Stefan has a nightmare. I think we’re all having a nightmare in this episode. Remember when the vampires actually wrote in diaries each episode? Oh, those days when we only had to worry about Stefan’s super hot brother messing up their relationship. The days without doppelgangers and suicide. Things were simpler then.
Elena wants to start fresh with Stefan. Elena: “Hi, I’m Elena.” Wow, that’s two steps beyond fresh, girl. Here’s the thing, Stefan has his memory back. Geeze, Elena, get updated.
Stefan’s set on killing Silas. Stefan seems like he’s so rational and empathetic, but I think he’s really just obsessive. Whether it’s loving Elena or holding on to his humanity or killing Silas, the guy has very singular focuses.
In the Salvatore brother’s makeshift jail cell, Silas’s true love, Amara, is not exactly in a healthy mental state. Constantly inflicting self-harm, she’s not a charmer.
Silas is a hitchhiker. This is why you should not pick up hitchhikers. They could be ex-vampires, current witches, always murders types of people. Damon wants Silas to come back so he can bring Bonnie back and take Amara, but, well, Silas doesn’t want Amara (because she’s a bit mentally unstable) or help Bonnie.
Bonnie and Jeremy work on making Amara well again. Since Amara is the anchor between the world and “the other side,” she can see and touch Bonnie.
Elena and Jeremy want to swap Bonnie for Amara as the anchor, so that they can have Bonnie back (sort of). Damon recruits Ketsia. Oh, Ketsia, you are so violent and scary.
Katherine and the creepy professor do some tests on her; she’s aging rapidly, like Jack or an opposite-Benjamin-Button. Katherine’s daughter meets Caroline. She’s mad that Katherine abandoned her, again. Katherine isn’t interested; Katherine: “May I be excused, creepy vampire daughter?” They’re not really hitting it off.
Ketsia confronts Amara. Ketsia says Ketsia’s face launched a thousand doppelgangers. Question: will there be a doppelganger war at some point with Stefans and Elenas fighting each other? It will be like Star Wars: The Clone Wars.
Ketsia gets all of the Elenas together, the three doppelgangers, to collect their blood for a curse. The Parent Trap splice scenes have nothing on this triplet wonder. Really, is Nina Dobrev getting paid triple for this episode? Does she have three on-set trailers? Three parking spaces? It only seems fair that she would.
Silas interrupts the curse. The triplets disperse. Silas almost kills Amara, but don’t worry, it’s one of those really romantic almost killings. Wait, what? Yeah, this is not a healthy relationship, Amara. They struggled all this time, went through so much for the kind of relationship where one person tries to murder the other. Yikes.
Stefan kills Silas. Amara kills herself. How many people are going to die in five minutes? Ketsia’s spell works, and Bonnie is brought back to the living. Were you one of the viewers crying at Bonnie’s funeral? Are you feeling cheated right now? Bonnie and Jeremy make out. Reunited, and it feels so good. It’s been a while since we had a good make out sesh.
The creepy witch, Ketsia, kills herself. Seriously, so many deaths this episode. I’m glad we got rid of some doppelgangers because they are tremendously confusing, but Ketsia? She was scary and interesting. With three b-character deaths in one episode, I wonder who they could kill next week. The professor? The professor’s kid? Some random townie? I guess we’ll just have to wait and watch the creative answer unfold. I guess they can always throw in one of the thousands of doppelgangers.
Hilary Miller is currently an MFA student in Screenwriting at Pepperdine University in Malibu, CA. When not not watching, writing, or talking about movies and television shows, she can usually be found making crock-pot creations, laughing, talking too loud, running, devouring a good book, eating, racking up cellular bills chatting with her bomb family, sticking her toes in the sand, or wishing she were Hermione Granger, sometimes all at once. And while part of her heart is still in Indiana, the rest of it belongs to her puppy, Estelle Getty.