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?


Editor Rating: 3.1 / 5.0
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Just read all the comments, unfortunately we are on a one week hiautus. Unfortunately, I have turned into a Delena shipper because I am finding Stefan a little sanctimonious this year, esp when it comes to vampire Elena. As for Caroline and Stefan's theory that Elena is sired to Damon, Caroline was turned with Damon's blood in her and she still hates his guts, Elena has always had a 'special bond'with Damon (I know that sounds lame) since she was human (since season one actually),and that has grown since Season Three. It seems as though Stefan and Caroline are trying to find excuses for them, but I have to watch the episode first. Just a thought, if Delena does happen, will that affect Elena's choice if a cure is found to turn her back to human.


Oh and another thing: epic? Really? Caroline suddenly talkes like a fifteen year old girl? Really if you need to use that word then please remember: Epic is not safe, comforting and boring. Epic is spectaculair, taking chances, being blown away.


Did anyone even realize this was the episode with gabby Douglas's teeny tiny cameo?!


I've wanted damon and Elena to get together for so long why does Stephan always have to ruin it!


I totally agree with Matt Richenttal, they destroyed de Delena moment with the sired thing. If Julie Plec didnt want they get together, what was that moments at season 3??


i also think that caroline is being a little hypocritical towards elena. she is the one that has a thing with klaus. she is no worse than elena. and i want more klaroline action! that would make my day!


i am so disappointed with this episode. i have been waiting for the moment when elena and damon finally do the nasty nasty and now that they have, we find out that it was for all the wrong reason. i just hope that they never find the cure for vampirism so elena and damon can be together forever!


@ Matt (The reviewer) , it may have been pointed in earlier comments but as a matter of fact the sire thing was introduced in Vampire Diaries in 3X06. When Damon explains what might have happened to Tyler.. He says something to this affect: " He is sired!. Strong identification to one's maker is rare in a vampire but may be not so uncommon in hybrids". Its just that Elena is the first sired vampire we are seeing, but they did introduce the concept way back :)


Also, I really dont understand all this outrage about the last minute of a great episode, which was a montage of two scenes that make complete sense in their own right. Elena finally gave in to her feelings. Caroline and Stefan both can't come to terms with the fact that she's changed and so they are coming up with excuses. The way it was done just shows how great the writers are and how aware they are of the fans, and how they can get to them and stir discussions...


To the author of this review...."Julie Plec and company simply invented the concept of a vampire being sired to another vampire. Has that ever been touched on before?" HOW ABOUT EVERY SINGLE EPISODE OF TRUE BLOOD???

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The Vampire Diaries Season 4 Episode 7 Quotes

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