Ever since Tyler walksexed out of town, leaving a pile of dropped panties in his wake, I’ve pretty much been lower lip pouting, kicking rocks, throwing decorative soaps in fits of anger while shirtless…
Okay, so maybe not the last one, but any opportunity to work in a gratuitous Shirtless Salvatore, right?
Let’s just say that I have REALLY been missing the Tyler character. I may or may not have done one or more of the following to get through his absence:
Read copious amounts of Tyler/Caroline fanfiction by magnificent bitch stainofmylove.
Discussed with Gen from txgirl0302 and Cath from CarolineForbes-The Vampire Diaries Tumblrs where we would most like to take Trevino: against a wall, in a car, or on the back of a unicorn. I bet you guys know which one I would choose!
Jabbed at my Matt Donovan voodoo doll and sipped tequila along with Dogtown, Chas411, BerryIsHere, KatTV, bm232 and other awesome people at the Babies Who Bite thread at Television Without Pity.
Read awesome Tyler/Caro meta at 12_12_12 livejournal.
Dug out my sad 90s songs that I always do when I’m upset about something (key tracks Turn Back Time by Aqua and Say It Once by Ultra). I have no secrets, only dirty shame!
The question is, were the writers smart in having Tyler leave for so long? We saw how terrible the re-insertion of Bonnie was after her brief hiatus from the show in late season one. So, I looked forward to this episode with excitement, but also apprehension about how the Tyler/Caro reunion would be treated.
Was the wait worth it?
You bet your hot piece of Trevino!Ass it was!
I bet you’ll be surprised by my take on some parts of this episode though.
Some stuff with Forwood didn’t sit right with me, though I will withhold my judgment until I see how things unfold for them in future episodes.
I also thought that Matt Donovan was a TOTAL BOSS, and while his actions came nowhere near to cancelling out his past douchebaggery and double crossing of Caro, he was redeemed a little in my eyes.
Yep, writing that sentence made my brain seize up. Kinda like when you get brain freeze from eating Chunky Monkey too fast (oh, Alaric, I’ve SO been there, just not in my underwear in front of my girlfriend’s underage niece).
Or like when witches come out of nowhere to give you a migraine.
(Incidentally, I was talking to a TOTAL ASS the other day, and it would have been nice to just extend a hand, squinch up my face a little, and incapacitate him like this. Instead I just had to think thoughts at them and be satisfied with that)
But don’t worry, the only blondes on TV I want to get together are THESE GUYS (winks at KJewls).
Let’s backtrack a little. When Tyler left, he was one lovesick puppy.
He and Caroline are characters with well-established trust and abandonment issues. Caroline feels overlooked by her mother and her father, who lives outside of Mystic Falls and never visits. Way back in season one she told Matt, “Do you ever feel like there isn’t a single person in the world who loves you?” Tyler found it difficult to trust Caroline at every stage of their newly close friendship this season, only to have his faith shattered by the revelation that Caro was complicit in Team Vampire’s murder of his uncle Mason. This triggered a chain reaction of events that ended in him hesitating at a crucial moment to have Caroline’s back the way she had his during his transformation.
As a teen and inexperienced when it comes to love because he’s shied away from real feelings in the past (blood flow has usually been stronger in other parts of his body when it comes to women in the past), Tyler probably thought that by running away from not only Mystic Falls but Caroline that he would be able to forget about her and focus only on coming to terms with being a werewolf. I mean, on one level he left for Caroline’s sake; he thought that he would be making life easier for her. That was obvious from his final scene in Crying Wolf, when he stands in the shadows of her porch to catch one last glimpse of her because he NEEDS to see her one last time, but doesn’t let her know he is there because he doesn’t want her to feel any guilt or sense of obligation to ask him to stay or to forgive him.
On another level, he left because he couldn’t stand being in a place where the woman he had kind of fallen for hated him. If someone is a major reason for you making a life altering decision like to run away, you just know you won’t be forgetting them anytime soon; in fact, I was fully expecting his feelings to have intensified.
In The Descent, when everything was all happy and sparkly, Tyler and Caroline were on the brink of becoming more than just friends.
Now, before they can reach this tipping point again, they have to resolve the consequences of the emotional and physical distance suddenly keeping them apart, with a nice layer of sexual tension from their Ambush Kiss (TM KJewls) thrown in for good measure. The fallout of The Kiss has never really been dealt with fully, in light of everything else that happened. Caroline told Tyler “we can’t go there”, which carries very different implications than her saying she doesn’t WANT to go there.
Suffice to say, I was expecting delicious awkwardness when they reunited in The Last Day, and the episode did not disappoint.
In The Last Day, Tyler, who got to unburden his soul with Matt by telling him how he felt about Caroline right before he left Mystic Falls, and therefore didn’t have to deal with the aftermath, is confronted head on by his feelings for Vampire Barbie.
We FINALLY get more insight into how Caroline felt about him leaving suddenly without even saying goodbye.
Tyler obliterates my ovaries with a half-smile directed at Caroline that the term “puppy love” was invented for. It got more than my Spidey Sense tingling, that’s for sure.
We get some vintage T/C in the form of heavy S&M overtones with chains in enclosed spaces.
The plus? Caroline is in chains along with Tyler this time. The minus? No elastic pants and shirtlessness is involved this time.
Don’t worry, I would never deprive you guys of this 😉
And Tyler, in mid-wolf out, takes the term “break me off a piece of that” when it comes to Damon a little too far.
Click here for the YouTube video of all Tyler/Caroline scenes to replay to your heart’s content.
Hey, you know those annoying people who say “I called that!” when their television specs are right? I am TOTES one of those people!
You guys, I totally called Mrs Lockwood being the one who fell down the stairs from the blurry as F promo.
It was creepy that she took the fall AFTER being compelled by some Klaus witch minions to call Tyler and summon him home about the fall.
Talk about taking one for the team to get Tyler back, Mrs Lockwood!
Next, we see Mrs Lockwood in the Mystic Falls hospital, which probably is devoid of any blood bags for patients by this point, when suddenly this sexy fucking creature turns around and kisses her softly on the forehead.
My mind was momentarily disabled by the sex rays emitting from Trevino’s eyes.
What is it with men and soulful eyes on this show? Seriously, there needs to be a Damon/Tyler Eye Thing Off.
Luckily for the actress playing Tyler’s mother, who no doubt would have been mindless putty too in his presence, pretty much all she had to do was lie there and play semi-dead.
Now, Tyler’s new hairdo has been a source of controversy in fandom. Some people think it makes him looked like a stunned mullet. I don’t know, I thought he looked hotter than ever. Plus, it makes sense that they would make subtle changes to his hair and wardrobe, to hint at the personality changes that have also occurred and the fact that hair grooming has been the last thing on his mind while gone.
But what do I know? If I am willing to take Trevino on the back of a unicorn, I probably am just easy game for him at this point.
The brown leather jacket was an epic fail, though. I know that the wardrobe peeps were trying to get across a new “earthiness” to him, but I wanted BAMF black.
Luckily Tyler in wolf form later this episode was totally gangsta (TM Gen).
The sweet mother/son moment made me realise that these two may be the ONLY unfucked up guardian/child relationship in the show. Case in point, when Alaric had to say something that would prove that he wasn’t Klaus when he got back together with Useless Aunt Jenna this episode, he gave us this gem, “The first night you and I spent together Jeremy walked in right when I was ab-”
You know that conversation Buffy had with The First? “All right, I get it, you’re evil!”
Well, writers, all right, we get it, Jenna’s useless! I will give her this, though; she is spunky and seemed to recover from all the shocks she received last week in fine style.
Tyler walks out of his mother’s hospital room, only to be accosted by Jules who TELLS HIM OFF FOR VISITING HIS MOTHER. I know, I know, it was a full moon day, but I think the only reason Damon hasn’t de-hearted her by this point is because she doesn’t have one.
Although she has clearly been mentoring Tyler, it is nice to see that he isn’t afraid to stand up to her and defend his decision to visit his mother.
Tyler and Jules run into Caroline as they walk outside the hospital, who is on her way to visit Tyler’s mother. D’awww, I love Caro so much!
OMG, THE EYESEX, YOU GUYS!
There was lupining and vampining all over the place in this scene. My cold, black heart squeed.
There was also that awkward moment of Jules having to face the girl she had helped torture and almost kill.
I love how Jules rolled her eyes like an annoyed older sister who has to deal with her little bro salivating over a cute chick in front of her.
Tyler’s glare when she said that she would only give him a few minutes to chat was epic. Way to give away his game, JULES! I’ve had my brother give away that I like someone in a similar way, so I totally get Tyler’s irritation.
So much was left unsaid in this scene, and Trevino and Accola sold the hell out of it with tiny flickers of expressions and subtle shifts in their tone of voice.
Caroline asks if Tyler and Jules are friends now. A lot of people read jealousy into this question. I think there was also an undercurrent of betrayal. Although Caro helped Tyler as much as she could in lead up to and during his first transformation, she is a vampire and can’t understand what it is werewolves go through. So on an intellectual level she might have already reasoned that Tyler had left with Jules. Emotions are a different thing altogether, though. Caro sees in Jules her torturer and near killer. So I thought this was a nice way of reminding us of the tension coming from warring species is likely to always create between Tyler and Caro.
It works both ways, though. Later, we see Tyler look at Damon, his uncle’s killer, with defiance that suggests that ongoing Lockwood/Salvatore tension is a given. No mention was made of Mason, and I’m hoping that Tyler’s “I trusted you!” in Daddy Issues and “you lied to me” in Crying Wolf aren’t considered closure on this issue. Trust and lies are major themes with T/C, and I’d feel cheated if Mason’s death is just swept under the carpet.
It was nice that Caro, although obviously hurt that he had left, wasn’t angry at him anymore. She has had to ask for forgiveness herself this season; for killing and attacking people as a baby vamp who had yet to gain control of her impulses. Also, she has probably acknowledged to herself just how quickly the shitstorm of events that came at him after The Descent happened, and cut him a little slack. So it makes perfect sense that with time to cool off and miss Tyler, that she would see things from a different perspective, though still be awkward as hell around him. That’s what I love about this pairing. They don’t need a grand gesture like a karaoke scene to reconnect. All of their scenes were private and were epic because they are when they’re together.
I love how peeved Caro was about her goodbye getting “lost in the mail”. I’m not sure if she ever got back her cell phone after Tyler stole it in Crying Wolf, so maybe Elena told her he had taken it and Caro was trying to get in a subtle dig?
Caroline asks why he just left, and it broke my heart how Tyler tried and failed to find a way to explain everything. Did you notice that Tyler did that little chin tuck movement he did when Caroline wanted to know what was up right before he planted the Ambush Kiss on her?
Just in case you forgot:
It’s the cutest little tic that reinforces how hard it is for him to be open about feelings like love. That’s why his “I love you” to Caroline, when it happens, will mean so damn much.
Tyler, usually a vibrant and at times volatile personality, was noticeably subdued throughout this episode. Every time he looked at Caro, it was obvious he was as in love with her as the day he left, but he was fairly controlled… as opposed to the night of the Ambush Kiss, where his emotions landed him straight on Caro’s lips. Now I just desperately want an animalistic, passionate T/C kiss after being introduced to this cool as a cucumber Tyler.
It’s obvious those crazy kids weren’t ready to get to the kissy kissy stage without a little push, so Klaus’s witch minion Maddox and Greta brain migraine them and then chain them up in the Mystic Falls tomb together. Obvs they even remembered that Tyler’s fave type of dating spot are dark, scary places like underground cellars.
I’ve gotten to the point where I’m convinced that all witches must be Forwood shippers on this show. First, we have Luka’s dad glass Matt in the neck. Now this!
You know how Caroline told Bonnie to tap Jeremy’s insanely hot ass already, when Bonnie was having doubts about him for some reason like I don’t know, SHE DOESN’T HAVE EYES?!
Speaking of Jer, writers, can we pls have a shirtless scene of him next ep? Pls?
Here is hoping that Bonnie returns the favour and tells Caro to Just Do Tyler sometime in the future.
The tomb scene. I mean, seriously.
Dank, filled with creepy crawlies. Yet every little moment had much more emotional resonance for me than a beautifully lit karaoke scene. Tyler/Caroline are stunning together no matter what the setting. Or maybe it is just the fact that chains were involved.
Caroline wakes up and I love how she is like, “That witch vervained me!” the way I might say to someone, “That super annoying friend of a friend who I secretly loathe just Facebook friend requested me!”
Caro puts two and two together and realises that Klaus must be collecting ingredients for the sacrifice he’ll be doing to break his curse (red herring alert! they were a decoy for Jules and another vamp being sacrificed!).
Tyler is like, “Who the fuck is Klaus?”
Klaus’ name is just so ridic that I can’t find him scary, I’m sorry you guys. Elijah, on the other hand? One flick of that amazing hair and I am both aroused and terrified.
Long story short, Caro and Tyler figure out that they are likely to be goners.
Caro has taken a leaf out of Jen Lindley’s book, the Dawson’s Creekster who was on her deathbed in the finale but could still cultivate a healthy interest in who Joey was going to choose between Dawson and Pacey. SPOILER ALERT she picks Pacey! Haha, jk, I bet most of you reading this were Joey/Pacey lovers 4ever, especially since their relationship gave us Crying!Dawson:
Funnily enough, Damon calls Matt “Wonder Boy” in this episode, and Dawson asked Jen in season one if he could be her “Boy Wonder”. Hmmm… 😉
Caroline persists in finding out why Tyler didn’t say goodbye to her, because at least sub-consciously she knows he is ass backwards in love with her and wants confirmation of this.
Some people hated their dialogue, calling it stilted and overly talky, whereas most of Forwood’s interactions have been show rather than tell. I tend to think that if you can’t be honest and loosen up about being open right before you think you are going to die, when can you? Sometimes stuff just needs to be said.
Anyway, here’s the exchange:
Caroline: Why didn’t you say goodbye? You just left.
Tyler: You want to talk about this now?
Caroline: Well, if we’re gonna die, I might as well know the truth. Why did you leave me?
Tyler: I knew you hated me. I thought you deserved better than having someone like me in your life.
Caroline: I was hurt. You know, you turned your back on me when I needed you. But I could never hate you, Tyler.
I LOVE the way Candice says “Well, if we’re gonna die…” It was just so Caroline, for want of a better way of describing how she says it.
I get other people’s frustration at Caro asking why he left. I mean, she slammed a door in his face and said they weren’t friends anymore. But there is a difference between keeping your distance in the same town and leaving the place entirely without warning. Also, I have had friends who are obviously crushing on one another deny, deny, deny that their affection is reciprocated until they physically fall lips forward onto one another, so I could buy Caro being in denial that Tyler is in love with her and that’s why he left.
I totally disagree with the peeps who thought her, “Why did you leave me?” was a relapse into whiny, insecure, “what did I do wrong?” Caro, as she tends to be with Matt.
Caro has been there for Tyler, say it with me, MORE THAN ANYONE HAS EVER BEEN THERE BEFORE. Sigh!
She stayed with him until the penultimate moment of his transformation, refusing to leave his side until she absolutely had to, and even then she said, “I’m sorry” when she left the cellar he was chained up in.
Another one of her defining moments with Tyler involved her telling him, “I don’t want you to be alone” as her reasoning for helping him through all the werewolf stuff.
Her reluctance to leave him was a huge part of their relationship. So, I find it really powerful that the question she asks is, “Why did you leave me?” It’s not even necessarily a shippy question.
Tyler’s look when she asks that question was like a sucker punch to the stomach; he looked so pained.
You guys, I can’t act for shit, but I have to admit that Trevino’s delivery of “I thought you deserved better than having someone like me in your life” sounded really clunky to me. The pauses were just so weird, I don’t know. Hey, I keep it real when I review 😉
Luckily, this was followed by some phenomenal acting on his part. When Caro tells Tyler she could never hate him, you can practically feel the tension leaving his body and this happy, adorable glow just radiates from him. That half-smile?
Seriously, somewhere in the world a litter of unicorns was just born. Or a rainbow Care Bear discovered how to channel its powers for the very first time.
As is always the case with moments like this, an interruption occurs. Because it comes in the form of Damon Salvatore, I can give the writers a pass.
Damon is busy saving the day after screwing up monumentally with Elena earlier in the episode. I loved that he obviously now considers Caroline one of his people and went out of his way to save her. He didn’t want to unchain Tyler, but when Caro stands her ground and refuses to leave without Tyler he concedes, which is a very unDamon-like thing to do.
The way Tyler looks at Damon, you just know he hasn’t forgotten about Mason, and in season three he is gonna be all BRING IT and Damon will be all BRUNG.
I tehe’d like crazy at this little Damon gem: “Your boyfriend’s outside with a rifle loaded with wooden bullets. You have some explaining to do.”
It was all in Ian Somerhalder’s awesome delivery, just this nonchalant tone that my brother might use to say to me, “Your boyfriend really sucks at X Box, you know. Might want to look into that, because JOY STICKS”.
Tyler was kind of indignant when he asked Caroline, “Matt knows about you?!”
Xander feels your pain, bb. Remember how Xander got upset when loads of people starting finding out about Buffy’s secret life as the Slayer, cos the more people who know the more it cheapened it for the rest of them?
Matt was superb in this episode.
FINALLY, he is coming around to the fact that Caroline isn’t a heartless monster just because she is a vampire. When it appeared she had stood him up, instead of getting all upset he worried that she might be in danger and started looking for her. He shot one of Klaus’ minion witches!
(though Jesus Christ, that witch could take down a vamp and were, but not Mystic Falls’ answer to a Natefused character?)
To top it all off, he got pistol whipped by Damon! Can I get a WOO and a HOO? Awesome or not, it was satisfying seeing him get knocked out.
Can’t wait for Caro to grill him about why he had wooden bullets in his gun when he was meant to have been compelled by her into forgetting she is Vampire Barbie and all the other Mystic Falls supernatural shenanigans. Is a bitch slap from Caroline too much to ask for?
Damon asks Tyler how fast he can get the hell away from the tomb, and Tyler says that he needs to get the Lockwood cellar and hopefully his elastic pants.
Tyler: I can chain myself up.
Caroline: I’ll help.
This shows why these two are perfection together. Tyler, as shown when he couldn’t bring himself to say goodbye to her, feels like he can’t expect anything from her anymore, yet here is Caroline immediately just stepping in because he is her bb. The little sideways eye movement Trevino makes is AWESOME; this is a big deal for Tyler, and he conveys it all in this tiny motion.
Our merry trio move to leave the tomb, and OF COURSE, Tyler starts transforming into a wolf, and this time it is all happening super fast.
Oh, Tyler, you tempt fate every time you go after a Salvatore on this show. You’d think you would have learned after your Bad Cop Tyler phase when you held Stefan hostage that one time.
Though thanks for your efforts to get both Stefan and now Damon all sweaty.
Tyler lunges at Caro while half wolfed out and Damon springs in front to save her. We don’t see until later, but Tyler must have gotten a nip out of Damon, because the weird flesh-eating rash that Rose got when Jules bit her has started appearing.
I’m curious as to whether a werewolf bite when a person is half-wolfed out, half-human has the same effect as when they are completely wolfed out.
Hopefully the cure involves shirtless blood donation (though not too much!) from Tyler to Damon. Imagine the possibilities, if you will.
Caro and Matt run to the Lockwood cellar with Tyler!Wolf in hot pursuit. M/C lock themselves up with Tyler!Wolf snarling at them all gangsta like.
Caro is adorbs and tries to talk to the wolf.
Now we have to wait until next week to see if Matt decides to use bullets on Tyler!Wolf or not. Tread carefully, Matty. You are on Spidey probation ATM. 😉