VAMPIRE DIARIES: 4.02 “Growing Pains”
Kudos to Vampire Diaries. Based on last year’s season finale, I was sure that Elena would be transitioning in this episode, and the big debate would be who and how she would feed. In the end, someone like Matt or Jeremy would step up to let her feed on him, to sacrifice a part of themselves (they wouldn’t die, mind you) and save her.
But this episode actually made you wonder whether there’d be a loophole. Bonnie’s attempt to save her (though still, I don’t know how dragging her from the jail cell she was in would help) put a new possibility into the whole story. What if she really could save Elena?
On top of this, while feeding was the backup plan, we had the reverend, rounding up the vampire population one by one, making even the final opportunity for feeding near impossible. It was quickly becoming you wait and you die, not you feed or you live.
So good job, TVD. In the end, Elena still became a vamp, but we certainly had a ride on the way there. And with the Council quickly taking over the town, you really wonder what’s going to happen next. There are definitely dark times ahead.
But let’s forget all that and focus on two main people: Damon and Bonnie. Let’s start with Damon. Clearly, Damon’s not handling the whole realization that not only is Elena a vampire and Stefan let her die, but she chose Stefan in the end, not him. Even after she remembered the heartbreaking confession that he loved her a few seasons ago (I’m so glad she finally remembered that!), she still chose Stefan in this episode, stating later that she would be with him forever. Of course, I’m a huge Damon shipper, and I look forward to seeing how he’ll react to her new role on the show (plus, Stefan’s boring as all get-out), but I just wish he’d get a happy ending already.
And I wouldn’t mind his giving Matt a break, too. It wasn’t his choice, after all.
As for Bonnie, well, I’m not really sure what happened. I mean, I saw it, and I understand that the dark magic basically took out her Grams, but what does that mean for Bonnie in the long run? Is there more dark power headed her way? Bonnie’s always been one for vengeance, so will she take out what happened on her peers, knowing Klaus was the one who made her do it (and Caroline begged her to do it, too, since she wanted Tyler to live). I certainly don’t think that was the end of Bonnie’s dark magic consequences, but I don’t know what’s next.
What’d you think of the premiere?