With a humanity-free Stefan, it was easy to think that A Bird in a Gilded Cage would be a The Vampire Diaries episode all about him. However, the writers managed to make it about Damon, too, who was given another side to his character. It turns out that he has some mommy issues, especially now that he knows she is a vampire and a ripper.
The episode picked up where last week’s left off. Stefan had just switched off his humanity to save his niece. It seemed like the perfect match and Steroline fans were likely rejoicing, until they realized that humanity-free Stefan has no real interest in Caroline. He is a ripper, and all he wants is for her to do something that she will really regret when she turns her humanity back on in a year.
Caroline continues her routine, because that is just who she is. She goes for a school musical audition, only for Stefan to rip the head off her director. That leads to the two of them going back and forth trying to outdo each other in revenge.
Stefan does return home for some weapons, and Damon attempts to vervain him. However, in a not surprising The Vampire Diaries twist, Stefan was ready for that attack and tells Damon to stay away. When Elena returns saying that Caroline’s trigger is Stefan, Damon admits that his mom is alive. He even goes on to taunt how Stefan was a “momma’s boy,” so it makes sense that the two are rippers. Elena cannot help but wonder if Stefan’s trigger is his mom, so now it is time to find Lily Salvatore.
Before they can do that on this week’s The Vampire Diaries episode, A Bird in a Gilded Cage, they need two witches onboard. Bonnie refuses to work with Kai, and gives Damon a taste of the pain she felt in the 1994 prison.
Meanwhile, Sarah is alive and healed, thanks to Jo. Sarah is protected with a story about how she drank too much and passed out; a classic college student mistake. She seems to believe it, at least for now. Something says that the lie is not going to last on The Vampire Diaries.
Bonnie eventually agrees to work with Kai, and Elena is going with them to meet Lily for he first time. Meanwhile, Alaric and Enzo end up working together to try and save Caroline and Stefan from their humanity-free ways. The two do not quite work to plan and almost get themselves killed. It is only Caroline who finally agrees to give into Stefan’s demands to really let loose.
While in 1903, Elena cannot help but look at the photos before Lily tells her story of how she was fed vampire blood in the TB ward, and has now run out of blood in her prison on The Vampire Diaries. She has to live on two drops a week to remain alive, but she is certainly happy to hear how her husband was killed by Stefan.
Lily agrees to return, but she has to bring her “family” with her. They have depleted after giving their blood rations to Lily to help her learn to control the blood lust, but she made sure she had enough blood to revive them when the time came. This is the time. In the end, Damon convinces her to leave her “family” behind, and even manages to leave Kai behind in the prison world while the others get back to their time. If that did not shock people, the idea of the cure being made available again will certainly leave people with questions on this week’s episode of The Vampire Diaries, A Bird in a Gilded Cage.
Opinion by Alexandria Ingham