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The Vampire Diaries recap: Requiem for a Dream

Bonnie’s new vampire hunter status creates issues for just about everybody

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The Vampire Diaries

type:
TV Show
genre:
Drama
run date:
09/15/11-03/10/17
performer:
Nina Dobrev, Ian Somerhalder, Paul Wesley
broadcaster:
The CW
seasons:
7

TVD fans have seen characters go from good to vampire hunter before. There was Alaric’s crazy season 3 transition, and that time Jeremy became one of The Five. But for Bonnie, she’s not just a hunter. She’s THE hunter, which just makes things even more complicated.

We pick up right where we left off last week: Bonnie has just woken up when Caroline and Alaric run to get her something to eat/drink. And once she’s alone with Enzo? They make out. Just kidding! She throws him into the fire and then decapitates Caroline!

Thankfully, that was just a dream. Bonnie hasn’t actually woken up yet, and truth be told, no one knows why.

After Ric helps Caroline move Bonnie to Damon’s bed, she sends him home. The girls have been without their parents for long enough, and Caroline can’t leave Bonnie’s side, mostly because she’s the “single best person for her to see when she wakes up.” Catching the last flight to Dallas, Ric says goodbye to all the drama, leaving Caroline and company to figure out what’s going on.

With Ric gone, Stefan joins the party, and he has an idea. Rayna once told Stefan that she had to kill him but that she didn’t want to. She was able to fight that part of her, at least briefly. So if they’re able to delve into Bonnie’s subconscious, they might be able to convince her new hunter brain that not all vampires are bad. First up? Caroline.

Inside Bonnie’s head, Bonnie is in the middle of a college course on vampires taught by the highly qualified Alaric. Only, in this vision, Alaric’s a vampire – giving me serious season 3 flashbacks — along with pretty much everyone else. Bonnie escapes to her dorm room, where Caroline’s waiting for her. At first, Bonnie’s her old self, hugging Caroline and being very aware of the fact that her memories are being twisted. Caroline tells her she has to resist what’s happening to her, but let’s just say Bonnie gives into temptation. 

As a puddle of blood starts rushing in under the door and Caroline can’t help but vamp out, Bonnie stakes her best friend. That then sends Caroline back to the real world, where she has a scar from Bonnie’s stake. Caroline’s been marked, and that means she has to run. At least that’s what Stefan’s telling her, but when she asks him to respect her choice not to run, he, well, does the exact opposite of that. He vervains and kidnaps her.

Next up, it’s Enzo’s turn to try to get inside Bonnie’s head and convince her to be good. Taking us back to Bonnie’s days as a high school cheerleader living in a vampire-free world — or so they thought — Enzo takes her inside the high school to reunite her with music. If Bonnie’s subconscious is taking her back to high school to give her something to hold onto, Enzo will give her something better to hold onto: Them. Their relationship. 

When Bonnie wrote music, she not only didn’t hate vampires, but she fell in love with one. And so Enzo hands Bonnie a guitar and asks her to play the song they wrote. Instead, she tells him, “I have always wanted to be loved by someone in the way that you loved me.” If you’re wondering where she’s going with this, it’s pretty simple: She’d rather die than live to see the day where she destroys the memories of their life. This is Bonnie’s choice, and she’s made it. She asks Enzo to let her go.

But when he refuses to do that, she breaks the guitar and stakes him in the heart. And just like that, Enzo is marked. Or as Damon puts it, “your relationship is officially on the rocks.”

When Caroline finally comes to, she wakes up in a motel by the airport, but sadly, this motel visit isn’t nearly as sexy as Damon and Elena’s in season 3. Caroline, quite frankly, is shocked that Stefan didn’t respect her choice. That used to be his thing. But apparently, his decision to respect Elena’s decision and save Matt in the season 3 finale continues to haunt him. After all, that’s what killed Elena (and essentially their love story). Now, Stefan will only respect wishes if it’s not a matter of life or death. But all Caroline reads into this is that she doesn’t deserve the same respect that Elena did. Regardless, she decides not to run, because she won’t abandon her family.

Now alone in the room, Stefan calls Damon, and when Damon says Stefan was right in “doing the wrong thing for the right reasons,” Stefan realizes that if Damon agrees with him, he was probably wrong. Stefan hates that Damon always gets away with it, but that’s simply their dynamic: Damon screws up, Stefan wears the cape, as Damon puts it. But when Stefan says the “hero never gets the girl,” Damon gives him some advice: Just be himself, be the guy who’s in love with Caroline Forbes! When you love someone, sometimes you have to go to extremes.

Yeah, it’s not good advice, but it’s advice that Damon himself decides to take. This Salvatore brother role reversal isn’t working for anyone. Damon has to stop “Stefaning” the situation, and that means he has a new idea for how to wake Bonnie up.

NEXT: Damon vs. Bonnie, a fight … to the death?