‘Vampire Diaries’ Recap: The Elena, Stefan, Damon Love Triangle Takes a Turn (PHOTOS)

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Thursday’s episode of The CW’s The Vampire Diaries was all about Elena (Nina Dobrev) dealing with the consequences of her actions while recognizing that her undead status has changed her from the person she was once was.

With these consequences came the reemergence of Katherine (who again had some great lines), the fallen hunter, Connor (Todd Williams) and Elena’s mother. As these apparitions tortured Elena, information was revealed about “The Five” and a major development in the love triangle to beat all love triangles came to.

Note: Spoilers ahead if you haven’t seen Thursday’s episode, “We All Go a Little Mad Sometimes.”

Is this the end of Stefan and Elena? It’s been fairly evident, that Elena’s new status as a vampire has changed her in more than just the fact that she’s dead. Stefan (Paul Wesley), recognizing that, sent Damon (Ian Somerhalder) to help her get through this tough situation. Then at the end of the episode, it happened – Stelena broke up.

Elena admitted to the softer Salvatore that something has changed between her and Damon since she became a vampire. Heightened emotions, Stefan suggests. Hearing this though, he tells her, “When I was the ripper, I understood why you cared for him but now I can’t do this Elena – not anymore.”

So what does this mean for Delena fans? Well, there sure is going to be a present of an episode for you when the show returns after Thanksgiving. Stefan and Elena have broken up plenty of times before but this time it looks like things will be different. I can’t wait to see how!

Hallucinations. As for what we saw on the rest of the episode, things picked up where we left off last week with Elena suffering major consequences for murdering Connor. Little did we know that she would often hallucinate other people like Stefan and Jeremy were these blasts from her past leading to some shocking scenes.

Apparently Klaus (Joseph Morgan) has been there too, as he informed the gang that he suffered from these hallucinations for more than 52 years after he killed all of “the five” in the 1100s. He tries to help Elena but as it always happens on this show plans go awry.

Wait, am I watching Buffy the Vampire Slayer? With all these ghosts trying to convince a vampire to commit suicide by sunlight (ala Angel in the “Amends” episode of Buffy) and talk of potentials and “chosen ones,” I was getting some major BTVS déjà-vu. Not a bad thing, but definitely something to note. And also if you haven’t seen Buffy… get thee to Netflix NOW.

The game of Caroline, Tyler and Hayley. As teased by both Julie Plec in our recent interview with her, Caroline (Candice Accola), Tyler (Michael Trevino) and Hayley (Phoebe Tonkin) are playing Klaus in order to enact Tyler and Hayley’s plans to de-sire the hybrids. It looks like things are a go with the plan until Tyler gets very jealous when he learns Caroline made a date with the original.

The Klaus/Caroline scenes on this episode were fantastic and left us wanting more of the duo. This situation also brought us some terrific acting by Trevino. I especially enjoyed his scenes at the end of the episode when he was lamenting his friend and fellow hybrid, Chris.

The creepy Professor. Professor Atticus Shane (David Alpay) has got some explaining to do. After filling Damon and Bonnie (Kat Graham) in on how to stop Elena’s hallucinations, viewers learned that this mysterious man has connections to April (Grace Phipps), Pastor Young and the Founder’s council. With some detective work by Matt (Zach Roerig), it was revealed that the Pastor had a standing phone call with the professor. And on the day he blew up the council, he called him 10 times!

Buzz Moments:

OMG: Elena, thinking he is Connor, STABS JEREMY in the neck! What a way to start the episode! I literally gasped out loud.

Thank you, TV gods.: The return of Katherine, even though it was just for this episode, was more than welcome. I’ve missed that sassy vamp so much! And kudos to Dobrev, who always plays the original Petrova and Elena so distinctly that I often see them as two completely separate actresses.

Awk-ward: Caroline bringing Tyler his box of things for their “breakup” while Klaus and Hayley look on. Awkward and Hilarious.

Hotness: There actually wasn’t too much hotness in this episode (What’s with that, huh?), but we wouldn’t mind Connor coming back in his tank top.

Fab-u-lous: I would KILL for Dobrev’s hair as Katherine. It is perfect.

Can. Not. Wait.: For Miss Mystic Falls! An episode of TVD, which features a town event, is often one of the best of the season! I’m looking forward to what is definitely going to be a heavy Delena episode.

Celebuzz (1-10): 8. Shock, sadness, happiness– this episode pretty much made me feel most emotions and was probably one of my favorites so far this season.

What did you think about “We All Go a Little Mad Sometimes?” Let us know in the comments below!

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