The Vampire Diaries Season 5 Review “No Exit”

On the latest episode of “The Vampire Diaries,” there was “No Exit” for Enzo when the sinister Dr. Maxfield trapped him in a house with the ravenous, now-vampire hungry Damon. Or was there? Making a deal with the devil, Enzo opted to get out of dodge while the getting was good, but not before he sent for- who else? – Stefan to come to the rescue. Well, make that Stefan and Elena, aka Katherine in Elena’s body. And you better believe she was all for eliminating the competition, hoping to cause brother to kill brother so that the playing field was leveled in her direction.

You’d think Katherine would know better by now that Stefan was going to do the right thing and figure out a way to save his brother, but Katherine being Katherine, she overplayed her hand, and pushed things too far, giving herself away in the process, as Stefan and Caroline put two and two together and figured out what was really going on. It might have helped if she and her daughter Nadia hadn’t been so obvious about using Matt for nefarious purposes.

Oh well. It was bound to happen eventually. You just knew there was no way that they were gonna leave Katherine in Elena’s body for good. I mean, as far as it goes, character-wise, Katherine’s a lot more fun of a character than Elena, but given that the show is built on the foundation of Elena’s story, it would have been pretty unprecedented to take out such a major character like her, even if it would be a ballsy move on the show-runners’ part. I just don’t see that happening, though. Either way, we’ll have to wait until next week to see how all this pans out, obviously.

That made this an undeniable transitional episode, which happens on most shows from time to time. I will say that it’s happened a lot as of late on this particular show, but I get it. With Klaus and Company off doing their own show, “The Originals,” the show lost some pretty compelling villains, so there’s a void. They’ve been there, done that with Katherine, so I assume they’re building up to a bigger send-off than we almost got a few episodes back when Katherine seemed to almost be on the brink of death, only to go all “Freaky Friday” on Elena, albeit in one body.

I guess the obvious question is: if they do kill off Katherine, who- or what- will the next big villain be? Kind of hard to say, but those will be some big shoes to fill coming after Katherine and the Originals, among other big baddies. Hopefully, it will be something interesting, but that’s not going to be easy, to be sure. I’ll just be happy if they don’t go full-on nut-bar like “True Blood” did in its last few seasons. We’ll see soon enough, I guess.

Some good moments here and there: I loved Katherine referring to Caroline and Tyler as Goldilocks and the Big Bad Wolf, and Damon referring to the chanting outside the house as “the obnoxious theme song of the Travelers.” LOL. That said, the show is definitely dog-paddling a bit with the forward momentum of the narrative this season. It hasn’t been a terrible season, the show just seems to have lost its way a bit, and seems unsure where to go with things. It kind of reminds me of when “Buffy” went to college. At first, it was a bit wobbly, too, but the show eventually righted itself. Hopefully, “The Vampire Diaries” will, too.

What did you think of “The Vampire Diaries” this week? Are you ready for them to just be done with it and kill Katherine? Or would you rather they actually go for it and kill Elena instead? Which way should they go with the brothers Salvatore? Do you think that Katherine might do something selfless for once in her long, long life and do something to save her daughter from Tyler’s hybrid bite? What exactly will Dr. Maxfield’s next move be? Sound off on this and more down below and I’ll see you next week!