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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

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Best epi of the best season, loved Bekah and delena!!!! Need more of those plus lovvveeeeddddd Stefan admitting he left for himself and Damon not Elena. Woot woot ;)

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@Love yea Christmas, Thanksgiving and New Years. The three most important and celebrated days in the US.

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This episode wasn't stunning but I liked it. The original siblings were so cute in that scene in the village after their mom died. I don't want them to be apart, I guess that means I don't want Klaus dead. He is a super-super-supernatural creature: werewolf + original vampire + son of a witch (lol), how monstruous and disturbing is that?
However, his mixed kind didn't make him a monster, lack of love and respect did. His father -who wasn't actually his real father- hated him and his mom turned her back on him, choosing her husband over her son. She apparently lied to him about his biological father (who was murdered by Mikael before Klaus ever got to know him).
What a mess! that guy has every right to be fucked-up!! And what about Rebekah? She may be the only one that cared for him and now she realizes that this precious family bond was based on a lie. Please Bekah go find Elijah! He seems to be the only truthful and reasonnable Original. The title was well-chosen by the way. Questions: How/why did Esther become the original witch? When did the doppelganger get involved? What about the other siblings, aren't they supposed to be 7? Who was helping Vicky from the other side? Who told Klaus how to break the curse? Ayana or Esther? What did Mikael do to Katherine? Where is Klaus and what is he up to? Why does Mikael hunt vampires?

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All those programmes have midseasonfinals this month. Is there some sort of vacation in the US or is there something else?

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Explain please, you say Klaus was different and alone since birth? But how was he different, he had a werewolf gene but it was dormant, plus the whole village was full of werewolves so how was he different? It was only when turned into a vampire that he became different, I guess because even though dormant the werewolf gene was heightened? But all that didn't happen until they were older. As for Stelana/Delena, whatever. Maybe it's because I'm older then most here but I watch for the story of it not whose dating who. If I wanted that I'd just watch 90210 or something.

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Loved this episode! Bring Elijah back...somehow...please? Oh, and I hope that Damon and Elena get together. I truly think they fit together much better than her and Stephan. Stephan is too...high maintenance. All his woe is me, I hate myself, Must eat rabbits, save the humans. Blah.

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I enjoyed this episode. It left a lot unanswered but that is usually how these shows go. I'm still a Damon fan but I think all that pent up passion should be focused on a new love interest character rather than Elena. *shrug* Maybe next week will be as good or better.

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Vikings did land in Canada (Newfoundland)around 800AD. The remains of a Viking (Norse) encampment was discovered there in 1960. So it's not really that much of a stretch to think that they also explored down the east coast of North America. Mystic Falls with its plantations would probably have been on a river as almost all Virginia plantations were(although I don't remember this being a part of the town landscape).

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I loved the episode, flashbacks are always winners with me. HOWEVER, I did have one problem (admittedly minor) with Stefan's scenes in the bar. We have had it pounded in this season that Stefan is a RIPPER, that once he starts drinking blood, he can't stop. Isn't that where most of the suspense was in the "The Reckoning" when Klaus compelled Stefan to drink Elena's blood, when he shouted at Elena "I'm a ripper, I'm not going to be able to stop!" So, why then was Stefan able to drink just a bit from the girl in the bar and then stop and let her walk away. I know this is not pertinent to the story line, but I hate the inconsistencies! Aside from that and the fact that Katherine's fate is still a mystery after 2 weeks, I thought the episode was fantastic. The Lockwood's family secret doesn't seem like such a stretch after having it explained that the Original family...originated in Mystic Falls before it was ever Mystic Falls. Ok, so I still think it's a bit of a stretch, but a bit more believable now. As with previous seasons, I think Season 3 has some serious potential building, and I can't wait for next week's episode. Although having to wait until January 5 is not so exciting!

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I loved this episode.my favorite part was when rebekah was telling Elena about there family and how they became vampires and everything that happened.when the one flashback of klaus saying that he feared his father and them rebekah saying that everyone feared him I knew right away that Michael was there father.i think that Katherine is still alive and will show up later in one of the episodes .i also loved the part where Elena came back to the house and told rebekah the truth that klaus was the one that really ripped out there mothers heart not there father.i felt do bad for rebekah when she found our that some one she trusted her whole life betrayed her and lied to her about something really important and then seeing her cry throught the end of the episode.i also liked the part where Damon and Elena where talking in her bed and she told him something's about rebekah and he told her about Stefan.i can't wait for the next episode it looks really good.

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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