The Vampire Diaries Review: War of the Witches

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If I were Damon and Elena, I really wouldn't mind breaking up everyday as long as it leads to that steaminess.

However, The Vampire Diaries Season 5 Episode 17 didn't entirely revolve around our resident are they/aren't they couple.

Unfortunately, it was largely focused on the mumbo jumbo of the Travelers.

(NOTE: I say unfortunately not because I love the whole love triangle, but because I just dislike the travelers that much.)

In a continuation of what we learned on The Vampire Diaries Season 5 Episode 16, Caroline and Enzo had to kill Stefan's doppelganger to make things right with the travelers; it's what they agreed to when they got the crazy cures from them.

Did anyone think Caroline was going to be able to kill sweet and innocent Tom? Sure, Caroline can fight, but she's also compassionate - and once she met that supposedly kind paramedic there was no way she'd be able to go through with it. It meant saving Stefan, though, so that's what tripped me up.

Nevermind that because Enzo was there to save the day and snap some necks. Caroline wasn't the "perky blonde angel of death" he predicted her as after all.

So this where things got interesting. Tom had fallen off the map for four months because, as the last doppelganger (once Silas crossed over), he was needed by the Travelers. The witches were hiding him.

Apparently Stefan and Elena are the only ones who can be alive. I mean, duh, it's Elena, the world does revolve around her!

Turns out Elena's friends were right. The world does revolve around her.


Good one, Liv. So the Travelers are apparently "the ugly stepsister" of witches. I can see that, considering how much they have pissed me off since they joined the show. They are annoying, they chant in unison and quite frankly I do not enjoy their storyline whatsoever. Need a reason? Here's one word: doppelganger. 

More Traveler business means more doppelganger business and I think we as a collective audience are ready to move on from all that jazz.

Smartly enough, Liv thought to go to Jeremy with this information. Jeremy is underused. Plus, he was able to formulate his own scheme and be the man with a plan for once. It's not like he has to worry about keeping up good grades anyway.

How do you expect me to care about when this is my life? Take a look around, it's not like I could bring my teachers a note saying "sorry i missed class today we were under a doppleganger invasion."


Before signing off and leaving you with our weekly poll, I have to say that I do still love the little humor that is injected into the show each week.

For instance, Tyler and Matt confronting Luke and saying that they "even like Damon sometimes; everyone treating each other like amateur therapists; and Damon's quip about the movie Ghost made for good fodder.

Those are the moments that remind me why I enjoy The Vampire Diaries. So... who do you want to win in this war of the witches?

Here is your first look at The Vampire Diaries Season 5 Episode 18, "Resident Evil."


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The Vampire Diaries Season 5 Episode 17 Quotes

All I know is that right now I wanna rip your clothes off right here in the middle of this hall and throw you in one of these classrooms and kiss every square inch of your body, while a bunch of people who drive minivans listen wishing they were us.


Like a perky blonde angel of death.

Enzo [to Caroline]