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Thursday, January 30, 2014

My Review of Vampire Diaries 5.12- The Devil Inside

Katherine has too much fun while in control of Elena's body, but there are bumps along the way; Tyler finds out some shocking information; Damon receives a rude shock that has utterly predictable consequences; Caroline makes a confession; and two old friends get back together.

Katherine has always enjoyed playing with Elena's friends and tonight was no different.  She compelled Matt in order to get details about Elena's life so that she can successfully impersonate her, learned that Caroline slept with Klaus and made sure that Tyler found out, dumped Damon like a bad habit, and is staying around in order to get Stefan.  There are a couple of things I am curious about.  Unless the writers are pulling a massive twist, Elena is not gone, so where is she?  Is she trapped in Katherine's body?  Or is she trapped on the other side?  If that is the case, it is possible that Bonnie and/or Jeremy may be able to see her and do something to help her.  The other possibility I can think of is that the spell caused her personality to become dormant, in which case it is possible that she could be revived somehow.

Watching Katherine wreak havoc with everyone's lives was weirdly exciting.  I hated what she was doing, but she is such a virtuoso at doing it that I can't help but admire her.  I am glad that Tyler found out about Caroline and Klaus because he really needed to if he and Caroline stand a chance.  I get why he was mad at her, but the situation is partially his fault.  Caroline and Klaus have had chemistry going for some time and the main reason she was able to resist it is that she was with Tyler.  When Tyler walked out on her, he left her shattered.  Klaus arrived and took advantage of what happened in order to get Caroline to admit to what she had always wanted on some level.  Was it a mistake?  Undoubtedly.  But, as Stefan noted, it doesn't define her.

I admire that Stefan is able to see his friends' mistakes and take them in stride.  Granted, he was shocked that Caroline had sex with Klaus, but he also knows that she is genuinely a good person and that she made a mistake.  Of course it helps that he has made more than his fair share of mistakes, some of them pretty severe.  I also like that he was able to say all the mean things that Caroline felt she needed to hear, but not actually mean any of them.  It helped her to get over her guilt and see the situation as the ludicrous situation it truly was.

When Caroline agreed to help Stefan get Elena and Damon back together, I was definitely surprised.  Pleasantly so, but still surprised.  She can be such a bitch towards Damon (ok, there is justification for that, but still....) that it is nice that she can be good to him.  Of course, her dalliance with Klaus undoubtedly had something to do with her change of heart, but whatever it was, she did a good thing.  Unfortunately for all involved, Katherine is in control of Elena's body and managed to completely destroy Damon in a matter of seconds.  She knows exactly how to get Damon to react how she wants, so her ability to destroy him was completely unsurprising.

Another unsurprising thing was Damon's reaction to what "Elena" did.  He had been keeping Aaron safe because it would upset Elena if anything happened to Aaron.  But when "Elena" destroyed him, Damon went out of his way to prove that he is truly a bad person and killed Aaron.  Thus passes the last of the Whitmore's.  Now that Damon has teamed up with Enzo, things are just going to go from bad to worse.

Once again, Matt becomes the toy of a vampire.  To his credit, he tried to stop Katherine, but face it, he didn't stand a chance.  Once she took off the vervain bracelet, he was going to do whatever she wanted.  At least he can be there for Tyler.  The two of them on a road trip ought to be good.  Hopefully it will give Tyler a chance to rediscover life without Klaus and reunite the two friends.

When Jeremy and Bonnie get back from her mother's, things are going to get interesting.  I really think that one of the two of them ought to be able to figure out that something is wrong with Elena, and hopefully they'll be able to put two and two together to get four.

Until next week!