'The Vampire Diaries' recap: Episode 8

Major revelations set up midseason finale

November 03, 2011|By Lindsey McPherson

Klaus’ father is Michael, the vampire vampire hunter, and his mother was the original witch, who turned her entire family into vampires. Those are just a few of the major revelations from tonight’s episode of "The Vampire Diaries."
 
Before I give you the rundown, let me just say I’m impressed. Though there wasn’t a ton of action in this episode, the wealth of information blew me away. (But it’s clearly all a big setup for next week’s midseason finale. Considering how good the prep show was, the semi-finale better be amazing!)
 
So we learned pretty much right away — as Alaric, Damon and Elena try to interpret pictures that were on cave walls underneath the Lockwoods' property — that Michael is Klaus’ father (well, not biologically, because we knew from last season that Klaus’ mother cheated on his father with a werewolf). I like Damon’s nickname for Michael, so I’m going to refer to him as “Papa Original” throughout the rest of this post.
 
Elena goes to Rebecca for more answers (I totally forget that Rebecca was still in Mystic Falls, playing cheerleader). We/Elena learn A LOT from Rebecca.
 
Before they became the original vampires, Klaus’ family lived peacefully among werewolves in Mystic Falls (though it was 1,000 years later that it was actually named that). That was until Klaus stupidly stayed out one full-moon night with his brother to watch them transform, and a werewolf killed his brother.
 
Fearing for her family’s safety, Klaus’ mother, whom we learn was the original witch, turned her entire family into vampires so they could protect themselves from the werewolves. She doesn’t turn herself because she can’t be both awitch and a vampire.
 
Rebecca tells Elena that Papa Original killed her mother, angry because he found out that she cheated on him with a werewolf. This leads us to believe that Papa Original’s hatred toward Klaus is because the child's not his, and Klaus serves as a constant reminder of his wife’s infidelity.
 
But then Elena, uncovering the meaning of the final picture Alaric hadn’t yet figured out, tells Rebecca the truth: Klaus killed their mother (who had put a spell on him to repress his werewolf side and ensure he could never create other hybrids) and told her that it was Papa Original who did it so Rebecca would stick by his side. I would bet Papa Original really hates Klaus because Klaus killed his wife, and Papa Original is seeking revenge.
 
Other highlights:
 
Biggest Lie: “We don’t have time to care about humans or their silly little lives,” Rebecca says to Elena about vampires.

Most Unacknowledged Introspective Moment:
“She loves blindly and recklessly even if it consumes her,” Elena says to Damon about Rebecca. (Sound familiar, Elena?)
 
Best Damon Quote(s): “It’s family day at vampire rehab,” Damon says to Stefan as he busts him out of the cell where Elena left him.
“I really hope this game of 20 questions isn’t your secret weapon,” Damon says to Michael.
 
Best Words Used to Stick it to Someone: “Get Klaus back to Mystic Falls and I will gladly drive a stake through his heart. Fail, and I’ll drive it through yours,” Michael says to Stefan.
 
Most Romantic Moment: Elena, lying in her bed about to fall sleep next to Damon, tells him that he’ll be the one to save Stefan.
“And it won’t be because he loves me,” she says. “It will be because he loves you.” (And you wouldn’t tell Damon that if you didn’t love him, Elena!)
 
Best Quote to Summarize the Series: Rebecca’s explanation of how nature turned on her family when they turned into vampires beautifully explains why vampires in this show are the way they are: “For every strength there would be a weakness. The sun became our enemy. It kept us indoors for weeks. And although my mother found a solution (the enchanted ring), there were other problems. Neighbors who had opened their homes to us could now keep us out. The flowers at the base of the white oak (vervain) burned and prevented compulsion. And the spell decried that the tree that gave us life (the white oak) could also take it away, so we burned it to the ground. But the darkest consequence was something my parents never anticipated. The hunger. Blood had made us reborn and it was blood that we craved above all else. We could not control it. And with that, the predatory species was born.”

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