Friday’s Vampire Diaries, which gets my vote for the best episode of the season (so far), felt like a true return to form for the seven-year-old series: It was funny, heartbreaking, exciting… and, uh, can we talk about those last seven words?
“Where are we going?” one of Alaric’s daughters — who were totally born this week, but we’ll discuss that later — asked in the episode’s flash-forward. “To New Orleans,” Caroline replied from the front seat, “to visit Mommy’s friend.” Mommy’s. Friend. There’s only one person that can be, right? Like, say, someone charming and vaguely British who paints using other people’s blood? TVD‘s been crushing these flash-forwards all season, but this one blew my mind like no other.
I know this is might seem off-brand for me to say, as I’m so often reminded on Twitter, but I really do hope “mommy’s friend” turns out to be Klaus. As this show heads into its golden years, I’m finding myself more appreciative of the complicated history everybody shares, and I’m down to see any of it revisited. Don’t get me wrong, I’m still pulling for Stefan and Caroline to get it together, but I’m also curious to see where this leads.
Meanwhile, in the present…
STATUS UPGRADE | Let’s start with the good news: Elena is alive! Somewhere in Enzo’s busy schedule of being captured by Rayna and letting her steal the Phoenix Sword, he found time to tell Damon that the casket he burned was — wait for it — an empty decoy. Elena, as it turns out, is staying with “mutual friends” of Enzo’s and Tyler’s. (Man, this episode is full of mysteries: Who has Elena? And since when is anyone friends with Enzo?)
LABOR PAINS | Caroline’s pregnancy might be the most ridiculous storyline in TVD history, but you can bet your buns that I cried like a baby when Alaric re-introduced his surrogate to his newborn twins: Josie, in honor of Jo, and Elizabeth, in honor of Sheriff Forbes! Oh, who am I kidding, the whole birthing process was an emotional rollercoaster for me — and don’t even get me started on that romantic scene Stefan planted in Caroline’s head. (Like, stab me in the heart with the Phoenix Sword, why don’t you?)
‘X’ MARKS THE SPOT | I’m glad we finally got some answers about the freaky little “x” scars we’ve been seeing all season, but I really wish we didn’t have to learn them at Stefan’s expense — not to mention at the expense of his relationship with Caroline. She took the words right out of my mouth: “I just wish it didn’t always have to be you.” (And of course he got Rayna’s mark while saving Damon, because that relationship needs more baggage.) As much as it pains me to say it, I think Stefan leaving Caroline to keep her safe officially marked the beginning of their end.
BEAU NO! | More unfortunate news: Stefan was only able to receive Rayna’s mark after her previous target — Beau, who apparently had a golden singing voice before the Huntress took away his ability to speak altogether — met his own untimely end.
Odds and Ends:
* Did I imagine the crazy chemistry between Bonnie and Damon this week, or did other people also see it? She may end up with Enzo in three years, but a lot can between now and then…
* I really appreciated how pieces of Rayna’s backstory, particularly her father being one of “the Five,” tied in with previous storylines on the show.
* Speaking of previous storylines, Damon’s scene with Krystal (with a K!) filled me with fond memories of Season 1 Damon — even if there was an underlying “I’m getting too old for this s–t” vibe.
Your thoughts on this week’s killer TVD? Any idea who “mommy’s friend” might be? Whatever’s on your mind, drop it in a comment below.