The Vampire Diaries - The Birthday

Starring: Nina Dobrev, Paul Wesley, Ian Somerhalder, Steven R McQueen, Kat Graham, Candace Accola, Zach Roerig, Michael Trevino, Matt Davis, Joseph Morgan
Writing: Kevin Williamson, Julie Plec
Rating: ****

Air Date:
 11th October - 9pm, ITV2

Vampire Diaries makes its long awaited return, and it's sharper and sexier than ever.

So at the end of Season 2 we were left with all kinds of twists and shock revelations, the main one being Stefan (Wesley) going back to the bad side. Of course that is exactly where we find him, alongside Klaus (Morgan), going on killing streaks and trying to kill as many werewolves as possible. Stefan clearly has completely changed and seems to have no remorse or regrets about what he is doing. It is actually a nice contrast to the usual Stefan we see, and both he and Klaus are deliciously evil when together. Both actors pull evil off really well, and throw themselves into it completely. Trying to follow and track Stefan are Elena and his brother Damon (Dobrev & Somerhalder). Both the characters clearly miss Stefan, and due to their sexual attraction to each other it won't be long till they make nasty with each other for comfort. Damon has tried to help Stefan, but Stefan throws it back in his face, and what he does allows for Somerhalder to give a genuinely moving performance.

The other main continuing storyline in this episode is the relationship between Caroline and Tyler (Accola & Trevino). Both characters spend the episode trying to avoid their feelings for one another, especially Caroline. She doesn't want to get involved due to her being a Vampire, him a Werewolf and they're both such good friends. In the end she gives in and spends the night with him, but when trying to leave his house something happens, which is the episodes shock cliffhanger. Also last season we were left wondering why Jeremy (McQueen) was seeing the spirits of his ex girlfriends, Vicki and Anna. Now although it doesn't get answered why in this episode, it does happen a hella lot, and McQueen is good at convincing us he is confused and scared. I can only assume it is going to get worse, and a whole lot creepier very soon.

Matt and Alaric (Roerig & Davis) are pretty pointless in this episode, they are only really there due to it being the first episode. I'm sure they'll get interesting at some point, but Matt just kept moping about Caroline and Tyler and Ric was just grieving Jenna. ( :'( ) My final point is, where the HELL was Bonnie (Graham). The badass resident witch appeared in a video call, and then nowt. Enough of Elena and her exceptionally small head and bring on mo-foing Bonnie, cause you know she owns everythang.

The writing (Williamson & Plec) was just as scary, funny, sharp and sexy as ever and I can't really fault it, except lack of Bonnie. The episode was filled with everything that makes Vampire Diaries so good, and I can't wait for this season to continue. It should be on ITV2 in October time, but I'm not 100% sure. But, whenever it does start, make sure to tune in because it is gonna get hot.