The Vampire Diaries Review: “She’s Come Undone” (Season 4, Episode 21)

The Vampire Diaries

This season has been a variable game of emotional tag for the residents of Mystic Falls. This week on The Vampire Diaries someone is definitely ending up on the losing end of things. However, it may not be who you would expect.

Elena (Nina Dobrev) has been in serious need of an emotional makeover since she decided, or more accurately was compelled, to turn off her humanity. Damon (Ian Somerhalder) and Stefan (Paul Wesley) have always had her best interests at heart, but in hindsight, maybe it would have been better to just deal with an emotionally distraught vampire than a heartless one. The last few weeks have proven to be anything but easy going for everyone involved.

Despite the constant threat of forever that the Salvatore brothers are free-wielding over Elena’s head, the growing problem of Silas remains on the horizon. Forever might not be as long as it sounds with an invincible immortal getting antsy over his much longed for death. Keeping that in mind, it’s a good thing that the brothers finally came up with an actual plan to save Elena from her worst self instead of boring us to death with the repeat torture method. That’s not to say that it hasn’t been plenty effective in the past, but now that it seems to have failed, let’s move on.

Watching the boys play bad cop, bad cop with their lady love had its moments though. She has certainly been enough of a witch over the last handful of episodes to deserve it, and we can’t forget that vampires heal quickly. Both Damon and Stefan have made is abundantly clear that they would do anything for Elena. It was about time they put their money where their mouths are and show us. Inviting Katherine (also Dobrev) over to play was a pretty bold move, and even though it didn’t go as planned, the end result was still the same. Under all that vampire bravado, deep down Elena was still Elena.

When Stefan coached Elena into focusing all her emotions on one thing, one reason for living, I half expected that thing to be him. Even though Damon has still barely got his own chance at love, in the heat of the moment Elena could have rekindled the whole triangle dynamic again. Damon is never going to give up and just walk away – even if she willingly chooses to go back to Stefan. He would make up an excuse for why they needed him, just like before Elena ever fell for him. Honestly, at this point, they almost make a better trio than anyone of them make as a couple. It’s obviously not ideal, but the show has been set up in such a way that once you have one, you want the other again.

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