I didn’t love this one. Something about TVD has been very “off” these last few episodes. I can’t really explain it but the quality has seemingly dwindled after a season that has been mind-blowing on almost every level. Maybe I just don’t enjoy Alaric as a character, and I’m sick of the Originals storyline being dragged out (which is something this show never does). After all, TVD is epic for its ability to steamroll through a million arcs and twists in a single episode that other shows would stretch out for years.
Nevertheless, there was some aspects I really enjoyed in this episode. Alaric’s attack on Meredith was undoubtedly entertaining, and I loved Caroline’s speech to Bonnie’s mom who STILL decided to leave.
Moreover, as heartbreaking as that was, the most touching moment of the episode belonged to Elena’s phone call with Jeremy. I’m actually really looking forward to his return as his dynamic with Elena is one I find myself surprisingly missing.
Here’s hoping for a return to form next week and a explosive pack of episodes to finish out this season with a bang. God knows this show deserves it.