The Vampire Diaries Recap

Vampire Diaries Recap: Bonnie & Hyde

Try as I might, I doubt I’ll ever be able to purge the image of Bonnie Bennett beheading Caroline Forbes from my memory.

Fortunately, that disturbing dismemberment was merely a dream sequence, one of several Bonnie experienced as she struggled to fight Rayna’s curse on Friday’s Vampire Diaries. Caroline and Enzo each gave it their best shot, entering Bonnie’s brain to locate the curse’s off switch, but neither achieved much success.

For better or worse, it was Damon who eventually woke Bonnie from her reluctant slumber by attempting to convince her to give up and let Elena come back. (I know that sentence was complicated, but what isn’t on this show?) Little did Damon expect, his plan worked out too well — there’s a first time for everything, I guess — and he replaced Caroline as Bonnie’s No. 1 target.

What transpired couldn’t have been more bittersweet: Yes, we got to watch Damon deliver a beautifully heartfelt speech to Bonnie (“I believe in you, and I love you the same way Elena loved you. If you kill me right now, it’s not your fault. I did this to us. But, please, forgive me), but it came at the expense of Damon nearly being staked to death. Were it not for Deputy Sergeant Sheriff Donovan’s quick-thinking, and even quicker trigger finger, Stefan’s brooding brother might not have lived to see next week’s finale.

Of course, it’s anyone’s guess what the aforementioned finale has in store for Mystic Fall’s finest, especially with Damon and Enzo planning to re-open the Armory.

OK, now that we’ve gotten that unpleasantness out of the way, let’s talk about what I’m sure most of you came here to discuss: “Steroline!” The estranged couple finally had a long-overdue talk about their feelings, and the results were… well, probably not what what you were hoping for:

Stefan: I love you, and the thought of you getting hurt is not an option I’m willing to entertain.
Caroline: You hurt me more than anyone else has ever hurt me. I loved you, and you left me.
Stefan: I know. All I can say is that I’m sorry and hope that you’ll forgive me one day.
Caroline: I just don’t think that I can do that.

But don’t assume that Caroline’s refusal to forgive Stefan means she’s 100 percent committed to Alaric. In fact, her response to Stefan’s inquiry (“Do you love him?”) was proof of that: “I don’t know. Can you love someone and leave them behind right when you need each other the most? … Ask me whatever you want about directions and travel plans and anything related to Bonnie. Those decisions I can make. Just please don’t ask me to make that choice right now.”

Ready or not, Caroline, next week is the season finale. The time for indecisiveness has passed.

(Side note, because I didn’t know where else to put it: How amazing was Caroline’s casual Klaus mention?)

Your thoughts on Season 7’s penultimate episode? Hopes for next week’s big finale? Drop ’em all in a comment below.