The Vampire Diaries Review: “The Killer” (Season 4, Episode 5)

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While all this excitement was taking place back home, Bonnie (Kat Graham) is off in hypnotic land taking a private class from Professor Shane (David Alpay). After the big scare, brought to her courtesy of a bunch of dead witches, with her grams it looked like the magic was gone. One intense office visit later and the professor seems to have coaxed it back out of her. Too bad he had a no cellphone policy or she might have been able to help out with the hostage situation and defused the situation without anyone getting killed – even if the deceased was just another of Klaus’s lackeys.

Speaking of lackeys, Tyler (Michael Trevino) finds himself in the middle of a sticky situation when Caroline (Candice Accola) comes face-to-face with Hayley (Phoebe Tonkin) for the first time. Hayley seems more than aware of who Caroline is, but unfortunately Caroline can’t say the same thing. The whole experience is pretty awkward, up until the part where we find out there may not be much to know. Tyler and Hayley have decided to help the hybrids regain their independence, and the less Klaus knows about it – the better. Their theory: let him think that there’s some big romantic secret.

I thought this might have been the wedge that drove Caroline and Tyler apart, but the entire ulterior motive plan still might backfire on Tyler and have the same effect. Either way, it’s still touching that Klaus is concerned with Caroline’s virtue – even if it does give him something to hold over Tyler. I’d bet that protecting Caroline’s heart would be more than worth giving up a hybrid to him and he’d do it whether or not their was anything to gain.

Klaus, however, managed to stay far away from the action unfolding in Mystic Falls. He was busy across the pond digging up – or compelling people to dig up – the sword. A sword he needs if he’s going to find this hypothetical “cure” for vampirism. Connor being killed while he was away may have been a minor setback in this plan, but conveniently Jeremy might be able to fill-in. It looks like Connor may have been right about one thing – he may be a potential hunter after all. I’m still crossing my fingers that he turns out more like Alaric (Matt Davis) with a heart, then the alternative.

This episode of The Vampire Diaries didn’t have a whole lot of substance to it. The most interesting thing about it looked to be what’s coming next. Now that Elena is officially losing it thanks to that fact that her valent effort to save her brother turned into her first kill, things are about to get intense, especially when we hear that there are “consequences to killing a hunter.”

‘The Killer’ was more what I like to call a ‘filler episode.’ That’s what happens when you’re moving from plot point A to plot point B and you have to explain how you got there. Plot point A: Elena’s transition to vampire, Plot point B: Elena losing her mind. At the end of the episode we got a sneak peek of the kind of hallucinations that Elena will be suffering from. Even as a vampire she seems awfully prone to getting into trouble. It’s almost disconcerting how easily she runs into it.

Will Stefan and Damon be able to save Elena before she loses it completely? And, what does Katherine (also Dobrev) know about the situation that brings her running back to Mystic Falls? The next episode of The Vampire Diaries will hopefully keep us on the edge of our seats while we wait, patiently, for the answers.

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Until next episode.