After a string of episodes that left me concerned that one of my favorite shows was losing me, VD offered some resolution to the mini-arc of the first half of this season and hinted that we might be moving in the right direction. “We All Go…” also had some great character moments, from scheming to break-ups to (finally!) more Caroline.
So: Elena and Stefan broke up. In an episode filled with death, attempted suicide, and lots of mythology, that’s what we’re really all concerned with, isn’t it? Last week, Stefan told Damon that he didn’t want Elena to become the vampire she was becoming. This week, he accepted the break-up gracefully: is he willing to let her go that easily? Is he accepting it with his typical Stefan stoicism? How does that play with Damon’s willingness to take the “very high, annoying road”?
On VD, breakups can raise more questions than they answer. Maybe some distance from Stefan (and Damon) will give Elena the chance to figure out her new vampire-identity herself. As callous as Katherine is, maybe she could be of some assistance here. After all, doppelgangers must have more in common than just good looks and great hair.
Elena and Stefan weren’t the only couple that broke up, of course. Finally, Caroline and Tyler are done! Well, for now. And I feel terrible about feeling great about this, since Caroline looked so sad. Tyler and Caroline broke up over a fundamental misunderstanding about the role that Chris could play in their lives: to Tyler, he was a friend and pack-mate. To Caroline and to us, he was obviously a redshirt.
A redshirt whose death was instrumental in this week’s byzantine plotting. Elena killing the hunter meant Elena had hallucinations that could only be cured by the next hunter, Elena’s brother, killing a vampire and moving up the food chain from “potential” to “kick-ass,” which led to the Caroline/Tyler break-up and some likely awkwardness between possible couples Klaus/Caroline and Tyler/Phoebe Tonkin. This show is like a supernatural Rube Goldberg device.
I sincerely hope that Caroline’s upcoming pseudo-date with Klaus takes up numerous minutes next week, because Klaus’s fake sympathy was hilarious. After a billion years (give or take), he really hasn’t figured out that asking someone to see his etchings and being the shoulder to cry on are transparently silly ways of getting in a girl’s pants?
Meanwhile, Professor Creepypants just gets creepier. Damon unwittingly revealed that Connor is dead, so Shane knows his weapon has been, um… deweaponized. He knows roughly who is responsible, and that Bonnie is mixed up in it. And he knows something about the mysterious Silas, who does sound awfully hardcore. I hope Bonnie regains her powers soon, because the professor is too weird to be left unguarded. (Although the wonderful Matt/Damon alliance might keep him in check.) And I hope he’s not doing something to keep Bonnie from regaining those powers.
I also hope that Jeremy is able to control his hunter urges. Elena loves her brother so much; that love is one of the things I love about Elena. But now Jeremy will be, like Connor, overcome with the urge to kill vampires. What will that mean for his relationship with his big sister?
And now for the paragraph of unambiguous praise: while I haven’t loved Elena’s character arc so far this season, I have been impressed with Nina Dobrev’s acting. This episode certainly didn’t disappoint. She was so, so sad. Now that she’s had the fairy-tale-esque third trip to the scene of her deaths, I would like her to have a moment of joy soon. Even if it’s just silly dancing in the living room with Caroline.
• Prof: “What’s your specialty?”
Damon: “The origin of the species.”
Prof: “I think Darwin might arm-wrestle you for that distinction.”
• I loved Caroline telling an original vampire “Don’t get mad!”
• Damon: “Vampires hate to swim.” Huh?
• Damon: “I’d say I’m in the market for a new drinking buddy. You’re not qualified.”
• Matt: “And anyone who knows stuff in this town is creepy until proven otherwise.”
• Damon: “You’re on the verge of impressing me. Drive it home.”
• Elena still had Jeremy’s blood on her hands after Damon had arrived—so did she call him with bloody hands? Is her cell phone covered in blood right now?
• I hope that April’s only role in this season is to wander into an episode, ask if anyone has seen Rebekah, and then wander out to be compelled again. Because that would be hilarious.
• Are Bonnie and Jeremy still a couple?
Four out of four fallen hybrids. Because every time someone says “hybrid” I think of the car. And it keeps me laughing.
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