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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?

Review

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I have this weird feeling that the coffin that is locked is the original doppelgänger or a mysterious sibling we don't know about.
I was sad about Jeremy, when he cut off that hybrid's head I thought he'd become a hybrid slayer or something. Going out for revenge on the hybrids, would have been interesting to watch. What Jeremy said to Tyler I believe got to him, he's lost Caroline and his friends because of Klaus. I read a spoiler somewhere that said Tyler will question Klaus when Klaus has a plan that could potentially hurt Caroline. The Delena kiss could have definitely come at a better time... Damon had just said that Stefan saved his life and then he kissed Elena. Just didn't feel right. It was sweet and it obviously meant something but I just think it could have come at a better time. I think next episode it would be good if we see more Tyler again, he's a very important character.
One more question... DOES ANYONE MISS ELIJAH AS MUCH AS I DO?

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Best part was the DE lipscapades. I loathe shipping but I secretly view them as tv's most incredible couple. *runs and hides*

Picazo

this was such a good way to start the 2012 TVD, i am happy for Delena, i am soryr for those who dint like it, "for those who doit it, all i have to say is build a bridge and get over it"

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I am now squarely Delena. I'm sorry, its a tv show and I never felt Stelena like I feel Delena. Its called dynamic romantic chemistry. They had it WAY before Nina and Ian got together too. BTW to the few whining Stelena shippers talkin' bout "its only cuz they're together in real life"....Ever read the books? Lol. How about A book? ;)

Jtl

Vampire lover the reason why I expected more from the DE kiss is that they've been building on this for way to long and teasing the poor DE fans for 2 1/2 seasons and I was like that's it. I'm sorry Damon may of showed passion but Elena was huh as usual. Also another reason why it wasn't so epic is that he tells her Stefan was saving his life and so Damon returns the favor by kissing Elena? Lol As for why Forwood kiss was more epic! Tyler kisses Caroline because of how much she cared for him and that she was willing to risk her life for him. Plus it came out of no where. Unlike the DE kiss was expected.

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NO NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO. Delena sucks,Damon is such a jerk.Elena should be with Stefan. Bravo Vampire Diaries for the awful 3d season.You completely RUINED stefan and now he is a bad guy and you make damon good, Well done.I'm SO dissapointed.

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@B...Stefan is acting that way because if you recall klaus made him turn of his humanity. Plus Stefan is pissed at Klaus so he wants revenge. He's is treating Elena so poorly because deep down he still cares for her and knows the beat way to protect her is to push her away an act like he doesn't care. Also, I don't know if you read the books, but Elena is constantly torn between the two Salvatore brothers and frequently kisses both and even shares blood with both. The writers of the show are just giving us a little more from tr books' plot. Don't worry...IMO the kiss won't lead anywhere. It will most likely be a one time thing for awhile.

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Why is this show being compared BTVS, it wasn't created as a replacement, it was created when fangirls were high on hot, forbidden love, vampire shit. There's almost no comparison, except the vampires. Are all vampire shows just compared to BTVS?

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Guysn there are always gonna be lovers and always be haters. My advice, if you disagree with Bored Now, just ignore him. People like him/her feed on all this attention you give them.As for me, loved me some Bonnie, delena kiss but was really sad that Jeremy had to leave. Torrey was a little disappointing as Meredith, but all in all great start. About the delena kiss, I don't know why people would expect their kiss to be as heated as forwood's since elena still has some feelings for stefan. I'm just hoping for a lot more DE kisses.

Dala

@B You just said everything I was thinking! Thank you for putting it into the right words.. I just hope the writers don't screw up any further

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.

Damon

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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Yuck-shook-down Shook Down Yuck iTunes
Apex-manor-teenage-blood Teenage Blood Apex Manor iTunes
The-trigger-code-come-on-lets-do-it-ok Come On Let's Do It OK! The Trigger Code iTunes
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