The Vampire Diaries: Into the Blue (PHOTO RECAP)

The Vampire Diaries S03E22: "The Departed"


Have you ever, on your last day of school, gotten all your year-end tests back and actually cared one bit about what you got wrong on them? Like, just ignored all your classmates' requests to sign yearbooks and demands to stay cool over the summer in order to fret over some incorrect Scantron bubble or an algebraic equation for which you forgot to show your work? I know I didn't ever do that! School was OUT, guy! Time to stop worrying about junk like that and be proud of ourselves that we finished the year! I kind of feel that way about "The Departed," the third season finale of The Vampire Diaries. It was not a perfect episode, I'll just say that right now. But my sense of satisfaction and euphoria related to Season 3 in general is so intense and gratifying that I'm not suuuuper interested in dwelling on things that maybe weren't perfect, you know? I just want everyone to sign my t-shirt and invite me to waterslide parties.

Don't get me wrong, there was a ton to like about "The Departed": Its cyclical, fluid flashbacks were poignant and enlightening; the sheer thrill of all characters being included in the main plotline is never not exciting; the underwater sequence paired sound and vision so perfectly as to become one of the year's all-time best TV sequences; the final event of the episode was almost premise-shattering in its audacity. Maybe a handful of execution issues here and there, but what's the fun in being an armchair staff writer at this stage in the game? Oh, but armchair staff writing is what the internet was founded upon? Well fine. But let's try and have fun with this one anyway!

We began with a suspiciously soft-focused glimpse into a soft-brained life:

WHY was Elena so happy at 6:45 A.M.? And who'd cleaned the blood and paint off her face and placed her in the bed? The question was moot! It was a flashback:

No idea who this lady was.

Or this one:

Just kidding, it was Elena's mom! Well, one of them. More importantly it was Jeremy's mom. (He was in the bathroom doing things to himself at the time.) But yeah, this was definitely a happier time for Elena, before her life became a DAILY WAKING NIGHTMARE.

But then she woke up.

Apparently Jeremy had taken Elena to the hospital, correctly assuming that perhaps slamming one's head against a wooden stair, passing out, and bleeding from the face suggests that person isn't well. Meredith, hilariously enough, was trying to convince him that Elena's condition was NBD. BUT WHY, Meredith?

I mean honestly. When was the last time Meredith legitimately treated a patient using actual medicine and not a swig of vampire blood? I'm pretty sure she's been treating scrapes and broken bones with vampire blood also. It definitely saves time. (Related question: Does DeVry have a medical school?)

One person was NOT happy with Meredith's all-purpose solution:

Alaric might've been transformed into some kind of invincible vampire, but he was definitely all-business this episode. It was kind of hilarious to see him legitimately effect change at city hall and possibly improve the health system for the better? SUCH a Big Bad.

Anyway, when Damon and Stefan found out that Elena was just a sitting duck at the hospital where any old Original could swoop in and kill her (and thus Alaric), they insisted that her posse take her home and care for her there. And so they did!

Aw, she has good friends.

The best part of the episode was how well the flashbacks were integrated into the story. Characters would be reminded of past experiences and those experiences would always directly relate to something important going on in the present day. Like it made me laugh when Caroline acting motherly toward Elena reminded Elena of a time back in the day when Elena was basically trash-talking Caroline and teasing Bonnie about being psychic and also mouth-attacking Matt a bunch. Teens!

I know Elena was supposed to come across as some kind of care-free popular girl but was she kind of more insufferable than usual? I guess a never-ending onslaught of tragedy really toned her personality down a bit. Also, I definitely prefer the modern version of Bonnie that occasionally attempts to wipe out vampires and sometimes accidentally sets cars on fire with her brain. Much better than bouncy, cheerleader Bonnie. (Remember that time her Prius changed color? Would love to see a flashback episode where that finally got addressed.)

I loved when Elena woke up from her flashback only to find this dude staring intensely at her.

I honestly don't care how handsome or pretty the person is, please don't stare at me while I'm sleeping! That is considered creepy in some cultures (ALL cultures).

So yeah, Elena's flashback made her realize that she'd treated Matt badly when they were together. Specifically her main source of guilt was that she didn't dump him sooner? I don't know. That was definitely a big theme of this episode: The virtues of dumping people ASAP.

Stefan swung by to make dinner and get back in Elena's boyfriend position while Damon was out disposing of Klaus' body. Seemed like an unfair division of labor! But soon enough the Gilbert house received ANOTHER notable visitor:

Elijah! He just wanted custody of Klaus' body. In exchange for that, he'd promise never to free Klaus until long after Elena was dead. Though Elena is literally brain damaged, she definitely, at least for a split second, questioned whether she should trust a one thousand year old vampire who'd lied to her on multiple occasions.

Aaaand she gave in. Damon, overhearing on speakerphone, was NOT happy.

Honestly, around this time my brain started feeling pretty damaged also. One of my major complaints about this episode (which, I know, last day of school, let's party instead of nitpick) was it had A LOT of phone conversations where people demanded things of each other and it was hard to keep straight who wanted what or why I was supposed to be riveted by it. The Originals were angling for one thing, but Damon and Bonnie were doing something else, and meanwhile Jeremy and Alaric were chillin' at Mystic Grill, and... I don't know. It all felt weirdly small scale and repetitive.

Caroline and Tyler had a neat little star-crossed lovers thing going on where their parents urged them to run away together.

Apparently Alaric had somehow gotten the Mayor and Sheriff fired? Because sure. Nobody pretends to know how Mystic Falls is actually governed, so a room full of pasty-faced doormats could essentially uproot the entire local government during cocktail hour. Fine. But it meant that former anti-vampire jerks like Mayor Lockwood and Sheriff Forbes were now super worried about their monster children's well-being, and I could get behind that. I love that they both have proved to be genuinely decent people and caring parents. It's nice, you know?

See what I'm saying about non-epic? A HUGELY important location for the Season 3 FINALE was just some lame mini-storage facility. It's like this episode blew most of its budget on scuba gear and had to settle on this location for much of its runtime. It's not often that I can compare TVD to The Secret Circle unfavorably, but the latter show's climactic setpiece took place aboard an enormous, horrifyingly decrepit cargo ship. THAT'S memorable. And then there's the issue that maybe storing Klaus's body behind a flimsy padlock wasn't the best idea to begin with? Oh, and maybe someone can answer this for me since I couldn't really get it straight: WERE they a hundred miles out of town or weren't they? Rebekah and Bonnie didn't have much trouble traveling back and forth. I don't know, I probably missed something at some point. Or everything. I might've missed everything.

So then Bonnie asked to be left alone with Klaus' body and Damon was weirdly disinterested as to why.

How creepy was it when Klaus opened his eyes? It was so unsettling!

So while Bonnie was enjoying some quality time with Klaus' desiccated form, a special visitor apprehended Damon.

I loved Damon's face so much right here. That's how I look whenever Elena and Stefan touch foreheads.

Meanwhile Matt was doing whatever:

And then for the second time this episode Elena opened up to him about how much she loves other people. Sure, Matt's a good friend and all, but he's also her EX. Who lives alone and has been dumped by two characters on the show. I think maybe leave Matt alone with your feast-or-famine romantic problems, Elena?

But the conversation hastened this flashback, in which Elena decided that she wanted to dump Matt because he was too clingy.

Then there was a touching moment where Elena's mom got on the phone and advised her that dumping someone isn't actually a bad thing, it's more akin to just setting someone free. And that's when she realized she'd have to set free one of the Salvatores.

Oh, but then she woke up in Matt's truck!

Oh, Matt! What a rascal. He and Jeremy had conspired to whisk Elena out of town and to safety. She'd mentioned earlier in the episode that she wasn't interested in running away for the rest of her life, but Matt didn't care.

Meanwhile, Rebekah showed up at the mini-storage facility and the show got sort of slasher film-y for a second.

Alaric stalked her through the hallways with that tacky stake of his and just when we thought he was ready to pounce on our beloved Rebekah, one of the good guys got to her first!

And that's when they made a possibly ill-advised mad dash to the car with Klaus' body!

And then Rebekah, a one thousand-year-old Original, was thrown aside by Alaric as though she WASN'T his physical equal.

And then this happened:

OH HECK NO! Oh heck no, you guys. Klaus got staked! And real burnt! Granted, Alaric closed the coffin lid before the flames spread beyond his chest (don't you know how fire works, Alaric?) so there's every possibility this isn't the last we've seen of Joseph Morgan's button-nose. But at least story-wise, this portended BAD TIMES for the vampires we'd believed he'd spawned. While Alaric chased a distraught Rebekah into the night, Damon made a difficult phone call.

And word began to spread that Klaus was dead and soon they would be too. Caroline especially took it pretty hard.

Meanwhile Damon got Elena on the phone (SO MANY phone conversations in this episode) and they had what seemed to be a premise-answering conversation about the state of their romance.

In what was a major "NO DUH" moment, Elena basically just said, "Yo, I fell for Stefan first. He's the primary romantic hero of the show. We are endgame." Damon was allegedly too far away to say goodbye in person, so that was that!

Part of Caroline and Tyler's escape plan involved packing light and meeting up at the Lockwood slave quarters, because fine. Maybe that's just a good place to catch a cab? Clearly Tyler had arrived early enough to be able to light tons of candles.

And that's when Caroline broke the news to her boyfriend:

BUT! Then only Tyler began showing symptoms of dying. Caroline was fine! What did it MEAN??

Sure, it was sliiiiightly suspicious that Tyler's "symptoms" were really just regular signs that he was turning into a werewolf. No coughing up blood and rolling around on the carpet like Sage had done. Hmmm.

There was a nice moment when Elena informed Matt of Tyler's supposed demise and the poor guy did not take it so well:

And Rebekah (who was now my favorite S3 character post-Klaus) was also understandably upset about the death of her brother.

Both she and Elijah confirmed that Klaus was indeed the bloodline that had spawned all our favorite characters, but still. Rebekah wasn't worrying about the apparent contradiction, she'd decided that Alaric needed to die and therefore Elena would have to also.

Oh, but then we learned what had happened:

What had happened was, Bonnie used some good ol' body-switch magic to transport Klaus' essence into Tyler's body! Hoookay, so. Remember the first time we saw a body-switch? It involved a witch doing this elaborate ceremony over Alaric's bound body. Then the second time we saw it, Esther just had to touch Rebekah and it happened instantaneously. And NOW Tyler didn't even have to be in the same room (or even the same town)? Where is the consistency here? Again, totally possible that I missed a crucial detail, but this twist (while COOL because YAY KLAUS!) just seemed kind of hard to reconcile. Another drawback, and I'm sorry if this sounds mean, but is Michael Trevino up to the task of portraying Klaus? Don't get me wrong, I like Tyler a lot, and Trevino's great at playing that character. It's just that Joseph Morgan is so singular, you know? I don't know. Either way, I'm guessing Klaus will be getting in A LOT of mirror posing time because ENJOY YOURSELF, Klaus. Also, congratulations Caroline! Your boyfriend just got A LOT wittier.

I liked the little revelation that Bonnie's officially on the outs with her spiritual sisters. They'd kinda effed her over enough times that she was now a free agent. Not necessarily the mistress of dark magic we'd kind of hoped she'd become, but this definitely opens up possibilities for her to become slightly more badass in the future.

So, Rebekah's plan to kill Elena was pretty specific and well-timed!

Yikes! Did Rebekah really just stand right there on the bridge that whole time? And then did she immediately take off from the scene like her work there was done?

Intercut with that drama was Damon's tussle with Alaric.

Just when he was about to give in to the relentless pummeling and open-handed slaps, he remembered a very specific incident from just before Elena's parents' deaths:

They'd apparently met out on that road back in the day! Earlier in the episode Elena cited the main reason she fell for Stefan was that she'd met him first. But here we were learning the revelation that she'd actually met DAMON first. (Though it wasn't clear how long Stefan had been stalking her prior to their first meeting.) Anyway. She immediately opened up about her boyfriend problems and Damon immediately gave her sensitive advice on living her life to the fullest and what not.

But then he erased her memory of it and moved on for some reason! WHY did he do this? No idea.

I was complaining about this scene on Twitter, but let me be clear: This is a nice twist. I'm so incredibly bored by the love triangle that I greatly appreciated this turn of events. However, I just think the flashback wasn't handled well. The main reason we're rooting for Damon in the here and now was because his character arc for the last three seasons has been so pronounced and satisfying. He was essentially a murderous demon in the pilot episode and he's turned into an extremely sympathetic hero. I don't care how impressed he was that Katherine had a doppelganger, I just don't buy the idea that in early 2009 he was a sensitive, understanding dude who'd be bashful and chivalrous toward Elena. The Damon I remember from the beginning of the series would have captured her on sight, FLOWN somewhere and experimented/bantered/danced in his underwear with her. What we saw in this episode was very much a Season 3 Damon, which is cheating. If the point was to show they'd had a connection pre-Stefan, then fine. But this scene definitely needed a rewrite to massage it into the pre-established timeline more organically. I was disappointed, guys. Sue me.

But the episode was quickly back into stunning territory. Elena and Matt were trapped in his submerged truck and she was furiously flashing back to the time she was stuck in a submerged vehicle with her parents. Again, to be clear, this sequence was tremendously beautiful. Two things though: One, it was straight-up ridiculous how much emoting, decisionmaking, and breath-holding was going on in these sequences. (What is it about being underwater that makes seatbelts and door handles stop working?) And Two, score ANY footage with a Sigur Ros song and it's breath-taking, so the music was doing A LOT of heavy lifting here. Still though, it was a powerful montage.

We learned that when Stefan first rescued Elena from the initial attack, her father insisted that Stefan save Elena first.

And then in the present day, Elena paid it forward by forcing Stefan to save Matt first.

(Too bad vampires can't SWIM as fast as they can run.)

And then, shockingly, this happened:

Meanwhile Damon's tussle with Alaric came to a surprising conclusion when Alaric fell dead into Damon's arms.

Damon's response was devastating. He knew what Alaric's death meant.

Then, almost immediately, Jeremy had a visitation:

It was ghost Alaric, getting his goodbye #2! (What was the deal with not having a ghost Jenna? Shouldn't she and Alaric have walked off arm-in-arm? Her flashback cameos were super useless in retrospect, weren't they? But then again, fitting!)

So yeah. Sweet holy hell, ELENA DIED.

But it shouldn't come as any shock that Elena's earlier hospital visit created some complications.

Elena was transitioning to become a VAMPIRE! WHAAAAAT. Just like in the books! (I'm guessing, those things are just compendiums of madness.) Man, that is just a premise-rattling turn of events and superbly pulled off. It not only changes a lot about the main storyline, it specifically places Damon back in the running for Elena's newborn vampire heart. "Didn't we almost have it all?" - Stefan.

My instinct tells me that this MIGHT be a fakeout and we'll be getting a plotline in which Bonnie resorts to dark magic to prevent the transition and thus keeps Elena human but turns evil as a result. But I was super wrong about Season 3... I thought Ripper Stefan would just be a 2-episode arc and then the show would go back to normal but I was hecka wrong about that. So, lesson learned! I don't presume to have this show figured out and that's one reason why it's basically the best show on TV.

Sign my yearbook??

QUESTIONS:

... Which of Alaric's deaths was the saddest?

... Does Klaus even KNOW how to play football?

... Does Rebekah owe Matt a new truck?

... Who will succeed Mayor Lockwood in City Hall... Kol or Tiki's Grandad?

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This has got to be the article with the most comments. Long live TVD!!!
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The reason Jenna doesn't appear as a ghost is that she is not trapped on "The Other Side", she's kind of in Heaven, Esther said that once.
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I love this!!! Hilarious! I hope Elijah doesn't die because he's awesome.
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I realllllly hope Elijah becomes the new history teacher at MFHS.
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Why? No one attends classes anyway. I'd rather see him directly interacting w/ everyone else.
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Contact Julie Plec. Make it so.
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1. The dance. Definitley the dance. It's nice that Damon cried/sweat through his eyes both times though! (Even if the second time may have been for a certain duller-than-dishwater hussy.)

2. Whyyyyyy? J/k, of course he does! That will be the off-handed boast to woo Caroline next season.

3. Yes. But she'll just drag that one back up and there will be a nice picture of a sullen Matt in his thresh-hold with the caption ":-(".

4. Kol, he has the charisma and Elijah-chin/cleft for it. And Elena mowed down poor Tiki's Grandad in 3.14, right before she almost got nom-ed by a perturbed Barbie-Klaus.



But seriously, did I miss the football reference? Have a great summer, Price! I don't have a yearbooks. Sign my Smartphone by AT&T? (J/k, I communicate via walkie-talkie or on the odd occasion my army of Pixie-Wizard hybrids who make me feel at home, where ever I may drag them.)
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Still checking, not touching that "loser" comment, though.
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Do people still come back here to check for new comments or am I the only loser? lol
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Lol, I totally do it as well ;-). This time however, I tried to post-pone the ache of having to wait 3-4 months for the show come back and waited until now to watch the finale, only to have the CW set their premieres to October. So I'm actually just reading the re-cap now.... Cheers I guess? (Lol, to if you check back ;-)
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Holy crap, dude/tte! How'd you not go nuts waiting between episode 21 and the finale?!?!?!? Also, did you manage to stay spoiler-free, or did that require hiding in an internet-free cave?
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Ette ;-). Internet-free cave o_o. A week after the finale I was like "I've done well - finale time.", but continued to hold out anyway. I don't know if you do the TVFanatic caption contests, but I tried to keep up with them and ended up not because someone mentioned body-switching and that was a big "Whuuuut?!" on my part, and the point I quit the Internet. Missed picture re-caps and reading Daniel Gillies tweets so much.... (And btw to that Twitter debate, I don't actually have an account, I just go on the site periodically for the excellence of Mr. Gillies ;-).
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Once ever day or so until you and Montana join twitter, pretty much.
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It's ironic that I STOPPED checking this right after I wrote that last comment. I landed here on accident just now lol. Can't wait for the new season, I miss you guys hahaha
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And if we NEVER join twitter? Does that mean you'll be stuck checking this *forever*?
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Also, absences and tardies noted. Demerits given. You know where you were supposed to be.
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My own personal purgatory. With captions.
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Wow, that really is some amazing makeup.
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Considering that some makeup IS waterproof, I'm more impressed with the magical hairdo.
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Two quick thoughts:



One, we already knew that Elena's father wanted Stefan to save her first; Stefan related this when he told Elena he had pulled her from the car.



Two... aren't we glad that Damon didn't try to hide Klaus' coffin in his soap dish?
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hahah yeah that must have been the worst hiding place ever!
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UPDATE! All ACP'ers (and everyone else of course), the re-watch/live chat begins this Sunday at 11am EST with TVD s01e01. Don't ask me to calculate that to your timezone, I'm not a wizard.

http://tinychat.com/wn1u6
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Oh man.. Are you REALLY gonna force me to wake up that early? Ugh. Ok well count me in I think lol. I will definitely set my alarm but I won't make any promises because that is pretty early for me.
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*I* am a WIZARD.

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You are a genius, thank you!
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A couple of episodes ago Esther threw in that Jenna died "pure", so she wasn't in the weird-vampire-limbo. That's why Jeremy never saw her. I guess that's why she didn't get an arm-and-arm-into-the-sunset exit with Alaric.
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Way late to the party, but I had to mention that Elena not just taking off the seatbelt and swimming out through the open door was a very WTF moment for me.

Still, if total incompetence coupled with a lack of will to do even the minimum required to survive is what it takes to get her vampirized, and so hopefully revamp her personality a bit, I'm all for it.
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"total incompetence coupled with a lack of will to do even the minimum required to survive"



This might be the best sentence, ever. (okay, possible exaggeration) But I still love your comment!
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1. The Good Bye to Jeremy, altought He didnt die ther so technically his last death.

2. ah yes I think so, he has an british accent so he probably had to lear in order to get by

3. Definitly

4. Who ist this Granddad or Tiki for that matter? I am against Kol he is my last favourit original, so mayby Damon as far as we know he hasnt be outed by Alaric for whatever reason and it would just be the right kind of crazy for this town.
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i have a question , shouldnt tyler/klaus have an accent, at least when he talked to bonnie and they were alone. i mean one would think after a body swap one whould still keep the accent righ? that was a weird sentence to write
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Huh. Great question! I have no answers for you (sorry), but kudos for bringing the new perspective to the ACP! So, would the possessor (Klaus) speak with an English accent, or does the possessee's (Tyler) American accent come out, like maybe the physical form of the body takes over - accent wise? You know, like a supernatural form of muscle memory? (That might have been a weirder sentence to write.)
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She didn't do it on the computer, she probably became a whore
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Wow, am I majorly late to this party! I completely agree with you on everything about this ep - not as epic as it could have been or even as epic as past season finales, but great nonetheless for closing out an amazing season. One point I really wanted to make though - Klaus better get his own body like moment 0:02 into next season, or at the very least, he better tell Caroline who he really is as soon as he sees her. 'Cause, as much as I'd like Klaus-Caroline to be end game, I'm really not interested in VD turning into the "let's rape Caroline" show (AGAIN).



As for the vagueness of the "who really met Bore-lena first" thing - I sort of assumed that Stefan first realized who Elena was the moment he saw her in the car when he went to save her (which would give Damon first contact). If you watch that scene back, when he swims to the back of the car to get her out, he sort of does a double take when he sees that she looks like Katherine. In the past, he's even said that that's why he stuck around town in the first place - to make sure she wasn't actually Katherine and that that's when he fell for her. But, I'm with you, the whole "Damon really met her first" thing was handled really awkwardly and could've been an excellent game changer if it had been handled a little less hamfisted-ly. Either way, it makes me think that Julie Plec and co. intend for Delena to be end game, which I think is much more preferable to the usual "oatmeal on toast" appeal that is Elena+Stefan.
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I'm afraid this comparison might be unfair to oatmeal on toast. ;P Sorry for the sarcasm, but they are way, way, WAY more boring together than I can stand. I happen to like oatmeal. And toast.
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XD "I miss my bird" - I had totally forgotten he used to do that. Didn't like the scene either though, I would have expected something not only more badass from Damon, but also much more memorable (no pun intended) than that lame pick-up conversation. But I really liked the episode, perhaps because it was different than what we are used to with the actually related flashbacks that it felt like a stand-out episode.



- Definitely the first one. I cried with that one!

- I share your worry about the actor playing Tyler being able to play Klaus, but I hope Klaus will be seen in his own body again (it's not like impossibilities are impossible in this show), just because I love that actor so much. His face when Stefan stabbed him!

- Rebekah could have saved Matt and let Elena die, which I would have found more probable than Stefan letting her die for Matt. Or that he wouldn't be able to yank both seatbelts free. And why didn't Elena pull hers off and swim out? She wasn't unconscious!

- How absolutely cool would it be if Kol became the new mayor?!!?!?!
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ROFL.

"Everything cool in here?"

hahahahahahaha



I totally agree, it was like finishing school...not everything was good, but everyone's back after the summer, except alaric because he has a new show.



Also what is with the never ending love triange - dating your boyfriend/ex-boyfriend's brother..... SO WRONG! You can't be so morally righteous and date your ex's brother.
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now that Elena is a vampire wont she remember everything Damon made her forget and make Elena second guess her answer very very deeply

NEW LOVE TWIST !!!!

gO Damon Go...
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Seriously? This bi**h again?
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Tinychat is awesome:

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Whiteboards are the bestest.
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We are the bestest.
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Okay, first off, I'd like to apologize to my fellow commenters for being so late on this (over a week late, bad me). I didn't want to look in on this until I had the time to commit to it properly (in case you saw other posts of mine and were wondering why I had ignored this page). But there were mitigating circumstances with me being out of town and responsible for a number of children, and a few sad events into which I shall not go... all culminating with the happy event that my sister is pregnant and I get to be an Uncle!!! (SUPER excited about this!!!!! I am going to be the best uncle ever.)



Price, I feel all of your complaints. The distance thing was just too contrived for me, especially with Bonnie making the jump back and forth. The underwater thing was a bit much but I can okay that for, as you said, the epic imagery. Also, they did kind of write themselves into a corner with that one with the earlier Stefan saved Elena but couldn't save her parents thing. Also, flashback Damon. That was a season 3 Damon, straight up. Or at least it seemed that way. There may be a way to make that okay, but it will have to involved a lot more flashbacks and back-story, which I'm just not sure I want to see them attempt. Evil Bonnie didn't go quite Evil enough for me, but there's still hope for that for the future. Again, though with the inconsistent magicks. Body-swapping ease. Unless Evil Bonnie has found some ridiculously awesome power tap thing. But the magic of this show has always been murky at best, while TSC ran it straight up start to finish.



Likes: ELIJAH! Sure, maybe Elena should have thought twice about accepting his help, but Elijah's a stand-up guy, and he did go straight this time. Rebekah (1/2 of Blonde Lightning) was more emotional this episode, but I can okay that, he was her 1,000 year old bro. Caroline (Best 1/2 of Blonde Lightning!) is now free of Tyler which (AWESOME) means she's freed up to do more awesome stuff next season. Except that Klaus is in Tyler, which means that Klarolyler is going to happen which is WEIRD-AWESOME. It was a pretty upsetting moment seeing Klaus die, but we got a great story out of it. I have always been a Stelena man, myself, so I'm happy at the choice there. And then the ending: Vamp-lena. AWESOME. Brings about 15,326 more options for next season. Best option: The possibility of a NOT-PATHETIC ELENA.



-Alaric's death: Sad and Awesome (especially the shot with him and Damon). AlarDick's death: Awesome, and not at all sad for him (though the shot of Damon was pretty moving).

-Football.... that's the one with the white ball with black spots that everyone kicks around trying to get it into those nets, right?

-She does and, I'm actually REALLY curious about that. I still think we'll get a Rebekah-Matt thing out of this, and I hope she does an emotional thing and feels bad about trying to kill him (even though it was really just Elena she wanted dead).

-Mayor Jeremy Helsing. Yeah!



Also, I do not believe that this necessarily means that Klaus is the line for all of our favourite vampires. But it is not unlikely, and I'm willing to admit that at this point, even though I still want it to be Elijah. Also, this makes it less likely that I'm going to get my wish of season 4 as all out vamp war.



To my commenting friends: I shall try and get to read yours, though, I look at the count, and I hope you forgive me if I tell you that it may take some time.
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Yay. Fun uncles are the best. You're gonna be the guy who lets them have gum in church and snacks after bedtime, right? Those aunts/uncles are the best.
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Congrats on being an Uncle!! LOL @ Klarolyer, how horrid. As for Elena not being pathetic, I wouldnt get your hopes up. Caroline was the shining exception, I don't think being a Vampire makes you automatically better. Case in point: Isobel, Sage, ABBY.

And it's all good if you don't make it through the nearly 1600 comments, we have progressed to a livechat! Yes, because we are that obsessed lol. Hiatus schmiatus!
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She sounds awful
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LOL!
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Awww I'm going to miss Tyler (of Season 2) we barely saw him in season 3. Also Joseph Morgan. Though this is an ok compromise I suppose.

Alaric's first death with Damon on standby was the worst.

Overall this was a loudly dissappointing episode.

Elena should have stayed human; this blows. Though it may mean she might date someone other than these two for a change, plus Katherine will return so vampire Elena may not hold the same allure over the guys of Mystic Falls anymore.

Bonnie washing her hands of the most powerful invisible force of the show was probably the best bit.

That and Damon calling Rebekah Bex. <3 They're my favourite pairing now.
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Okay guys, it's the weekend and I have yet to get tv.com/Price's attention. So I think we should go with mmmshuddup's suggestion of tinychat.

I've created this space: http://tinychat.com/wn1u6

So go on and login when you get the chance and we can begin the debate over what episodes to watch and when.

Talk to y'all soon!
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Friends! I miss you guys when I'm absent! I need sleep and then to catch up on comments around here tomorrow.

When I get back can some one fill me in whether we've got a re-watch plan/schedule/posting place/who to hassle to make this happen?

Unrelated note - Thought I'd throw this out there, if anyone else watches 'Haven' I'd totally be up for some Haven/Audrey/Nathan/Dukemightbeevil/mythology/newspaper/Lucy group rants.
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Apparently, Meftihe was working on something, but I have yet to receive word on exactly WHAT it is. I'll try to keep you posted, though.
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haha my bad, it was essentially just a gentle twitter campaign to get a new post. I'm too polite to spam, so I failed.
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Did we try his inbox here? I ain't to proud to beg.
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LOL no we did not. What's the matter Montana, sick of tinychat already?
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Neither-I wasn't that moved by either of Alaric's deaths, it was just like a movement although I did cry when he came as a ghost..



I thought Damon flashback was sweet, but I still want Stelena..



And is it me or is Stefan a bit of a wuss? I mean he does whatever Elena or her dad tells him? Although, I DID like the fact that he let her make her own decisions, that's real.



I really hope Stelena comes back in Season 4. I thought the Stelena kiss was so tender and sweet..



Also, I kinda want Joseph Morgan Klaus back, I absolutely <3 his sarcastic commentary, I hate him when he is taking Elena's blood, or doing heinous things, but other than that I <3 him..



Also, I think Klaus began to have respect for Bonnie when she told him it was her decision etc. It would be interesting to see Klonnie..



I hope the others find out about Klaus and also I really really REALLY hope we can get Stelena!!



I was hoping for more flashbacks, but overall it was done well.. thought it was a LITTLE boring and TSC was kick ass amazing.. but it's a 3 seasoned show like PP said..
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Stefan IS a wuss now. Tis Elena's doing.
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I saw a delenavideo on youtube (yes, I'm a huge nerd :D) and I have to say that the lyrics in this song fits perfectly to how I feel about Elena right now XD I didn't really like the video so much, but I felt like sharing it with you guys ;)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ynT8BUZI5Zw

And here is another one that i think is great :)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L_r-iYy-3dU



Nerdy post over :D hmm i had a lot of smileyfaces in this post...
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okay seriously I dont watch TVD but +1000 comments in this recap WOOOOW
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Good episode with a shocking ending. i can't wait to find out what will happen next!
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I'm not a TVD fan, quite frankly, I've never watched, I just saw the Humungous number of comments and thought it would be a good place to ask, does anybody knows what did ever happened to arch_angel88, aka Michael Robertson? Did Tim Surette have him "removed"?

I know, it's totally not related news to this article, but like I said, given the # of commentators, I thought at least one of you would let me know.
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Yes, I think I do know and you shouldn't blame anyone for his removal.
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...I can't deal with waiting for the show to return. So I started re-watching old episodes. I'm now halfway through the second season. Suffice to say my uni attendance rate is suffering. Damn southern hemisphere where it's not summer right now, so watching TV all day is somewhat frowned upon.
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hahahhahahha sooo funny!! Also, we found out agess ago from some witch that Jenna wasn't in ghosty purgatory or whatever, she'd like found peace.
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Guys, it's been a week! It's Thursday night and no TVD :O ugh, what am I supposed to do tonight? We could open a chat on tinychat.com and watch old episodes. lol it's pretty nerdy, I know. But hey, I don't see anyone else coming up with ideas!
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Tonight is all about Community. Meftihe is cooking something up in terms of rewatches, I think.
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That's true, you're right. Speaking of which, I better get to watching that pretty quick here. Last week's episode was hilarious imo!
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I tweeted Price to no avail. I imagine his @mentions are quite crowded. I spose we could move over to another site, just wanted to give Price/tv.com a chance since it brought us together and all... give me til the weekend?
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Good plan and yeah.. I dunno how "deep" he is into Hollywood but he may even have a publicist or agent maintaining his twitter account or something. either way, I doubt he'll respond. I can wait until the weekend. And Safibwana was right, tonight's all about Community! Love that show! Do you watch?



I'll be on the lookout then this weekend for whatever you come up with! :)
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hahahaha the idea that Price is so Hollywood that he requires a publicist/agent to manage his twitter had me rolling.

I clearly love his recaps and totally appreciate them/him, but if this requires an agent then something is seriously wrong in the world.
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I'm already on this, on episode 13 of season one already
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lol wait for meeee! Apparently Meftihe has some ideas brewing for re-watching the series. Stay tuned as I will.
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i'll subscribe to this ;-)
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If you need to vent already, we'll totally understand. lol
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OhMyGod the pressure *cracks*
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Klaus can't die because we haven't seen how he kiss Caroline yet. If his kiss is hot enough, this 1000 years old vampire can see another season final.
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I love this idea of earning your right on the show by pleasing Caroline. Which is why everyone who's ever tortured her has died. Painfully.
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lol I never noticed that.
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Okay i have to stop commenting! But i just saw the ranking on "Most commented posts" and guess which one is number one? ;) Number two only has 400 comments :O
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It just means that we're cooler than everyone else...or so I would imagine.
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The word you are looking for is "rabid".
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I know I just posted a comment, but this show has so many questions! Why is Elena so stupid, and why is she such a poorly written character? No, Damon doesn't let her make her own decisions like stefan do and that bothers elena in some way, but as damon said "you know what else is her call? Everything bad EVER". At least someone in this show makes sense ;)



And I don't hate Nina, she is a wonderful actor! I just wish the writers would give her something better to work with :)
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We should make a list of all the bad decisions elena has made in this show...



I wish I got a message or something whenever someone replied or answerd any of my posts, I scrolled back to a comment I made 2 days ago and realized there were some awesome replies I hadn't read :( Or maby that already exists? I'm new here so I don't know. @montana_katana I replied to your comment about rebekah being the wors arsonist but since the comment is so far down i wasn't sure you'd see it. :(
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Hey! I've been absent for the past 2ish days. Sometimes catching up around here can be a pain. There are no comment notifications (we can't have nice things *pouts*). I'm home sick this weekend and my massive recoup plan involves laying on the couch and catching up on tv.com comments. #priorities

I'll get back to you on the Rebekah-arsonist thing. (I kind of don't remember what post you're talking about? But when I get sleep deprived +/or in full on rant-mode, I tend to forget things?)

Long story short: sleep now, comment tomorrow.
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To survive the hiatus I had to watch season one again, and I know people have said this before but I REALLY miss the old Damon! :)
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I've also started watching season one again, and all I can say is: Damon is always awesome; I'm back to hating Bonnie again; I love Matt, he's so helpless and he doesn't even know it!; and no-one should attempt to watch the first four episodes, in comparison to new episodes they're unwatchable.
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I am really sorry that vampire dairies turning into a highschool girls imaginary world. Fight between her darkside (damon) and her good side (Moral voices, family members+Stefan). Come on, do we have to watch this girl's unacceptance problems. I love Damon I started to watch this series for him. Now I can't even look at him. He turns a symboll of Elena's Dark Side.

God I hate subtexts, definitely killing the buzz. (Sorry my grammer problems,English my second language)
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With all the Elena bashing, why aren't we looking at this from the standpoint that she is dealing with V-A-M-P-I-R-E-S!! Let's for a moment say that Vampires exist and actually live in our world. Okay, what would you do? haha. I would say the near 1500 out of 1500 here would crap and piss their pants and runaway. I mean who would actually use attempting suicide to change the situation or just stand up to a being that could in a blink of the eye kill you? For a teen girl I'd say she's doing pretty good. I agree some dumb decisions but she's pretty brave under the circumstances.
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Hmm I was thinking about this for a while (maybe longer than I should have?) and I thought of something.. While your point is valid, it's kinda short-sighted. I mean, sure, all of us would crap our pants if we came into contact with a vampire in real life. BUT, all of us, just like Elena, would probably also reconsider upon realizing that the vampire is one of our old friends and appears to still have feelings and act like his old self. I know if I came home one day and suddenly my roommate was a vampire but he said he wouldn't try to kill me or drink my blood (and didn't) then I'm fairly certain I wouldn't piss myself haha
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The things you pointed out are the things that make her bareable - she has MOMENTS. These moments where she could be something more, something braver, someone who is better for her loved ones. I know, she's young, human, and perhaps the person who is easiest to actually hurt in some shape or form...bad guys can single her out more easily than than Caroline, cause she's a vampire, or even Bonnie, because perhaps she could...do something, I don't know.

But Elena is still not a good character. She's not written well. Apart from those moments of bravery, the character is a mess, and not in terms of a emotion, in terms of 'Who I love depends on who I meet first', and 'Let's make it all about me'...so many things. She's just very unlikeable. I feel like, as someone who likes to delve into the minds of characters, I should feel for Elena more than I do, and I should understand her backwards decisions, but every time I try to think from her point of view, I can't. Because who helps a woman prepare to kill her kids and then gives out to her 'love interest' for not being upset because one of those kids isn't so bad? HELLO ELENA. WELL DONE. IT'S SORT OF YOUR FAULT.
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Tv Elena doesn't look like want to be with vampires but real Elena wants to be with vampires thats why she is surrounded by vampires. Elena has two faces. In the surface she always cries and complaints about the situation, but in deep she always chooses vampires. Even whe she said she doesn't want to be a vampire, she was lying to herself.

She always wanted to be a vampire. That's why Stefan Salvatore comes her life in a boring day of high school. (This is the subtext of Elena Gilbert's life)
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lol hard to argue with that. still, Elena sucks hahahaha
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C'mon guys! Let's get this thing to 1500!



Also: The guy playing Tyler trying to act like Klaus? Really? I don't know ...
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He started not so well: I guess it was Klaus in the cave when Caroline thought he was dying. And nobody suspected that smth was wrong at that moment. I mean the viewers. Even though he was saying all the word Klaus would say. People are still arguing...

Not the best job in portraying our brilliant Klaus then!
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we did it! 1500 comments! hurrah!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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Yeah I know what you mean... I made that point about 1,100 comments ago lol. It was actually, basically my main beef for the finale to be honest
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Which of Alaric's deaths was the saddest? The first one actually, when Damon stabbed him in the lungs..



Does Klaus even KNOW how to play football? Hope so!



Does Rebekah owe Matt a new truck? Heck yea! A Ferrari , please.



Who will succeed Mayor Lockwood in City Hall... Kol or Tiki's Grandad? Kol would be awesome actually.

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I love the show.... but I think I might miss your photo recaps more than I'll miss the show! TV.com should interview you for an article. I'm sure everyone would love to learn more about the man behind the insanely popular photo recaps!
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You know what really annoys me about this? More than anything? The fact that Damon and Stefan think so much of Elena. Someone explain what she has ever done to deserve it. She CAN be selfless, she has some great character moments, but only once a season. I can think of three times Elena has impressed me. Three. And the rest of the time she's sighing and judging and endangering everyone, and what GETS to me about it is that people SAY 'This is a bad idea', and people SAY 'Elena, you were wrong', but there's never any...punishment. As in cold-shouler. Not go-in-the-corner-and-think-about-what-you've-done.

Bare with me.

Now, I know that obviously the fact that I haven't watched many episodes means that I've probably missed some moments of development and progression in Elena's relationships with Stefan and Damon. But just because things run deep between these characters does NOT mean that Elena should be treated like some f***ing child, which she is. Bonnie gets ignored, Jeremy gets chided, Matt gets chided - everyone seems to get the cold shoulder from SOMEone when they do something wrong, except Elena. I just think the way they write this character - self righteous, hypocritical, jealous, judgemental - makes it difficult to like OTHER characters at times, because people don't respond to her angrily, it's always just a moment of 'Man, Elena, that was stupid', and then in the next scene they're discussing what a freaking hero the girl is, and like I said, she has her moments, but...I mean, I remember being 10. I'd be like 'F*** yeah, dudes love girls no matter what if they're pretty enough!' They're sending out this awful message through their portrayal of Elena. Not to mention the fact that she loves two murderers (I know, redemption arcs have happened, I know, but still), is generally quite awful to everyone, INCLUDING Stefan and Damon (no one ever questions exactly how much respect those brothers have for themselves, which is strange, because they can't have that much if they've decided it's worth loving and losing someone like Elena (pre-vamp-storyine)).

I can't express it exactly. I don't know how to explain it. But Elena is portrayed in this gross way. I mean, characters bend over backwards for this girl, they discuss - amoungst eachother, in her absense - what a swell chick she is, and she's NOT. The main thing Elena's got going for her is that she looks like Nina Dobrev. And that's it. She's NOT a hero, not really (again, just moments of goodness), she lets people die for her...

And I feel I should say that I realize she's had an awful couple of years at this point, and I know the character is a teenager, and she's emotional, so of course she's not going to be freaking John McClain in her heroics...but STILL, the way characters act around her? They walk around her, or bow down to her, or something crazy like that, and I'm all for unconditional love but REALLY SHOW. Stop making Elena do these awful things, SHOWING US that characters are aware they're awful, and then deciding that Elena is just too damn important to be, at the very least, ignored by someone for an episode. And I don't mean Bonnie after her mom got turned to save Elena - but that is also a perfect example of what annoys me. Did Bonnie even let her anger out at Elena? Apart from Damon on an occasion or two - but he's unstable anyway - does anyone ever REALLY tell it to Elena like it is? I just really don't appreciate watching this show where it suggests that iif a guy loves you enough you can be a COMPLETE and UTTER NUTCASE and still never have the words 'I'm mad at you' said to them.

Like I say, maybe I've missed these things by sticking purely to photorecaps for the most part, but I really get the impression that no one ever wants to f***ing make Elena realize that she's screwing a lot up for people.

There. Angry post over.
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I cannot argue against this. : ) I think that's why as frustrating as Bonnie is I hold on so tightly to her and hope for better things because she does suffer a great deal and at least sometimes she expresses her frustration with Elena in general even though she irritates me with putting it off on someone else (ie Damon). And that's why Damon is just...I love him. because he is sort of the only one that says what everyone should be thinking.
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Do they? Has Damon ever said anything nice about Elena's brain or personality? I think he knows what she is, but respect is not something he requires in his relationships. In fact, mutual respect may be completely lacking from all of his sexual or romantic relationships.



As to her not getting punished, I think a lot of us exercise a lot more patience and tolerance with people who are not as smart. Elena's IQ is sitting at about an 80, I think.
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mutual respect= Damon and Rose. IDC what anyone says, I miss Rose. Remember when she told Damon she doesn't fall in love with people who are in love with others because she thinks more of herself than that? INSTANT lady crush.
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I miss Rose too!! Jeremy should think about her more often!
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Yes! Sucks that Jeremy is our only hope. Did Matt lose his superconnection to the other side for bringing Vicki back? Seems unfair.
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I feel like punished is the wrong word. But at this point, I'm surprised no one has just come out and said it: 'Elena, please stop trying to make plans when people keep dying because of your plans'. Not even one person. Not even in a nice, friendly way. I don't understand it, she doesn't seem like someone who would react that badly to someone making her realize this. But the writers just seem adamant that everyone loves Elena all the time, even when she does something stupid, and I know if I were Caroline, or Bonnie, or anyone there really, I'd feel the need to every now and again, say 'Elena, remember what happened the last time you did this? Let's listen to Damon!' It just gets to me. Friends forgive friends, always, and I get that, but it's at the point where I think everyone on this show must have self esteem issues. Why not just say it? I don't get it.
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Even worse, they actually tell her she must make the decisions (most of the time it's about her life but still)!

I don't hold that against her most of the time cause if I was in her situation I honestly don't know if I would have made better decisions, but I know what you mean. And what I also don't understand is why they don't offer better alternatives instead of just following her plans.
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girrrllll, I think many people here agree with you. Myself included.
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Ohhhhhhhh Myyyyyyyyyyy LANTA
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LOL nice Full House quote. thumbs up if you caught the reference!
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The scrolling is killing me, so I'm going to start again.



The initial glee at the finale has faded, and now I have some overall issues with this season.

Two huge plots of this season were:



1) Killing Klaus

2) Elena falling for Damon



I know a lot of other things happened, but after 22 episodes, Klaus is STILL alive and Elena still chose Stefan.



So despite Elena becoming a vampire and Alaric becoming a killer and then DYING I still felt like no progress was made this season? It was sort of underwhelming, although it clearly shouldn't've been. Those are huge plot twists! But I still feel unfulfilled.
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I understand how you feel but it's a stretch to say, for example, that nothing happened with Klaus or Damon/Elena.. I mean yes Klaus is technically ALIVE but it's a far cry from his normal form! We lost Mikael, Esther and Finn. That's three originals (one of them being an original witch*) down.. That leaves Klaus (semi-incapacitated), Rebekah and our beloved Elijah lol.



As far as Damon and Elena goes, well it's just like Julie Plec said... All that stuff about endgame and what not I mean. Sure, Elena may have CHOSEN Stefan for now, but they left that wide open for next season. Also, her choice was made in the heat of a majorly intense moment and as far as I know, Stefan doesn't know about her "choice" yet.



If they made the mistake of jumping the gun on the Damon/Elena 'ship, then they'd run the risk of killing a major attraction to the story for certain viewers. Whenever relationships like this in TV that are REALLY good and everyone is dying for them, it's smart for the writers to stretch it out a bit. I'm not saying they should wait until like season 7 or something but you catch my drift. In The Office, they hooked up Pam and Jim at the end of season 2 but it didn't become official until season 3. (or s04e01 if you want to be super picky). From that point on, the whole Jim/Pam thing was boring as eff. The show became about their stupid marriage and their stupid kids and while all that stuff is all good and fun, for the show it sucked!



I rest my case lol.
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I agree wholeheartedly with what you said, but I think everything was done poorly. It felt like it was done episode by episode, with no thought to the overall arc. Which means we had a LOT of amazing episodes, but in hindsight and during the inevitable re-watch, knowing where it all ends up makes it befuddling and frustrating.



I agree especially with your Damon/Elena development comments, but in light of that, I think the last kiss they had was dreadful because either way you slice it, someone looks like an asshole. Either Elena or the writers.



Does any of that make sense? I'm just trying to put words to why, even though this season had the most amazing highs, overall it seems pretty low to me... I think I actually prefer Season 2? Don't hate me lol.
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Yeah I suppose I can see where you're coming from. I'll keep all that in mind when we rewatch but I still expect to be blown away lol. By the way, what's the current status on that?
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And Kol! How can you forget Kol?!
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lol ooops! :O can't belive I let Kol slip my mind like that. But at least we know he's expendible so they can kill off at least one more Original without hurting us or the series at all. At this point, I think almost everyone loves Elijah, and the majority of us definitely love Rebekah. Klaus doesn't seem to have quite as many fans but I know there are A LOT anyway and there are many of us who esteem him as our favorite character so yeah. Sorry about the tangent there haha.



Anyway, did you feel my flow with my previous comment? I thought I made some pretty good points.
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Yeah! Even though Klaus is my favorite, Elijah is top 5 for sure and if Rebekah wasn't so awesome he would definitely be #2 for Originals. haha
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There were some good points, and I do agree that Kol is definitely expendable. I, myself, rank Elijah as the best original, because he's so damn honourable!
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All the action seems to be happening when I'm gone! Stupid time difference! Yes as much as I love Joseph morgan as an actor i must agree it would have been better if they had killed him in this episode. A good show must be able to kill of loved characters, that's what makes the real supense! When Damon was dying we all knew he was going to survive, that's what made that plot so boring. I mean take Game of thrones for example, they killed of one of their main cast in season one and it wasn't even a season finale. I agree with a previous comment (can't remember who wrote it), it said the shows problem isn't bad actors, it's bad writers! Sorry again for bad spelling, writing on iphone ;)
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YES. Game of Thrones is my shining example for writing with balls. I screeched and screamed and tore the place apart when that character you mentioned died, but it did not deter me, and overall has added to the excitement. I live in constant fear for the characters I love, and amazingly, it makes each moment more precious while simultaneously softening the blow when the next big death happens...
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Exactly! Thats one of the things that makes a great show! You managed to put my thoughts exactly in your post, well done :D

I fear greatly for the death of Arya and Tyrion :O
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haha we are the same person, every single time Arya's onscreen I'm half cheering her on and half begging her to just run and hide so she'll be safe. Drives my roommates nuts. Tyrion only had me worried when the street fight broke out after that foreshadowing about the people being less than happy with him... I was like oh SHIT where's his morally questionable savage of a bodyguard hiding, SAVE HIM.
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I kind of sort of agree with this. I love Klaus so I didn't want to see him gone...but, it isn't lost on me that he kind of sort of should have been. It does lack a sense of progressiveness when you put thought into it. Elena still choosing Stefan despite...everything. Klaus still being sort of alive...despite everything. Goals not being met, limited forward movement. They rarely make progress though...it's as expected as the numerous plotholes and inconsistencies.
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"They rarely make progress though.." YES! Exactly! That's kinda the point here.. I mean, when IS there "progression" in this series. There's really not much in actuality. I mean, you could sum up a season in just a couple of short paragraphs if you wanted to. But it's the DETAILS. The details are what we all want in the show so I say screw the freakin so-called progression lol. I refer you guys to my previous comment.. It's sorta long though, so I do apologize.
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aha I thought we'd all put a kibosh on apologizing for long comments. It's who we are, love it or leave it :D
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That's depressing. I will continue to demand greatness. Otherwise what's the point? Not just of watching, but of all our great discussions. I refuse to give up.
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ditto! solidarity!
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LOL good call. The scrolling was making my head hurt.

I am with you on this....I find it incredibly frustrating that she chose Stefan after all of that. Not even because I wanted her to choose Damon but it would have been better if she just didn't choose Stefan again.

I think the reason I feel unfulfilled despite those two plot points is that neither of those happened until the very end. So the whole season prior to that was filler in a sense.
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I call myself a Stelena fan, but honestly even I would've supported a Delena finale simply because to have her end up with Stefan after ALL THAT DRAMA about choosing is a serious pain in the ass. It essentially means she was just stringing Damon along so he wouldn't ditch her ass. And then to have them drop that scene in just to torture shippers and enflame the wars? What are you even doing?! Are they trying to eradicate the sane, intelligent, mature section of their audience? If all they want is the people who send death threats, then fine. Keep going down this road. Enjoy the trip.
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Yup. That. I'm more of Delena girl myself...but I honest to goodness love them both. And yet also root for Damon and Stefan to find someone outside of Elena who deserves what they have to offer? I don't know. I feel like as much as I like both ships I also think it does none of them involved very little good a great deal of the time. It's not fair to anyone. What was I sayin? I don't know. Carry on.
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LOL Blue you just want them all to be happy! Me too. We're so screwed.
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Ugh, seriously. They try to make all the shippers happy but at the end of the day that's not possible. So have the balls to write her a real choice without dropped in scenes to support the other shipper side following it.
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yessssss. If you're going to cater to the whims of fans, give us more shirtless scenes. Do not toy with the characters we love! Poor Damon. Poor Stefan. Poor us.
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I was deeply disappointed when Klaus didn't die at the end of season 2. I think I am more jaded now. I wasn't at all shocked they didn't kill him, especially after seeing the comments here all season. You're all too attached and Julie Plec spends too much time pandering to the fans. Mind you, she panders poorly, so she didn't save Klaus in a way that makes the fans happy, but the fact she didn't have the lady-balls to kill him off is just typical her at this point.
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She should have just hired someone else to play Klaus and none of us would even be having this discussion! Take for example the villain from The Event (R.I.P lol); she was just downright awful! She was interesting and pivotal to the story but I don't imagine anyone liked her. Quite the contrary, we hated her! Ugh, just thinking of her face and her voice makes me want to go back in time and have the writers kill her off. lol



Anyway, I understand where you're coming from but I mean killing off someone as cool as Klaus would be a mistake for many reasons. We could go on the other side of the spectrum and just say EFF the fans and do whatever you want with the characters, plots, etc. How would that be? Terrible. I went to see a band from NYC called Say Hi To Your Mom once about 6 or 7 years ago and they flat out refused to play their best song. They did so BECAUSE it was their best song. It happened to be their most popular song. So these people come along with their totally hypocritical mentality that doing the opposite of anything that's popular is cool or individualistic or what-have-you, but it's completely asinine. Case in point: sometimes giving the fans what they want is the RIGHT thing to do. Period.
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By the way, this is the song they wouldn't play: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sFcfbUq2Jjg



lol it's a great song
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That's my point exactly, if you're not going to kill him, and it was obvious because of the points you listed, don't front like you are. don't waste time that was NEEDED to help develop other characters and story lines if it was never your intention. A fake-out should not last an entire season, what a drainer.
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on the other hand they have spent a lot of time trying to kill katherine as well... and we wouldn't want that either... some bad-ass characters simply have to stay :-))
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Katherine, Klaus and Stefan? Now THERE'S a love triangle I would support.
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The only difference being that no one is actively hunting Katherine, and it is not used as a regular plot point with "suspense". Klaus is the only one who wants to kill Katherine, and so she hides when he's in town. It's all very sensible.
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I too am a huge Klaus fan but completely agree
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Exactly. Joseph Morgan is amazing and should always be on this show. We've accepted that, the writers have accepted that, so WHY.
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Even though I'm a huge Klaus fan...I see your point.
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I understand where you are coming from....they have spent an entire season trying to kill him and have gotten nowhere. It is frustrating.
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Price, loved your recaps for the season. My family and I look forward to your recaps the most!

Have a wonderful summer and keep that sense of humor for next season.
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my theory is now proved: 100 comments every day! remember: it should be 2000 in 6 days!))
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