The Vampire Diaries Review: Ordinary People

At it’s core, The Vampire Diaries, is a story about family and how family affects the way we love. Ordinary People finally gave us another part of the story to the beginnings of the Original family and why Elijah, Rebekah, and Klaus act the way they are. It also showed us how powerful a bond there is between Stefan and Damon and how these two really are the heart of this series. It really was a powerful episode and while I kind of wish there had a been a little more Elijah this week, I was happy with how well this flashback episode turned out. This season really has been quite spectacular, hasn’t it?

The whole story regarding the Original family is fascinating. We finally met the Original mother who turned out to be the Original Witch.  We also learned that Mikhal, the vampire hunter, is also the Original Father which defiantly makes things a whole lot more interesting. Rebekah told us that Ester and Mikhal turned their family into vampires because they had been dealt with too much suffering, loss, and death already and they wanted to change that fate. Unfortunately by changing the course of nature, there were consequences. All emotions were heightened, Mikhal became more vicious, Rebekah became more stubborn, Elijah became more moral, and Klaus, well he vowed to destroy anyone who turned their back on his family.

However, after building the entire episode around Rebekah’s story about her family and making the audience feel sympathy for her and Klaus after hearing about the death of their youngest brother, the rug is ripped out from under us. Elena discovers that it wasn’t Mikhal who killed Elijah, Rebekah, and Klaus’s mother Ester it was Klaus. Klaus had been rejected by his mother after they discovered that he was hybrid and she had suppressed his werewolf side and in return, Klaus ripped out her heart.

If anything, the one person I feel most sympathy towards is Rebekah who was portrayed fantastically Claire Holt this week. Seriously can we keep her around forever? Don’t let her go. Rebekah’s biggest obstacle is much like Elena’s, she loves blindly and recklessly. When Rebekah found out that it was Klaus who had killed her mother, the one person she though could never betray her had in fact betrayed her in the worst possible way, I couldn’t help but cry with her. So what does she do now? Does she help Elena? Or is her emotional bond to Klaus too strong? She loves her brother more than anything else in the entire world but now that the bond has been cracked, severely, who knows what happens to her next.

The Salvatore’s are first and foremost, brothers and that will never change. They spent practically the entire episode together, reaffirming this episode’s theme on family and loyalty and the unconditional love we have for our families. Elena told Damon that she realizes now that it won’t be her that will bring Stefan back to his humanity, it will be Damon; Damon’s love is what will bring Stefan back, which to me, reaffirms that this whole entire series is not about the love triangle between Elena, Stefan, and Damon-it’s about Stefan and Damon.

Speaking of family, after this week, I am more convinced than ever that Alaric is here to stay. Family is too important to this show and Alaric is the only family that Elena and Jeremy have left, even if he is not blood related to them. His bond with Elena and Jeremy is too deep now and I just don’t see the show taking him away from them, not after all they’ve lost.

Next week is the mid-season finale and I have got to say…I am a little scared. It’s homecoming and Mystic Fall’s dances never go according to plan…ever.

Other Thoughts:

*Mikhal is badass. Sebastian Roach is sooooo handsome in a suit. I have a feeling that he’s going to cause A LOT of interesting problems.

*Where is Katherine? Mikhal couldn’t have killed her…right??

*I liked the Original Mother. I hope we see more of her in the future and considering this whole deal with the necklace, I am sure we will.

* “I think you’re going to be the one who saves him from himself. It won’t be because he loves me; it will be because he loves you.” Such a beautiful confession from Elena. I am glad she realizes that shes not the one who will save Stefan that it will be Damon instead.

* “Yeah, it’s the Lockwood diaries, Pictionary-style.”

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