Okay. I think I need a moment. My head is still spinning from last nights highly explosive episode. And by ‘highly explosive episode,’ I mean, so-much-was-said-that-I’m-still-not-sure-what-the-hell-is-going-on. There’s no Sun & Moon curse? Klaus is Elijah’s *r*th*r? Damon loves Elena? Wait. We already knew that one. Last night, our favorite prime-time vampire soap opera shoved us out of our little vampire safety net (Much like Elena did to Aunt Jenna) and forced us to rethink our entire understanding of the world according to The Vampire Diaries. Someone (I’m looking at you TVD writers) just pulled the proverbial rug right from under our legs! We just got hit with one revelation after another, until we were left weeping into our homemade Damon pillows and seriously questioning everything that has happened in Mystic Falls this season. Am I right? Seriously, I think we all need a moment to just calm down. Okay, that’s better. Now, how about we take some time and enjoy a recap? For those of you who have seen last night’s episode, follow the vampire brick road onwards and downwards. As for the rest of you, SPOILER ALERT!
Hey, Elena. Waiting for Elijah to get up from his semi-not-really-dead slumber after you pulled that magic knife out of him? Nice. If you don’t mind, we’ll wait with you. *twiddles thumbs * So . . . I have a question. You’ve been waiting a while, huh? And all this time, Damon and/or Stefan never questions where you are? You know vampires have super hearing. They can hear a human heart beat or a knife sliding out of a squishy body a mile awhile, let alone in the same house. If you don’t mind me asking, do the writers think we’ll just let these central details pass, or don’t your vampire protectors care about you all that much? Okay, nevermind. Elijah is waking up now. Dude, you don’t look so good. Wait. Did you just say, Katerina? Woah. Flashback.
England, 1492: Our almost forgotten favorite secondary character, Trevor, is introducing Original vamp Elijah to his mystery woman. Elijah, meet Katherine. Ms. Katerina is from Bulgaria, likes stabbing people in the back, and long walks on the beach. Why, Elijah you seem quite taken with her.
After trying to take a little nibble out of Elena, Elijah finds he’s having a hard time breathing . . . and standing. Uh. Oh. He hasn’t been invited in. When Elijah is finally forced out of the house, Elena finds it’s the perfect time to whisper her exit strategy (You do know, they still should be able to hear you?). Elena wants the pair to go somewhere else for a chat (Good idea). Can these two trust each other? Only one way to find out. Elena hands the magic dagger over to Elijah with ease.
Waking up alone, Stefan finally decides it’s time to wonder where Elena is. Damon and his blood bag, Andie Star (She’s still here?) have no idea where the human is either. That is, until Stefan and Damon discover that their formerly dead prisoner is gone. She wouldn’t. She did.
Meanwhile, Klauric is sending his man-witch Maddox is fetch his real body. Katherine wonders if that’s such a good idea, but Klauric rebut’s. Everything is in place to break the curse, so there’s no reason not to move forward with his plan. Katherine reminds him that Elena will die before anything happens to her friends and family, but that’s what he’s counting on. Before he leaves for the day, Klauric compels Katherine to stay put.
On the other side of town, Elena is offering her help, in exchange for Elijah’s. Ooh! Phone call. It’s Stefan. He pleads with his girlfriend to come back home (Seeing as how trusting Elijah always seem to go wrong), but the stubborn human refuses. She needs to talk to Elijah alone. Elena explains that since she removed the magic dagger, Elijah has reason to trust her, and she would be incredibly stupid to betray him again. She asks Stefan to obey her choice, and warns Damon not to do anything stupid.
Damon – just like any respectable vampire who actually cares about his human – thinks that they need to rescue Elena before anything can happen. Stefan disagrees (What?). Elijah is the only one with enough information about Klaus. He probably knows another way to kill him. Elena is the only one who can get him to help the cause. Stefan thinks they just need to let Elena ‘do her thing.’ Stupid vampire.
Elena begins to fill in the missing pieces for Elijah (Klaus is in town. He’s using Alaric’s body as a meatsuit. The Martin witches are dead), while they make a pit stop at the Lockwood Mansion for a change of clothes for the vamp. They begin to talk and Elijah has some pretty big news for the human. Ready? Here it comes. Klaus and Elijah are brothers! Yes, that’s right Elijah. O.M.G.
When Elijah tries to explain about his origin, things get confusing. Elijah was born to human parents in eastern Europe. However, they became the first original vampire family; from them all other vampires were created. So, I guess we’re assuming that through some kind of weird medical experiment, or a radioactive vampire spider, or whatever other comic book style origin story you can think of, this family magically became vampires without being turned by a “mother” type vampire (He said they were the first vampires). Yes, I am seriously confused.
While walking in the garden, Elijah breaks another piece of news. There is no Sun & Moon curse. Being super old, Klauric made up the Aztec drawings about the curse. Why? Because the easiest way to find a doppelgänger or moonstone is to have two warring species fight over it (Okay. Whatever you say). The truth is Klaus and Elijah faked the Sun & Moon curse, because the real one is much worse. It’s a curse on Klaus. Hmmm . . . interesting.
Another little, small, inconsequential item is revealed a while later. Nothing really important. Only, Klaus is a half werewolf/half vampire. Yes. You heard me correctly. He’s a half-breed (And we thought Renesmee was messed up). Have I stunned you into silence? Do you need to take a nap? Okay. Let me tell you a little bedtime story. When the original family became vampires, they found that mama vamp had an affair with a werewolf. Klaus is from a different bloodline. Papa vamp then killed mama vamps lover, starting an everlasting war between the two species.
Since having this vamp/werewolf hybrid would be an imbalance of power (He’s stronger than the two combined), the witches made sure that Klaus’ werewolf side stayed dormant; hence the curse. If Klaus’ werewolf side is triggered, he can sever his bloodline to create a new race of vampire/werewolf newborns, endangering everyone, and ultimately disrupting the space/time continuum. Wait. Scratch out that last part.
Elena figures, no big deal. They have the magic dagger. They can kill Klaus. Only, not so fast. When a werewolf is wounded by silver, it heals. The magic dagger is made of silver. Can you see the problem? There is only one way to kill Klaus. A witch. Actually, a witch that can harness a large amount of power when there is full moon (A werewolf during transition is at its weakest). Do we know anyone like that? Oh, and one more thing. The doppelgänger doesn’t have to die. Convenient or what?
Aunt Jenna makes a call to Stefan. She has no idea where Elena and Jeremy are (Do you ever?). Stefan tells her not to worry, but she should stay somewhere else for a while . . . Oh, and stay away from Ric. That might be a little difficult, seeing as she is standing in the Gilbert kitchen at the moment, and she’s suppose to meet Alaric at the Grill. Uh. Oh. Stefan’s on his way. When he finally arrives at the Gilbert home, Stefan is in for a surprise. Klauric (Not good).
A less sexy, but more creepy Klauric begins to monologue once again in attempt to fill Aunt Jenna in on the inner workings of Mystic Falls. He tells Aunt Jenna that he (She still thinks he’s Alaric) has an obsession with vampires, and vampires are real. When Aunty J requests Klauric to leave and he doesn’t, she tries to exit instead. Only, Klauric will have none of that. He pulls a knife on her. Stefan and his super speed are able to get Klauric under control, but in the process, he reveals his true vampire self when her orders Aunt Jenna to leave. Oops.
Going rouge, Damon takes things into his own hands. With Andie Star in tow, he makes a little visit to Alaric’s, only to find a very alive Katherine. He has one question for her, before he decides if she is worthy of being rescued. Why did she double-cross the brothers? Damon isn’t really surprised by her answer; she was looking out for herself. With that, he hands over a vial of vervain, preventing any further compulsion by Klauric.
Back at the Salvatore Mansion, the fall-out begins. Elena is finally able to break the news to Aunt Jenna. Yes, vampires are in fact real Aunty J. Oblivious no more, Jenna is actually more concerned that everyone (Jeremy, John, Elena) knew way before her. Elena comforts, her scared and overwhelmed relative.
Later that night, Stefan confronts Damon about his use of Andie Star as a blood bag. He disapproves, of course. “You should be thankful she’s here. It keeps me from going for what I really want.” What is that, Damon? Wait. I know. Oh, Stefan knows too. “You’re right. Thank you for being in love with my girlfriend.” There it is. Actually, Stefan doesn’t care if his brother is in love with his girlfriend, as long as he protects her. He has the one thing Damon never will, Elena’s respect. BAM! In an instant, the two vampire brothers are fighting. A broken bookcase here, another punch there, and the fight is over. Elena’s home . . . so is Elijah. Elijah promises no harm will come to the Salvatore brothers, as long as they apologize. Apologize? Yes. With no hesitation, Stefan steps up and apologizes to Elijah for trying to kill him. Damon has other ideas. A barely dressed Andie Star wants to be there for her vampire blood buddy. You know, it’s not a good idea to push Damon when he’s upset. Yeah, like that. Damon takes a large bite and sends Andie on her way.
Final scene: When Klauric returns home, we meet the elusive Greta Martin (A seemingly very eager participant in Klaus’ plan). A few candles and a spell later, Alaric is free. He drops to the ground (No!). Oh so slowly, the door opens. Klaus is in the building!
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What did you think of last nights episode? What did you think of Klaus? Did you love/hate the new storyline? Are you now on Team Elijah? What happened to Alaric? Will Stefan ever take charge or just let his human run free? Will Damon ever tell Elena his true feelings? Tell me in the comments!