That, Damon, is an excellent question. Here’s another one: why merge at all? I must assume that the choice is merge or die, since no one seems to really be asking that question.
I mentioned last week that Kai wasn’t doing much for me as a villain, or as a problem that needs to be solved. After all, Team Mystic is only invested in the whole coven thing since Alaric is dating Jo and something something Tyler. Plus, sorta Bonnie. Yeah, I’m not even going to try to complete those sentences.
But I think this episode acknowledged that this plot is a bit of a non-starter. The scheming scenes created tension through exposition that was fancily edited—the big reveal was that Damon, Alaric, and Elena were plotting much too late to be able to do anything effective. Cue drama between Liv, Luke, Kai, and Jo. Scheming Damon, plotting Luke. Alaric with a gun (!). Then, everything just fizzled to an end. Kai removed the anti-magic spell from Mystic Falls, it got windy, and folks went home.
That’s a lot of lead-up to the eventual return to Mystic Falls—which is, admittedly, welcome. Enzo isn’t dead (“a Christmas miracle”). Damon and Alaric sort of made up. Damon and Stefan got to go home, and Damon got his car back. Elena came over, but Kai tracked her down and made her invisible (just like his dad tends to do; aww...).
Maybe Caroline can take her mom home. As soon as I saw Liz Forbes out of her sheriff uniform, I worried something was up, and I was right. She has cancer. She’s dying. And Caroline, who has lost an awful lot of people lately and has struggled with those losses all season, is now faced with another loss. The non-supernatural illness is just tragic, especially as Caroline’s relationship with her mom has been so sweet. I really hope there’s a mystical cure, but I suspect there isn’t. And that makes me sad.
Bites and Pieces:
• Enzo: “If we’ve learned anything from today, it’s that we should kill our enemies with haste.”
• My favorite part of this episode was the fight between Alaric and Damon.
• Meanwhile, poor Bonnie burned a Christmas tree in effigy. I’m getting sick, so this may be the fever talking, but did anyone else expect the tree to suddenly transform into the real Mystic Falls tree, through the Nordic magic of tree-burning?
One out of four for the continuing Kai plot, but three out of four for the Caroline/Mom sadness.
Josie Kafka reviews The Vampire Diaries, True Detective, Game of Thrones, and various other things that take her fancy. She is a full-time cat servant and part-time rogue demon hunter. (What's a rogue demon?)
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