The Vampire Diaries Season 5 Review “Death & the Maiden”

On an action-packed episode of “The Vampire Diaries,” all kinds of stuff went down, so if you haven’t seen it yet, you might want to stop reading now or forever hold your peace. Speaking of which, on “Death & the Maiden,” several characters ended up doing just that, while one likely will be wishing she had held on to hers, if the end was any indication.

When we last left everyone, Damon had absconded with Amara and was waiting for Silas to hold up his end of the bargain and bring back Bonnie before he and Amara checked out permanently. Well, Silas being Silas, he decided he wasn’t going to be doing anything of the sort, which made it sort of dopey to give Damon a heads-up about it. He promptly went to Tessa, looking for a witchy solution to their problem, and be careful what you ask for, because you just might get it, as Bonnie discovered the hard way.

Ultimately, this led to a neat scene where Tessa united in bloodletting all three doppelgangers: Elena, Katherine, and Amara, and cast a spell which resulted in that symbol from “Charmed” that also crops up on the cover of Led Zeppelin’s fourth album. Well, before you can say “Stairway to Heaven,” Bonnie was back, and none too soon, as everything was going sideways elsewhere at the time.

To wit, Stefan, who now remembered everything, took off with Amara, lured Silas to him, and a fight ensued. Silas got a knife in the gut, and Amara followed suit after Silas failed to get the job done. Stefan emerged victorious…or did he? From the looks of things, be that as it may that Silas and Amara are no more, something is still awry with Stefan. Not sure what exactly, but if Tessa was able to make Bonnie the anchor, maybe she also caused something to happen with Stefan as well.

Maybe he’s a vampire/witch hybrid, a la Silas, or maybe he’s got some variation of what Bonnie has, which appears to be that she feels it whenever anyone dies. Unclear on whether it’s when anyone dies, period, or whenever someone supernatural dies, but it would seem to be the former, judging by the preview for next week’s episode. Either way, she certainly felt it when Tessa passed over. Honestly, that whole affair was just sad all around, what with all three main parties shuffling off this mortal coil. So long, Tessa, Silas, and Amara: we hardly knew ye.

Although I’m guessing Paul Wesley and especially Nina Dobrev will breathe a little easier not having to deal with an extra character each anymore. As fun as it might have been, it looked kind of exhausting, too. There was also the implication that Katherine might be next in line as well, but somehow I kind of doubt that will happen. The character’s just too good to take out. I did feel bad for her daughter, Nadia, though. Rejected some 500 years ago, only to get rejected all over again. That’s gotta hurt.

Some great funny lines throughout, as with last week. I liked the cold open, with Silas regaling the happy couple at the bus stop with his tales of woe. After tiring of their blissful romance, he took matters into his own hands, at least with the male half: “I think I’m liquefying his internal organs. Did I fail to mention I’m a witch?” Cue the female half running away, screaming like a banshee. Ah, young love. So fickle.

It also didn’t take Dr. Maxfield long to correctly size up Katherine: “Patient is irritable. Not sure if this is a symptom… or personality.” Definitely the latter! Caroline got in a nice dig, too, upon meeting Katherine’s daughter, Nadia, and mistaking her for a friend: “Great. Even Katherine’s friends are bitches.” LOL. Like mother, like daughter, I guess.

Leave it to Katherine to give herself the kindest assessment of all: “The cute one’s here,” she announced, upon arriving at Chez Salvatore. Love it. I really hope they find a way to keep her ticking, though if she’s this cranky now, I’d hate to see her as an old woman in a few months!

So, a pretty great episode overall. I mean, three major deaths is high even by this show’s standards. They were definitely not playing around on this episode. I do feel like we might not have seen the last of at least one of these three, and my guess would be Tessa for the most likely returnee. After all, she performed the spell that brought Bonnie back, which might mean that she ends up getting stuck between worlds herself. Or maybe not. It’s hard to tell on this show, as the dead have a habit of coming back more often than not. I guess we’ll see soon enough.

What did you think of “The Vampire Diaries” this week? Sad to see Tessa go? How about Silas? Amara wasn’t around long enough to make much of an impression, so I can’t imagine anyone will lose too much sleep over her. What did you think about Bonnie’s return? How about Nadia’s situation? Or Katherine’s? Sound off below, and see you next week!