That’s not to say that nothing happened. The return of Alaric was, for me, the absolute highlight (even if Damon’s “something only Alaric and I would know” was rather naïve, given Silas’s psychic powers). He and Damon were hesitant but wonderful best friends, and Alaric brings an intelligence and maturity to the Mystic Falls wackiness that was sorely missed this season. Can you imagine him condoning torturing Elena?
I certainly hope that Alaric’s return sticks. Because I like him so much, I would be willing to trade Alaric’s return for Jeremy’s or Bonnie’s. Elena’s goodbye to Jeremy felt like closure, and I’ve been expecting Bonnie’s death since Season One. So long, in fact, that I’d forgotten to expect it anymore. It’s a pity that she had to go out like she did: still vaguely out of control of her magic/expression.
Silas is dead, or calcified, or enstonified (that ought to be a word), though. Hooray! Silas was more interesting as a plot device than as a true baddie: most of the trouble he caused was getting others, especially Bonnie, to cause trouble for him. He was an excuse for chaotic action rather than an agent of chaos, and it’s interesting to consider his influence in contrast to that of Grams, Alaric, and even Lexi.
Grams is the one who helped Bonnie realize her power, even if that power made Bonnie try a bit too much, killing herself to save Jeremy. I wonder if that’s why the hunters came back at the end: were they part of the massive veil-dropping? Or were they revivified when Bonnie tried to revivify one of their kind?
I suppose we’ll get a clearer answer to that next week, when hopefully Lexi and Alaric (and dead-but-still-here Bonnie?) will stick around for a while. Lexi seems to be shipping Caroline and Stefan, which is interesting. Rebekah seems to be shipping herself and Matt; making Matt like Rebekah makes her somehow more likeable, since Matt has turned into a fairly awesome, stable character this season. I hope that doesn’t mean he’ll die soon.
• Damon: “Silas wants Bonnie to do a spell to drop the veil from the other side.”
Sheriff Forbes: “I have no idea what that means.” God bless you, Sheriff Forbes.
• Rebekah: “Uncle Bob and Aunt Mary really want to see you graduate with both hands.”
• AWOL Nation’s “Sail” opened the episode. I love that song. I can listen to it (and have done so) on repeat for up to one hour.
• Qetsyah’s name seems to have undergone shift in stress in the past few episodes.
• As Billie reported in this week’s Doux News, Nina Dobrev and Ian Somerhalder have broken up. Alas.
• Once again, apologies for the lateness of this review. I had another work trip that was completely exhausting, and I’m behind on all my “real life” work. My apartment is also really messy—I can’t stand a messy apartment, and I just don’t have time to clean it. I hate a messy home! It’s so unsettling.
• Yes, that’s too much information. Sometimes I overshare.
• Silas has pockets?
What would you rate this? It left me feeling blah, but many other reviewers seem to have liked it. Where do you stand?
Josie Kafka is a full-time cat servant and part-time rogue demon hunter. (What's a rogue demon?)
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