The Vampire Diaries Review: Garden of (Getting) Even

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Despite what you may have read on Twitter or been told in The CW promo for "Original Sin," the Ripper did not return to The Vampire Diaries tonight. Stefan managed to suppress his blood thirsty past self.

Instead, viewers were introduced to an entirely different kind of dangerous being: a crazy, controlling, paranoid, dream-implanting, spell-binding witch named Qetsiyah. And she was totally awesome.

Janina Gavankar as Tess

Janina Gavankar (always a TV Fanatic favorite) played this character as both vulnerable and violent, dangerous and deranged. She's not a villain. She's not a protagonist. She's simply a woman scorned... who happens to be a very powerful witch, meaning those that cross her don't end up with their faces cut out of photos.

They end up with their one true love's heart cut out of her body.

Qetsiyah was the driving force behind an episode that managed to be both very focused and very scattered. There was no Bonnie, no Jeremy, no Caroline and only sort of a trace of Matt (more on that below). The hour told just one story, but what a bat $hit crazy story it is....

  • Silas was in love with Amara, the first Petrova Doppelganger. He wanted the two of them to live forever, so he pretended to be in love with Qetsiyah in order for her to make them an immortality spell.
  • Then he stole it. He took it with Amara and Qetsiyah created The Cure in retaliation, which she fed to Amara in what we'll affectionately call The Garden of Getting Even.
  • She then tried to force Silas to take it, but he refused... so she locked him away for 2,000 years and watched from The Other Side (which she also created as a barrier for Silas), growing more and more frustrated when he was freed and The Hunters she sent after him failed to do their job.
  • When Bonnie lowered the veil, Qetsiyah escaped and set her sights on Stefan because she could use his mind to get inside Silas' and prevent him from compelling everyone and their grandmother.
  • Which she succeeded in doing this week... and here we are.

It's complicated stuff. All the exposition bogged down the episode a bit, especially when we're talking more doppelgangers, curses, witches, other sides, lowered veils, shadowed selves, mind compulsion and Travelers. Not exactly your everyday fare.

Yes, this is what often makes The Vampire Diaries so great, its total craziness and off-the-wall storytelling. But the momentum train (choo-choo, right, Damon?) is forced to slow down when viewers must hit rewind multiple times just to make sense of everything. So let's cut to the bottom line here:

Qetsiyah - sorry, not calling you Tessa, that's too simple a name for an admittedly complicated creature - is after Katherine to use her blood as The Cure than can finally kill Silas. And Silas is also after Katherine to purportedly drain her blood and rid the world of The Cure once and for all.

Oh, and the universe wants Stefan to end up with Elena. Or at least the doppelganger who looks like Stefan to end up with the doppelganger who looks like Elena. It's an interesting twist. It throws an interesting obstacle into the whole Delena 4 Eva thing.

Damon has taken on werewolves, hybrids, evil professors, mean uncles, angry hunters, blonde cheerleaders and Jeremy. The guy is good. He's tough and he's got charm that could even make Hayley on The Originals smile. But can he defeat destiny? And is destiny really working against him? Let's remember the source of that revelation here: Qetsiyah. She isn't exactly the most stable individual.

But while Qetsiyah was thoroughly entertaining, the destiny issue casts new questions over the show's perpetual love triangle and I appreciate the tight narrative at play here, I did have two major beefs with the installment:

  1. Enough with various characters taking on the personas of other characters already! It was a lazy storytelling crutch for Silas to constantly fool those around him on The Vampire Diaries Season 4 when he magically appeared as their friends or loved ones and it's a lazy storytelling crutch now to have Gregor inhabit Matt's body... especially because we know nothing about Gregor and Nadia. These Travelers have just been dropped in our laps and Katherine spoke for all of us when she screamed: Who are you and what do you want?!?
  2. The amnesia angle is dumb. Stupid. Ridiculous. Awful It's the most tiresome cliche in the soap opera world and it's rather depressing that The Vampire Diaries would actually resort to it here.

What did everyone else think? Where does "Original Sin" rank among craziest episodes in Vampire Diaries history? Are you buying this Damon vs. Destiny thing? Do you find the amnesia development and mind-numbingly lame as I do? Was Caroline off hooking up with Jesse while all this was going on?

And, seriously, how awesome is Qetsiyah?!


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What annoyed me and stopped me from watching it is that some how the original doppleganger has an American accent and knows perfect English. Even though she was from Europe ? And has been made of stone for ages ?


Not Alea , Amara sorry!


The season really picked up in this episode, but instead of developing storylines introduced over the past seasons, the writing has become really sloppy, especially when it comes to the whole doppelganger storyline. We learned way back in Season Three the origin of the Petrova doppelganger and how important she, or rather her blood is to not only Klaus, but also Esther and any spells she tries to cast. We also learn that wherever she appears history repeats itself, ie she seems destined to destroy the lives of anyone she makes contact with. Way back in Season Two, we learn that Klaus and even Elijah's devastating betrayal of Katerina's trust in England has made her the person that she is. The writers try to salvage at least Elijah's character when he joins forces with her in Season Four (only for him to walk off in disgust when he learns of Jeremy's death), Unfortunately, the writers have abandoned Tatia and her involvement in the Originals fate, in favour of the Silas/ Stefan /Alea/ Elena storyline. They seem to be piling on the stories and even just making them up as they go along.
Klaus and Elijah tell Stefan and Damon about their tragic love triangle with Tatia and refer to her as the originator of the Petrova bloodline doppelgangers. It appears now that not only was she a doppelganger herself, but she was not aware of this fact herself (how could she be), nor were the Original Family. Was Esther aware of Tatia's supernatural origins. Now another storyline has been added to reignite the Stefan /Elena love story (soulmates!) and show Damon he doesn't stand a chance. a) was there a Stefan doppelganger around Tatia's and Katherine's time. As others have written, wouldn't Elena and Damon's love be a good thing as it seems to break the destructive Silas / Alea cycle.


I'm finally catching up n the season and watched the first three episodes over the weekend and this has been my favourite episode of the season. I think the reviewer is being overly critical and is trying to influence the audience.


Alright people are blaming Plec for writing this but she is writing The Originals right now, so someone else wrote this episode. I do agree that this was not my favorite episode and i think that they should at least give Damon and Elena a season together. I also think Katherine is way more interesting now that she is human and the triangle may become a square.


I loved how this episode explained more about the Qetsiyah/Silas/Amara love triangle, and all that stuff with the cure. I'm just a bit confused about how it all fits in with the Original vampires. That is one huge coincidence! The doppleganger from the very first immortal was used to create the next immortals? Wow, that's gonna be hard to justify. The destiny crap about Elena and Stefan being together, even though I hate it, actually leaves a lot of room for a good story line. Maybe it means that Katherine and Stefan will end up together, because she was the one he met first. Maybe it means that Elena will have this whole "fighting destiny" conflict, and she can create her own future by choosing Damon. That would be pretty cute. Overall, Delena HAS to prevail. About 70% of the audience is team Delena, and the writers would never disappoint their fans like that.


Everyone loves Qetsiyah. I have to say I also find her adorable. I want to see more of her. However, she is leaving something out of the story of Amara and Silas. Amara was human when her heart was cut out so she cannot be behind the veil. If Silas takes the cure and he dies then he won't be behind the veil as well. So why didn't Silas take the cure to be with Amara his one true love. Qetsiyah seemed to only want them dead not separated for eternity in the after life. Now I would get the revenge angle if she killed Amara as a supernatural and left her behind the veil and then killed Silas as a human and kept them separated forever but something is not adding up. What are the writers not telling us? The destiny angle, not buying it. If you haven't noticed the Amara doppelgangers are always tied up with two brothers. Tatia was Elijah and Klaus, Katherine was Elijah and Klaus and then the Salvatores and now Elena is in repeat of Katherine. Guess, we'll have to watch.


Now it is said that Elena and Damon love is doomed for what Tessa told Damon, that their love wont last as it is destiny. I mean all the trouble to bring thoe 2 together until now, only to say that their love wotn last? Thatis ridiculous. I mean Elena and Stephan had theri chance at loving each otehr for 2 season almost 3, and now that Damon and Elena are togehter, they wont give them a chance to love each other cause according to the story, their love is not meant to be and may be over soon? Common Julie or the writers give them a chance to be a couple, Elena had her chance with Stephan


Maybe Elena and Damon being together is because one of the doppelgangers (Elena) is finally strong enough to tell the supernatural frackers that have been trying to control her life and the life of everyone else she knows to go to heck.

Drea xoxo

1) if this doopleganger theory is correct then stefan and katherine are meant to be together then not elena. fed up of plec finding some way to make this triangle thing stick!!! ugh we have evolved now please keep up.
2) amnesia meh, the sl was interesting until that part. liking tessa but was obvious who she was when she was introduced. interesting where this is going to go hopefully she'll bring back bonnie and turn katerina back into a vamp and she'll go to NO and find Elijah and awake him and live happily together......
3)the matt story im not complaining finally he has his own sl without the others, give it a chance. wondering how the travellers are connected to this story and interested to what they are categorised as

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