Must be Friday. I'm thinking deep thoughts about TVD again - sadly, this interferes with the chapter I'm working on, so I'm going to go ahead and get these out of the way.
This was a complicated episode with too many players (not Matt - he can stay forever) and too many plots running through 42 minutes, so I'm not even going to attempt an analysis of the whole thing. Instead, I'm focusing on two points.
I'm not starting with the obvious topic because, honestly, one short scene impacted me more than any other section of the episode. Shall we discuss Stefan and Elena's conversation about Jeremy?
Do you even know the real Elena?
The episode opened with Damon making a simple request to Stefan - leave Jeremy out of his "find a cure" plan. Look for another Hunter, but keep Elena's little brother safe. Why? Because Damon understands Elena. She would never want to save herself at the expense of Jeremy's mental stability.
And what did Stefan do?
He deliberately brought a vampire (maybe more than one - I kind of blurred over that section in my brain because it was painful) to Jeremy in order to make the map grow, simply to find the cure for Elena.
Watching Elena's face as she processed that information....seeing the horror dawn on her was one of the most emotionally resonant scenes in the episode. Stefan sacrificed Jeremy to bring back "his" Elena - the one he could love.
In this moment, the full horror of who Stefan really is became clear to her. Early in the series, he referred to himself as a monster. He was right. He was so consumed by desire and greed to bring his Elena back that he was willing to destroy the person who meant more to Elena than anyone in the world. And I think Elena realized she'd never really met the real Stefan. That's why it was so easy for her to fall into bed with Damon later in the episode. All this time she'd been faithfully clinging to someone who didn't really exist, and Stefan's actions with Jeremy destroyed the faith she'd always had in him.
I struggle to see how Stefan and Elena could reunite after his actions with Jeremy.
Yes, Damon killed Jeremy in the premiere of season two, but he was acting on blind rage - not that it really excuses his actions. Stefan's actions are different. He planned what he was going to do. He thought it out. He was deliberate. He knew what he wanted, and nothing was going to deter him from his plan...even Elena's love for her brother.
The Elephant in the Room
Come on y'all, this is my YA-friendly blog, so just get your minds out of the gutter. I'm talking about the sire bond.
Or as I like to call it - Caroline's Screaming Banshee Moment. (Really, that's how I referred to it in a text to my husband.)
I've read the interview with Julie Plec. (I also read an interview a few years ago where she said we wouldn't see Katherine till late season two or early season three...and that was about a day before Katherine arrived in Mystic Falls.)
Y'all know how much I disliked The Five, but by golly, I'm thankful for it now because we're about to revisit a few scenes.
Anyone remember the first victim Damon pointed out to Elena? Cute, blonde, had a picture of her little sister (or her niece - something like that) on her cell phone. Yes? Y'all with me? What happened to the young lady?
Damon told Elena to feed on her and she didn't because she didn't want to. Yep, sounds just like someone who has to do her "master's" will to me.
When explaining the sire bond to Caroline, Tyler says that it makes you want to please the person who sired you. You do what they want because you believe its the right thing to do. So...about that....
After Elena has learned to successfully feed, she's pretty effectively slut-shamed by Bonnie for enjoying the process of feeding. When Damon and Bonnie face off about Damon's attempts to turn Elena into someone like him, he responds that Elena already is. And then what happens?
Damon takes Elena home where Elena admits that Damon's right. It would be easier to just enjoy the feed - accept the fact that she's a vampire now and she's changed. With tears in her eyes, she looks at him and admits that she can't. Because she doesn't want to be like him.
Yep, sounds just like an unbreakable sire bond to me.
I'll admit it. I'm confused after this episode. (And I'm angry that the scene showing Damon and Elena's first time was intercut with the "lightbulb" moment for the Stefan/Caroline brain trust.) Throughout the season, we've seen just as many instances where Elena's gone against Damon's wishes as the times that she's agreed with him.
I think this whole "sire bond" thing is a ploy for Stefan to twist the knife into Damon's psyche. Elena's in love with Damon. She has been for a while. Klaus knows it - and that's what he was referring to when he was flirting with Caroline.
My final opinion on this episode is still to be decided. I need to know where they're going with this sire thing since it confuses me. If Elena were sired to Damon, I'm pretty sure she would have picked up the cell phone to call Stefan the minute Damon asked her to, and she definitely would have apologized to Stefan for misinterpreting his motivations for lying to her - because Damon wanted her to forgive his little brother.
Thanks for taking the time to read. Feel free to leave a comment or two. I'd love to hear what you have to say.