-The set locations really added to the sinister feeling of the episode.
-It was nice to see small moments of calm and happiness through the episode, after such intense, dramatic story lines
-Katherine's return was a complete shock that no one saw coming! A great twist to end the episode.
-It would be nice to know more about Enzo's future. Bonnie seems happy, but are there any plans for her to bring him back? Is it even possible for him to come back now his body has been burned? At the moment this particularly plot line feels unfinished, leaving us slightly confused,
-Although Katherine's return was an amazing plot twist, it would have been nice to have actually seen her. I guess it just gives us more reason to tune in next week.
A proposal, A murder, an epic battle and a shocking return in The Vampire Diaries episode 8×14
Damon (Ian Somerhalder) has found himself waking up in limbo in this week’s The Vampire Diaries. And although it would be unwise to make a deal with the Devil, Kai (Chris Wood) has handed Elena’s (Nina Dobrev) body over to Cade (Wole Parks), leaving Damon no choice but to find the only weapon able to kill him. Stefan (Paul Wesley) finds himself at Bonnie’s (Kat Graham) doorstep, hoping to make amends for killing Enzo (Michael Malarkey). But upon telling her that he is leaving Mystic Falls to attone for his wrongdoings, Bonnie unapologetically slams the door in his face.
Meanwhile, Caroline (Candice King) and Alaric (Matt Davis) help to detain Kai in the Armory, and steal the dagger from him. But with Josie (Lily Rose Mumford) and Lizzie (Tierney Mumford) struggling to control their magic, Caroline uses the opportunity to find out how it really feels to be a child with Siphoning powers.
Stefan embarks on a solo mission to kill Cade and hopes that Alaric ringing the Maxwell Bell will weaken him. However, a frightened phone call from Lizzie and Josie has him rushing home to save them from Kai. When Damon turns up to save the day, Cade gives him the impossible task of choosing between his brother and Elena. Unable to decide, Damon offers up his own soul to an eternity of suffering.
Caroline and Alaric take down Kai but question whether there is any way for Josie and Lizzie to have a normal childhood. Meanwhile, Bonnie senses Elena is in trouble and rushes to find Damon with a stake through his heart. Using her psychic ability she attempts to pull Damon’s soul away from Cade. But as her magic begins to weaken, it’s up to Stefan to kill Cade with the dagger. The blast from his death propels Damon’s soul back into his body, prompting a huge sigh of relief and a brotherly hug that warmed our hearts.
By the end of the episode, Stefan and Caroline are reunited by Stefan’s second marriage proposal. However, just when you think it’s all over, Kai reveals the biggest shock of the series so far. Hell has a new Queen: Katherine Pierce! (Nina Dobrev)
Blood Is Thicker Than Water
This week’s episode really highlighted the brotherly bond between both Stefan and Damon. After having spent their lives fighting over women, or saving each other from evil, we rarely get to watch those special moments of calm between the Salvatore brothers. But this week’s brotherly moments had us welling up with emotion.
When Cade gave Damon the choice to save either Elena or Stefan, we were on the edge of our seats. But were any of us really surprised that he chose to sacrifice himself? Having been introduced to the show as a villain back in season one, Damon made many bad decisions and had no regard for the consequences. Even Elena questioned how he could be so evil. But we soon learned that when it comes to those he loves, Damon is quick to put everything on the line to save them.
Even after Stefan killed Damon’s girlfriend Andie (Dawn Olivieri) in season three, Damon did everything he could to get him back. So when Cade gave him the choice, it really was no surprise that Damon would rather sacrifice himself than lose the two people he loves the most. And the pained look on Stefan’s face at the thought of losing his only brother had us hoping that there would be an alternate ending.
Damon: ‘I guess I’m gonna get that epic bro-moment after all’
Stefan: ‘Yeah, I guess killing Cade and destroying hell as we know it qualifies’
After such a tense battle that had us questioning if anyone was going to come out alive, it was a delight to see a small moment of happiness. Defeating the Devil gave Stefan and Damon a moment to sit and reflect over Stefan’s change into a human, and what that could mean for their now limited time together. Watching Damon give Stefan advice about his life and encouraging him to spend time with the people he loves reminds us that they are brothers first, and everything else second. Through all the drama and chaos that has ensued throughout the entire series, the Salvatores have always been there for each other, and it was nice for the writers (Julie Plec, Kevin Williamson) to give us a moment to remember that.
The New Gemini Coven
This week’s episode of The Vampire Diaries included a more sinister version of Kai Parker than the comedic elements of last week’s episode.
Being the only remaining members of the Gemini Coven (discluding the Heretics), Caroline and Alaric have no one they can turn to for help. So we can’t really blame Caroline for trying to understand more about Kai. But while explaining what siphoning powers can really do, Kai breaks out of his holding cell and snaps Caroline’s neck. What did we expect?
And even though Alaric asks the question we are all asking, (‘why don’t you just leave?’) Kai’s hatred for the Gemini Coven ruining his life drives him to pick up an axe and hunt down Lizzie and Josie. after describing himself as a ‘sociopath’ with a desire for ‘murder and mayhem’, we shouldn’t really be surprised.
Kai: ‘Josie, Lizzy, come out where uncle Kai can see you. I have a small axe to grind, well, not so small’
With Caroline still sleeping and Kai looming, it’s a race against time for Alaric, leaving our hearts pounding. And when we hear the girls’ voices coming from behind the cave walls, we are sure that it’s all over. But for someone who likes to play games, Kai is completely fooled by a meagre tape recording and Alaric comes out swinging (literally) avenging both his kids and deceased fiance Jo (Jodi Lyn O’Keefe). When Caroline turns up to finish the job, we are relieved to see Kai finally defeated and both children unharmed.
Kai’s slow menacing walk to find Alaric’s children, and the short clips of the axe sliding across the floor, created a really sinister atmosphere which tied in well with the rest of the episode. Even his, usually humorous, sarcastic comments lost all comedic value, and became more sadistic. His desire to kill two innocent children reminded us of his truly evil nature, making us grateful to see him chained up in his own hell dimension at the end of the episode.
Ding Dong the Witch is Dead, the Wicked Witch is Dead… Or Is She?
With the finale just two weeks away, every episode has had us expecting the unexpected. But this week ended with a shocking twist that no-one could predict: the return of Katherine Pierce.
When Bonnie created a separate hell dimension for Kai at the end of the episode, she truly thought things were finally heading in the right direction. Cade is dead, hell has been destroyed, and now Kai is stuck in a prison world reliving his own hell on a loop. However, things didn’t go as expected for poor Bon Bon…
Kai: ‘The Myth, the Legend, the baddest Bitch of all..’
Last seen in episode 5×15 (Gone Girl), saying goodbye to her dying daughter, Nadia Petrova (Olga Fonda), and being staked in the heart by her one true love, Stefan Salvatore, we all thought that was the end for Elena’s evil doppelganger, Katherine Pierce. And watching her scream in fear as she was dragged towards hell really had us believing she was gone forever.
But if these last eight years have taught us anything, it’s that no one stays dead in Mystic Falls. And having spent her life doing absolutely anything to survive, it seems Katherine has found her way back as the new Queen of Hell. The question is, what will her agenda be when she finally arrives back in town? Maybe she wants revenge on Elena for giving her the cure and turning her human. Or maybe she wants to kill Stefan for ending her life and sending her to hell. Maybe she’s just hoping for a piece of wedding cake? Whatever her plans are they are bound to be epic, and we can’t wait. Expect some fireworks!
Final Verdict: The Vampire Diaries adds another shocking twist we never saw coming, leaving us eagerly awaiting the final two episodes.
Every week leaves us questioning how the writer’s could possibly top the previous episode, and yet somehow it just keeps getting better and better. When a show is coming to its end, especially after such a long run, expectations are extremely high from fans. We want to be left feeling nostalgic and satisfied. And the decision to bring back familiar characters like Kai and Katherine, who played huge roles throughout the entire series, is a decision that has really paid off.
Despite the impact of major twists and dramatic plot lines, it’s important to include small moments that remind us why we feel so connected to our favourite characters. The drama and twists are what keep us excited and engaged, but the intimate conversations between Alaric and Caroline, or the romance between Bonnie and Enzo, are the reasons are still thinking about them once the episode has finished.
When Damon and Stefan enjoyed some brotherly bonding, the still setting and environment really contrasted from the high intensity of such an epic battle, giving us a moment to catch our breath. It would be nice to see more of this before the series ends. Giving us a chance to really enjoy the small moments of happiness that don’t seem to occur often in Mystic Falls.
Overall this week had us crying, gasping and extremely excited for what’s to come. Katherine’s return was the perfect ending to an already shocking episode. The best thing about this series is that absolutely no one is able to predict what will happen next, making it consistently exciting.It will be interesting to see what happens next week. Will Caroline finally walk down the aisle? Will Elena be there to see it, or will Katherine turn it into the wedding from hell? Anything is possible.
Questions, Comment and Concerns:
- First glimpse of Elena! Could we be seeing her in the next episode
- Does Katherine want revenge on everyone, or just Stefan because he killed her?
- Will Enzo ever actually come back to life or is he just stuck in Bonnie’s psychic world forever?
- Anyone else think Stefan’s reaction to Kai’s singing was absolutely spot on?
- Will Lizzy and Josie be able to control their powers?
- With Stefan and Elena human, is everyone else able to take the cure?
- Damon telling Stefan he was brave made our hearts melt.
- We hope Bonnie forgives Stefan before the finale
- Alaric taking down Kai was amazing! We were cheering at our TV screens.
Catch The Vampire Diaries on Fridays at 8/7c. On The CW
The Vampire Diaries [8×14] ‘It’s Been A Hell Of A Ride’ REVIEW