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The Vampire Diaries Review: Monsters, Mothers and Mr. Hyde

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The Vampire Diaries treated viewers to a trick-filled installment on Halloween night, one filled with multiple storylines, a lot of exposition and at least one mother of a surprise.

Seriously, we all knew Katherine Pierce was one bad motherf-cker... but who would have guessed she truly was one bad mother? F-cker!

Let's start there in this rundown of The Vampire Diaries Season 5 Episode 5 ...

Damon as Henry VIII

Points to The Vampire Diaries for remaining true to Katherine's backstory. And no, I'm not just referring to her chopping off of poor Uncle John's fingers.

We were told a long time ago that Katherine gave birth to a girl deemed "illegitimate" and was therefore banished to England, where she met Klaus and Elijah and the rest is globe-trotting, Doppleganger history.

But does anyone really care to see his history resurrected in the form of Nadia? Katherine has never really been a real character. She's been used as plot device again and again, showing up whenever the writers needed to find a convenient way to move the story forward.

And, my goodness, she just won't die! Yes, the show winked at this fact through every reference to Katherine "dodging the diabolical," but seriously. It's time for her to go.

I was hoping Silas would drain her, that he'd come alive via The Cure (so he could die again, ironic) and then Nadia and her Traveling buddies would wage war against him and Damon and Elena and a whole lot of craziness would ensue.

And, yes, I'm quite certain we're still headed in a crazy direction. (Correction: we've met Tessa, haven't we? The crazy quotient has been filled for a couple weeks now.) I just can't bring myself to care about anything involving Katherine.

She's been too misused over the years and the idea of her VERY long-lost child coming back to save her just seems far too wild and random. Even for The Vampire Diaries.

Let's get the other negative out of the way now: Tyler. Talk about random and misused.

The guy is inexplicably away for months (no cell phone service?!? If cell phones can work in his family's underground maze, they can work in Tennessee), shows up, has a ton of sex with Caroline (damn him!) and then leaves because he must go take down Klaus?!?

Yes, this verifies the theory that those werewolf attacks in New Orleans were committed by young Mr. Lockwood and, sure, I'm excited to see him on The Originals. But why even come back? Why not send Caroline a text? Sry. Off 2 kill Klaus. TTY never!

Would that have been cold? Absolutely. Colder than returning, getting his naked swerve on a few times and then walking away for good, though? I don't think so. Low move, Ty. You don't deserve any Beignets in The Big Easy.

So that's 0 for 2 so far. I'm not intrigued by Katherine as a mother nor did it seem worthwhile to bring Tyler back for a mere TVD cameo.

Ah, but then there's Dr. Wes Maxfield. And now we're getting somewhere!

He's experimenting on vampires? He says Jesse is the "perfect candidate?" He warns Elena people are watching her and her friends at Whitmore and they should pack up and leave? He's the guardian of some mysterious student named Aaron? Interesting... fascinating... question-inducing... awesome. I'm all in. Give me a lot more of this (evil? brilliant? helpful? benevolent?) professor, please.

And a lot less of Katherine never dying.

What did everything else think of the latest Vampire Diaries Season 5 installment? Are you blown away and enticed by this Katherine development? Are you missing the old, memory-filled Stefan? Do you wish Hallmark actually made I'm Sorry Kegs?

And were you excited at the return of Elena's diary entries? Or thinking we should all chip in at this point and buy her an iPad? Sound off below.

Review

Editor Rating: 3.7 / 5.0
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Rating: 3.8 / 5.0 (302 Votes)

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I loved the episode. This season is so good! Better than the previous one at least.
PS: WHY WOULD ANYONE HATE KATHERINE?? For me personally, Katherine is the best character on the show. Without her tvd is NOTHING. Im intrigued to know how she didn't die at the end.
Im excited to see Tyler's interactions with Hayley on the Originals.

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@ Paul

yesss katherine is the best. im glad someone has the same opinion!

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@ mg

Katherine IS the BEST character on the show. Wouldn't even watch if it weren't for her. lol

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@ luka

True say

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OMG what a great episode it is getting so good.... First i love that tyler and caroline are done...YEAH second i LOVE that Damon killed Katherine and in front of Elana i mean didnt she do that to Jeremy last year in front of elana???? its only fair come on people Katherine was an evil bitch that would screw everyone over ... I love that Stephen is memory free and i really think that they should not put him and elana back together..it makes her so fickle and the boys so stupid for going back and forth oh i love you stephen ....no i love you Damon i mean she will look retarded....and they will be just as bad for taking her back going from stephen to damon was understandible because she grew up...plus MAYBE the two dopelgangers keep getting killed every time ...because they ARE NOT suppose to be together because they broke TESSas heart?

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@ cat

So coz Katherine killed Jeremy, she's a bitch?? Howmany times has Damon done that, or do you wanna start counting the number of times Damon has killed people around Elena?? And btw its not Stephen, its Stefan. How does Elena choosing Damon over Stefan mean she grew up?? And how are Stefan and Elena not meant to be? Wtf you saying??

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OMG what a great episode it is getting so good.... First i love that tyler and caroline are done...YEAH second i LOVE that Damon killed Katherine and in front of Elana i mean didnt she do that to Jeremy last year in front of elana???? its only fair come on people Katherine was an evil bitch that would screw everyone over ... I love that Stephen is memory free and i really think that they should not put him and elana back together..it makes her so fickle and the boys so stupid for going back and forth oh i love you stephen ....no i love you Damon i mean she will look retarded....and they will be just as bad for taking her back going from stephen to damon was understandible because she grew up...plus MAYBE the two dopelgangers keep getting killed every time ...because they ARE NOT suppose to be together because they broke TESSas heart?

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OMG what a great episode it is getting so good.... First i love that tyler and caroline are done...YEAH second i LOVE that Damon killed Katherine and in front of Elana i mean didnt she do that to Jeremy last year in front of elana???? its only fair come on people Katherine was an evil bitch that would screw everyone over ... I love that Stephen is memory free and i really think that they should not put him and elana back together..it makes her so fickle and the boys so stupid for going back and forth oh i love you stephen ....no i love you Damon i mean she will look retarded....and they will be just as bad for taking her back going from stephen to damon was understandible because she grew up...plus MAYBE the two dopelgangers keep getting killed every time ...because they ARE NOT suppose to be together because they broke TESSas heart?

Drea xoxo

i rewarded this episode 5/5 on the sole base of my fav character remaining alive on this and the original's (elijah). other than that happy she has her daughter annoyed at the other characters hault in development. for instance tess! HTFF did she not know it was silas!! so unbelievable PLEC!!!!! and silas kill him off. the dr, meh! been there, done that with the guy from last season and other shows/movies. interesting he never appeared then too.... just want katerina, naydia and elijah to become one happy family and move away... =]

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I really wanted that to be the end of Katherine it is so time for her to go and was real happy that it was going to be Damon that helped end her but no she just couldn't die. I realize that there would be no happy ending for Damon and Elena but it would have been nice if they could have a had a couple more episodes of them a little happy together.

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Even though Katherine is pretty much an evil person...I didn't like it when she was begging for her life and Damon still went ahead and killed her (but not really of course). I don't know why, but him doing that bothered me. At least Elena looked a little upset. Anyway. I think it's boring when villians stick around for too long, so it's about time for Silas to go.
Caroline looked adorable in her outfit.
I could hardly concentrate on Tyler leaving because I was too distracted b the ridiculousness that is Elena and Caroline's dorm room. Freshman get a working wood fireplace?! Give me a break!! It basically looks like they are living in the Salvatore mansion. It's hysterical!!

Spindae 2o

ohhhhhh I love VD for being a show full of OMG moments. Really didn´t see Nadia being a Petrova nice twist! The past comes always back for you. Especially if you are a Petrova. But Katarina now has a 500 year old Vamp to protect her. WHO THOUGHT DAMON WILL GO THIS FAR TO WIN ELENA`s HEART FOR GOOD(how could Elena leave him after bringing Bonnie back, smart Boy)!
The Silas drama was nice developt this week. Diabolic Silas is great. The scenes of him manipulating Tessa were priceless. But I knew Damon would go through and bring him back.
Aaron and Dr Maxfield are a nice combo and I love thier dynamic. Believe they will have a big impact on season 5B.
I really don´t know why Tyler isn´t dead. So boring! But maybe his impact on The Originals will be better than this. Probably will kidnappe Hayley or the baby.

Stakeinurheart

Ok the person who wrote this review is obviously an idiot! The whole damn reason MANY people watch this show is Katherine! She is badass and we love to see her sassiness! So get it through your thick skulls! She isn't gonna die any time soon! As for Nadia being her daughter, I CALLED IT!!! Woohoo

Drea xoxo
@ StakeInUrHeart

IKR!! without katerina this show wouldn't have survived!!

Ilkvomit

Ohhh please......Tyler is a bitch and i hope i don't see his lame ass on the originals.

The Vampire Diaries Season 5 Episode 5 Quotes

Don't piss off the diabolical ones.

Katherine

The more I have to think about, the less time I have to miss Bonnie.

Elena
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