The Vampire Diaries Review: An Eternity of Misery (Season 8 Episode 4)

On this week’s episode of The Vampire Diaries, storyline with Sybil and Stefan brings in new revelations of Sybil’s back story, Alaric and Caroline need to hired another nanny for the twins because she is an evil monster, Matt’s back and Tyler’s fate is confirmed.

The Vampire Diaries Season 8 Episode 4, “An Eternity of Misery,” took on a more narrative turn and filled in some questions. It was a rather slower episode, but we did find out some crazy information along the way.

On the previous episode, The Vampire Diaries Season 8 Episode 3, Stefan and Alaric captured Sybil, trapping her in a cell leading us to this episode where the only thing she can do is talk, and she did.

Sybil’s back story brings interesting revelations as she explains how she was shunned from her village for having psychic abilities. She was sent to an island and found another girl with similar abilities she now calls her “sister” also characterized as the “island girl.”

In order for both of them to survive, she tricks Sybil into feeding off of human flesh.

Soon after, Sybil found out she’s been eating human flesh and attempts to end her life, but her “sister” does everything she can to save her, even bargaining with the devil to grant them immortality. But in order to do so, they must continue on feeding off of human flesh.

Gross, gross, gross. And you thought vampires did it dirty?

As Sybil tells this story to Stefan, she rings a bell to his past by trying to connect her story with her evil “sister” to the life story of Stefan and Damon. I liked how it served a purpose into bringing a correlation to how, still in the back of his mind, Damon resents Stefan for turning him into a blood sucker solely so he wouldn’t have to endure the hardships of being immortal and alone for the rest of his existence.

Though, after hearing Sybil’s story it did sort of humanize her in a way that she was basically forced into this life without her consent. We soon figure out this season’s other evil villain is Alaric and Caroline’s nanny. Yep, nanny Seline!

I knew she was too perfect, something did throw me off about her character.

Didn’t we already learn from One Tree Hill to NOT trust your nanny?

Matt’s back in town, yes, yes, yes! I’ve missed his face.

He was actually up to something during his time away. With the help of the armory, he tracked down his father, the father that abandoned him as a kid. Poor Matty has been through so much, having to be the only surviving human on the show ’til now.

Here’s hoping this series finale gives Matt Donovan the closure he deserves.

Speaking of closure worth deserving, they couldn’t give that for Tyler Lockwood as he is, in fact, dead. They did him dirty by how poorly his character was written off; the character that transitions through so much throughout the whole eight seasons only to be left 100% dead in a truck somewhere. When Matt found his body, it absolutely broke me. 

Matt and Tyler’s friendship didn’t have that much of an impact on the show, but they were still best buds. Having to watch Matt breakdown in front of his father knowing that his best friend was killed by Damon was too heartbreaking to watch.

“An Eternity of Misery” had a lot of hell stuff throw on it. Not to mention Georgie, Alaric’s intern, is dead. 

She is dragged back to hell in the most scariest way. That got me thinking…wasn’t Katherine dragged to hell just like that?! There was a lot of similarity.

Bonnie and Enzo were not in this episode, they were indeed missed.

This season is looking pretty freakish, and definitely different from the past seasons. Though I feel like a certain element of the show is still missing. No, no, it isn’t Elena. It’s just definitely different, to say the least. 

The Vampire Diaries continues Fridays 8/7c on the CW!

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