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The Vampire Diaries Season Two Report Card: A-

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The 2010-2011 television season is over.

Before looking ahead to summer programming, and giving readers as much insight as possible into new fall shows, TV Fanatic will be taking a look back, grading and evaluating the latest seasons of various dramas and sitcoms.

First, we gave The Good Wife an A. Now: The Vampire Diaries.

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Best character: Damon. He's the obvious answer for a reason. Thanks to a constantly entertaining, impressive performance by Ian Somerhalder, this is a character who can be relied on for humor, emotion and action. The show may over-rely on his angst over Elena to an extent, but Damon drives The Vampire Diaries.

Worst character: Katherine. Think about the attention that was paid to her on season one, followed by her shocking arrival on season two. Then think about where the series went with Katherine and the answer is... unclear. Ridiculously hot tomb sex aside (and that was merely a fantasy), the writers seemed to lose track of a direction for this once-vital blood sucker.

Best episode: "Klaus." I'm a sucker for the flashback. This episode officially introduced us to Joseph Morgan as Klaus and began to peel away the complicated mythology behind the Originals. Hybrid intel, the sun and the moon curse revelations and Elijah with long hair. The hour had it all!

Best storyline: The introduction of werewolves. There's just so much potential here, from Tyler and Caroline's supernatural-crossed relationship, to Klaus as a hybrid to the long-simmering feud between this species and vampires.

Hopes for 2011-2012: Fewer spells that magically fix everything; more character consistency when it comes to supporting players (i.e. Katherine, John until his death); and a true commitment to this dark version of Stefan. It's a welcome change for him and for Paul Wesley and I don't want the show to have him revert back to simply being Elena's sweet savior after just a couple episodes.

Overall grade: A-. The Vampire Diaries guarantees a wild, unexpected ride every week. No show shocks viewers as much and no show follows through as reliably on promises of game-changers and deaths. All that and the cast looks like this! Like Alaric's bed without Jenna, my Thursday nights will feel empty until September.

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I started watching for Damon and Elena. I am sooooo interested in them, its a shame we've had to suffer through her and Stefan. I like Stefan, don't get me wrong but he and Elena are not made for tv. They have no chemistry, no chemistry means they won't end up together in the end. Loved the finale, Damon and Caroline as characters. I adore Caroline with Tyler but I hope neither dies. I have a feeling he will die, that will break my heart. I don't like Bonnie either but somehow I luv her n Jeremy. Really wanted Matt to die but oh well. Love Elijah, klau not so much. Can't wait for Damon/Elena getting closer, Stefan is so much better bad and of course the originals!!!!!

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Damon, Caroline and Elijah alone were the best characters!!! Delena made it the highest A possible. I don't think I've ever wanted a couple endgame so bad. Stefan is so much better as the "ripper". Like Tyler and Caroline a lot too. Matt was my worst character and I can only stand Bonnie around Jeremy. I just hope TVD doesn't puss out and Stefan all goody goody again in show 2

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Thinking back on it, the worst characters have to be Matt and Sheriff Forbes. Especially Sheriff Forbes, she is so terrible at her job that she shot and killed Jeremy.

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The worst Charaktar wa definitely Isobel. Kathrine was great. There were not too many magic spells. Bonnie was great. The writer has looked at this article at all TVD?

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katherine is still the best part of tvd for me. damon always cracks me up but i love katherine SO much!! A+. no less!! just had to say that.

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Best character: Agreed, Damon. Ian Somerhalder is an amazing actor, and Damon is a very complex/deep character. Unlike one bad boy from a certain show based on the Upper East Side New York...
Worst character: Katherine is funny! No, I will not condemn her. I'm going to say Jeremy. He was boring.
Best Episode: The final episode. It was a really neat way to end a season. It raised curiosity, but it isn't going to make us kill ourselves thinking about season 3.
Best storyline: The sun and the moon curse which turned out to be fake.
Hopes for 2011-2012: A permanent Damon and Elena relationship. I don't want the writers chickening out.
Overall Grade: A-. And no other show out there right now on the CW can get close to that grade. So there.

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damon namber one the vampire diaries,couple fantastic DAMON ELANA FOREVER

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I can not wait to see the romance between Damon and elena,after such a long wait,it will be strange but beautiful.I hope that HELEN is always DAMON,must not only be a parentesi.Damon and elena could also have a son,now that he has the blood of klaus,Damon can procreare.ITALY loves them

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It's really great to see Stefan's bad side next season. I think the writers will develop this storyline substantially, I hope. So much room for character growth. :D I think he learnt a couple of lessons this season, and to explore his character from a completely different angle will be refreshing. There are so many Damon shippers around. Show some love for Stefan man! He's bloody awesome for being such a cool and loving dude to Elena and everyone. Just because he's not the bad boy doesn't mean we can't love him. :D As for Damon, he has quite a lot of character development over this 2 seasons. I wonder how the writers are going to proceed from here, but I sure hope it's in the right direction :D cos' I've seen wonderful characters become shallow repetitive ones. Damon better not go down that path :D And Elena needs another edge to her rather than being all so willing to self-sacrifice and caring person all the time :D but I have to say she holds the show together. Overall grade:
A+++ for continually delivering suspense, action, blood, gore, romance, amazing characters and story telling :DD

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alright, katherine, worst character? How about matt? Atleast katherine combined with the story. Matt was basically useless. And Alaric was basically a wall ornimemt until the second half of the season.
And I see how everyone says Damon carries the show, but he's become less appealing to me this season. Don't get me wrong, he's great, but he's losing what originally made him so damn attractive. Best storyline, have to agree with hybrid / original! I really hope Elijah will return, he really made the season for me. Now for stefan. I'm really excited for this new development for his character. I'm super excited for stefan to carry a storyline on his own. - don't get me wrong, I'm stelana all the way, but they've been together pretty much the entire two seasons, if they stayed together any longer, it would feel pushed/forced. Anyways, cheers for season 3

Vampire Diaries Quotes

You want a love that consumes you. You want passion and adventure, and even a little danger... I want you to get everything you're looking for. But for right now, I want you to forget that this happened. Can't have people knowing I'm in town yet. Goodnight, Elena.

Damon

Damon: You know what they are? Children. Like lighting a candle's going to make everything OK, or even saying a prayer. Or pretending Elena's not going to end up just like the rest of us murdering vampires. Stupid, delusional, exasperating little children. And I know what you're going to say: 'It makes them feel better, Damon.' So what? For how long? A minute, a day? What difference does it make? Because in the end, when you lose somebody, every candle, every prayer is not going to make up for the fact that the only thing you have left is hole in your life where that somebody that you cared about used to be. And a rock with a birthday carved into it that I'm pretty sure is wrong. So thanks, friend. Thanks for leaving me here to babysit. Because I should be long gone by now. I didn't get the girl, remember? I'm just stuck here fighting my brother and taking care of the kids. You owe me big.
Alaric: I miss you too, buddy.