Episode 4.12 makes one ask the question: remember when the residents of Mystic Falls had brilliant plans that came together without any problems? No, but apparently it had to happen once.
An even bigger surprise is that it’s Elena’s plan to take out Kol that has teeth. Nothing against her, but usually Elena’s plans depend on her noble self-sacrifice, and make everybody interfere as fast as possible. Now that she’s a vampire, Elena can take bigger risks, and this plan was a perfect example. Amazingly, it worked.
The tradition of fake truces goes back hundreds of years in this town, and it’s a bigger shock that anybody actually pretends to go along with one of them for a plan to fall into place. But, truces break down, just like this plan, and it’s fun to watch.
Here’s how it goes: entice Kol with a truce, offer to help find Silas before he is awakened to destroy the world, and along the way, get rid of Klaus and Rebekah so that nobody else ie Kol, dies horribly.
What saves the plan from leaving Jeremy wounded, and Elena dead, is Gilbert family togetherness, as in they teamed up and killed Kol together.
Interestingly, Klaus, who has little to no interest in his siblings when they aren’t serving his needs, flips out after Jeremy kills Kol. This wasn’t calculated anger, but a brutal fury that wouldn’t stand on niceties to get what he wants.
After talking with Damon about being a bad guy, and how being purposefully bad instead of just lazy about it is the key to being liked and doing bad things. Well, to be fair, everybody still suspects Damon has done something terrible, but it’s like having that alley cat who rips the face off a coyote but sometimes purrs. Damon is tricky, at least when he’s not mired in a love triangle. The lesson is: Klaus may have a reason to be bad now, and it would be a pleasant change to have him be more of a villain, instead of that guy who sometimes turns up and smirks.
Stefan is pretty unhelpful to Rebekah, but he manages to keep her attention directed his way, so by the time he’s spouting lies to her at an 80s-themed dance, complete with a lot of balloons, and hats, along with Bon Jovi, it feels like it’s been earned. Yet Rebekah demonstrates that she can see through things too, but reveals that all she wants is to have a family, the way she wanted, and to be human. So she hands over the dagger to Stefan.
Lastly, there’s Bonnie, who was supposed to contain Klaus, which was purposefully not explained, because a magician, or a witch, doesn’t reveal her tricks, at least not until she’s got you in a corner. Too bad that Bonnie had to not only deal with claiming her power for herself, and deal with her parents trying to actually do their jobs and tell her to knock off the destructive magical powers. Parents in Mystic Falls fail, and then usually end up dead.
In order to keep Klaus out of the way long enough to find the cure, Bonnie binds him to the new moon, locking him in an invisible cage inside the Gilberts’ living room. Remember, she’s done something on a smaller scale with people before, but this time she’s not protecting the person inside the cage, but everybody on the outside.
Jeremy proves that he’s been working out by tearing off his shirt and showing off his completed mark, which means all the pieces are on the board to find the cure.
As Damon so neatly put it: “Here we go.”
Elena/Damon/Stefan is the literally the love triangle that won’t die. Please, give one of them the cure so that there’s some urgency and mortality involved. Or, send one of them to the spinoff for a while. Four seasons of pouting, dramatics, and so on has made this one old.
Bonnie is going to go bad, in a big, witchy way, and it’s going to be a nice change from her usual plot line of being right there to lend magical help and get taken advantage of for those skills.
As the season goes on, the race for the cure had been feeling more like something out of a scavenger hunt than any sort of life or death struggle. Sure, people are trying to kill each other, but that’s normal for Mystic Falls. The stakes, no pun intended, need to be raised, already, and it looks they have been. Klaus is ready to rampage, Rebekah is out for the cure, but more on Stefan’s side, and Jeremy is ready to Hulk out at any vampire that pisses him off. Don’t make him angry, vampires.