Warnings: spoilers alert, subjective comments. The gifs aren’t mine.
Before watching this episode I thought I’d be mad at how Plec and co. wrote it thanks to all the spoilers (and hate posts) floating around on Tumblr (I even intended to start this rant with “Dear Diary. Plec fucked it again). I even delayed watching it till yesterday, kinda afraid it might trigger my conditions. But I did watch it in the end and it turns out I’m not as mad as I thought I would.
I’m not mad at the fact it should be a Hayley’s episode but they still have the nerves to jam in redundant and irrelevant Klaroline moments. They aren’t that long anyway and pretty much tolerable.
I’m not mad at Hayley’s death nor am I interested in the rumored drama behind the scenes regarding Phoebe Tonkin’s leave. Sometimes actors and actresses have other engagements and they’re unable to stay with the show any longer; or they don’t have as much enthusiasm and love for their roles as they used to; or something happens which the audience can only make wild guesses. Whichever the reason, it’s something that’s been already done and thus cannot be changed despite all the tear and anger. No use crying over spilled milk, as the saying goes. Plus, out of all the female leads’ death, Hayley’s the most badass and iconic – she stays true as a wolf till the end, fighting and taking her enemy with her; she’s already avenged her own death.
I’m not mad as how Elijah acts in this episode and do not think they’ve destroyed his character. Even though amnesiac, Elijah is still Elijah, an Original who fights and protects his family, and yes, Roman counts as his family now because he’s his fiancée’s brother, and possibly his future brother-in-law. If it’s not Roman whom he tries to save from Klaus, whom would it be since he has no memories of his previous life, and no memories equals no feelings? I doubt he even knows how Hope and Hayley look like: he’s heard about them but that doesn’t mean he knows them by their faces as he didn’t seem to recognize Klaus and Rebekah in the first episode. Now his feelings lie with Antoinette so naturally he’d want to protect those she loves. Back in seasons 1 and 3, when he had feelings for Hayley, he even protected the wolves at the bayou although I doubt he’d ever considered them his family. In season 2, Marcel tried to get Elijah to take care of the vampires through Gia. So yeah, I don’t think his protecting Roman while ignoring Hayley and Hope is out-of-character and he doesn’t deserve all the spits and stones people are throwing at him.
However, I am mad as…
… Marcel’s sore absence in this episode. Where is big brother when little sis is in peril? At home and bandaging Josh and maybe cooking some chicken soup for him?
… Declan’s noticing something weird is going because nobody seems to care that Hayley has gone missing, but he says nothing about the out-of-the-blue disappearance of Poppy, his colleague.
… Elijah’s not burning when he’s out bathing in the sun. Hasn’t he thrown away his ring a couple episodes last?
… the entire farce known as the binding spell. Didn’t Esther need a human doppelgänger’s blood as the key of the ritual. I assume they’ve found Elena somewhere in Mystic Falls and she and Damon get to reunite with their loved ones a few decades sooner. Or, Hope’s blood could act as the key element in stead of Elena’s, a fact so conveniently established in the last episode. Strangely enough, I don’t see them taking her blood.
Hayley’s binding comes off easily enough when nameless witch undoes it (no need to use magic!), yet Hope, with her tribid strength could not rip it apart.
… Klaus and Caroline’s reminiscence of the ‘good ol’ days’. You know, the time when Klaus tried to sacrifice her and ended up sacrificing her bff’s aunt, when Klaus terrorized the little town known as Mystic Falls with hybrid lackeys, when Klaus killed her boyfriend’s mom while the Christmas carols were playing in the background, etc. Has Plec forgotten all of these or her level of self-compulsion is just that mighty? Stop force-feeding TO-only viewers the wrong idea that the two of them were good buddies in the past! That’s just cheap.
I assume they’re referring to Damon.
And this line! Really, who wrote it? It makes Caroline sound like a vengeful spirit haunting Klaus or a bad cosmetic product.
… that Elijah’s giving off Stefan’s vibes. Hurt as I will be, I won’t be surprised if at the end of the series, Plec has him died, I’m sorry, ‘sacrifice’ although there’s always another choice that doesn’t involved suicide. Because suicide is the best and only redemption, right.
Most favorite thing of the episode: Elijah’s snapping Caroline’s neck soundlessly. That’s just too hilarious not mention. Caroline should be thankful it’s only a neck snap instead of a heart rip.