Episode 9 – “O Come All Ye Faithful”: Winter Is Coming
The lead up to this episode had me thinking about one thing only ‘Who was going to die?’, if you read Mystical Vampire Vixen spoilers you would know that someone who we’ve known from season 1 wasn’t going to come out of this episode alive, and all the tips and hints pointed to Tyler, the new alpha of the un-sired hybrids, so after I watched this episode I had to re-watch again as it was filled with a lot of information and not to forget some awesome looking biceps from Little Gilbert, Jeremy.
Episode starts with Elena and Damon lying in bed fully clothed. Now that everyone knows Elena is sire-bonded to Damon the thrill is gone and has been replaced by guilt. And Damon can barely look at Elena. “I told him that I’d set you free right after I didn’t’ tell him that we slept together,” Damon says. “So what do you want to do?” Elena replies. He looks into her eyes and admits, “I want to throw you back on my bed and never let you leave.”
Elena gets a phone call from Bonnie to say they are ready for her; Bonnie is assisting Jeremy with not wanting to kill Elena. Elena asks Damon is he would like to come. When they arrive at the Lake house, Jeremy is chopping wood. He’s stiffens immediately when he sees Elena. But Bonnie calms him down. He tenses up again minutes later, when he has to verbally invite his big sister into their family home so that she can step through the doorway. Elena enters cautiously. And it’s all-good—until she makes the mistake of touching Jeremy on the arm. He instinctively turns to stake her. She stops him. Prof Shane is at the Lake House also he is assisting Bonnie to hypnotise Jeremy.
Back in town, Stefan visits Klaus to discuss the whole Jeremy/hunter dilemma. He finds Klaus painting a donation to yet another Mystic Falls Charity Event. Klaus calls it an “expression of postmodernism.” Stefan describes it as a “post-modern snowflake.” They jibe each other a bit before Stefan asks about the sword that will lead to the cure for Elena. Klaus did indeed find it during his dig in Italy. And, in a sweeping move of trust, he shows it to Stefan and explains how it works.
Hayley has talked Tyler into leading the pack in a plan that starts with the wolf dozen somehow capturing Klaus and ends with a witch Hayley has found using the body jump spell to put Klaus into Tyler’s body so the hybrids can then trap the Klaus essence by burying him cement. Tyler thinks it’s the only way and that his sacrifice will show of his leadership. It all sounds wrong to me!!! And Caroline agrees. “My boyfriend is a dumbass martyr,” she says when she tells Stefan the hybrids’ plan.
Elena tries not to martyr herself as she sits across from her little brother, unarmed. Professor Shane’s theory for this treatment is that he needs to give Jeremy a “detour” to the “see-a-vampire, kill-a-vampire” conditioned response that comes with being a hunter. Shane says that he’s trying to teach Jeremy to tap into the subconscious side of himself that recognizes Elena as a beloved sister who he shouldn’t kill. They put Jeremy under then ask him about Elena. He says, “She’s not even my real sister. She’s just the reason everyone I’ve ever loved died.” This sad, but oh-so-true statement reveals that, no, the hypnosis is definitely not working.
The snow machine in full swing, making Mystic Falls look very Christmassy for the fundraiser, Klaus shows up to check on his donation, Caroline flirts with him and keeps him entertained, buying Stefan time to ransack Klaus house, looking for the sword before Tyler’s plan is in motion.
Stefan doesn’t find it. So he heads to town to tell Caroline she will need to make Tyler call-off the Kill Klaus plan. “Well that’s not going to happen,” Tyler snaps when he overhears Stefan talking to Caroline. When Stefan vamps up to Tyler, threatening to force him to squash his plans the other hybrids step out of the shadows and the tables turn. The wolves take Stefan and Caroline hostage and march them out to the old Lockwood dungeons to prevent them from ruining the plan. Stefan tries to explain to them that they only need to let Klaus live long enough for him to find the cure for Elena. But Tyler comes back at him with their truth: The hybrids don’t want to be cured because, when their vampire half is taken away, they will go back to being werewolves who have to go through a painful change on every full moon, whether they want to or not.
Damon comes up with a great idea to help recondition Jeremy. Rather than have Jeremy focus on his love for his sister, Damon suggests, why not have him focus on his love for Bonnie — another person who would also be devastated if he took Elena out. This idea seems to work and they move forward with the hypnosis. While Bonnie and Shane work on Jeremy, Elena heads outside to reminisce about the last time she was out at Lake House with Stefan.
Back at the Winter Wonderland party, Tyler bumps into his mother and, when she hands her under-aged son a glass of wine, he decides to tell her the hybrids’ plan. Tyler shares because, well, technically he will be gone for a while once Klaus hijacks his body. Mayor Lockwood hears this but clearly doesn’t process it right away, as the first thing out of her mouth is a lament over the fact that Tyler will miss graduation.
While Bonnie reconditions Jeremy, Shane, Damon and Elena have a chat. Shane tells them that they don’t really need the sword to find the cure. He claims the cure lies with the first immortal, Silas, who was buried alive in a super-secret location that he has figured out. Shane tells them that if they dig up the great immortal his blood will end vampirism by being the cure for immortality.
Damon calls Stefan right way to share the good news. And his little brother, who is being held captive in the woods, after he hears the word, Stefan tells his captors. Convinced that he and Caroline will not ruin their plans, they let them go.
Back out at the lake house, Shane claims that the only reason he’s helping Damon is because he wants to be the researcher to uncover the first real immortal man. It will be his award-winning discovery. Freedom leads Caroline to make a discovery of her own. She realizes that, because Rebekah’s (Claire Holt) daggered body in the tunnels they can “kill two original birds with one stone” and, instead of having Bonnie transfer Klaus into Tyler’s body, they could stash Klaus in his Original Sister.
Caroline shares the good news with Hayley and immediately texts Professor Shane about their new “problem.” Shane tells her to fix it. And she does by breaking Caroline neck.
Out in the festivities, Stefan and Klaus chat. Stefan confesses to breaking into the safe to look for the sword. He says he doesn’t trust Klaus. Klaus looks offended. “What do you want from me? A secret handshake?” he asks. Stefan mentions to Klaus about the letters he found at his house and Klaus went on to say that him and Stefan are very much alike and memorialise there victims him with letters and Stefan with names on the wall, it’s because they are both lonely. One of his hybrids shows up to summon Klaus from the party.
Meanwhile the new Miss Mystic Falls saunters into the bathroom and finds Caroline’s lifeless body. She feels for a pulse, screams then runs for the door. Caroline wakes and blocks her exit. “Have you seen Hayley?” she asks. April is understandably stunned. Before she can recover, Caroline nonchalantly calls Stefan and tells him to go move Rebekah’s body because “That little werewolf slut has lost her mind.” Caroline quick-catches Stefan up on everything while Aprils stands crying in front her with her mouth open. After she ends her call, Caroline looks into April’s eyes and compels her to forget everything that just happened. Or, so she thinks. April, who now wears Jeremy’s vervain bracelet, can’t be compelled. A quick thinker, however, April plays it off, nods along to Caroline and walks out. Matt Donovan doesn’t have a big part in this episode; he’s busy working the Fundraiser event.
Hayley seeks out Tyler and tells him that she made the whole story up because she’d cut a deal with a very powerful person who could help her find information on her family. We get flashes of Klaus following hybrid out into the woods where he finds the wolves. He proceeds to go psycho killer on the whole pack, snatching hearts out here, ripping heads off there. It’s a brutal scene. All being acted out to the Christmas carol O’ Holy Night. (By far one of my favourite Klaus scenes) She tells Tyler he’s got time to run. And he does, right out to the woods where he finds the slaughtered pack. Their bodies litter the ground
After Tyler walks out of the dungeon, April steps out of the shadows. Still shaking and crying she walks past a headless body over to the coffin stashed in the corner and opens it. Inside lays a daggered Rebekah.
After he talks to Hayley, Professor Shane says something that we don’t hear to a hypnotized Jeremy. Next thing you know Jeremy is back to his old, pre-hunter self. He walks up to Elena and doesn’t try to kill her. Instead he hugs her.
Elena pulls out the old family Christmas decorations. She, Jeremy and Bonnie start to go through them while Damon watches. Elena catches him and steps outside to talk to him. She playfully holds mistletoe over his head. But he brushes it aside, telling her to stop it. Damon reminisces about how he and Stefan used to celebrate Christmas. And he worries that his brother won’t be able to forgive him when he finds out what they did. To erase it, he decides to use the sire-bond to order that Elena stay away from him. “You’re going to go home,” he tells her. He promises to stay and help Jeremy finish the mark then adds, “I’m setting you free Elena. This is what I want. This is what will make me happy.” In response Elena looks disturbed. Pained even.
Stefan has a similar expression on his face as he sits in front of the fireplace back at the Salvatore. He tells Caroline that rather than feel relieved, he feels guilty that, at that very moment, Klaus was possibly being killed. He says the only thing that makes them better than Klaus is that they have “family we can trust.” Off this remark, Caroline decides to do a horrible thing: She taints Stefan’s faith in family by hinting that Damon is up to no good with Elena. “They’re together, aren’t they? How together are they?” Stefan asks. With one look and a well-placed silence, Caroline tells Stefan everything he did not need to know about Damon and Elena. The truth is too much. He starts to trash his place.
Meanwhile Klaus marches back into the Winter Wonderland, bloody, ragged and with an evil look on his face — like he wants to trash the town. Luckily almost everyone had gone home. The only person left was a drunken Mayor Lockwood. She walks by the snow machine, and then spots Klaus. Drunk or not, she immediately knows something’s wrong. When Klaus asks where Tyler is, she immediately starts to beg. ”Klaus, please. Don’t hurt him. He’s my son. He’s all I have.” Klaus thinks for a bit then replies, “And you’re all he has. There’s a beautiful symmetry to that. Don’t you think?” Then he grabs the mayor’s head and drowns her in the town fountain. All to the tune of “Have yourself a Merry Little Christmas”.
Whilst RIP Mayor Lockwood, it was certainly a sigh of relief that no favourites where harmed in this episode, besides the Salvatore’s brothers hearts over Elena. We now have 5 week break from Vampire Diaries, next episode is 17th January. So until then Hope readers have a wonderful holiday season.