If the last episode was a roller coaster of flashback and sire bond related emotions, 4.09, “O Come, All Ye Faithful” adds more drama to the mix and hits ‘high.’
“You’re not allowed to feel this sorry for yourself unless you’re sitting on a bar stool” should be the town motto. Almost everybody in Mystic Falls spends a lot of their time drinking. Granted, this is a small town, and there’s only so much to do when people aren’t being horribly murdered by ‘wild animals.’ They should start an exchange program with Beacon Hills.
The sire bond is incredibly creepy if it means that Elena literally has no agency and not being framed by the writers as such. It doesn’t matter whether or not she had feelings for Damon before this; literally being unable to say ‘no’ to somebody is terrifying. Although, notably, Shane (Professor Shady Intentions) has been around to explain that what’s going on is Elena ‘obeys only Damon’s will,’ so that’s notable, considering his magical associations, and the fact that he’s up to no good.
Klaus is either sorting out his feelings for Caroline, or is messing around while he waits to set yet another plan in motion. Or, it could be a bit of both, remember this guy hasn’t had a crush since he, Stefan and his sister Rebekah were hanging out and murdering people while getting very drunk. The fact that he keeps letters from his victims in much the same way as Stefan had his Closet of Dead People is in no way meant to show that they are truly two of a kind. Everybody remember that vampires are not sweet and kind, miscommunication tends to end with bodies. Of course, this is a town where any day that ends in ‘y’ will have a body count.
Jeremy Gilbert isn’t coping with being a hunter. Trying to kill people you love is a sign that there needs to be an intervention. One wonders if the automatic ‘kill all vampires’ button that gets flipped in hunters is similar to what happened to Alaric Saltzman.
More information on Shane’s plan. He needs a witch (Bonnie, a hunter (Jeremy)–and, yes, that’s what those 12 freed hybrids were for, in order to make a sacrifice and bring back the dead. Anybody who’s been watching this show since the beginning knows that sacrifices always end in collateral damage. Start bidding farewell to secondary characters now, people.
If there are zombies, Mystic Falls will literally be the most supernaturally populated place since the Hellmouth. Cast your ballots, will people come back wrong? All signs are currently pointing toward ‘yes.’ Although, if anybody gets to come back from the dead, Alaric needs to be at the top of the list. Damon Salvatore is tired of being a single parent.
Caroline and Hayley both mess up in a big way. April has been wearing vervain and so, instead of being compelled by Caroline, she has a bunch of new information. And trying to sell out hybrids is an extremely bad move for anybody that can’t pull it off. Newsflash, Hayley is not one of those people. Also, nobody else is trying to raise their parents from the dead, she’s incredibly bad at dealing with her grief.
Damon ends up doing the right thing, and sets Elena free, because not having a choice is one of his pet peeves. That’s a good sign, doing the right thing is difficult, and yet, it never works out. Another theme of this show. Because Caroline tells Stefan about Damon and Elena, exactly as she said she wouldn’t, because if anybody is on Team Stefan besides Littlest Salvatore, it’s Caroline Forbes.
Agency, look it up, Elena, it’s what you want for Christmas.
Meanwhile, Damon will be training Jeremy, hunting vampires with him, and protecting him. That should be interesting, as Jeremy has always tried to get Damon’s attention and even looked to him as a role model. Let’s see if that pays off for both of them.
April has avoided getting killed, and comes across the coffin holding Rebekah, dagger and all. That’s one vampire who’s going to bite somebody when she wakes up.
Klaus ends up in the woods with the hybrids, and there’s a lot of blood spilled. Afterward, he finds Carol Lockwood, slightly tipsy, who’s waiting for Tyler to drive her home. Now, Carol hasn’t always been on Team Salvatore, but her character has been interesting: socialite, sometimes a bit of a lush, member of the Council, and most importantly, a parent. After her husband died, she took over, worked with Liz Forbes, and those two women looked after their kids with the ferocity of mothers who know how dangerous the monsters truly are, and never stopped. When she realized that Tyler was a werewolf, Carol stepped up and did what she could to protect him. So when Klaus approaches, looking for Tyler, and clearly post-slaughter, Carol doesn’t cry, scream, or beg for her own life. All she wants is for Klaus to leave Tyler alone.
“He’s all I have.”
“And you’re all he has. There’s a beautiful symmetry to that, don’t you think?” Klaus isn’t being kind, or cruel, he thought he’d come to Mystic Falls, find his doppelganger and have an easy time of it. But nothing is that simple, and he’s tired. Also, he kills people to make a point.
Then he shoves Carol’s head underwater and holds her down until she stops moving.
As he walks away, the camera pans back over trees strung with lights, while holiday music plays softly.
That’s Christmas in Mystic Falls.
The next episodes will inevitably deal with the fallout of the fact that Damon and Elena slept together, and despite the fact that Stefan wasn’t dating her at the time, so there was no cheating involved, this will be all Damon’s fault. Never mind that Elena can make her own decisions, or should be able to, full stop. One of the brothers wants to do right by the people he loves, and Stefan hasn’t gotten the memo that he isn’t that person.
Caroline needs to realize that Klaus is not a safe and sane alternative to Tyler, he’s ancient, gets violent when he doesn’t have his way, and rips hearts out like he’s collecting a set. It’s time that some of this comes to light and she look at her own choices. Yes, Damon Salvatore isn’t the least murderous vampire around, but then again, neither is Klaus. Or Stefan ‘Ripper’ Salvatore, for that matter.
All of which ties into Elena needing to not date anybody for awhile, get her feelings sorted out, and make her own choices, rather than have people decide what’s best for her. This is a woman who has talked people out of murder, and faced off against vampires with a broken chair leg and some sunshine. She can handle herself.
Which leaves Tyler Lockwood and Klaus, who aren’t going to be friends anytime soon. Both Klaus’ actions and Hayley’s are certain to complicate everything in a town where nothing goes right for long. In short, more people are going to get hurt, it’s that kind of place.
The Vampire Diaries returns January 17, 2013