As usual, The Vampire Diaries doesn't disappoint. One of the many great things about the show is that the writers know how to keep the storylines moving in exciting ways. They never drag out plots forever, and always try to advance them in a meaningful fashion.
'Break On Through' was no different, and though it wasn't as shocking as last week's instalment, there were plenty of things to enjoy about it.
A significant portion of the episode was dedicated to Damon and Sage (Cassidy Freeman) teaming up to find out what Rebekah's up to. Last week, I nitpicked perhaps too much that I found Sage to be fairly bland and underdeveloped, but her arrival in present day Mystic Falls and a further glimpse into her backstory actually benefit the Originals storyline. It's intriguing to learn that she's willing to do whatever it takes to reunite with Finn, even if that means switching sides.
Damon eventually figures out that wood from the white oak tree is being used for the Wickery Bridge, but Sage double-crosses him when she learns that all of the Originals - including her beloved Finn - are linked as one and chooses to help Rebekah (Claire Holt) burn all of the wood.
If anything, it's cool to see that the Originals have a new allegiance - even better is that the allegiance is quite messy as Sage clearly hates and wants to be rid of Rebekah but must protect and play nice with her if Finn is to live. But given that it appears her love for Finn is not reciprocated, it will be interesting to see where things go next with the character.
Meanwhile, Elena and Meredith (Torrey DeVitto) are trying to help Alaric suppress his darkness and stop him from harming anyone else. When Elena goes to fetch his wedding ring for a ritual, she finds some rather disturbing possessions - photos and articles on his previous murders as well as a note to Jeremy telling him that the council needs to be "cleansed" along with a hit list containing the names of those in the founders council.
But more fascinating was when Elena and Stefan returned to find Meredith in the bathroom having been stabbed by an Alaric temporarily overcome with darkness. Stefan is willing to ask Elena for help as he enters to see all the blood, and manages to retain self-control and feed Meredith some of his blood. It's a great and rewarding moment, especially knowing how difficult it has been for him over the past couple of episodes.
The situations with Stefan and Alaric are not too dissimilar, as is pointed out in this episode. Is Elena wasting her time trying to help people who are beyond being saved? But she pulls out all the stops - and mending her friendship with Bonnie at the same time - by being there for both men and helping them for the better. Elena is a remarkable character who always thinks of others. She's the heart of the show.
This is contrasted by what Abby (Persia White) does - struggling to cope with her new life as a vampire, she rather selfishly leaves without even a proper goodbye to Bonnie or Jamie (Robert Ri'chard). Not even Caroline's awesome speech could stop her. As a side-note, Caroline was on fire this week, what with also telling Jamie off earlier. She hasn't been around that much lately, but as far as I'm concerned, the more we see of the blonde vampire, the better.
The final few minutes of the episode were excellent, as is always the case with the series. Firstly, we had Elena speaking to Jeremy on the phone - his presence on screen was very much welcome! - though is there reason to be suspicious when he tells an emotional Elena that he was going out with "some friends"?
Then there was the twist that not all of the white oak tree wood was burned - Damon has the historical sign made of that same wood. "Game's back on, brother," he tells Stefan. "Let's go kill some Originals." Those final fist-pumping words were awesome, but does that mean Klaus's time is up? I hope not. Either way, it looks like next week could be pretty insane and I can't wait.
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