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The Vampire Diaries Review: To Sire, With Love

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Put aside your shipper preferences for a hot second and tell me that was not a damn fine way to wake up! In "We'll Always Have Bourbon Street," we were treated to another erotic Damon and Elena scene, successfully picking up where we left off at the end of last week.

Unfortunately, that includes having a sexy scene completely marred with Caroline Forbes intensity and whining. Jeez, if Elena's ex boyfriend is telling you to calm down about it, then take a damn breather girl! You are clearly flirting with Klaus and somewhat attracted to him, so let's not get into a hypocritical best friend judgment situation until we know all the facts.

Thanks to Tyler's hard bodied wisdom and Nandi the New Orleans witch, True Blood's Adina Porter, we are now enlightened on what it means for one vampire to be sired to another.

Lexie, Stefan and Damon

Oh hey Lex! Gosh I wish she was still on this show instead of 90210. Anyway, what exactly did we find out?

The bond affects how you act, not how you feel. | permalink

There you have it from straight from Tyler, abs of steel, Lockwood. If our favorite teenage hybrid's explanation wasn't convincing enough, Nandi down in New Orleans had plenty to say as well. A vampire only bonds to her sire when she has feelings before she turns. He or she had to have genuine human feelings, plain and simple. The vampire transition only heightens those emotions. There you have it, clear as day. Elena has love for Damon. But didn't we already know that? She's always had feelings for both Salvatores because they each offer something different.

Rose's ghost explained it best on that car ride back from the motel with Jeremy. The real problem here is that Elena is doing everything Damon says. However, Damon isn't saying "love me." Surely there is a way he can release her without shunning her. If Elena always had these desires of her own free will then what's the problem? I might be thinking too simply considering Mystic Falls is a complicated little place, but can't Damon just order her to make her own decisions? You know, pull a True Blood and say "As your maker, I release you?" 

I realize these are two different shows, but vampire folklore tends to be in the same vein, no pun intended. I realize a lot of people are still going to think Elena is brainwashed and blah blah blah, but they spelled it out pretty clearly tonight. I always liked Stefan. Truly I don't ship one brother over the other. The one thing I will say is that this is the first episode in I don't even know how many that Elena seemed to actually smile.

She was happy, she was carefree, she was dancing, and she was laughing. Damon has pretty much been the only one who hasn't been trying to change her back. She didn't ask to become a vampire so everyone's gotta lay off trying to make her feel like crap! Especially when she rescued your behind tonight Miss Forbes! 

The friend I'm worried about at this point is Bonnie. Professor Creepy has her practicing expression and thanks to the wise witch Nandi, that means dipping into magic so dark it exists entirely on another plane. If Val, the original witch Damon worked with, only needed 12 humans for her sacrifice, then why does Shane need 12 hybrids? Obviously he is trying to do something much stronger here.

And speaking of this whole sire thing, how exactly are these hybrids free after Tyler's whole Alpha speech tonight? They all got on bended knee after! If you're not a slave to one leader, you're a slave to another it seems. 

I'm interested to see if Damon is able to relocate his selfless side again. We saw him do it with Lexie and Stefan in 1942 when he accepted his loneliness and didn't go with Stefan to Egypt, knowing it would only cause Stefan more temptation for his Ripper side. He also used it to actually set Charlotte free after all these years when it was clear that the sire bond had never been broken. Damn, that Madeline Zima does an awesome job at playing Fatal Attraction type bitches. Watch Californication if you have yet to be acquainted with her with the wonderful Miss Zima.

Despite the fact that we were missing a few characters this week, this episode did offer a lot of answers.

So were you all satisfied with Tyler and Nandi's explanation of the vampire sire bond? Do you think Damon will set Elena free? What are you anticipating for the Vampire Diaries mid-season finale? Hit the comments!

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Caroline got a little annoying but i also loved how Stefan defended and believed in his brother

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maybe the sire bond will turn out to be a good thing and a real twist on the writing .i am going to try to have faith in the writers ? Elena did say that her feelings are not about the sire bond only her actions so thats a plus .

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l loved Damon and Elenas scenes ! the first one was full of playfullness and happiness as Damon said and the last was very tender and heartfelt .i wouldnt really call them erotic .it was a girl and or vampire that was happy and content and playfully bounced on the bed .i thought that was a very natural scene .i also liked the fact Elena defended Damon and Damon actually defended himself to Stefan .i loved the flashbacks and with or without Delena this was a good ep .

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Not only the Sire Bond annoyed the hell out of me, all the good points Caroline had from before all wiped out from her whining and complaining. TVD writers' stupid idea single handed wiped 2 things that were better and better. Stefan is also very unlikeable for his remarks to Damon.

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@PhabK - I know, I get the feeling these last two episodes are as good as it gets on the Delena front. I am so impressed with Nina Dobrev's ability to play a multiplicity of characters....She is wonderful - Katherine, Elena, and now a different version of elena, which is not Kath, just another facet of her. Very cool. Well written stuff these days, it was getting a little stagnant with the whole Stefan-loves-Elena-who-loves-Stefan-who-doesn't-love-Damon-who-loves-Elena,.....it needed to turn around :)

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A song from the Twilight movie for the love scene between these two hotties..i really don`t get it..is it a hint..?? Damon and Elena like Bella and Eddie..God, no..they are much better and hotter than this couple..I still hate the sire bond..i want them both real and epic..But i put my faith in Julie P..maybe there is a higher picture..even that she`s a big Stelena fan..whatever..we`ll find out sometimes

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@Lynn3 : First, I must say I love an epic romance, so Damon or Stefan, I don't mind as long as it is true passionate love.
I think that having deep feelings as human for a vampire, does not make you sired to him/her when you become one. Surely, the connection needs to be deeper, like you think deep inside, that person is your soulmate or something.
If you look very closely, Michelle was crazy in love AND became a vampire with Damon's blood in her body. Maybe, Elena did choose Stefan because she thought she met him first and was reassured by all this secure, soft love. Her passion for Damon is so intense and crazy (he did kill almost everyone in town, remember) that she did everything to fight it. But maybe, a voice kept whispering he was the one for her. So his blood changed her when she felt for him more than she knew. So she became sired, the Vampire expression of soulmates (?).

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(cont) anyone else he "will always choose" her.

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I'm loving this new chapter of VD. For me the writers are preparing the characters very well for collage or adulthood in general. Elena is becoming a women now, and the "puppy" love she had with Matt and a bit more "evolved" with Stefan had it's time. Now she's entering another faze in her life. We can not forget all her character has endured since the 1st series. Elena and Jeremy had to grow up fast in order to cope with all the problems that the writers of the story have thrown them. Damon does belong to this 2 faze of her life, and at the right time. And he loves her. For me the sire bond will oblige Damon to be more careful with her and become less impulsive until this sire bond is over. This new faze, for Elena's character, will make her more confident of what she want's and needs, and make her fight for all that: including fight, to prove Damon that she really loves him. Regarding Damon's love for Elena, it's like e always said: If it comes down to choose between her and anyone else, he "will always choose" her.

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@Mon @Rose Excellent opinions! It is ultimately unfair, but still, try to see the logic from the writers point of view; The largest part of the fandom is Delena, they know this, so they will play with it in order to keep us glued Thursday after Thursday, and will give us little but intense Delena moments in order to drive us more insane... something like giving candy to a child and suddenly taking it away! It sucks but still, it makes sense. Hope at the end, we are pleased!

The Vampire Diaries Season 4 Episode 8 Quotes

I finally got Elena to a good place about being a vampire and you two idiots can't stand that she's happy because of me.

Damon

Can't we just let ourselves enjoy one secret selfish day before we destroy his?

Damon [to Elena]

The Vampire Diaries Season 4 Episode 8 Music

  Song Artist
Morning-parade-speechless Speechless Morning Parade iTunes
Blue-foundation-eyes-on-fire Eyes On Fire Blue Foundation iTunes
Song It Don't Mean A Thing (If It Ain't Got That Swing) TVD NOLA Band
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