[Spoilers from episode 13 below]
With the gang on the move for the cure off the coast of Nova Scotia, each contemplates their humanity and whether or not they’d become human if given the chance. Back in Mystic Falls, Klaus, Tyler and Caroline continue to play games with each other — the nasty kind where someone may not live to see the end of it.
The episode felt like a slow burn, mostly setting up for next week. After pursuing message boards, I think the majority of fans preferred Klaus’ storyline to the hunt in the wilderness. So let’s discuss the good, the great and the brilliant moments from last night.
The Good: Damon tells Elena that he can’t think of anything more miserable than being human. He’s in a rough spot the whole trip considering that finding the cure may cause Elena to fall out of love with him. Ever the optimist, she believes she’ll become human and maybe, just maybe, Damon will too. But no, Damon declares — flat-out — that he wants to be a vampire. He likes it. Yes! Finally someone isn’t into self-loathing about their vampire status. Stefan happens to belong to that (very large and quickly becoming over-crowded) boat.
The Great: Rebekah confronts Elena. Why is Rebekah vilified? She wants to know, considering Elena has killed two of her brothers — the last of which caused an entire vampire lineage to die out (a genocide of sorts). Yet, Elena believes that since Rebekah killed her by running Matt’s trunk off the bridge, thus turning her into a vampire, that she’s the villain in the scenario.
I love how the lines are starting to blur between the self-proclaimed good guys and the bad guys. Both Rebekah and Elena would do just about anything to protect their friends and family. Maybe now Elena will start understanding that.
The Brilliant: Klaus may have a shred of humanity left. He’s trapped in the Gilbert home, left staring at the charred remains of his brother — which is beyond cruel. And Tyler taunts Klaus in all the ways that he’ll kill him once they force the cure on the Original vamp, turning him into a human. When Caroline enters, she tells Tyler they should move the body or cover it up. I found the entire scene rather disrespectful. Even if Klaus did kill Aunt Jenna.
The true wild thing happens to be back at Mystic Falls. Klaus doesn’t sit idly. He bites Caroline, which is fatal unless he gives her some of his blood. Caroline’s pissed. Tyler’s pissed. I’m shocked (not really, it’s Klaus). Tyler leaves Caroline in the living room, telling Klaus that he has to watch her die if he refuses to help her. When Tyler leaves, Caroline starts toying with Klaus’ emotions. She says that she knows he’s in love with her and someone capable of love is also capable of being saved.
Joseph Morgan’s performance was perfect here — and I even teared up a bit. When Caroline started hacking (on purpose or was she faking? Hard to tell) he extended his wrist (quite literally) and lets her drink his blood. He saves her, but considering Klaus killed her boyfriend’s mother and countless others, I think too much may have happened in the past for Klaroline to be sustained. Thoughts?
What moments stood out to you? Stay tuned to learn more about Professor Shane. He may have captured Jeremy and wrangled in Bonnie, but there’s still one of the Five hunters on the loose.
— Becca Ritchie