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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...

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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?

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The break up scene with between Stefan and Elena was handled well...not too sappy. It reminded me of two adults who realize a relationship isn't working and both decide to move on. Like others here, I found the sacrifice of Chris, an innocent who was free from Klaus, disturbing. I didn't like this. Stefan's moral compass was way off here and to allow Jeremy to do this? Not cool. I personally prefer Damon with Elena. Unfortunately, Stefan was a first love for Elena. The last scene showed Elena finally growing up and putting her big girl pants on being honest with Stefan. Stefan was never going to love vampire Elena.

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There's a connection between Silas and the Professor creepy, the Five hunters and the greater Evil! yep... and OMG!!! I'm sorry for Stefan but finally Damon gets the girl!! he suffer so much for the love of Katherine and then for the love of his brother... even when he saves her last night he was touching Elena hands and looking in her eyes and he just justified Stefan action telling Elena the true and she didn't freak out about it, she was so racional and sincere. and also in a closer future here comes a date for Caroline and Klaus!! wow!! two weeks for the next episode... I hope it worth it!

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I was so excited through the whole episode, but I got to say, that I started to cry like a baby through the whole break - up scene. I watched it over and over again.. I'm no Stelena OR Delena fan, I'm just loving the show, feeling with the characters, I was so sad. It was a beautiful scene, truly and they both nailed it. I just can't get over it.

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omg elena can't you please die?
Being a vampire magnifies everything- including her constantly being a tiring damsel in distress.

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Back to Shane, if he did have something to do with the explosion that does make me think he is bad. My one complaint is they have to give April more to do than they clueless girl that says the same thing all the time.
As always Damon had some funny lines, I mean to write then down but I forget. Two things I recall is him talking to Bonnie and saying a spell that was super funny and then when Stefan came in to the house and he said "P.S. I called Stefan".

Sarah silva

I am sure all the Delena fans are happy this morning. However for me I am team Stefan and that was a heartbreaking scene. Sadly I do think that Vampire Elena is not right for Stefan. What I am thinking at this point is Damon and Elena will be together for the next however many seasons we get and then at the end of the series they will find the cure and all of our beloved Vampires will have to decide what to do and I say Stefan and Elena will become human and live happily ever after and Damon and Caroline will remain vampires, protecting generations of Salvatore/Gilbert offspring.
I still think Shane is bad, eventhough he may be the one person that will understand what Jeremy will be going through now that he is becoming a hunter. So we will have to see. It was nice seeing Jeremy come to the aid of Elena,eventhough it sucks that all of Tyler and Hayley's friends are dying.
Back to Shane, if he did have something to do with the explosion that does make me think he is bad. My one complaint is they have to give April more to do than they clueless girl that says the same thing all the time.
As always Damon had some funny lines, I mean to write then down but I forget. Two things I recall is him talking to Bonnie and saying a spell that was super funny and then when Stefan came in to the house and he said "P.S. I called Stefan".

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Oh yeah Professor Shane is connected to SILAS, the original original witch. And SILAS is the greater EVIL that was mentioned earlier on in this season.

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Another grrreat episode. Look my only problem was that Jeremy Stefan and Caroline were willing to sacrifice someone's life for Elena. I thought they had stronger morals than that. If Damon had wanted to I would have got that - he is very clan-based. But not till now has Stefan, when ripper free, taken another's life when they arent fighting him and when they arent on the wrong side. Chris was not on the wrong side he was free of Klaus and had helped them free Elena. So that was disturbing. Time for Delena though. Way more chemistry than Elena and Stefan. There was always some distance and some brotherliness between Stelena. Damon is where the heat was. Also nice hair color Nina.

Picazo

Another Amazing episode from TVD.. I like how the writers are keeping this new season moving really good, I hope it stays that way... FYI. I don’t mind Stelina or Delena.. Either way I still love the show...

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Great episode, as always, but there's something bothering me - Elena (still human) did have feelings for both Salvatores - yes, but when she had to choose she chose Stefan. So with her becoming a vampire and every feeling hightened, her love for Stefan should now be magnified too, and one would think she would still choose Stefan over Damon... it seems logical to me at least.. :D
But anyways - I get that the show/storyline has to emerge somehow, so now it's Delena's turn, but I want to make it clear that even though I love Damon, I will ALWAYS prefer Stefan, don't know why exactly. I just 'get' him from the very beginning of this show, if that makes sense.
And yes, all the Alaric references, love it.

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.