TV Club: Stefan and Damon finally deal with their mommy issues on The Vampire Diaries

Here’s an interesting viewer dilemma: What do you do when a character you’ve wanted to be rid of for a long time dies, but the show they die on so consistently uses tricks to cheat death that you can’t trust they’re actually gone? Do you feel the relief you’ve been waiting for, or simply shrug and wait for the other shoe to inevitably drop? This is where I find myself with “Hold Me, Thrill Me, Kiss Me, Kill Me,” a half-compelling, half-frustrating episode that ultimately ends up feeling a bit half-baked.

Let’s start with the good, because there was definite good here: For the first time, Lily had a moment with one of her sons that felt completely genuine and heartfelt. Lily’s transition from antagonist to “big bad” to ally hasn’t had the most elegant of trajectories, but its biggest fault along …

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