The Vampire Diaries Season 4 Review “My Brother’s Keeper” — Yes Sire, No Sire

I say this with all the love in the world: screw you, The Vampire Diaries. ‘My Brother’s Keeper’ was the episode in which Elena finally acknowledged that she’s okay with being a vampire. It was when the hunter of the Five plot got knocked up a gear with Jeremy becoming a danger to his sister. And it was when Elena and Damon finally became a thing. One of these displeases me greatly, and it’s the one you would least expect from a confessed Elena/Damon shipper, dear reader.

The rest of the episode was pretty good. It was time for the annual Miss Mystic Falls pageant and the Scrappies were all involved because everybody loves town bonding. It was a way to keep everyone occupied and an excuse put Caroline and Klaus together for that date she promised him (which was adorable, by the way) and to supposedly push Tywolf (nickname!) and Hayley closer together. But as we saw at the end of the episode, Hayley is actually working with Prof Shane. They’re de-siring hybrids so they can use them for their own nefarious purposes, whatever that may be. It was an twist that came out of nowhere and it worked well.

Meanwhile, Stefan kidnapped a murderer from the hospital where he was being treated, turned him, and had Jeremy kill him in order to grow his hunter’s mark. But along with the mark, the Five curse is taking hold of Jeremy. Not only is he stronger physically, but he’s becoming obsessed with killing vampires — even Elena. In what may have been my favourite moment from Elena in all four seasons of this show, she told Stefan that she would rather Jeremy stop trying to grow his hunter’s mark, even if it means her remaining a vampire. I often accuse Elena of being self-centred, but this was not only selfless, it was a great bit of character growth.

And then it all went to hell. The episode ended with Caroline — who was so vehemently opposed to Elena/Damon that it became obnoxious halfway through the episode — putting all the clues together and realising that Elena wants Damon because she’s sired to him. She’s sired to him. Like the hybrids are sired to Klaus. What even, man?

Let’s break this down: A) Elena doesn’t really want Damon more than Stefan. B) The time they spend together now is essentially, if you think about it, a sort of mind-rape for Elena. She’s being forced into actions she wouldn’t normally do by this new internal instinct that others frown on and which Elena, once she’s no longer under the influence of it, will probably hate. This isn’t exactly great for Damon, either, since he thinks that she’s willingly with him. C) Damon’s going to get his little angsty heart broken somewhere down the line. Again. By a girl who looks identical to Katherine. (Christ, someone hide the guyliner and razorblades.)

That sounds pretty crappy to me. How about you, dear reader?

It’s hard to get proper perspective on this situation given that I’m biased by my ship, but it seems as though the creators think the way to justify this love triangle is to have Elena be with Damon when she’s under supernatural influences, so that her true love for Stefan can be sustained under the surface and brought back to the fore later on. But why couldn’t she just like Damon? This would be so much more interesting, less skeevy and fairer to all characters involved if Elena was making conscious decisions, even if she eventually chose Stefan outright.

Elena and Damon may be my favourite pairing in this love triangle, but I don’t actually want to see it play out this way. How about you, dear reader? What do you think?

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