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The Vampire Diaries Review: This Means War...

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I want the boy more than I want vengeance.
Let's get both.

It. Is. So. On.

For weeks during the hiatus that concluded last week, fans had heard about the impending vampire vs. werewolf war. On "Daddy Issues," it escalated. Big time. And poor Caroline suffered at the hand of the shot 'heard round the world. Or the shots heard 'round the world, really, wooden bullet style. Ouch.

Jules and Tyler

You know it's an exciting, action-packed episode when it starts and ends with Damon wet and naked... and those scenes are merely an afterthought.

While Damon did utter some classic lines this week (Vervain is an "acquired taste," he isn't that tall, etc.), there's not much to pick apart about him at this point. We get it: he loves Elena, he can't have Elena, he constantly struggles between good and evil. I love the character, but there's little new to say about that cycle right now.

Fortunately, this installment was a great platform for Caroline, Stefan and Tyler, while it did an tremendous job introducing Brady. It's easy to understand everyone's viewpoint in this burgeoning bloodbath, which is a sign of great writing.

Caroline is still new at this vampire thing and was trying to protect her friends, but when it backfired, she cut ties with Tyler. In response, he went back to the only real family he has right now - and can you blame him? His dad is dead, his uncle is dead and Jules is talking about a code of honor and loyalty. He could use a lot of that right now.

Stefan, meanwhile, is always trying to play peacemaker, but had no choice but to fight back when confronted in the woods. Can't imagine that brawl (one of the best filmed, most tense sequences in show history) will go a long way toward helping him earn Tyler's trust.

Then there's Brady. He's a villain, sure. But he's just living the life he knows. He's likely grown up around those who instilled in him a mortal hatred for vampires. I'm certainly not rooting for him in this feud (the guy doesn't even have a superhero haircut), but I appreciate that he comes across as a multi-dimensional character.

Overall, a tight, solid, focused hour of television that continued to raise the stakes. I'll leave you with a few questions:

  • Do you trust John?
  • How touching was that group hug between Elena, Bonnie and Caroline?
  • And the "I love you" mouthing. Sorry, Delena lovers.
  • Here's your first look at next week.

Review

Editor Rating: 4.8 / 5.0
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Rating: 4.8 / 5.0 (135 Votes)

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oh and i'd like to say, im a big damon/delena fan but i DO NOT want caroline and stefan together :P not all of us think that!

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OK SO my opinion on this ep: jules and the other werewolves(not including tyler) need to get their asses (further) kicked and then LEAVE!!! tyler and caroline neeeed to be together. i'm sure they will be cuz there are so many ppl into this pairing and so much has been built between them. i love matt but him and caroline were perfect when caroline was a human. as she said in this ep, shes not girly little caroline anymore, shes changed. i can see her being good friends with matt maybe :) OH AND her and stefan make awesome bffs! i really hope the writers don't mess it up by making them like each other romantically, cuz like stefan said, she reminds him of lexi, and they were just friends. i hope this show doesn't turn into like a supernatural gossip girl where every character hooks up with each other.

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Chaela, Very Very well put! Just a PS I think it is cute how the Damon fans are trying to act like Stefan and Caroline have chemistry. You guys kill me. Love Jeremy and Bonnie

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1st. AMAZING EPISODE!
2nd. I hate John Gilbert.
3rd. Yummy Steven R. McQueen!!!!!!!!!!! GIVE HIM MORE SCENES!
4th. I love Stefan more and more. I love that he is trying to keep peace because it is his home and he is trying to make his own family. (with Elena ADORABLE)
5th. Tyler what an idiot. STEFAN is trying to tell you the truth. Also, couldn't you see Caroline was in pain and you just stood there like hmm. should I help you.
6. I starter tearing up when Stefan was talking to Caroline and brought Bonnie and Elena. Like I said what a GREAT GUY ! Poster man for a boyfriend:) LUCKY YOU ELENA!
7. The mouthing of I Love You was awhhhhh.
8. I didn't like Michaela McNamus on One Tree Hill and I don't like her on VD either. Sorry Michaela.
9. I think John, Katherine, and Isobel are all working together. John is keeping Elena safe so he can sacrifice her.
10. Alaric, hmm, def. not surprised to see him that much. I wonder if he is in on it too. Start tying him into another storyline.....
11. Jenna even though John is Elena's biological father technically he doesn't have legal guardianship over her b/c you got it when the parents died. STEP IT UP GIRL! Can we get Stefan shirtless POR FA VOR!

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Love how Stefan and Elena and they are supposed to be these tortured soulmates and deeply in love, but I see more intense chemistry in the few scenes that Stefan and Caroline share as friends.

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so ... can someone please tell me ... what happened at the very end between john n katherine? r they plotting against elena? i was confused at that :) thanks

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Okay is it just me or were there some kinda hot moments between Stefan and Caroline? I've always kinda sensed a little tension there but this episode was like woah.. I don't even really like his character but the looks between them and him taking care of her just like made my heart flutter.. I'm kinda glad Damon is getting a little weepy lately, it seemed sort of like he was losing focus and it was hard to tell where his feelings stood with Elena up until this episode I think... I would cry too if the only way I could get someone to listen to me was to compell them.

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I hope Tyler & Caroline fix things !

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Great episode. My god Damon cries at the drop of a hat now. Getting quite bored with the, I'm in love with Elena the crying. God man the f--- up he's becoming such a whimp.

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Elena mouthed I love you first....

The Vampire Diaries Season 2 Episode 13 Quotes

Jenna: What the Hell?
John: Good morning to you, Jenna. Alaric.

John: Coffee?
Elena: We did that last night. No more avoiding.

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