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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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Am I the only one who doesn't want Klaus and Caroline together? I love Caroline and Tyler together and I'm really disappointed to not have much scenes with them together this season yet. There is just so much love between them I don't want to see it thrown away by Hayley and Klaus. As much as I like Klaus and Elijah I feel like the originals should have been killed off or left town or something. They kill off every other character why keep the originals? I miss Alaric like crazy. He was one of my favorite characters and I wish he was still around.

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the only thing i dont get is how is elena sired to damon but damon isn't sired to katherine....didnt he have true human feelings for her when he changed?

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Kill Elena please that bitch is pissing me off. If only Eric Northmen from true blood could come on tvd he would even make klaus and the original look bad.

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Reason 2 : The sire bond doesn't affect feeling, is it not kind of a useless bond? -- why would a love story many fans have waited 3 seasons to see would last 2 episodes??? -- makes no sense.

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got cut off.......affectionately call Delena. Here is an interesting plot. Stefan goes bad, Katherine comes back,, the two of them go off - Damon gets elena, the cure cures them both and they get to live a natural life happily ever after.
voila' here is the next two seasons. Everyone's happy. :) (oh simple me)

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@Rose. I agree with a lot of what you are saying. Caroline is a fabulous actress, but for some reason lately she is coming through as a whining, miserable character, and maybe there is a struggle there within her about Klaus vs Tyler (spelling?) -- It would be interesting to see her dealing with a similar emotional struggle, perhaps she would not be so judgmental of Elena at that point. Perhaps a little disillusioned by the fact that Damon rejected her in the past as well?? -- possibly - The combo Stefan and Caroline against Elena and Damon is getting a little tiresome, it has got to the point where I really do not see Stefan being as upset about the whole thing as much as Caroline, but that perhaps will change in the next episode, when he finds out Damon has not "done the right thing." - I would be disappointed if Damon did in fact do "the right thing" for 2 reasons - 1. Elena/Damon love story two episodes long??? Seriously?? - That is cutting off over 50% of the fan base of what they affectionately call "Delena" -- Not after 3 season of tepid love-story between goody-goody two--shoes "ripper" and high school sweetheart Elena- 2. Like Elena explained, the feelings do not change, only the actions, I see the sire bond at that point kind of pointless. He just has to stop telling her what to do it seems :))) -- (me being simple) -- now if Katherine came back and Stefan got together with her and turned into the ripper again, that would be a juicy story...and everyone would be happy...Stefan gets the original girl, Stefan is not so perfect anymore, Damon gets to be a good boy and love Elena, and the cure makes both Damon and Elena normal people who can have a family and die some day of natural causes. voila' I just wrote the next two seasons. :))))

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I'm still not sure how I feel about this sire bond business. I'll reserve judgement until January.
As for Caroline, she was really getting on my nerves tonight, and she's my favourite female character! Let's not forget she has ALWAYS been against Damon, not just when Elena admitted to sleeping with him. She was against Damon in season 3 when he and Elena were getting closer, and had no problem expressing that point of view to Elena before anything had happened between the two of them. She was against Damon in this episode before she knew that Elena had acted on her feelings for Damon, which yes, does make her a hypocrite. She has been progressively getting closer to Klaus, but hasn't acted on anything yet, just like Elena and Damon were when she started her anti-Damon crusade. But we know Elena will do the same thing to her when the whole Klaus thing becomes apparent, so maybe she'll get a taste of her own medicine later on...

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Caroline will always look down on Damon because of how he treated her in the past, and I get it. At the same time, I think Caroline is being more forceful about her feelings concerning the situation because she's struggling internally with the whole Klaus business, and no one has noticed it yet so she is sort of in the clear, for now. I am happy they pushed that the sire bond didn't affect her feelings, because I would've been very disappointed if they decided to ignore Elena's feelings for Damon in the past and make it so the sire bond controlled everything. It would make the writers seems as though they saw the fans as idiots. I think Damon will try to do the right thing, but Elena will fight it because right now she is happy, and her feelings are real, so she doesn't want to lose that. My biggest complaint with Caroline is she made it seem as though Damon knew what he was doing.. they always jump to conclusions with him and that was wrong.. but again, I kinda get why.

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"...Do the right thing by you." - there , right there, the summary of Damon and what I absolutely love about him. The internal struggle within himself, the Dr Jekyll & Mr Hyde he has lived with since he has met Elena. She brings the best in him and he opens her eyes to a whole new set of emotions. My goodness these two are the epitamy of what a true life love story should be. Love where this story is going, welcome some true drama, this is not high school anymore. :)

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@glo, so happy to see some sensible comments like yours here! About your post well, remember what Charlotte looked like in this episode? Yeah, that explains most people's reaction to Caroline here.

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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