The Vampire Diaries Review: Yes, Sire

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Hmm... I wonder which scene from "My Brother's Keeper" will have Vampire Diaries fans talking tonight. And tomorrow. And well into 2013...

Yes, TV Fanatics, Damon and Elena finally went there. Their Waltz turned into a Horizontal Mambo and and the squeals from Delena fans could be heard for miles and miles. But it wasn't the pinnacle of an romance that many have been waiting for since The Vampire Diaries Season 1.

No, there was a twist far different that any contortion of Elena's while writhing in bed: Caroline and Stefan determined that Elena is sired to Damon.

Elena Gilbert in Pain

The Vampire Diaries just can't let this triangle die, can it?

Two weeks ago, I praised Elena and Stefan's split. It felt natural, it made sense in the context of Elena's transition and her heightened feelings for Damon. It was the perfect time to have her commit to the other Salvatore brother and for the show to move on from the back-and-forth of the past few seasons.

Alas. Now we're back there again. Damon is the evil one who cheated to get the girl. Elena didn't really choose him, Stefan will be determined to win her back and break the sire bond... and blah, blah, blah. It may seem like a new tune, but it's really the same old song.

And it feels rather contrived. The Vampire Diaries is a fun, wild ride. It's best not to over-think the cliffhangers and crazy turns and storylines because, come on, this is a show about supernatural beings and, at the end of every hour, I challenge anyone to not claim they were not entertained. That's almost all you can ever ask for from a series.

But there's always a line. And here it comes across like Julie Plec and company simply invented the concept of a vampire being sired to another vampire. Has that ever been touched on before? Is there any reason to think it would make sense in this case, aside from giving the writers a convenient way to drag out the brotherly fight over Elena?

This was lame. It was a cop out. I don't look forward to the ramifications. I'm far more interested in why Hayley is working with Professor Shane and what that duplicitous teacher has in mind. I care a great deal more about Jeremy (never thought I'd write that!) and his nightmares and urges and how the awoken hunter inside of him will affect his relationship with all the vampires in his life.

Heck, I was actually invested in Klaroline this week, as Klaus was at his charming best and I believed for the first time that these two could really be a couple.

In other, disappointing words: at the moment, the show's three main characters are at the center of my least interesting storyline. That's never a good thing.

We'll see where this all goes, of course (next week? To World War II!). Up until this episode, The Vampire Diaries Season 4 had been off to the best start of any season to date. The hunter stuff has been fascinating, Elena's transformation has affected everyone around her, Phoebe Tonkin is downright gorgeous.

But I worry. I'm now afraid the love triangle will overshadow everything else. And who should be the most angry over this siring nonsense? Delena shippers! They have been waiting for years for these two to get together, yet they can't fully enjoy it  - they can't enjoy it at all, really - because apparently it isn't real.

This episode may have represented the best day of Damon's life. But it was my worst experience as a Vampire Diaries fan this season.

What did everyone else think?


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We need to keep in mind that according to Julie Plec the sire business has nothing to do with Damon or Elena's feelings for each other; it just means they have to navigate a bit to figure it out. And I know we Delena fans have been waiting A VERY LONG TIME FOR THIS, but it wasn't smooth sailing for Stelena, so we shouldn't really expect anything different for Delena. But it did spoil the moment a little bit, but Julie Plec's words after the show give us hope that they'll sort it in the end and we'll see that relationship being explored further, and Stefan and Caroline's eventual admittance that they were flat out wrong about Delena and apologies will have to be forthcoming...


pure RAGE. i was enjoying the episode up until those last few minutes about some nonesense sire-bond between vampires. it gave matt and jeremy more purpose in the show, the link between shane and hayley, the klaus-caroline tandem, and of course delena. then totally shut down by caroline. so random how she put the idea of vampire-sire bond together over drinks with stefan. those two blondes need to stop being so selfish and let elena figure out what she wants. they ruined the whole maturity of the break up as Matt had mentioned from his past review. tsk, tsk TVD writers.


I don't think this demonizes Damon. I don't think he even knows what's going on. He'll be more upset than anyone to find out. When it's said and done, Elena does love him. The bond just makes her less herself and I assume that's why she jumped into bed with him. Haven't read the books, not a � shipper�. I am getting over poor tortured Stephen though. I want to see him be his own man.


Just watched the episode, My Brother's Keeper, and loved it. Finally Jeremy gets a decent storyline, instead of the male Gilbert damsel in distress. I thought this episode was going to obssess over Damon and Elena but wisely it focuses on Elena and Jeremy instead, something that's been missing since the beginning of Season Three. Is Jeremy acting out his own wishes when he tries to kill Elena, or is that just his hunter side?
Caroline is back to being her usual control freak self calling Elena out on Stefan and Damon, and as usual Elena gets the last laugh when Klaus shows up, making Caroline a bit of a hypocrite.
Loved the turning point, and I hadn't expected it to come so quickly. As usual any 'cure' to a curse, like the hybrid curse, usually involves the death of a major character, and in this case in order to 'cure' Elena, Jeremy will have to become a hunter, and probably die in the process. Great acting from Steve McQueen. Is Stefan so obssessed with turning Elena back to human that he'll use anyone he needs to, including the only family Elena has left. Of course Elena isn't going to want to destroy her brother just to turn human again, maybe she can start getting used to life as a vampire now.
Just a thought, with Jeremy a hunter, shouldn't Kol be watching his back from now on.


Matt, you have taken the exact words out of my mouth! I didn't feel like screaming when they slept together, even though I'm a major Delena shipper! I was really upset because Damon has been portrayed yet again as a womanizer and Delena is not actually 'real' anymore. It's not the Delena we knew. And that's the Delena I fell in love with.....


No no. This was just lame. First thing first, when did Klaus get interested in Damon and Elena? I must have missed it. Then again, all hybrids knew that they were sired! They knew they were doing something over someone's will and the whole sirebond thing isn't about feelings, it's just about actions so I don't think a vampire can compel another vampire into love or such things. In my opinion this was a lame attempt by Plec&Co to hang on to the love triangle. But I can't believe how they ruined the scene. I'm no shipper but it all could have been a lot better without the annoying dialogue in the background. It was simply spoilt. What's worst is that they made all end to Damon that is so into Elena that he even compels her (that is to say against her own will) to have sex with him. What's wrong with the writers of the episode? Oh and, finally, by making this so-called plot twist they made all Elena's speech to Stefan look as fake as it can be. So, the very first time Elena has been open and straightforward and honest to Stefan and has finally acted in an adult way it was just because she was sired to Damon. Come on. That's awful.


As I predicted, this love triangle is not going to end any time soon. I hated how Elena just jumps straight into bed with Damon after breaking up with Stefan, especially cause she admitted she still loves Stefan, it should've been given some time. Delena definitely has passion but I think it's mainly physical, I don't see them having that love and connection Stelena has.
I LOVED Klaroline in this ep, definitely a potential couple. Also loving Caroline and Stefan's new friendship.

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Turns out "My Brother's Keeper" Turned out to be the WORST EPISODE EVER!!!!!!!! This had a very disappointing Delena scene(which got them all happy and crazy)that shattered the Stelena fans and Stefan's heart into millions of tiny pieces which then turn to ash. This episode has made "The Turning Point" feel like it never happened or existed and it's very depressing. I hope that things will get better later on in the season,have Stelena fans rise again(even though this memory will be left as a scar for them)and just have vampire diaries retelling the wonderful love story since season 1(and they better be right of this episode Delena scene feeling wrong). No matter how tough things get,true love(one that doesn't lie like Elena)will conquer them all(I blame Damon for messing up Elena's mind when deep down she's still a human with a loving heart even if she's a vampire. X(


@DiMyLovely, There is no need to be disappointed. 1st it has been clarified that Damon had no idea about this sire bond when he made love with Elena (and like you said Damon always wanted to be real since season ), 2nd this sire bond twist has been planned since season 3 when Damon mentioned the sire bond as an explination for Tylers obedience to Klaus and when they intentionally made Elena turne by Damon's blood and I'm sure they knew how to make things work out. Plus don't you remember how much things Damon and Elena faced but they always survive it and this one won't be any difference and the beauty of this twist for me is that it will erase any doubt and it will prouve that Elena's love for Damon is 100% real.


Sorry got cut off! Damon is usually quick to pick up on things, so I can't believe he wouldn't figure it out then that whole hot sex scene was really a disgusting rape scene. I don't like it! Damon wanted to keep things real with Elena since season one (remember Georgia, anyone?) I don't believe that Damon would do such a thing. Also, this is really something that cannot be fixed or undone. The writers have to tread carefully now. I have always like how true to character they keep everyone in this series, but this episode ruined that for me. I just hope it doesn't ruin the whole season.

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