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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I was so disappointed with this episode!! When that sire business with DE was spoken, it just ruined what could have been poetic!! What in the world, Julie Plec and TVD? You have been telling fans forever now that we will see some Delana stuff, but to even insinuate that it could all possibly be because of some "magical wisk", (and not what their characters have been working towards), truly was RIDICULOUS!!! It was like, "Oh, here we go again!" The writers took a loving moment, and really botched it up!! Why? It was so stupid, and irritating. Sometimes a beautiful dance is a passionate one; not always about tricks! Why would you insult those who have been watching every season!! Terrible ending. ATROCIOUS! It was not witty; it was lame


I honestly find this ridiculous, I'm a Stefan and Elena fan but how can delena fans be happy.. She didn't dump stefan, he did and rightly soooo.. But if he hadn't would she off.. The fact that in first episode she's gone from yay Stefan we can be together forever.. To 8 episodes later banging his brother? And in the episode she said she still loves him lol.. I don't see how Stefan can take her back now and how can she get away with this.. And Damon.. Acting all nice lets go for a drink and talk hours later having sex.. It's just ridiculous they could of waited and did it in a more respectful way


Well, I adore this episode it was awesome. :)
1/ Love Caroline and Stefan friendship moment (I Don't care about their opinions plus I didn't expect Damon and Elena's relationship to be accepted by everyone.) and her scene with Klaus (I love her with Tyler but it was amusing to see her with Klaus).
2/ I really want to know what this Professor Shane is up to: he need a which (Bonnie), a hunter to get the map and now we can add him working with Hayley and for reason that I don't now about it yet he needs hybrids that they've broke their sire bond.


Disagree! I find the triangle the most interesting part of tvd.
However, I am a 'Delena Forever' person so I do agree with the last part: ''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.'' It's totally true! I've been waiting for this to happen, and when it did, its 'cause of some stupid sire bond! I was so excited when Damon and Elena were dancing and then they started kissing but when Stefan and Caroline were talking 'bout the sire bond, I was really dissapointed! Now Stefan will probably want to break the bond which will make Elena love Stefan more and so she will break up with Damon and go back to Stefan. Agghrrrrrrrr. Elena should end up with Damon! What is the point of complicating it even more when it's complicated enough!? The sire bond between Delena is the worst thing that happened in tvd ...


YAY KLAROLINE! Their scenes were super cute!


Yeah, not a fan of this episode either. This is coming from someone who likes DE. A day after Elena breaks up with Stefan she gets with Damon? Yeah, I'm happy to see they finally stopped teasing, but it didn't have to be like THAT. And the sire thing is such a cop out and lame. Why can't they just show that Damon loves who she is no matter what whereas Stefan doesn't? Why do this whole sire thing? I didn't see any Tyler and Klaus action though, and it's not like Damon made her, so I hope Caroline's theory's wrong. Plus didn't she try drinking from Damon's "vein" and it didn't work? I can't remember. But yay to DE and the end of SE.


PLUS !!!! If this sired thing was real, then Klaus would "turn off" the love tyler feel for caroline when he was still bonded to him! THEN stefan would have love katherine because she turn him! but otherwise she had to compleled him most of the times she wanted to be with him back in 1864 (?) ... Ok so JULIE PLEC please stop creating things that wouldn't make sense, and let us Delena fans be happy for once!


I think that julie plec forgot the moment elena was going to suicide herself in the wickery bridge... Damon tells her to come with im and her response... NO


i hate this plot twist. we as delena fans have been waiting for this for 3 years and now we can't even enjoy it! i love all the storylines right now and all the new characters, but if at the end this delena thing turns out to be because of a sire bond the show will loose a lot of fans. it's a lame lame move from the writers. i mean WHY can't they just let Delena be, why? we all know the true love story in the show is them anyway and not Stelena. i completely agree with the author of this article


Sired huh? Well it could be true...though when she drank his blood, she puked it out, so she can't stand his either. BUT, hey, don't ruin the moment loooooool. Anyways, no suprise there when she-wolf turned out to be the Professor's accomplice ! Also, can't hide the fact that I'm happy DElena finally went at it ! YAY !!! Stefan, what did you do ! Now Jer is like a monster, just like the vamps lol. April looked sooooo beautiful !!!! Klaroline had me wishing for more ! She can't deny it anymore, they have a connection !
Downside, this DAMN love triangle ! Please MAKE HER CHOOSE for pete's sake ! I've been annoyed for a while, now, even more !

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