We finally find out about the malevolence that resides within the vault in the latest episode of The Vampire Diaries. Bonnie’s crazy house companion, Virginia St. John, reveals that the vault is like an evil makeover chamber. You walk in normal and come out with the personality of Satan. No love, no compassion…nada.
This is what happened to her great grandfather when he first opened the vault in 1882 and spent just a few moments inside. Afterward, he made a career change to killer.
So Virginia fears what has become of her (and Alex’s) sister, Yvette, who has been trapped inside the vault for four years. “…I can’t imagine what she’s been twisted into in that time,” she says to Bonnie. How about a corpse, Virginia? Maybe an evil corpse? Just sayin’. But apparently Alex still hears Yvette calling to her for help, so maybe Yvette lives. We shall see. Bonnie promises not to open the vault.
Meanwhile, Damon, Enzo and Stephan are busy tackling Rayna’s vampire hit list—ripping out hearts, cutting off heads, staking hearts. One of the highlights of this episode was the return of badass Caroline, also killing vampires, along with Alaric. Yes! So it’s all hands on deck to save Bonnie’s life.
Even Matt signs up, but he is paired with Stephan. Awkwaaaard, since he wanted Stephan killed so badly that he freed Rayna to do it. During their very uncomfortable road trip, Stephan wants to find out what sparked Matt’s vendetta against him. Flash back two years ago, we see Matt online searching for the best way to propose to Penny. She has such a cute personality. I wish they would have had a chance to really get together. Penny catches him and, before he even has a chance to ask, she says “yes.” When Matt pulls out the ring, sweet Penny is concerned that he went way over a deputy’s budget to get it for her. Girl, don’t worry about all of that. I don’t care if he’s on a lifetime payment plan, paying for that thing like it’s a student loan—put it on your finger and bling out. But Matt reveals that he’s about to get a promotion to sergeant, so…she’s good with that.
Back to Matt and Stephan’s current conversation, about Penny, and about how Matt doesn’t believe that she died in a car crash. He had investigated the crash scene and too many things didn’t add up. It reminded him of the animal attack cover-up stories of the past.
Stephan was in Mystic Falls the night Penny died. It was the anniversary of Liz Forbes’ death and he was visiting her grave hoping to run into Caroline. Penny and Matt also showed up in the woods that night. Matt knows Stephan was somehow involved thanks to his dash-cam footage. He saw Stephan compelling him to believe that Penny died in a car accident, and to forget that Stephan was there. Matt now demands the truth, and when Stephan compels him to remember, boy, do our hearts break.
While Matt and Penny were patrolling the woods, he heard something and shot in the dark. He then sees Stephan, and Penny is on the ground bleeding. She was the one he shot. Stephan tries to save her with his blood, but it’s too late. She dies.
So now we know it was all Matt’s fault. Penny’s death is Matt’s fault. Rayna being freed was Matt’s fault. Because of this, most of the suffering this entire season leads back to Matt. I seriously cannot wait to see Damon’s reaction to this one.
But wait, it gets better. Then Matt STILL blames Stephan for it all. “…None of this would have happened if you hadn’t come back,” he says. Really, Matt? Really? Please shut your face.
In the meantime, Bonnie’s magic returns and she worries that the Armory will now be able to locate her. She injects herself with Rayna’s blood to keep her magic at bay. Enzo finds out and get mad because doing that will make her sicker, and shorten her life even more. But she simply responds with an emotional request for him to return to her. “Whatever time I have left, I want to spend it with you. Here. So just come home,” she says. Bonnie almost made me sniffle, but I remained strong. Damon convinces Enzo to return to Bonnie and make sure she doesn’t give up hope.
Then Damon does what Damon does best. He makes a shady deal to get the job done, no matter who hates him for it. He tells Alex that if her people help kill off all the remaining vampires on the list, he will turn Bonnie over to open the vault. Yes, the same vault that Bonnie promised to keep shut. Hmmm…I see a very pissed off witch in your future, Damon.
Back at Bonnie’s hideaway, Enzo covers his girl with a blanket and they sit whispering sweet nothings. Then crazypants Rayna comes in the room and drops to the floor, overwhelmed with visions of dying vampires. Damon’s plan is working.
When Damon show’s up, Bonnie insists that she won’t open the vault. But one quick phone convo with Alex changes all of that. She had her cronies take Alaric and Caroline captive to make sure Bonnie honors the agreement.
So Bonnie reluctantly opens the vault. As Alex and her cronies enter, Bonnie urges her crew to get the hell up outta there. Alex searches the creepy cave for her sister and she finally finds her…dead. (I knew it!). As creepy voices float through the air and Alex’s crew are ripped up into the air by an invisible who-knows-what, everyone starts to run out. They exit the vault, but when they try to leave the Armory, all the doors are locked. Phesmatos b*tches! Bonnie is outside casting a spell on the Armory so that nobody gets out. Ever. Again. *insert evil witch cackling*
Later, Damon and Rayna trek through the forest to meet up with the shaman who will perform the life-saving transfer that will keep Bonnie alive and send Rayna off into spirit land.
“One has come before you for many lifetimes as your servant, your vengeance,” the shaman says. “Let her journey end. Let another take her remaining years. Let another take up her burden.”
What in the hell?! I have crapped my pants.
A sinister smile spreads across Rayna’s face. I want to pummel her.
Yes, folks. You heard it right. Bonnie will be the new huntress. Rayna stabs herself and dies. Bonnie, back at the Salvatore mansion, jolts awake.
I am NOT feeling this Bonnie hunter twist (who the hell wants to see Bonnie obsess over killing everyone we love on the show). But I have to admit, it does make for incredibly good drama. I just hope Bonnie is back to normal by the end of the season.
What do you think about the Bonnie hunter twist?
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