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TV Review: THE VAMPIRE DIARIES: Season 6, Episode 15: Let Her Go [The CW]

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The CW’s The Vampire Diaries Let Her Go TV Show Review. The Vampire Diaries: Season 6, Episode 15: Let Her Go, does exactly what the titles implies. Damon (Ian Somerhalder) finds himself struggling to come up with a eulogy for Caroline’s (Candice Accola) mothers funeral while Kai (Chris Wood) comes to Jo (Jodi Lyn O’Keefe) for help.

The funeral accomplished everything you would expect and a bit more. The mode was set and everyone of importance was in the house. Well, what funeral wouldn’t be complete without a drunk acting up? Fortunately, Matt (Zach Roerig) put a halt to Tyler (Michael Trevino) rolling in liquored up. Great stuff. Even watching Damon give the Eulogy was handled classy. He really put in the effort to write something good and you could tell he was comfortable with his end result. I was pleasantly surprised to see Caroline cap everything off with a song. If she doesn’t do herself in maybe she can cut a few tracks.

When Kai came out on top of the merger with Luke (Chris Brochu), the groundwork was laid to expect him to raise all types of hell with his new power. What wasn’t expected was him having some of Luke’s sensibilities and being as tame as he has been. What a great curve ball to throw. Having Kai come to his sister and heaving crimson was about as dramatic as it gets. After stabbing her and drugging her…what made him think she would help him? I was also surprised how calm Alaric (Matthew Davis) was. He still owes Kai one for the scrap in the forest. After weighing matters, having Jo give Kai her powers sets things into motion that may not be undone. This young man tried to kill his entire family, no one should be trusting him. The smell of conflict…gotta love it.

You have to give credit where credit is due. Time and time again the writers continue to show why this series is still hot after 6 seasons. We are not led by a series of attacks and blood letting. All of the characters have a ton of heart and solid back-stories. Stefan has come a long way over the years. Folks are actually rooting for him. I never saw that coming. It only works if the writing is strong and the actor carries his or her weight. That said, the scene between Damon and Stefan, where Damon apologizes for not giving the eulogy at their mothers funeral should be a highlight. These two have not always seen eye to eye but we are seeing the love between brothers and it’s very refreshing. There is a very thin line here where too much becomes corny or forced. It works and big brother gives him the motivation to go after the girl. Very well played.

From the moment Caroline made it clear she wanted to get the funeral over with in such a short time, I could tell she was up to something. There was a reason she was pressing Stefan to find out where he stood. She is tired and it read well. The girl just lost her mother and now she wanted to know if what happened between them was real. The sad thing here is…she should have waited a few days and let the pain from her mother dying settle. If anything Caroline should know after all the time she has known Stefan to not get too excited. It’s almost like she was looking for a final push off the edge. The acting is superb…you truly feel sorry for her. The song she chose to sing at the funeral was well chosen. I’m wondering if snapping Elena’s neck was necessary or was it put in for dramatic effect? She could have convinced Elena to leave and killed herself in a variety of ways. Now we will have to wait to see where this is going…which is a good thing.

Initially when the concept of the prison world started and Bonnie (Kat Graham) and Damon met Kai, I had reservations about it all flowing. I also had my doubts about it ending well. Bonnie managed to keep her sanity for 278 days…quite an accomplishment for a witch and her hair still managed to look good. Her motivation was to see family and friends again and that is part of the glue that holds this show together. I was impressed with her being affected by what was going on in the world where Kai and Jo were making their own adjustments. The writing here was truly on point. The best part of the final scenes with Bonnie took place when Jo gave Kai her magic and the ripple could be felt where Bonnie was…just before she makes her escape. The tension was built up at a very good pace. When Bonnie and Damon are reunited…I know folks are going to feel this scene. This unlikely pair became very close in a short time and that bond was felt in the closing scene. The video Bonnie shot was not only a brilliant way to go out…it also opened up a whole new can of worms. Damon and Stefan’s mother lives in one of the prison worlds? Who would have thought that up? That’s right, keep us hanging on a string.

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Brian Fire

Brian is a screenwriter and visual fx Artist who loves science fiction, drama and follows many TV shows. He is a versatile writer who is published and has written copy for: CompUsa, The California State Lottery and Princess Cruise lines. Every year he attends The Sundance Film Festival and the San Diego Comic Con filling up on his other passions…indie films, comic books and video games.

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