Damon’s plan to save his BFF in the last Vampire Diaries episode didn’t quite turn out as expected. Bonnie wakes up on the couch surrounded by Enzo, Caroline and Alaric—and she’s a little hazy. Enzo thinks it’s simply a side effect of her brush with death. When she asks for some bourbon, he says, “There’s the girl I love.” Not really, Enzo. Not really.
Bonnie smashes her glass of bourbon upside Enzo’s head, snaps his neck, and kicks him into the fireplace. When Caroline walks into the room, Bonnie chops her head off in one swipe with a poker. My jaw hits the floor.
Damon walks in and—SIKE—it was all a dream (I used to read Word Up magazine). Bonnie is still lying peacefully on the couch.
Stefan comes up with an idea based on something Rayna once told him. Because of their psychic connection, she saw that there was good in him and admitted that she didn’t really want to kill him. So he proposes that someone delve into Bonnie’s subconscious and convince her that not all vampires are murderous bloodsuckers. Caroline insists on trying first since she is Bonnie’s longest and closest friend. Alaric heads back to Dallas to take care of their girls.
When we see what’s in Bonnie’s mind, it’s a straight horror story. She is in Alaric’s college classroom listening to a lecture on (what else) vampires, when a bloodbath breaks out. Vamp students start feeding on humans, and Bonnie races outta there. She heads to her dorm room for safety and finds Caroline, who tries her best to sweet talk some reality into Bonnie. But it doesn’t quite work because Bonnie’s ends up staking her in the heart. Next!
Caroline snaps out of Bonnie’s mind with the hunter’s mark, which means she will be first on Bonnie’s hit list. Stefan tries to convince Caroline to run. This leads into some ugly rehashing of their past, and Caroline insists that she will not run in the face of conflict like Stefan did. So Stefan pulls a Damon and vervains her.
Back at the police station, a deputy notifies Matt that there is “activity” at the Salvatore house. Matt heads there armed. You’re kidding me, right? Matt please, you already killed Penny and blamed Stefan, so just walk away with your tail between your legs and leave our favorite vampires alone. When he arrives, Enzo convinces him to chill out or follow in Penny’s dead footsteps.
Now it’s Enzo’s turn to dive into Bonnie’s mind. This time, she’s in the stoner pit at high school wearing her cheerleader uniform. Two high vamps who have the munchies for cute Miss Bennett try to take a bite. After she kills them, Enzo appears.
He taps into the love they have for each other and seems to be making progress. But Bonnie doesn’t want to wake up because she doesn’t want to accept Rayna’s life and all the vampire hate that comes with it. “I have always wanted to be loved by someone in the way that you loved me. And I would rather have those memories than any future where I destroy them,” she tells Enzo.
But when Enzo refuses to accept her choice to die, she breaks the guitar she is holding and stakes him in the chest with the handle. Now he’s marked, too. Next!
When Caroline wakes up from her vervain nap, she is in a hotel by the airport. Stefan walks in with plane tickets to Hong Kong.
If Caroline decides to run with Stefan, I will officially barf. I already breathed a mega sigh of relief when I thought Steroline was over a few episodes ago. Now this lackluster romance has the nerve to rear its ugly head again? Say it ain’t so. Not that Calaric is any better. Please TVD writers, do Caroline’s character some justice and give her a believable love connection.
Stefan and Caroline get back to rehashing the decision Stefan made to run three years ago. He explains that he saw her happy in Dallas with the twins and Alaric, which is why he left without her. Caroline reconsiders Stefan’s advice about running. Her status as Bonnie’s No. 1 target could endanger her family.
Bonnie calls to let Caroline know she’s coming for her. Caroline tells Stefan, “Okay. We run.” And they’re off. I mean, I’m happy that Caroline is taking the safe route, but I still lost my lunch on the carpet. When she calls to give her family the news, our hearts break. “When are you coming home, mommy?” one of the girls asks while Caroline cries.
Next up inside Bonnie’s head? Damon. Now things are about to get good. Of course, Damon delivers in the worst way possible. They are on Elena’s front porch, and he goes on and on about how her life link with Elena has ruined things, how no one cares about her, yadda yadda. He pisses her off, causing her to ram her fist into his chest and rip out his heart. Her rage gets her worked UP. Literally. She awakens in real life, and Damon dips out the room.
After slicing some wooden utensils from the kitchen into stakes, Bonnie heads out the front door and bumps into Matt. He pleads with her, human-to-(kinda)human. He doesn’t want to see the good girl he grew up with kill their friends. She does want his help to keep connected to her human side, but only after she kills Damon first. She says he’s ruined her life in more ways than she can count, and she reminds Matt that Damon killed his sister because he was bored. “I’m in,” Matt says.
Bonnie finds Damon in the stormy woods and she’s all about shooting him with stakes and kicking his @ss. He runs and leads her to the tree stump that was once her grave. As they struggle over a stake that Bonnie is trying to drive into his heart, he reminds her how she has overcome so many things: death, being a ghost, and living as an anchor to the other side. He tells her he admires her for that because he can’t even stand being himself sometimes. But before she kills him, he wants her forgiveness.
She stalls. Her tears show that she’s conflicted. But right when she goes to stab him, Matt shoots her from behind with tranquilizer darts. Lots of ‘em. Just when I was about to nominate Matt for the biggest @sshole award, he redeemed himself. *smooches*
Then he finally takes responsibility for Penny’s death. *double smooches* He and Damon place Bonnie in the police car so Matt can take her as far away as possible. While he’s driving, she wakes up and chokes him from behind with her handcuffs. Apparently, human sedatives aren’t very effective against a SUPERhuman vampire hunter. Try elephant darts next time, Matt. She pops her cuffs off and hops into the driver seat.
Back at the Salvatore house, Damon wallows over his failed attempt to reach Bonnie, and over almost becoming a notch on her hunter belt. Then Enzo walks in with some news. With some help from Matt, he found the shaman that helped Rayna turn Bonnie.
It seems that Bonnie’s life is linked to “the final Everlasting”—the last dead shaman held in the Armory. Severing that link might sever the curse. But that means that they have to go back into the Armory and face the evil that was released from the vault during their last visit. “Well, evil be damned,” Damon says.
It looks like we’ll be seeing our favorite vampires face something even scarier than Bonnie in next week’s season finale. I’m hoping for a happy ending because this season had enough death and emotional turmoil.
What did you think about this episode? Do you think Caroline and Stefan’s romance should reignite during their runaway road trip?
If you missed what happened last week, catch it here: The Vampire Diaries Season 7 Ep. 20
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