The Vampire Diaries Review: “Before Sunset” (Season 3, Episode 21)

Things didn’t exactly go the way they should have on the last episode of The Vampire Diaries. Bonnie (Kat Graham) showed up and “saved” Alaric (Matt Davis), essentially making him the ultimate enemy.

This week, Rebekah (Claire Holt) is back to her usual broody self when she shows up for a dance she never got to attend, thanks to her body-snatching witch of a mother, literally. Much to Caroline’s (Candice Accola) surprise, they are the only two that came, or are they? When Rebekah heads to the gym her trip is cut short by a vengeful history teacher that is supposed to be dead. Caroline comes to her rescue, but in the end it’s Caroline who will be in need of saving.

Meanwhile, the Gilbert household is trying to move forward as Elena (Nina Dobrev) and Jeremy (Steven R. McQueen) are trying to accept that they have lost another parent-figure. Stefan (Paul Wesley) shows up to check on them when some unexpected guests ring the bell. Damon (Ian Somerhalder) is toting a slightly worse for wear Bonnie who is still sporting teeth marks on her neck.

Elsewhere, Rebekah makes a desperate plea to Klaus (Joseph Morgan) for the pair to head out of town. She conveniently leaves out the part where Alaric is holding an unconscious Caroline as hostage. Klaus isn’t resistant to the plan, but wants to add Elena to the packing list.

Alaric calls to make his demands but for a vampire hating ego-maniac he doesn’t want a vampire. He calls for Elena.

He’s not the only one that wants to see her though. Klaus shows up at her house which is luckily armed with two vampires and a witch. It doesn’t take long for them to figure out that Elena has slipped out unnoticed. Before anyone can mention that to Klaus, he decides to commence with batting practice…on the house.

Good thing a phone call saves the day. Alaric calls Stefan with more demands. He wants Klaus in exchange for Caroline and Elena, or so he says. Considering his super heightened hate for all things vampire and the like, it doesn’t seem like he’d let anyone go. Bonnie chimes in with a plan of her own. Which sounds a lot better than Alaric’s for Elena to kill Caroline.

The plan seems simple enough. Bonnie will use the same spell on Alaric that Abby (Persia White) used on Michael. The only catch is that in order for her to stop Alaric’s heart, she has to stop the heart of a human – that’s where Jeremy comes in. Klaus reveals that he is responsible for the blood line that created Stefan, Damon, Caroline and Bonnie, and we already knew about Tyler (Michael Trevino).

Elena is smart enough to take Alaric down for a moment and it’s just long enough to free Caroline, but not herself. Caroline runs into Klaus who sends her straight home with the promise that he will save Elena. In a chilling turn of events, Elena figures out that Alaric is tied to her – if she dies, he dies.

This realization give Klaus the opportunity to snatch Elena and get out of harm’s way. He leaves behind the Salvatore brothers who are unconscious for the time being. When Elena wakes up, she has an IV in her arm and Klaus explains that he is draining her of all her blood. Then Tyler walks in but is still pretending to be under Klaus’s control.

Damon is slowly beginning to regain consciousness and wakes up to something life threatening as well – Alaric. Or that’s what it looks like until he opens his mouth. Alaric knows what Klaus is up to and sends the brothers to do what they do best “saving Elena’s life.”

Someone gets to her first though and starts the process. Tyler risks Klaus finding out that he severed the bond to save her life. With some outstanding word choices, he lets him know exactly how he feels. Luckily, the Salvatore’s show up just in time to join in on the party.

The spell wasn’t meant to take Klaus out of the picture, but it works. With Klaus down for the count, he can be hidden so that Alaric can’t kill him. If he is the head of the blood line this might make keeping everyone safe a little easier.

Damon and Stefan escort Elena all the way to her front door before heading out to “dump Klaus in the Atlantic.” When she walks in the house she finds it’s not as empty as she may have thought. Her kitchen is full of the people she loves ready to celebrate the victory. It’s almost like old times.

Until everyone leaves and Elena is alone. The headache she blamed on losing so much blood looks like something else entirely when she faints.

What does this mean for Elena? One thing’s for sure, the season finale of The Vampire Diaries is going to be insane. It looks like Elijah and Rebekah are back. What will they think of Klaus taking an involuntary nap? Will Katherine reappear to join in the fun?

Things are only heating up as season 3 comes to a close!

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Lindsay Sperling

Lindsay Sperling has A.D.D. and her tastes reflect it. Her movie collection boasts everything from Casablanca to John Tucker Must Die to every season of Sons of Anarchy to-date. She adamantly supported a Veronica Mars Movie (yes, she did make a donation to see it happen..and also possibly for the t-shirt), hopes that the Fast & Furious franchise continues far into the future, and has read every popular YA book series turned film in recent years (except Harry Potter..). When she's not on an indie film set or educating the youth of America, she uses her time arguably productive as a freelance writer.