'The Vampire Diaries' Recap: Stefan Risks Elena's Life — Did He Go Too Far?

Thu, January 12, 2012 11:59pm EST by 89 Comments
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It was a night of betrayals for nearly every couple in Mystic Falls. Did this episode totally change your opinion of Stefan?

Let me just start by saying I would not want to be a member of Team Stefan (Paul Wesley) right now. Honestly, how would one go about explaining his behavior as of late? We’ve already seen how his obsession with destroying Klaus (Joseph Morgan) has put a strain on his relationship with Elena (Nina Dobrev), but he reached a new low on the Jan. 12 episode of The Vampire Diaries when he threatened to kill Elena on the very same bridge where her parents died just a few years earlier.

But don’t celebrate just yet, Damon (Ian Somerhalder) fans. Despite all of her newfound disgust with Stefan, Elena still didn’t feel right repeating last week’s epic kiss with Damon. “It’s not right,” she told him on the porch, to which he snidely replied, “not right now.” She may have said no, but her lingering stare as he walked back to his car revealed a very different desire.

And Stefan and Elena weren’t the only off-again couple visiting Dysfunction Junction this week. Caroline (Candice Accola) and Tyler’s (Michael Trevino) rocky relationship practically plummeted when, at Klaus’ request, he sank his teeth into her. And we all know what happens when werewolves nom on vampires. (RIP, Rose!)

But remember when Candice told HollywoodLife.com that Klaus and Caroline would “finally cross paths” this week? That little tease came into play when Klaus gave Caroline a super-inspiring speech about how great it is to be a vampire… followed by some of his blood, and a pretty necklace. While I’m glad Caroline will live to see another day, I can’t help but feel that Klaus has a nasty little plan in store for her.

(Side note: Matt Donovan [Zach Roerig] remains perfect. Attention, ladies of Mystic Falls — Matt is as single as he is noble.)

Fortunately, not every couple in Mystic Falls ended the episode on a sour note. Though they’re not officially together anymore, Bonnie (Kat Graham) shared a few adorable scenes with Jeremy (Steven R. McQueen) as he prepared to leave town… temporarily, of course. It’s nice to see that even after all the hardships “Beremy” has endured — which includes, but is not limited to, death and ghosts — they both still have genuine feelings for each other. You’ve really got to love those two.

Meredith (Torrey DeVitto) was another interesting character to watch this week. We’re only learning a little about her at a time, but considering her ex-boyfriend mysteriously turned up dead in the woods — after telling Alaric (Matt Davis) what a psycho bitch Meredith is — I’m thinking there’s something suspicious going on with her. Let’s just hope Alaric figures out what that is before it’s too late.

OK, time to tell me what’s on your minds: Was Stefan’s betrayal unforgivable, or are you still holding out hope for him? And were you bummed that Elena rejected Damon’s kiss this time? Head to the comments section — it’s time get some feelings out!

– Andy Swift

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Posted at 6:28 AM on February 18, 2012  

I srtated the first book – Awakening and was so annoyed by Elena that I couldn’t finish it… hopefully she gets better over time! I plan to try reading it again, thanks for the review!

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Posted at 12:24 AM on February 7, 2012  

DALENA all the wayy

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Posted at 3:21 PM on February 2, 2012  

Do u agree?
I am not hating anyone i just like the way the characters are so demon and elena r a no but stefan and elena r a yes!Trust me i love DEMON, STEFAN and everyone but its like real life when u think someone is the one and u r together u don’t feel anything but when u r with someone else and u feel something NOW THATS SOMETHING anyway i am gonna leave all my thoughts alone and just see what happens in the show because hopefully the writers see what i see..

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Posted at 3:15 PM on February 2, 2012  

I really like Stefan and Elena soo all delena fans plz listen…………u see stefan and elana have so much chemistry when they r together, i mean can’t u feel something ppl they work. Trust me ppl i LOVE demon but i don’t like demon with elena because when they r in a scene together its like u feel nothing, no connection but with stefan and elena i feel something.

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Posted at 3:01 PM on February 2, 2012  

In my opinion i would say that it is because of Demon Stefan is this way because remember Stefan gave himself over to Klaus all to save Demon and Klaus really did change Stefan Klaus made him a bad person!!!!!

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Posted at 3:20 AM on January 29, 2012  

i agree with sophy and lee stephan is the one making all the sacrifice. and i still want elena and stephan together b/c he likes her so much. did u even see stephan’s face when elena told him she kissed damon it was heart breaking it made me love him more and when he went and hit damon on the face it was so satisfiying but it doesn’t mean i hate damon actually his cool but it’s just that stephan is better.

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