Oh. My. God.
Hello, my wonderful fellow TVD fans! I hope you’re all in good health this morning, considering last nights nail-biting, pillow throwing, sit on the edge of your seat all new episode of The Vampire Diaries. If you need a moment to fully recover, by all means, feel free to catch your breath before we recap this awesome episode. In the meantime, I think we can all agree on one saying that can accurately describe our reaction to “The Sun Also Rises” . . . Holy Crap! What happened last night? Everyone was sacrificing themselves, people were dying left and right, and we were misled by one we thought we could trust (I hate to say, I told you so). Plus, there was that gigantic confusing loophole that was definitely good news for Elena. Yes. Holy crap, indeed. In an episode more fitting for a season end, this weeks Vampire Diaries left us in stunned silence and made us reaffirm our love for this amazing show. Now, you know the drill. The unlucky few who didn’t see yesterdays latest chapter, look away, this is a SPOILER ALERT!
Be careful, Matt and Caroline! Tyler – in his super ferocious wolf form – is trying to kill the pair, but Matt makes sure that doesn’t happen. He shoots the wolf, yet manages to only injure him. Good friend that she is, Caroline tries to calm the wounded wolf down, under Matt’s protest. Eventually, the duo safely make their way out of the Lockwood’s cellar.
Across town, and injured Damon (You remember that nasty wolf bite) is showing his newly acquired wound to Katherine. He asks the vampire bitch if she knows of a cure. She doesn’t (Typical). Damon knows his case is hopeless. So where does this leave the former lovers? Katherine demands a goodbye, but Damon refuses. Ending on good terms is not something our favorite vampire cares to participate in. Katherine willingly led Aunt Jenna to her vampire death. He wants nothing to do with her.
Meanwhile, Aunt Jenna the vampire is slowly coming to terms with her current situation. She remembers Klaus kidnapping her and feeding on his blood, but nothing more. Elena reminds the newborn about that vampire history lesson they had a couple of weeks ago. Think back. How does someone become a vampire, Aunt Jenna? Yep. You are correct. Klaus killed you while you had his blood in your system. That equals one new baby vampire who’s definitely hungry, seeing as how much you’re enjoying snacking on Greta’s blood supply. Elena tries to stop her, but Greta and her witch ways trap the human in a circle of fire.
Bonnie. Jeremy. It’s nice to see you. We missed you last week. What have you been doing? Oh, I see. They’ve been hiding out from the big bad vampire, Klaus; and searching for an alternative way to keep Elena alive. Just a normal week for these residents of Mystic Falls.
Hey, Elijah. Where have you been? With Stefan and Alaric in tow, the vampire tells the team that the sacrifice will happen like this. First, Klaus will kill the werewolf, then the vampire, and finally the doppelgänger. When Klaus is in mid-transition, that’s when Bonnie will save the day and Elijah will kill his brother. It’s a simple plan, really. Taking a moment to talk alone, Stefan asks Elijah for reassurance. There have been many times when Stefan wanted to kill Damon, but he never could. It’s a difficult situation. Elijah remarks that Klaus is not his only brother, he had a family, but Klaus killed them all and made sure he would never find their bodies. Elijah is set on revenge. “I won’t fail you.”
As the group approaches Bonnie and Jeremy’s hide out, Stefan gets a call that Alaric does not want to hear. It’s the vampire hunters job to tell a still hopeful Jeremy about the latest development, while Stefan breaks the news to Bonnie. The witch wants to go immediately and save Jenna, but there is another plan in place. Their going to offer another vampire in Jenna’s place. Okay, Stefan. Who would that be? “Me.” Oh, hell no!
At Camp Klaus, Jules is being put in place for the sacrifice. Everything is as it should be. Klaus has his werewolf, vampire, doppelgänger, and moonstone. It’s time to start this party! Greta beings to chant as the fire begins to blaze. Klaus approaches the werewolf. In one swift movement, Jules is on the ground with her heart in Klaus’ hands. One down, two more to go.
A little later, Elena and Aunty J share a few words. Elena apologizes for their current situation and makes Jenna promise, that if she has a chance, she’ll run. They can’t leave Jeremy without a family. When Klaus approaches his newborn, he finds an unexpected surprise. Stefan. He wants to make a trade. With Aunt Jenna’s new super hearing, Elena is witness to the conversation. Uh. Oh.
At the hideout, Uncle John gives Bonnie the Jonathan Gilbert journals in hopes to find an alternative for Elena’s death. As luck would have it, Uncle John knows the exact spell they’re looking for (How convenient). Uncle John tells the story of a mother who asked for Emily Bennett’s help to save her dying baby. Emily cast a spell that bound the life of the mother to the child’s. When the child died, the mother’s life force traveled through her, and the baby survived. How does this help Elena? Well, Elena gets to stay human if her soul stays intact. Okay. If the spell works, Elena will remain a human and live happily ever after like she wanted. After a few witch words from Bonnie, it’s all set. Not only is Jeremy and Alaric safe from harm (Yay!), but Uncle John’s life force is now tangled with Elena’s. There is no way for this to go wrong . . .
As far as Klaus is concerned, Elena is in quite the predicament. There is no choice for the human. Klaus stabs Stefan in the back, only wounding the vampire. He has other plans for Stefan. Now, it’s Jenna’s turn. “It’s alright, Elena. I know what I have to do.” A brave Aunt Jenna, runs past Klaus and takes a bite out of Greta. She’s going to fight, but it isn’t enough. Klaus is already there. One stake to the heart, and Aunt Jenna is gone. GASP! Let’s have a moment of silence for our favorite ineffectual caretaker. We will miss you. *Sigh*
There is just one more thing to do, for the curse to be broken. “It’s time.” Elena makes her way to the makeshift alter, ignoring Klaus’ hand. Stefan tries his best to fight, but it’s no use. He’s too weak. Klaus sweeps the humans hair away and plants his teeth on her neck. He bites, drains. Elena collapses on the ground. The curse is broken. As the full moon is in view, Klaus beings his werewolf transformation. Bones break and twist, but the hybrid did not expect this. Bonnie. As she works her new all-powerful witch powers, Damon breaks Greta’s neck then takes Elena back to the hideout. Klaus is the final obstacle. The hybrid screams. Elijah looks upon his dying brother and attempts to rip the hybrid of his heart, but Klaus speaks first. He tells Elijah that he knows where their family is buried. Klaus will take him to them, if he is freed. Elijah is reluctant to believe, yet ultimately does. “I’m sorry.” The vampires are gone.
Just out of harms reach, Matt and Caroline find shelter at the Lockwood Mansion. It seems this is the perfect moment for Caroline to confront Matt. He confesses to talking vervain and tells the vamp that the charade he put on (to spy on her) was the Sheriff’s idea. A bump in the night startles the two, but Caroline finds a wounded Tyler – in his human form – on the front step. While Tyler recuperates, Matt breaks the news to Caroline. For a few days everything was going really well, Matt thought maybe they could be together. Yet, he doesn’t think he can. Matt has bills to pay, an absent mom, school. He doesn’t need anymore drama in his life. With that, the vampire and the human part ways. Later, Tyler is there to comfort his vampire bestie.
Elena lies unconscious. Damon warns the human not to come back as a vampire. He couldn’t stand her hating him forever (Awww). The minutes pass, nothing happens. Uncle John looks upon his daughter until she returns to her human life once again (Like we had any doubt). Stepping out into the sun, Uncle John collapses. What he failed to mention in his story, was that when the spell was complete and the baby was brought back to life, the mother died in its place. Uncle John willingly sacrificed himself so that his daughter would live a happy human life, like he wished. It’s kind of hard to hate him now, huh?
Preparing for the funeral, Jeremy gives Elena John’s ring and a letter. She begins to read. John tells his daughter he wished he would have listened to her and apologizes for failing as a parent. He wishes Elena to grow old and have a child of her own, so she will be able to give his ring to them. He doesn’t ask for forgiveness, but asks her to believe his words. Whether a human or a vampire, John will always love his daughter. Insert tears here.
Final scene: Stefan approaches his brother Damon after the funeral. Stefan reminds Damon that Elena needs a friend more than ever. He needs to be there for her. Elena can not lose another person. Damon displays his werewolf bite for his brother. Stefan vows he will find a cure, but Damon just wants him to keep his secret from Elena. In all his epic fashion, Damon walks away.
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Only 1 more episode left! What are your predictions for the Season 2 finale? What did you think of this weeks episode of The Vampire Diaries? Did you think Aunt Jenna would die? What did you think about Uncle John? Who will take care of the Gilbert’s now? How do you feel about Elijah’s betrayal? Will we see more of Klaus and Elijah in the future? What did you think of Stefan’s choice? What about Elena? Tell me in the comments!