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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

Editor Rating: 4.3 / 5.0
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Amie

Thank God SE broke up, srsly, Stefan you deserve someone better - Elena has been such a selfish bitch the past two episodes. She calls out Stefan on his lies, yet she never told him about how she has been going behind his back with Damon. She was just being ridiculous for assuming the worst when she figured out Stefan was working with Klaus, but then again never had brains and being a vampire magnifies stuff so I guess there is an even bigger hole in her head than ever. What I loved most about this is that Damon was not placed as the bad guy here - he actually took the time to explain to this idiot that everything Stefan was doing was for her - cos Elena would have never figured that out...Anyway, good for Stefan, Elena is total idiot who does not deserve him or the cure. But overall, the break up was handled well - we all knew it was coming and it did feel natural.

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i feel like elena convinced herself that stefan couldnt love her as a vampire as a way to break up with him.

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I realized during this episode stefan knew for a long time elena was still harbouring feelings for damon, he just couldnt accept it. He was trying to find the cure because he wanted the girl who fell in love with HIM and was true to, and not both brothers, like Katherine. Im not sure if it had anything to do with him accepting her dark side, because he clearly did ( ex. fhe was ok with her feeding off of humans and defending herself. I wonder what his reaction been like if Elena wasnt in love with Damon. He just knew, subconciously that the only way to get her to love him the way she did before was for her to be old elena again :( what i find truly heartbreaking is the fact that the one person who chose Damon over Stefan was the person Stefan loved the most. :( I hate how stefan always gets screwed over by the people who supposedly love him the most.

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Like a lot of people are saying: delena is not going to happen so soon after this break up. Damon is not going to do that to his brother. What i do like about this show is how it makes me like people (except bonny, who in my opinion really needs to go) like klaus. I hated him when he killed jenna, i actually like him now. Yes he is still evil as hell but also very entertaining. Hoe about a spin off with klaus :).

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I actually don't want delena. I like the tension, not the actual product. Elena, vamp or human, will change damon. Badass damon is cool. Moon eyed, puppy love damon will only turn into stephen with better lines lol. Oh n proffessor creepy has no hotness factor at all. Did not like chris dying. Do they plan on letting jer kill hybridsto get the map? That kill was smooth as hell though. And tyler has a right to be mad. Y are your friends more important than mine? I really wanted elena to die

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While I am happy as hell that at least some of the UST between Damon and Elena will finally be assuaged, I don't want Stefan out of the show for very long (or the triangle).

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the comment on how Damon will not persist with Elena's love because "family comes first with Damon" will make sense ......Stefan and Damon sacrificed plenty in the centuries that they have vamped and even though the love of a woman has in past history caused wars ie Helen of Troy ... in this storyline it won't ...Family has always been the focal point of Vampire diaries with all the families that exist ie Elena and Jeremy , Bonnie and Grams ,and on and on....it all boils down to one bond and that bond is FAMILY......

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Ok im super stoked about damon and elena and they might have a chance. But you must not get to excited bc damon might not even want to actually be with elena bc he loves his brother. I totally see the writers doing that to us. But ya never know. I just hope Stefan accepts it with grace and doesnt make their life a living hell. But then i hope damon and elena dont flaunt it around in front of him. But as of right now. Im so excited im like a kid at christmas. Go Delena! Since we really haven't got to see the supposed hot vamp sex scene. Im thinking its gonna be damon and elena. :)

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I admit that although I love Damon I also loved the love story with Stefan and Elena. I actually prefer Damon being a self confident bada-ss who didn't give a rats a--ss who he hurt and slepted with alot of hot women. Damon is now like a puppy on a leash and it's boring. Although now that he's with his owner Elena she will play him like a boring old puppy. As for Stefan please make him the old Damon and give him the great writing you used to give Damon. Oh yeah, and hot woment too.

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I love both brothers; both have different characteristics that I would want in a vampire boyfriend! Something about Elena and Stephan right now is not working for me either and Damon will lover her human or dead, which I love about his character. I hope next week when Stephan wants to leave town that Damon stays away from the “high road� and accepts that Elena loves and needs Damon right now too. I can deal with Stephan being gone as long as he is looking for a cure for Elena. Elena I know you have some *ish on your plate right now but I want her to buck up and put her big girl panties on. Matt, I want him to become Damon’s new bff, because I like him! I know Klaus is bad, and Tyler is hot and super sweet but I love the swave sensitive charming I will show you the world side of Klaus and I like watching him trying to whoo Caroline. I hope they bring back Alark as a spirit or something, that would be cool! I kinda a board of Mystic Falls I am hopping they all start looking at colleges and we can broaden the locations.

The Vampire Diaries Season 4 Episode 6 Quotes

Jeremy: What happened?
Damon: Long story. Buy the e-book.

Damon: You should have called Stefan.
Elena: I don't trust him right now.
Damon: P.S. I called Stefan.

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