The Vampire Diaries Season 6 Review “The World Has Turned and Left Me Here”

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On the latest episode of “The Vampire Diaries,” we basically picked up where we left off with a flabbergasted Stefan astonished to see his thought-to-be-dead girlfriend Ivy back and a vampire, courtesy of Enzo. As if that weren’t enough to deal with, he also got a late night call from Tripp informing him that not only was Enzo still alive and being tortured for information, but that he was sending out some hunters to Savannah to repay the favor and make sure the city was clean.

So, it was time to get the hell out of dodge, and Ivy was not going quietly, so it was neck-snapping time, after which Stefan unceremoniously dumped her in a trunk and carted her up to Whitmore for Caroline to deal with. His intention was to leave her there, but when Caroline insisted they skip out on the big homecoming party and stay home, Ivy took matters into her own hands and did some neck-snapping of her own.

Things only got worse from there, as Ivy attacked a guy outside a theater showing, appropriately enough, “A Nightmare on Elm Street,” and got a little carried away in the process. Though she managed to stop herself from draining him outright, Ivy failed in compelling him, and off he went, only to later get hit by a car driven by Tyler- this guy can’t win for losing, right? Tyler, of course, can’t kill anyone or else his werewolf curse will resurface, so it was full on panic mode on his end, once he got a look at the guy.

As if that weren’t bad enough, in wrecking his car, he drove into the very cornfield that the party was being held in, injuring untold amounts of people, any one of which could well die, too. Don’t text and drive, kids! Thankfully, Elena and Alaric were on the scene, along with sexy Dr. Jo and med student Liam, so no one did, though Elena set off alarms when she healed someone that Liam quite rightfully thought was a goner. I suppose that what she gets for imitating a woman who was chased down and killed by her boyfriend for sleeping with his brother in the very cornfield in which it happened. Instant karma’s gonna get ya!

Alas, the guy Ivy bit was not so lucky, so it was up to gal pal Liv, with whom Tyler had a pseudo-date with that night, to take the fall and finish him off so that Tyler could maintain his non-werewolf status. Pretty hardcore stuff, although, as Tyler mentioned, the guy was a goner anyway. Liv did not take it well, but the experience did bring her and Tyler closer together in a weird way, so there’s that. When you get down to it, it was all Ivy’s fault, anyway, which, speaking of instant karma, made it a bit of sweet justice when she was nabbed by Tripp towards the end of the episode.

One quibble, though: so, Tyler drives through a cornfield, endangering lives left and right, many of whom would have died had it not been for the actions of Elena and company, then proceeds to wreck his car and leave a dead body on the scene, yet he wasn’t arrested or held accountable in any way (beyond the obvious emotional toll) and was able to just walk away from it all without consequence? Shouldn’t he at least have been questioned by the cops or what have you? I mean, at the very least, I assume the car can be traced back to him, so even if he left the scene of the crime, they should have tracked him down eventually later on, right?

Meanwhile, Bonnie, Damon and Kai prepared to go home, via the device the latter had and a spell Bonnie was to cast. Only Kai wasn’t forthcoming about said spell, so Bonnie dared him to kill her, but he backed off in the end, and she realized he couldn’t because he didn’t actually know the spell. So, she sent a pickaxe flying into his chest, killing him instantly…or did she? As it turned out, Kai had attempted suicide before, with no success, and this was no different. After Bonnie figured out the spell she needed to get them out of there, Kai returned and shot her with an arrow.

He and Damon fought while she was able to retrieve the device, but she couldn’t send both herself and Damon back together this time, under the extreme circumstances, so she chose to send Damon back alone. Kai did not look too happy about this development, but the device is now destroyed and really, he only has himself to blame, so that’s his problem. My concern is Bonnie continuing to be stuck there with him. Also, can she die, or is she also beholden to whatever kept Kai alive, too? I assume she is, but that still doesn’t change the fact that she’s stuck there with, as Damon wonderfully put it, that “douche-ka-bob.”

On the plus side, Damon is back on planet earth, so it will be interesting to see what repercussions that has on everything that’s gone down since he “died.” Between Stefan’s downward spiral, to Elena having herself compelled to forget they were involved, that’s a pretty big mess to contend with, and I don’t imagine it will be easy to move forward from. But then, emotional messes are sort of the show’s raison d’être, so that’s all par for the course, I suppose.

That was about it, save that Alaric and Jo finally made a love connection, despite the former’s best efforts to compel her off to the contrary. Um, first of all, why would you want to? Have you seen Jodi Lyn O’Keefe? What a dufus. But for whatever reason, his compelling didn’t take, and she kissed him anyway. Is she a vampire, too? I feel like he’d be able to tell, but then again, he’s new so maybe not. Then again, she didn’t heal when she was injured at the party, so that’s probably not the case. Does that mean she’s something else supernatural, or somehow just immune to vampire compelling? I guess that’s a mystery we’ll have to wait to solve later on.

This was a decent enough episode, and it accomplished a lot in a short time, in terms of bringing Damon back and other characters closer together, also including, in addition to Jo and Alaric, Elena and Liam and Tyler and Liv. That sets up a whole lot of drama to come in the immediate future, especially once word of Damon’s return makes its way to Elena. And it will also be interesting to see what becomes of the stranded Bonnie. All in all, a solid episode.

What did you think of “The Vampire Diaries” this week? Are you glad to see Damon back? What impact do you think his return will have on everybody? What will become of Bonnie? How about Ivy? What’s up with Dr. Jo? Will Tyler and Liv be able to move forward after what she did? Will Liam start asking questions about how Elena saved that girl when she looked all but doomed, or will he let it slide- for now? Sound off below, and I’ll see you next week!