This post contains SPOILERS for all aired episodes of The Vampire Diaries, including last night’s 5x11, the show's 100th (!!!) episode, “500 Years of Solitude.” Enjoy!
The Vampire Diaries and I have had a very tumultuous relationship. As a kid I was a rabid fan of the book series, the old (fabulous) covers faded and creased from rereading. When the television show aired I had mixed feelings. Elena as a brunette! What happened to Meredith? Why are they friends with Caroline? (I forgive the addition of Jeremy…because he is awesome!) But still I dutifully watched the show and it grew on me. Then I stopped watching. Then started again, then stopped—you see where this is going.
Then Klaus entered and my life, er I mean Vampire Diaries, and I was never the same. Sure, he's evil; yeah, he has the weirdest relationship with his family; OK, he wanted to create an army and then killed said army when they disappointed him. But I understand him! Well, not really, but I want to.