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The Vampire Diaries Review: Killer Consequences

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Elena kicked off this episode of The Vampire Diaries by stabbing Jeremy in the neck. She ended it by stabbing Stefan in the heart.

In between, there were hallucinations, unexpected returns, heartfelt pleas, professor-based revelations, a hilarious reference to Van Helsing and one seriously bloody step taken by the fresh-faced new hunter in town.

Yes, "We All Go a Little Mad Sometimes," TVDers. Especially when protecting our loved ones...

Bridge Standoff

What a tremendous job this hour did in tying together all characters and storylines.

Caroline, Tyler and Hayley had felt as if they were on the outside looking in on events in Mystic Falls, but here their de-siring plans came into direct (read: deadly) contact with Elena's crazy visions. We learned more about April's father... and his connection to Professor Shane... while Bonnie remains under his dangerous wing... and, of course, Jeremy is tied to both Bonnie (via their feelings) and Elena, Tyler, Damon and company (via his axe).

Everyone has a role to play, everyone is playing it well and nary a second of the hour feels wasted. That's impressive stuff.

However, I should really begin at the end, shouldn't I? The splitting of Stelena is sure to wreak havoc among TVD fans, but let's try to move past the 'shipper wars and give props for how this break-up was handled.

Unlike some issues I took with the love triangle on The Vampire Diaries Season 3, Elena was open and honest in her closing conversation with Stefan. She wasn't oscillating. She wasn't whining. She was direct and logical, based on what we've seen over the past few weeks: this really is a darker Elena and she really does have a lot more in common with Damon.

We've been told for ages that being a vampire "magnifies" one's feelings. And we've watched her bond with Damon grow. I completely bought Elena's reasoning and I appreciate that Julie Plec and company didn't drag this will-she-or-won't-she out any longer. She WILL, Delena lovers. Let the anticipation begin...

Questions for a Professor

As for the hallucinations, these were strange and powerful images. They were also revealing. A bloody Connor? A taunting Katherine? A duplicitous mother? The Vampire Diaries has gone all-in with Elena's transition, taking the time to show it from every angle. She's sorry she killed Connor... but she also admits it felt great to taste his blood.

She doesn't ever want to be Katherine... but she's more like her than ever before. She worries that she's responsible for her parents' death... and now she's also to blame for Jeremy's necessary transformation.

It's safe to say Elena is going through A LOT these days - and Nina Dobrev is positively killing (pun, intended!) each and every scene/emotion.

Oh, right, about that Jeremy fella: what a fascinating storyline! So now he's a Hunter. What does that mean, exactly? Will he develop an urge to kill vampires? Will he be pushed to do so in order to complete his map and lead everyone toward a cure?

And how does Professor Shane enter into all of this? He clearly played some role in the Pastor blowing up the Council. He eerily warned Bonnie that she best turn to him when the map is complete. But does that mean he's truly a bad guy?

He may know something we don't (correction, this is The Vampire Diaries: he definitely knows something we don't...) and his aims may very well be noble. My guess is that he sincerely wants to do right by the residents of Mystic Falls. Unfortunately, he likely believes the supernaturals that inhabit this town do not feel the same way.

My only complaint about the episode? The Caroline/Tyler tension. It just seems silly and contrived. I want to see these two teaming up to help other Hybrids and playing Klaus for their own purposes, not fighting one second, pretending to fight the next, and then fighting for real once again.

But Jeremy awakened and Connor's legacy passed on? AWESOME. Elena and Stefan having an honest conversation about the state of their relationship? PERFECT. Elena next turning to Damon? INTRIGUING. More references to Alaric? TEAR-INDUCING.

Another great episode. What did everyone else think?

Review

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Bubumaelou

OMG SHANE IS SILAS!!! I'm calling it! It is so obvious he's the ultimate bad guy this season!

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Gud bye selma i'l be watchin fo ya!

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These hallucinations of Elena are going way out of control and it looks like they're taking her to make wrong twists and turns. Forget the Delena fans. The Stelena fans will stay up no matter how tough things may get. ;P

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While I am also glad they are no longing dragging out the love triangle, I am sad that they broke up but I also think it's for the best right now. If Stelena stayed together they would still have an elephant in the room-type relationship with Elena's feelings for Damon hanging over them, so I think it's best Elena explores her feelings for Damon once and for all. However, something still tells me she'll have a change of heart yet again further down the line, most likely when Stefan is with someone else (am hoping he hooks up with Katherine just to spice things up lol). I'm ultimately team Salvatore but their relationship will no doubt be affected after all this.

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I don't mean to be insulting or anything, but I sometimes feel like Stelena fans are absolutely not watching the same show as me. I saw someone say that we got what we wanted for whining about Delena.. OR, it could be that the writers have been building a connection between them for 3 seasons and it is finally coming to a head. I understand that people are bigger fans of Stefan.. Whats not to love about him? He is kind and good and sweet and safe.. But obviously there would be no love triangle at all if she didn't start to develop feelings for the less obvious choice. I get that people want her with Stefan, I do.. and thats cool. But this whole Damon thing did not come out of nowhere because the Delena fans whined about it. It has been building for a long time and if everyone has not noticed that, I have no idea what show you are watching because its not this one. Denial, people.

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I can't wait for the next ep. klaroline♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥ better happen ;)♥

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OKAYYY !!!! I AM BACK !!! WOW, I missed soooo much ! But I will say I loved the episodes, all of them, everything in them ! Yay Connor is dead, Jer is a Hunter, Elena killed someone and she and Stefan broke up. NOW, Bouuouuu Klaus is back, Rebekkah is down, Hayley pisses me off coz she has feelings for Tyler, Forwood is in danger, and AGAIN someone(s) had to die because of Elena, I do not like that Professor Shane there is something off about him especially when he was talking about that Silas Legend... Also, please stop erasing April's memory ! And yes, I am tired of the love triangle and even considered to stop watching the show...
I WANT MOOOOOORE !!!!! Date time next week !

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It's official, I'm DONE with The Vampire Diaries!!!! To freakin' break up Stefan and Elena just because of fan preassure, that's just wrong! And for all you "Delena" fans, or should I rather say Damon fans, GET A LIFE!! I can't belive you all would fall for such a cliche of a character, and a bad one at that! Goodbye stupid TVD!!

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Stephen and Elena would have lasted, they did have passion and they fought. Just that while being a ripper, Damon went for Elena. Remember, when Damon met Elena first he compelled her. He said, I hope that you find everything you are looking for, ! She found stephen!!!!!! People like Damon cause he is hot and they are dating in real life..... That does not mean Stephen and Elena dont belong together!

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I really like what theyre doing with STefan's character, however if they make him depressed because of Elena throughout the whole season or soemthing, i will be furious.

The Vampire Diaries Season 4 Episode 6 Quotes

Jeremy: What happened?
Damon: Long story. Buy the e-book.

Damon: You should have called Stefan.
Elena: I don't trust him right now.
Damon: P.S. I called Stefan.