With a shocking cliffhanger that left us all hanging for a dreadfully long few months, The Vampire Diaries returns with a vengeance.. and a new approach that I’m not quite sure about.
Let’s bitch it out…To be honest, I spent the summer hoping that dear old Bonnie (Kat Graham) would come to the rescue and finally succeed in saving something. I just can’t grasp Elena (Nina Dobrev) as a vampire so as the episode begins I am firmly in Stefan’s (Paul Wesley) camp, holding out hope that something will bring her back to life. But as the episode goes on, I remember that I’m hanging my hat on Bonnie saving the day. Let’s be honest: Bonnie is better at screwing things up rather than actually coming through. So, am I disappointed when Elena drinks the blood and completes the transition? Yes. But am I surprised? No.
I get that the show needs a new direction, but I’m just not sure this is what I am looking for. We’ve spent three seasons listening to how much Elena wants to stay human and live her life, and to change things up the writers throw this at us?! This is definitely something I’m going to have to get used to.
Of all the relationships on the show, I most look forward to the interactions between Klaus (Joseph Morgan) and Rebekah (Claire Holt). Even in an episode dedicated to Elena’s decision and her pain, I am most affected by this duo. The bond they share is one of love and hate, and I find it endlessly fascinating. Tonight is no different, culminating with a fight that is the most moving aspect of the episode for me. I am glad that Rebekah finally does us all a favour and gets rid of the last of the doppleganger blood. Not sure if it’s just me, but I got really tired of hearing how the hybrids were going to be Klaus’ new family. You know, when he’s literally talking to his actual family.
One thing I am definitely happy to see is that Elena has finally made a choice between the brothers and seems to be sticking to it, even in death. She is so sure of her decision and her declaration of love to Stefan, she actually gets Rebekah emotional enough to help save her. I mean, that in itself is a miracle. That must be some powerful love. But then again, it might have been Stefan’s tears that got Rebekah in the end. I’m not sure though.. I couldn’t quite see through my own. *sniff*
A few other observations:
- I’m really hoping that this season Matt (Zach Roerig) gets more of a storyline than the “best buddy” who supports the vampires. The human contingent is severely dwindling and I’m not counting the lovely Dr. Meredith Fell (Torrey Devito) yet…Time will tell if she makes it as a full time cast member on the show (and into my heart). There has to be more they can give Matt and Jeremy (Steven R. McQueen) to work with than just being the humans who are used as a blood bank and occasional sidekick.
- Oh how I’ve missed Caroline (Candice Accola). I adore her wit and sarcasm, and how she puts Klaus in his place. She is always a pleasure to watch and I’m glad she’s back gracing my TV screen.
- While some of you may think that Elena belongs with Damon (Ian Somerhalder), I’m here to tell you you’re wrong. Not because I’m a Stefan lover (I am), but because Damon is so much better being bad. The show wouldn’t be the same if Damon went all soft and “in a relationship” on us. So it is nice to see him a little out of control in this episode – it makes me feel like things are right in my world again.
- Finally, this episode is severely lacking something: Daniel Gillies’ Elijah. I miss him when he’s not around but my heart is at ease because based on the promotional photos for this season, he will be back.
So, what did you think of the season four premiere? I can’t be the only one who thinks Bonnie is more trouble than she’s worth, can I? I feel like things changed forever in tonight’s episode when Elena became a vampire and I’m a little wary about how different things are going to be now. Do you agree, or do you think this was a genius move by the writers? Sound off below!
The Vampire Diaries airs on Thursdays at 9pm EST on The CW