The Vampire Diaries Season 5 Review “Gone Girl”

On the latest episode of “The Vampire Diaries,” we finally got the big showdown/send-off that it seemed like we were going to get some time ago, before Katherine yet again managed to stave off the inevitable one last time, by possessing Elena in a last-ditch effort to remain alive. Well, it worked until it didn’t, and in “Gone Girl,” it was time for Katherine to pay the price for all her horrific actions over the years.

Actually, the first to pay the price was Nadia, who, after spending a sizeable amount of her life searching for her mother, had finally found her, found a way to save her and would have almost gotten away with it, if it weren’t for those meddling vampires and their pals. Instead, she ended up with a werewolf bite, courtesy of Tyler, for her troubles, and things were not looking good. In a more surprisingly selfless last effort to save her, Katherine made a deal with Dr. Maxfield- a sample of her daughter’s blood for an antidote to the werewolf bite. But would he actually follow through?

No such luck. Thanks to Damon, Dr. Maxfield checked out prematurely, complete with some primo eye slashing and innards grabbing, but not before he prepared a solution of another sort, and one that Damon missed, but Katherine did not. But was it the antidote? After some careful investigating, Katherine discovered it was anything but, but rather, a super-deluxe mix of the vamp-on-vampire blood virus, now with extra added werewolf blood. Realizing all was lost, she injected herself- one last big ‘F-you’ to her perpetual Stefan-blocker, Elena. All that was left was for the gang to actually follow through on killing her.

Which, of course, they did, after Nadia passed on in her mother’s arms, at peace finally, and thanks to Bonnie, secure in the knowledge that her mother loved her enough to return for her. Poor thing. I think Katherine said it all when she talked about how Nadia had wasted her life looking for a mother, only to find someone like her. Epic fail, to be sure. But at least Nadia got a happy afterlife. Katherine, not so much.

After a decidedly back-handed round of sorries to everyone but Stefan, she told him she loved him and waited for the sweet release of death, as he stabbed her with the Traveler blade. But wait, there’s more. This is Katherine we’re talking about. She always has another trick up her sleeve, but as it turned out, this one cost her. Exactly how we don’t know, but when she confessed what she’d done to Elena to Bonnie, she wasn’t able to cross over, and next thing you know, something is pulling her out of that church and into the Great Unknown.

Was it a demon? Satan himself? Or simply darkness, nothingness? Who knows, but boy, did she have that coming. I mean, what did you expect, Katherine to get an express ticket to Heaven, first class? Don’t think so. Whatever’s in store for her, it can’t be good. Is this the last we’ve seen of Katherine? Who can say? This is “The Vampire Diaries,” after all. Does anyone stay dead on this show? Hell, worse comes to worse, they can always have her come back as a ghost, too. I guess we’ll just have to wait and see.

Whatever the case, this was a pretty solid episode. I thought Katherine’s send-off was perfectly true to who she was right down to the bitter end and the last wrench she threw in the Salvatore and Company happy ending machine just for kicks and giggles. Not to mention the implication that she wasn’t going to a happy place in her afterlife. You’d expect anything less, really? I do feel for Elena’s situation, obviously, but I’m assuming they’ll find some way out of it eventually. Not sure what that will be, but I can’t imagine they’ll kill Elena off, too.

What did you think of the big Katherine finale? Was it everything you wanted it to be, or would you have rather she went down swinging a bit harder? Or did Katherine’s passive-aggressive revenge from beyond the grave seem about right? How do you think Elena will get out of her latest predicament? Is Bonnie gonna have to slap a witch for going after her man? Will Tyler ever, you know, just get over it and realize how awesome Caroline is? All of these questions and more await your replies down below! See you for the next episode of “The Vampire Diaries,” and thanks for reading!