Episode written by Caroline Dries & Brett Matthews, directed by Jeffrey Hunt.
This episode reminded me of why I became a fan of the show. As viewers, we deserved this. It's not a leap to say this season has been remarkably darker than those previous. The three year flash forwards give such an ominous tone for all of us to fear. While we're left concerned about our favourite character's fates, we watch knowingly as those three years draw closer and closer - Damon's decision to desiccate himself, Caroline's relationship with Alaric, Stefan and Caroline's sudden hatred of each other and Matt's alliance with Rayna Cruz, the Huntress, are a few examples. Things we're beginning to see the take form.
The crossover has been something fans of both The Originals and The Vampire Diaries have been waiting for all season. It's always a pleasure to have our favourite characters interact, after 'losing' them to a spin-off series, but as creator, executive producer and part-time writer and director Julie Plec has respectively said, it's a hard thing to do, logistically.
In New Orleans, where Stefan has arrived to flee Rayna Cruz, he bumps into Klaus Michaelson. The two vampires drink whiskey in the bar and catch up with everything that has happened since Klaus left Mystic Falls (and the show) back in season four. It was a long awaited reunion for the pair, considering their vast and chaotic history. It's interesting to see Klaus address the parallels between his family and the Salvatores.
Arguably, fans of the show, the 'Klaroline' shippers (Klaus and Caroline), will tell you the best scene of the show was the long awaited reunion between the pair. Even though only via phone call, it's been a question on fan's minds about whether or not the two will ever speak again. It sure was a beautifully pure scene, even though I'm not a Klaroline shipper. Klaus offers his condolences for her mother and gives some parenting advice. He says a quote that I think will resonate with me forever, "it's not a crime to love what you cannot explain." He then knows he has to protect Stefan from Rayna, regardless of how he earlier told Stefan he wouldn't. He wants to, for Caroline.
Speaking of Caroline, I'm quite interested in how the writers are going to break her and Stefan up. Their romantic relationship stems from the grounds of their organic friendship. Remember, he was the one who guided her through her transition into a vampire. It's rather painful to watch them together now, knowing what's coming.
Moving on to the 'Armory', I believe this place is going to be somewhat significant for the remainder of the season. My only concern is Enzo's ties with it, I do hope that's touched upon more. It seems out of character for him, especially since he wronged Bonnie and we know the pair soon get together. The scene in which Damon and Tyler are locked in the room, with Tyler struggling to contain his wolf transformation, was a great scene with a great conversation between the two. Can Damon really be a good person without Elena as his guide? Damon acted his usual self, like the words didn't effect him. We know they did, as this was one of many factors that led to his decision to desiccate.
A note-worthy moment was the final scene, between Bonnie and Damon. During her unconscious state after her run in with a wolfy Tyler, Damon is by her hospital bed side talking to her. He cares for her the most and is one of the only characters who acknowledges how much of a good friend Bonnie is. Damon shares with her his decision to desiccate himself until Elena wakes up. He feels too guilty to stick around, after Stefan and Bonnie have both risked their lives for him. I find his decision both selfless and selfish at the same time; he truly believes this is the best scenario for everybody, but Stefan and Bonnie will no doubt disagree.
'Moonlight on the bayou' was by far, my favourite episode this season.