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The Vampire Diaries Review: Another Game-Changer!

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After a break that felt like an eternity, even by the standards of our favorite undead characters, The Vampire Diaries returned in vintage fashion Thursday night.

"Know Thy Enemy" showcased all that we love about TVD: Deception, betrayal, shocking twists, things you didn't even know were possible and Damon shirtless.

One of my frequent issues with the show is that there's almost too much going on. This seemed true at the onset last night, but things blended together perfectly.

Let's break down the major storylines, where we stand and what's next:

Questioning Isobel

Isobel returns, lies a lot and eventually dies! Man, does it get any harder to figure out what's really going on than when Isobel, John and Katherine are ALL plotting?

Elena's biological parents (something that's still hard to wrap your head around) say that all of their actions were geared toward making sure Klaus didn't know about her.

Sounds almost sweet. BUT, Isobel then reveals to Katherine that she made a deal with Klaus to keep her safe if they give him the doppelganger and the moonstone. Gulp.

Katherine stumbles upon that very gem in the worst hiding place ever (we'll forgive this only for the ensuing Damon scene), building the suspense for the double-cross.

Or should I say double-double-cross?

Isobel has a giant witch dude kidnap Alaric, then temporarily "kills" John - I loved Damon's nonchalant reaction - in a plan orchestrated so Katherine can kidnap Elena.

THEN, naturally, she calls Katherine and drops the hammer. She was playing Kat too. The giant witch appears to abduct Katherine, while Elena is saved by her mom.

Of course, Klaus is the true puppet master in all of this, having compelled her the entire time, but Isobel follows it up with her first-ever act of selflessness ... or was it?

It's unclear if Klaus also prompted her shocking demise, but in any event, she tore off her necklace and let the sun incinerate her, fittingly standing over her own grave.

One death down, two to go.

I thought this was a great way to end Isobel's role in the saga. She redeemed herself (somewhat, maybe) while boosting John's status in Elena's mind as well.

To think, he was actually the good guy in all of this. Only compared to two huge blood-sucking liars, sure, but hey. Can Elena really trust him going forward, though?

Another interesting development in the aftermath: Damon and Stefan signing the Salvatore house over to Elena. Why do I not think that's an airtight plan?

Swirling Leaves

Bonnie can kill an original, but it'll kill her too! Upon finding the ancient burial ground, Bonnie harnesses her predecessors' power so that she may one day off Klaus.

The only caveat? If she uses too much witch power at once, she herself will die. Obviously, taking down the oldest vampire in the history of time will require every last bit.

This is a great development, as it sets the stage for Bonnie making the ultimate sacrifice for others, as Elena as already vowed to do. She seems hell bent on doing so, too.

It would also make sense that Klaus' death, if that occurs, comes at a heavy personal cost for the show's core characters. On a side note, how cute are she and Jeremy?!

Matt sold out Caroline! I absolutely love this twist, because Matt just got really interesting. Guess what Caroline revealed in the previous episode was simply too much.

I still never expected he had this in him though. After making Caroline tell him everything, playing on her own emotions and guilt, he asks that she compel him to forget.

Only Matt was strung out on vervain and only acted like he was compelled! He's in cahoots with Caroline's mom, and reveals all of C's secrets to the sheriff at the end.

Caroline and Matt, much as I like them, were somewhat fringe characters at times. Now they find themselves enmeshed in a plot line that could be fascinating to watch.

Matt Donovan Photo

Oh yeah, and Klaus is in Alaric's body! The episode could have ended with Isobel's death, Bonnie's revelation and Matt's meeting with Sheriff Forbes and been great.

This is The Vampire Diaries, though, and we were thrown another jaw-dropping cliffhanger to top it all off. Like Matt, Alaric is suddenly back in the mix unexpectedly.

Unlike Matt, he doesn't know it. That's because in the closing moments, the huge witch who kidnapped Katherine is seen casting an elaborate spell on 'Ric, then kneeling.

Bowing down was a great touch. It said everything while saying nothing. Is that ... no ... it can't be! What a well-conceived way of introducing Klaus ... Klalaric ... whatever.

Klaus greeting Katherine with an entirely different voice from Alaric's body was a shockingly eerie way to end the episode and a great precursor to the coming weeks.

Alaric has to be doomed now, right? It's hard to see this ending well, given that we know Klaus will be arriving in earnest soon enough. But on TVD, you just never know.

What's Klaus' goal in possessing Alaric? Does it get him closer to Kat/Elena without exposing himself? Will this ultimately fail, thus leading to him actually showing up?

So many unanswered questions, so much to debate. All I know is that for all the confusing twists and turns "Know Thy Enemy" took, it was a great ride throughout.

What did you think of last night's Vampire Diaries? Were you expecting any or all of these developments, and what do you see happening next week? Discuss below!

Review

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Bella21

No round table this time? To bad, loved reading that ! :)

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Ok, so does this mean that Matt & the Sheriff know Tyler is a werewolf?

Bubumaelou

I DON'T WANT ALARIC TO DIE! :((

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@Ray STFU and sit down! Bonnie is an amazing character, you're just a hater who is afraid for your ship. Delena is OTP and Bonnie is not going to go between them. Bonnie please Live!!!!! You can't die ;_;

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Loved this episode. Damon...mmmm....muffled said bout him lol. And I seriously thought Klaus, when sitting in the chair and he witch doing his chant, I thought he was Alaric's doppleganger. I was freaking out to my fiance. I was like "what!? How many dopplegangers are there?! Maybe that's why he needs a doppleganger for the spell?! Weird!!" And then I realized that Alaric was kidnapped by the chanting witch so it must be that klaus' blood was kept with his essence in it and then transfused into Alaric. I liked the other idea better lol. Great episode though. However, Matt is seriously pissing me off. I like Caroline and if her mom kills her because she's a vamp, I'll be really angry lol. Can't wait for next weeks episode

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Thats disgusting how could anyone pair up damon and bonnie? :S They have no chemistry what so ever in the show. Really... like seriously thats disturbing

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i must agree to ray, bonnie is kinda mean and unfair

Fortyseven

Wow! Humour, plotting, surprises, heartfelt conversations. Isobel shouldn't count as a death. My speculation Matt, Caroline, Tyler-1 or 2 will die
Katherine, Elena- 1 might die
Bonnie, Jeremy- 1 will die
Alaric, Jenna- 1 might die

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DIE BONNIE DIE!!!! I can't stand her because she acts like STEFEN is a SAINT, and No matter how NICE DAMON is to her she is still NASTY to Him! I think though it will be the death of one of two MAIN CHARACTERS~~~HOWEVER, if it is who I think, they will not Remain DEAD! In the Series of Books, in Early Book it is Elena that DIES, to save Damon & Stefen! Damon Begs her to please not forget him and please find a way back to Life! If U read the Book, She did come back! Then, in the New Book that came out In March 2011 part 3 of The Return~~~Damon Dies to Save Fells Church, Elena, Bonnie, everyone! As He is dying He admits his LOVE to Elena, and Crying her Eyes out, Elena admits her LOVE for Damon right in front of Stefen! Elena is begging Damon not to die, not to leave her, that she can't imagine a world without him in it! He begs her to just let him shut his eyes for a moment! As he is dying, Elena begs him never to forget her, never to stop loving her! He says I could never forget you My Love, My Princess, my One and only person I have ever Loved! He ask her to never forget him and never stop loving him! She says that she won't, and then she ask Damon to Please come back, to fight and find a way back to life to Her! He says ok, but first I must rest my eyes for a while! He dies, Elena holding him in her arms, she is crying and saying, NO Damon, U an't leave me, please don't, Please stop playing a joke, I know you like playing! Stefen tells Elena that Damon is Dead! Later, Elena ask Stefen if he thinks Damon will try to come back, Stefen reminds Elena of Her and Damon same Conversations years before when she was dying, and that she found a way back to life, that if Damon can, he will too! Then, LJ Smith takes The reader to the tree where Damon Died, Ashes falling over the ground, over a corpse, , a body with no heartbeat,, not breathing,, no brain activity, yet somewhere in there was a slow pulsing , made up of a memory of a girl with dark blue eyes and golden hair, and another small face with dark brown eyes, and the TASTE, the taste of two Maidens tears~~~Elena-Bonnie! Putting the two together formed not a picture or exactly even a thought, but it might be translated to mean that Someone is waiting for Me, if only I can remember who I am! That sparked determation, after what seemed many years, yet only a few hours something moved in the ashes in the woods, the fist clenched. Then a stirring in the brain, a remembrance. A Name. DAMON. With that said, If Damon dies, he will return, if Elena dies, she will return, Julie Plec reminds us that what they do use from the books do not have to be in a certain order! Also the fact that it has already been said that Stefen and Caroline will get closer~~~either of these deaths could or may happen at the Last Day! And we also know that Julie says Delena is in the Future of the show!!!! I still don't like Bonnie, she is just not fair! Nice to Stefen, hateful to Damon, so let Bonnie DIE!!!

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Wow, an amazing episode! So many twists and turns! The only thing I didn't like is there was not much romance between Stefan and Elena and there needs to be. Want to see Stefan shirtless, who cares about Damon. Also, I saw on the next episode Damon dancing with Elena, WTF is that all about? That needs to stop.

The Vampire Diaries Season 2 Episode 17 Quotes

Don't mistake the fact that we haven't set you on fire in your sleep for trust.

Damon

I'll be super pissed if you lock me out.

Damon
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