to watch week in and week out.

In the past, I have felt that the tension between Damon and Elena was delicious, and that the push-pull between them provided Damon some of the best moments of the series (I am specifically recalling the single tear in “Rose”).  But I also felt that Elena was not “good enough” for Damon in a strange way.

Yes, Elena is fiercely protective of the people she loves and she would do anything – including sacrificing herself – to protect them.  But I could not get over the fact that her love interest was Stefan, who I have always seen as the weaker of the two Salvatore brothers.

However, this season, it is apparent that both characters have matured.  Elena is stronger and wiser.  Damon appears to have mastered his deeper emotions.   And we don’t really know how far gone Stefan is.  But I really loved Damon’s logic at the end – “if I am going to feel guilty all the time, I might as well do something to feel guilty about!”

Rather than being disappointed that the tension would be all gone if the relationship between Damon and Elena were “consummated”, I felt that they had finally arrived at a place where they deserved each other and a deeper relationship now makes perfect sense.  I was relieved when I didn’t get that sinking feeling – you know the one, like all the air is suddenly leaving the balloon.  (Last time I had this feeling was when House and Cuddy got together, and I haven’t watched that show since!)

I don’t know what will happen next in this relationship.  But what I believe is that although they’ve kissed (and therefore acknowledged their deeper feelings for each other), they will not rush into a deeper level of Intimacy.  At least that is what I am hoping.

These are two people who are serious about each other, but are still surrounded by incredible danger.  They are not a strictly “romantic” couple, the way Stefan and Elena have been.

They are partners.  Yes, they love each other, but it’s not all hearts and roses.

It’s life and death.

Other thoughts on this episode:

Jeremy – I understand the need to protect Jeremy, but I am going to miss him.  He has matured perhaps more than any other character on the show, and I was really enjoying him as an Alaric-like vampire hunter.

Bonnie – Now that Jeremy is not around, it’s a perfect time for the return of Bonnie’s mother and I am looking forward to seeing how that relationship plays out.

Dr. Meredith Fell – A very pleasant surprise!  Really looking forward to what the writers do with a character who can combine the history of Mystic Falls (she’s a Fell, after all) with the attributes of the book version of Meredith.

Rebekah’s absence – I hope it doesn’t last long.  I absolutely love her character and the way she interacts with Klaus.  Now that she knows the truth about her mother’s death, I want to see what happens between them.  And where is Klaus keeping her?  In the Salvatore basement?  He can’t put her back in her coffin, when and if he gets the coffins back.  One of the brothers will un-stake her and the cat will be out of the bag about Original Mom!

Who’s in the coffin that won’t open?  This is interesting because we know it’s not Rebekah, and Elijah, Finn and Kol are in the other 3, right?  So who can this be, and why is the coffin presumably spelled shut?

Original Mom (yes, Klaus, Elijah and Bex were standing over her grave, but who’s to say that Klaus didn’t dig her up to cart around?  He’s weird that way, no?

Perhaps it’s the Original Doppleganger.

Or maybe it’s a branch from the old White Oak Ash tree from which other stakes can be carved to kill Klaus!

My guess is that whoever or whatever is in there is definitely the key to eliminating Klaus – and since I love Joseph Morgan, I am hoping we don’t find out for a very long time!

Episode 3.09 TVD – “Homecoming” or “Honor Thy Father

As he promised Mikael, Stefan is luring Klaus back to Mystic Falls.  The ruse?  Telling him that they (Stefan, Damon and Elena) have killed Mikael – which interestingly enough, they have…sort of.

Elena, being human, has driven a dagger with white oak ash into Mikael – so he’s dead until someone pulls the dagger out!  Rebekah confirms the story to Nick over the phone – he is on his way home (from Oregon, where they apparently have a lot of werewolves so he’s been busy creating his army.) Elena pulls the dagger out of Mikael so he can be ready to kill Klaus with a special stake from the white oak ash tree – before it was burned.

Meanwhile, when Mikael awakens, he is greeted by a hostile Rebekah, who tells him that none of his children were born killers – HE made them that way.  She holds him responsible for destroying their family.

As Elena helps Damon prepare some wolf’s bane grenades and conveys her concern over Rebekah, Damon tells her he’s got a secret contingency plan.  He can’t tell her about it because Stefan will overhear.

Rebekah has dressed for the dance and is confessing to Elena that she’s never been to a high school dance before.  She also warns Elena to be careful because Mikael cannot be trusted – no one in her family can be trusted.  She’s spent a thousand years alternating between loving and hating her brother but she never thought she’s help drive a stake through his heart.

When she asks Elena how she looks, Elena tells her she looks amazing, but she’s missing one thing – and she takes out Rebekah’s mother’s necklace.  I confess, I would have been disappointed if this hadn’t happened.  It was perfect.

But the next moment shocked me.  After putting the necklace around Rebekah’s neck, Elena daggers her – she can’t take a chance that Rebekah will tell Klaus what they are up to.  Afterward, Damon compliment her on the “Katheriness” of the act, but Elena is convinced Stefan is right – someone’s humanity is going to get in the way of the plan and she’s sure it will be hers – she is the weak link.

Damon assures her that he’s got it all under control – and if she trusts him, he will carry out the plan.  Elena does trust him – how far they have come!

Meanwhile, a flood at the high school makes it impossible to have the dance there – so Tyler moves the venue to his house!  Why do I think Klaus had something to do with that one!  As Caroline freaks out about the fact that the party at the Lockwood mansion looks better than any she’s ever thrown, sure enough Tyler tells Stefan it’s all what Klaus wants – Tyler is just following his orders.

Elena and Matt show up, and are greeted by Caroline, but they are being all cloak-and-dagger like.  Caroline tells them Klaus is there. Neither acts surprised and Elena leaves to find Bonnie.  When Caroline asks why he’s not there with Rebekah, he says cryptically “Plans change” and makes a hasty exit.  Caroline is left standing there looking piqued.

Klaus tells Stefan that the party is his idea of a funeral for his father and he is going to reunite his family.  “The people you carry around in coffins?”  Klaus says none of that matters – bygones will be bygones.  Stefan denies knowing where Rebekah is and is commanded to bring Mikael to Klaus. Stefan bargains for his freedom – and Klaus agrees to give it to him once he has Mikael and his weapon.

Back at Casa Salvatore, Damon tells Mikael that Rebekah has gone to the dance.  Mikael reveals the white oak ash stake – a very fancy affair and the only weapon that can kill an Original (which means that once they use it, the other Originals are truly immortal – interesting).

When Stefan arrives to tell them that Klaus is expecting them, Mikael takes him out of the equation by biting his neck and rendering him unconscious.  (And the repartee between Mikael and Damon in the exchange that follows makes me want Mikael to stick around.) But off they go to carry out their plan.

Meanwhile, Klaus points out who the guests are – his army of hybrids, all sired by him and there to do his bidding.  He makes it clear that if anyone makes a move against him, they will attack – which puts the citizens of Mystic Falls in danger!

Tyler goes right to Caroline – who is not in the loop.  But Tyler still wants to keep her safe, bless his heart.  A vervain hypo to the neck and she’s out.  Then he tells Matt what’s about to happen and asks him to get Caroline and their friends out safely if he can.

Klaus is admiring Elena’s ability to dagger an Original.  She reminds him it’s not her first time.  He reminds her that he’s always one step ahead of the people after him so she and her friends should take their best shot.

Damon arrives and before you know it, he and Tyler are fighting and Damon pulls out the stake to use it on Tyler – but before he can do it, Bonnie gives them both one of her specialty juju migraines.  She sees the stake but Damon warns her off before she can say anything.  Damon has it because he’s the only one who can get inside the house.

But one of Klaus’s hybrids tells him Mikael is here.  He sends her off with orders to move everyone out back and special instructions to one of his minions – Tony.  When Klaus greets Mikael, he lets him know that if he snaps his fingers, his hybrids will tear him apart – which won’t kill him but will make a hell of a mess.

And Mikael calls Klaus a “big bad wolf”!  You gotta’ love that one.  He reminds Klaus that his hybrids are part vampire and can be compelled – by Mikael – who proves it by having several of them show up at his side – with Elena.

What ensues is a game of cat and mouse – with Elena as bait.  Mikael says he will kill her – ending his ability to enlarge his army of hybrids.  And he doesn’t stop with the threat.  He proceeds to expose Klaus’s loneliness – how the only people loyal to him are those he’s forced.

But Klaus calls his bluff.  And Mikael stabs Elena while Klaus watches, horrified.

And at that moment, Damon rushes Klaus in order to stake him.  Before he can finish the job, Elena rises to her feet in front of a shocked Mikael, who realizes it’s Katherine!  She throws the darts at the wolf pack, as Stefan knocks Damon out of the way.

Quick as a wink, Klaus grabs the stake and uses it on Mikael! The stake, and Mikael with it, burst into flames!  Guess the stake is one time use only, and now it’s gone!

And Stefan has earned his freedom from Klaus’s compulsion.

In the end, here is the situation.  Tyler and Caroline are at odds.  He’s the way he is, and he is not unhappy because having control over turning into a wolf leaves him free from pain.  But Caroline can’t accept that he is under Klaus’s control.

Damon is angry that the plan failed.  He and Elena can’t understand Stefan’s betrayal so they assume that he’s lost. And they are prepared to let him go.

But there is something they don’t know.  Stefan is with Katherine and he tells her they don’t need to know the truth.  That when Klaus was talking to Katherine, he told her that his hybrids were under orders to kill Damon if Damon killed Klaus – and the hybrids would do it even if Klaus were dead.

So Katherine conspired with Stefan to keep Damon safe. Katherine actually counted on Stefan’s love for his brother to foil the plan – and it worked!  She counted on a vampire’s greatest weakness – humanity.  She convinces Stefan that turning his emotions on is worth it for what she wants to do next.

Revenge.  When Klaus goes to his truck for the “family reunion”, he finds the coffins of all his family members gone!  And Stefan’s got them, and he’s not letting Klaus know where they are!

Welcome to the Vampire Diaries hiatus!  I can hardly stand the fact that we are going to have to wait until next year to meet the rest of the family!

Episode 3.08 “Ordinary People” or “Rocking Becky’s World” (11/09/2011)

This episode was everything I was expecting, and something I wasn’t. I did not expect to find a personal connection with Rebekah – but I did.

The moment that stood out the most for me – in a stellar performance – was the moment in which Rebekah discovered that her brother had lied to her a thousand years ago in order to bind her to him. Such a moment is called a paradigm shift – when everything you believe falls away and the world as you know it changes profoundly.

I know exactly how Rebekah felt in that moment because I had such a moment myself – the moment my story changed.

I was adopted as an infant. My adopted parents never kept this from me. When I was 4, they told me in a wonderful way that made me feel special…chosen. In fact I was so proud, I went up and down my street knocking on doors telling our neighbors! (This was obviously back a few years when a 4 year old could walk up and down suburban streets alone knocking on doors!)

Naturally, as most adopted children eventually do, I became curious about my roots. My mother told me what she knew about my natural parents, and her story was consistent from year to year. Although my parents eventually divorced, I adored my mother and would not have entertained the idea of looking for information on my natural parents while she was alive. It was not important to me and as far as I was concerned, I knew exactly who my parents were.

Eventually, however, both my parents passed away and I decided to write to the “authorities” (there are always authorities in these cases – especially in the “dark ages” of adoption when all adoptions were closed) and register with the Adoption Information Registry at my birth state’s Department of Health. Once I did that, I never gave it another thought. Based on what I’d been told, I had no expectations of learning anything new.

Eight months passed. We’d moved from California to Texas, and one Saturday when I took in the mail, I noticed a yellow forwarding sticker on an envelope from the Dept. of Health. I knew what that meant. But on this particular morning, I was running errands. I was in a hurry.

I opened the envelope, read the form, my world spun off its axis, and I tried to right it by going on my way with my plans – handing the envelope and its contents to my husband and saying “I’ll talk to you about this when I get back.”

My husband was completely familiar with my adoption story. He read what I had read. When I came home, he was as perplexed as me, but at least his world hadn’t tilted on its axis. So I sort of clung to him in order to maintain my equilibrium.

You see, all my life I’d heard a story and my life was that story. I was adopted 6 weeks after my birth. My father had been killed in the Korean War and my mother, who was 25, had contracted a post-partum infection and had died. She was friends with my adopted mother, and specifically requested that I be adopted by the parents I wound up with. It was a death-bed request – otherwise it might not have happened at all. My parents were in their late 40’s and childless – no adoption agency would give them an infant without extenuating circumstances.

Also, my adopted mother knew my adopted father was an alcoholic. They’d been married for nearly 3 years when I came along – long enough for her to know the score. But when a dying woman asks you to take her baby – and tells you she cannot die in peace unless she knows you will – what do you say? Especially if you never expected to be a mother at all – but badly wanted to be?

So that’s who I was. An adopted orphan. An only child. The one with the alcoholic father. The one with divorced parents when divorce was still unusual. We all have a story, and this was mine.

But the paper I’d received said two things that blew the whole story up in my face. First, my mother was 32 when I was born, not 25. And she had had another child before I was born.

Ever had vertigo? That feeling that the floor has dropped out from under you and the room is spinning? That was the feeling. I was no longer “me” – or at least not the “me” in my story, because my story was gone. It was completely shattering and I could think of little else for weeks. Ultimately, I did nothing with the new information. But I haven’t been the same since.

And neither will Rebekah.

By the time I’d had my paradigm shift, I was 50 years old, and my parents were dead. I’m glad I waited until they were gone because I know that bombarding my mother (the keeper of the information) with questions and accusations at her advanced age would have been difficult, unpleasant, and ultimately damaging to us both. I prefer to think that she acted out of the purist of motives. There is nothing to prove otherwise.

But Rebekah has had her story for over a thousand years. So when she turns on Elena and repeats “Shut up, shut up, shut up”, it is because her “story” is no longer true. Rebekah went into denial. She has clung to this story for hundreds of years. It is inconceivable that there is a different version.

Later, when she reflects, she realizes it may be true, and she feels hurt and betrayed in the worst possible way. She cries inconsolably in front of the fire. This is a death as powerful as any other. And there are stages to grief that Rebekah must go through.

Becky and Nick will have a confrontation and they will come to blows over this. And Elijah will be dragged into it as well. And it will be ugly and painful – for everyone.

Yet within this story is another story – of two young women, both of whom have lost mothers much too soon, who choose to love despite great risk, who value family ties in all forms, and who stubbornly refuse to give up on people they care about. On the other side of her despair, I believe Rebekah will find Elena ready to meet her where she is.

And ultimately, I believe that Rebekah will find it in her heart to forgive her brother. Because, as she herself says, she is immortal and what are her other choices?