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The Vampire Diaries 4×09: A lonely, lonely Christmas

The Vampire Diaries 4x09: O Come, All Ye Faithful

The Vampire Diaries 4×09: O Come, All Ye Faithful

TVD Christmas edition: fake snowflakes with real blood drops on top.

1. What just happened?!
It’s time for the Winter Wonderland charity event in Mystic Falls. Which means a lot of fake snow. Damon and Elena travel to the Gilbert’s lake house where Jeremy, Bonnie and professor Shady-Shane are waiting. They are going to try to reprogram Jeremy in not killing his vampire sister. In the meantime Caroline is freaking out, because Tyler decided to take Klaus down by having him switching into his body and lie down in a box of concrete for a few months. But the plan changes when they decide to use Rebekah’s body for it. Only Hayley is still in contact with the professor and blocks their change of plans (also she never had a witch to do the spell to begin with). Caroline shares a nice moment with Klaus by admiring his painting, while Stefan tries to find the sword at Klaus’s mansion. Which leads into Klaus and Stefan having a small heart to heart and having Stefan and Caroline feeling guilty about Klaus upcoming death (or so they think). In the end Klaus finds out that he is been double crossed, so he goes on a killing spree. Which results in the sacrifice of 12 hybrids and the death of Carol Lockwood. Also April finds out about the vampires and frees Rebekah from her dagger. To be continued in five (long) weeks!

2. What was the most memorable quote or dialog this episode?
There were a few nice quotes this episode! For example Klaus calling out Stefan: “I’m not interested in vagaries, Stefan. You’ve been dodgy and Caroline’s been lovely, which I’ve come to recognize as a tool of distraction.” Caroline on the phone with Stefan, freaking out: “If I’m gonna be a friend in your time of need, then you need to work on your punctuality.” following with “My boyfriend is a dumb-ass martyr.” Also Caroline’s notion to Matt: “How come the only time April Young isn’t following you around like a lost puppy is when I’m lying dead with a broken neck?” Damon to Elena at the lake house: “You’re not allowed to feel this sorry for yourself unless you’re sitting on a bar stool. Fortunately, I travel with the bar.” Damon found his new drinking buddy, haha! Klaus saying: “What do you want from me… A secret brotherhood handshake?” made me laugh. I’m going to finish with Klaus speech: “Loneliness, Stefan. That’s why you and I memorialize our dead. There’s the briefest of moments before we kill where we literally hold their life in our hands, and then we rip it away, and we’re left with nothing. So gathering other people’s letters or writing their names on a wall… It’s a reminder… That in the end we’re left infinitely and utterly alone.”

3. Cuteness vs. Useless
+ Klaroline has a thing! They make each other smile. Come on, Caroline when are you going to realize that “I have a devious plan” flirting with Klaus feels exactly like “I really, really like you” flirting (a.k.a. you are falling for mr. bad guy)? The girl really has a thing for hybrids.
+ Stefan and Klaus talking about loneliness. The writers are capable to make the viewers understand their ripper motives. It gave me goosebumps to see Klaus and Stefan having something in common. I think it’s shows there is a fine line between the characters and that their actions make the difference.
+ Stefan and Caroline feeling guilty after they watched Klaus get led away to the slaughter. Klaus has done horrible things and we saw him do that again, but we have all seen them kill at least one person. Stefan is right when he is doubting what makes them any better than Klaus. Everyone is a vampire (or another supernatural creature) and whatever teen television makes us believe these days: the instincts of a vampire are despicable. The only thing I would have liked to see discussed a little bit more is the “trust” argument. Which trust exactly? That they have someone around to share it with (and stop them if they are having trouble)? Or that someone trusts them to conquer the basic instinct of a vampire?
+ Okay, it’s weird to give it a plus, but Klaus killing mayor Carol Lockwood with his bare hands instead of going all vampire on her… it had something. It was clearly a personal kill compared to the massacre of the hybrids. I think it really fitted the classical style (thus character) of Klaus. He clearly tries to lure Tyler out with this move. Tyler will certainly want to avenge his mother’s death. Also thumbs up for the music department. The song which accompanied Carol’s last seconds was just haunting. It gave me goosebumps.
+/- Although I like Caroline and Stefan bonding together, I hate the judgmental tone all their scenes seems to have these days (beside the we are as bad as Klaus scene). Stefan seems to know everything better, he clearly completely forgot that he was a ripper who wasn’t able to make one right decision a few episodes ago.
+/- The whole storyline with Jeremy and Elena (and of course the sired stuff with Damon) already felt a bit old. Plus Jeremy seems so fake these days. Also isn’t April Young Jeremy’s new sweetheart?!
+/- Rebekah is going to awake very soon! But why did I get the feeling that April Young was messing everything up? Couldn’t Jeremy send a vervain note to his vampire friends?! Maybe it’s a good thing that April is going to understand the whole vampire/werewolf/hybrid story soon, it might help her stop doing stupid things.
– Tyler’s plan was very stupid. You are their leader and you decide to go lie down in concrete for awhile? Plus turning on Caroline is bad. He totally implied that the cure is something that vanishes vampires after being activated, but did anyone ever saw it as a potion you have to take? So then it would be a choice to stay a hybrid or a vampire and it wouldn’t be a problem to help Caroline out with finding the cure.
– I read a few Silas/professor Shady-Shane theories online and I really don’t know which story to believe… but I do know something: the guy is super annoying and I’m getting sick of everybody trusting him, when he is clearly the most selfish and worst guy ever (yes, even worse than Damon and Klaus). Can someone press the fast forward button on this storyline, please?!

4. Rate it! (on a scale from 0 to 10)
This episode had style and made a perfect mix of The Vampire Diaries usual ingredients in a Christmas setting, although it contained a few boring lake house scenes. Let’s make this an 8/8,5.

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