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Mar 25, 2014

TV Review: THE VAMPIRE DIARIES: Season 5, Episode 16: While You Were Sleeping

Nina Dobrev The Vampire Diaries While You Were Sleeping

The CW’The Vampire Diaries While You Were Sleeping TV Show Review. The Vampire Diaries: Season 5, Episode 16: While You Were Sleeping could have easily been called ‘Ding dong, the witch is dead.’ OK, so Katherine Pierce wasn’t a witch but the word that rhymes with it. She was also a vampire-turned-human/doppelganger. Whatever the heck she was The Vampire Diaries waved goodbye to her for good in the drama’s latest installment, ‘While You Were Sleeping.’

ICYMI, the episode was full of Tweet worthy moments from beginning to end. Sadly, this didn’t include a formal goodbye to Katherine. After struggling with the sickness that was Katherine taking over her body, Elena (Nina Dobrev) simply had to stomach Katherine’s journal entries and urges until she could get the antidote. But the waiting wasn’t always easy. Trapped in her isolated dorm room, Elena gabbed away and whispered sweet nothings on the phone with Damon (Ian Somerhalder) when times were good and endured nose bleeds and nightmares when times were bad.

Damon being Damon, of course, failed to tell Elena that he killed Aaron Whitmore (Shaun Sipos) until it was practically too late. He waited so long in fact that Elena started thinking that she killed Aaron and was going out of her mind with misery. In the end, Damon told her the truth, Enzo (Michael Malarkey) gave her the antidote and Elena and Damon yelled at each other until the passion was too much to resist. Cue “Stay” by Rihanna and Mikky Ekko because that scene was steamy and deliciously irresistible. Not to be all pervy but when Damon yelled, “That’s the problem. We don’t work” during their argument, it was hard not to sweat and swoon. Ooh wee!

Now that that’s out of the way (clears throat) it should be pointed out for as hot as this exchange was, the producers completely manipulated fans. Of course Damon was the first one to realize Elena wasn’t Elena but the Ripper virus version of Katherine pretending to be Elena. And of course this made Elena love Damon more because he knows her even when her brother, friends and sadly Stefan (Paul Wesley) don’t. And of course this was a problem because Damon killed Aaron in a blind rage because the Katherine version of Elena told Damon that they were dunzo so that Katherine could pursue Stefan, her one true love. Sigh.

If this sounds complicated, it is, but if you’re a “Vampire Diaries” fan you’re used to complications. But it’s season 5. How many times are Damon and Elena going to do this wicked dance? It’s getting a little predictable even if we are rewarded with steamy love scenes where they hate one another’s brains out. Although no one can deny how addictive the Meta arguments between Elena and Damon/ Nina Dobrev and Ian Somerhalder are (Do they or did they fight like this in real life and then get it on for good measure?!), there has to be a point where Elena and Damon either stay together or walk away because fans deserve better.

Speaking of better, Stefan suffered his own slings and arrows when the Travelers made him undergo some wicked spell that almost wiped his memory clean, again, all in the name of getting the Ripper antidote. But thankfully, Caroline (Candice Accola) helped him out and gave the Travelers an alternative they could live with. Sadly for Caroline, this means going on a special mission with Enzo but at least he has that hot accent. That should help.

And lastly, how awesome was that twist involving Liv (Penelope Mitchell) and Luke (Chris Brochu)? Looks like little Liv is not so innocent and inexperienced after all. Not only has she been fooling Bonnie (Kat Graham) – that Bonnie sure is easy to fool, huh? – but she and Luke have wicked plans for Elena and the gang. See, this is the “TVD” we love. Full of twists and hidden enemies.

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