The Vampire Diaries #5.15 “Gone Girl” Recap & Review The Vampire Diaries #5.15 “Gone Girl” Recap & Review
Recap and review of the Vampire Diaries episode Gone Girl The Vampire Diaries #5.15 “Gone Girl” Recap & Review

The group devises a scheme to defeat Katherine, who’s comforting a dying Nadia as she remembers the search for her mother. Here is a recap and review of the Vampire Diaries episode “Gone Girl.”

THE VAMPIRE DIARIESRecap:

With Nadia nearing death, Katherine calls Dr. Maxfield for an antidote. Meanwhile, Stefan and Caroline inform the others of the Katherine situation and decide they’ll stab her with the Traveler knife. To lure Katherine in, Caroline invites her to do something Elena couldn’t say “no” to – plan a surprise party for Bonnie; however, Katherine declines, saying she’s prepping for Aaron’s funeral. Bonnie’s invite gets a “no” as well. Suspicious by her newly clingy friends, Katherine tests Damon; he fails. She knows they know. And they know she knows they know.

While Nadia recalls failed European ventures in 1520 and 1720 for info on her mom, Katherine relocates her to a church. Nadia then reminisces about her summer with Matt and Rebekah. Bonnie and Jeremy recruit Liv to perform a locator spell. Liv gets a little flirty with Jeremy, but succeeds in finding Katherine’s hideout. With Tyler on Damon babysitting duty, the two spat about their relationships, which draws Tyler close enough for Damon to feed, escape, and kill Maxfield. Pursuing the antidote, Katherine finds Maxfield dead and gets a call from Stefan, who has Nadia.

Matt indulges Nadia’s hallucination as she apologizes to Gregor for betraying him, and Bonnie assures Nadia death is painless. Katherine barges in like she owns the place, refusing to abandon Nadia again, even with Nadia on a spiel about her mom being a lying, manipulative murder. As Nadia dies, Katherine gives her the memory of a perfect day – little Nadia having played outside all day and being tucked into bed by her mom. Wondering who’s been given the honor to kill her, Katherine lists the things she’s done toward them. When she gets to Stefan, she confesses she has and always will love him. Her kiss is returned with a stab in the gut.

Caroline admits to Tyler that she sort of feels bad about Katherine; he knows Caroline always sees the good in people, even Klaus. She backfires with an ultimatum: get over her sleeping with Klaus or get out of her life. In the church, Katherine’s spirit pops up and laughs as Bonnie honors her father. Then Katherine mentions that she discovered Maxfield used hybrid venom to heighten the virus. Since Elena has everything Katherine’s wanted, she changed things – she injected Elena’s body with the advanced virus. Ready to pass on, Katherine grabs Bonnie, but nothing happens. Moments later, darkness sucks Katherine away.

Review:

A significantly more intriguing and monumental episode than last week, “Gone Girl” served as an appropriate sendoff for Katherine and appears to have rejuvenated the underdeveloped virus storyline. It contained more heart than plot, which allowed the audience to truly dwell in the drama and absorb every emotion running through the characters. This episode was easily one of the best of this season.

Classic Katherine and her colossal curls took charge of the episode, thanks to incredible performances by Nina Dobrev and Olga Fonda. Making a complete turn around from last week’s anomaly in Katherine’s activities and attitude, she behaved in a much more familiar and fitting manner that still included a major growth point for the character. Her demise into the dark oblivion, while arguably appropriate given her villainous tendencies over the years, came with an air of sadness in light of her recent bonding with Nadia and that it’s next to impossible that Katherine will return in the present day. The fact that Katherine has been established as such an influential person in all of the others’ lives practically dictated that her farewell into the afterlife be as unique as she was. The most interesting aspect may be that the anchor is simply a passageway and there’s a force out there that controls the passage. Could this possibly be the Travelers since their purpose is still a mystery?

In my humble opinion, the best scene of the night came when Katherine casually strolled around the room, stopping in front of each person to remind them the role she playing in their lives. It was filled with sass and humor, with phrases such as “Matty Blue,” “Little Gilbert,” and “Bon Bon … I’ll see you on the flipside,” not to mention the hard-to-accept truth that by turning them, Katherine did give Caroline and Damon a stronger purpose in life. It was pure honesty from a woman who has survived almost all of her life by lying and manipulating.

In second, Nadia’s death scene was a wonderful bit of emotion enhanced with minimal tears that gave it an organic heart-wrenching feel rather than being the overly dramatized moment it could have easily been since her death was expected. I’m slightly shocked to admit I’ve grown fond of Nadia these past few weeks and am saddened to see her go. A parallel to Damon’s hand in Rose’s death back in season two, this scene was a humanizing one for a ruthless character. Between Katherine so beautifully acting as a loving mother toward Nadia by giving her a memory of what she wanted most and Katherine wallowing in not living up to who she should be as someone her daughter spent five hundred years searching for, Katherine realized and seemed to at least partially regret the effects of her life choices. But total redemption would not have been appropriate for her nor nearly as interesting, so infecting Elena out of revenge sent Katherine out with the bang she deserved – even after death, this woman can wreak havoc with a double-edged sword. Not only did this action punish Elena for living the life Katherine wanted, but in a way it also punishes Stefan for never being able to love Katherine by making Elena and Damon all the more similar.

Caroline’s rant about how she’s had to deal with people judging her every five minutes for sleeping with Klaus was such an earned one. Although it was only a few episodes ago, I was growing tired of the constant reminder and Tyler’s lack of change in attitude toward the matter. It was becoming stagnant, and this rightfully changed that by having Caroline assert her own strength and confidence. In addition, she brought up the double standards running through the characters’ belief system. Stefan, Damon, and Tyler, who are no strangers to murdering, whether directly or indirectly, receive little scorn from the others for these instances or they’re allowed excuses, but for Tyler especially to make Caroline feel belittled for doing something nowhere close to illegal or even cause for jealousy since they were broken up was not right. Caroline has grown into a strong and independent woman and this moment proved it even further.

Even though it built upon feelings established two episodes prior, Liv’s dauntless and most likely intentionally awkward flirtation with Jeremy was rather off-putting. Especially since it was in the presence of Bonnie, it made Liv look tactless, a quality I don’t think I’ve attributed to anyone on The Vampire Diaries before this. That being said, I still find myself interested in learning more about her.

Stephanie Hall

Stephanie Hall, a Texan transplant in LA, spends most of her time writing television, writing about television, or quoting television, which helped her earn an MFA in writing and producing for TV. Her favorite current series include Blindspot, Supergirl, 12 Monkeys, and Wynonna Earp. Don’t even get her started on the cancelled ones. You can follow Stephanie on Twitter @_stephaniehall.