The Vampire Diaries continued Thursday night on CW 11 in Queens with “The Murder of One,” which saw a couple of twists in Stefan and Damon’s quest to kill Klaus and a few deaths.
And then there were four…Originals, that is. “The Murder of One” on The Vampire Diaries saw Finn fall, but unfortunately for Stefan, the other Originals didn’t follow in his burning footsteps. Sage was left heartbroken and hellbent on revenge, but not for long. Meanwhile, Stefan, Elena, and Caroline discovered some terrible truths about killing Originals and Alaric’s evil psycho alter ego struck again, quietly for now.
Rebekah sought her revenge on Damon with physical and mental torture, showing just why crossing her is a bad idea. She chained him up with traps, bled him of vervain, and messed with his mind so he saw Elena free him, only to find himself still hanging from the ceiling. However, the softer side of Rebekah was also seen in this episode, as she saw that the Salvatores understand how important family is and how far they’re willing to go for one another. Claire Holt is so good in this role that even while she’s torturing Damon you don’t want to see Rebekah killed because you want to see more of her in the upcoming episodes.
It was sweet to see Finn and Sage (briefly) reunited after being apart for so long, but it wasn’t meant to be—and they did serve a purpose in the much larger picture. Thanks to all those scenarios they practiced, Stefan, Elena, and Matt were able to kill Finn outside the Grill despite Sage trying to get in the way. However, they weren’t done yet, as she came seeking revenge only to drop dead, along with the vampire she turned, leading to the scary realization that killing an Original kills all those in their bloodline.
That means that they can’t even kill Klaus because killing him would kill Tyler. They can’t kill any of the other Originals either until they figure out which bloodline the other vampires trace back to (if they’re lucky, that will end up being Elijah, another Original you would hate to see killed off because Daniel Gillies has the potential to steal every scene he’s in with how good he is).
Bonnie was MIA from the “planning to kill the Originals” session, and it was all because Klaus had her captive and forced her to unlink the Originals with threats to Jeremy and Abby. Klaus had perfect timing on his side—as did many others, considering what they learned about the bloodlines—as her spell worked just before they killed Finn.
Klaus issued yet another threat to Mystic Falls, promising to wage war yet again if he didn’t get all the white oak stakes. However, they have a major problem: Alaric’s evil psycho alter ego hid his stake, and they have no idea where it is or what this means now. And they thought they were done with him with the herb blend from Bonnie. Unfortunately, Alaric’s stuck drinking that disgusting mix and turning into an evil psycho—maybe he shouldn’t have put that ring back on no matter how dangerous what they’re doing is.
Among the best scenes of the episode were Bonnie breaking down outside Klaus’ mansion after leaving Damon hanging, Caroline and Alaric as he apologized for killing her father, and Stefan’s heartbreaking confession that he’d always love Elena but needed her to tell him she didn’t feel anything for Damon. That whole sequence as Klaus told Bonnie to free the vampire who turned her mother and her walking away was perfectly done, as she couldn’t quite forget that he led to her mother leaving her yet again. Katerina Graham may not have been in many scenes this episode, but she shined in the ones she was.
Meanwhile, Caroline addressed something they’re all guilty of: having blood on their hands. As Elena pointed out when Caroline learned of what happened to her father, they’re all victims in a way, and even though they can offer apologies, all they can do now is move on.
Finally, the love triangle once again came into play, as Elena and Stefan finally had a conversation they were long overdue for. He confessed he’ll always love her, but what he needed from her, she couldn’t give him: looking into his eyes and telling him she doesn’t feel anything for Damon. Stefan may have given up on letting his anger rule his emotions, but instead, he’s going to feel all that pain, and while playing Ripper Stefan allowed Paul Wesley to show what he can do, that scene, along with the one where he faced off with Klaus to save Damon, showed that he’s just as good at playing a Stefan who cared.
The Vampire Diaries returns on April 19 to CW 11 in Queens with new season 3 episodes, beginning with “Heart of Darkness.” What did you think of “The Murder of One”?
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