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The Vampire Diaries #5.7 “Death and the Maiden” Recap & Review

Silas, Amara, and Tessa's final stand brings Bonnie back and leaves Mystic Falls in as normal of a condition as possible. Meanwhile, Nadia has no luck bonding with Katherine, who's more concerned about her rapid aging than her daughter. Here is a recap and review of the Vampire Diaries episode "Death and the Maiden."

Death and the MaidenRecap:

Sitting at a Philly bus stop, Silas spills his story. The couple thinks he's nuts talking about immortality, so he liquefies the guy's insides. Then, Silas boards a bus for Virginia. Elena, missing the good ole days, asks Stefan to start fresh, but that's impossible since he has his memories. Downstairs, Amara goes crazy while waiting for Silas to do the spell he pinky promised. But, Silas decides he won't help Damon because of the doppelganger destiny drama.

Jeremy has three things to tell Bonnie. 1) This is not goodbye. 2) Thanks for giving your life for mine 3) ... Bonnie asks him to hold off on this one, meaning there will be a later. They visit Amara and realize she can see dead people. She's literally in two places at once. Jeremy has the bright idea to do an anchor swap. Damon pays a visit to Tessa for help, but all she wants is "to shoot fireballs at Silas and drown him in acid." She finally jumps on board, but will need massive power, like a doppelganger party.

Dr. Maxfield reveals that Katherine's problem is simple: she's aging and only has a few months left. At Whitmore, Nadia searches for Katherine, who tells Caroline that Nadia is the stylist for her incredible hair. Later, Caroline takes Katherine away from her chat with Nadia, who's mad Katherine is avoiding her.

Back at the mansion, Tessa finds it kind of fantastic that Amara and Silas will spend eternity apart. Katherine and Elena show up to the party. Tessa uses Bonnie's grimoire for the spell. Wind, darkness, and breaking glass. Silas is there. Tessa and Silas have a telekinetic standoff, while Stefan drags Amara into the forest. Caroline feeds her blood to a wounded Katherine, but Katherine can't keep it down. Another side effect of the cure.

Silas tracks down Amara, who's still begging for death, but Stefan stabs Silas before he can kill her. Despite Tessa being impaled, Elena forces her to finish the spell and sends Damon to find Amara. As he arrives, Amara stabs herself. Bonnie wants to know the third thing. He loves her. And he can feel her now. Caroline and Elena rush in for a hug with their BFF. In the spirit of true love, Tessa kills herself before helping Katherine. She's learned her lesson from altering life spans. Tessa's ghost gives Bonnie a rude awakening. Every supernatural creature that dies will pass through her, and it'll hurt like no other.

With Bonnie back to take the third bed, Nadia asks Katherine to travel back to Europe with her. Katherine declines, saying she can't be there for her. Elena needs to know that killing Silas means Stefan will be okay. Stefan thinks so, until he buries Silas and has flashbacks of the pain.

Review:

"Death and the Maiden" reset the slate on this season of The Vampire Diaries and cleaned up the big bad storyline with a reasonable amount of finiteness. Continuing the pattern of solid episodes this season, this one was a most fitting end for Silas. Though not the most intense episode, it was a generally enthralling and contained more enjoying quips than usual.

In what would be considered a massacre episode for any other show, for The Vampire Diaries, killing off three characters is just another week in Mystic Falls. Silas, Amara, and Tessa's deaths did not come unexpectedly, considering the series has been building towards them. But, their deaths did give us unexpected, wonderful moments from some of the other characters who were around - Damon emotionally cradling a dying Amara, Stefan finally releasing his anger on Silas, Katherine begging for help to survive.

Regardless of Amara taking her own life after seeing her beloved dead, this is not a story of Romeo and Juliet, of star-crossed lovers, of trying to change what you refuse to accept, or of a hopeful reunion after tragedy. It's a story partly of acceptance, partly of revenge. Watching Silas muster up the strength to come to terms with Amara wanting to move on even if it meant leaving him behind managed to gain some sympathy for the character. Thank you Paul Wesley. And after all this drama, Silas didn't even get what he wanted. Oddly enough, Tessa became the winner in this situation, gaining what she wanted - existing with Silas. One amazing thing about this series is that characters mentioned, even when it seems like they're dead, tend to come to fruition.

The whole Silas debacle this year has been slightly confusing and not the most enthralling love triangle, but it has been paced incredibly well. Every episode this season contained a major advancement in his story - there hasn't been too much lag time spent waiting to reach the next step in his plan. That being said, it will be interesting to watch what comes of Silas' demise. Stefan's unresolved trauma will certainly keep Silas in the characters' vocabularies for a little while, but it's more interesting to see Stefan dealing with his past without blaming someone else for it. Tortured Stefan in this episode was leagues better than amnesia Stefan and distinct enough from brooding Stefan that it's an exciting possibility for the character.

I still, and always will, find it astonishing how distinguishable both Nina Dobrev and Paul Wesley have made their doppelgangers. The scene in which Amara, Katherine, and Elena were surrounding the grimoire made it easy to see the differences among these women. Each one's personality is perfectly suited for their time and life experiences. Katherine's nearing death, and thus avoidance of a relationship with her daughter, has turned her into such a beautifully human character. Acting out of a desire not to have Nadia hurt, Katherine has in essence exhibited maternal qualities. Arguably it's not the best way to go about it, but it's baby steps.

Bonnie's return to the land of the living was much more moving in the eyes of Elena and Caroline than it was in Jeremy because he had already had much communication with her that nullified the newness of their encounter. While Jeremy and Bonnie did confess their love, Elena and Caroline were more moving in that scene. Amara's descent into insanity because of her status as the anchor does not bode well for Bonnie's happiness, which is a shame since she could use some serious pep in her life. Since Bonnie can see the Other Side, you can't help but wonder if past characters will be popping up every now and again.

Lightening up all of the drama and deaths of this episode were great and humorous lines of dialogue. Writer Rebecca Sonnenshine included a perfect amount of sass, most notably with Tessa, to break the intensity. Who could help but chuckle at Tessa saying, "So you live in this giant mansion with two doppelgangers that are destined to end up together. I swear there's a sitcom in there somewhere."

One lingering question that "Death and the Maiden" did not answer was what has Matt Donovan been up to these past three episodes? No one though to call him when they were trying to bring one of his friends back from the dead? Since the number of extra characters was drastically reduced, perhaps this provides the perfect opportunity to focus on the underappreciated quarterback in danger of being taken over by Nadia's traveler boyfriend.

About Stephanie Hall

Stephanie Hall, born and raised in Texas, is an MFA student in writing and producing for TV at Loyola Marymount University and has a BA in multimedia development, English, and journalism from Duquesne University. A huge fan of television, her favorite shows include Castle, Chuck, Dexter, and Fringe. Follow her on twitter @_stephaniehall.
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