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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.

Review

Editor Rating: 4.7 / 5.0
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I just feel like TVD shocks us so much, we expect to be shocked every second. Causing that OMFG factor to be gone.

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Wow wow and wow....Oh my god Jan,5....noooooo.....

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To be honest, the story has become so great.. I really don't care about Delena/Stelena anymore.
I feel so sorry for Rebekah (not just because she has the same name as me), her brother lied to her & their whole relationship is based on a lie. I was glad to see Elijah back in this episode, he's such a great character. I think Rebekah should bring him back... Would make sense. I thought their were more children than 3 though? I know one died, but I was thinking maybe 6 or 7.
Stefan kind of showed emotion, he didn't want his brother to die. Elena was right, if anyone's going to bring Stefan back, it's definitely Damon.
We didn't see any Tyler, Caroline or Jeremy in this episode and we only saw Bonnie briefly. I hope next episode features a bit more of them. Especially Tyler, he's a hybrid now. Should have a major part when Klaus comes back.

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Wow matt your comment was so good I do got what I was gonna say. Great show!

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Im pissed and sad that its going on hiatus! Why? Seems like just yesterday the show started from its long summer vacation. Wht im i suppose 2 watch now on thursdays @ 8pm till when did u say, january 5 2012. Noooooooooo, whyyyyyyyy. Please someone advise me as 2 what show is worth watching for this it seems like an eternity, what should i watch that can @ least for the time being relieve my sadness and bordem which is definatly going 2 set in after next thursday. Lol help wht the hell should i watch? We gotta have a serious talk w the cw, oh wait, repeats, yesssssssssssss, oh yes i can watch my favorite shows again, yesssssssss. Cw u better not fail me!

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Omg! Thats why i look forward 2 thusdays 8pm. Love this show. My fave scene when elena goes 2 her room after an exhausting day of truth finding and guess who is on her bed but the one and only bad ass vamp w a heart of gold mr. Hotty pototy himself damon! Ohh lala. So funny how she was trying 2 get the blanket from underneath him and he just would nt budge, helarious! So ovious she has the hots 4 the guy, she laid in bed, closed her eyes while mr hotty laid watching her w his baby blues and she didnt kick him out! Ahhhhhhhh. If i were her n that specimen of a man was laying beside me i can asure u of one thing, i wouldnt be sleeping if u catch my drift (wink, wink) lmfao!! Ok now 2 the serious stuff ppl, rebeka, wht can i say but she broke my heart it was so sad 2 see her fall 2 he knees when elena broke the news that her loving bro is a lying dick and killed their mother! I knew claus was a dick but dam he is ruthless. Yeaaaa glad 2 see alajia back and hope 2 see more of him. Loved the complete story line. Learned so much about the originals, cool. Know i get why michael hated klaus and why he so badly wants 2 rip his heart from his chest! Stephan the dick does love his big bro after all! The compolshen wasnt enough 2 keep lil bro from saving big bro. My favorite line was when elena told damon that stephan love 4 him was the thing thats finally going 2 save him from himself and get him out from the dark side and into the good side. I think stephan is being wht he truly feels free 2 suck the blood from as many victims as he wants w out feeling remorse and free from elena and having 2 live up 2 her expectations! Damon in the other hand right from the beginning of being turned was good till he got pissed @ lil bro 4 hookin up w his lady love n didnt care about his bros feeling but damon is in love w elena n hasnt made a move. Stephan was a cruel blood thirsty vamp from day one till lexy came 2 da rescue. Damon has always loved his bro unconditionaly and stephan has always wanted 2 get rid of him any way possible!

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Actually, with the set up, Dawson/Joey are Stelena if a vampire romance could be a couple. Stelena was the original pairing, she always saw herself with him, he is safe. She ended up with Joey like shell end up with Damon. Dawson loved his work to much, Stefan loves to be free of her. He doesn't want to work at a relationship. Pacey was wild and crazy like Damon but there love grounds them and makes them better. Joey and Elena would only hold back Dawson and Stefan.

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I loved this review! haha i love the show and get very excited when i read reviews like this :) soooo excited for next week

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I hope by klaus waking up first that the show dosent expect us to believe thats what makes him the oldest vampire.......Im having a hard time believing that hes the oldest.Elija owns his poor mans thor ass.

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Damon and Elena remind me of Dawson and Joey.. We all know how THAT ended. Sorry but I just don't see those two being more then good friends. Elena cares for Damen and though his humanity shows he still "does things he shouldn't" like killing Alaric and that will keep her from a relationship with Damon. Stefan at his worst still saved his brother and Elena.
As for him being able to only drink so much at the bar.. Lexi detox ring a bell? He does not have the overwhelming hunger he did but he can now go either way..now he has to make a choice.. Care, be "free", or be a ripper.
I now understand why Mikeal and Elijah both want to stop Klous. By the end of the eppisode I felt bad for Rebekah. I'm sure once Rebekah process the news she will be the one to revive Elijah and help if not off the vindictive, desparit, and needy Klous. I do kinda feel bad for Nicklous though. As a wolf-human love child he never fit into his family and could never seem to make the man he thought to be his father happy. I too understand why he killed their mother and tried to keep his half siblings loyal to him. Though lies and fear were not the best way of securing that!
Will be exciting to see how this all plays out as the season progresses!! I now see why Mikeal and Elijah both wanted to stop Klous! I'm sure Rebekah will see them all through new eye after she prosseses what Elena told her. I kind of feel bad for Nicklous in a way. He was a wolf-human cross in a family of humans who had never

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?

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