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The Vampire Diaries Review: Statherine Forever?

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I love you, Stefan. We will be together again. I promise. - Katherine

Forget vampires and werewolves. This episode depicted one thing: season two is a game of cat-and-mouse. On "Memory Lane," Stefan and Elena pulled one over on Katherine, as they tried to stay one step ahead of the blood sucker who seems intent on killing the latter.

Only, for the second time this season, Katherine spared Elena's life. And if her feelings are to be believed, it's not hard to see why.

Stefan vs. Katherine

Whether or not Katherine came back solely for Stefan (my vote: NOT!), the final flashback to 1864 proved that she really did love him. She promised him they'd be together, and it's a promise she intends to keep - but only if her love is truly reciprocated.

If she actually murders Elena, the odds of Stefan actually falling for her are lower than Mason Lockwood Facebook friending Damon. Katherine must somehow woo her former lover, remind him of their history and their bond and hope he comes back to her naturally.

That will never happen, you say? Are you sure? You did notice the look of painful confusion on Stefan's face when he learned Katherine never compelled his 19th century affection, didn't you?

While we wonder whether Stefan hates Katherine as much as he claims to (and the line between hate and love can be thin, remember), we must also wonder more than ever: Why is Katherine back in Mystic Falls?!? It can't just be to go steady with this brooding Salvatore brother.

Other questions that spring to mind from the episode:

  • How unpopular was Jenna in high school?!? She hosts a barbecue so Alaric can get to know a few of her friends... and the only person to show up just moved back to town a couple weeks ago? Ouch.
  • What song do you think Damon is best at in Guitar Hero? Probably something by Marilyn Manson. Or Taylor Swift.
  • Seriously, what does the moon stone do? It's been passed on from George Lockwood to Tyler Lockwood, although the latter is as confused by it as we are. Still, it must be incredibly powerful for George to have taken the measures he did with Katherine.
  • Who did Mason kill to become a werewolf?
  • Can we really trust Mason? His speech to to Damon, about returning to town for the sake of his family, seemed sincere. But Damon didn't buy it for a second. He may have grown too aggressive (and ignorant) with the silver, but I'm still gonna side with his instincts when it comes to Mason.
  • Has Caroline never faked an apology before, in order to eavesdrop on the conversation between her BFF and her boyfriend because a more powerful vampire is threatening her?!? You've gotta at least bring a friend along (what was Bonnie up to? Witches gotta eat!) and pretend as if you're there for other reasons. Sheesh!

Overall, a somewhat slow episode that gave us more background into Katherine and moved certain pieces into place. It's Stefan/Elena vs. Katherine/Caroline, with Damon caught in between, and a newly-angered werewolf stewing on the sidelines.

Call it a game of cat-and-mouse, or just call it the set stage for whatever The Vampire Diaries has in store next week. We can't wait to find out. How about you? Sound off now in our show forum and/or comment below!

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I have a question. If Katherine wants Stefan so bad WHERE was she for the past- oh I don't know- 145 YEARS when he was SINGLE? Talk about waking sleeping beauty.

Well-thats-too-bad

"How unpopular was Jenna in high school?!? She hosts a barbecue so Alaric can get to know a few of her friends... and the only person to show up just moved back to town a couple weeks ago? Ouch." i totally wrote about this in my first comment but idk why it wasn't posted. but i am pretty much sure damon compelled jenna into throwing it. after all, it was pretty deliberate as to what the bbq was all about.

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I totally want Stefan and Kathrine to get together. "I love you, Stefan.We will be together again.I promise" That scene was great.

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I miss the badass Damon. I want him back.

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Why Stefan? Why now?
If she does love him so why didn't Katherine come back for him in the past couple of years?
She must want something else, as she did live quite well without him for about a century or so.

Bam

I love the way ya'll write reviews at TV Fanatic! That being said I think the review was a little too flattering considering the show we saw. Firstly, Damon's gone from being a sexy beast to a boring grown up. And is it just me who finds this unrealistic: when he found out Kat wasn't in the tomb, he had a real breakdown, but when he found out Kat had betrayed him for 150 years, had in fact NEVER loved him, and when he ruins the only relationship he has ever cared for in a century (his friendship with Elena) he bounces back to boring Damon next ep? Ugh. Where's the fire cause of this? And the flashbacks were messy. Some were unnecessary. The whole thing was blown out of proportion, esp Kat's meeting with Elena. They made it sound like such a big deal in the promo, but it was what, 15 seconds? Finally, what about Elena's book? The one Damon found? I know they handle one issue at a time, but wouldn't Elena have cracked it immediately? Other than the above flaws, it was still a decent ep. But above all, I wish they'd GIVE DAMON MORE SEXY SCREEN TIME!

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Katherine won’t murder Elena.
She will simply set up her death and not have any part in actually metaphorically "pulling the trigger".
She will mastermind it, like a car crash or something :)
Then she will achieve her goal in killing off the competition and trying to win back Stefan

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I loved this episode, but i did actually find myself hoping that it was damon in her room rather than stefan... and i kinda wanted him to kiss katherine for real, just to mix things up a bit cos stephen's character is a bit boring at the moment, and because the way katherine loved stefan is the same way Damon loves Elena, so it could work... It would be fun to see stefans character go off the rails a bit. The scene with mason, alaric and damon was so funny especially the loan wolf vs. lady killer digs. Ahh cant wait til next week :)

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"If she actually murders Elena, the odds of Stefan actually falling for her are lower than Mason Lockwood Facebook friending Damon." LMAO this makes me laugh so much

The Vampire Diaries Season 2 Episode 4 Quotes

Stefan: Why are you back in town?
Katherine: Three reasons: you, you, and you.

I could rip you to shreds and do my nails at the same time.

Katherine
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