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The Vampire Diaries Review: Here's to Deception ...

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Leave it to The Vampire Diaries to deliver a terrific episode already filled with tension, emotion and intrigue, then kick it into another gear right before the credits roll.

It's almost as if the episode doesn't begin until around the 8:58 mark.

A week ago, Klaus manifested himself for the first time, possessing in the body of Alaric in the closing moments. Tonight, Elena ended "The Last Dance" with the requisite game-changer.

Theme of the week: How far would you go for someone you love?

Bonnie, apparently, will go the whole way and not think twice about it. While her "death" didn't stick this week, Ms. Bennett has no qualms about sacrificing herself.

The amazing thing is that the reverse is also true. Her desperate resurrection of Elijah shows that she'd rather put herself at greater risk than let Bonnie die killing Klaus.

Alaric / Klaus

While last week's episode, "Know Thy Enemy," threw so many new twists at us that it required considerable effort to make sense of it all, this one was more of a slow-builder.

For a half hour, we knew what was coming. Bonnie, Damon and Stefan were on the lookout, while Klaus, disguised as a lowly history teacher, was coming for Elena.

The only question was how, and whether the spell by his large witch friend Maddox would allow him to withstand Bonnie's powers and eliminate her as an obstacle.

This was his endgame this week, not torturing Katherine or revealing himself for Elena (although he did both). It was all about getting rid of Bonnie for Klalaric.

He accomplished that goal, too ... or so we thought.

Ultimately, and somewhat surprisingly, after a dramatic, spark-filled confrontation, she and Damon pulled a fast one on the oldest vampire in the history of time.

Klaus seemed to fall for this a little too easily, but I'll chalk that up to the limitations posed by taking over a human body and the desire not to push his luck.

[SIDE NOTE: Matt Davis was so awesome tonight. Nina Dobrev consistently does a great job portraying two characters, and it was fun seeing Matt try this out.]

Don't get me wrong, I almost bought that Bonnie kicked it, too. The battle wasn't quite epic enough for a girl with the power of 100 witches to go down in, though.

Plus, it's TVD. The rules change as we go, right?

It's somewhat unclear how Bonnie faking her death fits into the Salvatores master plan. Will she be more effective against him with the element of surprise later?

With Elijah now poised to rise again, will he join the team's bid to Kill Klaus? Or did Elena just allow a total wild card back into the mix when she removed the dagger?

We certainly know where one vampire's allegiances lie. The reveal of Damon's plot to dupe Klaus dovetailed with an emphatic, profound declaration to Elena.

Even his plan saved Bonnie this time, make no mistake, he said: "If it comes down to you and the witch again I will gladly let Bonnie die. I will always choose you."

Wow. His jealousy toward Stefan is always just beneath the surface, but these words - and those eyes - show his attraction to Elena is more palpable than ever.

Elefan

How will it play out? Will Stelena remain intact throughout this season and beyond? Even amid all the mythology revealed in recent weeks, the romantic subplot lingers.

Overall, it was a strong episode with an eerie suspense surrounding Klaus and plenty of emotion as the characters reacted to forces influencing them and to each other.

A few other questions, thoughts and points worth mentioning:

  • Where did Klaus go? Pretty convenient for the death-staging plot that he peaced out so fast. Perhaps Kat's self-mutilation needed some supervision?
  • We've been promised deaths of three strong characters this spring. We've seen two in as many weeks now, but it's debatable if either counts!
  • The Mystic Falls mascot is the Timberwolf? Did we know that before? Speaking of athletic canines, when do you suppose Tyler will return?
  • While popularized much later by Tiffany and Pearl Jam, respectively, "I Think We're Alone Now" and "Last Kiss" were originally '60s hits.
  • Matt and Caroline: Not much to report in terms of plot, but great attire!
  • Damon has such great dance moves, doesn't he?
  • Nice AT&T plug, guys. Totally natural. 

What did you think of tonight's episode of The Vampire Diaries? Discuss!

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Editor Rating: 4.5 / 5.0
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@Max I love your thought comparing OTH and TVD!!! I hope its true bec i want stefan with elena!

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I read the post that said that vampire diaries is similar to dawson creek and i think that your wrong...sorry! In Dawson Creek joey and dawson were best friends since ever thats why they coudlnt end together! ( I am glad she ended with pacey :)). But in vampire diaries its completely different, if we have to compare it to another show it would be One tree hill (even if it is contextually different). Lucas is elena's equal, peyton is stephen and brook is damon (if you look at it, in the first season, brook was a bitch and damon was also an ass,and as the show continued we started ADORING brook and the same goes for damon). But like in One Tree Hill, in the end elena has to be with stephen , like lucas and peyton. (But the producers need to do a thing between elena and damon though cuz he's soooo hot :P)

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Rebecca, your comment was extremely uncalled for, I have to say. You're entitled to your opinion, but lumping an entire fan-base into a stereotype? Nice.

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I really liked this episode... I love "last kiss" and i was totally crazy while watching Damon and Elena dancing it, but ... Here's the deal: I was reading mtv's review and something that caught my eye was the part where they mention something about KLaus being inside of alaric's body, and it is: Klaus is now "human" that's why he could be in the house without being invited in .... But why is he able to compell kat ... Is he only vampire of his eyes for now and the rest is "human" or what is your opinion?

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Okay, so I read the review and skimmed all the comments, but I don't think anyone has addressed my question. Elena revived Elijah in her house. A house that she did not invite him into. Do you think this will cause some repurcussion? Or will it just be a trivial reason (like her removal of the knife is equivalent to a verbal invitation)? I guess that might be something for vampire lore, or maybe it won't even be addressed, but I was just curious what others thought...

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Gosh something has to happen between Elena and Damon!!! I loved it when he said I will always choose you! so romantic and he is wright when saying he is the one who will keep her alive! I mean obviously Stefan wouldn't have the guts to do what he had to cuz like D said he is to worried with collateral damage!

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I didn't like what Damon told Stefan ... Elena eventually will stay alive just because of him..I don't think that's right..How about the episode where Stefan helped Elena to understand that she has to fight?!and without this 18 episode where Damon is "such a great guard" wouldn't happen at all!so don't think that Stefan is a bad defender!He will do anything to protect Elena!

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To whateva HE TOLD ELENA HE WOULD LET BONNIE DIE TO SAVE HER!! They are only working together for Elena's sake. Now it is possible in a distant season that they will be together although both would have to go through a LOT of character change in order for that to happen. And to be honest do you wanna see this Bonnie and Damon together or the Bonnie and Damon from the books, because their is a big difference between the tv show and the books.

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Honestly, I can't stand more then half the Delena fan base. They're so incredibly annoying, nothing more then a nuisance. I greatly enjoyed this episode because it was packed with Bamon. STELENA & BAMON AKA FANTASTIC 4 FTW!

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People, STEFAN AND ELENA ARE DESTINED TO BE TOGETHER! Read the books! I don't know how many times it has to be said.

The Vampire Diaries Season 2 Episode 18 Quotes

I have moves you've never seen before.

Damon

Let me be clear about something. If it comes down to you and the witch again, I will gladly let Bonnie die. I will always choose you.

Damon [to Elena]
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