The Vampire Diaries Review: Always and Forever?

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When I was around eight years old, my older brother went to eat some cookies after dinner. I asked him for one. But he told me the box was empty. Later that night, I walked in to the kitchen and, what was my brother doing? That's right, eating more cookies from that same box!

I was really angry that he lied to me. Point being: Man, I really felt for Rebekah following the unfolding of events, past and present, on "Ordinary People."

Rebekah v. Elena

There's truly no worse feeling than betrayal. It can lead even the best of people to make the worst of decisions, and Klaus was never the best of people. He born a werewolf, a naturally aggressive creature who knew from as soon as he could think for himself that he was unlike anyone else. Literally. Anyone else on the planet.

Even those of us who stuttered in third grade could at least take comfort that there were others out there, somewhere, in the same predicament. Not so for Klaus. He was alone from the start and almost every choice he has made since has been to avoid that fate.

How ironic then. Multiple people now want Klaus to return. They desire his company, but only so they can end his miserable existence.

That's where things were left another terrific, flashback-based episode of The Vampire Diaries. How does this show know exactly when to throw these installments into the mix, and exactly how to twist the viewers' previously-held beliefs on their (spinning) heads? Let's go over what we learned, shall we?

Klaus is evil. Yes, we know that already. We just weren't aware of how evil until now. Sure, I understand where his darkness comes from, but the guy pulled his mother's heart out, blamed it on his step-father and lied to his siblings about it. That's just cold. There's no sympathy for the man here.

Rebekah is Elena 1.0. She loves "blindlessly and recklessly," Elena said of her new frenemy, even if it consumes here. She also lost her mother early in life. Remind you of someone else we know? Someone else with a very soft spot in her heart for Stefan Salvatore? Maybe when Klaus is dead, and Stefan isn't in Ripper mode, and ghosts aren't showing up to wreak havoc, and a hybrid army isn't on the horizon, and no witch spells are left to be cast... these two could get some frozen yogurt or something.

Elena has bad taste in dresses. I preferred the purple one.

Damon has a very high tolerance... for alcohol. But for dick-ish brothers? We'll soon find out. Can Stefan really want his freedom? Can he really want to remain such a jerk even when he's no longer compelled? It's worth noting how happy he truly does seem these days. That wasn't part of Klaus' compulsion. His only job is to protect Elena, but he seems legitimately pleased to be free from his humanity. Contrast that with the face Stefan typically made as an all-feeling vampire. You know the one. The Tuesday face.

Might he no longer want the burden of actually caring? It's sort of been a buzzkill for the guy.

Elijah rules! Okay, we didn't really learn that. Most of it have thought if for awhile. But who didn't give a little fist bump at his reappearance? He's the moral one. Rebekah is the stubborn one. Klaus is the vindictive one. Their cute Three Musketeers-esque scene was very well done, adding to the melancholy over all that has gone wrong between them since.

So, one episode remains - previewed HERE - before The Vampire Diaries takes a lengthy hiatus and returns on January 5. Mikael is awake and prepared to hunt. Katherine is probably still alive and will just show up some time in the future. Damon and Elena have slept together (literally!). Stefan is loving life as a dick. Rebekah is heart-broken. Alaric is hopefully hustling as many people as he can at Pictionary. Tyler is still an eager hybrid and, remember, loyal to Klaus.

And I can't even begin to imagine what sort of cliffhanger we'll be left with next Thursday. Meet back here then? I'll bring the goosebumps.


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Though it may seem Stefan is happier as his Ripper self than his none human drinking self... I still think his love for Elena made him truly happier. As Klaus said the only Stefan's love for Elena is more powerful than his need for blood! Though I agree with Elena when she said she believes Damon will be the one to save him, Elena will be the one to keep him sane again.


Hello Guys! I'm thinking of something Well... Elijah said during S02, that Klaus was a Vampire born from a werewolf blood line, and when their Father knew that their mother was unfaithful, the Original father killed Klaus' biological father ,a werewolf, and that started an ancestry war between these species.(all That Explained in episode KLAUS S02E19).
Now it seems like its a different story, that it was because the wolves killed their youngest child. And out for retaliation, They became Vampires, created through witchcraft. FURTHERMORE... Elijah also said that the Original Children were 7. Seven siblings, and if I remember well, there were more than 2 coffins in Klaus' truck, but in the Flash Way Back... they were only 4 Elijah, Rebekah, Niklaus, and the little brother who died. Isn't there some inconsistencies here? Its like they are not recognising what was told before

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this episode may have made Rebecca feel bad over her past, but things are about to turn even crazier than before. This is becoming one big season of mysterious and crazy twists and turns. =O =)


Am I the only one interested in who the hell wrote that diary on the wall? I mean - who knew that Klaus killed Original Witch-Mother and painted the story in that cave? And wasn't Elijah saying there were seven Original Siblings? Where were the other four? (Because the little boy obviously died before everyone was turned) By the way, why believed Rebekah Elena's story so easily?


I watch for delena but I like Rebekah and the originals. IV love whn Stefan isn't brooding. He's so much better now, he's actually entertaining and sexier bad. This is a triangle and the slow build always wins in the end. She loves Stefan but is falling IN love with Damon. The unspoken connection Delena has is amazing towatch, they brying out the best in each other. Elena has more of an edge already.


Ok so the demon, elaina ,stephen triangel is probably one of the elements i don't like on the show i wish they would just chose already because gets old after awhile and damon is starting to lose his edge. As for klaus, elijah and rebekah i actually like them and saw posiablities with them. All the characters i like the always kill off i like anna and they killed her. Not really sure why the whole jeremy/anna thing the only think i got from that it was a way for them to break up jeremy/bonnie but not sure. I do like matt wish they would do more with him. To answer the stephen question i think i would like to see him with katherine i actually like her better then elaina she has more spunk and if they actually showed more depth to her character she would be a great character to have around but i still think in the end wether delaina happens or not elaina will find her way back to stephen. Lastly the bond between stephen and demon is great. It portrays what siblings are girls aside the bond between siblings is everlasting and unconditional i think that is what klaus wanted from stephen he said they were like brothers only problem is i don't think anyone could take damons place


I feel so bad for Rebekah! She found out her brother killed their own mother in probably the worst way possible. It's just sad...


Cant waiit to watch this ep, i am loving the vampire diaries and every eposiode is an exciting and intense one. Loving Damon's hot attitude and STEFAN IS SUCH A DICKKKKKKK !


well, this episode reminds me that the perfect couple of all time in this show are definetly, and allways...
Damon and Stefan..
Their bond with each other, the deep and unadmitted love between this siblings is the perfect match in this show.
It reminds me of a secret we all share with our siblings.
You sometimes think they are the most annoying thing in the world, and you can hate them the same time you love them. But living without them. Impossible..
Stefan and Damon have a perfect chemistry of desperate because unsaid love..And this show is on the highest level when it`s not about the dumb question Delena or Stelena..
This brother-bond is the greatest for me.. And by the way , please calm down..
We all know something will happen between Damon and Elena..
This is a love triangle..
But the writers will find a way to tear them apart..
And than it will be Stefan again..
And than Damon again..
Let`s just enjoy the ride...

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@Imran,I don't get annoyed because people comment on Delena,There free to talk about whatever they want.The thing Is the constant dissing Stefan and belittling his character,That whats to annoys me.Like said I'm not a Stelena fan or Delena,Both pairing are cool.But If I had to choose a lady for Stefan It would be Caroline,That right I'm Streoline fan.Or Rebekkah at the very least,I would like to see more scenes of those two together.

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The Vampire Diaries Season 3 Episode 8 Quotes

Some days, it's a miracle you're still alive. Boy.

Mikael [to Klaus]

Alaric: Careful where you shine that thing. Bat hate the light?
Elena: Wait... what?