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!


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As much as I loved this episode. I already know whats coming. Bonnie is going to die, but she will have one of those rings that bring her back to life. As least I hope so.


Now that we know Klaus can enter someone's body...I have this feeling that he will never truly die. Like he could be this body-hopping soul. And when we finally see him die- his soul won't be there anymore.Or I could be totally off in this thought.


For some reason, my picture was too dark last night, but I assume those were empty containers of blood laying around Alaric/Klaus? If so, then he's now a vampire? Does that mean that once Klaus has vacated that body, we get Alaric back--as a vamp? I've only read the first two books but I guess there's more story to go, once the Klaus arc is resolved? I hope so, or we won't have too many seasons left, after the next one.


~speechless~ it's one hell of a show that's all i have to say!!!!


Last nights episode was AWESOME....!!! Lots of jawa dropping moments and I just LOVED IT ALL CAN'T WAIT FOR NEXT I HOPE THEY SLAY ME AGAIN....!!!


Wow. I was sort of on edge these past few eps not sure if I wanted to keep watching Damon mope ove Elena. BUt whoah! this episode really captivated me back. If Bonnie sacrifices herself, that would be really dramatic way to end the season. I hope it goes that way.
Isobel, I had figured she had been compelled when she started talking to Kat, but her demise was actually surprising to me. But, I think it was a good way for her to go.
ALARIC! OMG! I really, really, really, can't wait to see what happens next. He seems to be doomed for sure, but I really don't want him to go. I love Alaric. I really do.
And finally, Matt. I have to give the guy more credit now. He is in the game!I was not expecting that fom him. John being the good guy in this actually gained him some respect for him. Just a little. I can learn not to hate him like Elena. Final note; I want Tyler back. Like. Now.


First off, fantastic episode in my opinion. It was focused on the characters I like to watch, and there were lots of Katherine scenes, which as I've said before is always a plus in my opinion. Nina Dobrev just flows back and forth between Elena and Katherine so effortlessly it seems. On the topic of Katherine though and as far as more deaths go...I still think there is a good chance Katherine will be one of those to bite it...(sorry couldn't resist). Again, I know how loosely the show follows the book (and what a huge understatement that is), but Katherine died there, and I see that possibly happening here. As much as I love the Katherine character and would rather see her stick around, it seems more likely to me that she may not see the light of Season 3 this fall.


Wow what an awsome episode,made me have cold chills.Always leaves me wanting more.Best show on tv........


It was an amazing episode....those writers do not disappoint! I know there is an actor set to play Klaus I've seen him so at some point he has to take his own form...maybe Alaric is going to die and that's when Klaus will have to appear in his own form. I did think it was an awesome twist...they should have made Alaric Klaus the whole time. But think about it....there really isn't a need for his role, the sheriff's role or even Tyler's mother's role on the show so maybe those charachters will get killed off. Who knows. All I know...I love this show!


I'm still confused about of being captured? Why?
Also where is Tyler!

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