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We are back to another terrific episode named “Do Not Go Gentle”! It was so incredible, and as we get closer to its season finale it gets crazier and wilder as always thrilling.

I know I should be used to its plot twists that always happen in the show, but it seems I cannot help myself! In any event the plot twists are part of the fun!

Before continuing my review, we include the promotional trailer for this weeks exciting new episode of The Vampire Diaries “Before Sunset” courtesy of the CW Network!

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Do Not Go Gentle:

One very interesting thing that got me really excited was the The Vampire Diaries 3x20 - Sterfan and Elena Dancingsoundtrack on this episode, specially “We Are The Tide” from Blind Pilot in the beginning of the episode which was great.

Amazing as well was “You Do Something To Me” by Sinéad O’Connor on an album produced by Red Hot organization released in 1990 in benefit of AIDS, the features songs of Cole Porter and it was a huge success! This was played when Stefan and Elena danced which by the way had a lot to do with the couple, it was such a delightful moment. It is something to check out.

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The Vampire Diaries 3x20 - Caroline Forbes

I also would like to mention the fine costume clothing in the episode. I have a shout out for Caroline Forbes (Candice Accola). She was absolutely gorgeous during the party! She got me to sigh at every time I saw her, seriously. The costumes worn by Bonnie Bennet (Kat Graham) was gorgeous too! The guys costumes were okay. too (laughs).

 The Vampire Diaries 3x20 - Rebekah as Esther

Last week we were left with Esther’s return. The evil witch is back, this time in Rebekah’s (Claire Holt) body, though it is not for long. Unfortunately I say, we did not get to see much about her in this episode. I need the CW Network to give Rebekah a spin-off!

 The Vampire Diaries 3x20 - Esther and evil Alaric

As Esther (Alice Evans) is back from dead, again, she has a new plan toThe Vampire Diaries 3x20 The ultimate weapon for the ultimate hunter exterminate all vampires from the planet. This time she has planned to use Alaric Saltazman’s (Matt Davis) cheating death ring to make a white oak three stake indestructible.

The purpose would make him an original vampire in the place where she was killed by Klaus (Joseph Morgan) as we recall what occurred a millennium ago. Why is this so? Because the place is “marked”.

 

The Vampire Diaries 3x09 - Mikael burning to death by the white oak three

The thing about the ring and the stake was enjoyable because the white oak three burns with the original body, we all remember what happened to Mikael (Sebastian Roché)?

So it can be used once and with the magic she intends to do, Alaric will be able to use the same stake to kill one, two, three original vampires, all of them, this crazy bitch has such a cool idea. Obvious, but cool.

 The Vampire Diaries 3x20 - Elana invites Stefan to the dance

The Vampire Diares S3x20 - Caroline gives Elena advice about StefanIn the meantime, Elena Gilbert (Nina Dobrev) invited Stefan Salvatore (Paul Wesley) to go to the dance with her that night.

I have wondered if I am the only one growing tired of their romance… I could not see myself enjoying Delena more than Stelena last year, but now I just do not know.

Delena is so much more exciting, no? That thing Caroline told her before the party about Stefan being her epic love, come on, Damon Salvatore (Ian Somehalder) must be her epic love now and Elena should move on with her life, with Damon.The Vampire Diaries S3x20 - Stefan picks Elena up to go to the dance

In my viewpoint, Stefan had lost his chance quite a while ago but then we saw that lovely scene between Stelena when he picked her up to take her to the dance.

Can I change my mind, again? I was laughing my head off at this point, how can a person change his mind like that? I cannot with this, you know?

 

The Vampire Diaries 3x20 - Elena

Thinking of Elena switching boyfriends is horrible and even worse if thought of her dating both brothers at the same time, that would be awful but that is just my opinion. I still cannot make my mind about who I like more.

The Vampire Diaries 3x20 - Caroline Forbes and Matt Donovan at the party

Back to the party, we saw a nice scene between Caroline and the always and forever boring Matt Donovan (Zack Roerid) in which she gave him some advice about Elena. He did so not because she is afraid that he may confuse his feelings towards her.

As this was not the case, she explained herself that something bad always happens to people around Elena. It was quite a friendly comment, huh Caroline? The truth hurts.

The Vampire Diaries 3x20 - Tyler shows up at the party

The Vampire Diaries S3x20 - Tyler LockwoodWe segue to super cocky Tyler Lockwood (Michael Trevino) , who is no longer sired to Klaus showed up at the party as well, despite Caroline’s instruction not to afraid Klaus might find out about the little secret.

I honestly think that they are trying to get us to love the fact that they are always changing couples like if the world was a swing party because I still like “Tyroline”. However I like “Klaroline” too. So what should I do? You see it is simply so hard to decide. LOL!The Vampire Diaries S3x20 - Jeremy bumps into Stefan Damon and Elena discuss to kill or not to kill Alalric

Some people like to have triumphant entrances, right? With Jeremy Gilbert it is the opposite, it seems that he likes triumphant leaving.

What I mean is he just showed up when Damon, Stefan and Elena were talking about giving Alaric a merciful death to say two sentences and left the scene immediately after to take a jab at them.

The Vampire Diaries S3x20 - Elana talks to Jeremy before Esther shows usFor me he is like Matt, not a supernatural thing I am not interested in knowing about, on the other hand they are very important to provide the show with that side of the story.

Ultimately, he suffers the consequences of all supernatural things around the town and there are quite a lot of supernatural things around everyone in Mystic Falls as we all know.

The Vampire Diaries - Bonnie and Jamie

Hooray! Bonnie has gotten a new boyfriend and her scene was lovely. I t made me happy and sad at the same time. This despite the fact that Jeremy cheated on Bonnie with two of his dead ex-girlfriend when their spirits of whatever come back to Mystic Falls, which I liked a lot too.

I still ship Bonnie and Jeremy. You see the point? It is so easy and enjoyable to ship many different characters from The Vampire Diaries. I am definitely going crazy with it in a good way!

 The Vampire Diaries 3x20 - Esther demands Elena to follow her

Tension came back to the party as Esther showed us to demand Elana to follow her if she wanted to help Alaric, yes, she demanded and she was pretty clear that she would go, willing or not.

 The Vampire Diaries 3x20 - Klaus threatens everybosy Bonnie loves

The Vampire Diaries S3x20 - Stefan SalvatoreThe supernatural thing I love the most are the witches simply because they get what they want, most of the times besides the fact that their power is much cooler than vampires or werewolves.

We could see by Stefan’s speech how cool it is to be a witch. Klaus as always threatened to kill a person she loves, which apparently is the only threat he knows if not the few he actually knows about in Mystic Falls.

However she did not care about any of the others, so if Kluas killed him things would not end up well for any of them.

The Vampire Diarieis 3x20 - Klaus interrupts Tyler and Caroline dancing

The Vampire Diaries S3x20 - Klaus claims to be the alpha maleAlright, at that moment Klaus said that he did not have to prove anything. As we all know  as a matter of fact, Klaus has always claimed (has been) the alpha male. This made me burst out laughing so loudly, he is so self assured and so cocky he is just awesome.

In my opinion, Klaus is awesome! I think he should take Caroline, Katherine (if still alive) and Elena as his concubines just to prove that he can. Awesome character and awesome Joseph Morgan!

 The Vampire Diaries 3x20 - Super cool and evil Alaric

The Vampire Diaries S3x20 - Alaric is almost an original vampireTwenty minutes of the episode had passed from the start and I could not believe there was another 22 minutes to go.

Alaric’s evil alter ego took over and he let himself become a vampire, an original vampire made by Esther’s black magic. I was like NO Alaric, you cannot!

Regardless of my worthless screams of exasperation, it was done as Esther wantonly craved to embed a stake in him!The Vampire Diaries S3x20 - Elena, ALaric and Esther

When Esther said that she had granted Alaric enough power to complete the task and that he would not become what her children had become, I came to the conclusion that Alaric will not have enough power to be like the other originals.

When the task is complete he would be so weak that he would die. Right, I hope I am a hundred percent wrong and that he will be the most powerful being we have ever seen.

The Vampire Diaries 3x20 - Esther meantioning Jenna Soomers

The Vampire Diaries S3x20 - Elena listening to Esther talking about JennaEsther’s mention of Jenna Sommers (Sara Canning) was the thing I loved the most about this episode. He death last season was so awful and it brought up so many feelings.

Knowing what she has not known is the torment of the other side. That she knows peace was so pleasant, it made me sigh.

 

The Vampire Diaries S3x20 - Alaric after waking up from transformation not knowing what the heck happened to him

We already know that when Alaric is killed, evil Alaric comes back and when he is killed again, the real good old Alaric returns. It was such an OMFG moment when he returned after being transformed into an original vampire not knowing anything about it. Matt Davis did a great job!

 The Vampire Diaries 3x20 - Klaus and Stefan

The Vampire Diaries S3x20 - Oh he already has a brotherAfter all, everything turned out to be Stefan’s fault again! Of course these are Klaus’ words.

As he tried to remember those old days when himself and Stefan were good friends like brothers Damon arrived saying OH he already has a brother!

It was both comedic and amazing. Their relationship is apparently on the way of becoming something really nice and peaceful! It was about time, right?The Vampire Diaries S3x20 - Alaric tells Jer that he is not gonna complete the transition

Alaric, the real one, chose the same fate that Bill Forbes (Jack Coleman) chose. He would not continue with the transformation. He was going to deny the great power, the strength of an original and most importantly, immortality because he did not want to become a monster?

Nonsense! I honestly understand his choice, it was a nice ending for his character and it was what he believed. I totally disagree with his viewpoint.

The Vampire Diaries 3x20 - Alaric hugs good bye Jeremy

The Vampire Diaries S3x20 - Alaric says good bye to Elena as he is gonna dieI was not okay with his death. The scene was complimented with “Be Still”, a song by The Fray that was playing on the episodes soundtrack.

To me, although a great song, it made all of it worse to deal with as Elena started blaming herself while Alaric was so himself making her understand she should not do that I ended up in tears as he said “don’t do that”.

He had become something like a father to her and Jeremy where there was nobody The Fray - Scars And Stories art coverelse and I cannot deal with the feeling. I love that song, if you read its lyrics you will see the meaning it had to Alaric and Elena.

Even if she does not see him there beside her, taking care and being the father she lost long ago, she should know that he is there with her and be still. Tears.

The Vampire Diaries 3x20 - Good Bye Alaric

The Vampire Diaries 3x20 - Everybody saying good bye to Alaric though nobody said a word, speechless

It became much worse when all characters were outside looking at him. It was very much like (kind of) saying good bye without words. I still cannot believe it was not the season finale and thinking about it, I do not know what to expect greater than this, honestly! I was so in doubt about Meredith Fell (Torrey DeVitto) saying she was evil and so on, I am sorry for that now as I saw her crying for him.

The Vampire Diaries 3x20 - Maredith Fell turns out to be a great and in love girl as she farewells Alaric

The Vampire Diaries 3x20 - Alaric

The Vampire Diaries S3x20 - Elena gets rid of Alaric hunting vampire stuffThey cannot give us a break, can they? No, they can’t!

Right after that, we saw Elena and Stefan in what I dare say the most memorable Stelena moment of all times in the same gymnasium Klaus made him turn off all his feeling towards Elena.

This was the sequence where he bit her almost to death. He reminded Elena that no matter how awful it is, they can never lose hope. Memorable, right?

The Vampire Diaries 3x20 - Elena and Stefan

The Vampire Diaries S3x20 - Damon and AlaricAlaric’s last moments in this fine episode of The Vampire Diaries were with Damon Salvatore.

I found it quite funny that Rick asked if that was the moment he would give him some cute dream like he did to Rose.

No matter how many times Damon killed him, it seemed that they were really friends after all.

The Vampire Diaries 3x20 - Bonnie and Jamie cuddling in bed

The Vampire Diaries S3x20 - Esther never dies and here she is, visiting Bonnie in her dreamsThe thing is we need to consider is that it was not over. There was still three minutes of episodes and on TVD we all know that a lot can happen in so short time.

We were cut to a scene with Bonnie and her boyfriend, Jaime (Robert Ri’chard) talked mostly about Bonnie. We witnessed Esther who appeared to Bonnie in a dream and again, demanded that she finish what she had started as her sisters wanted.

We learned that Alaric could not die. Willing or not, she would have to go there to feed him with her blood so Esther’s dirty job would be concluded.

The Vampire Diaries 3x20 - Esther visits Bonnie in her dream, should say nightmare

The Vampire Diaries 3x20 - Boonie feeds Alaric and he comes back to lifeThat is what she did, she went all the way to where Alaric was, almost dead to feed him and conclude everything. Alaric Saltzman as we know is gone and now the ripper of original vampires is rise!

I believe that Alaric is really one as he died the evil one returned so we can wait for much more sorrow and despair on the last episodes of season three.

The Vampire Diaries 3x20 - Alaric, the ripper of original vampires is born

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2 Comments

  • avatar WR_Systems says:

    Hi Raphael,

    Once again you have captured not only the essence of The Vampire Diaries in your reviews, you have shared the critical moments of emotion in “Do Not Go Gentle”. Great job as well on selecting images to make the analysis! Thank you.

    Best Regards,

    Kenn

    • Hi Kenn,

      Thank you very much for your comment, and yes, the essence of the series was well captured. It was such an emotional episode, full of sadness and sorrow… I will love to see the result of what has happened in the series so far. The selection of images was awesome too, always a pleasure!

      Thank you again,

      Best regards,
      Raphael.

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