The Vampire Diaries Review: “We’ll Always Have Bourbon Street” (Season 4, Episode 8)

The Vampire Diaries

“I can’t go home because my brother’s trying to kill me.”

The mood on this episode of The Vampire Diaries wasn’t exactly celebratory now that Stefan (Paul Wesley) and Caroline (Candice Accola) had figured out what may be responsible for some of Elena’s transformation difficulties. Even if all the facts hadn’t added up so nicely to the likeliness that Elena (Nina Dobrev) was syered to Damon (Ian Somerhalder), Stefan was grasping at straw for anything that might explain the unusual side effects of Elena’s transition. Naturally, Stefan was fully prepared to test out any theory that might involve Elena’s feelings for Damon being nothing more than supernaturally imposed ergo not her own. I feel bad for Stefan being in this impossible situation, and if Twilight has taught us anything it’s that heartbreak makes you do some crazy things, but even though he can admit that Damon genuinely loves Elena, he can’t let go.

Which brings us to the bigger issue of what Damon has willingly given up for Stefan over the years. I haven’t exactly been keeping a tally of each brother’s personal sacrifices, but it seems reasonable to assume that Damon would be in the lead. Yes, he secretly imprisoned Katherine in the tomb under the church – or so he thought – and didn’t tell Stefan for 142 years, but when it comes to Elena he has not only put his feelings aside, but fought tooth and nail to bring them back together. Despite his personal feelings, Damon has proven that he will do whatever it takes to save Elena – even if the choice isn’t a popular one. Ripper Stefan must have blocked out most of the entirety of season 3 when Damon spent half of it searching for his brother, and the other half trying to save him from himself. Nonetheless, Damon is always the bad guy and Stefan is always the good guy – a sentiment that doesn’t exactly seem to be rooted in facts. Stefan’s stints as the Ripper seems more devastating than an average day in the life of Damon Salvatore to me. Once again, not that I’ve been keeping track.

At the end of the last episode of The Vampire Diaries, the scene we’ve all been waiting for since Damon first compelled Elena to forget they ever met, was overshadowed by the revelation of the syer bond. And, don’t expect to get compensation for that the morning after. Although there’s still some time to play before school starts, it’s short lived when Stefan is quick to drop the syer bomb on Damon. Damon’s only request of Elena is for one day of living in selfishly. It only seems fair that after all that time waiting in the wings for this moment, he deserves it. Thus my pro-Stefan commitment is weening. I guess he meant it in the literal sense when he told Damon “Let’s not pretend like this isn’t the best day of your life,” since that’s obviously all he was giving him.

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