Hey everyone. So, apologies first – I was away on leave all last week, the TV hard drive recorder gave out RIGHT before the end of episode 4 AND I’ve only just seen episode 5, so be prepared for a monster couple days of recaps. ;)
One of the excellent things about this episode was that there were some serious I Did Not See That Coming moments, so for the purposes of not landing you all with a 5000 word play by play, here’s my list of what I thought were the core plot-twisting moments of this ep.
- Katherine & Caroline
One of the saddest scenes to date this season for me was in Episode 2.3, when Caroline – believing it to be the only way to keep Matt safe from Katherine – breaks up with him by making him dump her. Caroline in a sense showed that in a lot of ways, she had the guts to do what Stefan ultimately couldn’t: distance himself from the one he loves in order to keep her safe.
Memory Lane further highlights Katherine’s cold manipulation of Caroline & her love for the people she cares most about. Knowing the very real ability of Katherine to follow through on her many threats – not just to hurt the people Caroline loves, but to dispose of her as well, saying that despite having killed her once, she (Katherine) is still more than willing to kill her again for good – Caroline agrees to be Katherine’s pawn in assisting her to break up Elena and Stefan. Her task is to talk Elena into thinking that breaking up with the younger Salvatore is the best move she could make, and insisting that it’s for her own good.
Elena however is smarter than this. She sees straight through Caroline’s ruse, knowing that whatever she tells her friend will be fed straight back to Katherine’s eager ears. Therefore Stefan and Elena stage a fake fight, knowing she is listening, in order to make Katherine think their relationship is now more one the rocks than it is rock solid.
Despite Caroline’s betrayal, it’s still really hard not to love her. Since becoming a vampire, she has so many more facets to her character; rather than being the silly, popular blonde she was, she’s stronger, deeper and more self sacrificing than we’ve ever seen her. This then makes Katherine’s manipulation of her so much more despicable: Caroline’s being exploited by the evil Ms. Pierce’s willingness to prey on the best parts of the resident Miss Mystic Fall’s nature.