The Vampire Diaries Season 7 Episode 8 Review

The Vampire Diaries Season 7 Episode 8 Review

The latest episode of the Vampire Diaries put its viewers in a very interesting yet complex dilemma; what should you feel when a character you have wanted to get rid of for a long time finally dies, but the show they are dying on is renowned for its tricks that allow people to cheat death, meaning that you can’t trust if the character is really gone. Should you be relieved that they are finally dead or should you just shrug and wait for the inevitable drop of the other shoe? This is where Hold Me, Thrill Me, Kiss Me, Kill Me takes you, a compelling yet frustrating episode that you don’t know what to make of.

There were some good things in the episode no doubt; for the very first time, we see a really touching and heartfelt moment between Lily Salvatore and one of her sons. The transition of Lily from an antagonist to the ‘big bad’ and then ally hasn’t been exactly smooth or believable for the most part. The biggest fault for less than elegant trajectory is the development or maybe lack of development of her relationship with Damon and Stefan. Since she was introduced last season, the connection between the Salvatore mother and her sons has remained spotty and the previous episode made a lot of effort into getting the three family members into the right position for this episode to work.

It seems that the effort paid off quite nicely in this episode when we finally get to see the heartfelt moment between Lily and Stefan where he comes to her for advice on how to handle the situation with Caroline as she is pregnant with another man’s kids, something he didn’t do really well on his own. As their relationship is a bit spotty as seen previously, the key scene starts out rather awkwardly, but as the conversation unfolds, we see something magical happen; the longer the two characters interact, they sound more like mother and son and their relationship finally begins to make sense.

Most of this was happened because of the true effort put in by Paul Wesley who finally got the chance to portray Stefan’s soft side, something that he hasn’t been able to do since his heart-to-heart conversations with Elena ended. The moment is a nice one for both the characters, which should tell you that everything is about to go to hell. Sure enough, pandemonium reigns! All the emotional momentum built in the scene is ruined and that was exactly the point. They had to build Lily’s connection with Stefan in order to make her sacrifice more genuine when she attempts to kill Julian by stabbing herself, but it is in pain.

This is classic Vampire Diaries, but is hard to trust. How can we believe that someone who has just died is really dead when so many others have died plenty of times only to come back? At this moment, the world of the show is revolving around a magical stone that can be used for reuniting dead vampires with their bodies so they can join the world of the living again and act as if nothing has happened. This means that Julian could do the exact same thing that Lily did to get her back. The only true punch that we felt during Lily’s death was when we see a remorseless Damon standing over his dying mother.

Instead of apologies and affection, in typical Damon fashion, he basically tells his mother that she got exactly what she deserved. But, this isn’t as shocking because he is telling the truth; Lily is or was an awful mother.

The question is that with no more Lily, do we still have to deal with the Heretics? To be fair, Valerie has become an interesting character to be around, but Mary Louise and Nora are still a tad bit dull and they don’t get better. However, it isn’t because they don’t try; they have the epic love story that has formed TVD’s foundation. The problem is that they don’t make up a vibrant and important part of the show because there is no motivation, character connection or narrative to back it up.

With Lily no longer there to keep her Heretics and Julian in control, does it mean it is an all-you-can eat buffet for humans in the vicinity of Mystic Falls? At least, this would give Damon and Stefan an excuse to kill them. Despite the uncertainty surrounding Lily’s death, the overall structure of the episode was fairly suitable and it tied in perfectly with the flash forwards. The episode begins with Damon tied to a chair as a captive of Lily. Damon’s resentment and anger at his mother is palpable throughout the episode and culminates at her deathbed.

It then comes full circle at the end of the episode again where in the future, Damon apologizes to his mother for what he said. But, the real twist is that he has been injected with werewolf venom, which means he is hallucinating and his captor is some mystery woman and not his mother. As far as other characters are concerned, Enzo gets to make out with Lily before she dies and then he gets himself locked up again. Poor guy! He has spent most of his life in incarceration and doesn’t seem to be able to escape it. Matt Donovan is behind his capture and he uses some vampire vigilantes, which is awesome.

Caroline is aware enough to realize that it is stupid to write in a diary about a pregnant vampire, but it is an excellent way to shoehorn in the diary again. There is a scene that tries to make Julian look sympathetic when he explains that he unlinked himself from his beloved to protect her as she was being targeted to kill him. However, it doesn’t work very well because we don’t feel the least bit sympathetic for him. There was no Bonnie in this episode, but hopefully we’ll get to see our favorite witch soon enough.

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