The Vampire Diaries Review: To Sire, With Love

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Put aside your shipper preferences for a hot second and tell me that was not a damn fine way to wake up! In "We'll Always Have Bourbon Street," we were treated to another erotic Damon and Elena scene, successfully picking up where we left off at the end of last week.

Unfortunately, that includes having a sexy scene completely marred with Caroline Forbes intensity and whining. Jeez, if Elena's ex boyfriend is telling you to calm down about it, then take a damn breather girl! You are clearly flirting with Klaus and somewhat attracted to him, so let's not get into a hypocritical best friend judgment situation until we know all the facts.

Thanks to Tyler's hard bodied wisdom and Nandi the New Orleans witch, True Blood's Adina Porter, we are now enlightened on what it means for one vampire to be sired to another.

Lexie, Stefan and Damon

Oh hey Lex! Gosh I wish she was still on this show instead of 90210. Anyway, what exactly did we find out?

The bond affects how you act, not how you feel. | permalink

There you have it from straight from Tyler, abs of steel, Lockwood. If our favorite teenage hybrid's explanation wasn't convincing enough, Nandi down in New Orleans had plenty to say as well. A vampire only bonds to her sire when she has feelings before she turns. He or she had to have genuine human feelings, plain and simple. The vampire transition only heightens those emotions. There you have it, clear as day. Elena has love for Damon. But didn't we already know that? She's always had feelings for both Salvatores because they each offer something different.

Rose's ghost explained it best on that car ride back from the motel with Jeremy. The real problem here is that Elena is doing everything Damon says. However, Damon isn't saying "love me." Surely there is a way he can release her without shunning her. If Elena always had these desires of her own free will then what's the problem? I might be thinking too simply considering Mystic Falls is a complicated little place, but can't Damon just order her to make her own decisions? You know, pull a True Blood and say "As your maker, I release you?" 

I realize these are two different shows, but vampire folklore tends to be in the same vein, no pun intended. I realize a lot of people are still going to think Elena is brainwashed and blah blah blah, but they spelled it out pretty clearly tonight. I always liked Stefan. Truly I don't ship one brother over the other. The one thing I will say is that this is the first episode in I don't even know how many that Elena seemed to actually smile.

She was happy, she was carefree, she was dancing, and she was laughing. Damon has pretty much been the only one who hasn't been trying to change her back. She didn't ask to become a vampire so everyone's gotta lay off trying to make her feel like crap! Especially when she rescued your behind tonight Miss Forbes! 

The friend I'm worried about at this point is Bonnie. Professor Creepy has her practicing expression and thanks to the wise witch Nandi, that means dipping into magic so dark it exists entirely on another plane. If Val, the original witch Damon worked with, only needed 12 humans for her sacrifice, then why does Shane need 12 hybrids? Obviously he is trying to do something much stronger here.

And speaking of this whole sire thing, how exactly are these hybrids free after Tyler's whole Alpha speech tonight? They all got on bended knee after! If you're not a slave to one leader, you're a slave to another it seems. 

I'm interested to see if Damon is able to relocate his selfless side again. We saw him do it with Lexie and Stefan in 1942 when he accepted his loneliness and didn't go with Stefan to Egypt, knowing it would only cause Stefan more temptation for his Ripper side. He also used it to actually set Charlotte free after all these years when it was clear that the sire bond had never been broken. Damn, that Madeline Zima does an awesome job at playing Fatal Attraction type bitches. Watch Californication if you have yet to be acquainted with her with the wonderful Miss Zima.

Despite the fact that we were missing a few characters this week, this episode did offer a lot of answers.

So were you all satisfied with Tyler and Nandi's explanation of the vampire sire bond? Do you think Damon will set Elena free? What are you anticipating for the Vampire Diaries mid-season finale? Hit the comments!


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I can't believe people are bagging on Caroline for opposing Damon's relationship with Elena. Like it or not, Damon has a recent history of compelling Caroline to feed on her and to rape her. It is completely understandable that Caroline hates the idea of Damon/Elena. How could she not? I thought it was a nauseating moment when Caroline apologized to Elena for being bitchy. "I know Damon tormented me and raped me (and Andie too), but if he makes you happy, Elena, then I'm happy for both of you." UGH. The writers of the show can't pretend Damon's recent history didn't happen. They wrote it. Want to make the Dalena shippers happy? Write a credible story in which Damon comes to understand the error of his ways, apologizes to Caroline, and then potentially earns some redemption. Oh, wait. That might detract from his "bad boy" image that teen girls squeal about. Forget that.

Drea xoxo

Rosanna Tufts
December 10th, 2012 1:17 AM
What a canny performer Ian is! Seems like he is now using key scenes as audition pieces for Christian Grey. Tonight, his whole impassioned "I'm the bad guy! I don't do the right thing!" sounds a LOT like Christian warning Ana that he's fifty shades of effed-up and doesn't have a heart
im sorry i lost the memo where the actors write their lines, i thought that was Plec's job?? grey is based on Edward cullen, a vampire so technically grey copied these ideas.... anyways moving on. its the writers developing our favourite salvadore brothers to be incarnates of other ideas, not the actors fault take it up with plec next time aye =]

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I hope that Damon will set Elena free or else vampire diaries won't even feel like a great show anymore. I wonder what else will happen throughout the season. =P


What a canny performer Ian is! Seems like he is now using key scenes as audition pieces for Christian Grey. Tonight, his whole impassioned "I'm the bad guy! I don't do the right thing!" sounds a LOT like Christian warning Ana that he's fifty shades of effed-up and doesn't have a heart.


.....and i was saying come on writers, make it happen, Stefan and Caroline that is. I can't drum up any real interest in Bonnie or Jeremy, sorry. I do have a thing for Matt though.


Is it possible Ian is getting better looking? His close-ups are breathtaking. Nina Dobrev looks like she's in heaven. I love Stefan's intensity but Damon's a whole different ride at the park. The sire thing is a total turn on for me. I was mad at True Blood that Sookie and Erik got it on when he was a total idiot and that ruined it for me. The sire bond is like Damon finally getting his and then some. He has the upper hand over judgey Elena who he knows would sleep with him anyway (and it isn't rape whoever said that, he didn't command her to sleep with him, or dance with him and he didn't know she was sired to him)and Elena can be free of guilt for leaving dull Stefan, sorry he can be dull, in the dust because she's now a vampire with the hottest sire in town. Now that Damon and Elena are properly matched finally geez, Stefan needs someone to shake him up. Does anyone notice Caroline worships him? Wouldn't it be a great storyline for Klaus an Stefan to face-off over her? Come on, do it writers.


I really liked the review, but i´m waiting for the Round Table....


First of all, I LOVED this episode because neither Salvatore was near Elena! Secondly can I just say that I think Caroline has the right to be mad at Elena for sleeping with Damon. I mean, Damon did totally mess her up big time! Sired or not Elena should not have been so bitchy with the comment about Caroline sleeping with Damon once upon a time! Thirdly I also think that it's a bit awkward that Elena is dating Damon so quickly after she and Stefan broke up, that's just messed up in any society! I don't take any sides because frankly I think Elena could be with both but the way she is acting is not cool! Fourth I really liked Madeline Zima! She is totally awesome and I love her in any show!


Now it's official - TVD seriously sucks and the storyline is agonizing. Can't the writers let Delena happen without the drama for just one episode?! Delena shippers have waited for such a long time and are rewarded with this??? This whole sire nonsense has totally ruined Delena for me. I hope that Damon finds a cooler woman who deserves him and loves him back. I also think that he has suffered enough (good job Julie & co! can't you just give him a break for a while, I mean just a little bit!) - honesly he had to endure so much rejection in his life, no wonder he is pissed and annoyed. Good things just aren't happening for him... In general, I didn't like this episode at all. Even Lexie sucked...


won't you make a round table for the episode?? love them!!! DELENA

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The Vampire Diaries Season 4 Episode 8 Quotes

I finally got Elena to a good place about being a vampire and you two idiots can't stand that she's happy because of me.


Can't we just let ourselves enjoy one secret selfish day before we destroy his?

Damon [to Elena]

The Vampire Diaries Season 4 Episode 8 Music

  Song Artist
Morning parade speechless Speechless Morning Parade iTunes
Blue foundation eyes on fire Eyes On Fire Blue Foundation iTunes
Song It Don't Mean A Thing (If It Ain't Got That Swing) TVD NOLA Band