The Vampire Diaries Review: Into the Tomb!

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RIP, Grams Bennet.

While we don't like wishing harm on any characters - especially any characters that "protect their own" and do more for the positive image of witches than the Broadway production of Wicked - the passing of Bonnie's grandmother was a necessary outcome this week for two reasons:

  1. It raised the stakes for Bonnie. How will she react to this death? Might she blame Elena for getting herself involved with Stefan, a relationship that started this chain of events?
  2. Grams was too powerful. Any show that deals with creatures or people with special abilities must be careful. Give any of them too strong of a power and any storyline can be resolved by simply having this individual do something. Case in point: How do we get Bonnie and Elena out of captivity? Grams will conjure up a locating spell!

But it seems as though producers were aware of this potential for a plot device, which is why "Fool Me Once" was yet another example of why The Vampire Diaries is an exciting, well-paced show that delivers answers and surprises every week.

We gotta start reviewing it by discussing Damon. If you didn't cry over his realization that Katherine is alive and wants nothing to do with him... well, you might wanna get your tear ducts checked. Ian Somerhalder has had a blast playing this manipulative, fun-loving character. But he's clearly capable of a layered depth, as well.

While so many other shows struggle with how to turn an evil character into a sympathetic figure (we're looking at you, Heroes/Sylar), The Vampire Diaries has slowly given us more and more on Damon, making him into a tragic villain. Could you really blame Elena for giving him a hug at the end?

Damona with Elena

Stefan, conversely, is showing a dark side. For the second time in a few weeks, he violently committed a murder. Were both the victims vampires that were threatening members of the Gilbert family? Yes. But it's worth taking note: Stefan is far from a boy scout.

Even Matt and Caroline were cute this episode. We loved her speeches to him, each planned, mature and showing that she's really trying to make this relationshp work.

What other thoughts do we have on the installment? And what rating did we give it. Keep reading...

  • Have we heard the last about Katherine? Probably, for awhile at least. It would be frustrating for the show to continually think of new ways to keep her and Damon apart, so let's hope they place his search for her on the backburner.
  • After all, there's at least one new vampire to deal with then the series returns on March 25. His name will be Harper and he'll be played by Sterling Sulieman.
  • Pssst, Harper: if your first victim is Tyler, we won't be upset.
  • It's interesting that Jeremy is curious about the mysterious happenings around Mystic Falls now... but a search for "vampires" in general? Not sure what that broad term would deliver. Probably a lot about Robert Pattinson these days.

A pair of Vampire Diaries quotes from the hour perfectly summed up Damon's good and evil sides:

I mean this sincerely: I hope Elena dies. | permalink

I didn't compel you in Atlanta because we were having fun. I wanted it to be real. I'm trusting you. Don't make me regret it. | permalink

Which is the real Damon? Both. That's what makes this character so fascinating and well-written.

We'll turn it over to our readers now: What was your favorite quote from the episode? Is Anna gone for good? Which questions stand out the most from "Fool Me Once?"

And what the heck are you gonna do on Thursday nights until The Vampire Diaries returns?


Editor Rating: 4.3 / 5.0
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I desperately want damon and elena together!!!! just like she said they have this special bonding and it feels like damon and elena are getting closer and closer while the producers are placing the stepping stone for stefan and elena to drift apart


I love this show so much ! But if the CW continues to show 3 or 4 episodes and then take breaks so long that I forget what happened on the last episode I might stop watching. It's driving me insane, just like 90210, the CW sucks. But !!! Anyways. Caroline and Matt aren't dreamy or romantic in my book, they are irritating and Caroline making up those speeches isn't mature, it's highschool (lol oh yeah they are in highschool lol). I can honestly see a love triangle between Stefan-Elena-Damon which would totally be necessary. I kind of want to see Elena being turned into a vampire because if I was around 2 steamy looking guys like that, I'd want it forever lol. It's sad to know that Katherine doesn't want Damon, but remember how he used Caroline ? What goes around comes around. And Elena is just too pretty to wear her hair so boring and to not spice up her wardrobe. I hope the producers do something about that. Grams dying was sad, but like the writer of this blog said, it was necessary, Grams had too much power and her staying in the storyline would basically end the story. I'm not sure if I think Bonnie will blame Elena but Bonnie needed this to happen so she could learn her powers on her own and not rely so much on the help of her Grams.
I can't remember my favorite quote but I know my favorite part in the episode was when Elena took off her necklace and told Damon to ask her if she was telling the truth now, I felt Elena was being vulnerable and opening up to Damon which is something Damon needs every so often.
Jermey typing in Vampires on a search log was just weird, it didn't add any suspense in my
mind because I mean what could he find out about Vampires on a search log and being so general at that.
I do love this show though, it's amazing. I just wish they'd cut out all the breaks, I'm sure if they continue with the amazing shows that they are producing that they wouldn't lose and viewers just because of American Idol or the Olympics. Whatever it is, I dunno lol.


Anna said they needed a Gilbert's blood to awaken her mom but Elena was adopted so how did her blood awaken Anna's mom. Unless she has Gilbert in her bloodline that was the only thing I was confused with. Awesome series totally love it.


Well first of all I just have to say I am not on damons side.. I think even though stephan is being a being a little more violent he is just protecting her! He has done everything right and is sooo hot! But back to the show, it suchs they are taking a break :P I mean ughh.. again!? But still I like the whole caroling mat thing it has a little break from the fighting and killing and back to the romance. Also I hope katherine comes back but not for stephan but for damon.. I'm tired of this whole elena having this" connection" ELENA DON'T BE A BELLA|


well i think that that episode was just great but im so bummed that they are taking another break when they just came back but wutever anyways i think that anna is not going to leave she really likes jermey i think. also the tension between elena and damon is pretty intense im likin it lol. and with the whole bonnie thing i mean i think that she might blame it on damon cuz it all started cuz of him but idk. i also think that jermey defanitly nos becuz i think seeing annas face might have brought back memorys of vicky...... and if thats not the then mabey he saw stephen and ben get into that vamp fight and just pretended to be knocked out hummmm. the whole thing with kathrine i think is over for awhile i think. i do not think that damon will go after her cuz i think he realizes that stephen was right. and since they first started showing flashbacks it has semmed to me that kathrine always liked stephen better and i think that damon noes that and if its like the book and she comes back i think that she will go after stephen since he is completely over her.. but anyways back to the elena damon stephen thing i think that stephen has noticed how close elena and damon are getting and i think he might be getting a little worried....but i also think that it would be really cool if kathrine come back and kidnapped elena and pretended to be her..oh and not many ppl have touched on the whole isabell thing i do not think that she is dead i think she is a vampie now and she will eventually come back.... i honestly could care less about matt and caroline but thats all i got to say Go team Damon!!!!!!!!


Ya i am a huge fan of this show!! me and my bestfriend talk about it all the time and ask each other questions.. i was just wondering like does anyone think Damon will find Katherine?? and does anyone know who that creepy guy at the end walking out of the tomb?? cuz if anyone knew who he was that would help[ me. Anyways i think that the guy at the end might be a guard because anna said a guard released katherine, he might be the one.


Anna mentioned that they wanted to use a Gilbert family members blood, not that it had to be their blood, i think it was merely due to it being a Gilbert that locked them in the tomb why they wanted to use a relatives blood.


I'm a big fan of the show. However, I got confused. How did Anna's mother rise from the dead upon sucking Elena's blood? Didn't Anna say a Gilbert's blood was needed? But in previous episodes, we learned that Elena was adopted, right? Somebody care to explain? :) Otherwise, I'm sooo excited how this would all pick up on the 25th of March. Can't wait!


Oh...and I also think the anna storyline isn't over yet now that her mother is released from the tomb. they'll have to at least put a little light on that whole situation. and where anna's mother is, anna is bound to be. that or they'll put it on the backburner, as well. but i don't think that harper is out.


This episode lived up to all the hype that was circling online.
I loved it!
And man, I'm really feeling for damon.
Ian Somherhalder really does a great job with his character.
You could just tell..that Damon was shattered & heartbroken.
not that he wasn't to start with.
I just love his character.
The caroline and matt storyline is cute...but i'm not seeing how it's significant to the show.
I'm a bit empathetic for anna, and i think we'll be seeing more of her. Since she isn't dead, she'll probably go back to manipulating jeremy, unless she really has feelings for him. which she might since her eyes get all...scary when she's around him and things get romantic. kinda like how it was with stefan and elena. either that or she's just hungry lol. she annoys me sometimes. but not enough to make me dislike her completely.
but maybe they'll lead us somewhere with that.
All in all, i can definitely say i wasn't the least bit disappointed with this episode.
I have no clue what i'm going to do on my thursday nights now!
the winter break was bad enough!
VD just came back! it's only had like 2 or 3 episodes since it's last break.
howwww laaame.
i don't even watch the olympics.
the only shows I watch on the cw are VD and supernatural....and even supernatural is going on break!
cw has just lost a viewer until they come back.
one of many, i'm sure.
come onnnnn, throw us fan a bone!

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The Vampire Diaries Season 1 Episode 14 Quotes

Damon: I mean this sincerely: I hope Elena dies.

All I can remember is hating you. There may been a time when that was different, but your choices have erased that.