There were a few unexpected moments in Prayer for the Dying, this week’s episode of The Vampire Diaries. Characters died, others made up but for the most part it continued with the idea of Kai being the best villain the show has seen. He will definitely not become a villain like Klaus or Katherine, where they become likeable in their own ways.
The biggest storyline of the week was Liz’s. Caroline made the decision last week to give her mom her vampire blood. It turns out that it just speeds up cancer, rather than curing it. Colin—the patient Caroline tested her blood on—died and everyone goes into panic stations. There is one option available. Damon suggests that Kai could help by siphoning all the magic out of Liz. Without the magic, there would be no vampire blood in Liz. The guy also happens to help, but just like any other evil character on The Vampire Diaries, there are ulterior motives to his actions. He wants the magic.
As for Liz, it means she can continue to fight the cancer herself, but she suffers a cardiac arrest. It is difficult to kill off characters like this, especially naturally. Buffy the Vampire Slayer managed it with Joyce Summers. While The Vampire Diaries did not quite take the same approach, there was genuine sadness with Liz’s almost-death. It will be harder for Liz, knowing that she is going to die but Caroline will live forever as a vampire. Marguerite MacIntyre gets that point across elegantly.
The problem with Prayer for the Dying, is that The Vampire Diaries has the twin merging storyline at the same time. It takes some of the heartbreaking moment away. It does not help that the merging storyline is not as dramatic. Last week, there was the suggestion that Luke would be the one to live, but he has been ignored for most of the season. It was clear that it was all about Liz; that she had to come out of this alive. Of course, there was no chance of him surviving against Kai, who clearly is the stronger witch. So, it was no surprise when Luke finally bit the dust.
It is clear that the merging is not the end. Kai is now more powerful than ever, and it is going to be time for the characters of The Vampire Diaries to do something. More importantly, it is time for them to remember the witch they once knew. Bonnie Bennett was almost forgotten about last week, but she is still trapped in that Groundhog Day like world. They need her, and they have still forgotten about trying to get to her.
Overall, the handling of Liz’s almost-death was done well. It was heartbreaking, and it showed that people can still die of natural causes on The Vampire Diaries. The hardest part was the realization that Caroline would live forever without her mom, rather than 40-50 years as some children go through. However, that heartbreaking storyline in Prayer for the Dying, was quickly overshadowed by the poor and predictable merging storyline.
Opinion by Alexandria Ingham