This is the episode I have been waiting for since forever. Stefan being badass. And my baby Lexi coming back. You all have no idea how excited I was for this. After coming back from the hiatus January 27th, the second half of season 2 has been amazing. These past few episodes have been great. And I’m enjoying it very much. Especially these flashbacks.
I was very giddy seeing we started with a flashback. Especially badass Stefan. Plus, I will never be able to hear the name “Honoria” without laughing and thinking about Paul. And look who killed her! The 1864 badass brother, Stefan. Who has amazing Elijah hair, by the way. But, I was wondering how Gilbert could be writing in his journal about how he died, and who killed him, if he already died. We’ll find out later.
Then, back to the present to see Stefan skipping rocks out on the dock all by himself while Elena is still reading Gilbert journals. I feel as if I should slap Elena like Rose did to knock some sense into her. They are still at the lake house and still no sexy time lovin’. Ugh. I can never understand how Elena picks journals over the amazingly gorgeous boyfriend she has. Anyway, Stefan and Damon speaking of killing Elijah. It was a short little scene so not much for to comment on, besides Stefan looking amazing. “Yes, Stefan I’ve become you. How tragic for the both of us. I’ve gotta run. Got a murder to plan. Busy day.” Always dislike Damon, but always love his one-liners.
Jenna and her new boyfriend. I really like Elijah. There was some information given here that I did not catch when watching this for the first time. Watching it again, I payed attention and Elijah is saying that the founding families weren’t really the first ones to settle there. Mystic Falls was a sort of refugee for the Salem families involved in the witch trials. So, they just decided to call themselves the founding families because they think they’re cool. Anyway, something I did notice is Jenna introducing Alaric as her friend. Really Jenna? Friend? I would be pretty pissed if I was Alaric. But, I thought it was really sweet of Elena to include Alaric on her list of people to keep safe. I really like Elijah. “I like to pursue younger women…. Lighten up, Ric, it was a joke.” Suave Original.
Bonnie and Jeremy scenes! I love them so much, despite the fact that Bonnie is Elena’s best friend since diapers and Jeremy is Elena’s brother. No, it’s not creepy at all. I still love them. Steven R. McQueen is adorable. Plus, Bonnie plays it so cold when telling Luka about what happened last night. She’s just all cool, calm, and collected. And Jeremy gets aggressive. He’s quite the protective one. Can Luka leave now so we can continue to watch Jeremy blush over Bonnie?
Stefan looks amazing in anything. His leather jacket over his hoodie. “You still mad?” Understatement Elena. You’re still trying to sacrifice yourself to Klaus and Stefan ain’t having it. Here’s where Stefan starts spilling the truth, what really happened when he turned. “I didn’t know about Johathan Gilbert’s ring yet. That he would survive.” Well, at least we know how Gilbert can write in his journal while dead. Oh, and my favorite line ever since seeing the promos for this episode.. “Who wants to die next?” If it was Stefan killing me, I’d be okay with dying. These flashbacks are pretty gross, but I love them. Paul definitely plays flashback vamp Stefan amazingly. He was the one with the one-liners back then. It becomes a bit hard to watch Damon leave Stefan when he obviously needs his brother. But it sounds like Stefan learned to turn that switch off even before Damon knew about it. “It sounds like you were Damon.” Elena says. “I was worse.” Stefan replies.
I hate Damon and Andie scenes. She’s so dumb. And he’s so stupid. It’s so gross. He’s pretty much compelled her not do anything. And Alaric just sits there. At least tell them to go get a room and stay there. I just really don’t like them. And I’m not even sure what to do with Jenna anymore. She’s dumped Alaric into the friend category.
Ew, Katherine looks disgusting. It must have taken hours to make Nina Dobrev look that bad, since, you know, she’s flawless. Katherine needs a shower. So, Katherine is compelled to stay in the tomb forever, but other vampires can go in and out. So, no more spell? Hmm. D’aww, Damon brought Katherine some new clothes. How nice of him. I was still mad that he decides to kill Elijah and leave Katherine in the tomb forever. I loved Katherine, despite her trying to destroy the lives of Stefan and Elena, and some others.
More flashbacks! “The thing about wartime…” Stefan being all gross drinking the blood of dying soldiers. That’s not cute. Now he’s trying to creep on some death eater looking child. IT’S LEXI. LEXI. My baby. She needed to have been in more than one episode in season 1. And even though she was in that one episode, a lot of us feel some emotional connection with her. At least I do. She brought out a more relaxed and fun Stefan. I really love her. “My god, you’re a ripper…. There are good parts of being a vampire and there are bad parts. You’re the bad parts. Well, we’re going to have to change that.” God, I love Lexi. Stefan talking about Lexi makes things about her he’s rather forget come rushing back. Stupid Elena has to actually bring it up too. “Like Damon killing her.” Yes woman, you’re horrible at making people feel better. Please shut up.
Ugh, more Andie. ”I really like him. It’s more than like and I want it to work.” Why is Jenna even still at like in this relationship? Shouldn’t she be past like?
I like Damon and Alaric scenes, but I wonder how they even became actual friends, since Damon isn’t very good at being a friend anyway. Hence, Damon lying to Alaric about sneak attacks, surprise plans, this dinner party being a “fact finding mission.” Damon, why you so stupid? I only like Andie right at this moment for saying she likes Elijah, he’s very classy old school. Oh and John crashes the party. “John! Surprise… Leave!” Again, Damon’s one-liners are great.
More Bonnie and Jeremy! Yee! “No, no.. it’s not like a date date. It’s more of a ‘Hey, I kissed you and I thought you liked it..um.. hang thing.” JEREMY HAS LINES. He is SO cute! The candles. Oh don’t you know she can light her own candles though. I’ve rewinded this scene a few times because I love them and it’s such an adorable scene. “But, you did like it right?” I can not at the cuteness. Fangirling. If she thought she was just going to Jeremy’s to eat food and practice spells and not make out, you are wrong!
“Although Elena and I have this deal, if you so much as make a move to cross me, I’ll kill you and I’ll kill everyone in this house. Are we clear?” Elijah is a bamf. That is all.
It’s really funny how after ALL the founders parties and events, all the boasts about being the founders of the town, that they aren’t really founders at all. So, is there something important about where the actual founders and witches were burned? I wonder if that’s where this sacrifice has to happen. And why does Elijah want to know? Hmm.
More reading and still no lovin’. Sigh. I give up. But we do find out something interesting. In all of Elena’s reading, Gilbert researched the Originals and found out how to kill one. “The wood from one tree and one tree alone, an ancient white oak, would bring death to an original vampire.” Well, we already know this so there has to be something more to it, some other twists. “It must be brandished by humans alone or it will bring death to all demons who wield it.” Oh sugar honey iced tea. John is trying to kill Damon and Elijah. Two birds with one stone. Damon isn’t going to like that. Although, I still think Damon should try and kill Elijah, see how that works.
Die John, just die. Go away.
There is seriously something up with this witch burial ground. I bet they’re going to drag this out a bit too, just like the moonstone. Alaric comes to save the day! Yay. Damon and Alaric’s bromance has reached new levels. Speaking without actually speaking. I like them. It makes me tolerate Damon. “There’s no need to keep him on the endangered species list.” THIS LINE. I laughed so hard. I whole heartedly agree. And something about Andie’s notebook getting Andie and Alaric out the room so Alaric can just RIP MY HEART OUT. Damn you! I liked Elijah. Now that he’s gone, bring me more Lexi scenes please!
This argument between Stefan and Elena has been a long time coming. Ever since Stefan found out that she’s willing to sacrifice herself for her friends. It’s needed for her to hear all of what Stefan is saying. I absolutely love this scene. Lexi wouldn’t let Stefan give up and he’s definitely not letting her give up when she’s barely begun to live over some centuries old feud to break a curse.
MORE LEXI. Eeep! “Nothing, I feel nothing.” It’s hard to imagine Stefan walking between all these dead bodies without actually feeling anything. Lexi’s lessons on love. She saw good in him when he buried it deep inside him. She showed him how to feel hurt and feel everything as if he were still human. “Once you can hurt, you can love. Love, Stefan, that’s the point. Everything is intensified when you’re a vampire. When we hurt, we really hurt. But when we love…” This is my absolute favorite scene in the entire episode. Forget bamf Stefan and his badass ways. Forget how Alaric just killed Elijah and Damon being stupid. This scene shows us what Stefan was trying to say in season 1. Everything Stefan knows, he learned from Lexi. Now, I don’t know if I’m making sense right now but how Stefan is trying to get Elena to not give up is how Lexi helped Stefan. He wants her to fight for it. To survive and not just give up the first chance she gets. My favorite scene. Which actually reminded me of how much I hate Damon for killing her. Lexi is the greatest person ever.
“I am your friend, damn it. And you don’t have any friends. So no more lying.” Again, how did they become friends?
“Originals believed in truth and honor. It was forbidden for a vampire to kill another vampire, so the dagger would take both lives.” Oh, that’s pretty cool. VampScout honor. “As long as the dagger stays in place, the Original is for all intensive purposes, dead.” Oh. My. Jesus. Now Elijah is coming after Elena. Deal is off. This episode is amazing.
Bonnie and Jeremy! Oh, he looks turned on by Bonnie playing with fire. And Bonnie looks like she’s trying to seduce him with her witchy juju. It was cool though. Oh my god, Jeremy wants her to channel him. Just make out already. GO AWAY JESUS JONAS. Interrupting very important Bonnie groping Jeremy time! Wait… he just took her powers? I’m mad. Jesus Jonas took my bb’s powers and made her cry too? Hells no. No. For her own good? Why? This show kills me. I can’t even.
So, Elijah’s little rock trick wasn’t that impressive as his coin bomb in “Katerina.” Non-ponytail Elena is such a bamf too. Elena is now the HBIC. We thought Elena was so weak the first half of the season. These past few episodes have seriously shut all of us up. I completely freaked out when Elena decided to just rip her guts out. This episode is fantastic. It must have been so hard for Stefan to just stand there hiding while Elena literally bleeds to death. He could barely watch Katherine rip Jeremy’s throat out in “The Sacrifice” so to watch Elena bleed to death must have killed him, and it shows. And Damon’s witty little line here “Little tip: Don’t pull the dagger out.” Well, you know if you guys would have sat around and researched how to kill Elijah then maybe Elena wouldn’t have had to spill her guts out on the porch.
I really hate John for forcing all this on Alaric. It shouldn’t be forced for him to explain what happened. Jenna has been oblivious to everything that’s going on and for John to bring it down on them is a jerk move. But Sara Canning really gets a chance to do something else besides smile and nod and let random vampires in the house. She had her 5 seconds of shine in this scene to actually act. I love this cast. David Anders plays a huge ass who needs to go, but he’s awesome at it because I want Uncle John dead. I just don’t like how Alaric was so quick to give up his ring. “After what you did to Damon, you’re going to need it more than me.” Oh yes.
So, Elijah is now officially dead, as long as no one removes the dagger. Oh and Elena takes charge of everything now. Which, I think, is better since their plans are horrible. I love Stefan here. “I told her a little story about when I was making the wrong decisions and somebody showed me there was another way.” “Hm… Lexi.” “Yeah… you remember her?” ZING! Damon should really feel bad for killing her. Lexi is amazing.
And more Lexi! “You know the hate you’re feeling, for Stefan, for everyone. You think you have it under control, but it will get the best of you.” Oh, my little Lexi. Knowing exactly what will happen to Damon like his future is set in stone. Lexi is my favorite.
Oh my god. My bamf baby Katherine. Getting that shower she’s been wanting for a while now. I could swear the song in this scene says “Miss Katherine” too. The music choice for this show is beyond amazing. Katherine’s return entrance is the greatest. “Little known fact: Originals can compel other vampires, but once that Original is dead, compulsion wears off.” Oh Damon, you’re so gullible.
I can’t decide who MVP goes for this episode. It’s between Nina Dobrev and our very own Paul Wesley. Elena kicked butt with tricking Elijah and as scheming Katherine. And Paul sure did an amazing job playing the 1864 badass Stefan. I love this cast.
Next week, the big question is how to kill Klaus now that the dagger is stuck in Elijah. Will they have to remove the dagger from Elijah to use it again on Klaus, then Elijah comes back for revenge. Or is there another special little dagger out there somewhere for them to use? Maybe even this witch burial ground has something to do with it.