The Vampire Diaries Review: Breaking the Bloodline

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On "All My Children," a heart-pounding episode full of both action and emotion, Damon and Stefan made like Jack Bauer. Except the terrorists were vampires, the full moon was the ticking bomb and the world would actually have been a safer place if they had failed at the mission.

But not their world. Neither Damon nor Stefan could imagine a world without Elena and they turned an innocent woman in order to save her. It was just one of several morally grey acts throughout the installment.

Stefan vs. Bonnie

There really is no black or white anymore on The Vampire Diaries. The show has created such a well-layered, fascinating universe that viewers can endlessly debate the choices various characters make.

Should the siblings have sacrificed Elena in order to remove a killing machine such as Klaus from the planet? Probably. They are partially responsible going forward for every life he takes. But can anyone honestly say you would let your true love die if you had it in your power to save him or her?

Should Elijah have kidnapped Elena? Not if he aspires to be more than a monster, as he so righteously and profoundly put it to Rebekah near the end of the hour. But he was desperate to live. Again, who can say they would do it differently?

A look at almost every character tonight reveals multiple shades and sides, as the past few weeks built to an episode where agendas, feelings and motivations collided. To wit:

REBEKAH: Easily my favorite performance of the evening. She got wake up next to Damon, for starters, and then rub that in Elena's face. She then talked some serious smack in the caves (Why don't you sit down and shut up before I ruin everything by ripping your head off?), but also proved she possessed brains to match her brawn and beauty, dousing Elena with gasoline when her enemy thought she was safe.

Yet behind it all, there was clearly pain. I picked up on it the same way Elena did when she finally talked Rebekah down. This is someone who has been betrayed by her own mother and, prior to that, literally stabbed in the back by someone she considered a friend. It almost seems like years ago, but it was really only a couple months ago, when Caroline really just wanted to fit in at high school.

Elena ruined that. Rebekah was acting out like anyone would, just in a slightly more dangerous way because, you know, she's a vampire.

DAMON: The dude is definitely getting his mean mojo back. It's true, Stefan, he is better at being the bad guy. But it's different this time, there's a sentimentality mixed in to his nefarious actions. He's not killing just to kill or turning just to turn. He's doing it, in this case, to save his brother from a guilty conscience and to save Elena from... dying.

Moreover, he can actually admit that! Talk about progress. This is a Damon Salvatore who is in touch with his sensitive side, yet NOT letting those emotions get in the way of what needs to be done.

THE ORIGINALS: I'm gonna lump the rest of them in to one section here because I just marveled at that gathering outside the old witch house. This is group of people we were conditioned to hate not very long ago, some of whom we only very recently met. Yet an entire scene was built out of their fate and I found myself rooting for... I didn't even know what. That was the beauty of it.

I should have wanted Esther to succeed, right? Just consider the body count on all of their resumes. But the way TVD has driven home the concept of family, and depicted so many sides to both Klaus and Elijah, I simply watched, dumbstruck by how well the show has woven these individuals into the fabric of Mystic Falls. Granted, the conclusion was a tad melodramatic.

Where did Esther actually go after Abby was turned? She and Finn just... left? And Finn scattered? It's hard to imagine we won't see them again, but it felt a bit cheap to have them all just leave off-camera.

Of course, Klaus and Rebekah are still here. And they apparently have something new to fear. A tree. Looks like these two need to take another road trip and do some major gardening again.

MEREDITH: Just kidding. She has no layers. We all knew she was shady all along, didn't we?

BONNIE: She still bores me. But at least the turning of her mother has potential. It could hurt her friendship with Elena and, remember, Bonnie has never really been a fan of vampires. Now she reunites with her parent and just a few days later - bam! - blood sucker central. Who is gonna tell Jaime?!?

Quick bites:

  • Mother made us vampires. She didn't make us monsters. We did that to ourselves. Who doesn't love Elijah?!?
  • I'm surprised you have time to call, what with all this Original sex you've been having? Alaric best not be dead.
  • Does anyone else want to see Candice Accola front a band called Blonde Distraction? We all know the girl can sing.
  • Damon, The Vampire Gigolo. He should put that on his business cards.
  • If Esther had the power to turn all her kids back to human, why not just do that and avoid killing them?

So no more Vampire Diaries until March 15. And, as great as this episode on its own was, I must say: I'm not overly intrigued by the two cliffhangers. There's a new white oak tree and Meredith is the Mystic Falls murderer. Okay. Neither of those, by themselves, leave me dying for the next new episode.

But, on the whole, I love the integration of Klaus and Rebekah into this world, and I think the show has handled the Damon/Elena/Stefan love triangle as well as any show in recent memory. Heck, the relationship between the brothers is more interesting than the one either shares with Elena. It's really at the heart of The Vampire Diaries.

What did everyone else think?


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I only watch this show, non else, and would love to know what
Rebekah's real name in real life?
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I know what it's like to want something for a very very very long time, and in the end never get it. It's heartbreaking. soul crushing. Ever read Memoirs of a Geisha? The way Sayuri explains how she can't give up on loving the Chairman? and how it turns out the Chairman had loved her all along as well? such an epic romance!!! I would love for the TVD love triangle to be as epic and compelling as the love story in Memoirs of a Geisha.


seems to me the triangle is finally coming to a close. Elena rejected Damon and Damon has conceded. you know what makes this triangle epic? the fact that Elena and Damon never slept together. you know how sometimes you just wanna try something once so that way you can stop thinking about it? well, Delena finally got their kiss, but it seems it wasn't enough. i think Elena and Damon will always long for each other somewhere in the back of hearts, keeping their emotions tucked away until the day they can truly be together. here's what I think: Elena and Stefan will get back together. living happily for a few years. Stefan dies a martyr for some occasion. Elena becomes a vampire for some reason. After a few years of mourning, she gets together with Damon.


the spell Esther was doing wasn't going to kill them. it was going to turn them human so that THEN she could kill them. i think esther vaporized. the only reason she is moving around is because of the Bennet witch ancestry she's channeling. Abbey turning (into a vampire) cut the connection so Esther should have gone back to the "other side".


While i do get that damon was back into a corner where he really had no choice it was either kill ester or let elena die becasue at the end of the day the had no other option. I can see elena forgiving damon becasue that is who she is but i just can't figure is how she will remain friends with bonnie after this because they were on shaky ground already this probably will end there friendship.


Who cares about 1912 flashback.I am also want to see more of damon and elaine. I also hope ya have Elaine and Elijha have more time togather. The doctor a killer. Whom knew. But,did ,t she have and alibie during time of the murders. I still think mat is the killier. I like stephan when he was evil. But,damon as a bad guy, no,no. He so dam hot and sexy. Why is damon listen to stephan about not being with elaine. Please,tell me that elijjha coming back. I hope ya bring A wicked side out of elaine.She need new friends. Someone not BONNIE AND CAROLINE,MAT. Elaine is funny when she drinks. ELAINE NEED TO GET LAID. EVERYONE ELSE does on the show. So why can,t elaine.


u know what, i am also sick of this on going love triangle between stephan , elena and damon.......... and why is it dat everything has to revolve around elena... and she should make up her mind either she sticks with stephan or damon......their is nothing more annonig than a confused elena in love,,,,, also, am kinda digging the whole klaus and caroline thing...." they av dis beauty and beast thing going on. not that klaus is ugly, cause he his soooo NOT!!!!


Bonnie bores me too. She and Jeremy together almost made one interesting person. I wished for a moment Stefan would kill her. There I said it. I like Matt's eyes.

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As much as we keep reading reviews and information,things set changes for the main characters of the show. It keeps adding more mysteries in the show and we'll see what happens for the remaining 7 episodes left in the season. =| ;P


I love the salvatore brothers but they like the same girl if i was elana i would choose stafan and damon because they are hot and cute in their own way but i am asking you who would u choose out of them. OMG Jerrmey is cute i wish i was dating him badly he is funny and fun to hang out waith on the vampire daries.

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The Vampire Diaries Season 3 Episode 15 Quotes

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Elena: If you're mad at me, Damon, you need to get over it.
Damon: Oh, I'm over it.

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