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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Also, just going to add that I hope they break this stupid sire bond and Elena still goes for Damon, just because it would make Caroline and Stefan look really stupid.


werewolf who came to town a couple of episodes ago than every other major character on the show since day 1, there's a problem.


This was the most ridiculous episode ever. This may have actually done it for my relationship with TVD... I honestly don't think I can watch this show anymore after it has somehow managed to ruin the one thing I have been looking forward to for the majority of the show. A sire bond is ridiculous and stupid, and such a cop out. Is it that far-fetched that Elena would pick Damon? It's ok, TVD, you don't need some supernatural explanation for this. She WAS making out with him as a human, too. There are actual feelings there.... Having her connect to him more as a vampire made sense, there was no need for this stupidity. It set her up to make the ultimate choice eventually: Vampire and Damon, or human and Stefan?
And honestly? Caroline is going to judge Elena for having feelings for Damon, when she's getting all chummy with KLAUS? This was pretty much the worst episode of TVD for me, and that's saying a lot. When you're more interested in the random werewolf who came to town a couple of episodes ago than you are every other major character on the show since day 1, there's a problem.


I was thinking over and over and OVER again about this whole sire thing.. And it didn't make any sense! But then it hit me! Damon persuaded Elena to drink his blood while she was a vampire 'cause she had to drink from the vain!!! Damon must have known that if she drank from him, she would kinda be sired to him!! It must be it! She drank Damon's blood when she was a vampire!!!


Pure craptasticness from plec. I'm so SICK delena/stelena. I did not care abt them at all this ep. Nada. Hell jeremy is WAY more interesting than them. Gah I had the thought of not watching this season anymore because of that contrived, nonsenseical, sire CRAP!!! AND CAN THEY PLEASE KILL APRIL!!! Jeremy is actually cool and interesting finally. Prof shane is so daggone evil. And hayley actually working with him . Poor bonnie gonna get burned again.


OMG...!!seriously,i wasn't expect any vampire siring thing at all. This episode made me speechless.How could writters do that!! Only thing that fascinated me was Klaroline.If they want stelena as end game;fine but,they shouldn't have portrayed damon as some freaking bad guy!


I thought this whole development with the sire bond was lame and a cheap shot by the writers. The books may have had that, but the circumstances and the character of Damon are quite different. She was sired to have a connection with him? Really? If you have been watching the last 3 seasons, there has been a spark since the begining. There has always been an attraction. Damon has stood by her while she pined over losing Stephan to Klaus, called Stephan about Jeremy in the previous episode, told her Stephan was trying to help her, and has not tried to change her or shun her like her friends and Stephan.He typically takes the higher road. No wonder she wants to be with him. Not too hard to see why. The writer keep trying to convince us, via the other characters, that Elena is a different person, but she does not seem different to me, just has a different diet! Weak writing.


Another fantastic episode!! Love what Julie Plec and team are doing. Why are all of you still watching???? Exactly! Because it is a great show, and is unpredictable and very entertaining! Stephan will always be the Epic True Love for Elena and Damon will always be the darker attractive struggle. Where would the show go if Damon and Elena ran off into the sunset? Nowhere, it can't happen.


If this ridiculous Elena sire-bond nonsense continues, I am going to stop watching TVD!!! Haven't Delena fans waited long enough? Do we have to endure another excruciating season of Stefan-Elena-Damon triangle?! Besides this new development totally doesn't make any sense. I mean - hello- remebmer that Damon who professed his love to Elena and then compelled her to forget because he (in his opinion) didn't deserve her??? Like that Damon would EVER use sire bond to make Elena love him. He wants to be truly loved back and doesn't need to sire-bond Elena in order to hook up with her. He's already had enough self-confirmation in that department with MANY much hotter and cooler women...


I agree with everyone, this was a cop out...the whole sire thing between elena and damon doesn't really make sense. I can understand that she may be connected to dameon that way; but to me her feelings for him are real and I'm confused as to why they said she's with damon because she's sired

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