The Vampire Diaries Season 7 Episode 4 Review: I Carry Your Heart with Me

30 Oct 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

‘The Vampire Diaries’ recap: Driven by love.

Sure, we know that ‘ most handsome and irresponsible teacher, Alaric Saltzman (), is a dad in the tumblr sense of the word. Series seven will be the first without actress Nina Dobrev, who played Elena Gilbert, and Paul – who plays vampire Stefan Salvatore – hinted her exit is behind the new direction. “Elena’s gone, so there’s going to be a natural shift in the show.It’s Halloween on “The Vampire Diaries” in the Thursday, Oct. 29 episode, “I Carry Your Heart With Me,” and what better way to celebrate than with a Heaven & Hell Ball at Whitmore College and ghost tours through Mystic Falls?

A lot of things only sorta happened on Thursday (Oct. 29)’s new episode of the “The Vampire Diaries” — Damon (Ian Somerhalder) became an uncle, the show’s first LGBT couple split up after a century together, and Bonnie (Kat Graham) successfully used the Phoenix Stone to resurrect the dead … twice. But after Thursday’s episode, which featured a flash-forward showing the grieving widower as a father of two small children, we’re thinking he might actually be an actual dad too. But what went down for sure — as in oh yes that did just happen — was that Stefan (Paul Wesley) and Caroline (Candice King) finally made it official, in more ways than one might we add, and everyone was freaking the f–k out. The show needs a fresh spin, so it feels like a fortuitous opportunity to do something new.” Ian added: “This is Mystic Falls without Elena Gilbert, so we want to go back to the storytelling of season one and season two, which was fun, sexy and volatile. Meaning…something super crazy and supernatural is happening here, because as we know, his pregnant wife was massacred by the evil Kai shortly after Alaric and Jo (Jodi Lyn O’Keefe) tied the knot at the end of season six.

On tonight’s episode as per the CW synopsis, “an unexpected turn of events leaves Damon scrambling and his actions gain the unwanted attention of Mary Louise and Nora, which forces Stefan and Caroline to spend the night distracting the girls at Whitmore College’s Heaven and Hell ball. But even though time has passed and he seems to be living a normal life, he still has weapons stored where he can easily grab one when he grows suspicious when he no longer hears the girls laughing. Nevermind the fact that the zombie-vamp (is that what we should call him now?) is so thirsty in his after-afterlife that he has his way with a bus full of tourists who at first clap for what they think must be some surprise live-action performance portion of their town tour. Meanwhile, Enzo sets off on a mission to find out what Valerie is hiding; and a plan set by Alaric and Bonnie leaves their worlds turned upside down.” You’re not going to want to miss any of the action tonight, so tune in at 8PM EST to the CW to catch the latest. Stefan is the momma’s boy and I think she’s going to get inbetween them,” the 33-year-old star teased. “You want to assume that your mum is a great person and that she’s really going to love you.

It’s the first time this season the show feels like its normal self, with snappy pacing, intercutting scenes of characters working at cross-purposes and spitting snarky dialogue at each other. We’ll be live recapping the season 7 episode 4 for you right here and in the meantime, hit up our comments section and tell us your thoughts on this new season! #VampireDiaries begins with Alaric tinkering with a circuit board.

The flash-forward of this episode — a new constant of the season, which we DIG — shows ’Ric busting a sweat as he tries to fix one of his twin girls’ dollies, so it must’ve worked. Damon’s plan to exchange Oscar for Elena’s body hits a snag when he finds the heretic’s dead body, and to make it even worse, Mary-Louise and Nora show up when he fails to meet Lily, and he and Stefan hang Oscar’s body out the window to hide him. (It’s a good thing it’s Halloween, otherwise those Whitmore students might have something else supernatural to completely ignore/explain away somehow.) However, the heretics don’t leave quietly; they send a student in with a message, that for every hour Oscar is not returned, a Whitmore student will die, this one at her own hand. (Oh, the joys of compulsion. Why should we care about a couple’s relationship when that couple has done nothing but cause misery to the characters we actually care about, and haven’t even bothered to be fun or interesting while causing that misery? After a horrible introduction last week, Valerie is actually tolerable, perhaps mostly because she doesn’t spend her time talking about her ridiculous love story with Stefan.

It’s when Stefan finds Mary-Louise upset after her fight with Nora that he makes his move and lures Nora in to try to get her to remove the spell from Caroline in exchange for him not killing her girlfriend. But he knows she has a tendency to overthink and explains that he’s not thinking about Valerie – he’s just thinking about Caroline – and they have more history in the last five years than most people do in a lifetime.

I used to spend nights sitting in my wine cellar convincing myself I could actually hear it age … but appreciating its beauty didn’t make time go by any faster. There are ways to look at this as romantic, as Stefan proving his love to Caroline by choosing her over his long-lost love, but in execution it just feels childish and makes Caroline look horribly insecure. The guy says he doesn’t want to know what sick thing he’s doing with his wife’s body and says even refrigerated bodies have an expiration date and Jo is on her last day.

They don’t get a lot of time as a threesome this week, but when they do it seems so obvious that whatever is going on with them should be far more prominent than it has been so far. It seems that the only consequence that comes with the resurrection is Oscar being really hungry for blood, with him going so far as to break out of Damon’s car on the way to the hostage swap and killing an entire tour bus of people in the woods. The strangest thing about this episode is that it actually has an important theme, but that theme is so tacked onto the end that it doesn’t really resonate throughout the episode like it should.

This is a shame, because Damon’s decision to send Elena’s coffin away so he can move on from her is actually a significant moment not only for his character but for the show as a whole, as it attempts to do the same and move on from the shadow of Elena’s presence. After he spends a bit of time writing in a diary and telling her the story of why he drinks bourbon, he and Tyler load her coffin into a van. “I don’t know who I am without you,” he admits in his writing. “But I do know as long as I am with you, time will stand still.” Finally, despite Bonnie’s reservations about bringing Jo back to life – with no Other Side or prison world, her spirit is probably at peace – she just that. The future teaser this week features Daddy Alaric, who has twins (one of whom is named Josie, which, hmm) and apparently he has a very strained relationship with Damon. He doesn’t know who that is and she says he will want Julian as far away as possible especially if he wants Lily to love him the same way he loves her.

Mary Louise rips the girl’s heart out and rants at her about her not adjusting to the new world and how she needs space – just like Caroline said.

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