'Vampire Diaries' Recap: A Holiday Bloodbath

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The first ever holiday episode on The CW’s The Vampire Diaries was a bloodbath… literally.

While we knew one character would be dying on “O Come, All Ye Faithful,” we didn’t anticipate the carnage that would come.

But the holidays weren’t just full of death in Mystic Falls, Damon (Ian Somerhalder) also made a big decision about his relationship with Elena (Nina Dobrev) and Jeremy (Stephen R. McQueen) attempted to train away his urge to kill his sister. Not many characters on the show had themselves a Merry little Christmas.

Note: Spoilers ahead if you haven’t seen “O Come, All Ye Faithful.”

Jeremy’s cured. Well not really, but by using Bonnie (Kat Graham) as an emotional touchstone for persuasion, the newly anointed hunter, actually, can I just call him slayer?, is able to be around his sister without wanting to murder her. The episode was not without a close moment between Jeremy and his vampire sister though.

Damon releases Elena. Despite Elena’s insistence, Damon succumbed to his guilt over the sire bond and lying to his brother and told her to leave. It was sad but I’m not necessarily sure how to feel about it quite yet. It seems their “relationship” can’t be ending as it did with a kiss goodbye and a lame “suddently every part of my body is telling me to leave you” comment. I want more.

“That little werewolf slut has lot her mind.” Ok first of all, that may have been Caroline’s (Candice Accola) best line on this episode. Second, Hayley (Phoebe Tonkin) and Shane’s (David Alpay) hidden agenda was nothing I anticipated. Apparently, they needed Klaus (Joseph Morgan) to sacrifice the twelve hybrids, but why? And what is this Cylus and the cure map deal? I need more back-story because I’m feeling confused. Though seriously, that scene where Klaus killed the hybrids -- best part of the episode.  But I felt bad for Tyler. He was devastated when Hayley told him of her betrayal and then even more so when walking through the decimation of his pack. I can only imagine what he’ll do when he finds out that Klaus has killed his mom.

RIP Carol Lockwood.  You weren’t a great mayor but with your death, hopefully, comes some great storylines for Tyler. Poor kid can’t catch a break.

The Return of Rebekah (Claire Holt). While the original lady vampire wasn’t resurrected on this episode, April (Grace Phipps), who was rocking Jeremy’s vervain bracelet, found her casket and opened it to find the vamp daggered. With the preview for the next episode in January, we can assume that she helps put the original vamp back in action. I personally can’t wait to see the other originals as well. Paging Elijiah (Daniel Gilles), you're wanted in Mystic Falls.

Buzz Moments: OMG: I don’t care that Caroline didn’t die when Hayley snapped her neck…I literally covered my mouth with my hands.

Thank you, TV gods.: For Klaus' artistic ability. How about those snowflakes, huh? Almost better than the horse he drew last season.

Awk-ward: Jeremy telling Elena she ruined their family, even if it wasn't really how he feels, that hurts.

Hotness: Are those new hunter arms Jeremy?! Looks like the little Gilbert has got some increased strength and it comes with a nice set of biceps! Don’t mind me I’ll just be over here rewinding that scene on my DVR for a bit.

Fab-u-lous: As always there were lots of cute clothes in this episode, especially Caroline’s dress (anyone know where it’s from?) but I really loved Elena’s camel colored leather jacket. It’s available at Nordstrom.

Can. Not. Wait.: To get more information on Hayley and Shane’s plan and see the return of Rebekah and the other Originals.

Celebuzz (1-10): 7. While the episode was good, it was far from the best we’ve seen this season and the death, while sad, wasn't all that shocking. I often have that 'I need more feeling' after a TVD midseason finale, and this episode has left me with an 'I need to watch it again' feeling.

The Vampire Diaries returns Jan. 17 at 8 PM on The CW.

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