Well, if you were wondering how it is that Bonnie and Enzo are a couple in the future (now present), the Friday, April 22 episode of “The Vampire Diaries,” 7×19, “Somebody That I Used to Know,” answers that question. Also, Damon gets the (very, very cold) shoulder from his (former) best friend, and Stefan and Alaric get awkward – and real – about Caroline’s feelings.
Earlier this season on “The Vampire Diaries,” a glimpse into the future revealed that Bonnie and Enzo were together, perhaps one of the biggest headscratchers of the season. But, as flashbacks to the last three years show, with the Armory after her and Damon sleeping his problems off/desiccated in a coffin, Enzo was the one who protected her, who kept her safe and hidden, even though that meant giving her the anti-magic pills which they later learned are going to be what kills her. And so Enzo went back and forth between playing double agent with the Armory and spending time with Bonnie in a secluded cabin, her only company for those years (which probably isn’t the best beginning of a relationship, but hey, they’ve had their troubles even before this, so…?).
Bonnie looked into what the Armory could possibly want from her and got on the lead of their underground levels and Virginia, the sister locked away in the psych hospital, the two shared a dance on New Year’s Eve and half a year later a kiss and bam, they’re together in the present and Damon is stuck watching them be kind of cute together and wishing for anything else to get the images out of his head. (Trees, skies and vervain grenades, Stefan offers.)
It becomes an all hands on deck situation with Bonnie dying (at least once Stefan answers his brother’s calls), and they’ve even come up with a solution: kill all of Rayna’s vampire prisoners for her and give her the peace and quiet she wants so badly (she has never had even a day off, after all, so let the girl have a cheeseburger) and transfer her remaining life over to Bonnie. Easy, right? Not really. To prove they can do it, they go around killing vampires, including Beau in another’s body, despite Bonnie trying to stop Damon, but once the first scab shows up on Bonnie’s hand, they know they’re running out of time. (They have about a week.) And then when Rayna does agree to the deal, she’s left them with enough names to cover the walls in the storm cellar.
Oh, and a meeting with Alex results in Enzo finding out just what it is the Armory wants from Bonnie: her other sister, Yvette, is trapped inside a vault Virginia forced Lucy Bennett to seal with magic. Bonnie can get her out. When Enzo points out there’s no way she’d be alive after four years, Alex insists that she can hear her voice calling out for help. She’s suffering because of her, and she tries preying on Enzo’s own feelings of guilt since he gave Bonnie the pills that are killing her. If he brings her Bonnie, she’ll do everything she can to save her life. (But didn’t she say there’s no cure? Wouldn’t this just be a way for her to get what she wants while going, ‘Oh, oops, sorry, nothing we can do to help’?)
As for Bonnie and Damon’s friendship, well, that’s going to be a very, very rocky road for him to traverse to even begin getting back in her good graces. She refuses to speak to him at first, explaining he lost the right to her attention when he left without saying goodbye. Yes, she had moved past being angry, she explains to Enzo, but since he showed up at her door – and not even with her favorite flowers – she feels she has a right to be angry once again. When Damon warns Enzo that he’ll hunt him down and rip out his heart if anything happens to Bonnie, she steps in and puts some blame for what’s happened on him. “I made a mistake three years ago, Bonnie,” he admits. “I shouldn’t have given up. I shouldn’t have run away.” But he sees hope in the fact that she carries his letter with her. “I keep it as a reminder to not trust the wrong people,” she informs him, crushing that hope. Enzo is the one who has been there for her protecting her and she knows that no matter what happens, he won’t leave her. Harsh. (But accurate, given Damon’s history.)
Elsewhere in the hour, Stefan shows up in Dallas hoping to speak to Caroline, but since she’s not home, he gets to spend time with her fiancé. That goes about as well as can be expected, with Stefan saying he’s ready to tell his side of the story and Alaric arguing that Caroline has built a new life and deserved to have these answers before he broke her heart. When they first moved to Dallas, Caroline told him she joined a book club, but when Alaric followed her, he discovered that she parked her car by the river to cry alone. But then that stopped, he reveals, and he and the girls became her life instead of just being a placeholder. Stefan then calls him out on the fact that there are two bedrooms in the house and their wedding is a scheduled appointment with a Justice of the Peace, not very Caroline Forbes. Alaric knows she doesn’t love him, but their life isn’t a lie, he tells Stefan. “All I can do is be worthy of her, Stefan, which is more than you’ve ever been.” And when they get back to the house in Dallas, Caroline is home with the girls and chooses to put them to bed instead of talking to Stefan.
“The Vampire Diaries” season 7 airs Fridays at 8 p.m. on the CW. What did you think of episode 19 “Somebody That I Used to Know”?