“The Vampire Diaries” season 4 aired its winter finale, episode 9, “O Come, All Ye Faithful,” Thursday, Dec. 13, and not everyone survived the hour as some of the group tried to help Jeremy while the others disagreed over what to do about Klaus.
Reconditioning Jeremy. Elena (Nina Dobrev), Damon (Ian Somerhalder), Bonnie (Kat Graham), and Shane (David Alpay) were on hand at the Lake House to help Jeremy (Steven R. McQueen) in this “Vampire Diaries” episode. He had to invite his sister in first, but he attacked. Elena restrained him. Shane told them he’d create a middle step to make him recognize Elena as someone he loved. To do that, he had Elena talk to Jeremy, remind him they were family. It didn’t work. Damon suggested Jeremy find someone else to be his emotional touchstone, and the hunter looked to Bonnie. It worked, and Jeremy handed over the stake before hugging Elena.
Dr. Evil Shane. He told Elena he had looked—unsuccessfully—for a spell to stop loving so much because he was trying to figure out a way not to miss his dead wife and son. Damon asked why he was after the cure, and Shane said he wasn’t looking for it, but he knew where to find it. He’d already been to where the cure was. He talked to Silas, cursed without his love, who was buried under ground with the cure for immortality. They had to dig up Silas and needed a spell, which would be in the mark. Shane said he was in it for Silas, since he had just been a myth until then. Damon once again brought up his suspicion regarding Shane and the explosion, but Shane said they were in contact because the pastor wanted supernatural assistance after he lost his wife. He said he was too far gone.
Tyler’s revolution. Hayley (Phoebe Tonkin) said she found the witch that would save the hybrids. The plan was to bury Klaus (Joseph Morgan)—in Tyler’s (Michael Trevino) body—in concrete, long enough for the hybrids to disappear. He insisted it needed to end with him. Tyler refused to call it off when Stefan (Paul Wesley) and Caroline (Candice Accola) tried to talk to him because they needed Klaus for the cure. Klaus had the sword that decoded the map, and Stefan couldn’t find it when he searched his place as Caroline distracted the Original. When Stefan tried to stop him, the hybrids surrounded them and Tyler had them watch them. Caroline wasn’t the only one against Tyler’s plan. His mother (Susan Walters) was as well when he told her, but she did say to do what he had to and that his father would be proud of him. Caroline suggested they use Rebekah instead of Tyler to bury Klaus, and while Hayley protested it was too late to change the plan, Tyler loved it. Hayley texted Shane to let him know, and he told her to fix it. And so she snapped Caroline’s neck after the vampire told her Bonnie said the plan would work.
April was the one to find Caroline moments before she came back, and Caroline called Stefan to tell her Hayley was trying to ruin the plan before compelling April. Or so she thought. Matt told her about Jeremy’s vervain bracelet. Hayley told Tyler she made up the witch and she never intended him to put Klaus down as Klaus killed the hybrids for the sacrifice as “O Holy Night” played chillingly. Clueless as to what was going on, Stefan and Caroline admitted they felt guilty. He thought it was because they had family they could trust, and Caroline told him about Damon and Elena.
The Klaus and Stefan bromance. “I’m not here to bond,” Stefan said, but Klaus argued, “On the contrary. I think right now I’m the best friend you’ve got.” Klaus wasn’t stupid and knew something was up, and Stefan told him he broke into his safe to look for the sword. The Original argued he showed him the sword (“What do you want from me, a secret brotherhood handshake?”) The more Stefan and Klaus scenes (and while we’re talking about it, the more Stefan and Caroline scenes), the better.
Delena update. Damon clearly didn’t “do the right thing” since he and Elena were in bed together when “O Come, All Ye Faithful” began, but they didn’t have sex. She argued that “it feels real” and she wasn’t ready to let go of it. And he couldn’t do what he told Stefan he would—and didn’t tell him he didn’t. At the lake house, Elena recalled being in love with Stefan the last time—but it was barely a memory and she wondered if it was the sire bond or being happy with Damon. Damon continued to fight it, even as Elena brought out mistletoe. He talked about Christmas being the brothers’ favorite holiday before telling her he’d stay with Jeremy and help him while she went home. He set her free and told her it was what would make him happy. She kissed him before getting in the car with Bonnie.
And this week’s episode ending… Tyler found the hybrids’ remains, but didn’t see April, hiding in the cellar. She opened Rebekah’s coffin. Klaus found Carol as she was waiting for Tyler. She begged him not to hurt him because he was all she had. He pointed out she was all he had and drowned her in the fountain as “Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas” played. Christmas songs will never be the same.
“The Vampire Diaries” airs Thursdays at 8 p.m. on the CW 11 in Queens. What did you think of “O Come, All Ye Faithful”? Were you expecting Carol to die?
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