The Vampire Diaries “Live Through This” Review (Season 7 Episode 5)


On the latest episode of “The Vampire Diaries,” we finally discovered the repercussions of the Phoenix stone, and they would have been interesting if they hadn’t cheated on one of them, in “Live Through This.” It seems that when you use the stone to revive someone, in fact, what you’re doing is resurrecting a random vampire who was trapped in the stone. This meant that both Oscar and Jo weren’t actually themselves, but someone else possessing their bodies.

That’s an interesting turn of events, to be sure, but then they did a runaround on the Julian one, which was kind of cheating, and though I suppose it was a necessary evil, it still felt like a slight on their own rules. I guess we’re supposed to believe that, by using their witchy powers, Lily’s crew was able to focus in on Julian in particular and bring him back specifically.

I could have sworn she just wanted it for the same reason Alaric did, though- because she thought it could be used to bring Julian back from the dead, period. When Lily was informed that the stone didn’t work that way, she seemed as surprised as anyone else. Given that, then, that would have to mean that Julian was among the ones trapped within the stone in the first place for her to bring his body back with him actually in it, right? Otherwise, she would only be doing what everyone else was, bringing back his body with someone else occupying it.

The fact that even she was like “Julian?” when he first came back seems to confirm that even she wasn’t sure what was going to happen when they did it, so what? We’re just supposed to buy that Julian just happened to be the one that came back, out of all the vampires that could have? That seems like a bit of a leap. Unless, of course, it actually isn’t Julian and it’s just someone pretending to be him, that is.

That would certainly make more sense, but I’m not sure how satisfying it would be, so I suppose they made the right choice in choosing to ignore their own rules and bring him back anyway. In doing so, you’ve got someone for both Damon and Enzo to rail against, of course, albeit for decidedly different reasons. Obviously, Damon blames Lily for Elena’s situation, after Valerie told him she was the one who cursed her in the first place, which he didn’t know before.

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Meanwhile, Enzo, who’s carrying a longtime torch for Lily, has an opportunity to break her heart just like Damon, by taking Julian out. Of course, it would have made sense for Lily to take out Damon in particular, if not Stefan as well (since he’d undoubtedly come after her for killing Damon) to ensure they didn’t come after Julian after his resurrection, but she left both alive in favor of getting out while the getting was good. Ditto Valerie, who probably has more reason than anyone to hate Julian.

Though, come to think of it, so does Stefan, now that he knows the truth about his lost child. But why Valerie didn’t tell Lily her real reasons for hating Julian is beyond me. She could have made a much better case for herself if she had. Instead, Lily remains unaware of just how horrible Julian is- though, to be honest, it might not make a difference, considering what she’s already willing to overlook about him. I don’t know, though. I feel like it would make a little difference, given that Julian did kill her potential family. It certainly couldn’t have hurt, under the circumstances.

But once again, I get it. They want to wait and have the big reveal happen at a key point in time when it could have the biggest impact. Likewise, they don’t want to kill Lily off this soon in the season, and they’re obviously not going to kill either Damon or Stefan, period. So, the show chose to stall, but it’s a bit much to expect their audience to look over this many plot holes, IMHO. Forget holes big enough to drive a stake through, these are plot holes big enough to drive a forest through. If one could drive a forest, I suppose. (Hey, if they can defy logic, so can I.)

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The other big reveal was that, at some point in the future, Bonnie and Enzo end up together. What the what? I could have gone along with her and Damon eventually hooking up. After all, they bonded in the suspension dimension, and have been buddies for the most part since. Hell, she even backed Damon when he flat-out told her he hoped Julian did come back so that he could take away the thing she loved most as well.

But Bonnie and Enzo? Under what freaking circumstances could that ever happen? I’d sooner the show hooked her up with some rando new character than Enzo. That just makes no sense. I know some had their qualms about Stefan and Caroline as a couple, but seriously, Bonnie and Enzo? Um, no. Just no. I can’t even. Please let this be some convoluted fake-out, for the love of God. And just when they were finally starting to get Bonnie’s character back on track and give her some cool stuff to do! What the hell are they thinking?

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Alright, alright. I’m gonna quit while I’m ahead. Up until now, I was willing to give the show the benefit of the doubt because I hoped that they knew where they were headed with all this, and it wouldn’t end up being some thinly-veiled variation of the initial “The Originals” plotline, but now I’m beginning to wonder if it isn’t something worse. Please, get it together “Vampire Diaries.” I beg of you.

What did you think of all of this? Feel more than free to make a case for it all if you dig it. I’m more than willing to listen to an alternate point-of-view, to be sure. Who knows? Maybe they do have a master plan twist that I’m not seeing. Let’s hope so. In the meantime, sound off down below and I’ll see you next week!