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Character Development: Bonnie Becomes a Secret Weapon, The Vampire Diaries “Know Thy Enemy” 

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It’s official, the things that were a little weak about The Vampire Diaries in Season 1 have definitely been dealt with in Season 2. The show has course corrected big time coming up with new and different ways of utilizing all the characters in Mystic Falls. And I couldn’t be happier.

Matt is now doing more than just reacting passively to all the horrible things that have happened to him in his life. Caroline and Tyler have become more significant as they deal with being a vampire and a werewolf, respectively. At the end of “Know Thy Enemy,” Alaric becomes a bigger part of the action and it’s about time. Jeremy has too, mostly due to his ties to Elena and Bonnie. As for our favorite witch, Bonnie, she has become more special than ever — the term “souped up” doesn’t quite cover it.

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Before Luka’s dad died, he told her she could harness the energy of witches that died violently. If she did, their mojo would become hers. So Bonnie’s plan is to harness the power of the Salem witches who were burned to death. The scene where she executes her plan looks painful but, ultimately, it is successful. She says she received a warning from the dead witches but she wouldn’t tell her boyfriend any of the specifics. Jeremy’s a little stubborn son-of-a-gun, so he finds out anyway. It doesn’t mean anything good. Before, she was just getting bloody noses from using too much of her power. If she uses all the power she received from the witches — plus her own — to kill Klaus, she can do it. Trouble is, she’ll most likely die.

Bonnie’s determined to keep Elena safe; to keep her friends and everyone she knows safe, including Jeremy. And it seems like she’s willing to give up her life to do it. This presents a bit of a conflict for the newbie couple because Jeremy certainly doesn’t want to lose Bonnie. They’re just starting out. I hope they can withstand whatever’s coming their way.

I remember a year ago, when we were wondering where Bonnie even was. And now in just one episode, she has become more integral to the action than ever before. Stefan and Damon said it — she is their secret weapon to battling Klaus. Here’s the dilemma. Bonnie doesn’t want it to be known she could die if she uses everything she has in order to bring down Klaus. Even if Stefan and Damon do figure it out, would they sacrifice Bonnie to save Elena? What would Jeremy do to stop this from happening? What will happen to Elena if/when she finds out? The possibilities are positively delicious.

Favorite scene featuring Bonnie and Jeremy in “Know Thy Enemy”

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I loved when Bonnie showed Jeremy just how much mojo she now wields. It practically became tornado season, it was such a cool representation of her power. Jeremy is simply in awe of what she can do. I love how he’s just there for her.

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