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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damon does deserve to be happy, but i don't think that happiness will be with elena. from the beginning, i didn't like the whole love triangle because as gorgeous as damon is-i can't deny the fact that lusting over his brother's girlfriend is plain out horrible. also, stefan's love for her has always been so strong and pure-but there are so many scenes where he puts damon first. for ex: he agreed to be klaus' partner in crime in order to save damon, and how does damon pay him back? by going after elena; really sweet thing to do. it's also super annoying how people say things like "omg, stefan is so selfish wanting to turn her back into a human..blah blah." which is true, and im sure he knows it too. but delena fans need to stop using that as an excuse to why she shouldn't be with stefan, cause we all know that damon isn't the king of selflessness. the writers know their audience, and if damon was meant to be with elena, he will (which i doubt it). everyone has their own opinions, but in the end it is the producer's opinions that really count :/


I was so satisfied with the break up two weeks ago, not because I don't like Stefan and Elena together, more because it felt right at the time being and that Elena should experience her other options, but seriously? C'mon!! I love the hot vamp sex and all (thank you Julie!), but couldn't they just not do the vampire sire thing??? I mean, Elena always went to Damon before she even became a vampire. This is so bad. I was actually excited to see how the relationship between Damon and Elena would turn out, but Julie, you kind of ruined it with the sire bond..


@Anna I see what you mean with Klaus... that is a wild Mustang that I would love to see tamed. He is... as he says, lovely. But again, his case & Damon's are not that different. Both have been treated like crap by their loved ones & for so long, even if they do not say it, all they are seeking is love and acceptance. I really would love to see how Caroline will tame that "bad boy", and although I try to keep bias, lately I do ship more towards Damon. I don't know, call it age, but when u are 40, you just see thing differently... I guess life teaches u to appreciate the little details more. So I guess after loving one character in season 1, my heart now feels empathy for the other. ;)


After waiting for three-plus years for these two characters to get together, I agree with all the extremely aggravated posters who feel really cheated by this "sire" plot. The only thing that could redeem this for me would be if this theory is ultimately shown to be wrong and Elena gets really mad at Stefan and Caroline, so that she actually has to stand up (for once) and say, no, I'm not sired, I just have feelings for this guy that I could never allow myself to admit before. She has to fight for Damon. She has to grow a backbone and own her own choices for a change. And it would be beyond great if she would clearly state, this is who I am now. I am happy and you two just have to accept that I am happy and stop trying to "fix" me into being what you want me to be. Also, I'm calling it now: April will turn out to be the Big Bad this season. There is something totally suspicious to me about how she just blends into the background of so many scenes, with that harmless, blank look on her face. There must be another purpose to adding her to the show.


Elena may be sired to Damon however he was not the one who told Elena to break up with Stefan, she clearly made that choice herself, so although she may be listening to whatever Damon says, she still is able to make decisions herself, plus it's unfair that Damon doesn't get his happy ending! He deserves it, it's funny how he can be so cruel yet more romantic than Stefan


As a huge Stefan fan and on and off Stelena shipper, I found this episode mortifying. Stefan has always been a tad insecure because he knows he's prone to get obsessive and possessive about a lot of things. Case in point: blood sucking, Elena, Damon, etc. That's what makes me like him so much. He tries so hard to be the moral compass, but his vices always hold him back from truly getting what he wants. The breakup episode was great in that it gave room for Stefan and Elena to pursue new things because it was mutual, not like the Klaus-induced breakup way back when. And now the writers reduced EVERY character into a caricature. Elena is now not only a Mary-Sue, but one incapable of thinking for herself. Stefan is pulled back into the triangle, Damon is officially the devil and Caroline is once again a brat - not the adorable kind. So bravo, Julie Plec. Just when I thought it couldn't get any worse, it did.


@phabk I understand all you Delena fans have been waiting for this moment. But I just can't personally see Elena and Damon together because of everything he has done to her. Damon has almost killed and turned Jeremy and Caroline and has tried to kill Bonnie before. And any guy that would date a girl his brother lives and had dietary us not okay and would not be acceptable in real life, but this show isn't real. Damon has changed, I get that. But it doesn't take away the bad he has done. Her and Stefan just make more sense to me. I'm team Klaus though so I could really care less who Elena chooses! Lol! Klaus is the bad boy who doesn't pretend to be something he is not. And his lips, dimples, accent, and abs get me every time, swoon!! And the way he says love. Lol!

Sarah silva

I am fine with the sire storyline. It makes sense. When Elena was human she was in love with Stefan and so when she died and became a vampire that should have magnified 10 fold. However it did not. Yes she may have had small feelings for Damon when she was human but she disliked him more so her dislike should have overpowered her attraction to him. Therefore the Sired storyline makes sense!


Ugh!!! I have been waiting for three years for Elena to come to her senses and when she does...the writers made it some cheap sired trick!!! I was SO upset last night and unbelievably disappointed. Stefan is whiny and annoying. I'm so over he and Elena. Damon is actually interesting and OH those eyes!! So Yea...not happy at all with this episode.And it started out so good too....P.S. Klaus and Caroline are awesome together!!!! Goodbye Tyler!


I agree that this Elena is sired thing is just a cheap trick (despite the fact that it has been mentioned before) to keep dragging the love triangle out because they can't think of anything else to do with these 3 when they're interacting with each other. It's the exact same reason Elena just can't love both of them, because then what else would these terrible writers (at love stories anyway) have Damon, Stefan and Elena do on this show? [Sarcasm] After all, Damon, Stefan, and Elena exist purely for the triangle and they can't possibly ever resolve it like mature people.[Sarcasm off] I've always hated love triangles because they make no sense whatsoever, especially in this day and age when things like open marriage, while uncommon, happen all over the world all the time. Everything else with the show is fine really, but this love triangle nonsense has always dragged TVP down, and unless they fix it TVP will never reach true greatness

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