SPOILER ALERT: Don’t read this post or the comments until you’ve watched The Vampire Diaries episode #307, “Ghost World.”
Episode 307 of The Vampire Diaries was full of shocking moments (including the random wall of hieroglyphics that Damon and Alaric discovered at the very end) but nothing could beat all the surprising cameos. ‘Ghost World” quickly turned into exciting reunion attended by many beloved (and a few feared) characters who had been killed of in seasons 1 and 2. Let’s see who dropped by for a spell:
Anna: Miss Annabelle continued to linger around town and, after discovering that she and Jeremy Gilbert could physically touch (and kiss), she was reluctant to leave. The “other side” had become too lonely and melancholy for her, and she seemed to have found solace in Jer. However, because she’s Anna (in other words, thoughtful and considerate), she sacrificed her own happiness for the sake of allowing Jeremy to move forward and not be held back by an intangible relationship.
Mason Lockwood: The dashing werewolf returned to town and got his kicks by torturing Damon for a little while. (Just the usual methods of torture: a little sunlight to the skin, a pole through the ribs, chaining him to a chair, and smashing a shot glass his forehead.) However, Mason’s main goal wasn’t to exact vengeance. In a bittersweet scene, Mason revealed the true reason for his return: “I don’t need revenge, Damon. I need redemption.” Mason actually came back to help out his Klaus worshiping nephew, Tyler . (Cue the awws please.)
Lexi: Stefan’s best friend hurried on over to the land of the living with a crucial priority — to offer Elena a crash course in Ripper Detox 101. Even after she was unexpectedly staked by Damon, Lexi continued worrying about Stefan and couldn’t move on until she knew for sure that someone would look out for him. On Ghost World she first compelled Stefan into hallucinating (well, not compelling really…whatever new magic she used) that he had not drunk a drop of human blood in years and then taught Elena the agonizing yet necessary methods needed to break through to his former self.
Sheila aka Grams: Bonnie’s grandma returned to inform Bonnie that she upset the balance of nature by bringing back Jeremy from the dead, and that it was Bonnie’s responsibility to restore order to things. (She probably was the one who opened Bonnie’s grimoire and pointed her in the right direction.) In a very poignant moment, Bonnie and her Grams held hands and did one last spell together. And right before Bonnie successfully closed the door to the spirit world, her grandmother turned to her and softly uttered the most poignant parting words, “You are stronger than all of this. I’m so proud of you.”
The Tomb Vampires led by Frederick: Not all of the ghosts who returned had the best intention. The Tomb vampires resumed their mission from Season 1…namely to kill every last member of the Founding Families. They murdered Tobias Fell. Then, they went after Carol Lockwood. Luckily, Vampire Barbie aka Caroline aka The Ghost Slayer intervened and saved her hybrid boyfriend’s mom for becoming ghost bait.
Pearl: All Anna wanted in season one was to free her mother from the tomb. Unfortunately, she lost her to vamp-hating John Gilbert a few weeks after she got her back. However, near the end of Ghost World, when the ghosts went poof one by one, Pearl appeared wandering the streets along and stumbled upon her daughter. Pearl and Anna then embraced and teared from the joyous realization that they were reunited for good.
“Ghost World” proved to be a beautiful episode in the sense that many characters received closure. All the ghosts that reappeared in episode 307 were tethered to the world of the living by big-time unresolved issues (some good some ugly). By the end of the episode though, Lexi, Pearl, Anna, Grams and Mason finally found peace knowing that their loved ones were capable and well-taken care of.
Looking back at TVD episode 3.07, “Ghost World,” which character were you most excited to see? Leave the name of your Vampire Diaries apparition in the comments!