October 25, 2013
Because they became immortal, the universe created doppelgängers to balance things out, and those Nina Dobrev and Paul Wesley-faced people have been falling for each other ever since. I explains the love triangles, it explains why Stefan "had to know her" in the pilot, and it explains why Damon has had to fight so hard to get the girl. There's also the added excitement of the fact that Stefan and Elena are the last of the line, both being childless vampires, but does that mean that at some point an Elena doppelgänger gave birth to a little Stefan? Ugh. Maybe I'm getting confused, since handmaiden Amara was also killed while presumably childless. Maybe I shouldn't pull at those threads.
Anyway - we find all of this out directly from the mouth of Katsia, as Bonnie's lowering of the veil means that she has been able to return - cue silly costumes and wigs! The motivations of Silas and Katsia is where things start to fall apart however, as they seem to be after the same thing. Katsia wants Silas to die and, stupidly, Silas wants Silas to die too. Has there ever been a TV villain who's dastardly plan is just to commit suicide? Let him do it. I get that doing things his way would lower the veil and put lots of evil creatures back into the world, and they can't afford to pay all of those actor's salaries, but it's still something to consider.
Now, however, Katherine is pretty much a walking cure, and I like that idea very much. She's been a presence since the end of the first season (longer if you include flashbacks) and now she's the thing that Elena and co. have to protect at all costs. When Elena fed her that cure in last year's finale, I would never have predicted the writers' plans for her would be this fantastic. My hat is permanently off when it comes to Nina Dobrev, and the way she makes both characters so compelling in such different and interesting ways. I need Katherine to become a regular character, because she's the best thing about the show at the moment. .................................................