The Vampire Diaries Review: Yes, Sire

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Hmm... I wonder which scene from "My Brother's Keeper" will have Vampire Diaries fans talking tonight. And tomorrow. And well into 2013...

Yes, TV Fanatics, Damon and Elena finally went there. Their Waltz turned into a Horizontal Mambo and and the squeals from Delena fans could be heard for miles and miles. But it wasn't the pinnacle of an romance that many have been waiting for since The Vampire Diaries Season 1.

No, there was a twist far different that any contortion of Elena's while writhing in bed: Caroline and Stefan determined that Elena is sired to Damon.

Elena Gilbert in Pain

The Vampire Diaries just can't let this triangle die, can it?

Two weeks ago, I praised Elena and Stefan's split. It felt natural, it made sense in the context of Elena's transition and her heightened feelings for Damon. It was the perfect time to have her commit to the other Salvatore brother and for the show to move on from the back-and-forth of the past few seasons.

Alas. Now we're back there again. Damon is the evil one who cheated to get the girl. Elena didn't really choose him, Stefan will be determined to win her back and break the sire bond... and blah, blah, blah. It may seem like a new tune, but it's really the same old song.

And it feels rather contrived. The Vampire Diaries is a fun, wild ride. It's best not to over-think the cliffhangers and crazy turns and storylines because, come on, this is a show about supernatural beings and, at the end of every hour, I challenge anyone to not claim they were not entertained. That's almost all you can ever ask for from a series.

But there's always a line. And here it comes across like Julie Plec and company simply invented the concept of a vampire being sired to another vampire. Has that ever been touched on before? Is there any reason to think it would make sense in this case, aside from giving the writers a convenient way to drag out the brotherly fight over Elena?

This was lame. It was a cop out. I don't look forward to the ramifications. I'm far more interested in why Hayley is working with Professor Shane and what that duplicitous teacher has in mind. I care a great deal more about Jeremy (never thought I'd write that!) and his nightmares and urges and how the awoken hunter inside of him will affect his relationship with all the vampires in his life.

Heck, I was actually invested in Klaroline this week, as Klaus was at his charming best and I believed for the first time that these two could really be a couple.

In other, disappointing words: at the moment, the show's three main characters are at the center of my least interesting storyline. That's never a good thing.

We'll see where this all goes, of course (next week? To World War II!). Up until this episode, The Vampire Diaries Season 4 had been off to the best start of any season to date. The hunter stuff has been fascinating, Elena's transformation has affected everyone around her, Phoebe Tonkin is downright gorgeous.

But I worry. I'm now afraid the love triangle will overshadow everything else. And who should be the most angry over this siring nonsense? Delena shippers! They have been waiting for years for these two to get together, yet they can't fully enjoy it  - they can't enjoy it at all, really - because apparently it isn't real.

This episode may have represented the best day of Damon's life. But it was my worst experience as a Vampire Diaries fan this season.

What did everyone else think?


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delene team has to tk ova th game;atlct give damon a chanc to be hapy he desev it and thr love is epc


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But I was just upset when Damon and Elena's hook up (FINALLY) was interupted by Caroline and Stefan's talk! Though I am a MASSIVE Caroline fan I got so mad when she kept interrupting Elena and got mad when Elena went to someone she loved when she had problems? It's not the episode that was bad, it's the so called fans turning on something that millions of people have beenwaiting for for years !!


I comletly loved this episode. The ratings given where unfair and should be given atleast 4 and a half stars. It is the episode where Caroline is seen very comfortable around Klaus, who all of her friends and family seem to hate? Than there is the tension of Jeremy and Elena, with Jeremy a hunter his main instinct is to kill vampires, even Elena. This was a massive shock to me but it was also one of those moments where you just go 'wow, I wonder where this is going to go'. Then the HATE between Damon and Elena and the sire bond. As a fellow Delelna fan, i did get uterlly upset when Caroline and Stefan thought Elena is sired to Damon, like wow!


cont'd... boyfriends house who u just broke up's all happening just a little to fast for me for there not to be something else behind it.


Elena has been pissing me off for some time now, ever since she shut Stefan out and turned to Damon during her transition, but this week she took the cake to move in with your ex-boyfriend (who u just broke up with) and his brother who u have feelings for.... what the fuck is she thinking? she couldn't go stay with Caroline or Bonnie? She's becoming a real bitch.I know that Elena feelings have intensified for Damon because now that she's a vampire she understands his dark side better than she did before she was a vampire, but if her feelings are intensified for Damon than why isn't her love for Stefan 100 times greater.... doesn't make any sense to me. That's why I can understand her being sired to Damon because since the second episode of the season she's been a little too willing to listen to Damon and trust him over Stefan. Especially since Stefan has always trusted her and does what she's asked of him. Plus, look how fast she slept with Damon on the night u move into your ex-boyfriends house who u just broke up with.... it's all moving to fast for me for there not to be something else behind it.


klaus is so getting caraline wow tyler is also getting jealous because klaus got his women, but caralne is also getting jealous of hailey. so much jealousie jeez


lol i just love the fact that even with 'delena as the bigger fan base' the motel kiss that was leaked in s2e19, that was still the lowest rating of tvd's history. and then theres delena 1st sex scene, that many fans have waited seasons to see, but it pulled in 2.86 million veiwers. what did stelena's 1st sex pull in??3.57. delena have changed each other, but stelena is still the kinda love that everyone wants.not hot lustful moments!!


In the books, Elena was under Damon's control. OK they didn't refer to it as sired but close. She needs a new man in her life; bring Elijah back or the new Volturi exile coming in a few weeks.

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