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Friday, May 6, 2016

My Review of The Vampire Diaries 7.21- Requiem for a Dream

The gang tries to figure out how to help Bonnie overcome Rayna's curse leading Stefan to take strong action to save a friend and Damon to a desperate gamble...

You know, just once I wish people would lay off Damon and realize that while his actions may not be the most normal actions, there are many times where they are the right actions, particularly when it comes to people he cares about.  Just because he endorses a certain course of action doesn't mean that the action is entirely wrong.  Take Stefan and Caroline tonight.  Caroline was marked by Bonnie and would have been a target when Bonnie woke up.  Was kidnapping her a wonderful idea?  No, but it was still the right move.  Given the choice between saving her life or leaving her around for Bonnie to destroy, there was really only one option.  Maybe that makes me a bad person, but I think that sometime drastic actions are, in fact, the right actions, particularly in a particularly bad situation.  Am I advocating kidnapping on a regular basis?  No, but the circumstances here are hardly normal.

Let's face it, Damon is a very pragmatic guy who doesn't worry about breaking the conventional rules of morality if the need arises.  He will figure out what the best course of action is and take (sometimes) shockingly direct action to make sure that that is the course that is followed.  Is he a hero?  I guess that depends on your definition of hero.  If you mean, does he do the morally correct thing, the answer is no.  But what he does do is make the best out of bad situations.  Sometimes the decisions have horrible consequences, but sometimes the actions help save the day.  So yes, I would deem him a hero.  He's just a hero who exists in the morally gray area.

Stefan, on the other hand, has been the more typical type of hero who tends to do what is morally right regardless, although he has been more willing as time goes on to compromise this in order to protect the people he loves.  In other word, he is becoming more like Damon and Damon is becoming more like him.  And I think this is good for the both of them because it is evening out their extremes.  At the end of Season 3, Stefan saved Matt instead of Elena and then lost her to Damon.  When he left Caroline 3 years ago, he lost her because he was doing the right thing.  This time he was unwilling to lose her again in the name of doing the right thing.  Also, if he had not kidnapped her, it is entirely possible that she could have died and her kids would be left without a mother.  So ultimately, I think he made the right choice out of a set of very bad ones.

And the gang is going to be in for a major fight next week if they want to save Bonnie.  She is tapped into "The Everlasting" which is trapped in the Armory.  Anyone want to bet that "The Everlasting" is the thing in the vault that turns people's humanity off?  That is so not going to be a good thing.  My question is how they will manage to take down the barrier spell Bonnie placed.  They will need a mighty powerful witch to take it down.  Unless, of course, the barrier will allow things in but not out.  If that is the case, the gang can go into the Armory to find it, but will need a witch to leave.  I'm just not sure how they'll manage it.

Next week, the season finale.  Until then!