‘The Vampire Diaries’ Recap: “The Five”

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When episode three of the CW’s The Vampire Diaries concluded last Thursday, fans everywhere were wondering who “The Five” were and what their importance was. This week, on the episode appropriately titled after the group of vampire hunters, our question was answered and boy, it’s more monumental than any of us could have ever imagined.

A few fresh faces appeared during the episode. We were greeted immediately in a flashback by Alexander (Paul Tefler) who was one of Rebekah’s (Claire Holt) many loves.

Fans received more insight on the tougher, stronger vampire hunters, as well our other newcomer, Professor Shane (David Alpay). With so many new faces appearing and old favorites returning, you know the plot is certainly about to thicken!

Note: Spoilers ahead if you haven’t seen Thursday’s episode, “The Five”.

The Five. The mysterious vampire hunters were the primary subject of this episode. The show opens with a highly anticipated flashback from 1110 A.D. It’s the first appearance of the original five. They’re stronger, faster, and more intelligent than ordinary vampire hunters. We know that Connor Jordan (Todd Williams) is part of the group, but he seems to be the diluted version. The original five had their tattoos visible at all times until death. In present day, only a select few are able to see the marking. Thanks to Alexander it’s revealed that the tattoo is actually a map.

Possible reconciliation for Matt and Rebekah? It could be just because she has no friends, but Rebekah is really trying to make amends with the Matt (Zach Roerig) after she practically destroyed his life. When she revealed she got him a car and took care of all the important odds and ends, including insuring it, there was no way I could resist “awwing”. They really would be a precious couple if he could see through his aggravation and immense hatred he’s feeling towards her right now.

There are so many people in Mystic Falls and yet, everyone seems lonely. All they want is companionship. How can you feel so alone when there are so many people around you? With Rebekah, I can understand why she feels so alone and craves interaction. Her humanity was robbed and every person she cared about hurt her. The newest disheartening development is the massive wedge between Klaus (Joseph Morgan) and Rebekah’s seemingly unbreakable bond. How can someone who was once so devoted to his sister act so cruelly?

Damon and Elena go to college. After almost draining Matt, Elena (Nina Dobrev) agreed to let Damon (Ian Somerhalder) teach her how to become a vampire. This is the first time the new vampire seems to really enjoy herself. For once, she came to terms with what she was. After successfully feeding on a frat guy who was attempting to roofie an unsuspecting girl, Elena felt and looked free. She was smiling and just immersed in her surroundings.

The irony in Damon’s costume was unbelievable. His brother is a vampire ripper and he decided to be Jack the Ripper. Everyone was dressed to kill (pun intended) with the exception of Professor Shane. He was in his “teacher-wear”. There is way too much mystery surrounding him right now. Possible mentor or love interest for Bonnie (Kat Graham)? We all know she is in need of some love after all she has gone through.

Sexy Eye Candy. I was loving Connor’s shirtless appearance. As much as I love seeing Ian Somerhalder and Paul Wesley strutting their stuff, a little fresh meat never hurt anyone. Daniel Gillies who plays Elijah finally made an appearance after being gone since the finale of season three. I have to admit I wasn’t really a big fan of his semi-greasy hairstyle. Here’s to hoping they bring him back for more than just a few episodes throughout this season!

Sassy Stefan. Stefan (Paul Wesley) was all over the place with his cleverness tonight. First he referenced Fifty Shades of Grey with a “red room of pain” comment to Klaus, and then at dinner he made a snarky comment. “Let me just name the million other people I’d rather be having dinner with right now.” This reminds me quite a bit of season three when he and Katherine were conversing in Chicago. Maybe the writers will bring Katherine back so we’ll see even more of that.

Familial Relationships. Family is a constant theme in this show. It’s obviously based around the main love triangle, but there are so many other amazing elements. Klaus and Stefan were the greatest duo when Stefan was embracing the ripper. Now that they have a common goal, perhaps they can make amends! They may not be blood related, but they did consider each other a brother before.

Damon and Stefan need to reconcile and have a super sweet moment that’s too amazing for us to handle! They’re too tense and it’s driving me crazy. Towards the end of season three it appeared they were on the road to recovery, but that quickly fell to pieces. The relationship between Klaus and Rebekah was once my favorite. They were more devoted to each other than anything else. Witnessing that fall apart is heartbreaking.

“The Killer”. Thursdays episode ended with a twist no one was expecting. How will that play into the future episodes, including the next one? I’m worried about who’s going to be in the line of fire. Nina Dobrev teased a few character deaths. How long will it be until heads start rolling? Just the thought puts me at the edge of my seat. Jeremy (Steven R. McQueen) is a huge asset this season so I’m hoping nothing bad happens to him.

What did you think of “The Five” fellow TVD fans? Let us know in the comments below!