The Vampire Diaries Review: A Mother's Nature

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Well, The Vampire Diaries proved me wrong tonight: there is something sexier than this week's cover of Entertainment Weekly.

My. Goodness. Gracious. I know it upset both Delena fans and Stelena fans, but let's just give hot props where hot props are due: "Dangerous Liaisons" concluded with the most erotic scene in show history.

Having a Ball Together

But was it a worthwhile scene? Does it really move the story along or does it merely exist to act as an obstacle between Elena and Damon?

It certainly made sense for both characters. Two recently-scorned, vulnerable individuals fall into bed together? Following a slew of shots? Not exactly ground-breaking material there. Many of us have likely made similar decisions and regretted them in the morning.

And, yes, it also fits both characters. Damon is as self-destructive as they come, and - whether she knew the extent of what she was saying or not - Elena did just throw his love back in his face. As for Rebekah? Well, what single gal wouldn't sleep with Damon Salvatore? Moreover, what single gal with a vendetta against Elena would not sleep with Damon Salvatore? Again, perfectly sensible on her part in that regard.

But I can't help but think it feels contrived, coming across as a way for the writers to drag out the love triangle for as long as possible... which actually aligns with the rest of what - dare I say it?!? - was a bad episode of The Vampire Diaries.

It's one thing for very little to happen throughout an hour; I'm all for the occasional slow cooker, the focus on characters here and there over non-stop action. But the romantic teases thrown our way here didn't feel natural. Come on, Caroline would NEVER come close to considering anything with Klaus. Sure, it's interesting that he paints and likes horses and isn't always a violent maniac.

But all the daddy issues in the world can't change what he did to Tyler, who is clearly Caroline's true love. I don't buy any hints otherwise. I just see them as a way to get the Twitterverse buzzing about Klaroline versus Forwood and to get the shippers freaking out when, in reality, we all know Caroline will be with Tyler when he returns.

Then again... what is he doing if he's not following her dad's advice? Where is he? Whatever happens moving Forwood (get it?!?), it likely will NOT be as simple as Tyler simply coming back a cured hybrid and falling into Caroline's bed. Still, relax everyone. No way is she getting with Klaus.

So the romance, or hints at romance, didn't do it for me this week. The waltz? The set-up of both Salvatore brothers serving as Elena's date? Too forced, too dragged out.

Mother Original, however? She was easily the best part of the hour. Do we buy that she really wants to kill her children in order to make up for betraying the natural order of things? I think so. It's hard to believe she'd be lying to Finn, her right-hand son, about offing him and his siblings. That would be downright cruel. But will she actually go through with it? That's another matter.

It's probably easy to concoct a plan when you're chilling on The Other Side for 1,000 years (think she hung out with Anna and Vicki there?). But then to see your flesh and blood in person? Even if those persons are vampires? Esther seemed to be having second thoughts after her chat with the moral Elijah. Either way, we now have another direction in the Original storyline, one that forces multiple characters and agenda to intersect and one whose outcome I can't come close to predicting.

And that's when The Vampire Diaries is at its best.

Quick bites:

  • Kol is totally the male version of Rebekah. I'm itching to kill something. What are we waiting for? Give him time and his humanity may come out, but for now, he's just loving life as a vampire. Or trying to at least.
  • Might Alaric, somehow, be the Mystic Falls Butcher? It doesn't seem to make sense, considering he was actually stabbed, but the show likely wants us to consider that possibility based on the point of view - from a patient's room - it took early on inside the hospital.
  • Then again, a doctor could easily be inside a patient's room, as well. The kind of doctor who, in one Fell swoop, could stake an ex-boyfriend in the woods.
  • Poor Matt. As quarterback of the football team, isn't there some hot cheerleader he can get with? Someone who doesn't come with any supernatural baggage?

What did everyone else think? Have you stopped panting from the Damon and Rebekah sex scene yet? Did this slower episode do it for you? Or, like me, did developments feel both boring and a bit contrived?


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Personally I loved this episode... the gowns, the suits, the music, the dancing, the 'sexy' just all over the place.. loved it. I didn't expect the writers to write in Stefan clicking to the fact that he's truly losing Elena... if not to his brother, to somebody (loved that). I know there are many shippers for 'Delena' and I think it's great that the actors are dating outside of the show but as a viewer from the very start I can't help but think it was Stefan that rescured her from the bridge accident, it was Stefan that imagined this whole life with Elena in Mystic Falls and it was Stefan who saved his brother in turn losing what he had built with Elena. All Damon saw in the very beginning was another toy who he began to love because she looked like Katherine and because Elena wanted to see the good in him. (cont..)

Kitanishi h mcdonald

: Sorry but its a love triangle dear and she will fall IN LOVE with Damon...its already in motion. Read the books.... Books have nothing to do with the show. Elena in the books was actually a great character, you see, unlike the Bella Swan Elena of tv show.


Finally !! Cheers to Rebekah she had the horniest face ive ever seen on network television when damon had her pinned up against the wall at the end.


I loved this episode. I can't believe that Esther is willing to kil all of her children just to get revenge on klaus and have him fine for good. I liked seeing a nicer side of klaus I think he really cares about caroline because when he drew the picture if her with horse it shows how kind he can be a that he really likes her. I can't wait till the next episode it looks awesome.


Oh yea and "the love of her life" haha. ..more b.s. She was a sad teen, she hasn't even found HERSELF yet how could she even hve an idea who she should be with? My god your freakin cray cray darlin. Maturity and time will tell...ugh. This isn't a damn soap opera


@Blairendipity: Sorry but its a love triangle dear and she will fall IN LOVE with Damon...its already in motion. Read the books....Don't act like its over its season 3 not 8. He's not close to having her YET.. I understand your a fangirl but still have to correct you. It bothers me that some of you are so bias you literally don't see the same show anti shippers do. Its like watching a football game without rooting interest, if you appreciate the sport you don't have too


In no way did Damon get close to HAVING Elena.
Yes, Elena likes Damon. Yes, she is thankful for all the ways he's been there for her lately and everything he's done. Yes, she felt rejected and vulnerable as of late because the love of her life appeared to not care about her and there was a beautiful guy who was swooning over her and that's nice to indulge in, sometimes. But it's so obvious that she doesn't LOVE him. At this point she could not possibly feel obligated to stay away from Damon because of Stefan. The reason she stays away from him is because she still loves Stefan and it's realistic, imo. You don't just stop loving someone and shift your affection to someone else! No matter how hot that other person is.
I'm not saying she doesn't like Damon and care about him, but she loves Stefan and I respect her for that even though she was pretty mean to Damon tonight. She could have been more sensitive.

Avatar isn't over! Delena will have their day, you know the saying....all good things come to those that wait! Delena will rise...don't give up hope.


One more thing, although I understand why Damon and Becka slept together, I just hated it. I'm not mad at the writers or think it was wrong to make him do, I just wanted him with Elena. Sigh, besides if he's going to move on, I want him with a really awesome girl that sees him as amazing.


I loved the ball, everyone looked amazing. I don't think Elena was trying to reject Damon's love, I think she was just frustrated and she even admitted that she said something she didn't mean. Which means, she's not rejecting him. I also didn't like how everyone assumed Damon was just fighting for no reason, he was being a good guy. I understood the need to get around Damon, but I don't think they should have made him feel like a jerk for doing his best to protect the woman he loves.
I hope they don't kill Elijah by the way, I just love him!

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The Vampire Diaries Season 3 Episode 14 Quotes

Anyone else feeling a little used right now?


Drive much?

Rebekah [to Elena]