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‘The Vampire Diaries’ Review: 1912

‘The Vampire Diaries’ Review: 1912


The hiatus is finally over! The Vampire Diaries is back, and it’s insane! After the jaw-dropping cliffhanger we saw a few weeks back, we finally get a little insight… And it’s not what we expect! In hopes of finding the murderer, we get a few flashbacks! The murderer is still at large, and everyone is a suspect. Is it Meredith? Sheriff Forbes? Alaric? Carol Lockwood? Maybe even a new character called Sage! After numerous guesses, we finally get a shocking answer.

The Good:

1. The Flashbacks:

The Salvatore’s take a trip down memory lane, as they try to figure out who could be capable of murdering the members of the Founder’s Council. They come to reveal that the killing of the Founding Families has, in fact, happened before. Their first thought? A vampire. Cue Sage (Cassidy Freeman), a vampire who can only be described as the female version of Damon. She’s fierce, seductive, and she is the reason Damon is the flirt he is today. I couldn’t help but laugh at the fact that Damon Salvatore had to be taught how to seduce a women, it just doesn’t seem natural! Meanwhile, we get to see Stefan (Paul Wesley), after making progress with his lifestyle, fall off the bandwagon . . . Again.

I really enjoyed the flashbacks. They provide a deeper understanding to how the Salvatore’s came to be the way they are, and I always admire character development like that. We finally got to see how Damon transitioned from the timid gentlemen, to the charming flirt.

2. Alaric… In jail?

“You’re arresting him? For what this nut-job, Dr. Fell says?” -Damon (Ian Somerhalder)

Meredith Fell (Torrey Devitto) is insaaaane. After shooting Alaric (Matt Davis), she has him arrested over the charges that he came at her with a knife. After being the prime suspect, she managed to gather enough dirt to pin Alaric with the crime. He is later cleared from being a suspect after new information is brought up. Okay, I was not expecting this at all. This whole plot sequence was one of the furthest things from my mind. Luckily, the writers managed to make it work. It all tied together well, and it made sense.

3. Matt and Elena:

“Once you fall in love with someone, I don’t know if . . . I don’t know if you can ever shake them.” -Matt (Zach Roerig)

Okay, I admit. I ship Matt/Elena (Nina Dobrev). I have since the last few episodes. I honestly feel that Elena’s best interest is to be with a human. I feel like Stefan and Damon deserve someone who will accept their true nature. The way I see it, Elena/Matt, Damon/Rebekah (Claire Holt), and Stefan/Katherine. But I doubt that will ever happen. Nonetheless, the scenes that featured Elena and Matt together were honest, and sweet. Definitely my favorite part of the episode. Plus, Matt was actually doing something, which is good enough for me.

4. Team Salvatore:

“Was hoping we could hang, you know, a little brother bonding. I know we don’t actually ‘hangout’ . . . We team up, we join forces, activate our wonder-twin powers!” -Damon

Let me just start out by saying that I’m totally ‘Team Salvatore’. I want the best for each character, and when I see them working together, instead of fighting over a girl, I’m obviously happy. The scenes they shared during this episode were completely phenomenal. The chemistry and deep connection they had throughout the episode is what I’ve been missing! We get to see Damon take Stefan’s ‘ripper-persona’ into his own hands. Damon believes that Stefan would be better off learning how to control his urge for blood, rather than fighting the urge. I hope this works out, because various characters have tried to help Stefan control his craving for blood, but it has ultimately failed numerous times. Although, I think this time may be different.

5. The Freaking Cliffhanger:

“You wear a ring that let’s you cheat death, Ric. How many times can you die before it changes you?” -Meredith

After much debate over who the murderer is in Mystic Falls, we finally get an answer. It is revealed that the person, in 1912, responsible for the Founding Family deaths was Samantha Gilbert. Damon and Stefan come to realize, after Damon confessed to killing her, that she had a Resurrection ring in her possession. Damon, Stefan, Elena, and Meredith all made the connection. After dying and being brought back to life, it’s bound to do crazy things to your head. Cue Alaric. A man who has been killed multiple times (mostly by Damon). Although it wasn’t completely confirmed, I think it’s safe to say that Alaric has gone completely mental, and that he’s the murderer.

I have to say, I wasn’t expecting that at all, and it raises a lot of questions. Is it possible that, because of the ring, Isobel turned on Alaric? And we can’t forget Jeremy. He has been killed his fair share of times . . . Is it possible that he might end up having the same fate as Samantha Gilbert and Alaric? I have to say, I’m truly curious as to how they’re going to approach this . . . And if it means the demise of Alaric.

The Bad:

1. Klaus! Where Art Thou?

That’s right. The only bad part about this episode, was the fact that Joseph Morgan wasn’t in it. Granted, I’m biased, because he’s my favorite person on the planet. Nonetheless, it just didn’t seem complete without our favorite hybrid! Where was Klaus? Possibly drawing pictures of Caroline (Candice Accola) . . . Or horses. Or Caroline with horses?

I think it’s safe to say that this was one of the best episodes of TVD this season. It provided everything I loved… With the exception of Joseph Morgan. Brotherly bonding, flashbacks, Elena connecting with someone OTHER than a vampire. Perfect. “1912” truly went deep into character motivation, and it showed us different sides of many characters. It provided a lot of back-story, and I really appreciate that. Twas epic.



  • Favorite moment?
  • Thoughts on the insane Alaric cliffhanger?
  • How do you like Sage so far?
  • Thoughts on Elena and Matt? Stefan and Damon’s bonding?
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  1. i do not like the fact that they are turning Alaric into a serial killer with memory loss problems. i realize matt davis is leaving the show and all, but this is not the way i want them to write his character off. can’t alaric ever catch a break?

  2. I’m pretty sure the writers already had the idea of making Alaric the serial killer before he got cast into the other show. Plus, you never know! They may find a way to keep him on TVD. I, for one, am glad they added this in. His character was beginning to get a tad boring, so it’s nice that they’re involving him more, and making his character the badass he was in season 1 again. 🙂

  3. he does do crazy good (like when he was klaus) so im sure this will turn into a good storyline. but i still hate the idea of his final days on TVD is going to be as a serial killer.


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