TV Club: The Vampire Diaries: “Prayer For The Dying”

“Prayer For The Dying” is all about the build. It builds to the horror of not one, but two tragic deaths. It builds to the merge ceremony the show has been teasing all season. It builds, builds, builds, and then once it gets there doesn’t quite know what to do with what its built, leaving both climaxes to sort of trail off, with threads that promise dividends in the future but don’t quite come together in this episode. It’s not bad, just a bit disappointing, as these two stories in one episode feel like they could have been so much more.

The biggest story of the hour is obviously the aftermath of Caroline’s decision to give her mother her blood in order to cure her cancer. Caroline’s excitement at having “cured” her mother is quickly dashed when Colin the cancerous vampire shows up at her …

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