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The Vampire Diaries Review: Another Game-Changer!

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After a break that felt like an eternity, even by the standards of our favorite undead characters, The Vampire Diaries returned in vintage fashion Thursday night.

"Know Thy Enemy" showcased all that we love about TVD: Deception, betrayal, shocking twists, things you didn't even know were possible and Damon shirtless.

One of my frequent issues with the show is that there's almost too much going on. This seemed true at the onset last night, but things blended together perfectly.

Let's break down the major storylines, where we stand and what's next:

Questioning Isobel

Isobel returns, lies a lot and eventually dies! Man, does it get any harder to figure out what's really going on than when Isobel, John and Katherine are ALL plotting?

Elena's biological parents (something that's still hard to wrap your head around) say that all of their actions were geared toward making sure Klaus didn't know about her.

Sounds almost sweet. BUT, Isobel then reveals to Katherine that she made a deal with Klaus to keep her safe if they give him the doppelganger and the moonstone. Gulp.

Katherine stumbles upon that very gem in the worst hiding place ever (we'll forgive this only for the ensuing Damon scene), building the suspense for the double-cross.

Or should I say double-double-cross?

Isobel has a giant witch dude kidnap Alaric, then temporarily "kills" John - I loved Damon's nonchalant reaction - in a plan orchestrated so Katherine can kidnap Elena.

THEN, naturally, she calls Katherine and drops the hammer. She was playing Kat too. The giant witch appears to abduct Katherine, while Elena is saved by her mom.

Of course, Klaus is the true puppet master in all of this, having compelled her the entire time, but Isobel follows it up with her first-ever act of selflessness ... or was it?

It's unclear if Klaus also prompted her shocking demise, but in any event, she tore off her necklace and let the sun incinerate her, fittingly standing over her own grave.

One death down, two to go.

I thought this was a great way to end Isobel's role in the saga. She redeemed herself (somewhat, maybe) while boosting John's status in Elena's mind as well.

To think, he was actually the good guy in all of this. Only compared to two huge blood-sucking liars, sure, but hey. Can Elena really trust him going forward, though?

Another interesting development in the aftermath: Damon and Stefan signing the Salvatore house over to Elena. Why do I not think that's an airtight plan?

Swirling Leaves

Bonnie can kill an original, but it'll kill her too! Upon finding the ancient burial ground, Bonnie harnesses her predecessors' power so that she may one day off Klaus.

The only caveat? If she uses too much witch power at once, she herself will die. Obviously, taking down the oldest vampire in the history of time will require every last bit.

This is a great development, as it sets the stage for Bonnie making the ultimate sacrifice for others, as Elena as already vowed to do. She seems hell bent on doing so, too.

It would also make sense that Klaus' death, if that occurs, comes at a heavy personal cost for the show's core characters. On a side note, how cute are she and Jeremy?!

Matt sold out Caroline! I absolutely love this twist, because Matt just got really interesting. Guess what Caroline revealed in the previous episode was simply too much.

I still never expected he had this in him though. After making Caroline tell him everything, playing on her own emotions and guilt, he asks that she compel him to forget.

Only Matt was strung out on vervain and only acted like he was compelled! He's in cahoots with Caroline's mom, and reveals all of C's secrets to the sheriff at the end.

Caroline and Matt, much as I like them, were somewhat fringe characters at times. Now they find themselves enmeshed in a plot line that could be fascinating to watch.

Matt Donovan Photo

Oh yeah, and Klaus is in Alaric's body! The episode could have ended with Isobel's death, Bonnie's revelation and Matt's meeting with Sheriff Forbes and been great.

This is The Vampire Diaries, though, and we were thrown another jaw-dropping cliffhanger to top it all off. Like Matt, Alaric is suddenly back in the mix unexpectedly.

Unlike Matt, he doesn't know it. That's because in the closing moments, the huge witch who kidnapped Katherine is seen casting an elaborate spell on 'Ric, then kneeling.

Bowing down was a great touch. It said everything while saying nothing. Is that ... no ... it can't be! What a well-conceived way of introducing Klaus ... Klalaric ... whatever.

Klaus greeting Katherine with an entirely different voice from Alaric's body was a shockingly eerie way to end the episode and a great precursor to the coming weeks.

Alaric has to be doomed now, right? It's hard to see this ending well, given that we know Klaus will be arriving in earnest soon enough. But on TVD, you just never know.

What's Klaus' goal in possessing Alaric? Does it get him closer to Kat/Elena without exposing himself? Will this ultimately fail, thus leading to him actually showing up?

So many unanswered questions, so much to debate. All I know is that for all the confusing twists and turns "Know Thy Enemy" took, it was a great ride throughout.

What did you think of last night's Vampire Diaries? Were you expecting any or all of these developments, and what do you see happening next week? Discuss below!

Review

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holy crap
only words after seeing this ep.
totally agree this ep. could have ended with anything even isabelle double-crossing katherine then she goes and kills her herself.. feel sick that matt did this but also such a good twist and makes his character so much more interesting.. and now the rick angle. BRILLANT.. really hope that Bonnie isnt killed saving elena though,. and also good ridance to Katherine after this final betrayal

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Loved this episode. Love Bonnie. Really hope that Bonnie and Damon become a couple. They're so sexy.

Luckybastarda

I want Bonnie to die, that's for sure. BUT, maybe this will content some other readers: I have a hipotesis. Maybe she MIGHT NOT DIE if she joins forces with the other witch (the daughter and sister of the other two witches) and they channel their power so they have enough strenth to kill Klaus and yet not get killed in the process. Another great touch was the incinerated body on the apparment. I don't know, I just loved it. And the part that Damon's ring doesn't work in the old mansion, maybe that's important at some point? Also, I don't think Isobel kill herself to spare Elena, I think she was just compelled to do it as soon as she finished her job. No motherly love involved there. She said it herself on the tumb. Of course Klaus will keep Katherine hostage, just because he's extremely mad at her for running away, and maybe I'm wrong but, doesn't he need a vamp for the sacrifice? What a great twist to use HER, right? Much like Voldermort wanting Harry's blood to get his body back. Evil thinks alike. Jeremy: BORIIIING, as usual. He's one wax sesson away of becoming a girl. Oh, a get a man's voice, will you? Jenna: BOOORIIIING TOOO. But at least she had de decency of leaving before she put me to sleep with the role. Alaric: AWESOME, finally some purpose for him. He might die or not, that I'm not sure. Stefan: Kinda boring... he had a purpose tough in the whole plot. Oh, and I love how he just KNOWS when Katherine is trying to impersonate Elena. He's one of the few. Matt will get either Caroline or the Sheriff killed. Way to go, bartender! You might just get killed off in the process. And well... that's it for now. Damon I tought was a bit more clever, hidding the moonstone on the soap container. In any case Kat found it by mistake so... I'll forgive him just because he took his shirt off. Awww... GOOD TIMES! That's just my opinion. See yah!

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Any one else think for a split second that Alaric had a doppleganger for a second/ klaus was Alaric's doppleganger???

Amy-jackey

I also thought that was klaus in the chair. then it showed a face and i still thought it was klaus but then when the guy stands up and it shows the face again thats when i could tell it was Alaric. then we he spoke in vampire tongue i knew right there and then that klaus took over alaric's body. ians body,drools

Gaby-ee

I loved this episode! Although it was hard to keep up with all the double-crossing and plotting :) The twist at the end was amazing. I hope Alaric doesn't die as a result of being possessed by Klaus, but it seems likely.

Bella21

I'm still not over this episode !! Haha WOW !! I love the action packed episodes of tvd also the storyline had me intriged. I must say, i had this weird feeling in my stomach the whole time, meaning it was really emotionally loaded (but in a good way of course) if this ep set the tone for the last 5 episodes than i think it's going to be mind blowing and we are propably going to cry our eyes out.

Saad702

I DO NOT DO NOT DO NOT WANT THEM TO KILL BONNIE... THEY CAN KILL ALL THE VAMPIRES BUT NOT BONNIE!!!! BONNIE MUST EITHER FIND THE STRENGTH OR SOMEONE ELSE MUST END UP KILLING KLAUS... If they end up killing bonnie I will truly know that Kevin Williamson is a total ass for ruining to awesome shows!!!! Die williamson die!!!!

Lawrie

klaus killed jenny schecter!!!

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i really hope alaric doesn't die as a result of klaus possessing him.....also bonnie shuldve been more sensitve towards jeremys feelings obvs he wouldnt want her to do so...also way to traumatize your daughter isobel by killing yerself in front of her geez

The Vampire Diaries Season 2 Episode 17 Quotes

Don't mistake the fact that we haven't set you on fire in your sleep for trust.

Damon

I'll be super pissed if you lock me out.

Damon
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