The Vampire Diaries Review: Damon Loves Elena!!!

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Well, that was bloody fantastic.

The episode "Rose" had it all, from a brotherly road trip to an whirlwind of a fight to an outpouring of information to an entirely new direction for our favorite characters... and that was all before Damon caused every living room in American to fill up with dust when he finally told Elena the words he needed to say... just once.

I love you. Man, I'm gonna need a moment.

Brotherly Road Trip

Few shows can pull off the mix of action, answers and affection that was on display this week on The Vampire Diaries.

I might tear up again if I focus too much on the latter, so let's stop and try to make sense of the mythology that came streaming out of Rose's mouth this week.

Elena is a Petrova Doppleganger. We already knew this, but it sounds like she isn't the only one. Or there have at least been others through the years. Her blood can break the sun and the moon curse, which "the originals" are interested in doing, presumably so they can wreak some serious havoc.

QUESTIONS: Was Katherine actually trying to protect Elena? If so, why didn't she come out and tell her the same things Rose did? Also, what role does the moonstone play in all this?

There's a Klaus, too?!? This is both a point and a question. I can't fault a show that reveals so many answers on a weekly basis... but we were introduced to Rose, Elijah and Trevor all in the span of a few minutes. Then, we learn there's an even more powerful, ancient vampire out there? And he's also on the way?!?

That's a lot for a viewer to take in just one episode! At least we can sort through all this together, right, readers? That's what our Vampire Diaries forum is all about.

So, now we're left with a new set of enemies for the Mystic Falls gang to battle. And now they are a united front against whatever, or whoever, lies ahead. Stefan gave Damon a heartfelt speech and apology at the conclusion of the episode, which preceded the latter's moving words to Elena.

It looks like this sibling rivalry is truly over for a moment and that Klaus, Elijah and every other Original won't have an easy time taking what they want from Mystic Falls, not when the Salvatores have both found something to fight for.

A few other thoughts/questions:

  • The show has to be a little careful just having Bonnie cast whatever spell is most appropriate for a given situation. That can feel like a convenient way out for the writers, but at least there are grave consequences every time she does so.
  • Did events between her and Jeremy tilt your feelings on this potential hook-up one way or another?
  • Can Caroline really trust Tyler? Why do I have a strong feeling her secret won't remain between the two of them when all is said and done?
  • Way to Bing and decide, Jer!
  • You're a werewolf. Say it. Think this line, from Tyler to Caroline, was a purposeful wink at Twilight?
  • I found the use of the word "pardon" interesting. It appears as though the Originals abide by some form of law or code.
  • Impressions of Lauren Cohan as Rose? She'll be around for awhile.

I'll have plenty more to say in this week's Round Table, but now it's your turn: Comment away!


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I like rose but I'm not getting attached, I don't have a good vibe, yeah she didn't harm elena but uhmm she's probably going to be forced/do something bad. She does totally remind me of alice cullen (y)


I really liked this episode!! I'm so glad that Damon finally TOLD her he loved her (despite him erasing her memory, and the fact the probably knew already -- still it's different to be told). But somewhere there was a discussion about Rose being Damon's 'new lady love' which I really hope is not true, because I love the way Damon loves Elena! =D


Is it just me, or are there now three possible love triangles?
Jeremy/Bonnie/the new guy who's coming to town
Matt/Caroline/Tyler ;-) I really liked Elijah. Could become my new favourite ^^


I think Damon and Elena are wonderful together, and they have a chemistry and deeper connection that I think makes them for sure the best possible couple on the show- I love Damon! And I can not wait until Elena figures that out as well. I don't want the writers to rush them, I don't, but I really think a slow development and an ultimate ending of them together-- would be perfect! I think they're honestly one of those couples who would be hot, funny, conflicted, but definitely moving together. They're both the best actors on the show in my opinion so it makes perrrfect sense.


to kk: elenas father john, jeremys oncle. so yes, they do have the same blood and they're related


Elena belongs with Stefan cause Damon doesn't deserve her, just like he said himself. A little too much feeling revelation there for me from Damon, so I wasn't into that at all and it definitely didn't make me cry, not even close...
Damon needs to get on with this life and let Stefan and Elena be happy, like they are meant to be. And the writers need to hurry up and get Stefan and Elena back together.


oops, guess i missed the earlier discussion of this...sorry.


I'm confused...Bonnie used Jeremy's blood to find Elena, but didn't we find out earlier that Elena was would she and Jeremy have the same blood? Was Jeremy also adopted?


I'm totally into Damon.. That boy breaks my heart each episode of VD... So Elena should totally hook up with him yeah !! By the way.. the werewolve thing was'nt the only Twilight element... Doesn't Rose look a lot like Alice Cullen ?!


Loved the episode and I think everything was beautiful. I think it was important for Damon to show his true feelings and it really shows he is getting a soul :) Ian did it exteremely well. But I have to admit, I am still an Stefan and Elena fan. Sorry. They are just too cute for me :)

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The Vampire Diaries Season 2 Episode 8 Quotes

Rose: I know who you are. I said be quiet.
Elena: What do you want?
Rose [slap!]: I said be quiet.

That werewolf road leads straight to vampire boulevard!