The past has caught up and now we are doing flashbacks. There's death, mayhem, and revenge on people's minds...
I want to address something that is bound to be somewhat controversial: the deaths of Nora and Mary Louise. I haven't seen a lot about it yet, but I'm sure there are people out there who will complain that the show killed off two lesbian characters. Honestly, I don't see why it is controversial unless the show is killing them *BECAUSE* they're lesbians. Sorry, but I don't think that your sexuality should give you a pass on a show like this where people die all the time. As long as the death services the story in a believable way, I don't have a problem with the death. The only valid criticism I have ever seen of this sort of death was one I saw years ago when it seemed that people would be killed shortly after having sex or something like that, as if they were being punished for what they were doing, and that is clearly not the case here. I'll be honest and say that I felt the same way about Lexa on The 100 when she died a few weeks ago. I also realize that I am in a minority here, and so be it. Just throwing out my 2 cents.
Seeing the show try and humanize Reyna was sort of interesting, but it also seemed to contradict some of what we saw of her earlier in the season. From everything we saw before tonight, she seemed to enjoy killing vampire because it was revenge for her father being killed. But tonight, she more or less said that she was only doing it because the spell cast on her and the Phoenix Stone was driving her to kill vampires. They need to pick one or the other and stick with it.
Did Stefan really kill Matt's girlfriend or is there some massive misunderstanding going on? Seeing how Stefan generally shies away from actually killing people unless it's necessary, I suspect that he was either attacked and killed her in self-defense or he was somehow involved tangentially in her death. Maybe she was caught in the crossfire between him and Reyna or maybe another vampire followed him to Mystic Falls and killed Penny. Whatever happened, Matt blames Stefan for her death and he released Reyna from the Armory to get Stefan. That actually explains a lot.
Damon is going to be stuck with a certain amount of guilt. Reyna manipulated him by telling him that he would die before seeing Elena again, so he didn't get Valerie to transfer the scar in time. As for kidnapping Valerie, I can't say that I completely disagree with either of them. She did lie to Stefan about the spell, but her reasons were pretty sound. Damon and Stefan are stuck in a situation much like the Winchesters on Supernatural, each brother will do anything to save the other. They need to figure out a better way to deal with things.
When Mary Louise and Nora destroyed the stone, it seems like it might have set the souls inside free. Does that mean that Stefan's soul was released and is in some body? Given the previews for next week, I would assume so and I would further surmise that the body in question is not his own. Which also leads to the question, if Reyna is being driven by the Phoenix Stone to kill vampires, will she now be able to give it up since the Stone is destroyed?
Until next week!