The Vampire Diaries Review: Love Prevails?

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As Tom Hanks told Private Ryan after saving him oh so many years: earn it, Bonnie Bennett. You better earn this second chance at life.

Following a number of wayward Vampire Diaries Season 5 episodes - full of crazy plots twist, dopplegangers pouring out of Damon's ears and, okay, some really hilarious Silas lines - the show finally put one storyline to rest this week.

By putting three bodies in the ground.

Silas is dead. Amara is dead. Tessa is dead. And Bonnie is (sort of) alive. It took a long, meandering time to arrive at this place, with the latest run of episodes bogged down by side characters and crazily complicated backstories. So allow me to reiterte:

You best make this worth our while, Bonnie.

Tessa on TVD

If it's possible for an hour to feature a trio of deaths and one long-awaited resurrection, and yet conclude without feeling like much was really accomplished, The Vampire Diaries Season 5 Episode 7 pulled it off well.

Because that really is all that went down this week: two characters killed themselves, one because she was sick of living and the other because she's crazy in love, and Stefan finally got his revenge against Silas.

Granted, it was definitely nice to get some insight into all Stefan went through while trapped in that safe and it was definitely moving when he admitted he wanted to see both Elena and Damon's faces when the door was finally. I complained in my review of The Vampire Diaries Season Episode 6 that the series has gotten away from character development, so I do need to note the focus here on Stefan's inner turmoil.

That said... those three are goners and Bonnie is now the anchor for The Other Side.

Someone could easily have not watched this installment, be informed of those facts and be instantly caught up, ready to view The Vampire Diaries Season 5 Episode 8.

Which is okay I guess. Especially when Damon is making references to crazy island dwellers and their volleyball pals and Silas is lamenting the price of gas. At least as the storylines have become more convoluted, The Vampire Diaries quotes have become funnier. A lot funnier.

But I didn't feel anything when Silas was saying goodbye to Amara... or when Amara stabbed herself... or when Tessa took her own life. And I simply felt relief when Bonnie was brought back, not any kind of joy. Did anyone doubt this would actually take place? And, sorry, but does anyone really care about Bonnie?

I'll wait to reserve judgment on what the consequences of her feeling all supernatural deaths will be, but I can't say it's the most exciting cliffhanger. Nor is Stefan collapsing due to his memories of being submerged in water for three months.

So let's not call this episode filler. Let's call it a house cleaning. The side characters that infused the series with some humor but who mostly overstayed their welcome are now gone. Bonnie is back. Stefan has regained his memories. Let's shift focus, shall we, Julie Plec?

Dr. Maxfield is involved in some intriguing stuff at Whitmore. And let's not forget that there's an entire person inside Matt. Those storylines have potential. Let's hone in on them and leave this Other Side mumbo jumbo alone for awhile.

What did everyone think of "Death and the Maiden?" Were you affected by any deaths? Did you shed any tears over Bonnie hugging Caroline and Elena? And a sitcom based around Damon's home life? Sold! What should it be titled?


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And Kudos to Janina(Tessa), her portrayal made Tessa real fun to watch, and Paul and Kat to, they made a crappy plot(TVDs low point in terms of writing by far) actually watchable.


1. You must be really ignorant about the TVD fandom if you think no one cares about Bonnie.
2. House Cleaning, Spot On.
3. After a house Cleaning Ep, were left with the most interesting parts. Stefan's PTSD( A real and Relatable Human problem, the show needs more emotion right about now, since for the majority we've been stuck in this mythology garbage.)
We're left with Bonnie being Back, and Kat being left with some great material for her acting chops, but I fear the writers are going to bring in more convoluted crap to solve BonBons problem, hopefully not.
Olga and Katherine, can work. And if played right, I can see Olga having a future. Or maybe I'm a sucker for the two sexy brunettes :).


americans dont have brain or what? mythology is the best part of TVD and that what makes it interesting. if ur looking for humty dumpty love story there are plenty of other show.


VD was once a must watch show for me, sadly its becoming more redundant by the week and I think I will soon be done with it. We're several episodes into a over complicated and convoluted season which has focused on 2 of its main actors playing 5 characters all focused on brining ANOTHER dead person back to life in Bonnie, a character which fans have never really connected with in the first place. Damon, once the show stealer in nothing morr than Elenas little pony who basically plays the part of filling the audience in with whats going on. Most tv shows go on to long (I don't even know of True Blood is still about as I gave up on that) and I feel VD has now gone down this route. Its become less about the characters and more about the twists and turns yet they are hardly full of suspension now given that pretty much anyone can be brought back to life making a show about blood thirsty vampires kinda pointless.......sorry


one other thing I never thought of until now. because when Alaric came back (after bonnie let the veil down) jenna never did which they all implied she had gone on to find peace but she died as a vampire so I don't understand why she wouldn't have gone to the other side where all of the other supernaturals are


it definitely makes sense when amara was still locked in their basement and she said "I remember every face" because Jeremy had died and must have gone through amara (which I imagine bonnie and matt and Alaric must have too) and then when she freaked out and didn't want bonnie to touch her because obviously she has had millions of dead supernaturals going through her and giving her pain.


I am glad that finally silas Amara and Tessa are dead, now I hope they are gonna focus on the original characters Damon Stefan and Elena . and I am really sad about Bonnie being her the anchor and that she had to pain with every death,especially after she is mention that she don't want to get pain , but on the bright side now she back to life and we gonna see her as roommate for Caroline and Elena .now I can understand why Amara wanted to die so badly , she is in pain for two thousand years , and all that because Tessa Jealousy (unbelievable).
I feel that the episode 8 it's gonna be the real start for season 5 because the first 7 episode it was to complete the story of the season 4.


For now Damon is the only character worth to watch for this reason in my point of view. Damon do not have a doppelgagner, (as far as we know he does not, and I hope the writers do not go that way, Katherine and Elena are enough), he is like the pilar in the series. He is like the middle person that everyone calls for to find help, I mean u see Damon talking to everyone to ask for help, or he goes everywhere to look for solutions, he is always there helping or hurting people, I mean. The characters rely on him for almost everything and he is the one everyone call when they need something that he knoes he can accomplish or at least convince people to do it. Damon is super important in my opinion, He is always tehre for everyone for the bad or the good people


I'm only glad that Bonnie is back for Jer's sake, because I really enjoy him and his character deserves some happiness! Other than that, I could care less. She's always been the most useless character. I actually enjoyed having Silas around, his character was really funny all the time. But it only makes sense to end this way I guess. I can't wait to see what happens next with Dr. Maxfield and that whole storyline. We really need to return to Matt. They hyped up how interesting his story was supposed to be this year and we've only gotten bits and pieces. I'm still crossing my fingers that we'll get that Caroline and Stefan hook up as well. Then maybe Damon and Elena will have the fighting chance that they deserve!

@ Amy Lynn

How is bonnie useless when she helps them all the time with spells. I agree with you about caroline and stefan though.


I disagree this episode was brilliant. Just because you dont like bonnie doesnt mean everyone doesnt. Shes one of my favourite characters so glad shes back. Her and Jeremys scene's are the best.

@ bonnie lover

She's the epitome of a plot device. They can find another witch anywhere. And mainly, I just find her incredibly boring.

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The Vampire Diaries Season 5 Episode 7 Quotes

Elena: We have a situation.
Damon: Of the Doppleganger variety.

Guys, we were both immoral. And now we're not. Hello?!?


The Vampire Diaries Season 5 Episode 7 Music

  Song Artist
The aquatones you You The Aquatones iTunes
The national dont swallow the cap Don't Swallow The Cap The National iTunes
Ejecta afraid of the dark Afraid Of The Dark Ejecta iTunes