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The Vampire Diaries Season 5: Grade It!

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The Vampire Diaries is taking a break. And, some might say, it's a well-needed break.

The first part of The Vampire Diaries Season 5 focused a great deal on breaking Bonnie free from The Other Side, while the past few episodes delved into Damon's demons and Katherine's aging process.

Which storylines jumped out, in either a positive or negative fashion? Who has been the most entertaining character? The last entertaining?

At the approximate midway point of the season, let's fill a new Vampire Diaries report card, shall we? Sound off with your overall take a grade below...

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Best Character: Tessa. Also, Craziest Character. Janina Gavankar imbued this ancient witch with humor, heart and, yes, a great deal of nuttiness. She made a terrific exit, played a critical role for a few weeks and then killed herself. A solid, enjoyable arc all around.

Worst Character: Bonnie. Sigh... where to begin? This distinction is partly based on the frustration that no character ever truly dies on The Vampire Diaries, which lowers the stakes a great deal. But far too much time was dedicated to resurrecting Bonnie, only for her to return and scarcely play a role on the subsequent installments. Sort of says a lot about where she stands, doesn't it? The show should have just let Bonnie go.

Bonnie with a Haircut

Best Episode: The Vampire Diaries Season 5 Episode 3, "Original Sin." Stefan was back, but this was our introduction to Qetsiyah, whose praises I just sang above. She was the driving force behind an episode that revealed a whole lot of backstory, yet remained focused on the background of Silas and what he's doing in Mystic Falls.

Worst Episode: The Vampire Diaries Season 5, Episode 11. Perhaps falling victim to the expectations TVD raised over the years, this midseason finale provided the same cliffhanger as an episode from just a few weeks earlier: is Katherine dead? It didn't really introduce any engrossing storylines to follow up on in 2014, either.

Most Undeveloped Storyline: We all thought/hoped Matt would finally be featured in a prominent arc when Gregor inhabited his body... only for the Traveler to be killed via special knife and Matt simply return to serving drinks at The Grill.

Best Advice: Elena to Jesse: "First rule of being a vampire is realizing how awesome you are."

Werewolf We Miss the Most: Tyler. You rocked on The Originals, but just for one episode. There's gotta be something Julie Plec and company can find for Tyler to do, right? In either New Orleans or Mystic Falls?

Hopes for 2014: Kill off Katherine. She's been on the verge of death for far too long. It's time to finally cut bait with Nadia's now-human mother. Also: Put Stefan and Caroline together... put Jeremy back in a wifebeater... give Matt something to do aside from collecting tips... stop making characters take over the bodies of other characters... no more dopplegangers!

Overall Grade: D.

YOUR turn, TV Fanatics. What grade would you give The Vampire Diaries Season 5 so far?

 

Matt Richenthal is the Editor in Chief of TV Fanatic. Follow him on Twitter and on Google+.

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    too many damn breaks. three episodes in after the first break and they are already taking another month. get it together!

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    Delena break up is the only good thing this season. They are ruining the show , seem so forced. And no, Bonnie isn't the worst character, it's Elena. Hope she goes back to Stefan and stop acting like a bitch. I want some explanation for her behavior. Stefan is the best character, Damon completely pointless.

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    Was super disappointed with Damon and Elaina's breakup, but I have hope they will get back together. As long as they don't put Elaina back with stefen I will continue to enjoy the show! Otherwise it will become a bore stefen and elaina are just boring to watch! And I love Damon he is my favorite!! Kathrine...I don't really care one way or another. Bonnie needs to be more defined in her roll right now I'm not seeing a reason to have brought her back. Matt I love that he's still human but he really needs something good! Where did the werewolves go?? And yes a new plot with the travelers!?! Would be great get out of the witchy drama circles! Worst character for me is stefen...he can't be gotten rid of because of main character status but spice him up! He was a great character when claus was around and lexi but without them he's too much like edward from twilight and that movie was an extreme flop in my opinion.

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    a B purely because i like the idea that delena broke up because Damon is the one the broke up with her and written properly because these two still love each other it could be a really good angle .Damon has done so much good and he doesnt realize it .he stood by Elena always and rescued her hes forever been there for her .he just doesnt realize that

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    mostly agree, besides the katherine part. I think katherine is still stefan's best match.elena and damon are my fav couple on tv, thats until i see klaus with carolin. Bonnie is my least fav character lets give her a good ending so jesse could be free again. I agree lets Bring some werewolf, vamp collaboration, maybe against the agustines in the future

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    I do not agree with one thing....Bonnie ..in my opinion shouldn't have been killed in the first place .Without her TVD loses that Witchy aspect that many of us love .it just loses its magic .And i agree Katherine should die.Super annoyed that bonnie came back to life but lost here powers and hasn't been shown in like 3 episodes..They should give bonnie her powers back seriously :/

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    matt has some great scenes to but i miss Tyler alot he belongs back with Caroline

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    i loved Delena and still have hope they could get back together and i agree Bonnie was really good in all her scenes very compassionate and kind and caring .but im sick and tired of people saying Damon stole elena away from Stefan he broke up with elena and Damon has done so much for her saved her rescued her stood by her .i wish they had shown Damon taking Elena out on a date a few times and maybe to a favorite spot .couples things ect .all and all a good season so far probably a B

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    I agree, no more dopplegangers. Katherine is an interesting angle to be explored not removed. We should see some more Tessa from the other side. I think Bonnie's role will become clear and it's cool that Matt is still human in this skewed world of Mystic Falls where everyone either dies from a ''wild animal attack'' or becomes one. And why hasn't anyone addressed the Augustine vampires plot? It's the new direction the show is taking, a Blade-like plot of vampires hunting vampires is refreshing from the trips to the volt of old witches and their obsessions (the Mikaelson's mother turning them to well...you know, Tessa, Silas and so on). Now I'm looking forward to exploring the scientific plot where the vamps will become the prey. The defeat of Silas, return of Bonnie, Damon's realisation that although he has the gurl now it doesn't look like he'll keep her, how Stefen seems to be moving on and seeing Katherine vulnerable....maybe it's the weed but I'm enjoying this midseason finale better than the last season.

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    I agree, no more dopplegangers. Katherine is an interesting angle to be explored not removed. We should see some more Tessa from the other side. I think Bonnie's role will become clear and it's cool that Matt is still human in this skewed world of Mystic Falls where everyone either dies from a ''wild animal attack'' or becomes one. And why hasn't anyone addressed the Augustine vampires plot? It's the new direction the show is taking, a Blade-like plot of vampires hunting vampires is refreshing from the trips to the volt of old witches and their obsessions (the Mikaelson's mother turning them to well...you know, Tessa, Silas and so on). Now I'm looking forward to exploring the scientific plot where the vamps will become the prey. The defeat of Silas, return of Bonnie, Damon's realisation that although he has the gurl now it doesn't look like he'll keep her, how Stefen seems to be moving on and seeing Katherine vulnerable....maybe it's the weed but I'm enjoying this midseason finale better than the last season.




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