The Vampire Diaries “I’d Leave My Happy Home for You” Review (Season 6 Episode 20)

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On a reflective episode of “The Vampire Diaries,” Stefan and Elena weighed the options of being human versus being a vampire, as Stefan tried to help Enzo wrangle Lily into behaving herself and the guys and girls respectively threw bachelor and bachelorette parties for Alaric and Jo, in “I’d Leave My Happy Home for You.” Perhaps needless to say, this episode was almost entirely set-up for the final two episodes of the season, albeit with a brief flurry of action, courtesy of the wily Lily. As such, it wasn’t bad, just a bit meh overall.

Granted, we did get some emotional and reasonably riveting scenes with Lily and Stefan in particular, as he tried his best to preach the value of living a good life and fighting the good fight, despite their mutually bloodthirsty Ripper tendencies. But let’s face it: the drama between Elena and Damon has gotten a bit stale, and with news of star Nina Dobrev’s impending exit already out, it doesn’t take a rocket scientist to figure out how it’s all going to end.

Sure, the show could still knock us for a loop in the next two episodes, especially what with Elena back to being human, and thus, completely vulnerable for the first time in many a moon. Does the show actually have the guts to outright kill Elena off? That remains to be seen, but I vote no. Honestly, though, I don’t know that longtime fans of the show would be too happy about it, in spite of the fact that some have decidedly cooled on the show as of late and Elena in particular.

Maybe I’m wrong, but I don’t think so. Killing off Katherine was one thing- and arguably a mistake in and of itself, given how much more interesting Dobrev was in that role- but Elena was the way into the show for most people, so killing her off would be pretty harsh, albeit not completely unprecedented. As we know, it’s now kind of a thing for shows to kill off their leads- thanks, “Game of Thrones”! (I kid because I love.) Sure, it’s typically more often the co-stars that bite it- i.e. “The Walking Dead” and “Lost,” among others- but not always, so we’ll see. I’m not holding my breath, though.

On the other hand, what with Jo finding out she’s having twins and Alaric declaring that the two of them will leave town as soon as they’re wedded, either one of them could easily go down, though Alaric seems slightly more likely, given the circumstances. Also, as Jo mentioned, the fact that they’re twins means that the Gemini Coven will be more than a little interested in keeping Jo alive, albeit to use for their own devices. Factor in Kai, who looks to have found a way to return from the prison world yet again, and Jo’s fate looks even better, at least until she has the kids. I doubt that’s going to happen before the finale, though, so captivity seems much more likely than anything.

As for Lily, as it looks as if Kai is bringing her heretic buddies with him- and likely using them to get back, I would imagine, as they are fellow witches like Bonnie (albeit with vampire benefits)- I imagine that it’s only a matter of time before they help to break her out of her own current prison world. So, I wouldn’t count on her staying imprisoned for long, and when she gets out, she’s not going to be a happy camper, that’s for sure. Bonnie in particular better watch her back. Although I will say, if they kill Bonnie after all she’s gone through this season, I will not be happy my own damn self. I might well be more upset by that than if they actually dared to kill Elena.

That said, Lily did show a glimmer of maternal instincts in spite of herself when she had a chance to kill Jo and didn’t when she told Lily she was pregnant. Despite Lily’s proclamations that she doesn’t have a maternal bone in her body and that it’s too late to save her from going full-on evil, she did manage to restrain herself from killing an expectant mother, so that’s something. There might be hope for her yet, all things considered. I’m just scared that once her friends arrive, all of that might go out the window. I guess we’ll just have to wait and see there.

That was really about it, beyond Elena taking the cure and becoming human again and informing Damon that she remembered their past together finally. She did tell him he needed to wait a beat before deciding to go the human route himself, as she suspected he might be too far gone at this point to go back, but I think if he was serious, he probably would have gone ahead and done it already. True, Lily did interrupt them before he really had a proper chance to address it, but still, I don’t see it happening. Feel free to correct me if you think I’m wrong.

I could see him doing it, and then getting himself into a bad situation with Lily and company, and being forced to become a vampire again to save his life, though, so I suppose that could be a possibility, though I’m not sure if once you take the cure, you can become a vampire again, though. Anyone else know for sure, one way or the other? Let me know in the comments below what you think!

So, not a bad episode, by any means, but a whole lot of emo talk about feelings all around, which is all well and good I suppose, but kind of gets old after a while. I get that the show has a lot of female viewers and that the romantic aspects of the show are a big draw, but honestly, the people I talk to about the show, most of which are, in fact, female, seem to have gotten over all the drama, too.

A lot of them have actually defected entirely over to “TVD” sister show “The Originals,” where the balance of drama to action is much more level and exciting overall. Basically, the way “TVD” used to be before it started taking the romantic stuff too seriously, turning it dangerously close to “Twilight” territory, which I don’t think anyone wants these days.

The irony is, earlier on in the show, when co-creator Kevin Williamson was more involved, “TVD” was the sort of show that made fun of the whole “Twilight” thing, not tried to cater to the fans of it. I can only assume that has more to do with the current show-runners, but maybe losing star Nina Dobrev is just the sort of shake-up the show needs to reinvent itself. You never know. Here’s hoping that proves to be the case.

What did you think of “The Vampire Diaries” this week? Is the show getting a bit too emo for you, too? Or do you like that sort of thing? (Hey, to each their own.) Are you a bigger fan of this show or “The Originals”? Do you think the show will rebound from the loss of Dobrev? Might it even get better? Tell me what you think below, and I’ll see you next week for the penultimate episode of the season!