The Vampire Diaries Season 6 Review “The More You Ignore Me, the Closer I Get”

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On the latest episode of “The Vampire Diaries,” it was out of the frying pan and into the fire for Damon, who was no sooner back than he discovered the hard way that not only had Elena been compelled to forget their relationship altogether, but that there was a new hunter in town who wasted no time in capturing him and heading to the Mystic Falls border to finish him off, along with pal Enzo, in “The More You Ignore Me, the Closer I Get.”

Of course, this was after said hunter Tripp took out Ivy, Stefan’s most recent girlfriend, who certainly didn’t last long as a vampire, though she sort of brought it upon herself, what with all the havoc she caused, however inadvertently, in the last episode. Besides, how else are they going to pave the way for the long-rumored Stefan/Caroline pairing? (Stefoline? Carofan?)

Anyway, Tripp had also found out via Ivy’s phone that she knew Caroline, so she was next on his list, which is what ultimately led him to capture Damon, who had been more or less stalking Elena the entire episode and was in her and Caroline’s dorm room waiting for her at the time. Hey, you win some, you lose some. Good thing Tripp had back-up or he would have been screwed, though.

This led to a reunion with pal Enzo, who was being taken to the MF border as well, having not caved on naming names apparently and having outlived his usefulness, I suppose. Fortunately, the gang had figured out what was going on and set up various roadblocks on each of the borderlines leading into MF. Stefan and Alaric came up the winning team, and Alaric attacked Tripp as he attempted to cross the border, leading to his wrecking the van and putting everyone in jeopardy.

As Tripp slinked off into the darkness- I’m pretty sure he never saw Stefan, which might come in handy later- Stefan managed to cross the border just long enough to drag Damon and Enzo back across it, saving both their lives in the process. Meanwhile, Jo- who we discovered via Elena was a witch, hence her being unable to be compelled- had stalked/followed Alaric to confront him about giving her the brush-off, so she was able to just barely save his life.

Unfortunately- or fortunately, depending on how you look at it- it made Alaric human again in the process. On the plus side, it was what he wanted, having never been truly comfortable with the whole vampire thing. On the negative one, it happened before he’d had the chance to compel Elena to remember her relationship with Damon again.

Some have noted that, in the past, when someone had been compelled and the person who compelled them was killed, it undid the compelling, but I guess whoever wrote the episode forgot that little bit of info, unless she remembers immediately after where the episode left off, with her coming face-to-face with Damon for the first time since he’s been back. We shall see next week.

That was really it, save Jeremy flipping out after finding out that Bonnie wasn’t back with Damon and Damon lying about where she really was, and Sarah finding out she was related to Damon and Stefan. Oh, and Jo giving the best reason to date her I’ve ever heard anyone on this show give- not that she really needed one beyond being crazy hot, seriously. But if Alaric needed one, he’s got plenty of reasons to go for that now beyond the obvious. You go, girl!

This was an okay episode, with some nice character moments, and a solid action sequence in the big van wreck, and a few good lines- I enjoyed Enzo telling Damon Stefan had turned him over to Tripp because he was “probably jealous of my accent”- but more of a transitional episode than anything, which I suppose is to be expected given what went down in the last episode. Still, we really need a, to put it in “Buffy” parlance, “Big Bad” this season asap, given how rudderless this season has been thus far. I mean, I get it that there was a lot of housecleaning to do first, given how things were left at the end of last season, but now that the bulk of it is done, it’s clearly time to move on, am I right?

What did you think of the latest episode of “The Vampire Diaries”? Do you think Elena will remember everything when she sees Damon? Will Stefan and Caroline eventually hook up? What will Sarah make of her only “living” relations? What will Tripp do to retaliate after the big wreck? How will Alaric fare with no longer being a vampire? Or dating a witch, for that matter? Will Jeremy ever catch a break? Or Bonnie, for that matter? Sound off below and see you next week!