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.


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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Julie Plec tweeted saying that they themselves never said anyone was dying in this episode and most of the hype over a death was from outside sources. She said her and Kevin were upset over this as it cheapen the twist.


TVD just rock, every week i feel bipolar watching this show, so many emotions in such a short time.... I bawled as did a couple of my friends when Bonnie died.. that scene was too real and for sure we thought Bonnie was a goner but as relieved as Elena was when we saw she was alive!!! I can't wait to see what goes down with Elijah and Klaus in the coming weeks, i wish Isobel was alive that was a big bummer... i wanted to see her help her daughter out at the end!!

Van ayson

Nice AT&T plug, guys. Totally natural. so subtle! it spoiled the moment! reminded me to get some mifi!


Loved this episode, absolutely loved it! It was by far one of my favourite episodes. Bonnie just stole the show with her witchy prowess, though I have to say that Klalaric was amazing! The Bamon scenes tonight had me weak at the knees~ I was so excited to see them and they didn't disappoint. It's so nice to see that their relationship is slowly progressing in the right direction. I adore their banter but I think I'd enjoy it so much more if they actually considered themselves friends rather than enemies. I know there's still a long way to go - they were still foes only half a season ago after all - but they're going to get there eventually. Bonnie and Damon have such great chemistry. This episode reminded me why I love Elena and Bonnie scenes. The girls have such a strong relationship and my heart broke when Elena saw that Bonnie was "dead". I miss seeing the relationship they had in season 1. Also, how is it Matt still bores me despite being part of an actual storyline? And Sheriff Forbes is just annoying me now. I understand that she's struggling to come to terms with the fact that her daughter is a vampire, but I feel like her views on vampires are overriding everything else, even her maternal instincts. Caroline is still her daughter, no matter what. I really feel for Caroline, I can't imagine how devastated she will be when all this comes to light.


If I'd already had a hint of someone dying but coming back to life, i'd been all 'oh what a cheap trick to pull.' But because they had hyped the three death thing so much- i was sure three major charaters were goodbye. then based on the photos i realized it was b/w jeremy and Bonnie (i have a new name for them- bonjer- nice huh?) i was sadly thinking- okay i KNOW bonnie's not gonna die- so must be jer- how sad, sob, sniff, sigh. i thought jeremy was cute- especially with bonnie so i did not want him to go.
and when bonnie fell- i'm telling you- till the last minute i was all- it can't be. it's not. I know it's not. The writers cant be so stupid. i kept murmuring, "It can't, it can't, it can't."
then Damon picked her up and put her in the trunk and her eyes were open and i was like- gulp- is it?
Wow. I was thinking, dude- brave move by writers. NOT my predication.
Then Damon gaves that whole speech to Elena and he still makes it sound permanant until the end and i was all," ohhh, right, see i told you!" and Bonnie wakes up and Jer is there and so sweet.
I've decided i do not want Jer to go. But overall- it was indeed on of the best episodes they've had. I'd say cheap cop out-making me think someone was dead when they weren't- but they had me fooled for a good five minutes of show- especially when Damon says all gently, regretfully, quietly to Jeremy, we have to talk...- they shocked me when i didn't think it was possible for them to- so just for that- well, great ep. i enjoyed it a lot.


note to the editors/producers...pls write off Carolines mother, she so annoying...also i perdict the ones that will be killed off is carolines mom, caroline and matt, lets face it that whole thing is just boring


is alaric dead??


i luv stephan & elena but i don't think they can date thru'out d show, they av 2 date oda people even if dey stil end up 2geda. Delena has 2 happen even if 4 a short period


This was another great epsiode by TVD. each week this show get better and better. i am glad i watch this show!!!


I love this episode and is glad that my Elijah is back and I think if they tell him that Bonnie have the power that he would help her anyway possible.

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The Vampire Diaries Season 2 Episode 18 Quotes

I have moves you've never seen before.


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]