Vampire Diaries Recap: Mad World

Vampire Diaries RecapBreaking news: Everything we’ve ever known is a lie. More specifically, the prophecy about Elena and Stefan being destined to end up together is a lie — just one of the many surprises delivered by Thursday’s Vampire Diaries.

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Elena and Stefan spent much of the hour sharing visions of an alternate reality, one in which they’re together, happy — and, most notably, human. In this glorious utopia, they’ve got two adorable children (one is a “biter”) and none of their family members have been murked by the undead. Seriously, none.

Naturally, Caroline chalked those visions up to the doppelganger prophecy, but as Damon and Enzo learned during a chat with Markos, the visions were merely part of a spell he created 1,500 years ago. His end goal was simple: Help the Travelers through the use of doppelganger blood. No true love included.

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But even after Markos hit CTRL+ALT+DEL on the exes’ visions, Stefan and Elena still reflected on what could have been. “I will always love you, Elena,” Stefan told her, to which she instantly responded, “I will always love you, too.” Then Elena went and ruined the moment by asking if Stefan thought she and Damon would ever have that same closeness. (My guess? Probably not. We all know Damon and emotions are like oil and water.)

tvd-blogSpeaking of which, Damon confronted Elena at the end of the episode, informing her that they’re no longer friends. It was obvious to the viewers that Damon was merely acting in accordance to Stefan’s philosophy — you can either be someone’s friend, like Stefan and Elena, or be in love with them — but Elena was still pretty torn up about it. Hopefully she’s reading this recap and will soon understand.

Now let’s talk about what else went down in Mystic Falls this week…

OFF-SIDES | Um… What’s the deal with Tyler? Not only is he apparently working with Markos, but he even delivered the Traveler knife to him at the end of the episode. (Update: Thanks to Twitter, I now know Tyler has a Traveler inside him. My cable cut out and I missed the scene where he was possessed. Namaste.)

FAMILIAR FACES | After being stabbed by a possessed Sheriff Forbes, Matt found himself on the Other Side, surrounded by familiar faces, both friendly (Vicki!) and unfriendly (Kol!) He also got a first-hand look at the disintegration of the Other Side, which Grams had previously warned Bonnie about. We still don’t know exactly what’s going on, but Vicki was pulled away from Matt the same way Katherine was pulled away from Bonnie shortly after her death. Hopefully, wherever they are now, they’re together. They never did get a chance to meet, did they?

ALL GOOD | Jeremy and Bonnie finally had “the talk” this week — awkwardly interrupted by Matt’s gasps for life, but whatever — and it looks like their relationship isn’t in as much jeopardy as she thought. She agreed to let him do his thing, but asked him not to put her in a position where she’d have to question him. We’ll see how long that lasts.

What’s your take on this week’s Vampire Diaries? Was this episode the final nail in Stefan and Elena’s coffin (so to speak)? And what’s really going on with Tyler? Browse pics from the episode below, then drop a comment with your review.


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  1. Tara says:

    Do you know if Liz still has a traveller in her?

  2. Annabelle says:

    Tyler was attacked by a traveller after he saved Liz. We saw a shadow come over him as he was helping her on the ground but we didn’t see the actual attack. The passenger who took over Tyler was then raving about his “incredible” body upgrade. (He’s not wrong!)

  3. Robert says:

    I am a little confuse is the other side just a mirror image of ours? I have to admit I loved the look of fear on Kol’s. face. I wish we could have seen the Witches on the other side.

  4. Jobless says:

    This show is tanking pretty hard this season. It was bound to happen sooner or later, but they seem to have run out of good story to tell.

  5. Sandra says:

    Tyler got possessed by a traveler after stabbing Sheriff Forbes with the traveler knife. After she went unconscious, the traveler that was inside her appeared behind him. I think it’s implied that the traveler then jumped into his body.

  6. Taylor says:

    Nice recap, but if I’m not mistaken, I think Tyler got possessed after he saved the sheriff. It was brief, but someone shows up behind him when he turns around..and he also mentions to Markos that “this body is amazing.” So yeah, I think he just got possessed, but that’s just my two cents.

  7. tv2day says:

    One of my favorite shows but they have lost something with the loss of “the originals” characters and have not been able to replace it this season. May need to bring back Alaric or bring in a better storyline next season. I enjoy the originals a little more now and much more when Claire Holt was still around.

  8. Josh says:

    This show just makes it up as it goes along. There is a rinse and repeat cycle. Bad guy introduced, bad guy built up, bad guy killed in three episodes(or turned into a mopey main-pained star of the show who overshadows a female character).

    Big plots are introduced to be erased episodes later.

    Female characters don’t exist outside of love triangles.

  9. wrstlgirl says:

    Jesus, and I thought the season of the cure was bad. Sorry, not sorry. This is awful.

  10. michelle says:

    What is even happening on the show anymore? First Silas, now Marcos…what is the point? Its sad to see how its fallen off track. I did love the Anna mention though. I miss that girl. Jeremy belongs with her but alas… Sucks that the Stefan/Elena utopia wasnt real. I wish it was. They would be such great parents. Also. Why was Vicki sucked into whereever like Katherine? Strange. They should just open the other side and let our favs stay. Its boring without them.

  11. dmac says:

    *sigh* They just need to call it the Dalena Diaries and get it over with. The show runners are obsessed with Ian/Damon as is Elena and it is getting repetitive and so freaking boring. Every thing always comes back to Damon and quite frankly since he has been with Elena his character has gone off the rails. What happened to my Vampire Diaries???

    • xxx says:

      well damon doesn’t have a storyline by his own, apart from delena…. elena and stefan have their doppelganger storyline apart from the love triangle. but that was the storyline from damon after katherine

  12. Jessica says:

    Am I the only one so tired of delena and just need it to end?!? They’re terrible for each other. Always have been always will be. Just stop. Let’s move on. Please.

  13. Tracie says:

    I don’t know what everyone is getting at. This was probably one of my more favorite episodes.

    • Dmav says:

      Parts of it were okay, but It seemed to bei missing something. I found myself playing with my phone most of the time and it was never ole that before. It is just kind of meh

  14. otomen87 says:

    If I was the traveler who jumped into Tyler’s bodies, I won’t spending time helping Markos. I would spend all day playing with my self. Yes, I am shallow.

    • Isobel says:

      Given his or hers this body is amazing remark, I think the traveller would like to do that to :) but maybe they have to keep Markos happy right now, who knows what they’re up to when they’re alone though ;)

  15. Babybop says:

    I’m really confused. Caroline said Tom was dead, but didn’t she save him? And do we know why the travelers need doppelganger blood?

  16. Sparky says:

    I was just reading Kevin Williamson interview on another website about what a perfect coming of age story Dawson’s Creek was and it was. I remember watching the first maybe second season of TVD and thinking that the man with the Midas touch was going to do it again. But since he left the show it has been such a mess. Is Elena going to be with Stefan or is it Damon or maybe Stefan? And if the declining ratings are anything to go by I’m not the only one.

  17. Revenge says:

    Omg people its Liv not Liz

  18. giojoe says:

    Is any one else sick of the “other-side. ” It just feels over done and furthermore im sick of people dying and coming back to life.

    Also im sick of the doppelganger stuff, i thought Elena was no longer the doppelganger once she became a vampire? Isnt that why Kathrine turned herself into a vampire, so she would be no value to Klaus?

    This used to be one of my favorite, if not guilty pleasure tv show. Now i find myself not caring while watching! .

    • wgsecretary says:

      No, she is still a doppelganger after becoming a vampire. We learned this season (well, in the final moments of last season), that Stefan is one too. Katherine becoming a vampire just stopped Klaus from being able to use her blood in the spell he wanted to do way back when.

  19. Lauri says:

    I just can’t stand Delena. They completely bore me and so did this season. I’m not sure if I will be watching another season, which is sad because I used to really enjoy the show.

  20. Mitchell says:

    I think next season should be the final season because they are running out of storys to tell. I dont want to end up hating the show that I once considered to be one of my favourite shows at one point. This show needs to wrap up.

  21. Delena forever says:

    While I am not a fan of this season I still think this show is really great, they might end it next season but honestly i just feel like there is still hope for this show they’ve made it to 5(6) seasons I don’t think u can get there by being just an average show. They’ve come up with AMAZING story lines in the past and the start of this season was nice too they just need to maybe bring back some ppl like VICKI and ALARIC and maybe even jenna or anna as REGULARS I love Vicki and Alaric and I just hope we can have them back

  22. moriza says:

    I wonder why showrunner or writers not thinking about bring Normal Human as super Villains ??? Supernatural villains already old since Klaus and Silas moving out .Human character with high resources money and motivations like Lex Luthor , Joker , Stryker, Nick Fury etc would bring so much problems for our “sloopy ” supernatural creatures in Mystic Fall. Good stories usually came from big problems and danger

  23. Sara says:

    the prophecy is a lie…… where have a heard that before? Oh yes…moonstone. Get some new writers on this show!

  24. Lies says:

    sad that this has to be the end of stelena. I had so much hope for them! But great that we have another season of the delena diaries (not) I also hate the fact that they want stefan and caroline together, can’t they just be friends? It is also sad for every stelena and klaroline fan who still have hope all those seasons. But who knows maybe the triangle isn’t gone.

    • meah says:

      Thought I was the only one that noticed that the last stefan/elena scene was about the writers closing the book on Stelena.the scene was extremely beautiful,plus when they both said they’ll always love each other.I used to be a stelena shipper,but I got over the triangle and its stupidity
      Hope stefan gets a new GF,really wanted heather hemmens(maggie)to be the one,but she’s Enzo’s girl
      And please keep enzo,he cracks me up all the time

      • Dmav says:

        I wish the triangle was over and Stephan moves on with someone (and not Caroline, keep them friends) but sadly I don’t think that is the case. JP had said over and over again that the Triangle is the show. Ugh.

        • Mel says:

          I would love to see Stefan move on as well, even with Caroline if that’s what it takes, (yet I really do love their friendship.) I’m just tired of the love triangle and Elena going back and forth between Damon and Stefan. It’s getting old.

  25. Dominique says:

    th eonly good parts about this episode were Kol and Enzo. everything else sucked. AGAIN with a prophecy that turns out to be fake and again vague villains that no one cares about. i don’t think the writers have a clue about what they want to do with this show anymore.

    • ChrisGa says:

      I’m actually loving Enzo, guy’s a good actor. And as much as I kinda wanted Caroline with Stefan, I’m thinking now I’d prefer her with Enzo; they’ve got good chem going.

      • Meredith says:

        I agree! I thought when Enzo first joined the show he and Caroline would bond over their mutual hatred of Damon, but then the guys rekindled their friendship. I love that they’ve found a way to get them together and create a spark. I’m still on fence on the Stefan/Caroline romance.

  26. Blah Blah Blah says:

    Stupid complainers/haters. No need for those if you’re looking at this section. Usually it’s FANS who look search about the series they LIKE.

  27. Mel says:

    I love this show, I really do, but this season is a mess. Do I believe that Stefan loves Elena? Yes, but I also believe that he is ready to move on and find someone new. That Stelena scene was a great way to close the book on Stelena, if that’s what the writers intended to do there. As for Damon, he needs to make up his mind. He finally has Elena, but he keeps pushing her away. Even though the love triangle is the basis for the show, it’s getting tiring, and it would be nice if they come up with something else in order to keep the show interesting.

  28. EJ386 says:

    Any chance on Kol breaking trough from the other side and joining The Originals?!? Also there were five originals, who was the fifth and why is he basically non-existent on either show? Kol at least get mentions and cameo’s

    • Dominique says:

      That would be Finn. And I have no idea why both shows are essentially ignoring his existence and acting like they don’t know who he is. I’m at a point right now where I wonder if something happened bth witht his actor that resulted in all of this.

  29. Katie says:

    I love The Vampire Diaries, but I really think the show could benefit from some major coupling shake ups. End Stelena and Delena for good. Elena’s constant flip-flopping is one thing that pretty much everyone agrees is annoying, and both of those ships have been done to death. For five seasons both men have been totally enraptured in Elena, and it’s boring now. Also, break up Jeremy and Bonnie. There is nothing exciting about them anymore, hasn’t been since she brought him back from the dead. Frankly, the show could also use more females (There’s Elena, Bonnie and Caroline, and now Liv – who is basically 100% unlikable – but when it comes to guys there’s Stefan, Damon, Enzo, Matt, Tyler, Jeremy, and Liv’s brother. It’s more than a little uneven when it comes to genders.) Caroline has no direction, just accompanying Enzo in various activities, and helping Stefan, Bonnie seems to do nothing lately other than help people cross over and pine after a completely disinterested Jeremy.

  30. aw says:

    i must say, I had no idea how much I liked stefan and elena together until I saw them this episode. The early seasons were just better TV in general and they had a sese of purpose to them. Now it’s always having Elena-and-Damon-lust slapped in the face until it really smells.
    But I forgot how much I enjoyed LIKING characters on the Vampire Diaries. Now I am mostly puzzled, horrified, annoyed or bored. Stefan and Elena together in Utopia were so perfect to me, because they were depicted so likable. It was so beautiful to see them happy.

  31. janet says:

    “I’ll always love you” garbage. I know I should be happy that they’re closing a door finally so shippers can stop panting but I did one major eye roll during that scene. The character dynamics will never be what they used to be on this show. They went too far down some roads I didn’t want to go. It’s watchable but I get annoyed every week I continue to watch it.

  32. noone says:

    I’ll watch one more season then, i’m done lol

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