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Vampire Diaries, The Return


Promotional picture for the CW TV series The Vampire Diaries

Oh, the wonderfully delectable world of vampires.  It gets more sanguinary by the episode.  Remember the blog I posted on August 12 regarding unrequited love?  The torture it inflicts upon us?  Particularly Brandon Scott in his love for Gillian.  Well apparently, the supernatural world is filled with its share of pain and gloom.  I’ll admit, I’m a huge fan of the Vampire Diaries.  So much, that when it airs on Thursday nights, if I’m not in the right mood, (like last Thursday when I had a migraine, not a pleasant thing to have when you waited all week for this show) I’ll record it and save it for later… for when I’m obviously in a better frame of mind.  I thought the closing scene of this particular episode rebounded nicely to the theme of unrequited love. Evidently, Damon seems to be getting more than his fair share of it.  Wouldn’t you agree?  I also love the promo shot on the left, the composition of both love and lust (hand to the hair and the other to the throat) tied to a woman who, in both past and present, another juxtaposition, has caused torment, deliberately then later unwillingly, upon two brothers.  Pretty savvy symbolism.

In the Season Premiere of the Vampire Diaries, “The Return”, air date September 9, 2010, written by Kevin Williamson & Julie Plec, Damon and Katherine, reunited after over 100 years, are in a heated mid-kiss when Damon interrupts the moment with a question that has been burning inside him to get out.  In Season 1, Damon, after releasing the vampires from the prison under the church, discovered to his dismay that Katherine wasn’t there.  She’d been free and roaming the earth all along.  Anna, a vampire, had revealed to him that she last saw Katherine in Chicago in 1983, but never bothered to go look for him.  Understandably, Damon was stung by the news, enough that, during his reunion with her, he forces himself to interrupt the ardent exchange he’s having with her in order to get the truth of why she stayed away.  This episode was a shocker, simply because of the blunt honesty that was delivered so ruthlessly to Damon (for once he was vulnerable), it just left me with my jaw dropping.  And both scenes came in on us, (yes, there is another one that follows, as many of you well know) loading fast like a pile-up in a car wreck.  It went something like this:

Damon tears himself away from Katherine.  “Wait.  I have a question.  Answer it, and it’s back to fireworks and rockets and red glare.  Answer it right, I’ll forget the last 145 years I spent missing you…  We could start over. This could be our defining moment.  We have time and…the beauty of eternity.  I just want the truth.  Just once.”  He’s so desperate to be relieved from this anguish.

Meanwhile, Katherine watches him with a hard look of annoyance.  Until finally, frustrated, she tells him “Stop.  I know the question, and it’s answer.  The truth is, I’ve never loved you.  It was always Stefan.”

The love was one-sided all along.  He waited over 100 years to hear her say that.  She tells him this with the same tender expression you would use when you tell someone you love them.  We’re now beginning to see the cruel side to Katherine, (okay, stabbing Stefan with casual brutality after he replied that he didn’t love her, was the awakening point of this awareness), a woman, or rather, a vampire, who is easily predisposed to inflicting pain, not excluding on those who love her, and whom she loves (if you piss her off…look out!).  She not only admitted she never loved him, but that she loved his brother instead.  But I guess we shouldn’t compare the basic code of conduct of the average human to a vampire whose diet consisted of feasting on human blood for nearly 150 years.  He was so stung that she literally had to pry his hands off her face when he froze at her answer.  And she tells him this with a cold, frank look into his pained eyes before casually stepping away.  

If only she’d told him in the beginning, instead of playing them against each other, she would have spared him a century’s worth of loving her, something which needlessly grew in vain in her absence.  But Katherine is selfish and carries her own motives.  We see Damon standing there for the first time ever, injured, hampered at this cruel offense, with the most suffering look in his eyes that we’ve seen so rarely practiced on him.  It’s enough to make you realize, piece that part of the puzzle together as to why Damon is so ruthless.  He’s lonely.

Is there anyone out there who can’t relate to this disappointment?  That was a heartbreak of colossal proportions.  And it doesn’t end there.  Damon surprises Elena by making a surprise visit to her bedroom that night -(you’ll see in the video below Nina Dobrev playing both roles, the wavy haired, pouty faced version portraying Katherine).  I wonder at this point if it’s in desperate compensation from the sting of Katherine’s rejection.

…”there’s something going on between the two of us and you know it.”  He tells her.  But despite this intense emotional display of grief, she delivers the same blow…”…I care about you…but, I love Stefan, it’s always going to be Stefan!”

I don’t know which was worst.  The first rejection, delivered with willful cruelty. Or the second, when Elena gives it with love and a desperate plea of unflinching honesty.  The kind of honesty that vows not to lead a friend on, not to be unfaithful to a loved one.   

Much credit is given to the creator of this video, Sierralim91, for producing and reassembling such an awesome piece of fan fiction.  Many thanks to the writers of this series for giving audiences something to sink their teeth into, especially as we approach Halloween.  Copyright of video is owned by Outerbanks Entertainment, Alloy Entertainment, CBS Television Studios and Warner Bros. Television.   Enjoy the show!

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