The Vampire Diaries Review: Forwood and Backward

at . Comments

Forget Alaric Saltzman. Following "Heart of Darkness," another Vampire Diaries episode that teased a decision between brothers by a certain ever-oscillating heroine, it's clear who is actually schizophrenic on this show:

Isn't that right, Elena Gilbert?

Delena Alert!

We're as confused as you are, Damon.

It really is aggravating that she continues to go back and forth. If she wants to make like Kelly Taylor and choose herself over either romantic option, that's fine. If she wants to play it safe and go with Stefan, more power to her. If she wants to follow her heart, as dangerous as it may be, and go with Damon, fantastic.


Yes, it's hard. We've all been there. Okay, we haven't all been stuck between a pair of smoldering, blood-sucking brothers, one of whom has hair that belongs in the Smithsonian and another whose smirk should be classified as a lethal weapon - but we have all had to make tough choices in our love life.

And, more often than not, the person at whom you are staring at before falling asleep, and the person you essentially attack on a hotel balcony, is the person you truly want to be with. Elena seems to know this. Stefan clearly know it. Damon mostly knows it. And viewers most definitely know it. Heck, even Rose the ghost knows it!

(Tangent: she sure was annoying, wasn't she? First, it's been made clear that ghosts in general do not work on this show. Second, we've been watching for almost three seasons now, thank you. We really didn't need Rose to spell out for Jeremy/us exactly why Elena is so torn and exactly what each brother does for her. Less obvious exposition, please, TVD. Have some faith in the viewers' intelligence here.)

So it's hard not to get the impression that Julie Plec and company - as much as I have to trust their decision making, based on over two seasons of enthralling action - are simply drawing out Elena's big decision until the season finale.

And that would be acceptable if the series were giving her something to do in the meantime. But her entire storyline these days is based around this love triangle and, I'm sorry, but it's growing tiresome.

Elena in Pain

Unfortunately, the grating love bug didn't merely bite Elena and Damon this week. It even sank its claws into Caroline and Tyler.

Yes, even after some seriously (seriously!) wild and hot sex, all it took was Tyler catching sight of Klaus' drawing for him to find someplace else to crash. Do I buy he'd have questions? Absolutely. Do I think Caroline should have explained all the weird Klaus wooing that went on for a couple weeks there? Yes.

But, based on the clear feelings that exist between these two (see sex, wild and hot), I find it hard to believe that one piece of (admittedly decent) art would send Tyler packing. Is TVD really going to drag this romance out as well? Must we really see Forwood moving backward? I'm all for Tyler getting angry at Klaus for trying to make a move, but Caroline never gave in and I could do without this contrived drama.

Sigh. Deep breath. Yes, I had issues with the romantic interludes throughout "Heart of Darkness."

Fortunately, everything revolving around Alaric and Dark-laric was a winner. Matt Davis continues to have a blast taking on his alternate persona, as the confrontation between he and Stefan was legitimately intense. The blood spewed. Stefan's thirst intensified. The taunts escalated.

It was fun stuff, and revealing, too. Alaric really is a good guy, one who wrestles with his failure as a vampire hunter, especially when you consider the fates of his wife and of Jenna.

And the end? Now we're on to something! I've been saying for awhile that season three is missing that hook, that ongoing arc that drives everything and everyone toward the finale. But Dark-laric and Esther teaming up? Against both the Originals and the Salvatores? With Tyler caught in between the bloodline battles?

Lines are being drawn, sides are becoming more clear, daggers are being discovered and- with just three episodes remaining - we have a better idea now where it's all headed. Someplace where not everyone can come out alive, that's for sure.

What did everyone else think? Are you sympathetic toward Elena or do you wanna pull out all her straight brown hair? Weigh in now and then get your first look at next week's "Do Not Go Gentle."


Editor Rating: 3.3 / 5.0
  • 3.3 / 5.0
  • 1
  • 2
  • 3
  • 4
  • 5
User Rating:

Rating: 4.5 / 5.0 (779 Votes)

Matt Richenthal is the Editor in Chief of TV Fanatic. Follow him on Twitter and on Google+.


I imagine kissing Stefan is like tongue kissing your grandpa! 100% delena


Damon and Elena finally! Everyone knows that it's not real if they don't at least give it a try. And I don't think Elena is a "whore" I agree with the person that says she is being normal.


The Elena, Damon, Stefan, love boat has sailed. It feels old and dry and I really don't care what anyone in that group does, just get it done so we can move on. Love the show and cast, love much of the stories, it feels a little stagnant right now.


Sympathetic for Elena? HA! That's laugh! I thought Elena was supposed to be better then Katherine, but she's worde because she pretends she's better. Personally, I want both Damon and Stefan to find someone that's worthwhile and doesn't treat either of them like a doormat. Its really sad how the writers are ruining all these amazing charaters, because I love them all in the books, though I dopnt want Damon and Elena together there either. And I'm sorry, its great that Ian and Nina are together in real life (from what I've heard), but it seems to me that since they got together for real, the writers have tried to put Elena with Damon more and sorry, but IT DOESN'T WORK! Elena is to much of a chicken who 'thinks' she is always right and blames everyone when things go wrong. Then she only forgives Damon because he's dying? What crap is that? I get her needing time, but you don't make someone suffer like that. Sorry, but Elena does nothing but play with both Damon and Stefan, she doesn't deserve either of them. Oh! And call me old fashion, but its pretty disgusting that she's already slept with Stefan and now thw writers are having her possible get with Damon. I might not be so upset with Elena if she hadn't already been with Stefan. So yeah, can we get some real women on the show for these men? Hell bring Katherine back for one of them! Personally Stefan, cause I want Caroline to dump Tyler and get back with Damon!


OMG!!That kiss was just...I'm speechless!We need more moments like this.The writers need to stop trying to please both ships and go full on Delena!


Finally Elena is normal. I mean let's face it anyone with or without a pulse would jump Damon if they found themselves in bed with him!!! Stefan is a boring old guy compared to Damon! DELENA!!!!


Elena is a whore that is all


I found this episode to be good. Even though I am not a fan of the triangle, I found Damon and Elena kiss to be hot. I also like Rose last speech and how great was Kol. I knew that Esther possessed Rebekah body and I love the Klefan scenes.

Tags: ,

The Vampire Diaries Season 3 Episode 19 Quotes

Elena: Why don't you ever let anyone see the good in you?
Damon: When people see good they expect good. And I don't wanna live up to anyone's expectations.

You're good Stefan again. You're in control. You might get the girl, but you lose the edge.


The Vampire Diaries Season 3 Episode 19 Music

  Song Artist
Florence the machine never let me go Never Let Me Go Florence & The Machine iTunes
Mississippi twilight starting now Starting Now Mississippi Twilight iTunes
Song Dying To Be Born Civil Twilight