Operation Save Bonnie takes an unexpected for Damon but all too predictable turn in the Friday, April 29 episode of “The Vampire Diaries,” 7×20, “Kill ‘Em All.” Remember, in exchange for wiping out all the vampires on her hit list, Rayna agreed to give Bonnie her last life. But that doesn’t come for free.
Everyone’s hitting the road to take out vampires for Rayna/to save Bonnie in this “TVD” episode, including Caroline and Alaric, who leave the girls with a babysitter and presumably say they’re going on a road trip or something because it’s not like they can say, “Hey, we have to go kill some vampires to save our friend, who’s a witch, and, oh yeah, Caroline’s a vampire and the girls are witch siphons.” But getting back into the world of vampires and witches and the supernatural means awkward conversations – the vampires they’re hunting are having a lot of sex and Caroline sees them killing them a favor, a way to “rip out their hearts before the inevitably do it to each other” – and Caroline refusing to talk about Stefan (or even the fact that there’s clearly zero closure there). And when it’s all said and done, at the end of the day, after witnessing Alaric geeking out over The Armory’s collection, Caroline knows that their normal life isn’t really for them, but she says that she wants to be deep in their not-normal life with him. (Does anyone actually see this relationship lasting?)
In other relationship news, a flashback to two years ago reveals that Matt sort of proposed to Penny, via her seeing that he was looking up ways to propose and then saying yes. And with Damon partnering up Matt and Stefan to hunt vampires, what happened to Penny is finally revealed. See, the details of her “car accident” were too sketchy/familiar for Matt, so he figured out it was a cover-up. Since Stefan was in town that night, visiting Liz’s grave in hopes that he’d see Caroline, and his dash cam footage showed his (former) friend compelling him, Matt put two and vampire together and got murder.
But what really happened is that Matt accidentally killed Penny, it was too late for Stefan’s blood to save her and Stefan didn’t want him to be consumed by a moment he couldn’t take back. Even after remembering what really happened, Matt still blamed Stefan because he came back. The real problem here is that there weren’t even a handful of Matt/Penny scenes to make her someone worth caring about or everything that resulted from this one event worth it.
Even though Bonnie’s the one dying, she pretty much takes care of everything but the vampire killing herself. She makes a trip down to the psychiatric hospital to see Virginia – Relation? “She tried to kill me.” Yes, that gets her a visit – and finds out that whatever’s in the vault “strips away your compassion…takes away your empathy, your capacity to love, eating away at your soul until all that remains is darkness.” Her great-grandfather was only in the vault for a few moments and he ended up killing a bunch of people. In other words, Bonnie cannot let whatever is inside that vault out under any circumstances.
But they may have a problem on their hands since, after Bonnie calls Enzo and asks him to come back so they can spend her last moments together, Damon calls Alex and makes a deal: If the Armory helps him take out Rayna’s vampires, he’ll deliver her Bonnie to open the vault. And as much as Bonnie may not want to do that, when Alex reveals she has Caroline and Alaric, she has no choice but to do so.
“I can live with Bonnie hating me, just as long as she lives,” Damon tells Stefan early on in the episode, and when Enzo tells him that his latest move has dashed any hope of Bonnie forgiving him, he argues that he did what Enzo couldn’t. Now she’ll still hate Damon instead of him. Once Bonnie opens the vault, it’s time for them to get out of there – and then for Bonnie to make sure that no one else can leave the building.
After that, all that’s left to do is for a shaman to to some “shamaning,” as Damon puts it, and transfer Rayna’s last life to Bonnie. However, what no one seemed to consider all this time – How? How did no one think that this is what would happen? – is that it also means taking up Rayna’s “burden.” Rayna was never going to forgive Damon, and so she came up with a new way to torture him: Bonnie won’t either. When she wakes, she’s going to be full of hatred for him and his kind and be unable to rest until they’ve been wiped from the earth. And after Rayna dies, Bonnie wakes up.
“The Vampire Diaries” season 7 airs Fridays at 8 p.m. on the CW. What did you think of episode 20 “Kill ‘Em All”?