The Vampire Diaries “I Carry Your Heart with Me” Review (Season 7 Episode 4)

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On this week’s episode of “The Vampire Diaries,” the fallout from last week continued, in “I Carry Your Heart with Me,” as Damon made a deal with Lily to exchange Oscar for the location of Elena’s body, only to discover that Oscar (Tim Kang) was already inexplicably dead, seemingly leaving him completely screwed.

Of course, as we know, it was Valerie who took Oscar out, but as it turned out, she probably should have gone the extra mile and, say, decapitated him or burnt him or something like that, because little did she know, Damon had a potential ace in his back pocket, thanks to the Phoenix stone.

So, he rushed to the morgue, Oscar in tow, and suddenly, Bonnie had not one but two dead bodies to contend with. Though time was an element in Alaric’s quest, what with the morgue attendant he was paying off telling him that it was time to let Jo go or move her elsewhere, in the case of Oscar time was of the essence because Lily had sent Nora (Scarlett Byrne) and Mary (Teressa Liane) to investigate the situation, and when they arrived on Whitmore campus to find no Oscar in sight, they informed Stefan that they would be killing a student for every hour that passed without confirmation that Oscar was alive and kicking.

Though any number of unfortunate students paid the price for the time wasted in the meantime, ultimately Bonnie was indeed able to resurrect Oscar, albeit after a considerable amount of trial and error, and Damon was able to stop any further bloodshed- or so he thought. Because, as with many a resurrection tale involving evil, when Oscar came back, he was decidedly not right.

Oscar went from the chill, laid back dude we met in the last episode, to a raging psychopath that jumped out of Damon’s moving car, then proceeded to kill a busload of unfortunate tourists that were dumb enough to be on a Mystic Falls “murder tour” (shades of the first season of “American Horror Story”), despite the warnings of the town being under quarantine, and Matt’s further warnings earlier in the episode to said tourists.

Indeed, this was truly a kill-happy episode, with as high as a body count we’ve seen on the show, the season premiere notwithstanding. Actually, between those two episodes, the show-runners might have killed more people in one fell swoop than in any other season before this. Say what you will about the current storyline being somewhat derivative of the show’s previous “Originals” plot, at least it’s not lacking in the action department.

In this case, it was due to the revelation that Oscar was a “Ripper,” a la Stefan, which makes more sense that he’d want to take it easy like he was doing prior to the whole being-back-from-the-dead thing. When you get down to it, if only Damon had left him alone, a lot of people would still be alive now.

But then again, if Lily hadn’t have brought back all the heretics in the first place, so would a lot of other people. Now, with Oscar finally back in the fold, and the resurrection of Julian almost a certainty in light of it, it would seem that things are only going to get worse. Some family reunion this is. Thanks, Lily!

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Meanwhile, Stefan and Caroline, in between keeping an eye on Nora and Mary, were still contending with the fact that Caroline wasn’t able to touch any vampires, which made it decidedly tough to make out with her boyfriend. Thankfully, after Oscar was secured, the two were able to team up to corral Nora and force her hand to remove the curse Valerie had put on Caroline and the hooking up could recommence.

However, both of said couples had other issues to deal with, including fending off a monster of the green variety- as in jealousy and envy. Caroline moped that once Stefan actually met with Valerie that he wouldn’t want her anymore, after having reunited with his long lost love, while Mary resented the fact that Nora was a social butterfly that easily fit in with the crowd, not to mention attracted the attention of a sexy female bartender that she later caught Nora feeding on.

At the same time, Nora resented Mary overcrowding her and refusing to let her have a good time- or her unwillingness to have one herself. By the end of the episode, though, all concerned seemed to have made their peace with their respective situations- for the time being, at least.

Other stuff: Damon successfully retrieved Elena after the Oscar exchange and passed her along to Tyler for safekeeping elsewhere. Bonnie successfully revived Jo, who woke up at the end of the episode, which, in turn, began with another glimpse into the future with Alaric the proud papa of two little girls when Damon arrived, saying someone was in danger and he needed his help, who we don’t know. Nor do we know if Jo is the mother of the girls in question, but I’m guessing not, being as how she was dead and all. That can’t be good in terms of reproduction, right?

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All in all, a fun Halloween-themed episode, with lots of murder and mayhem and near non-stop action, plus a healthy dose of romance and sexual shenanigans for good measure. Basically, everything you’d want in a solid episode of the show. Yes, the jury’s still out on the whole heretics thing, but I remain enamored of Nora as a character, and the others might have some promise, if developed a little more, especially Oscar, who started out as a lovable stoner oaf but just got a lot more interesting when it was revealed he was a Ripper.

Not too sure about Valerie and Mary, who are both a bit too morose for their own good, but we’ll see how it goes. At the very least, it should be interesting to see what happens when Valerie and Caroline vie for Stefan’s affections. Mary’s a bit more questionable, but maybe if she lowers her guard a bit more she could be more interesting than the super-possessive jealous girlfriend we’ve seen thus far. We saw potential flashes of what could be in both instances for the girls, but I’m still on the fence about them overall. I think Julian might be more promising overall, but we’ll see.

So, what did you think of the latest episode of “The Vampire Diaries”? Were you surprised by Oscar’s actions? What do you make of the relationship between Nora and Mary? Or Stefan and Caroline, for that matter? Will Damon ever learn not to do things the hard way? Will Oscar remember who “killed” him? Will he help Lily resurrect Julian? Will Jo be okay, or will she be a bit off? Who was Alaric’s baby mama in the future? Sound off on this and more down below, and see you next week- and have a happy Halloween!