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The Vampire Diaries Review: The Gilberts Go Rogue!

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Elena and Jeremy must have spent a few hours catching up on Jack Bauer 's typical plan of action or reading Sarah Palin's biography prior to "The Sacrifice."

Because both Gilbert siblings went rogue on The Vampire Diaries this week. Their independently-planned actions resulted in a dangerous visit from Elijah and an heroic decision by Stefan.

But did the latter cost him Elena forever? Will leaving his love under the protective care of his brother truly become the biggest mistake Stefan ever made?

Spell Casting

What makes The Vampire Diaries so addictive isn't merely its never-ending series of twists and turns, although I must stretch my neck before bed every Thursday night because my head has been spinning at such an abnormal rate for an hour.

Instead, it's the emotions that underlie every action. More than any installment I can recall, "The Sacrifice" moved at lightening speed, scarcely taking a moment to let the characters, and viewers, breathe.

At the end, though, there was no major surprise or suspenseful cliffhanger. There was simply the reminder that this show works so well because we're so invested in its core relationships. If Elijah specializes in yanking out hearts, Stefan and Damon take a very different tact:

They tug at heartstrings.

Of course, there were plenty of developments that resulted in plenty of questions/notes this week, as well. To wit:

  • Luka acknowledged that his father asked him to get close to Bonnie, but does this mean he's aware of everything Jonas is up to with Elijah? My guess: No. My prediction: Luka will play a role in thwarting whatever evil plan his dad has in mind.
  • Either lay one on Jeremy or cut him loose, Bonnie. Don't play with his heart like you play with various spells. Also, pretty sure she had a witch-gasm when she and Luka first combined forces.
  • The brief confrontation between Elijah and Damon? Awesome. But there's something even scarier than this Original's power. It's that experience combined with a rational mind that actually thinks plans though and realizes Elena is in a safe position alongside the Salvatores. For now.
  • The discovery of Mason's taped transition was a tad too convenient... but, hey, it gave us more of him shirtless.
  • Poor, poor Matt.
  • Hey, an Alaric sighting! No wonder the guy hasn't been involved in storylines recently. He's been... busy.
  • I liked the small touch of a sunset being Slater's computer wallpaper, as well as the meta references to Kristen Stewart and Alice freaking out over seeing Damon Salvatore.
  • Elena's plan to turn herself over to Klaus: Brave or stupid or both?
  • Included in this week's Vampire Diaries music is a cover by Kat Graham.
  • No way Stefan really gets it on with Katherine next week, as this promo teases... right?

I'll leave you with one of the Vampire Diaries quotes that will leave fans buzzing over the next few days:

Stefan: Promise me, whatever happens, you'll protect her.
Damon: Promise. | permalink

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All I can say is WOW! So I was curious about Luka and his dad. I know he referenced his dad told him to get close to Bonnie but I don't think he knows the plan. When he got home he seemed to sense something in the room I thought based on the confused look on his face. I love Stefan and Elena so I was pissed at scenes for next week! And so jealous of Nina Dobrev for getting to hook up with Paul Wesley! But if Stefan can give Damon a chance so can I! I am loving Caroline and Tyler so much! And I want Bonnie with Jeremy!!! Only time will tell! As for now this is the best show on TV and I can't wait for more. PS Elijah is a bad ass and I don't think he's doing it for Klaus anymore!

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@tati ...While I'm certain that Elijah is evil,I'm not so sure that he is doing all this for Klaus anymore! Don't you think leaving his priced doppelganger with a vampire that a)is in love with her and b)would do anything for her..including probably changing her, is kind of reckless and may lead to the elders missing out on the curse being lifted? I think there is something more at play here!

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Oops, one other thing: I think the reason that Mason may have 'chronicled' (seriously, who would think Tyler would know that word?? LOL) and recorded his experience was to help future generations understand--namely, Tyler, as he seems to be the only other male in the Lockwood family tree, at this time.

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Sad episode. I LOVE Stefan. And I really hope he gets back together with Elena. I love Damon too...but I really would prefer him with someone else.

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@MiaBella TVD won't be up on CW's site til Monday, I think, and there is no other LEGAL way to watch the show online, at this time :P Elijah wants Elena safe--for Klaus. He's going to wait for Klaus to come and get her--she's their only shot at breaking the curse--and if she was to be turned or die, then their chance at breaking the curse is forever gone. That means he's NOT the good guy :)

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ANOTHER new episode with someone to add the 18 new people to remember over the last couple eps.
now we have Alice.
She was pretty useless, i doubt she'll survive D: no idea how the hell Stefan is getting outta that tomb but GOD DAMMIT, JEREMY..... stop trying to play with the big boys!!!!
When Damon was patronizing him i lol'd so hard xD
Sure Bonnie wasnt strong enough and WE KNOW THAT but she could do a hell of a better job then you rollin in there. tsk tsk.

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Can someone tell me where to find a full episode of last nights TVD? I missed it and DVR did not record. CW is not up yet.

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Ohhh Damon...I sure had been missing u!

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seriously stefan is sooo hot!! fine all d witty lines are given to damon but stefan is not boriing..hes selfless and truly loves elena!! i hope stefan and elena get back together!! theyr made for each other!!