The Vampire Diaries Review: Doom, Gloom and Personal Growth

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Damon Salvatore has a secret, Vampire Diaries viewers, and he just couldn't keep it at the conclusion of "The Descent."

It's not that he loves Elena and it's not that he's saddened by the demise of Rose. It's that he actually yearns to be the exact thing he has spent months claiming to despise: human. I didn't see that admission coming.

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The 2011 premiere of The Vampire Diaries kicked off and concluded with a major body count: three campers (dead), one shirtless blood sucker (Stefan), one unfortunate female (dead? dying? Damon's new sex slave?)

In between, the plot didn't move forward very much, but plenty of information was passed between characters that planted the seeds for what should be an exciting second half of the season. To wit:

Stefan is pulling a Katherine, trying to build up his tolerance to vervain. Not a bad strategy, but let's remember how close he came to the dark side when he did the same with human blood.

When Rose was not sucking down packets of blood like they were six packs at Charlie Sheen's house, she spent a lot of time selling Elena on the advantages of being human, even saying building a family with a vampire is "not compatible" for her kind. Is this more foreshadowing of a decision Elena will soon have to make?

We've seen countless love triangles before on television, but this has to be the first between a human, werewolf and vampire, right? Then again, with the intel Jules has passed along the Tyler, he may wanna yell at Caroline more than make out with her next week. (It's true.)

That was a very strange dream within which Damon and Rose hung out, wasn't it? It was a touching scene and all, but it seemed to be an example of the show making up a supernatural rule. Since when can Damon control another vampire's subconscious in such a manner?

Can't say I missed Bonnie or Jeremy very much. No offense, guys. But let's all welcome back John Gilbert. Hope your fingers are feeling better, buddy.

Overall, one might criticize the episode for focusing too much on Rose, a character we haven't known for very long. But I see it differently. The extended death scene and the pain she was in as a result of the werewolf bite was necessary in order to depict the stakes that are on the horizon during the impending werewolf/vampire war.

A bite from the former may leave you in the arms of Damon Salvatore, but not in the way most women dream about. It's a grueling way to go, and it's a fate our heroes will stare down over the next few weeks. I can't wait.


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I didn't like this episode. I creid so many times over Rose because of what was happening to her, and when she died I bawled. When Damon said to Elena "The sooner she dies, the better," I was mad at him for saying that, he was acting like a jerk. Jules is a stupid bitch who deserves to die, and I hated seeing John. I hated him the first time I saw him, and I hate seeing him now. Some moments between Rose and Damon were cute. For me I didn't like this episode.


I'm not going to lie: Rose's death made me cry. During that dream when she's finally happy after all that pain, and Damon trying to make her feel at peace with dying while revealing that he did actually care and then staking her, I cried. For a character we barely knew, I was genuinely sad and sorry to see her go and when it turned out that no one was going to run in with the cure (I was hoping for Stefan to do that), I cried. As for Jules-the bitch needs to die. Slowly and painfully. I absolutely hate her after seeing how happy she was at Rose's fate and I eagerly await the scene where Damon rips her head off. If she does not die the terrible karmic death that she fully deserves, I may stop watching. I was also happy for the Bonnie-less episode, and I sympathise with Caroline's dilemma. Also anticipating whatever John Gilbert is going to get up to- though I'm surprised Stefan actually teamed up with him (well, we don't really know the particulars of that agreement yet.)


gud episode but not great...also this ,may be the 1st time a vampire/human/werewolf storyline has played out on tv but on the big screen this just = TWILIGHT


That was honestly one of the best TVD episodes ever. I sincerely hope that no one comments on it and goes "Good, Rose is dead." The scenes showed a whole new side to her, and made you realize who she was as a person and actually care. The distress that Rose's death inflicted on Damon also paired up with Elena's human-ness to force Damon's confession. I'm looking forward to Damon's confessions to a compelled girl (the bubble bath spoiler, for example), I think we're going to see more of this whole new side of him. I'm also gonna love to see how he reacts when Elena gives herself up the Klaus (other spoiler that you guys put on from earlier). Episode gets 5/5. And anyone who disagrees can go ____.


Damon always could control dreams. In the first episodes he gets into Elena's mind and forces her to dream about him. I know Rose is (was) a vampire, but as we all saw, she was weak. Maybe that's why he could do it. Anyways, I loved the scene so I woulnd't look that much into it.

Avatar seemed to be an example of the show making up a supernatural rule. Since when can Damon control another vampire's subconscious in such a manner? Apparently vampires can control people's dreams. Such examples was when Katherine got into Stefan's head in the tomb and they got down and dirty. Another example is when Damon got into Stefan's head and showed Elena in danger in Season 1. So with Damon's control of Rose's dream... atleast it was a good one.

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The Vampire Diaries Season 2 Episode 12 Quotes

He's an Original. I don't really know what that means.


Elena: Don't ruin the moment. You're about to ruin the moment, aren't you?
Stefan: I'm totally ruining the moment.