'The Vampire Diaries' Recap: The Last Day Before Becoming a Vampire
'The Vampire Diaries' Recap: The Last Day Before Becoming a Vampire
John Kubicek
John Kubicek
Senior Writer, BuddyTV
I was ready to write this episode of The Vampire Diaries off as a slow, emotional one where nothing big happens. Then two HUGE things happened in the last minute. There weren't a lot of witty one-liners or fierce action, but, as is often the case with The Vampire Diaries, I gasped a lot.

Ready for the Sacrifice

Klaus wants the Sacrifice to happen ASAP, so Elijah goes over the plan. Elena will drink a magical witch potion that will bring her back to life after Klaus drinks all of her blood and kills her. The elixir isn't 100 percent, but it's the only thing they have, since the magic ring won't work on Elena because she's a Petrova doppelganger, which makes her a little supernatural. I like that the Vampire Diaries writers are bothering to plug up obvious plot holes like that one.

But that's not the only way to make sure Elena comes back to life after she dies. Damon, always reckless, forces her to drink his blood so that, if she dies, she'll become a vampire. She's not happy about it and neither is Stefan, who gets into a huge fight with his brother ending when Damon stabs him.

Elena's Last Day

Stefan takes Elena on a soul-searching last day as a human where they climb a hill and Elena tearfully admits that she doesn't want to be a vampire. However, when the day is done, she's ready and says goodbye to Stefan before leaving with Klaus.

Werewolf Tales

For the Sacrifice, Klaus needs a werewolf, so he has his warlock throw Carol Lockwood down the stairs to lure Tyler back. It works like a charm and Klaus even gets two for one since Tyler bumps into Caroline.

However, after Damon starts to regret what he did, he looks for an alternate way of postponing the Sacrifice, and his best strategy is to work with Alaric to get rid of the werewolf so Klaus can't do it.

With info from Katherine, Damon heads to the Tomb to kill Tyler, but he runs into Klaus' powerful warlock and gets into a fight that end abruptly when Matt uses a gun to kill the warlock. Finally, for the first time ever on this show, Matt does something awesome.

Damon then knocks him out and is surprised to find wooden bullets, but as he explains, that issue is going to have to wait for another day. He rescues Caroline and agrees not to kill Tyler, helping them run to safety and bringing Matt. Before they arrive at their destination, Tyler starts to turn, so everyone leaves him behind.

The Back-Up Plan

Damon thinks he's won, but as great as he is, Klaus is better. Joseph Morgan is perfect at delivering clipped, pointed lines in a slow and terrifying manner. Klaus was going to use his warlock, Maddox, Tyler and Caroline for the Sacrifice, but he has a back-up plan.

With Maddox dead, he can use Greta. With Tyler gone, he can use Jules. And with Caroline safe, Klaus told Katherine to call "her."

Her? Isobel is dead, Caroline and Katherine are safe, and I can't think of any other female vampires. But then the game changed once again.

Klaus turned Aunt Jenna into a vampire!

That's a crazy awesome twist that I didn't see coming, and neither did Elena. Klaus really is the man. But why didn't he choose to sacrifice Damon.

Because, in the second big twist, we see that Damon was bitten by Tyler during the transition. And we all know what happens to vampires who get bitten by werewolves. I can't imagine they'll kill off Damon, but I also can't imagine how they can cure this.

Only two more episodes left this season, and things are in place for some big moves and shocking twists.

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