The Vampire Diaries Review: Hunt. Prey. Kill.

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Elena: He described you as a monster.
Stefan: That's what I was.

Typically, The Vampire Diaries saves its biggest cliffhanger for last. On "The Dinner Party," however, there were twists and turns around every commercial corner, from a shocking death, to an afterlife lesson from an unexpected source, to a witch-on-witch attack, to a naked bathroom surprise.

Let's tackle the exciting episode, intriguing quote by intriguing quote...

His Dark Past

"I just want you to fight for it." So said Stefan to Elena, following a detailed account of his dark past and how Lexie swooped in, saved the day and played amateur vampire psychologist to both Salvatore brothers.

I must admit: I'm a sucker for all flashbacks. These were especially enlightening, following in the revealing footsteps of my favorite all-time episode, "Blood Brothers," taking viewers further and further into the complicated history of Stefan and Damon. Just great stuff all around, especially the way Stefan relayed the advice given to him and applied it to Elena's desired martyrdom.

"I'm going to help you." Said by Katherine to Damon. Correction: a nude, dripping wet Katherine to Damon. Thank you, Vampire Diaries! It's about time some of us guys got a bit of eye candy!

Katherine is clearly an intriguing character, played impressively by Nina Dobrev. But it's almost impossible to keep track of her plots, schemes and allegiances at this point.

I'll save any final judgment and analysis until the season is complete and we see where all this went. But if she's serious about wanting to help the good guys here, why did she come back in such a mysterious manner? Why not return and be honest and offer to help? Then again, she may not be serious about this claim and... well... see what I mean? I'm happy to just go with it for now, but the show does need to be careful with throwing out surprises just for the sake of surprises.

When this storyline is over, let's hope we can retrace Katherine's steps and her motives will remain the same.

"Leave the dagger in." A lesson well learned by Damon regarding how one kills an Original. I'm not too ashamed to say I yelped out loud at Elijah's death. I did not see that coming.

Well, his first death. When I thought he was actually dead. You've gotta love how The Vampire Diaries is so enjoyably chaotic that it kills off the same character twice in a matter of minutes. If this is the last we see of Elijah (and is anyone willing to take that bet? I predict they revive him when Klaus arrives), kudos to Daniel Gillies (friend of the site!). He did a great job portraying Elijah as a calm, collected, frightening menace.

"He took my powers." Poor Bonnie. Readers asked why I didn't comment much on her kiss with Jeremy a week ago, but there simply wasn't much to say. It was easy to see this relationship coming and then it happened. Good for them. Not much to report. That isn't the case anymore.  What is a witch without her powers? What lengths will Jeremy go to in order to help? It will be interesting to see how this plays out.

"Ouch!" Pretty much what Elena screamed out when she stabbed herself in the gut with that dagger. Talk about another shocker. Never call the Doppleganger's bluff. Duly noted.

What did everyone else think of the episode? Will you miss Elijah if he's gone? And did Alaric make a mistake by killing him? Klaus is still coming, after all... 


Editor Rating: 4.7 / 5.0
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Yea baby,The show iz heating up. Now kat is bac & things is gonna get crazy!


I yelped too when Elijah died the first time and was not too happy when he died the second. Loved seeing Lexie again wish she hadn't been killed. I am a little taken aback because last week Tyler left, this week Elijah died (twice) if they love, so my favorite characters left are Caroline and Katherine.


great episode but big plot hole , Elijah compelled katherine so surely he could have compelled Damon to tell him everything he was planning at the dinner party. But no i didnt see Elijahs death coming.. both of them lol I love TVD. And yay Katherine is back out! Unleash the DOBREV!


ALSO. It was really stupid of Alaric to give his ring to John.
That canNOT end well, since VD has no apparent problem killing characters.


FINALLY! Alaric had something to do!
It was brilliant the way he killed Elijah (the first time).
But even the second time, I really did NOT see that coming. I love how Katherine's back out.
I can't wait to see how to work out Elena/Katherine scenes!
It's possible she's just going to want to find the moonstone again and run back to Klaus.
That's probably why she's staying. Overall, epic episode.


I loved this edisode, so sorry Elijah was killed, I really liked him, he was a real cool character. I noticed quite a few contradictions and vague things that happened. For instant in the flashbacks how could John Gilbert have wrote in his journal that Stefan was going to kill him, obviously he didn't or else he couldn't have wrote it. So what did happen? Plus Damon seemed concerned about Stefan when he talked to Lexi(great to see her again) but we all know,from previous episodes that he hated him and has caused him misery for 145 years. Lexi told Stefan he was a ripper when she saw his victims, but yet when Stefan first brought a girl to Damon to feed on, he made 2 small neat punctures in her neck. Quite confusing but a great episode anyway.


OMG, Loved this episode! I couldn't believe all the twists and turns, it was awesome. I just hope that Elena understands now that she has to live and have a future with Stefan. Their love is so amazing and that needs to keep going strong. Katherine can be with Damon now that she's out and all will be great!


That was the best episode yet! So exciting and full of twists and turns!


I think there is only one dagger and I also think it have to have an other way to kill and original. Elijah said he would take care of Klaus and I don't think he was talking about stab him with a dagger which could be remove anytime. That's why they will need Elijah and put the dagger out...
But if I must propose something I think even an Original could not survive if he is reduced to ashes/put un a mixer, decapitated...I don't know but I really don't see their head grow back, even the Originals...So my guess is that if they nutralized Klaus with the dagger, then they're free to destroye his body...but all we can do is wait and see!


I hope Elijah shows up again, he was a smooth scary vampire! His witch friends will probably figure out where they hid the body and revive him and very pissed off I'm sure..Something tells me they will need him to fight Klaus. That was a total surprise when Alaric killed him the first time, but he needs his ring back!

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The Vampire Diaries Season 2 Episode 15 Quotes

Damon: You sound about jealous. Does he sound about jealous?
Andie: You kind of do.

Damon: You get anything out of Elijah?
Alaric: No, it was boring. Of course, Jenna thinks he's charming.