The Vampire Diaries does many things very well: snark, romance, violence, twists, turns, bubble baths.
But what the show has truly succeeded at over two-plus seasons has been a constant, fascinating through-line; a theme for each set of episodes that anchors the action and gives fans something to anticipate; a destination, if you will, a payoff to the incredible build-up.
Almost all of season one could be defined by the tomb and Damon's yearning to awaken Katherine; season two introduced us to werewolves and then concluded with many weeks of wondering how everyone would protect Elena from Klaus' sacrifice.
Season three, however, has been a bit more scattered - and never was that more evident than on "The Ties That Bind." Read More...