Each season of the Vampire Diaries surprises and amazes you in its own special way, and season 5 is no exception. The fact that the writers have continued to dig deep into history with each season is amazing, especially considering the pressure to maintain fresh stories, ideas and characters whilst maturing the main cast along the way. Fine examples come in the form of the backstory of the Salvatores, the original Vampires and now a further thousand years back with the full introduction of Silas and Qetsiyah. In the last 4 years we've seen these characters grow and it's been a pleasure doing so.
This season still has a way to go until its conclusion (at least for UK viewers) and still every episode leaves you desperate for its follow up. As another reviewer has noted, this is probably the best season yet, and long may the brilliance continue.