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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

Editor Rating: 4.3 / 5.0
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I hated this episode so much! How can Elena break Stefan's heart like that. What she told Stefan at the end is totally not believable at all. How can she do that to him after everthing they have gone through and what he's doing for her and has always done for her? What a biatch! So, Elena's feelings for Damon have intesified but not for Stefan? That makes no sense at all. She loved Stefan so much more so her feelings for Stefan should have intensified more. So, what is poor Stefan going to do now, try to find her cure so she can be with Damon? That storyline makes no sense at all whatsoever. I think Stefan should just go all ripper on her ass now, so Elena can feel guilty about driving him there again and get back to him. Or maybe she'll like him more that way, since she is a darker vampire now and likes Damon because he feeds on people. I'm boycotting the show until Elena gets back with Stefan. I'm so angry and dissapointed.

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IF YOU LOVE TWO PEOPLE AT THE SAME TIME CHOOSE THE SECOND ONE, BECAUSE IF YOU REALLY LOVED THE FIRST ONE YOU WOULDN'T HAVE FALLEn FOR THE SECOND - Johnny Depp So fucking true .. Go Damon

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I ' m a delena fan but I have a bad feeling about this, I want him to turn her Down, I want her feel heartbroken I want her feelings to be genuine, Not just I m a vampires know I feel darker, oo Hello Damon

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hey katelynn grow up you should put your toughts instead of complaining about what others think, dont be crazyyyyy over this

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I really missed Katherine Elena is borin K is fun hope to see her more!!

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vampire elena choosing damon over stefan? fitting. how can vamp elena hate what she became(monster) and becomes attracted to the male version of herself that she hated? so ironic. i am so disappointed. i would rather see the vamp ELENA with STEFAN and show the viewers that all is not evil in the vamp world. after all, they still have jeremy, bonnie, matt and others to protect and be with and still be part of the human world

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Wow so happy with this episode sooo excited for delena action! So happy damon finally has a chance to be happy and get what he wants and deserves! His character has transformed into a truely great character he is magnificent! Anyone who still thinks he is still a "bad" guy has seriously not been paying any attention. Loved the bedroom scene! No matter how much he loves elena he still wants whats best for stephan and what he deserves! Hes so selfless its wonderful! I really hate when stelena fans go on and on about how hes a bad guy and he does not deserve elena! Have these guys not been paying attention at all over the last few seasons! Hes done so much to redeem himself! ITS ABOUT TIME FOR DELENA! I COULD NIT SUFFER THROUGH ANY MORE BORING ASS STELENA!!

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Plus I think that the wickery bridge won't remain a symbol of death for Elena I believe it has turned to be a symbol of survival after being saved by Damon and this time she wanted to be saved (you can see that in the way she looked at him when she started getting burn by the sun light) and she was happy with it, you can see how greatful she was for Damon for being there and saving her how warm she was with him and there hand holding was superb.
PS:I loved Damon's honesty toward Elena and how he didn't try to get advantage of her fight with Stefan instead he called Stefan when she didn't and told her about the cure so they'll have a chance to solve things out.(He want it to be real :) )

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Actually I think that Matt has became interesting and really helpful in this season (I'm impressed).
*My favorite part is Damon and Elena scenes: (the hallucination, wickery bridge and the bed room scenes made my day) :the hallucination was really depressing I almost lost my mind along with Elena who faced all her fears and gilt, but with all that guilt and fear of what Stefan and her friends think of her and what's best for Jeremy (having a ghost to help him not a vampire that hurts him) she was sure about one thing and that is Damon's feeling toward her, she knows that he loves her no matter. I loved the fact that he was the only one who could get through her, the only one that she could see without appearing to her as Connor and who knew where she would've gone.

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*The break up scene between Elena and Stefan was a great scene that was the 1st time to see these two open and honest about their feelings, unfortunately for them their 1st time was in a break up moment. I was so happy to see Elena admitting her feelings toward Damon and to know that she was aware and that she admire Damon's strength and dedication for her who did everything for her: the girl that chose his brother. Plus it felt great to see that they broke up after her knowing about the cure and not before that.
*Seriously these scenes where Damon makes these gestures that shows how much he miss his friend kills me. And how Matt showed up next to Damon and telling him about his suspicious.

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.

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