The Vampire Diaries Review: A Guilty Pleasure

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Let's get right to it, shall we? To conclude the first new episode of The Vampire Diaries in weeks, Elena and Damon gave many fans what they've been clamoring for all season:

A kiss.

And not some kiss where one party thinks he's on his death bed and the other is comforting him in a time of pain. A real kiss. A definitive lip lock. An official, wet, tongue-filled jaunt to first base. Was it worth the wait, Delena 'shippers?

A Tease of Delena

Count me among those who welcomed the development. Not because I'm rooting for Elena and Damon. Nor am I cheering on Elena and Stefan. I'm simply a fan of strong storytelling and it was about time the writers chose a path for these two.

Who knows where this path will lead. Who's to say whether it goes any further or what happens in a week. But for now, when all we have to go on is what we just witnessed, "The New Deal" provided Damon with a legitimate basis for finally laying one on Elena. We've had enough longing glances, enough tip-toeing around the subject.

Damon loves Elena. Stefan doesn't want her anymore. And, hey, as Damon put it, if he's gonna feel guilty anyway, why not give himself a moment he can savor? Something to actually feel guilty about? Bravo, D. Way to make your move.

But while the Smooch Heard 'Round The Vampire Diaries World may be all most fans are talking about right now, it wasn't all that went down on the first new episode of 2012. The hour wasn't filled with the show's usual action, twists or turns - but it did feature a number of revealing conversations that should lay the groundwork for what's to come. To wit:

A House for Klaus. The scariest homemaker ever had a plan for his casketed family members: he wanted them all to live happily ever after in a mansion his army refurbishes (Extreme Makeover: Hybrid Edition?). He still does. He just has to actually get those family members back from Stefan.

Should Elena have helped this process along by handing Rebekah over to her brother? I think so. She can't trust Klaus, of course, but she can try to play his game and understand his goals. There's no point in being stubborn here. If Klaus can reunite his family, he really will leave Mystic Falls alone.

Hear that, Stefan? Stop watching ABC on Wednesday nights at 10 p.m. Revenge gets you nowhere. It simply endangers the ones you love.

Farewell to Jeremy? I've read nothing about Steven R. McQueen leaving the series. It's safe to assume Jeremy will return at some point. But his departure here made perfect sense and, let's face it, if protecting Jeremy truly is Elena's priority, she made the proper decision and he should never come back.

Two ex-girlfriends are dead. Another is the most boring character on the show. His aunt has passed. Hit those slopes in Colorado, Jer. You've earned a long vacation.

You Gotta Have Faith. Or do you? Tyler thought so to begin the episode, explaining his siring to Klaus in ways reminiscent of a cult. He maintained possession of his own decision-making factors... but also showed complete faith in his leader. Can Tyler truly see right from wrong anymore? Did Jeremy's crossbow-armed message resonate? It appeared to, which means Tyler could actually end up as a secret weapon to be used against Klaus.

Penetrate his inner circle? Act like a loyal servant? Pounce when the time is right? It might take a hybrid to kill a hybrid. And the good guys have themselves a hybrid! If he's willing to play the part. How can he not? If only for the love of the (very much missed this week) Caroline Forbes alone?

Got a Secret, Can Damon Keep It? Forget the kiss. Damon should be feeling guilty for another reason: he's now teaming up with Stefan, unbeknownst to Elena. Why do I get the feeling she won't be happy when she learns the brothers are plotting behind her back?

Far more questions than answers this week. A lot of talking that, I have no doubt, will lead to far more action down the line. Sides are being chosen. Plans are being made. And, of course, spit is being swapped.

Check out the CW promo for next Thursday's "Our Town" and respond: WHAT DID EVERYONE ELSE THINK?


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Please get over that one sided kiss, Damon better savor the moment, because that will never happen again. The stare shock look that Elena had after Damon kissed her was not a love stare; it was a WTF did he just do? Is he crazy, that was what that shocked look was.
Stefan and Elena have, and always will have that “Deep down to the soul-mate kind of Love, it’s when no matter what happens between them, or in their lives, nothing and NO one will EVER come between them.
Everyone knows that we say things to our mates that we really don’t mean, so when Elena slapped Stef, and told him where to go, what she really meant was: feel my hand on your face, and where ever you go I will always be there and love you.
Stefan & Elena will be forever (I still have HOPE) �


I really liked their first kiss, very sweet and tender. She is in love with him, I Damon was just being sensitive about it. Loved the way he held her face. I love the show and know its a trigangle BUT Stefan and Elena are so much better apart. Damon and Elenag are so much better together, If she ends up with either one it must be Damon.


Even tho I'm a stelena fan I did think it was about time for damon and elena to I think they're gunna start dating now? Not at all


First, i was a tiny bit dissapointet because i have very high expections about their first kiss. I was waiting for deep passion which breaks through. But as i saw it twice i thought, wowwwhhh, it´s just perfect. The comfort Damon gaves Elena with the perfect sweetness of their first real kiss was awesome. And i was really proud of him because i think it takes a lot to tell the woman you love over the top that her ex-boyfriend can still be save. But this is the was it has to go. If they should be together it has to be because she loves Damon more, not because Stefan is not around. For now, we all have to wait where the journey will end. But let us all be clear about one thing, if Elena won`t turn into a vampire or Damon/Stefan into a human, this will lead nowhere than in pain for all sides..


Of course Stefan still loves Elena.Besides Claous himself told him that he still loves elena.I think that Stefan behaves like an ass and wants to protect her.I've always been a Stelena fanatic and I hope they'll end up TOGETHER.Btw other characters are been ignored,like Caroline. Plz make this show better.I used to think it was the best,but now I'm sooooo dissapointed.


I hope writers read this post. As a huge fan of the series, I would like to say a few words about the last episode. As much as I am a Delena fan, I do like Stelena and Stefan and Katherine. I have been waiting for that kiss for a very very long time (yeah like forever) and did writer give us a cold, fish elena and not-so-interested Damon? If you are not going to end these two together, if we were going to get only one scene for 3 seasons, it should have been epic!!! We deserved that! I am not sure, I still want to watch. I am not gonna watch just because something I wanted did not happen, I am not going to watch because bad writing is combined with bad acting...


Gross Damon and Elena... looks like ill be ignoring their interactions from now on if they have any kinda kissing happening! wont be stupid like some who will skip them but not looking forward to them, Definitely disagree that Stephan doesnt want her anymore. I just think he doesnt want to let his humanity control him like it did last time. Jeremy going is not that big of a deal to me Missed Caroline!! And forget what this says about Revenge... There is nothing better than revenge!! Love this story line! Klaus took everything from Stephan... he needs to pay!


The kiss...and he took her by surprise. Man did she ever have the look of love watching him walk away. Dayum. Get your engines started, here comes the main feature haha


I agree with @Alex and @Leila. Delena burns and btw can Stefan fans be more holier than thou with their "Stefan is the second coming and Delena are ungrateful swine". Its silly, especially when he told her the truth...Are they suppose to be miserable for Stefan also?


Damon is always, always there for Elena even when Stefan isn't.
He loves her so much and I truly hope they will end up together!

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The Vampire Diaries Season 3 Episode 10 Quotes

I can't drink all this by myself. I mean, I can. But then someone is getting naked.


Elena: The Stefan that we know is gone.
Bonnie: How is Damon handling that?
Elena: Damon is... Damon.

The Vampire Diaries Season 3 Episode 10 Music

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