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The Vampire Diaries Review: Killer Consequences

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Elena kicked off this episode of The Vampire Diaries by stabbing Jeremy in the neck. She ended it by stabbing Stefan in the heart.

In between, there were hallucinations, unexpected returns, heartfelt pleas, professor-based revelations, a hilarious reference to Van Helsing and one seriously bloody step taken by the fresh-faced new hunter in town.

Yes, "We All Go a Little Mad Sometimes," TVDers. Especially when protecting our loved ones...

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What a tremendous job this hour did in tying together all characters and storylines.

Caroline, Tyler and Hayley had felt as if they were on the outside looking in on events in Mystic Falls, but here their de-siring plans came into direct (read: deadly) contact with Elena's crazy visions. We learned more about April's father... and his connection to Professor Shane... while Bonnie remains under his dangerous wing... and, of course, Jeremy is tied to both Bonnie (via their feelings) and Elena, Tyler, Damon and company (via his axe).

Everyone has a role to play, everyone is playing it well and nary a second of the hour feels wasted. That's impressive stuff.

However, I should really begin at the end, shouldn't I? The splitting of Stelena is sure to wreak havoc among TVD fans, but let's try to move past the 'shipper wars and give props for how this break-up was handled.

Unlike some issues I took with the love triangle on The Vampire Diaries Season 3, Elena was open and honest in her closing conversation with Stefan. She wasn't oscillating. She wasn't whining. She was direct and logical, based on what we've seen over the past few weeks: this really is a darker Elena and she really does have a lot more in common with Damon.

We've been told for ages that being a vampire "magnifies" one's feelings. And we've watched her bond with Damon grow. I completely bought Elena's reasoning and I appreciate that Julie Plec and company didn't drag this will-she-or-won't-she out any longer. She WILL, Delena lovers. Let the anticipation begin...

Questions for a Professor

As for the hallucinations, these were strange and powerful images. They were also revealing. A bloody Connor? A taunting Katherine? A duplicitous mother? The Vampire Diaries has gone all-in with Elena's transition, taking the time to show it from every angle. She's sorry she killed Connor... but she also admits it felt great to taste his blood.

She doesn't ever want to be Katherine... but she's more like her than ever before. She worries that she's responsible for her parents' death... and now she's also to blame for Jeremy's necessary transformation.

It's safe to say Elena is going through A LOT these days - and Nina Dobrev is positively killing (pun, intended!) each and every scene/emotion.

Oh, right, about that Jeremy fella: what a fascinating storyline! So now he's a Hunter. What does that mean, exactly? Will he develop an urge to kill vampires? Will he be pushed to do so in order to complete his map and lead everyone toward a cure?

And how does Professor Shane enter into all of this? He clearly played some role in the Pastor blowing up the Council. He eerily warned Bonnie that she best turn to him when the map is complete. But does that mean he's truly a bad guy?

He may know something we don't (correction, this is The Vampire Diaries: he definitely knows something we don't...) and his aims may very well be noble. My guess is that he sincerely wants to do right by the residents of Mystic Falls. Unfortunately, he likely believes the supernaturals that inhabit this town do not feel the same way.

My only complaint about the episode? The Caroline/Tyler tension. It just seems silly and contrived. I want to see these two teaming up to help other Hybrids and playing Klaus for their own purposes, not fighting one second, pretending to fight the next, and then fighting for real once again.

But Jeremy awakened and Connor's legacy passed on? AWESOME. Elena and Stefan having an honest conversation about the state of their relationship? PERFECT. Elena next turning to Damon? INTRIGUING. More references to Alaric? TEAR-INDUCING.

Another great episode. What did everyone else think?

Review

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YES! Its time for DELENA people!

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dont they get tired of always fighting though? my issue with stefan wanting this cure is that hes working with the dude he fought for the past two seasons who terrorized his gf and her friends, killing people along the way, and want to save her from vampirism so she can become a human bloodbag for klaus again???thats so dumb..his love for (or ability to love)elena is more important than the trouble that can come from klaus making more hybrids and terrorizing elena again? very selfish.

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im kind of tired of this killing people to save elena crap lets face it how many people have died so she could live??shes week and everybody else has to pay for that its either damon or stefan giving up everything for her,and for what really??it dosent make sense anymore,from season 1 to 4 she keeps saying she would her life to save others but that didnt happen even once its crazy

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her love for stefan was magnified but this break up wasnt about her choosing who she loved more. they broke up because she has feelings for someone else period. and insult to injury, his brother of all people. Idc who she ends up with, im just happy that they finally said the truth to each other out loud and that stefan chose himself for once in his life instead of waiting around for elena to choose. and its nice to see elena being honest with herself and stefan

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I'm having a problem with getting into the new Elena. It isn't that appealing of a story line. Seems like everyone on the show is a monster. She was the most human, now she isn't.

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Yep am right wit ya lynn damon can't do such a selfish thing 2 his brother.especially it comes 2 familly busness,i can' wait 2 see how next will be th elena baby vamp.

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Amo esta serie y amo a Ian

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and another thing- i loved damons character when hes not around elena hes so much more care free and fun when hes not constantly worrying about what elena thinks and feels and shes hurt him so many times I think he needs to get over her. I would actually be mad at both if they both run into each other's arms for DAMONS self respect and for the love of his brother. He knew Elena meant the world to stefan. Come on, you cant be that heartless. Thatd be like the love of your life getting with your best friend. She ereally needs to earn damon's love if she is going to end up with him,imo.

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i want and hope Delena gets a real chance this time !!! not dreams not hallucinations .an actual relationship .although i would have liked then to be a couple when elena was human .this will do !

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I would love to see Damon get sick of the games with elena and find a beautiful woman and forget about elena. Stefan and Damon should dump her, the show is getting boring with the love triangle. That was played out last season. Love Klaus, I hope we see alot more of him. He is the only reason I am still watching.