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Posted by | November 1, 2012, 17:41 (MST) | 487 Comments
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…okay, sorry, where were we? A little pre-occupied with Elijah giving Aragorn a serious run for his money there. So. FLASHBACK TIME! Back to the 12th century, where our favourite Originals show off their flawless style, and Klaus schools everyone on how to have the perfect flashback hair. Back in modern times, Bonnie and Elena visit the local college campus and discover that the Salvatore boarding house is actually a frat house, and that Stefan isn’t the only brother spending eternity as a student.

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  • ihatepeople

    She underestimated the audiences ability to empathize with an emotionally damaged character and our ability to understand what is beyond the surface appearance. It seemed pretty clear she was surprised when she flat out said this summer that she tried everything to get us to hate him but we just wouldn’t. I also think the more Stefan’s character is built up at the expense of Damon’s the more we’re going to root for him. What do they expect with such inequitable treatment of each brother? We all know life isn’t fair but i’d like to think at least in the fantasy world at some point the underdog finally gets happiness.

  • dman

    You’re missing my point. I don’t have a problem if people make spelling mistakes. I’ve made them, and I’ve also seen countless ones made on this site. My only issue, and irritation, is the constant misspelling of characters names, which, being a true fan, should be avoidable. If you invest your time in the show, and you are passionate enough to make comments on this site, then you should at-least know who the characters are and how their names are spelled. I don’t think that’s asking too much.

    Look, I’m sure I’m going to make spelling mistakes in the future. And, I’m also sure I’ll see other fans make them as well. (Maybe even you, if you commented more on this site). But I’ll tell you one thing: I won’t be spelling someone’s name wrong. That’s a guarantee.

    If you’re going to take time out of your life to dissect every comment I’ll make looking for spelling mistakes, then go ahead, I’m sure you’ll find some.

  • Agnieszka Ehlert

    May I just say I love your comment :):)

  • Agnieszka Ehlert

    I am so sick of Elena. Damon should go on a vacation  as far away from her as it’s possible and find a new love interest. Maybe then Elena will realise how much Damon does for her and how stupid she is. I never thought I would say it, due to the fact that I’m Delena since the day one, but I don’t want Delena any-more. At least not until Elena will grow up. I hate her now. I don’t know what the writers were trying to do. Make us dislike Elena even more. I have always been re-watching episodes but this one I simply don’t want to see again. I think it’s the first week, I won’t be impatiently waiting for the next episode. I feel a bit tired of this show recently. Please, make at least Klaroline happen and bring Elijah and Kol back !

  • MommyluvsTVD

    Did I say he was going to keep the cure a secret all season? Nope. But for right now he is in cahoots with Klaus to cure her of her vampirism, knowing full well it means turning her into Klaus’ personal hybrid making blood bag. Stefan is not doing right by her. 

  • Terri

     So, sorry did not realize, my son’s name is Stephen and I guess I  was just spelling it that way. I will be more careful of my name spelling in the future. Please don’t be upset. It was an oversight.
    “Stefan” Cool?

  • Terri

    I Looked up all character’s names, so that I may spell everyone’s correctly from now on. I didn’t get at the time how irritating it can be. So apologies to everyone who cringed at my name spelling. Thank’s

  • †_ṂῘⱤ₳∏ƉΔ_†


    I just checked out what you said about JP saying that… Oh my god! I think Im still in shock that so many of us Damon fans suspicions were right! We were like “no way a writer would do that”,”why would they do this to the mayority of the fan base?”, “He will be rewarded in the end…” Bla bla bla BLA BLA! ……. So it’s true, she reeeeally has tried to damage the love for this character… All in the name of Stelena. I guess the question now is, was her admiting this a kind of acceptance of sorts that could/should? lead her to make better decisions as far as Damons concerned???? Lets hope so :/

  • Guest

    I agree the music and the fast pace did not make this scene as awesome as it could have been…there is actually so much emotion and actions that I missed during that scene because it was soo fast. Check out the 20second mark of  the dance scene is much more well done in this version….there’s  a lot more chemistry…the show just edited the scene badly.

  • Guest

    For those of you who feel the damon elena dance scene lacked chemistry i agree…the fast pace did not make this scene as awesome as it could have
    been…there is actually so much emotion and actions that I missed
    during that scene because it was soo fast. Check out the 20second mark
    the dance scene is much more well done in this version….there’s  a
    lot more chemistry…the show just edited the scene badly. 

  • dman

    I agree with you. I use to watch preview clips and take part in discussions where I knew spoilers were likely to be said, and it always backfired on me. The episodes became less enjoyable because I already knew half of the story. Now I stay away from spoilers and I don’t watch preview clips anymore. I find myself much more engrossed in the storylines and more open to the unpredictability of the show.

    BTW, I thought this episode was really good.

  • katherine_fan

    *I’m so on board with your Michael/Esther story.U should send a resume to the VD staff!
    *Klaus did not kill his brother.He made his first kill after he had been turned into a vamp.
    *Katherine has drunk blood from a blood bag.We saw it in 2×04 and Stefan said in 2×11 that he had to share a bottle of blood with her.

  • katherine_fan

    Guys,u should read Price Peterson’s recap.His commentary on that is hilarious!

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  • Guest

    I want Damon to be as pissed at her as he was in 3×15! remember when Elena called him and he was just like: What? and she is basically saying: if you mad at me you need to get over it! – she is soooooo selfish! and for the first time he showed her its not all about her! I want HIM TO REJECT HER for once!

  • ihatepeople

    If you read back at the posts on this site when she said that over the summer you can see how many of us were taken aback by the fact that she actually admitted that. So far this season it doesn’t appear like things are going to change no matter how much we love him. I know it’s still early in the season but the first 4 eps have repeated the pattern set over the last 3 seasons. :(

  • ihatepeople

    I’m not sure which I thought was sadder the look on his face when she hugged him or the look when she said she didn’t want to be like him. Can we get a happy look for him please like when he’s killing someone bad? LOL. Maybe next ep.

  • canchick

    yes you are right!

    and thanks everyone for your replies!!I do remember the episode in the tomb.. so why can’t elena keep down blood bag blood if Katherine can? lol

  • †_ṂῘⱤ₳∏ƉΔ_†

    You know, I keep doing this thing where I start to believe that the rumors that all this that we are saying is sadly very true, but then Something that I can’t quite put my finger on leads me to believe that this concept is just to crazy as the show is so thoughtfully layed out and very strategically planned in such a way that it just doesn’t make sense that they really want to do this. I do a full circle and then I’m back at the beginning again, usually due to some new developement that envolves trashing Damon again, and the negativity kicks in until that sneeking suspicion that It just can’t be starts up again…

    See the thing is, when JP said that she had damon kill Jer to have the fans dislike Damon, why on earth would she have him take an arrow in the back for Elena the following episode, go all gentle again and have her say that he had lost her forever only to have him back in her good books not to far after that, then eventually, at the end of the season, have him reconsiliate with her on his deathbed and go through so much growth in order to get there ??? None of it makes any sense if they are not really building up to something better for him or for them in the future. Jeremy now has this whole little bro thing going on with him and Damon has even progressed to the level where pretty soon he will be buds with Tyler…

    A theory I keep reading and possibly agree with is that they are building him up more and more everytime, soon he will be at a stage where he wont be doing everything for Elena, but because he really does know the difference between right and wrong and when he is at a stage where he wouldn’t let a single person sacrifice themselves for selfish reason, is when he will finally, in JP’s eyes, be ready for Elena. This providing she doesn’t actually commit murder as speculated for the up coming episodes. If she does, then If their plan originally was to build Damon up to some kind of standard that human Elena had, then I guess this season was a game changer. And anything is possible.

    All I know is that it seems really crazy what she said about people hating Damon to be the truth, especially after all the really great things we have seen him do for his bro, Elena, and the others since then. She must have either said it because she had a change of heart since then or because they are trying to cause polemic discussion like this in order to get people riled up and talking about the series. This last option is quite risky on their behalf but it is true that it is much easier to have Damon shunned contantly, while playing games with the romances and at the same time keep the viewer ratings up, than it would be to have stefan the shunned one and have Elena with Damon. They could just maybe do it less harshly and have Damon happier, without all the heartache. Like I dunno, have a new girl introduced, for a while, then have Delena “eventually” endgame without obliterating Elenas character and totally making Damon seem so pathetic at times…

  • ihatepeople

    I can’t help but think the original plan was for Damon to be the bad guy but to show us why he did the things he did. I think it got more fan interest than they expected and so they tried to make him bad again but it back fired so they started going a different way with him and made him the reluctant hero. That’s just how I take it based on her statement. The writers are the only ones who really know of course but I think that happens with a lot of shows where they start out with a plan then it evolves and changes over time based on how it’s received by the audience.

    I completely understand your waivering in perspective. I think a lot of us do that when we get frustrated or see something that gives us hope. I know I do. Keeping people guessing is the point I suppose but it’s exhausting and disheartening at times when we see minute progress followed by regression. I hope the inordinate amount of effort they put in to driving home the point that Stefan is always worthy of love and Damon isn’t actually does have an underlying reason when it’s all said and done. If not it would just be tragic and with it being a supernatural show where bad things happen there is always potential for it to end tragically. So we’ve come full circle again. LOL.

  • Yakuiie

    That’s great… yeah, I’m just going to enjoy this show because the characters are so precious. I love how they all will have their struggles. And what I hope most is for Rebekah to be loved, probably some times later in the season. I wondered if Elijah would have been angry with Klaus like he had been when Klaus had daggered all the siblings. But maybe with the arrival of the five, he would be too busy wanting to save his entire family again. What do you gusy think?

  • MommyluvsTVD

    We all know you meant Stefan! Big freaking deal people! No worries, Terri, I’ve seen tremendously worse spelling than yours ;)

  • crescentmoon47

    I agree about Bonnie. I am so ready for her to be off the show, because she is so judgmental. She has no clue what any of the vamps are going through, especially the newbies and yet she has no problem looking down on all of them. 

    The way she was after Katherine turned Caroline was incredible. We were friends, but now that something happened to Caroline against her will that changed her forever, it’s all over. What a great friend. It reminded me of an assault victim being blamed for the assault.

    Bonnie also sees everything as black and white. Guess what sweetheart, you don’t live in a black and white world. You’re dealing with vamps, weres, hybrids, magic, and the supernatural. It’s all grey.

    The fact that she thinks Damon is totally evil and Stefan is totally good annoys me to know end. What Stefan is doing right now hiding things and lying to everyone is going to change the “family” dynamics when the @#$% hits the fan. Elena is all about honesty and Damon has always been that. I think she’s going to have a hard time forgiving Stefan when (not if) she finds out. 

    I’ve always been Team Salvatore, but since this season started I’m leaning more and more towards Team Damon. Just because of the choices that Stefan is making.

  • Melissamil

    loved it and very happy there is a cure. hopping Damon and Elena have a family. i am jumping happy, love you all

  • Lauren

    that is exactly what I thought when I saw it…it is the editing.

  • Lauren

    Also agree.  I have not understood her continued involvement for some time now.  Get her out already.  Bring back the cousin or whoever from the previous season who tainted the stone and handed it to Kathrine.

  • Jzrlrl

    why cant elena drink from a blood bag or animal blood cos of being a doppleganger when weve seen katherine drink it in the cave?

  • Rii

    I’m kind of confused. When Elena wanted to kill Rebekah at her party because she was being a ‘bitch’, Stefan stopped her and told her not too because thousands of vampires around the world would die. Yet when Klaus killed her Stefan didn’t say a word?..
    And I thought Rebekah had werewolf venom in her system. What happened to that?

  • †_ṂῘⱤ₳∏ƉΔ_†

    I think your totally right. The more crap they pore on him the more I find myself hating everyone else in the series who hates on him and gives him a hard time. 

    I used to really like Stefan and now after seeing how he hid he had been such an evil person himself and then when he was trying to make good again with Elena in season 3 all he did was tell Elena how she was too good for Damon and take every chance he got to crap on Damon behind his back to look good in the eyes of Elena. I hate his goody-two-shoes attitude that likes to rub everything in Damon’s face. And now they are making us slowly hate Elena too… so for Stelena to be JP’s epic romance, it really is a twisted one… and I’m starting to think they really are made for each other. 

    Is that what they wanted? :s ….

  • †_ṂῘⱤ₳∏ƉΔ_†

    Yeah it was so sad to see him so momentarily happy… When you see him smile like this you should automatically know that the episode is going to end bad… :(

  • †_ṂῘⱤ₳∏ƉΔ_†

    Haha thank you :) 

    ufff the frustration :( 

    I have a list of foggy spots I would like to post somewhere, but not quite sure where to do so, to see if anyone has answers. Because they are basically things that I think are unresolved from the beginning of the series, and would be nice to chat with you guys about these things. 

  • †_ṂῘⱤ₳∏ƉΔ_†

    I tried to un-invest myself a while back and kept dragging my sorry ass back here to read and write! :( impossible… haha

  • ihatepeople

    Her vision seems to differ from ours. Of course the books are written the same which is why I stopped reading them midway thru. There’s only so much inequitable treatment of characters I can stomach.

    As for Stefan, if you notice way back in season 1 when he first knew Damon was in town he made it a point to convince Elena of how dangerous and selfish Damon was. Remember early on when she said to Stefan when they were cooking dinner that everything Damon does is for love and he corrected her by saying he only does things for his own benefit? He had a brief time after his Ripper phase when Damon took his place in turning Abby where Stefan actually treat Damon like he was a good guy. Of course that didn’t last. How can these people be so blind? Is Meredith the only one who sees it because she’s older?

  • ihatepeople

    That’s so true and sad that it’s actually funny. Literally everytime something good happens between them it’s destroyed by the end of the ep or the very next one. How can one guy be that damned?

  • Guest

     Klaus didnt kill her he put he t0 sleeep…the moment the dAGger is pulled out she comes back to life…elena wanted to use the white oak to permanently kill her….big difference

  • Rii

    Oh ok, that makes sense. Thanks for clearing that up for me.

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