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As most of you have gathered, tonight is the mid-season finale, with new episodes returning Thursday, January 23rd.
We know hiatuses are always an unpleasant shock, so take a few minutes to adjust before jumping right on in to the episode, which promises us Damon’s past coming back to haunt him (which could be literally, with this show), Dr. Wes unleashing his secret weapon as all good mad scientists are wont to do, and our favourite heroes and heroines facing the usual amounts of peril their lives throw at them. Wait. This is a mid-season finale… Expect peril levels to be elevated, grab tissues and cushions accordingly.
Once you’ve seen the episode and shaken yourself back to reality, swing by here to rate the new episode of The Vampire Diaries. All discussion about the episode is welcomed and encouraged in the comments of this post.
Quick guide to the poll: 5 Points = LOVE, 1 Point = MEH.
The bad news is that we have to wait until January 23rd for a new episode of The Vampire Diaries. The good news is that 500 Years of Solitude (EP511) will be the one hundredth episode of the show! Here’s a first look:
Caroline Dries was all over the place today dropping tidbits about tonight’s Vampire Diaries mid-season finale, Fifty Shades of Grayson (EP510). Think stuff is going down? We think stuff might be going down. Here’s a taster Dries gave The Hollywood Reporter:
This is an interesting season because usually there is one clear goal Elena and the others are working toward, but this time, there seems to be several different arcs, first with Silas and now Augustine.
That was intentional. We’re five seasons in — we learn a little bit every season — and last year was the season of the cure, the year before that was the moonstone and the sacrifice. When we found that we were stretching that out over 22 or 23 episodes, the mythology gets so dense and hijinks-y that the audience is like, “Wait, what?!” So we were like why don’t we break things down into chapters, a little cleaner, so we’re not having springs pop out of our ears every time we’re pitching something to the studio or the network or the audience. That’s what we’re trying to do. We wrapped up the doppelganger thing with Silas and Amara, but the travelers are still around in the ether. They still have an agenda that they haven’t carried out yet. Not to say things won’t come back that we haven’t seen. They certainly will. But it’s more about trying to make the stories have a beginning, middle and end. Have a conclusion.
- Entertainment Weekly: ‘The Vampire Diaries’: Caroline Dries previews Enzo’s return, a Damon-Grayson ‘parallel’, and a ‘beautiful scene’ for Stefan and Katherine
- Zap2It: ‘The Vampire Diaries’ EP Caroline Dries talks Damon’s revenge, Delena’s future and more
- The Hollywood Reporter: ‘Vampire Diaries’ EP on Fall Finale: ‘It Will Have Massive Effects’ on Show (Q&A)
- TV Fanatic: The Vampire Diaries Producer Teases Augustine Vampire, Statherine & Klaus’ Return
Well, brace yourselves: The mid-season finale of The Vampire Diaries, Fifty Shades of Grayson (EP510), airs tonight on the CW at 8/7c. The show will be back in January, and we’ll let you know when the CW officially announces the date and episode title! (Hopefully that announcement will come tonight.)
(Looking for the list of posts from the week? You’ll now find it on Friday in the Friday Night Bites post.)
Prepare Yourself for Fifty Shades of Grayson:
- Read the synopsis
- See the episode stills
- Watch the short promo
- Watch the extended promo
- Watch the webclip
- Watch another webclip
What’s Next . . .
- Tuesday, Jan. 14: The Originals: The Casket Girls (EP110)
TV Guide links up with executive producer Caroline Dries for a spoilery sneak peek at the Vampire Diaries mid-season finale, Fifty Shades of Grayson (EP510).
If you want to avoid any and all spoilers, maybe skip this one, but if you want some big hints about what we’re all in for tomorrow night… (Highlight for spoilers.)
Elena learned some pretty heavy stuff about Damon. Will that cause irreparable damage for the couple?
Caroline Dries: Yeah. Elena found out that even during the beginnings of their relationship he was killing people. Weirdly, you can kind of justify what he was doing like, OK, he was tortured and had organs removed for five years, but, for Elena, can you imagine what that would be like for your boyfriend to have this whole other identity you had no idea about? That will have lasting effects. But as we saw at the end of last week’s episode,Elena isn’t in a position to be questioning Damon because here she is on this operating table about to go under what he went under so she has her own drama to deal with.
After Klaus took it to the bridge in the previous episode, it’s not so surprising that The Originals would turn out a rather subdued mid-season coda (well, in comparison) that found our characters struggling to readjust to a new regime and forming new, tentative alliances. That’s not to say Reigning Pain in New Orleans lacked explosive moments, from Klaus’s ill-considered dismissal of the Faction to the beleaguered Cami’s autonomy being taken into surprising hands, but even significant revelations were not treated with gasp, game changer! aplomb. The Originals is playing a long game and currently the most complicated and loaded match of them all is between the show’s two kings: Klaus and Marcel.
— Theodora (@TheodoraG13) December 6, 2013
Previously on The Vampire Diaries, Whitmore College just got a whole lot creepier. Right? There’s only one more episode to go until the dreaded winter hiatus, so here are some recaps and reactions to cuddle as we consider the long, empty Thursdays to come.
Note: Crissy Calhoun’s review will be forthcoming soon, at which point we’ll add it in to this post. Sorry for the delay!
The biggest problem with reviewing television on an episodic basis, especially in a twisty, plot-heavy show like The Vampire Diaries, is that it’s very likely everything I’m about to complain about will be completely resolved in the next episode. If these issues are resolved, that won’t make “The Cell” a better episode of television—this one is a dud, no matter what happens in the midseason finale next week—but it will make most of the maddening, incomprehensible character moments in “The Cell” much less horrifying.
By Carrie Raisler, The A.V. Club
This week’s episode “The Cell” was very terrific so long as you could accept at least three ludicrous things as no big deal.
The Vampire Diaries “The Cell” Review: Safe Zone (PHOTO RECAP)
By Price Peterson, TV.com
Candice Accola was a guest on The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson last night and she talks The Vampire Diaries, her engagement and wedding plans, growing up in Orlando, her career in general, and the proper pronunciation of her last name.
Matt Donovan as Katherine Pierce’s personal trainer? Is she paying him in convenience store snacks? Check out this clip from next week’s Vampire Diaries mid-season finale, Fifty Shades of Grayson (EP510).