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‘The Vampire Diaries’ Review: Where Do Broken Hearts Go?

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WTF just happened?!

Is there any other reaction to the latest episode of The Vampire Diaries?

Because, seriously, WHAT THE F*@K just happened?!

“You Made a Choice to be Good” played out like a slow motion train wreck. We knew something bad was coming. We wanted to look away. And yet, we sat until the end. Watched the horror unfold.

Always trust your instincts, kids.

Because now all that’s left is numbness and devastation.

Obviously Bonnie and Enzo’s happiness couldn’t last. That’s not how TV works in general. And it’s definitely not how TVD works ever.

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As soon as they started his bucket list day, all signs automatically pointed to him dying.

Because Bonnie’s not allowed happiness. She always has to sacrifice for everyone else. So even before Damon called with the new plan for the cure, we all knew Enzo would not be taking it.

I do love that Bonnie went out of her way to protect Elena. BAMF through and through. And I love that Enzo loved her enough to know without question becoming human was the right choice for him. Because then they could be together.

(Excuse me while I pause to cry hysterically).

As they basked in their happiness and planned their future, Cade tasked Damon with the impossible: kill 100 people or kill the love of his brother’s life. Damon chose Door #3 and tried to kill the devil.

With fire…because that makes sense for someone who lives in hellfire.

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But I’ll give Damon a pass because he was trying. Trying to be optimistic, trying to think outside the box, and trying to hold onto his rediscovered humanity while doing his best to save his brother (pancakes included!).

In fact, Damon was so at peace with his newfound Zen that he didn’t even get that bent out of shape when he learned Bonnie and Enzo planned to borrow the cure. And he had a right to be mad over that because they should have at least told him. I assume the plan was for them to grow old together and then let Damon suck the cure out of Enzo when Bonnie died.

I feel like we should at least take a moment to talk about how creepy and problematic it is that this is even a question. Because Elena isn’t a blood bag. The whole point of hiding her was to make sure no other vampires learned the cure was in her blood. Yes, I do think she probably would have consented to helping Bonnie and Enzo. But there’s just so much wrong with this situation.

Anyway, after Damon failed at his task, Cade told him he’d offered Stefan the same deal. And Stefan had no problem killing the love of Damon’s life. Damon and Caroline each tried to get through to Stefan and talk him out of murdering Elena. To no avail. He was having way too much fun being the worst.

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The train moved full steam ahead at this point.

Enzo was ejected from the house after Stefan compelled someone else to buy it. Bonnie went to work getting the cure from Elena. She wasn’t sure how much to take—which of course leaves us with another question hanging over what comes next.

Stefan kills Enzo just to be cruel. There’s no other reason since he easily could have sidestepped him. He had permission to enter and Enzo didn’t. But no happiness allowed for Bonnie so he ripped his heart out (for the second time).

Did you guys guess where this was going at this point? I did. And I’m still shocked it happened. Bonnie fought back and protected Elena (BAMF, even when the man she loves is lying dead two feet away), and Bonnie jammed the syringe with the cure into Stefan.


I suspected and it still stunned me. I have a few questions. Did Bonnie use enough? Is it possible to be part human and part vampire? Like a hybrid? Considering his deal with Cade, will Stefan still be immortal even if he’s not a vampire?

WHY DID ENZO HAVE TO DIE?????????????????

It looked like Bonnie got her magic back as she grieved for him. Congrats, I guess? I doubt it will be much of a comfort.

Bonnie and Enzo deserved better than this.

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Elsewhere, Matt’s back to being the worst so forget all the nice things I said about him last week.

But given the ending, I assume the point of those scenes was to remind us how much Caroline loves being a vampire as her fiancé becomes human again (partially human?).

But Caroline made valid points as Matt blamed her for everything. They’re the adults now. It’s up to them to protect the town. And not all vampires are bad. Or at least they’re not bad all the time.

It’ll be interesting to see how Matt treats Stefan now that he’s human.

Also, we delved into Dorian’s backstory. He’s interested in the occult because of family tragedy. He briefly considered turning into a vampire, but opted for Team Human after witnessing Damon doing Cade’s dirty work. Can’t say that I blame him.

He also gave Matt a Maxwell family trinket from the time capsule. Let’s assume it probably holds the answer to stopping Cade somehow.

But who cares? Because Enzo’s dead and Bonnie’s alone. Again.

(Okay, five episodes to go. Despite how mad/numb/devastated I am over this, I can’t wait to see what happens next. And whatever it is, it better include a way to bring Enzo back).

Mandy Treccia
Mandy Treccia has served as TVSource Magazine’s Executive Editor since 2016, formerly as Editorial Director from 2012-2016. She is an avid TV watcher and card carrying fan girl prone to sudden bursts of emotion, ranging from extreme excitement to blind rage during her favorite shows and has on more than once occasion considered having a paper bag on hand to get her through some tough TV moments. Her taste in TV tends to rival that of a thirteen-year-old girl, but she’s okay with that.

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