The Vampire Diaries Review: Who Died? Who Returned?

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This is like a horror movie. - My wife, seconds after jumping approximately six inches off the couch following Jonas' last-breath grab of Bonnie.

It's hard to come up with a better way to describe "The House Guest," as it packed violent deaths, a roaring fire, shocking admissions and a surprise return into just one hour.

Before getting to the return of Isobel, the news that shook Matt to his core and the eulogies for Luka and Jonas, let's start with the most pressing question of all: where will everyone eat in the future?!? Losing the Mystic Falls Grill might affect this town more than the demise of any individual ever could.

The House Guest Scene

The episode wasted no time getting into the action, as we opened on Katherine inside the Salvatore mansion, Damon explaining how she escaped the tomb and Katherine trying to explain why: she wants Klaus dead. She knows what he looks like, she knows where he is, they need her.

Don't you just hate it when black bra-donning, 500-year old, diabolical vampires are right?

Later, of course, we learned a lot more about Katherine's scheming and her true reasoning for sticking around. I had to rewind her rundown of the deal with John to Damon, but as I best understand it:

He showed up at the tomb at the conclusion of "Daddy Issues" and told Katherine he and Isobel wanted the Salvatores out of Elena's life. Katherine could assist. In exchange for helping them kill Elijah, she could save one brother. She chose Stefan. For that reason, Elijah gave Damon the dagger and Katherine never revealed to him the fate that would befall any supernatural who used it.

Conceivably, if Katherine had selected to save Damon, John would have given Stefan the dagger... right? As Katherine herself joked earlier in the episode, likely as a wink to viewers: "So many rules. It's all very confusing." Where is all this going? With Isobel's arrival, it's difficult to say. But one thing is for certain:

Informed that Katherine truly didn't care if he died - nay, actually plotted his death! - it looks like Damon has finally gotten over his centuries-old crush. Way to go, D! Might his feelings for Elena actually dissipate now, though? Originally, at least, they were tied into her resemblance to Katherine.

As for those poor witches... Luka and Jonas were great additions to the show and they left us at the perfect time, in the perfect way: via surprising deaths that will likely play a major role going forward. After all, the Gilbert journals spoke of a witch massacre in Mystic Falls, along with the super power one can derive from a witch burial ground. Or simply the site where a witch died in a violent manner.

Hmmm, what two locations now fit that bill? The Salvatore household and the Gilbert household. Come on in, Klaus, we'd love to show you around! Might those be the words of witch wisdom Jonas imparted to Bonnie? Lure Klaus in, do some serious spelling and take advantage of the way in which he and his son perished. Something to keep our eyes on, fans.

Smiling Matt

And then we get to Matt. Poor, confused, innocent, would-have-died-if-not-for-the-blood-of-his-vampire-girlfriend, Matt. I loved his reaction to Caroline's revelation, specifically the call back to Vicki. It makes perfect sense he'd be especially sensitive to the whole vampire thing.

It did feel cheap, however, that the show cut away in the middle of this pair's confrontation. Sort of a lame way to create a cliffhanger. Still, better than The Notebook. (Sorry, ladies!)

But that's my only complaint in what was a whirlwind of an episode. The awful news? No new Vampire Diaries until April 7. The silver lining to the news? Plenty of time to discuss whether Matt will come to grips with what he's learned... what the return of Isobel means... where the witch burial ground is located... how the team will kill Klaus. And anything else that is on your mind.

Let the reactions fly!


Editor Rating: 4.9 / 5.0
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Matt Richenthal is the Editor in Chief of TV Fanatic. Follow him on Twitter and on Google+.


I think they are going to make a huge plot around Bonnie, and i think she is going Rouge/crazy like Willow in Buffy! Place of greta witch power will take over and she will transform into the season 3 main Villian! The ep was good, I think Jenna is going down! And it will probably be Damons mistake, so we have a reason to hate him! :D

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@Mee: Eternal Flame, of course! A classic by The Bangles.


what an amazing epsiode full of action, TVD. is getting better and better good job writers and the whole team....


Can I just say WOW, what an episode, loved it. Still want Tyler back though :)


whats the name of the song caroline sang?


OMG i cannot wait to see this episode in full. I am in australia so it doesn't air til Monday night. All my friends think I'm mad for looking at the spoilers haha, i am so glad Luka and Jonas are dead, is this wack? they annoyed me. Bonnie rocks. Also I love Beremy! They are too cute! I LOVE Damon - he needs some love *when will elena get it?* Matt/Caroline kiss was epic but I hope Tyler comes back, i love him and Caroline better this season. Jenna, can't believe she's trusthing anything John Gilbert says. Even if it is true, I thought she loved Alaraic and hated John. grrr. Nice to see Katherine back even tho sometimes I hate her, but she's an interesting character that always leaves me guessing her true loyalties. Matt and Jenna are still ntohing characters, I don't think Matt should become Vampire either. If you were to kill off more characters they'd be the ones! Isobel coming back, can't wait to see what hell she, John, Klaus and Kat bring. Damon has to deal with so much s*%# it's unfair. Sometime I wish I could jump into the tv and give him a hug, he deserves one. Thanks for your site, I can't live without it.


I just want klaus to be around, in my opinion he will show up in the last two episodes of the season, and i think there will be a major death. It is too easy all the bad guys are dead : elija luka jonas, so who will die in the last episode? I think matt or jenna who are the outsiders, yet alaric. I want tyler to go back, i think is gonna end up with caroline


TVD ALWAYSSSSSSSS!!! nuff said;) loveed the beremy moments and ian somerhalder and nina dobrev as always were kick-ass:) PAUL LOOKED HOOOOOOOOOOT


though i love scenes with damon and katherine, their dynamics is so overpowering...i salute damon for rejecting her...that biaatch has done a lot to hurt him, serves her right.


I mean *out of Elijah*

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The Vampire Diaries Season 2 Episode 16 Quotes

Guess who's coming to dinner?


So, let me guess... in addition to the moonstone, the doppelganger, the lion, the witch and the wardrobe you need to find this witch burial ground.