Guest Review by Dana
I think we can honestly say that The Vampire Diaries is officially back on track.
After a season weakened by vapid characters and insubstantial plot lines, The Vampire Diaries‘ writers were finally able to restore the former glory this show once possessed. I thought The Vampire Diaries had lost its spark, however I was proven wrong, when I found myself on the edge of my seat, overwhelmed with emotions wanting to know what happens next. I even realized that I was caring for characters I had lost interest in such as Jeremy, Stefan and Bonnie. However, the highlight of this episode was Damon and Elena.
Damon and Elena’s final scene was epic. All aspects of this scene were perfect; from the intense writing to the undeniable chemistry Ian Somerhalder and Nina Dobrev share. This scene toyed with my emotions in a way I never thought possible. Nina Dobrev’s performance was exceptional mirroring the frustration, angst, and devastation felt by viewers. This scene also portrayed the growth of Damon’s character; the Damon we see now is a far cry from the selfish, egocentric and homicidal character we met in season one.
I was glad to see that the Travelers were not a big part of this episode because Markos is honestly the most boring villain in this show’s history. I am pleased to say that we are finally rid of them and their useless plotlines. Seeing the rekindled friendships between Stefan and Lexi, as well as Damon and Alaric, reminded me of what initially attracted me to The Vampire Diaries; its emotional depth towards human friendships. The final scene of this episode was probably the most heartwrenching. Although I don’t care about Bonnie and Jeremy’s relationship, I found myself tearing up as Jeremy ran to her begging her not to leave him. However, Bonnie’s selflessness remains to be her most redeeming quality, for she willingly gives up her life to save her friends. And so we had to say goodbye to Bonnie and to one of the most important characters this show has, Damon.
Bits and Bites
– Tyler is back. WHY?
– Loved Lexi kicking Markos’ ass and finding peace.
– Why was Caroline in this episode? She was even more useless than her mother.
– Can Matt finally become some supernatural creature so he can cease to be the most annoying and judgmental character?
– Nina Dobrev’s emotional breakdown as she said goodbye to Damon was incredibly moving.
Damon: Your biceps shrunk and your brain got smaller?
Silas: Is it a crime for someone so good-looking to be so sad all the time?
Alaric: Did you seriously wear your seatbelt?
Be Alright- Lucy Rose
Wings – Birdy
After a disappointing season, Home has left me anxious to see what awaits our beloved characters.