Well, that was unexpected in. In ‘Stand by Me’, The Vampire Diaries took things to a whole new level: Not only is Elena still a vampire, she’s now turned her emotions off; Jeremy is thoroughly dead; Silas is running around in the guise of Professor Shane; Bonnie has been convinced that she wants totake part in Silas’ dastardly plan; and Katherine is still out in the world somewhere with the vampirism cure.
It’s not often that I find myself liking Elena, but her grief this week was incredibly powerful, as was Matt’s. They are now the two people on this show who have no family left to support them, so it was nice to see them trying to support each other, at least for a while. (Elena won’t be looking to be supported or support anyone else, now that she’s gone all darkside on us.) If Jeremy is truly gone, this episode was a fitting goodbye to him.