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The Vampire Diaries 3.21 "Before Sunset" Review

The penultimate episode of season 3 of The Vampire Diaries managed to get rid of one villain while setting up Elena's (Nina Dobrev) big decision for next week's finale. Of course it wasn't as clear cut as that and like the witches and the balance of nature; this show has loopholes that it is happy to use to create tension and danger at every turn. Last week we said goodbye to Alaric (Matt Davis) and while he is still in Mystic Falls this is not the Alaric that we are familiar with and so those misty eyed farewells still matter.

While our Alaric started life in Mystic Falls as a vampire hunter, he soon became very much like Elena in seeing that vampires aren't just monsters. This new vampire version of Alaric is how he probably wanted to be when he first came to town; to be able to hunt and kill vampires. When Esther (Alice Evans) turned Alaric, she didn't get to make an all important daylight ring so now Alaric is bound by the sun and the image of his skin burning as he dragged Caroline (Candice Accola) into the building was enough to see that he will do anything to complete his mission. While Alaric is now strong enough to break Stefan's (Paul Wesley) neck and Damon's (Ian Somerhalder) back in quick succession and even defeat Klaus (Joseph Morgan) he does have one weak point and that is Elena. Like all of these mystic creatures he has a loophole and Elena's life is what keeps him alive. Read More...


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