'The Vampire Diaries' Review: Elena Gilbert, Tomb Raider
'The Vampire Diaries' Review: Elena Gilbert, Tomb Raider
John Kubicek
John Kubicek
Senior Writer, BuddyTV
The Vampire Diaries brought an end to the Tomb chapter of its story in typically shocking and twist-filled fashion.  Every single character gathered at the Tomb for the grand unveiling of Katherine and the 26 other vampires inside.

Stefan wastes little time rescuing Bonnie and Elena by scaring the crap out of the incredibly useless Ben.  Anna still has plans to be there when Damon gets the Tomb opened to rescue her mother, but first Elena has to convince Damon to work with her and Stefan again.

She does and soon she, Stefan, Damon, Bonnie and Grams are all at the Tomb while Anna and Ben also show up with a kidnapped Jeremy for leverage.  The witches succeed, allowing Damon to take Elena with him into the Tomb to find Katherine.  Anna also walks in while Ben and Stefan have the shortest showdown ever that ends when Stefan whips out a flame thrower and burns Ben to a crisp.

In the tomb, all they could find were severely decayed and rotting vampire bodies, starved for nearly 150 years without blood.  Anna feeds some of Elena's blood to her mom to revive her.  Stefan rushes in to save his girl, even though he learns the spell is still up and vampires cannot get out, even though the Tomb door is open.

But the witches are able to summon their powers to bring the spell down temporarily.  It gives Anna and Pearl time to escape and Elena makes it out with the Salvatore brothers.  However, it turns out Katherine wasn't in the Tomb after all.

In the end, Elena seems genuinely sad for Damon, but he gets his answers by hearing from Anna and Pearl that Katherine tricked the guard to let her out before the Tomb was sealed.  The last time Anna saw her was in Chicago in 1983, and Katherine had no interest in finding Damon.

Then Grams dies, which is about the saddest thing I've seen in a long time.

What Else Happened on The Vampire Diaries?

-Grams revealed the coolest power ever when she used her mind to kick Damon's butt.  I'm glad Jasmine Guy got to be totally awesome before her character kicked the bucket.

-Tyler Lockwood is alive!  After being MIA for nearly half the season, Tyler returned at a huge party right next to the Tomb where he asked Jeremy for some weed and then insulted him.

-Jeremy is a total loser with no friends, and the only person in his life is a vampire who's lying to him.

-Matt and Caroline are all happy falling in love, but since neither of them is a supernatural creature, their relationship is incredibly pedestrian. 

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