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The Vampire Diaries Review: "Klaus"

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Wow. There's no other word to describe an episode that delivered so much mythology, but in a way that didn't come off as forced and certainly didn't feel like a letdown.

On the contrary, everything about last night felt epic.

Incorporating flashbacks without diminishing the drama playing out in the present, and revealing secrets that, incredibly, made Klaus seem even more dangerous and hard core, this may have been The Vampire Diaries' best episode to date.

Elijah on TVD

The episode bore the name "Klaus," and as good as Joseph Morgan was in his debut as the titular character, Daniel Gilles' performance as Elijah was one to behold as well.

Telling the real story about the oldest vampires in history, Elijah recounted to Elena how Klaus met Katerina and spelled out exactly what makes Klaus so darn important.

What made it so amazing was that unlike some shows (cough, Lost), the buildup to these revelations proved worthwhile. Seemingly impossibly high expectations were met.

Two weeks ago I called "Know Thy Enemy" a game-changing episode. It was a good one, yes, but I can only laugh now, as "Klaus" was the mother of all game-changers.

Let's break down the secrets Elijah revealed that not only altered the entire scope of the show, but made us more invested in TVD and its increasingly complex characters than ever:

Elijah is Klaus' brother. Interesting twist right from the start. Their mom had seven children, and are basically the First Family of Vampires. Every vampire came from them.

He didn't delve into how they became vampires (a story for another season), but this means there are five other originals! That alone is startling, and we're just getting started ...

Oldest. Vampire. Ever.

The Sun and the Moon curse is BS! Klaus concocted the Sun and the Moon curse and how it originated from the Aztecs, but it's not even true. Just part of Klaus' master plan.

I loved this because even though it undid so much of what we learned so far, it actually makes more sense. Why would Klaus care about the Sun and the Moon curse so much?

Vampires are doing quite well as it is (especially the originals). His agenda had to be bigger, and it turns out it is. The sun/moon thing is just a deeply-rooted, clever diversion.

He wants all vampires and werewolves on the lookout for the doppelganger, because she WILL reverse the curse ... the real curse, which is way worse and impacts only Klaus, since ...

He's half-vampire, half-werewolf! Seriously. Elijah reveals a stunner: his mother had an affair and Klaus' real father was a werewolf, making Klaus extraordinarily dangerous.

The witches wouldn't allow such an all-powerful supernatural being to exist, so they placed a curse on Klaus (and only Klaus) and his werewolf half has been kept dormant.

This is what Klaus is hell-bent on undoing, so that he may realize his true power and create an entire race of ... whatever he is. Basically, the whole world hangs in the balance.

Again, with all the mystique surrounding Klaus before we met him, it was a tall order for TVD to make him live up it, but last night accomplished that and then some.

Klaus must die during the sacrifice. The dagger covered in white ash won't work on him. A witch has to do the job during the sacrifice when he's at his most vulnerable.

However, because Elijah was in love with Katerina, who Trevor helped escape Klaus in 1492, he says he knows a way to perform the ritual without killing the doppelganger.

That's obviously good news for Elena, but on top of his history with Klaus, Elijah definitely harbors some resentment toward Katerina, and it's unclear what his endgame is.

Where You Think You're Going?

These bombshells only increase the pressure on Elena and Elijah to take him down once and for all, while her newfound ally drove a wedge in between Damon and Stefan.

The riveting Elijah/Klaus backstory would have been plenty for this episode, but it was woven in perfectly with the already-escalating tension tearing the Salvatores apart.

Differing views on whether they can trust Elijah was ostensibly behind the feud, but then Stefan put it all out there: Damon is in love with Elena, but he'll never have her.

Stefan adds that he has something Damon never will: Her respect.

This line understandably hit too close to home, sends Stefan flying across the room after Damon uncorks a vicious uppercut, and nearly ends in Andie Star becoming dinner.

Damon barely has enough self-control to stop. Amazing. Was Stefan right? Does Elena not respect Damon? Jealousy of his brother is one thing, but this really set him off.

Elsewhere, Jenna finally finds out the awful truth about vampires thanks to Klaus/Alaric (Matt Davis in another terrific scene). What do you think Jenna's next move is?

Finally, the real Klaus shows up in Mystic Falls in a thoroughly creepy coffin-like box (the man knows how to make an entrance) as his entourage de-possesses Alaric.

One last twist here that was practically glossed over? Greta (Luka's sister) is part of that witch entourage, and seems happy as can be. Wonder how long that will last.

Overall, a stunning episode I can't help but give 5/5 stars. Between the vampire lore and the Salvatores' feud boiling over, I don't know what more it could've offered.

A mythology-heavy installment like this could have fallen short so many times, but it used the characters so flawlessly and if anything, the secrets raised the stakes. 

We turn it over to you, Vampire Diaries fanatics. What was your favorite part of "Klaus" and where do you see things going next week? Comment below!

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    It's good to see something other than about the overbaked teenie-bopper drama, thank you. This for me is far and away the absolute very best episode. Elijah is the best character in this show...I'm anxiously awaiting his return.

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    I still don't understand the whole sun and moon curse being fake... I mean I understand that Klaus made it up to try and break his werewolf side, BUT then why can't vampires go out into the sun, and werewolfs are controlled by the moon.. PLEASE HELP I'M CONFUSED!

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    Hey all, in my opinion, Stefan is totally mistaken about Elena not respecting Damon, he doesn't even understand that in fact Elena's feelings for hiw brother have been changed a long time ago....Damon's actions and the way he is fighting for her life, has made Elena vulnerable even towards him....the writers have just been "playing" with Damon and Elena's feelings..their friendship like thing...it's natural because, believe me guys,..this show might be great but it wouldn;t be so exciting if it wouldn;t have this love triangle and the constant battle for gaining love..best of all....the forbitten one...

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    i luv damon he is so hot and awesome!!!!!!! xD
    i thnk people potay him as the bd guy wen hes really not. stefan used 2 be the bad guy and damon was the gud guy. then stefan changed and damon's the way he is coz he got his heart broken so much. deep down, i no theres a sweet guy in there. ifhe was with elena hewud treat her really nicely 4 sure coz he actualy luvs her.(unlike other chiks he used coz he didnt really like them ) though he may not show it. imean, he CRYS over elena!! and the hurtful words frm his brother! poor damon...

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    I'm all for letting people handle their own lives but Stefan's just stupid for letting Elena do what she will. Yes, she should be allowed to make her own decisions, but in issues like these where her knowledge is barely above zero and her ability to protect herself is sub-zero, Damon's right to demand that the Salvatores call the shots. She's a loose canon who can't be trusted to make the best decisions for herself.

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    I reckon there is more to the Elijah-Katerina story, because Katherine seems to know random facts about things such as if an orginal dies there compulsion wears off and how to kill them etc. Katherine also seems to know a lot about witches, if you save there life then they owe you and that they can make amulets to protect from the sun. So i think possibly that after katherine ran away and turned her self into a vampire that Elijah found her and taught her all these things and got her her necklace but Katherine then broke his heart somehow, cause he is being pretty harsh on her for running away from someone who was going to kill her.

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    I find it funny that most people prefer Delena over Stelena. I guess that's why in real life very few people can have long term and healthy relationships. Stefan is the kind of guy who lets his girlfriend pursue whatever she thinks is best, who trusts her enough to let her make her own decisions... yet, he is still there to take care of her. Damon, on the other hand, is an overcontrolling guy with rage issues who would probably beat the sh*t out of a woman if she dares to wear something revealing or if she doesn't agree with him.

    Don't get me wrong, I think Damon is hotter, sarcastic, has the best lines çand he is a very entertaining character but in terms of who loves Elena the most, or in the best way possible, I would say Stefan all the way.

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    They never explain how they became originals but...they will (loool) ! Kidding, not. I think that as Klaus said, their father "owned" (don't remember) a farm is eastern Europe so he probably caught some kind of virus and after the Change sired his family so they'd become powerful creatures... Tada !

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    Good Episode,It's getting good now.

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    So I TOTALLY LOVED this episode. I was a calm, yet very exciting. It delivered loads of information and, I have to say, never saw coming the FAKE CURSE. It was great, Klaus tought about it so cleverly.

    I tought Elijah was awesome, and so was Nina in her roles. All in all a great episode. Damon was amazing, really. And Stefan, well, he was a bit of a prick, saying those things to his brother, but I see his point. He doesn't want anyone with Elena.

    In any case, can't wait for you guys to set the Roundtable and see you insights!!!

    See yah!!




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