Caroline â€“ Itâ€™s really hard not to love this girl for continuing not only to advocate for the Stelena ship but more importantly for her friends, Elena and Stefan, together or individually. We have to remember that Caroline has been down the Damon road. She was sprung for him at first, then used and abused and almost killed by him when heâ€™d tired of her. Once she became a vampire, she remembered it all, and thankfully, unlike certain other characters, she hasnâ€™t forgotten how heâ€™d treated her. She was disposable to him, a liability, not once but twice and perhaps regarding Elena, a third time.
As a friend, she has to tell Elena that Damon isnâ€™t the guy for her. She has to remind her of all his dirty deeds, and when she says, half joking, â€œThink of all the germ ridden skanks that Damon has lured into his den of inequity,â€ Elena is quick to cut into her, telling her it didnâ€™t take her long to jump into bed with him. Ouch. This isnâ€™t the real Elena talking, is it? The real Elena would understand that Caroline was deeply hurt by Damon, whether the true depth of what heâ€™d done to her is something the characters of Mystic Falls want to truly address or not. She would get that it would make Caroline ill to see her best friend with a man who makes her skin crawl. No matter how much Damon may have changed, what he has done to Caroline canâ€™t be erased. Regardless of how much we are to believe Damon is being redeemed, it doesnâ€™t change the cold, hard facts. Has he ever asked her for forgiveness? What Caroline has endured is worthy of more than a roll of the eyes, and we canâ€™t help but to salute her for both her strength and her friendship.
Elena â€“ While itâ€™s been difficult to watch Elena act like a glass-eyed cult member, it warmed our hearts just a little to know that, without doubt, this uncharacteristic behavior is because of her sire bond to Damon. It was proven for him, Stefan and Caroline through her ability to drink from a blood bag. Tyler and that witch in New Orleans told us (well, hit us on the head with it) that you have to have feelings for the siree first and that the sire bond only affects your actions, not your feelings. Okay, we get it. Doesnâ€™t this still call into question every single thing Elena has done since being sired? Do the actions that Damon propels her to do not affect the feelings that are created because of them? It has been argued in the forums that feelings and actions really canâ€™t be separated in the way the writers want us to believe they can. More so, what if Elena were sired by a good friend, like Matt? She has feelings for him, doesnâ€™t she? Just not the passionate kind. That doesnâ€™t mean the love for him wouldnâ€™t magnify itself times a million to the point where she believed Matt was the the be all and end all of her universe. In short, the sire bond will always beg the question of the real Elenaâ€™s true feelings for Damon while we can be sure, that without compulsion and with complete and total free will, Elena had chosen Stefan.
Lexi â€“ We know this girl gets some hate, but we adore her continued, although via flashbacks, advocacy for her friend, Stefan. While the point of her final scene with Damon may have been to make the audience feel sympathy for poor Damon, being chased off again by Lexi, all it did for us was extend our gratitude to her. Remember folks, Damon callously staked Lexi in the heart as a way to cover his murderous rampage in Mystic Falls. No matter how difficult his relationship may have been with her, he had no right to take his brotherâ€™s best friend away. Lexi, like Caroline, knows the real deal when it comes to Damon.
Damon/Elena â€“ Their morning sexathon was pretty gross to watch for a few reasons. Knowing Elena is sired means free will wasnâ€™t playing into it for her. Elena is all about making her own choices, so this is going to be a hard pill for her to swallow once sheâ€™s lifted out of this fog. It was also a little nasty to see Elena tearing into Damonâ€™s back with her nails. Isnâ€™t that more Katherineâ€™s modus operandi? Then there was that â€œwalk of shameâ€ to the front door and seeing Stefan on the doorstep. There is no way Elena could ever be giddy about hurting Stefan that much. No matter what may have happened between Stefan and Elena, without the sire thing, no way Elena would have moved on that quickly with Damon. The respect she has for Stefan would have prevented it.
Damon â€“ While I have some small degree of respect for Damon actually testing out the sire theory and thus proving it, itâ€™s hard for me to imagine he didnâ€™t have an inkling about this before Stefan had to bring it to him. If he had sired Charlotte and was willing to kill twelve people in order to break it, wouldnâ€™t that have stuck with him? Wouldnâ€™t it have popped into his head that perhaps it could happen again and that Elenaâ€™s unusual behavior necessitated a look into the past? And why exactly didnâ€™t Damon just kill Charlotte? She obviously wasnâ€™t that important to her. He wanted to be rid of her, so why go through the trouble of killing twelve people for it? The only answer I can come up with is that he wanted to.
The other thing thatâ€™s getting really old is seeing Damon as a victim. Elena tells Damon that heâ€™s changed, just like she has, but of course Damon tells her he never does the right thing, how heâ€™s bad, how heâ€™s gone after his brotherâ€™s girlfriend, etcâ€¦ etcâ€¦ I suppose this is to elicit some sort of compassion for him, that Damon is coming to terms with his naughty past, that heâ€™s reiterating he doesnâ€™t deserve to be loved, that he is just so alone. Iâ€™m sorry, but having Damon just confirm what we already know doesnâ€™t make me feel a sense of compassion for him. Itâ€™s actions, not words, that are the true test of someone who is seeking redemption. There is a reason Damon has been alone, and revisionist history that tries to show his softer side just doesnâ€™t work. For once, I just wish weâ€™d be allowed to embrace the dark character Damon is and not make excuses for him. He can be loved. He can be reached, but it makes no sense to water down a villainous character in such an unnatural and incongruent way.
Elena/Caroline â€“ In the end, Caroline had to be the one to say she was sorry to Elena. What for though? You were trying to be real, Caroline, to save your friend from the same misery you endured, and all you get is an invitation to leave. Because of the sire bond, we can understand Elenaâ€™s POV, but it still made this unfriendly fight hard to watch. At least Elena stepped up to help get Caroline back from the hybrid torture chamber. Damn, itâ€™s been said many times before this, but Caroline sure gets tortured a lot, doesnâ€™t she?
You want a love that consumes you. You want passion and adventure, and even a little danger... I want you to get everything you're looking for. But for right now, I want you to forget that this happened. Can't have people knowing I'm in town yet. Goodnight, Elena.
Damon: You know what they are? Children. Like lighting a candle's going to make everything OK, or even saying a prayer. Or pretending Elena's not going to end up just like the rest of us murdering vampires. Stupid, delusional, exasperating little children. And I know what you're going to say: 'It makes them feel better, Damon.' So what? For how long? A minute, a day? What difference does it make? Because in the end, when you lose somebody, every candle, every prayer is not going to make up for the fact that the only thing you have left is hole in your life where that somebody that you cared about used to be. And a rock with a birthday carved into it that I'm pretty sure is wrong. So thanks, friend. Thanks for leaving me here to babysit. Because I should be long gone by now. I didn't get the girl, remember? I'm just stuck here fighting my brother and taking care of the kids. You owe me big. Alaric: I miss you too, buddy.