Whoa. Is it just me or is anyone else suffering from an extreme case of whiplash after tonight’s episode of The Vampire Diaries? Season 5, Episode 6 (“Handle With Care”) didn’t just bring the crazy — it was the crazy! This episode literally had everything: jaw-dropping surprises, shocking plot twists, and — gulp — an emotional death.
It seems the anchor Silas needed to lift the veil to the Other Side and reunite with his one true love Amara was actually Amara herself. So Qetsiyah didn’t really kill Amara 2,000 years ago. Instead, she pulled the bitchiest move ever and made Silas believe she had killed her, only to have the Travelers cart her around for centuries.
Imagine Silas’s utter shock when he finds his true love dessicated in a box. Naturally, he does what any good boyfriend would do and gives her blood. But when Amara awakens, it’s not all rainbows and butterflies for this couple. In fact, Silas makes the grave mistake of explaining the situation to Amara — who is borderline psycho after being locked away for so many centuries — and when he tells her that he drank the cure to reunite with her on the Other Side, Amara gets crazy eyes and daggers her mortal boyfriend to death so that she can drink the cure and be human. (And that is what we call Karma, Silas.)
Silas would do anything to reunite with his love, even if it meant killing himself to be with her, but Amara just couldn’t return the favor. In the end, she chose her own happiness over his. However, it was a fitting death for the Season 5 Big Bad, who, frankly, was starting to get on my nerves. Did he really have to keep bringing up his “one true love”? We get it. You loved her more than life itself. Move on.
But human Amara doesn’t get very far — Damon manages to figure out Tessa’s plan just a smidge too late to save Silas and bring Bonnie back, but hey, his consolation prize is a crazy 2,000-year-old Traveler!
I’m excited to see where Julie Plec and Co. go with this storyline. Since Amara was the last one to drink the cure, that means it runs through her veins. Does this make her a target? Or is she leverage for Damon to use against Tessa? If there’s one person who can bring Bonnie back, it’s crazy witch Tessa — but if there’s one person Tessa wants to see dead, it’s Amara. However, since Amara is the anchor to the Other Side, there’s no way Damon is going to let her die because if she dies, Bonnie is gone for good.
[Side note: I’d like to take a moment and praise Nina Dobrev for her excellent portrayal of Amara. She’s riding the bus to Crazytown, and it’s extremely fun to watch. And yes, if you’ve been counting, that means this is Nina’s third character this season.]
Meanwhile, Katherine is struggling from having her blood recently drained by Silas. She may have survived the attack, but something weird is definitely up. Not only does she have one weird streak of grey hair, but she’s also losing her teeth — and that is never a good sign.
Seeking refuge, Katherine heads to Whitmore for a shower and a free meal swipe. Needless to say, Caroline isn’t very happy about her new roomie. That is, until Katherine offers to help her deal with Dr. Wes Maxfield, the creepy professor who told Elena to leave campus ASAP.
So the two hatch a plan to kidnap Dr. Psycho and rid his system of vervain so that they can compel him for answers. Under compulsion, Dr. Wes tells them about Whitmore’s secret society, Augustine.
Augustine apparently wanted to recruit Elena into their society — she’s a Legacy — until he suspected she might be a vampire. It appears that Augustine has their own vampire on campus — aka the same vampire who’s responsible for Megan’s death.
OK, so there’s a lot to process here. First, Elena’s dad was obviously in Augustine. Now, we’re more curious than ever to figure out what kind of ties Elena’s dad had to Whitmore. And does this mean Megan was also being recruited by Augustine?
And what about this vampire? Dr. Wes said there was only one Augustine vampire, so there’s no way he could be referring to Jesse because he wasn’t a vampire when Megan was killed. So who is this mysterious vamp?
Hoping to find some answers, Katherine goes to the Augustine event in Elena’s place, and seeing how Katherine is a human, the society had no choice but to believe Elena was one as well. So with Katherine working as a spy on the inside, she’ll hopefully be able to dig up dirt on this secret society, but first, she needs to get her own life in check — and she needs Dr. Wes’s help.
Katherine thinks she’s dying, but is that even possible? Or is she turning into something completely different? With three doppelgangers running around, Katherine is by far my favorite, so she better not be going to the Other Side any time soon.
And finally, the days of Stefan 2.0 are officially over. [Insert my cries here.] After Stefan backstabbed Tessa to save Elena — sound familiar? — Tessa gets her revenge when she sends Stefan on a trip through memory lane... on turbo speed! Tessa floods Stefan's mind with painful memories, so it looks like mopey Stefan is here to stay. SIGH. First Silas dies and now Stefan loses his edge? It was fun while it lasted, Paul Wesley.
$#*! Vampire Say
“Good morning, frenemies!” — Silas sure is chipper in the morning.
“Get up, gorgeous. Your doppelganger dies today.” — Tessa, you're trying too hard.
“Did you want me to pinky swear?” — Sassy Silas strikes again!
“Put the damn crossbow down, Pocahontas.” — But he's not as good as snarky Damon.
“I think I need to be drunk to understand this story.” — Stefan 2.0 was the best.
“My heart is in pieces. Sue me for having a moment!” — Caroline, ever the drama queen.
What did you think of "Handle With Care," TVD fans? Sound off in the comments with your reactions!
Catch the next episode of The Vampire Diaries on Thursday, November 14 at 8 p.m. ET on The CW.