Plus, is Katherine’s plan to win back Stefan already starting to work? I’m kind of glad Elena’s not around to see what’s become of her friends.
A school dance, a romantic holiday and an old flame rekindled — what could possibly go wrong? Oh, right, this is The Vampire Diaries, so… everything! The Feb. 6 episode celebrated Valentine’s Day as only The CW’s flagship drama could, including a villainous twist for an already-unstable Salvatore brother.
Damon: Darker Than Ever?
For starters, “bad” doesn’t even begin to describe Damon’s (Ian Somerhalder) new attitude. The blue-eyed monster is completely off his rocker, and he doesn’t give a flying crow who he hurts in achieving his goal. In fact, based on his actions this week — particularly threatening to kill Jeremy (Steven R. McQueen) yet again — he’s smoldering dangerously close to the “villain” category.
And the episode’s final twist certainly didn’t help Damon’s situation. After a tense confrontation with Wes’ (Rick Cosnett) little back-up coven, Damon awoke to find himself injected with some the good doctor’s homemade brew — and now he’s a vampire-eating machine! Needless to say, the terrified look on Enzo’s (Michael Malarkey) face was completely justified.
Katherine & Stefan: Target Locked
Meanwhile, Katherine (Nina Dobrev) did everything superhumanly possible to win back Stefan (Paul Wesley), including pretending to be worried about Jeremy. And while I won’t deny that Katherine is an evil, soul-sucking wretch, I have to applaud her acting abilities. She has everyone fooled, including Stefan, with whom she shared a tasty little moment at the end of the episode.
He gave her a big speech about how, ever since Damon and Elena got together, he’d been waiting for Damon to do something to screw it up. But somewhere along the way, he “stopped waiting for him to fail because [he] liked the person that [Damon had] become.” Sensing an opportunity, Katherine went in for a hug — and right on cue, Caroline (Candice Accola) walked in on them, getting the completely wrong idea.
Or is it the completely right idea? Honestly, I’m curious how ‘Stelena’ fans feel about what’s happening between Stefan and Katherine. Yes, Stefan thinks she’s Elena — but she’s not. So, would their hookup even be a victory?
Witches Be Crazy
This week’s TVD also introduced a few new faces — beautiful faces, as always — that each played vital roles in the evening’s shenanigans. There was Sloan (Caitlin McHugh), a mysterious young witch who clued Wes in about Aaron’s death and warned him that #Denzo was hot on his trail; and Liv (Penelope Mitchell), another young witch Bonnie (Kat Graham) recruited to cast a locator spell on Wes.
Liv ended up bugging out — not everyone has what it takes to roll with Mystic Falls’ finest — but I don’t think we’ve seen the last of her, which is good, because there’s something about her I really like. And with Bonnie running low on power these days, the gang need all the magical allies they can get.
Worst. Hangover. Ever.
On a slightly lighter note, Matt (Zach Roerig) and Tyler (Michael Trevino) caught up with Nadia (Olga Fonda) over drinks this week. They reminisced about memories past, like when Tyler slept with Matt’s mom, and when Katherine tried to bury Matt alive in a safe. Things took a nasty turn, though, when Matt figured overheard Nadia’s phone call and figured out that Katherine has taken over Elena’s body! (Why, Matt? Why can’t you just be a good little human and stay out of trouble?!)
HollywoodLifers, what did you think of Damon’s turn to the dark side this week? Do you think Katherine will be successful in her attempts at getting with Stefan? And, seriously, how worried are you about Matt?! Drop a comment with your review of this week’s game-changer below.
— Andy Swift