Holy exposition that was a lot of information in yet another superb episode as we head to the end of this season. Two very important things occurred that have been built up for some time; we got to meet the real Klaus in both flashback and present form and finally Jenna knows the truth! I’m not sure why but that second one makes me so happy.
After Elena decided to relieve Elijah of the dagger of death and got him in to a fresh new wardrobe (thanks Mayor Lockwood) Elijah was willing to reveal more in regards to Klaus and himself, their origins and what the curse really means. I’m always impressed with the detail that goes in to the genealogy of these characters and in a nice parallel to Stefan and Damon, Klaus is Elijah’s brother introducing an added complication to their relationship and explains so much of how the two have discussed each other. Last week Klaus described Elijah as being a buzzkill and you can draw further comparisons here between the Originals relationship and that of Stefan and Damon. Klaus is clearly the antagonist of the pair much like Damon is and Elijah appears to be the more compassionate one.
The Original family also had it’s share of scandal and an affair that resulted in Klaus’ birth; this affair was unfortunately with an original werewolf (what are the chances?), which has led to the big battle between vampires and werewolves after Klaus’ father went killing crazy on this family as revenge. The big humdinger of this whole thing being that the sun and the moon curse does not exist, it was all a hoax to get both sides to hunt for the things that Klaus needs to break his own curse and trigger his werewolf side. This would make him the most powerful being in nature (does he really need more power?) and allowing him to sire his own species, sounds a little egotistical right?
What was also revealed in the flashbacks alongside this mythological dump was that Klaus is the only one who seems impervious to Katerina’s charms as it was clear that Elijah had fallen for her. This led to him exploring other avenues of breaking the curse which provides some helpful information to team Elena as they have the all important witch that Klaus thinks has been killed. The code of honor that exists with Elijah is something that Elena knows that she can use to her advantage and Stefan too, despite his issues with trusting Elijah knows that this is the most sensible course of action. Damon on the other hand in his impulsiveness and need to be in control has a problem with this fact and for once I think that his going against this plan could end up with Elena in danger rather than protecting her, which he is usually so good at.
The manner in which Jenna found out the truth was suitably tense and was perhaps the worst meal that the show has had so far (and there have been a lot of tense ones in the past), the Gilbert kitchen definitely feels a bit cursed and as I’ve said before those knifes should be replaced by the plastic kind to avoid any further accidents. The way that Klaus was playing with her and attempting to provoke Stefan showed that he definitely has his devious side, but the moment that really stood out for me was Jenna having to see Stefan’s full on vamp rage face to get her to leave the house, forgot how scary that can look. Though it was heartbreaking to see Jenna realise that she has been in the dark for so long whilst everyone around her has been in on all of this, begging the question once again why they thought lying to her would protect her, weird TV logic.
-The Stefan/Damon fight was a let down after the promos built it up (pesky promos), though it definitely feels unfinished and seems like it might boil over again.
-Damon is clearly having some control issues in regard to his anger but he is in control enough to make Andi leave before he kills her, something I’m sure he wouldn’t have cared about last year and would have more than happily snapped her neck, the boy has grown.
-We are introduced to the witch Greta Martin, who I’m sure won’t be too happy when she discovers that both her brother and father are dead.
-Witches are like natures referee and give mystical creatures their own Kryptonite to maintain balance, pretty neat huh?
-When Katherine is bored she likes to drink and dance, much in the same way that Damon did last year, I see some gifs in the making.
-Carol Lockwood is no longer on vervain after Elijah convinced her to stop drinking it, whilst Damon managed to slip some to Katherine.
-Alaric is back and was briefly concious before passing out, I’m sure having someone inhabit your body will do that.
-Joseph Morgan is a welcome addition to the TVD cast and played Klaus with the right air of arrogance and menace with some added charm thrown in for good measure.
With only three episodes left of the season they really aren’t slowing down and once again more intrigue and twists are thrown in to the mix making for an epic end to the year. A
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Why hello Klaus! Joseph Morgan did not disappoint me in the flesh. He is charming & almost sweet looking (that dimple!) which belies his obvious deadliness. I think it was genius to write him with humor & not in your face horror. The “looks can be deceiving” angle is much more interesting to me & I cannot wait to see the havoc he wreaks.
Elijah is back! I have to say I was ambivalent about Elijah in past episodes but he got my attention this week. Not only did he gives us our “WTF” moments with his revelations about a) he & Klaus being brothers (nice tie in to the current Salvatore bro relationship) & b)said crazy ass half brother is a…Say WHAT?!…Hybrid? Nice Kevin & Julie! Very nice indeed. My little brain did not remotely predict either one of those scenarios. I so love being surprised, *satisfied sigh* & writers of TVD never disappoint me.
Elena was especially strong in this episode “I am woman here me ROAR” & I love this. Most likely some of her decisions will come back to haunt her but that is not the point. She is just as capable at coming up with plans as the sexy vamp brothers are, flawed as they may be. I love that she is taking control & not simply being the damsel in distress, and really when has Stefan or Damon’s plans worked 100%? Yep, not so much as that is the TVD way, bless them.
Hallelujah Aunt Jenna is finally in the know! Loved that she saw it 1st hand via “Angry Stefan’s” face. Oh angry Stefan how I’ve missed you…Sarah is an amazing actress & her tears are the bomb. I squealed with delight when I saw the preview of her holding a crossbow. I like the idea of Mr. & Mrs. Saltzman Vampire Hunters!
And Damon, ahhh Damon. I try not to love you EVERY week but Ian you’re just too damn good in this role. I was nearly giddy when I saw the Salvatore Bro Smackdown preview from last week & I love the storyline leading up to it. It’s about damn time the brothers hash their issues out a bit out loud. Good for Stefan for calling Damon out on his Andie slaving and Damon coming back with she keeps me from going after your girl who I really love, BOOM! Punch in the face, is it creepy that Stefan & Damon fighting is sexy? Hmmm…blame Ian & Paul, not me I say.
Reason #323 I love Damon: he makes up his own mind no matter what! He doesn’t care if it’s him against the world, as shown clearly in this episode. With Elena, Elijah & Stefan seemingly all together as a unit to kill Klaus, save Elena & Bonnie…what does Damon do? Tells them all to go hell!
I. Love. Him. Will Damon’s rogue act blow up in his face? Or will it be the only saving grace when the master plan runs in to some very likely kinks? I can’t wait to find out…I love Elijah but Damon’s instincts are usually spot on so I’d have to go with he’s not telling us all something important.
As usual one my favorite scenes involves Damon’s internal emotional conflict. We can all see his impending explosion brewing & it finally does right in Andie’s face/neck. Although she’s his compel-a-girl rental of the month, she’s strong in her own way. I love the fact that she didn’t leave “you didn’t compel me” & tells Damon that he needs to know she cares. Pretty balsey! In the non-supernatural world Andie might just be a good fit for Damon. Not surprisingly Damon takes his emotional turmoil out on Andie in a very frightening, chomping way. But what is surprising is how he stops, begging & compelling her to leave “before he kills her” Anyone remember frozen Jessica? My previous favorite tortured Damon scene…yeah well he killed her but he let Andie go…very telling on how his character arc has evolved. The grief in his eyes as he makes Andie leave levels me. He is obviously not enjoying his monstrous side in this moment. How does this bad boy vampire continue to break my heart so completely? Well done Ian Somerhalder, well done. This show deserves awards for writing & acting as it’s all stellar.
Klaus to Elijah “Love is a vampire’s greatest weakness”
Katherine to Elijah “true love is not real unless it’s returned”
I missed my favorite supporting cast so I look forward to everyone’s return next week. Let the mayhem begin!