Season 2, Episode 20 (“The Last Day”)
After returning to his true body at the end of the previous episode, Klaus wastes no time preparing for the sacrifice he has been waiting for for 1000 years. It is a full moon and he is ready to go. He already knows he has the doppelgänger, and multiple witches on his side. He gets his werewolf by compelling Carol to lure Tyler back to town. He gets his vampire in the form of Caroline. Even after Damon frees both of them, he has back up. Jules was in town with Tyler and so she was grabbed as well, and then Klaus turned Jenna as revenge.
Elena is also prepared for the sacrifice. She is still read to go through with her plan with Elijah. He has some mysterious, 500 year old elixir that will theoretically bring her back to life. She knows that it is a risk, but she trusts in the plan because she doesn’t see any other way. Damon however is not okay with the plan. He once again acts impulsively by feeding her his blood so that if she dies in the sacrifice, she will come back a vampire. Stefan very fairly asks how he could take the choice to turn or not away from her, when he has resented Stefan for 150 years for making him turn. Yet when he is faced with losing Elena, Damon makes the same choice that Stefan did in 1864. He says she will eventually get over it, but he sure hasn’t. He does then spend the rest of the episode trying to right this wrong, but it was his impulsiveness that put them in this mess. He still doesn’t understand what it means to love someone. Loving someone means wanting what is best for them. If Elena would rather die than become a vampire then that is her choice to make. Forcing her to become one just to keep her alive is not loving her.
Damon feeding her his blood forces Elena and Stefan to finally have the conversation that they have been putting off since they started dating. The only way that they can have a future together is if Elena becomes a vampire. Now that that is a possible outcomes of Klaus’s sacrifice, is it what she wants? She finally admits to Stefan that she doesn’t want to be a vampire. She is only 17 and not prepared to have to make decisions about the rest of her life. Becoming a vampire takes away so many of her choices, whether or not to have kids, a career, a real life. She loves Stefan but isn’t ready to commit to him for eternity. I like this about her, and it is a consistent character trait for her throughout the series. Regardless of who she is with, her love for a guy is not enough to give up everything she has ever wanted in life. Even if the show sometimes forgets, she is only 17 and shouldn’t have to make this decision right now. I am 27 and not ready to make decisions about the rest of my life, I cannot imagine having to have done so at 17.
This episode is setting up for all of the craziness to come in the next episode. Elena has been trying to figure out what to do about Klaus and the sacrifice ever since she found out about it early in this season. Her primary motivation has been to keep everyone safe, but despite those efforts, everyone is still in danger. Jenna is now a vampire and Klaus is planning to use her in the sacrifice. Elena kept everything from her for so long to keep her safe, but that only led to her being lured out of the house by Katherine. Elena is going to go through with the ritual, and she has vampire blood in her system. And on top of all of that, Damon was bitten by Tyler. We have already seen what happens to a vampire that is bitten by a werewolf, so they will have to figure something out quick. This was also the first episode to fully bring Jenna and Matt into the vampire drama as they got to see first hand what this world is like. We now have all of the major characters in the loop, but we will have to wait to see how these latest two adjust.
This is a good set up episode that also gives time for some interesting emotional/relationship conflict as well. Elena and Stefan have skirted around the question of the longevity of their relationship for a while now, and this is the first time Elena has admitted that she doesn’t want to be a vampire, even if it means a future without Stefan. She has always known this, but has been too afraid to voice it. Damon’s impulsiveness once again puts him in a position to potentially never be forgiven by the girl he loves. If she becomes a vampire and it is his fault, will she ever forgive him? Will she resent him for the next 150 years as he has Stefan? We will have to wait until the last two episodes to find out everyone’s fates.
Episode Grade: A-
- I kind of have to agree with Damon that the elixir is very iffy, I would probably have zero trust in that.
- “Ugh, Klaus I presume”
- I did not realize that Tyler didn’t know who Klaus is. How is he so out of the loop?
- Elena is not much of a hiker
- Product Placement: More AT&T device technology. Showing off Klaus’s ability to go between his computer and his phone while keeping up with his hostages.
- Body Count: 1, Damon kills Klaus’s witch with an assist from Matt.