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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?

 

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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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Best character: KATHERINE!
Worst character: Aaron I think his name is? Dr. Wes nephew or cousin or something...just don't care. Kinda wish Damon killed him too.
Character I can't wait to see more of: Enzo
Main cast that seems useless: Bonnie and Matt - please find something awesome for them to do. Leave the random plot point stuff to Katherine, she rocks at pulling those off. I wish Jesse hadn't died so quick. Would have liked Caroline to get a boyfriend for a little while that wasn't Tyler or Klaus or Matt. (Although I adore Klaroline!)

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I am so tired of this sorry ass site putting. Queen Bonnie as the worst characters outof all these characters who don't do a damn thing besides bitch and moan and then get saved by her or whoever else

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Stefan is da bst character in dis series nd i rlil tink dat stefan nd katherine r a gewd match wen it cums 2 luv... Oll m tryn 2 sae here is dat let DAMON nd dat brain dead elena 2 spend da rest of deir scrap luv 2geda.

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Best characters: Silas,Katherine and I loved Stefan in episode 11 !
Worst characters: Elena,Jeremy (pls tell me: why is he still there and what´s his story line?)
And please,dear writers: DON´T kill Katherine and DON´T put Stefan and Caroline together! Never.Ever.

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@ Kerry

Jeremy is there to look HOT. Cause that what he does. ;-) Please do NOT remove Jeremy because they already stole Klaus and Elijah for Originals and I need more eye candy besides Damon. :D Agreed on Katherine. SO SICK OF THESE TVFANATIC WRITERS ASKING FOR HER DEATH! Everyone I know that watches the show agrees that she is the BEST character on the show.

Drea-xoxo
@ Kerry

IKR!!! elena has been the worse character since day 1! Jer has no purpose anymore now that bonnie is alive whom they are yet to use since spending the entire season trying to resurrect her. Katerina and Stefan should be together seeing as you took elijah away to NO (SIGH). Just want my old TVD back when it had purpose and not about LT!! killing katerina will end the show!!

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Bonnie as worst character is just plain wrong. She barely gets any screen time to be considered as such and when she is on screen she's constantly saving lives which is why she died in the first place.She's the most selfless character on the show. People's hate towards Bonnie is grossly unreasonable she's subjected to the same treatment as the majority of the characters which is under development and being side lined. The worst character IMO is Elena and I can't say I'm too impressed w/ Caroline this season. (or any season for that matter) Overall I give VD a D it just doesn't do it for me hasn't really since season 2.

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@ Vicky

Meh, Bonnie has been pretty annoying for the last couple seasons. The only time I like her is with Jeremy. But her storyline now that she's sort of alive again is better than it was so, yay.

Drea-xoxo
@ Vicky

the TVF just don't like bonnie which is a bit unfair seeing as the writers are to blame for her character failing to make impact other than a plot device

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@ Katerina's Gladiator

agreed

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WE NEED GAY!

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I absolutely love the show I am on board for any surprises the show Is doing great in my opinion!

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I'm sorry but your constant bashing towards Katherine is getting O L D. Katherine is one of the best characters. The show has gone south... I only watch due to Katherine's storyline & her developing relationship with Stefan. I really hope they don't kill Katherine. Yes, it would be cool if she was a traveler in Elena's body.... but then again I just want Katherine to stay alive in HER OWN BODY!

Vampire Diaries Quotes

You want a love that consumes you. You want passion and adventure, and even a little danger... I want you to get everything you're looking for. But for right now, I want you to forget that this happened. Can't have people knowing I'm in town yet. Goodnight, Elena.

Damon

Damon: You know what they are? Children. Like lighting a candle's going to make everything OK, or even saying a prayer. Or pretending Elena's not going to end up just like the rest of us murdering vampires. Stupid, delusional, exasperating little children. And I know what you're going to say: 'It makes them feel better, Damon.' So what? For how long? A minute, a day? What difference does it make? Because in the end, when you lose somebody, every candle, every prayer is not going to make up for the fact that the only thing you have left is hole in your life where that somebody that you cared about used to be. And a rock with a birthday carved into it that I'm pretty sure is wrong. So thanks, friend. Thanks for leaving me here to babysit. Because I should be long gone by now. I didn't get the girl, remember? I'm just stuck here fighting my brother and taking care of the kids. You owe me big.
Alaric: I miss you too, buddy.

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