Is it possible to die in the Gemini coven’s prison for Kai? Will Damon and Bonnie get home? Can anyone attend any type of festivities without blood being spilled? Will Tyler break his curse? Those questions and more are answered in the Thursday, Oct. 30 episode of “The Vampire Diaries,” 605, “The World Has Turned and Left Me Here.”
It’s time to celebrate Homecoming at Whitmore, and that goes about as well as any event on “The Vampire Diaries” has gone in the past. Elena refuses to let Alaric stay a home and be a self-loathing vampire hermit for any longer (or let him wear the same shirt for the third time that week) and sets him up with Jo, while securing herself a date – maybe – in Liam. It’s a fun night, everyone seems to be relaxing, and so that’s the perfect time for Tyler to learn the lesson that he shouldn’t be texting and driving and not only run a guy off the road, but also drive right through the corn maze.
Elena is able to get Liam to leave her alone to help a girl who’s on the verge of dying, and she uses her blood to save her. She’s about to use her blood again, only for Liam to save another victim with his medical expertise. After, as they’re leaving, Liam sees the girl he thought they couldn’t do anything for walking around like nothing happened. When he brings her up while walking Elena to her room, however, she distracts him with a kiss when telling him there are “crazy, mysterious things in the world” doesn’t work and tells him that her type is what he was in the corn maze: a hero.
As for the other corn maze date, Alaric manages to get himself under control around all the blood and get Jo to like him. However, when she tells him as much, he decides that she’s better off running in the opposite direction and compels her to do just that. Instead, she agrees with what he said – tonight was a disaster, he is an alcoholic – but she wants to kiss him and doesn’t think he’s boring. And she doesn’t think any of what he says while he’s trying to compel her is odd? Must be the painkillers.
Elsewhere in a ditch, Tyler keeps calling Elena for help with the guy dying right in front of him because he can feel the pain of being a werewolf itching right under his skin, but she’s too busy helping with everyone else who might trigger his curse. Instead, it’s Liv who comes to his rescue, and while she kills the guy so his death is on her hands, she saves Tyler, something he makes sure she knows when he goes to check on her after.
Meanwhile, Caroline has to miss out on Homecoming to keep an eye on Ivy, whom Stefan drops off and who gets a front row seat to Stefan and Caroline’s latest heated conversations before he leaves to get her a daylight ring. Caroline doesn’t want to talk about her and Stefan’s “strictly complicated” relationship and Ivy wants to party or at least not talk about vampire stuff, and so Caroline decides to dig out the games that she and Elena have in their dorm room to keep up the pretenses that they’re normal college girls? It’s not like they have any time to play, and even if they did, someone would probably end up dead on Free Parking. Ivy snaps Caroline’s neck and leaves to go feed, but she never got a lesson in compulsion, so she leaves a mess. “I suck at this.” Ivy, that’s an understatement.
When Stefan eventually joins Caroline at the scene of Ivy’s latest crime, he admits that he had actually been halfway to trying to start over. (He even stops by to see if Alaric would do him a solid and work some compulsion magic on Ivy, but Alaric is not having it because he thought Stefan was off trying to bring back his best friend, not starting a new life with a new girlfriend. Stefan doesn’t help himself when he brings up Alaric compelling Elena to forget Damon.) But don’t worry, he left Ivy’s daylight ring for her. Caroline admits that a month ago, she wanted Damon back so she’d get Stefan back, but right now, all she wants is for him to leave. He does. Caroline’s left to deal with Ivy, but when Tripp finds her and sticks her in the back of his van, Caroline can only watch.
Finally, in the prison hell, Damon’s the one who’s hopeful, with Bonnie pointing out that she won’t know if can even do the spell until she sees it. However, when Kai joins them with his bag of 1994 mementos because he doesn’t want to get homesick in the world of the Internet, she taunts him into taking her magic and realizes that he doesn’t know the spell. So, she kills him. Bonnie realizes that Grams must have sent her there because she knew that she could use her magic to get home.
Just as they’re about to leave (and following an exchange just like the one in the season 5 finale as the Other Side collapsed), Kai shows up and shoots an arrow into Bonnie. Looks like death isn’t an option to get rid of pesky enemies like Kai. Damon and Kai fight for the relic to get home, and Bonnie uses her magic to hold Kai back and force Damon to take it and go home, leaving her here.
The last scene is everything it should be and more. Really, it can’t be any better than it is. “This is happening. I’m going to talk out loud to a crypt filled with my dead family. Everyone but you, Damon. Because wherever you are, you’re not here. I gotta say, I’m not doing so great without you,” Stefan admits. “Keep trying to start over, but I can’t get anywhere. Because I’m lost, brother. I’m lost.” He throws the bottle he was drinking out of, only for Damon to catch it. Stefan is understandably in shock, so much so that even after Damon tells him he’s not dead, it takes him touching him and feeling for himself because he hugs his brother. Damon is back, and their reunion is emotional and so, so good.
“The Vampire Diaries” season 6 airs Thursdays at 8 p.m. on the CW. What did you think of episode 5 “The World Has Turned and Left Me Here”?