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.


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Tragically boring. Nothing of the TVD we loved so well visible in this new incarnation of the show with amateur writers at the helm. The emotional thread has been frayed beyond recognition with two-dimensional characters and doppelganger overload. Where are you Kevin Williamson? Your baby has been sucked dry.


Guess who going to New Olreans


Katherine, yes, has been reduced to a plot device convenient whenever the writers need her but, she is the only good thing left on this show (besides Caroline). I don't care about Tyler anymore or forwood, the writers totally ruined that. And that professor experimenting with vampires, gee, i dont know, an evil college professor at university dealing in the supernatural, now where does that ring a bell? Ah yes, BUFFY. *sarcasm*


I love Katherine! especially as a human.
I'm glad the writers didn't kill her,
but I do wonder, why didn't she die?
and wouldn't it be cool to have a Patrova gang? Katherine, Nadya & Elena?


Are you guys serious... Of course I'm not dead. I'm the star of the show. No one wants to watch poor little Elena being taken care of 24/7. I'm a strong independent woman who does whatever needs doing in order to survive. I'm not a victim. Let's get one thing straight, as soon as I die, so too does this whole show. Think about that before you talk so negatively about me.

@ Katherine Pierce

Haha hey Katherine! How's the neck? I'm glad you didn't die!
Now go make out with Stefan and lock the door, you woudn't want your daughter to stumble upon you!

@ Katherine Pierce

WHERE is STEFAN in this story???? :( and I love Katherine as a human, maybe she learned from her mistakes, and makes a better Elena


I thought it was AMAZING when Katherine died at the end of the episode. Really my jaw dropped and it would have been a great way to end her story and get some revenge going from her daughter .. But of course that can't happen! Tyler coming back was so douchey. BUT if him leaving Caroline this final time means he's going to be on te originals I am all in. That would be epic. Next stop Caroline guest starting? I still need to see her and klaus make out ..


I love Katherine! It would suck if she died. SO glad she didnt


I loved this episode! I'm definitely intrigued on Katherine as a mother, the scene were she told her daughter that she went back for her, was one, if not the most, genuine & vulnerable I've seen Katherine! Definitely want to see more so I'm glad she isn't dead. I didn't like Tyler & agree that he should have just stayed away, but now Caroline can finally move past him & not be dwelling on why he isn't calling her back. Maybe pave the way for a Stefan romance?


I'm loving TVD this season! This episode needed a little more Delena and a little less Katherine. Also it's hard to get invested in Tyler when he is never on the show anymore. I say Caroline...move on!


Is it confirmed that Trevino is moving over to The Originals? I checked and could only find references to him being on The Vampire Diaries. No announcements what-so-ever of him being on The Originals.

@ Jrau

Trevino confirmed on one of the tv news columns that he is going to be crossing over to The Originals.

Matt richenthal
@ Jrau

@Jrau - Nope, nothing confirmed. I'm just taking what feels like a very educated guess.
Certainly no confirmation of him leaving the show(s) for good... and he says he wants to go after Klaus... and there was a mysterious werewolf attack on The Originals.

@ Matt Richenthal

It's actually a mysterious hybrid attack on The Originals, since Marcel said there was no full moon.

@ drich61

Michael Trevino will crossover to the Originals, yes. We already saw him there under his wolf's form actually.

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The Vampire Diaries Season 5 Episode 5 Quotes

Don't piss off the diabolical ones.


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