After watching The Vampire Diaries Season 7 Episode 14 (and the second part of this two-hour crossover event immediately after), it's abundantly clear that these crossovers?
They need to happen a hell of a lot more often.
Klaus and Stefan together again in their solid frenemy territory was perfection. Damon-snark was at an all-time high. And then there's Klaroline.
Sorry, Klaroline fans. You'll be sad to know that the two did not come face to face in the first hour of this event, but they did share a phone call and that's...
Okay. That's...yeah...that's not even kind of the same thing.
Does it help to know that the sound of Klaus' voice gives Caroline some pause, he still thinks fondly of her, and their witty banter and spark isn't dead, even if they're both in drastically different places in their lives?
Does it help to imagine that if we looked through one of Klaus' sketchbooks we might find drawings of horses?
Good. Because that's what we've got.
For the record, at the moment, I'm a fan of Klamille. Can't help it. Caroline's supposed to be a future thing for Klaus and not a now thing and I'm okay with that. Perfectly okay.
I don't like Caroline with Stefan. I'm also firmly of the camp that says a female character on a show doesn't have to be paired with a male character at all times. She should be allowed to exist on her own.
Some call that feminism. I call it good storytelling. Anyway. Back to the episode.
Caroline is obviously not going to leave Alaric and the babies, and that will be helped along by Klaus insisting that if Stefan loves Caroline he will let her have this chance at being normal.
They are vampires. They will live forever barring a brutal stabbing from Rayna Cruz or a wooden stake to the heart and/or a fatal werewolf bite.
There is time to be together. (I mean, if Damon has to wait 60+ years...)
I love that Klaus' thought in all things is to give the women he loves what he knows they want. (Trust. If he could un-vampire Cami, he would do it in a heartbeat.)
Caroline never wanted to be a vampire, an eternal teenager, and Klaus knows that. He also knows the unexpected joy of being a parent, so it's no surprise that he helped facilitate that by encouraging Stefan to let her go.
Allowing Caroline to experience motherhood without the interference of a relationship with a guy who is going to be on the run from a mad huntress and also repeatedly chooses to save his brother's life instead of his own for the rest of eternity is the least Stefan can do for her really.
I'm not sure yet how I feel about the hint of something romantic budding between Alaric and Caroline, but I can probably deal with it. Maybe. I don't know. The jury's still out.
They don't necessarily have to be in a relationship to raise the twins together. And maybe they aren't in a relationship at all in the future. But there sure was an intimation that there's something more between them. Hmmm. Weird.
Speaking of the future, where is Klaus?
In three years' time he has apparently gone into hiding. No one in New Orleans has seen or heard from him. And there's a thing I can't discuss about why that might be because spoilers, and I'm hardcore averse to those. So watch The Originals Season 3 Episode 14 is what I'm saying.
But really. WHERE IS KLAUS? (We'll definitely be discussing this more in depth in The Originals review tonight. FYI.)
This Enzo/Armory/Here's Your Family story is sort of garbage but I'm going to hold out hope it will turn out to be something better than it is. (At least it explains Matt and Tyler and the future. Sort of.)
It was hard enough to believe that a family of Vikings migrated with horses to modern-day Virginia and settled the area. Now we're also supposed to believe that Enzo's parents dropped him off at a factory when he was 4 and skipped across the ocean to...the exact same area.
Where they became collectors of supernatural artifacts. And couldn't actually take their son along.
None parts of the Armory being Enzo's inheritance makes sense to me. It's a grabbing at straws to give him some sort of good story and is as unrealistic as the supposition that they have some sort of vampire surgery center where they can reattach severed hands which have been brutally chopped off by an ancient mystical weapon.
I MEAN. COME ON.
Kudos to Bon-bon for having the balls to do that, but I fail to see how they go from him bashing her over the head with...whatever that was...and injecting her with some sort of anti-magic potion to her cutting off his hand to the two of them knocking boots.
I am very confused.
Damon, however, does not seem at all confused about what he wants to do and recognizes that he is consistently and constantly placing those he loves in harm's way because they will ALWAYS try to save him.
This is no doubt why he plans to desiccate himself in a coffin until such time as Elena is alive again and he can suck the cure out of her and they can ride off into the sunset.
The saddest thought about Damon hopping into a coffin for an extended nap is the idea that we wouldn't have any more Bonnie/Damon scenes since, presumably, she'd be dead before he was resurrected and she'll spend some time in an institution while he's letting the world go by.
But really...how does she end up with Enzo?
And once more, for good measure, where is Klaus in the future?
Don't forget to check out The Originals Season 3 Episode 14 review for part two of this discussion! As for "Moonlight on the Bayou," what did you think? Where is Klaus in three years? Were you disappointed by the Klaroline scenes? How do you feel about the Armory?
Let's chat in the comments below and don't forget to watch The Vampire Diaries online!
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