How good was last night’s episode of The Vampire Diaries? I know some people aren’t fans of the fact that Elena is now a vampire, but let’s be honest, it was bound to happen sometime. I really appreciate the fact that the writers took the chance and made her a vampire this early in the series. (Especially if it means we’ll eventually see a Katherine/Elena show down – I know, Katherine is older therefore technically stronger, but Elena has love on her side. . . oh who am I kidding, Katherine would kick her ass. I still want to see the fight though.) Last night’s episode proved that this was a really great decision. Making Elena a vampire has made it necessary to put the love triangle on hold for the moment, has given Damon and Stefan a new way to have the same philosophical disagreement about what it means to be a vampire (Stefan wants to get Elena started on an all-animal diet immediately, Damon thinks she needs vampire food AKA human blood from the vein in order to survive), Caroline is no longer the baby vampire on the block so it gives her a chance to take the lead instead of always being in Elena’s shadow, and it has given Bonnie and Jeremy a chance to make googly eyes at each other again which makes me very happy. Continue reading
This post is going to be completely incoherent and I apologize in advance. I’m still super pumped after last night’s finale of The Vampire Diaries and can’t organize my thoughts so I’m just going to spew them out.
1. I think it is so so awesome that Elena is a vampire. We all knew that eventually Elena would have to become one, but I always assumed that it would be a conscious choice that she makes to have either Damon or Stefan turn her. I didn’t think she’d become one by accident. Of course, is it by accident? There is still the possibility that she knew that Meredith was using the vampire blood to heal her brain bleed. And maybe she made Stefan save Matt because she knew that she had vampire blood in her system, so therefore wouldn’t actually die. I think it’s really brave of the show to turn Elena now, when the audience isn’t really clamoring for it to happen. The writers have gotten out in front of the will they/won’t they problem and just done it. And I think it’s going to make for a really interesting season. Continue reading
I seriously could not love The Vampire Diaries more than I do after last night’s episode. From Klaus’ petulant pouting when Stefan and Damon refused to let him into the Gilbert house to get Elena (how awesome was the escalation of stuff that Klaus was using to throw at them?) to Elena’s discovery of her link to Alaric (if Elena dies, new vampire Alaric dies too) to the Bonnie/Jeremy reunion tour – there wasn’t a false or weak moment in the episode.
As has become habit, the penultimate episode of The Vampire Diaries was chock full of revelations, transformations and exciting goings-on. All I want to do is relive moments like Stefan and Damon both agreeing to bow out gracefully if Elena chooses the other and the look of pure terror on Caroline’s face as Alaric tortured her with the vervain-laced gag and pencils through her hands – especially at the moment when it looked like he was going to let Elena let her go only to slam the pencils in further. I was completely on the edge of my seat throughout the episode. Continue reading
This week’s episode of The Vampire Diaries was all about Mama Original’s spell to kill her children – in other words, this show has turned into a comedy (just kidding!). I’m not sure how clear I am on how the spell works, so I’m going to try to break it down. Last week, at the ball, Mama Original infused her children’s champagne with Elena’s doppelganger blood, linking their lives together – if one of them was killed, they would all die.
With her favorite vampire son Finn at her side, Esther got Bonnie and Abby to join her at the house of 100 dead witches and drew a circle with a pentagram inside of it, surrounded by candles. Her intention was to tap into Bonnie and Abby’s ancestral line of Bennett witches and use their power to augment her own along with the power of the full moon to complete her spell. However, she was thwarted by Elijah who had confronted Elena about lying to him about his mother’s intentions and kidnapped her in order to get Stefan and Damon to help him stop Esther’s spell. Elijah seemed particularly pissed when Elena told him she wishes there was something that she could do – I mean, he did stomp a hole in the ground and drag her down into it with him. Continue reading
You know what The Vampire Diaries does so well? Relationships. Every single relationship on this show feels well thought out and developed and true. And every time a new relationship is formed, it feels earned. Take last night’s episode for example. We got to see some new relationships move forward and see the bonds of some old relationships tighten.
Stefan – Elena – Damon:The writers have done an excellent job of setting up this love triangle. I don’t know who to root for! On the one hand, Stefan is Elena’s first love; that means something and she seems so determined to get him back. On the other hand, Elena has helped Damon change into a better man and clearly cares about her role in his life and doesn’t want to let him go either. Continue reading
Remember a few weeks ago when I was complaining about how fast The Vampire Diaries was moving through plot and wished the show would take a deep breath and pause for a moment? Well, last night, I got what I wished for. All of our favorite characters seemed to hunker down for the night, but for some reason, it didn’t feel like the action actually paused at all. It felt like each story was given a little breathing room to hit the audience with a little more impact, but that calmer pace did nothing to compromise the action. On top of that lovely pace, the actors were really bringing the most to their characters – I am particularly impressed with the way Paul Wesley has been communicating all of Stefan’s conflicting feelings and how Candice Accola has made Caroline so fantastically human despite her vampire powers. In other words, The Vampire Diaries crew hit it out of the park, again.
This episode basically breaks down into two parts – Klaus and Elijah vs. Stefan and Damon which includes Bonnie and her mother, Abby, attempting to open the 5th coffin and the mystery of who killed the medical examiner which involves Caroline, Elena, Matt and Alaric. As much as I love this show, I do find fault in the lack of integration of its story lines. Somehow it always feels like it is split into different stories that don’t include all of the characters. I really want to see these plots start to dove-tail into each other so that all of our Mystic Falls heroes are working together toward the same goal like they were at the end of the first season. Continue reading
Is anyone else feeling like this winter season of The Vampire Diaries is getting off to a slow start? I have written recaps on the past three episodes, but feel like they have been more information dump than entertaining story. It’s like the writers are trying to get us caught up on all of the new Mystic Falls rules and regulations and introduce us to a whole new slate of characters all at once. This show has never been one to lay things out slowly or methodically, but lately, I’m feeling as if it has become more clunky exposition than flowing narrative. I hate to criticize because I think The Vampire Diaries is so great, but I’m just not clicking with it right now. Despite that, there have been a few interesting developments since the show returned that I would like to discuss if you don’t mind.
1. Here’s a little recap of the basic goings on around town: Stefan has all of Klaus’ family coffins and is using them as leverage to get Klaus out of town (he successfully got rid of the hybrids last week). There is one extra coffin that no one can figure out how to open. The coffins were being hidden in the house of 100 dead witches (which is my favorite place in Mystic Falls) until last night when Klaus got all of them, except the mystery box, back (I’m guessing that the locked coffin holds his mother). Bonnie went to find her mother to help her unlock the coffin and Klaus used their reunion as a way to get his family back. Meanwhile, Tyler is trying to break his sire-bond to Klaus with the help of Caroline’s father, in order to be able to be with Caroline and Alaric has befriended Dr. Meredith Fell who has been using vampire blood to help her patients cheat death. Oh, and Elena got Damon to compel Jeremy so he would go to Denver in order to be safe and she and Damon kissed. Continue reading
Last night’s episode of The Vampire Diaries was like a heist caper. Stefan, Damon, Elena and Mikael plotted to kill Klaus and executed that plot to perfection, except that they didn’t account for Katherine and her impulsive ways. Here is a step by step account of what they did.
1. Elena stabbed Mikael with the dagger (Elena has to do it because if a vampire stabs an original vampire they die) so they would have proof that he was dead to show Klaus and so they could get around Klaus’ compulsion of Stefan. They also got Rebekah to plead with Klaus to come back as an even greater incentive. Continue reading
Wow. I feel like The Vampire Diaries just opened a million new doors and I cannot wait to see where it takes us. I love the way even the laying out of each story feels momentous instead of tedious. Every moment last night involved some sort of fairly large reveal so I’m just going to make a list.
1. “Grow up.” Caroline rescues her dad from Damon. So, Sheriff Forbes took Damon to compel Caroline’s Dad, Bill, to forget all about Caroline and leave town. However, Bill believes in the power of the mind to overcome anything (he’s totally a creepy motivational speaker) and proves it by being impervious to Damon’s tricks. When he arrives at Lockwood mansion to take over the council, Damon goes on the attack and Caroline comes to her father’s rescue (when he resists taking her blood she tells him to grow up and it is awesome). She and Damon have a BRILLIANT fight in which she totally kicks his ass. In the end her dad leaves town, but not before telling her that despite her reassurances ”You’re a vampire sweetheart. I don’t think you’ll ever be ok.” I find that incredibly cruel. Do we think that her dad will be able to convince her to stop being a vampire?
2. “Well, this is creepy” Katherine, upon seeing Gloria’s voodoo setup. Gloria the witch gives Stefan a vervain laced pat-down in an effort to find Rebecca’s necklace/figure out why Klaus can’t make more hybrids. I just love how completely over the top the setting was – with all of the candles, Stefan splayed on the table, the two decorative jars under his wrists to catch his blood – I mean, I know that rituals require precision, but it’s not like they were guaranteed a bunch of alone time. After doing a locator spell on the necklace, Gloria saw Elena, Caroline and Bonnie talking about Stefan which put her on alert. She didn’t divulge this information to Klaus because she would never help a “hybrid half-breed”, but also because she wants the necklace/talisman for herself. She threatens to tell Klaus the truth unless Stefan helps her get it and when Stefan goes to attack, she does that fantastic witchy thing that Bonnie does and shocks his brain or whatever. So she sets up her little voodoo lounge of comunicating with souls and tortures Stefan until she sees how much he loves Elena and how far he’s willing to go to protect her from Klaus which is when Gloria figures out that Elena is the doppelganger and the fact that she’s not dead is why Klaus can’t make more hybrids. But, before Gloria can get what she really wants, Katherine arrives and stabs Gloria in the neck. I love Katherine so much I literally clapped.
3. “Be careful, she’ll ruin you.” I LOVE Katherine. After she kills Gloria and saves him (I do love how often the women do the rescuing on this show), Stefan lays out his plan for her. I’m not sure I really get how the whole thing works, but he claims that he was mimicking what Katherine did with himself and Damon (she pretended to love Damon in order to get Stefan to love her. In this situation, he’s pretending to be best buddies with Klaus in order to get Rebecca in a position to be willing to do anything to earn back his love? Maybe?). Stefan tells Katherine that they were running from a hunter in the 1920′s and that he wants to know why a vampire who can’t be killed is running from a vampire hunter. When she says she wants in when he makes a move against Klaus, he just dismisses her with a “it’s good to want things Katherine”. I like this scene so much. I like seeing Stefan relaxed and smiling instead of angsty. And I like seeing Nina Dobrev sultry and sassy as Katherine. She and Paul Wesley have great chemistry and sometimes the darkness and guilt of Stefan and Elena’s relationship overshadows that. ”I’m in this alone. If you’re looking for a diabolical partner in crime, I suggest you look elsewhere.”
4. “My girl’s dead. I’m bored.” I’m sad that Rebecca turned on Stefan (or caught on to him, whatever) so quickly because I sort of like her. She’s got that same entitled brattiness that Katherine has. The big theme with her this episode was how well she knew Stefan and it was interesting to see all the ways in which she tested his truthfulness. Stefan tried to get her to tell him who she and Klaus were running from before Klaus stabbed her with the dagger of almost-death. He thought he was being so smooth and manipulative, but she doesn’t buy it. Rebecca immediately rats Stefan out to Klaus, telling him that he’s no longer on their side and asking about Michael. Poor Stefan is kind of a dope isn’t he? I mean, he had a plan – to use Rebecca’s love for him to find out who Klaus is running from – and he executed that plan, but she still saw through it. I wish that we had seen a little more bonding between Rebecca and Stefan before she called him out. It might have been nice to see her loyalties torn between Stefan and her brother. Also, it would have made her feel less expendable. It’s very rare that this show telegraphs a character’s expendability like this (I mean, it took them two seasons to off Aunt Jenna and I was SURE that Tyler’s uncle was going to become a part of the fabric of the show and he was killed pretty quick) but I feel like, her brother has already done away with her once and now that Stefan has no emotional tie to her, there’s no one to keep her from NOT dying (well, except for the fact that she’s an original and technically can’t die).
5. “So you’re not, like, switching Salvatores are you?” – Caroline to Elena. Damon has been spending a lot of time with Elena which is making the hairs on the back of everyone’s neck stand up. Alaric is worried and tells Damon to “take a beat” with Elena, Caroline spends most of the episode trying to convince her that he can’t/won’t change (I loved the way Caroline snapped “stay focussed” at Bonnie when first trying to talk to Elena about Damon), and after his run-in with Bill and Caroline, even Damon is trying to convince Elena that what she wants isn’t who he is. ”I am not Stefan. I wish that everyone would stop trying to turn me into him.” I appreciate that the writers aren’t toning down Damon and his thirst for human blood in order to justify Elena’s attraction. Nor are they saying that what Damon does is ok. I mean, clearly, Damon is meant to be the “bad boy” in this little triangle, but part of a woman’s attraction to the bad boy is the desire to fix him and I’m glad that (so far) the writers are refraining from allowing Elena to “fix” Damon.
6. Unfortunately, I have no witty quote to jump into the Jeremy/Anna/Bonnie situation. So far, I’m a little bored by this story, but I have a couple of theories. First of all, Anna told us that it takes both her desire to see Jeremy and his desire to see her for their communication to work. We also learned that Vicki leaves a very dark feeling over Jeremy whenever she’s around and it seems that she doesn’t like Anna interfering. But Jeremy seemed to tire of Anna as well and after he realizes that he needs to be able to be with his alive girlfriend more than his dead vampire ex-girlfriend, he shuts Anna out and leaves her sobbing and alone and it’s actually kind of sad. My first theory about this plot is that Matt is going to discover the push/pull method of getting in touch with his sister and it’s going to take him down a very dark path. My second theory can be found below in #9.
7. After Alaric wakes up from his Damon induced nap (“Your temporary funeral”), he’s pretty pissed off and takes his new role as Elena’s father figure seriously. He goes to the Mayor and Sheriff and tells them that he wants to be the Gilbert family spokesperson on the council because, thanks to their supernatural children, they can no longer be objective and the humans of the town need someone on the council looking out for them too.
8. Caroline surprises Tyler in his bedroom and he offers to kick her dad’s ass (which she refuses because she bought him the shirt he was wearing and it was really expensive. That’s our Caroline). They have a little sexy time and it’s super sweet and sexy. I don’t know when this happened, because I loved Matt and Caroline, but Caroline and Tyler are totally my new favorites.
9. Elena gets her necklace back from Bonnie and she spills Jeremy’s ghost secret and she blames it on the fact that the witches said there would be consequences. She turns around for a milisecond and when she turns back, Elena is gone. BECAUSE ELENA WAS KATHERINE. It took me far too long to grasp that (I seriously paused my DVR to figure out how Elena could disappear so quickly. D’OH!). It is important to note that during their very short encounter, Katherine became privy to the fact that Jeremy has been talking to his dead vampire ex-girlfriends. I haven’t quite formulated my theory on what Katherine will do with that information, but you just know it’s going to be important. Next stop on Katherine’s Mystic Falls tour is Damon’s house where she asks him to be the Clyde to her Bonnie and shows him the necklace. He accepts, because what else is he going to do at this point with everyone trying to get him to either change or stay away from Elena. LOVE this – Katherine and Damon tearing down the Eastern seaboard? Perfection.
10. The very last scene showed Stefan waking up among Klaus’ family coffins to find himself in the back of a truck that has returned him to Mystic Falls so that Klaus can figure out just what Stefan has up his sleeve.
Damon’s Bon Mots of the evening:
“I knew your old family. They made sucky chili.” – Damon
“Just because you and I are on ok terms doesn’t me I’m suddenly a big advocate for your lifestyle.” Sheriff Forbes “Is that what you told him when you two got divorced?” – Damon
“Don’t get me started on the irony of that” – Damon when Bill (who is gay) threatens to out him
One disappointment: I wish the 100 dead witches hadn’t cut Bonnie off after she brought Jeremy back to life. I liked them and their house of horrors.
Last night I had some drinks with friends and one of them told me about how embarrassed she was that she got teary eyed during The Vampire Diaries season premiere. I assured her there was nothing to be embarrassed about – The Vampire Diaries is a good show with writing that gets the viewer so invested that they tear up from time to time. It’s ok to admit that you are involved in the story! When am I going to get to stop defending this show? I know it is on the CW, it has teenagers in it, it’s about vampires (one of whom can be a bit angst-y), it’s on the CW, but none of that discounts the fact that it is pretty well written, has some great performances in it and keeps its viewers hooked with its rich mythology and unrelenting pace. There are many more “prestigious” shows that could learn a thing or two from The Vampire Diaries. There’s nothing to be embarrassed about J.S. I promise.
The Vampire Diaries has done something that no other show in my recent memory has been able to do: kept the tension and suspense high all while moving the story forward. The first season barreled along at a breakneck pace which I thought for sure couldn’t be sustained, but then the second season sustained it. And now, three episodes into the third season, the writers are still on a roll, even when traditional knowledge says they should be at a standstill (flashback episodes are notorious momentum killers). It’s just undeniable that behind the teenagers and soap opera clichés, lies a very good show with smart writers who clearly don’t want to let their audience down. Last night’s episode, while not a perfect example of all that The Vampire Diaries is capable of (see below re: lack of plot integration), was a great example of how to work in loads of exposition without dialing down the suspense or emotion.
First things first. Despite the fact that Caroline is my favorite character on this show, she’s still sort of sidelined by the writers. I refuse to do her the same disservice, so let’s get to her torturous night right away. Daddy dearest still has her locked in that dungeon (formerly owned by their vampire savvy ancestors) where he takes off her sun-walking ring, pumps vervain into the room via the ventilation system and taunts her with a bag of blood while opening a gate that lets the light in (those Forbes ancestors really knew how to make a guest feel at home, didn’t they?). What a dick. She begs him to let her go and tells him that she can handle the urges. He says he’s conditioning her to associate vampirism with pain so that she’ll be able to repress her vampire instincts so that he doesn’t have to kill her. That’s totally effed up. Ugh. I hate Caroline’s dad.
At this point the sun has gone down so she can’t be tortured anymore. He leaves, only to find Caroline’s mother standing there with a gun in her hands and Tyler as back up. Tyler swoops into the torture chamber, unchains Caroline, puts her ring back on her finger (foreshadowing? . . . probably not), picks her up and walks her out of there and it is so awesome. It all happens really quickly, but feels so heavy and painful for everyone involved. You can tell that Bill loves his daughter and doesn’t want to have to kill her, but he’s been conditioned by his family that all vampires are monsters. Luckily, Caroline has her mom on her side and Tyler to keep her warm and comforted (“would now be a bad time to give you crap about sneaking out on me?”) because she sure doesn’t have anyone else like her, ahem, best friend Elena. (Ok writers. Can you please please please integrate Caroline and Elena’s storylines. They are supposed to be friends right? LET THEM BE FRIENDS!)
(I want to make the rest of this short and sweet, but I just can’t. There’s too much going on.)
Katherine (our favorite evil vampire Elena-doppelganger) popped up out of the blue to get an update on things in Mystic Falls and get Damon and Elena back on Stefan’s trail. He and Klaus are in Chicago to figure out why Klaus can’t create any new hybrids (hint: it’s because the non-vampire doppelganger is still alive). Elena and Damon take a wee road trip (“Ooh, put these in the yes pile!” Damon about a pair of lacy underwear while trying to get Elena to pack) and end up at Stefan’s old Chicago apartment (which he apparently still pays for because it doesn’t look to have been inhabited in quite a while). Damon is still trying to open Elena’s eyes to just how evil and dangerous Stefan is and shows her a secret door that opens to a list of names of all of the people he killed – and that list is LONG. But in Elena’s eyes, that’s the past. Damon also gave her Stefan’s journal from when he was in Chicago and she conveniently skipped over all of his blackouts from killing so many people and focussed on how Lexie (his best friend whom Damon killed season 1) taught him to care again.
Let’s get the flashbacks out of the way up front: Way back in the 1920′s, Stefan (handsome as ever in a tux) palled around with Klaus (then going by the name Nick) and his sister Rebecca. Klaus was totally into Stefan and his sadistic ways of torturing his victims (he made one of them drink his own wife’s blood) and Rebecca was totally into Stefan. However, somehow, the cops found out about them and shot up their favorite speakeasy with wooden bullets. Klaus got freaked out, told his sister they had to leave, and compelled Stefan to forget all about them until he said otherwise. When Rebecca found out that Stefan wasn’t following them in their escape, she chose to stay behind instead of going with her brother. So, being a big old baby who can’t handle the fact that his sister picked her boyfriend over him, Klaus put a dagger in her heart (one of those nifty daggers with that special ash that petrifies originals, but doesn’t kill them kill them) and left her in a coffin until he the next time he needs her.
Well, now the time has come. Stefan and Klaus go to that same speakeasy in the present day. It’s run by Glory, a witch who’s been around since the 20′s (and doesn’t look too bad) and can apparently help Klaus figure out what went wrong with the spell to break the curse so that he can create his wolf-pire army. She says the only way to understand what went wrong with the spell is to contact the witch who created it who just so happens to be dead but she says that Rebecca can help her. After taking the dagger out of his sister and compelling a security guard to let her eat him, Klaus takes Stefan on his next “trip down memory lane” tour stop: his old apartment (where Damon has left Elena). When she hears Klaus and Stefan coming, she hides in the dead man’s list closet which is of course the first place that Klaus wants to show Stefan as evidence of his brutality and the reason Klaus wants him around. Klaus opens the door but doesn’t look inside (what I don’t get is why Klaus can’t smell her or hear her heartbeat. She should have been pretty easy to suss out in her state of panic). When Stefan goes to the closet , he sees Elena and they have one of their amazing moments of eye contact (seriously. Those two say more with one second of eye contact than most characters say in three minutes of dialogue). For a second it seems like he’s going to tell Klaus that she’s there, but he keeps her hidden and gets Klaus to leave with some scotch (“Let’s find someone to pair it with”).
Back at the bar, waiting for Rebecca to wake up and have her security guard breakfast, Stefan asks Klaus why, if they were such good friends, he only knows him as a “hybrid dick who sacrificed my girlfriend on an altar” and Klaus tells him about the compulsion. Damon catches Stefan’s eye after the flashback and he steals away. Stefan tells Damon that he has to get Elena away from Chicago because she’s the reason that Klaus can’t turn any hybrids and he’s about to figure that out. But instead of leaving right away, Damon gives Elena a chance to talk Stefan into coming home and takes a seat next to Klaus to ask for his brother back. Elena tries to hug Stefan into coming home and when that doesn’t work, she tries to stab him in the back with vervain, but he stops her and tells her again to leave him alone (getting pretty damn mean in the process). Klaus has Damon by the throat and is poking him with the sharp end of a drink umbrella (awesome weapon). Damon continues to try to sacrifice himself for his brother, but Klaus just doesn’t have the same bond with Damon that he has with Stefan. Klaus is just about to stake Damon when Glory stops him and he tells Damon that by the time he’s done, Stefan won’t want to go home. Elena tries to convince Stefan that she can help him the way that Lexie did and he tells her that she has to give up, that he doesn’t want to be with her anymore (the weight of all those dead bodies are hanging over his head) and walks away.
Sick of waiting for his sister, Klaus goes back to collect Rebecca and finds her out of her coffin, but not without a dagger. She stabs him but the daggers don’t hurt him anymore (which she knew). He tells her that he brought her a peace offering, Stefan, and he compels Stefan to remember her and his feelings for her. I’m not sure if the memories are a play yet. But it does get Stefan to remember his bond with Klaus and Rebecca and could cause many complications down the road if he’s asked to put his love for Rebecca above his love for Elena. Klaus tells Rebecca that he needs her to contact the original witch and she reaches for her necklace (now around Elena’s neck), apparently the key to that particular inter-dimensional call, and freaks that it’s missing.
Damon calls Katherine and tells her that Stefan was where she said he would be. Then she flashes back to the night that the speakeasy got raided and she saw Stefan pick up Rebecca’s necklace (because she’s a total stalker). AND THEN MY TV CUTS OUT! (only for like 10 seconds, but still, I could have missed something important. I didn’t, but I could have!) It comes back to Katherine watching Stefan tell someone (I’m assuming he’s a cop and also the guy that Klaus is running from) that he’s never seen Rebecca or Klaus before.
How do you feel about where The Vampire Diaries is headed this season? My guess is that the cop from the 20′s is the guy that Klaus and Rebecca were running from and that he is going to come back into play in the coming weeks which is a relief. I was starting to get worried about the fact that Klaus was so immortal. At least if he’s running from someone that must mean that there is someone out there who holds a power of some sort over him and since Klaus isn’t really afraid of anything, I’m going to assume that our cop friend holds the power to kill him. I LOVE the Tyler/Caroline relationship (though I still want to see them integrated into the show as a whole) and actually missed Jeremy and Matt and the dead vampire ex-girlfriends (The D-Vegs?) so I’m looking forward to Bonnie’s return from the land of “off-screen relatives” next week. Finally, I’m super excited that Katherine is back in the mix. She always adds a little spice to the Mystic Falls happenings.