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The hiatus is over, and we’re now in the final stretch of season 3 with 4 episodes to go. Tonight Damon and Elena are heading off to Denver to check on Jeremy, the search is on for the item Alaric misplaced, and we also see the return of some more familiar faces.

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  • ihatepeople

    Maybe people were on Spring vacations.

  • ihatepeople

    Well said. Let the past go!

  • ihatepeople

    I have to disagree on the pure lust thing. If it was purely lust something would’ve happened a long time ago when Stefan was M.I.A. It was someone who has been in love with a woman he can’t have being given a stolen moment with her. It was a woman who has been denying her feelings for someone she isn’t suppose to love. The result was an exploion. I know she professes her love for Stefan but since Klaus took him away they’ve been broken up. Stefan has been pushing her away all along so despite her love for him she isn’t technically involvee with anyone right now. Stefan hasn’t even allowed her to kiss him. She is toying with both brothers’ emotions even if she isn’t intentionally meaning to. It’s a mess all the way around. I hate seeing the heartbreak.

  • DianaPauline

    I really loved “Heart of Darkness” on a number of levels, not just because Damon and Elena finally expressed their pent-up passion. But that scene did get me thinking about previous Damon lovemaking scenes. Today I watched some old episodes and I would rate my favorite Damon  lovemaking scenes as follows:
     
      #4 with Rose in Season 2, “Katerina”
      #3 with Bex in Season 3, “Dangerous Liaisons”
      #2 with Elena in Season 3, “Heart of Darkness”
      #1 with Katherine in Season 2, “The Return”
     
    When Damon is in love with a woman it shows in his lovemaking, hence my first and second choices. Katherine is in first place only because Damon had been longing for her for 145 years. Talk about pent-up passion! If that scene had continued I think they would have destroyed the room. The scene with Elena was of course to die for and only barely misses being #1.  Damon’s been in love with her for going on two years (her junior and senior years). He was really attracted to Rose, his “friend with benefits”, but never had the time to possibly fall in love with her.  He certainly doesn’t care for Bex, but that angry sex scene was so hot I had to make it #3.  Have I forgotten any other good ones?  Comments are welcome. 

    (Damon kissing scenes aside though, my favorite scene of the entire series has always been, and still is, Damon and Elena dancing together in Season 1′s “Miss Mystic Falls”.) 
     
    Finally, I would like to share that during these past three weeks I avoided, with great difficulty, reading or watching anything about the last four TVD episodes.  I think I enjoyed “Heart of Darkness” more because of that, and I intend to continue avoiding spoilers because that is exactly what they do for me – spoil surprises, newness, and enjoyment.  Now I understand why the actors say they haven’t seen a particular show and was it good.  By the time all the footage is edited, they have no idea what the final show looks like. And some scenes shown in previews end up being cut, like that famous example where Rose says to Elena, “it’s OK to love them both, you know”. So I’d rather not be looking forward to what may not happen or be mislead by teasers.  But hey, this is just me.

    Thanks for “listening”.
     

  • Georgia_Peach

    Hi VampLover1973,  I agree the lower ratings have nothing to do with a hiatus because all network shows do the same thing.  I loved it when “24″ started up in January and ran without a hiatus.  However, I don’t think I would want to wait from June until January for TVD to grace my TV screen. That is just too long without Damon Salvatore. ;)

    Kevin said in interviews it was a handful of Stelena fans sending the death threats to him and Julie.  It happens every time they have an episode with Damon and Elena getting closer.  It is becoming a trend from a “handful” of Stelena fans.  This does not and should not reflect at all on the Stelena fan base as a whole.  It is only a very small group of that fanbase that is doing this.   Kevin did not say the death threats come from Delena fans. 

    Julie’s tweet approx. 20 hours ago after this episode aired and Damon/Elena kissed:
    julieplec

    @julieplec
    “Stop threatening to kill me. In a show with an ongoing love triangle,
    mark my words — sooner or later you will feel really freakin’ stupid”.

    Julie went on to say the Damon/Elena fandom isn’t innocent either, because by warring with each other, meaning Delena
    fans vs Stelena fans,  which feeds into this behavior and results in the trend of “death threats” by a handful of Stelena fans whenever it is written for Damon and Elena to have a close romantic moment.   Better to sit back and enjoy the
    show.

    This is ridiculous when a “shipper war” goes to this extreme over fictional characters on a TV show.  I can understand being passionate about a show you enjoy, or passionate about your favorite characters, but as part of the TVD fan base, I’m embarrassed and appalled by this behavior.  This has to be coming from a group of very unstable people.  Death threats to Kevin and Julie….. Really? Unbelievable!  I know it is happening, but it is very hard for me to wrap my mind around this one.

    All I can say now is “Long live TVD and hope it will continue to prosper”.   :)

  • DJ

    Hi, I truly admire your willpower to abstain from spoilers etc  Yeah, the dance in season 1 was electric, even the walk down the stairs when Elena saw Damon waiting at the bottom made me tingle ;)

  • tina

    I don’t feel like doing the one up game and I know you think you know all things Delena and I say that not to be disrespectful to you.  I can remember a time when Kevin tweeted  Delena’s were threatening back in season 2.    But, both fanbase’s say some pretty petty or bad things.  Good night

  • wednesday75

    Since the writers seem to be headed toward the Elena/Damon path which I’m totally fine with now! lol! Wouldn’t have been in the past, though. I would love for them to give Stefan a new love interest. I’m like you, I would love for it to be Katherine because I love the two of them together, but just anybody other than Elena would be great! It would take the show in a whole different direction & I would love that. Stefan isn’t the same person that Elena fell in love with anymore just like she isn’t the same girl he fell in love with, so I would love to see those different dynamics played out with other people. I DO NOT want to see them have Stefan wallowing in misery & depression. He needs to be able to move on with his life too just like Elena will. I just hope the writers could be bold enough to do it. We’ve never seen him with anyone other than her that wasn’t in a flashback, so I say bring it on. If I want to see the Stefan & Elena I fell in love with I can always re-watch S1 & S2.

  • wednesday75

     It’s really sad when people do that to the creators of our show. All this does is bring attention to our beloved show, and not in a good way.=(

  • wednesday75

     I would assume so by reading all the comments on here and I’m very happy for you guys. I know ya’ll have been waiting a long time for that.=)

  • wednesday75

    Ok, After watching this for the 2nd time with my dad he brought up a very good question that I don’t think anyone has talked about on here or maybe I just missed it. Does Jeremy know about what’s going on with Alaric? Did Elena tell him about the ring & the effects of what might happen to him, that Ric has become a serial killer, that he is locked up back home in the Salvatore cell or have I missed something? Shouldn’t they have clued Jeremy in on a few things that have been happening. And Stefan made the comment to Ric that Elena was worried about Jeremy because she couldn’t count on his ring anymore. Did he mean to protect him from death? Because Ric keeps coming back when he dies even though it drives his dark side to come out now.

  • Jenna

    Good to know, I was wondering why your username was ‘I hate people’ ;) I understand… sometimes, people- ‘we’- suck, lol!!!

  • Alice

     Jeremy died once I guess (twice but the second time it was bonnie who brought him back to life) because of the ring and rick died…. OMG I have no idea how many times! So I guess it depends on how often do you use the ring;)

  • Myfavoriteshow

    Don’t you remember what he did? He killed Jeremy knowing he didn’t have the ring on. How can anyone forgive and forget that!

  • Myfavoriteshow

    I meant as in bossy. Don’t you remember the episode at the Ball??? All three characters had a conversation about it. Even Elena told Stefan something like “at least YOU still let me make my own decisions” and that it was nice to see that that hasn’t changed between them. And, also, Stefan had an argument with Damon and said things would be better if Damon let her make her own decisions.

  • DJ

    Great point. Yeah, are they worried cos they want to protect Jeremy from death and his dark side, and/or are they worried he might already have had experience of his dark side.  Remember how cool and practical he was when he beheaded that vampire.

  • Kiki

     you mean it could have been Kathrine?

  • ihatepeople

    Fortunately there are people out there who compensate of the real life vampires out there. Sometimes I wonder though who is the majority!

  • ihatepeople

    Those people are kind of the fair weathered fans really. Only fans when things go their way. Plus they’re just unstable. :0)

  • ihatepeople

    You’re right that Stefan and Elena aren’t the same two people who fell in love in Season 1. Stefan himself pointed out to Elena how much she has changed. The three main characters have all changed which is why the relationship dynamics have shifted. I don’t want to see Stefan wallowing in misery either. He does that far too much out of guilt at being a vampire in general. Truthfully though as much as this hurts him I think he is capable of loving her but moving on. He is very logical about things. Remember he loved Katherine but he was able to look at it logically and see it for what it was whereas Damon couldn’t do that for a century and a half until Katherine flat out said she never loved him. They did say in Season 1 that Stefan was a Gemini. LOL. Stefan definitely needs someone new. Even Paul said he wants that for his character.

  • http://www.facebook.com/ssjnnjen Thanh Uyên

     U got it all right :)..Some Stelena-rs can’t handle the fact that this is a love triangle..

  • ihatepeople

    I don’t think they addressed the Ric thing with Jer. They certainly should have at the very least to warn him about what to expect when he returns home. I wonder if they’re thinking it really is just Ric losing his mind vs. an issue with the ring and that’s why they didn’t tell him. Maybe they don’t want him freaking out. Kind of risky though.

  • ihatepeople

    The only reason i’d switch your number 1 & 2 for me personally is because Katherine’s “I never loved you line” right in the middle was so crushing to Damon. At least in the last episode Elena waited until later before she burst his bubble. LOL

  • ihatepeople

    She could’ve just changed her jewelry too. I mean she did change her clothes from her overnight bag.

  • ihatepeople

    Damon to Jeremy: Ok Whoopi. What do you need incesents, candlesn pottery wheel? LMAO

    Stefan to Klaus: Get the Hell out of my house.

    Caroline to Tyler: The difference is Damon doesn’t care. (Obviously you don’t know Damon that well)

  • Kiki

     I think Caroline ment “not care for Tyler’s life when he wants to kill Klaus”

  • Kiki

     and I still don’t believe this “I never loved you”. She chose to save Damon’s life instead of getting Klaus killed which she was hoping for for many more years than she knew Damon. I am not so sure about this “I never loved you”

  • Kiki

     when she went into that motelroom she was still wearing the same clothes she wore when she said goodbye to Stefan but a diffferent necklace.
    Still.. there has been a szene where Damon wasn’t wearing his ring which turned out to be Ian’s fault

  • Kiki

     Maybe Rose will find out something more next episode

  • Kiki

     Klaus said Stefan’s kind of love never dies and Klaus has 1000 years experience in watching lovers

  • Kiki

     See everyone has their own opinion. I love to watch the cute romance between Stefan and Elena. It will never get boring for me. Damon and Elena is hot and sexy and Stefan and Elena is romantic and cute. Some like the first some like the 2nd.
    Season 1 and 2 must have been terrible boring for you. I wonder who you even made it to season 3

  • Kiki

     yes those hiatus’ are terrible. People who watch the show but are not such crazy fans like we all are will not know when there are new episodes and when the show is on repeat. Better have a longer summer hiatus and show more episodes without a break

  • ihatepeople

    Maybe but he saved his life before in the woods and that was when he cared even less.

  • ihatepeople

    She was just being cruel. We know it’s not entirely true because she told Stefan as much. She just didn’t love him best.

  • ihatepeople

    OMG! That’s hillarious. I never noticed. Was he outside in the daytime without it?

  • ihatepeople

    Just because they’re not together doesn’t mean they don’t love each other. It just means things have changed and it might not work anymore to be together.

  • Kiki

     No that was the episode with the bachelor raffle when Elena is helping him with the buttons on his shirt. Someone asked Julie about it and she tweeted “someone is in big trouble now” :-)

  • Georgia_Peach

     Ian is dripping with sex appeal…  The epitome of hot sexiness!  :)

  • Iansfan

     Hello DianaPauline,
    maybe I may add something to your comment. In my opinion there are more signs that tell us that Damon really loves somebody. Watch his bodylanguage:he touches women if he is flirting (or making out with Andie, Bex, Katherine, Matt´s mum, Isobel…) And in these scenes women can touch him too. But as soon as he is upset, nobody is allowed to touch him (not even Ric) but Elena is (e.g. after he failed to kill Klaus) He allows physical closeness to those he feels mentally close to as well. And far more significant than that: Damon only shows true feelings to those he loves (Rose -although he keeps on teelling that he wasn´t in love with her, Stefan – he has lately been able to tell him what he feels about Elena and about their brotherly bond , Elena – he opens up to her especially. When they talk I get the feeling that the stone wall around his soul comes down a tiny little bit. (So sad that I see that but Elena doesn´t…) and Ric – after some hiccups he lets him be his friend more and more and now even cares enough to put him on his daily rescue plan.

    So my perception is that watching Damon having sex or making out with any kind of woman is highly entertaining but not really useful to show the dephts of feelings. ( as soon as he “puts the flirt on” – like Stefan put it – I start breathing heavily and want to be part of it, no matter if it is Isobel on the couch, Andy in the bath tub or Katherine with the back on the wall.)

    What I loved in his kiss scenes with Elena however was that he was so gentle, careful not to hurt her or to spoil the moment. (Not that I don´t like him hot and passionate, but all those scenes of near touching with deep glances into Elena´s showed how precious this girl is for him and how careful he tries not to destroy what has finally developed between those two.

  • ihatepeople

    That’s funny!

  • Ninababygirl78

    I really hope so !! It’s Time for her to explore her feelings for Damon those feelings are there from the first season,but she was denying them !once she said to him at the very begining :” you & me we have something ” now this little stg is turning into strong feelings that can’t be denying !
    Im looking forward to see them together ! Damon won’t be a sweet lover who agree with evrything she says !he will chalenge her . Their relationship will not be boring that’s for sure !
    Thank u for ur understanding my dear :)

  • wednesday75

    I really questioned things when Stefan made that comment to Ric about not being able to count on the ring anymore. Well he certainly will find out about things when he gets home. He will see Daddy Alaric in the Salvatore dungeon. I loved that part where Jeremy beheaded that vamp! So awesome! Looked liked he’d been schooled by the Winchesters!

  • wednesday75

    Yeah that might have something to do with it, because Jeremy did died just twice. And Alaric, well I’ve almost lost count, but I think about 7 or it could be 8 now that Klaus snapped his neck again. Poor Ric. I have a feeling his days are numbered.

  • wednesday75

    I wonder if they told him on the ride home or if they will tell him when he gets there. I hope they wait so we get to see his reaction. I love Jeremy & am so glad he’s home now. It hasn’t been the same without him. As much as I don’t like Elena, she could really use her brother right now.

  • wednesday75

     Yeah, but things have changed since then. Look at what Klaus has put everyone through. In all honesty, I’m not so sure even Stefan would want to take a chance. I know he might like Tyler and all, but if it came down to it & he had to choose, Tyler would end up being collateral damage. I can’t say I really blame either of them really. A question though, do you think because Tyler has doppelganger blood in him as well that might save him? That’s suppose to be a supernatural element too. Even though he was turned by Klaus’s blood, do you think it might make a difference?

  • wednesday75

     That conversation with Klaus was my favorite moment of the night. I was so proud of Stefan! He’s finally able to accept the darkness in him & not let it control him. And when he told Klaus that, Klaus actually looked like he wanted to cry. He looked like a little boy who lost his only friend in the world. And well at one point, he really was. Bravo Stefan!

  • wednesday75

    I’ve never understood why Katherine told Damon that either. She then told him she could only save one of them when she made a deal with John & Isobel and she chose Stefan. But at the end of last season she told Elena it was ok to love them both because she did. And then she told Stefan in the homecoming episode that she had loved them both & that’s why she saved him. Geez! I guess she & Elena are more alike than we realize.

  • ihatepeople

    Yes it should illegal to be that sexy and attractive. Kind of sets the bar too high for other men. ;)~ I’ve only dated one guy ever that was THAT smoking hot.

  • ihatepeople

    It’s an excellent question. I keep thinking how Klaus will be able to survive any attempt mommie dearest has at wiping out the original vamps is due to his hybrid self. I keep thinking the vamp side of him might die but the werewolf side will allow him to still live. If that’s true then I would guess the same would apply to Tyler. They have that dual nature in their favor.

  • ihatepeople

    He completely took charge of that conversation and pulled Klaus’ weapon out from under him. If Stefan can adapt to HB and control his Ripper self then Klaus can’t use it against him. I don’t think he expected to hear that from Stefan.





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