Although it wasn’t as exciting as last week’s episode, Thursday’s The Vampire Diaries still offered lots of drama. Evilaric teamed up with Esther to end the vampire race. Bonnie and Jamie got romantic, and Team Stelena made a possible comeback.

Check out the full review after the jump…

The Players:

  • Director: Joshua Butler
  • Writers: Michael Narducci
  • Cast: Nina Dobrev, Paul Wesley, Ian Somerhalder, Candice Accola, Steven R. McQueen, Michael Trevino, Kat Graham, Matthew Davis, Zach Roerig, Claire Holt, Joseph Morgan, Robert Ri’chard

Episode Title: “Do Not Go Gentle”

Esther, in the form of Rebekah or RebEsther, teamed up with Evil Alaric, or Evilaric, to make the white oak stake indestructible in order to kill the Originals. Esther then returned to her regular form and tried to turn Evilaric into the ultimate killing machine – the vampire to end all vampires. However, her plan backfired, and Alaric killed her instead. In the end, Bonnie got a message from Esther (in a dream) and finished turning Alaric into a vampire rather than letting him die.

The Good:

  • Team Stelena: Stefan and Elena attend the Decade Dance together and share tons of flirty looks and almost-romantic moments. Is Stelena on their way to being back together? Only time will tell.
  • Caroline: Caroline was really on point this episode. She got Elena to ask Stefan to the dance, she told Matt to stop pining for Elena, and she straight up laughed in Klaus’ face when he said he hoped she’d travel the world with him. You go, girl!

The So-So:

  • No one ever dies: Seriously, does anyone ever die on this show? The only person that hasn’t died (or tried to die) and come back is Jenna. But it’s only the third season, so she still has time to make a re-appearance.
  • Damon: Damon is one of the best parts of the show, but he was barely in this episode. And when he was, he only dished few snarky and witty comments. Attention writers: We want more Damon!
  • Bonnie: It has to be tough seeing your estranged mother turned into a vampire, but Stefan and Damon had to do it to save Elena. Bonnie needs to get over it, stop being so angsty, and screwing things up.


While a little slow at times (i.e. almost every scene involving Tyler) The Vampire Diaries’ writers are doing a good job of maintaining a thrill level worthy of us tuning in. Next week guarantees to be full of “oh snap” moments when Stefan and Damon team up with Klaus to battle evil vampire Alaric.

Rating: 8/10

The Vampire Diaries airs Thursday nights at 8:00 p.m. on the CW.


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