The Vampire Diaries Season 8 Episode 11: “You Made a Choice To Be Good”
Directed by Carol Banker
Written by Melinda Hsu Taylor and Celine Geiger
Created by Kevin Williamson and Julie Plec
Starring Paul Wesley, Ian Somerhalder, Kat Graham, Candice King, Zach Roerig, Matthew Davis, Michael Malarkey The CW
Air Date: Friday, February 3rd, 2017, 8:00pm
The Vampire Diaries 8.11 “You Made a Choice To Be Good” review: Cade is in town, and already wreaking havoc.
Damon updates Stefan – the “psycho sisters are M.I.A.”
Matt (Zach Roerig) is the new sheriff in town for Time Capsule Day (this town and its weird historic celebrations). Caroline digs up her own time capsule, complete with a letter from her 11-year old self. Matt, ever the gloomy Gus, is not sure Stefan can come back from this. But first he has to calm the town, and figure out what the mysterious Maxwell decoder does.
Enzo (Michael Malarkey) and Bonnie are on a road trip to hide the fork and bell. Bucket lists come up, so they have a day of fun. Then Bonnie takes him to her secret house.
Cade set Stefan free. And wants Damon to kill 100 people by tonight. He will accept quality over quantity. “Before the sun goes down, kill 100 evil strangers, or kill the love of your brother’s life.” Damon goes to fill Caroline in on the less than optimistic news. She tries to give Matt a “blood” orange margarita, but he refuses. Dorian (Demetrius Bridges) may take her up on it though. He tells her his story.
Cade gets rid of any notions in Damon’s head that he can be killed. Caroline comes up with Plan C – put the cure in Cade and THEN kill him. Cade shows up and kills a few patrons, but Matt gets the rest out of there. He came to do what Damon could not – kill Caroline. Cade reveals Stefan’s task – kill Elena. No matter what Damon does, that path is set.
Turns out, Elena is in Bonnie’s house. Enzo will love Bonnie no matter what, even if old. He gets ejected from the house, as ownership turns over. Somehow, Stephan got ownership transferred over (how is that legal without Bonnie’s signature?).
Stefan wants Elena gone to basically be free of Damon, who is frantic. Bonnie is getting the cure, when Stefan arrives and rips out Enzo’s heart. That was an obvious. They were just too happy together this episode. She jams the cure into Stefan and screams as power reverberates through. Is this a preview of “Dark Bonnie” a la “Dark Willow?”
I won’t pretend to understand the “cure” rules. If the cure is in Elena’s blood, why can’t it be unlimited? I think I have to rewatch those episodes to fully understand.
Much like all of the episodes and much of the series, TVD is non-stop shock-then-go-to-commercial. That coupled with the prettiness of the girls and boys, are some of the rightful reasons for the longevity of the show. I do get tired of the humanity switch.
The Vampire Diaries airs Friday nights at 8:00pm ET on The CW.