The CW’s The Vampire Diaries The More You Ignore Me, the Closer I Get TV Show Review. The Vampire Diaries: Season 6, Episode 6: The More You Ignore Me, the Closer I Get builds on the momentum from the last dynamic episode and takes the stakes up a few more notches.
In a tale that deals with death almost as glamorously as it deals with life, we expect characters to die as the plots evolve. Ivy (Emily Chang) after a short relationship with Stefan (Paul Wesly) found herself with a snapped neck and then turned into a vampire. This girl came into the show on shaky ground and ran into Tripp (Colin Ferguson)…that wasn’t good. Tripp takes her and a few more unfortunate souls on a joy ride that ends in a crimson bath. I thought when Enzo (Michael Malarkey) turned her she was going to get a little more play on the show. I guess when Stefan dumps you…he really dumps you. R.I.P. Ivy.
After a brief chat with Alaric (Matthew Davis), Elena (Nina Dobrev) gets made while trying to find out some back-story on Jo (Jodi Lyn O’Keefe). Well, we now know why Alaric couldn’t compel her. Thing is, Jo is a very smooth operator. She has been in the hospital and trying to get close to Alaric and all this time she is a witch. The nice thing about Jo is she never came across as being anything but a woman who was attracted to Alaric. The privacy deal she strikes with Elena still leaves a question mark hovering over her head. Could there be more to her interest in Alaric?
Sarah (Gabrielle Walsh) returns and seems to not be willing to give up on finding out all she can about her family. This young lady came all the way from New York, got bitten by Elena, hopped in the sack with Jeremy and is now working on Matt (Zach Roerig). She means to dig deeper into who the Salvatores are…no matter what she may have to do. Surprisingly, Matt has decided to help her. His role in this looks like he feels bad for her, but when she surprises him he is snooping through Tripp’s office. At this point it’s hard to read if he is really helping her or just trying to get her out of his way so he can finish his current task. Can’t wait to see how this evolves.
After some interesting shuffling, Tripp and crew get the drop on Damon (Ian Somerhalder). I was a little disappointed Damon was so easy for them to capture then I realized he has also been though much lately. No one knows what toll that time travel dance did to him. What evolved next was pretty solid. Stefan and Alaric to the rescue. Funny thing about performing a rescue…nothing goes as planned. Alaric and Stefan planned on meeting Tripp on the road and cutting him off before taking Damon and Enzo inside Mystic limits. Things went south and Tripp’s van tumbled and rolled just outside the city sign. In a very dramatic scene, we saw Alaric, Damon and Enzo all bleeding and dying. That witch spell is something they should all be more wary of. Having Stefan walk into what could have been his own death to save his brother and Enzo was classic. Keep in mind he just got Damon back and Enzo killed Ivy and turned her into a vampire. While Stefan makes the hero move, Jo appears and treats Alaric. Great scene for the show and another triumph for the writing. Jo saves Alaric but at a cost. After she treats him he ends up dying and becomes human. This means he will not be able to bring Elena’s memory back. Irony at it’s best.
The closing scene with Damon and Elena was very fitting. She has been trying to resist him since he returned and in this scene she fails. We now know after what happened to Alaric she couldn’t get her memories of them back. When her door opens there is a much more powerful symbolic gesture implied. She is also telling Damon she is open to whatever may come…she is opening up to him. The expressions, the gestures and the music sell it. Sometimes you don’t need a lot of words, just a look tells it all.
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