TV REVIEW: The Vampire Diaries Season 5, Episode 4 – “For Whom the Bell Tolls”

TVD_promoLate review this episode, as I’m just back from vacation – so let’s just get right to it, shall we?

Damon and Elena are on “help Stefan remember” duty, while Jeremy makes a decision that send shock waves through the Mystic Falls gang.

 

It was a Silas-free episode this week, but there was still plenty to see.

Damon and Elena take turns trying to trigger Stefan’s memory, but of course they do it in very different ways. Damon takes the historical approach, while Elena focuses on reminding Stefan of the important moments in their relationship. Things go sideways, however, when Stefan discovers that Damon and Elena are together.

As Stefan’s memory loss complicates things, the search for Bonnie intensifies. Jeremy finds himself struggling under the burden of lying to everyone when he knows that they are relying on Bonnie to fix Stefan. He decides that it’s time to let everyone know the truth – that Bonnie has been dead since she brought him back to life all those months ago. Bonnie initially protests Jeremy’s revelation of her secret, but once she sees the gang grieving, she realizes that they needed the closure.

Matt is still possessed by the weird traveller dude, and Dr. Maxfield, the shady college professor who likes to cover up vampire murders, turns against his assistant Jesse.

I loved everything about this episode. Well, ok – I loved Stefan in this episode, and the rest of it was a bonus.

I’ve never been a huge Bonnie fan, but her memorial was incredibly touching. My feelings for the character aside, her impact on her friends’ lives was evident in the grief that they displayed. It was nice of the writers to give us a silver lining as well, by letting the gang know that she will always be around, watching over them. And given next week’s preview, who knows how long she’ll actually stay dead?

I may have been too hasty in dismissing Matt’s possession storyline – there was an interesting bit in the episode where he got to play his “passenger,” and I think it’s a long overdue opportunity for Zach Roerig to show us something different. Really looking forward to seeing where this one goes.

I am loving this “new” Stefan, which is odd considering I like the old Stefan so much. But I’ve always enjoyed him most right when he’s teetering on that verge of ripper-dome, which we saw a bit of last night. What we also saw was Damon and Elena getting a bit of their just desserts, as Stefan informed them that he no longer wanted anything to do with them. This is the reaction I always wanted from Stefan, and it didn’t make it any less enjoyable that it was far too late in coming. I also really like that, despite everything, his bond with Caroline is still there, because I really love their relationship.

It looks like Silas is back to his nefarious ways next episode, but I’m going to take just a little longer to enjoy this one.

 

Rating: 5/5
Reviewer: Mirjana

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