'Vampire Diaries' Premiere Recap: Elena Beats Death
When Kat Graham told Celebuzz that this was going to be an “insane first episode back,” she was completely right. Not only did Elena (Nina Dobrev) complete her transition to a vampire but we also saw a few familiar faces we weren’t expecting, some moving scenes with Stefan (Paul Wesley) and Elena and an ending we would have never anticipated.
Note: Spoilers ahead if you haven’t seen the fourth season premiere, “Growing Pains.”
Before we get to Elena and her transition to the undead though, let’s talk about those last five minutes.
And if that wasn’t enough, moments before, Rebekah – who was livid with Klaus after he chose not to save her during her kidnapping – destroyed his supply of Elena’s blood, keeping him from being able to make more hybrids. “From this moment on, you are nothing,” he told her.
Now, Elena… She is officially a vampire.
Tyler/Klaus (Micheal Trevino) had different ideas, though. Wanting back in his own body after realizing it wasn’t turned to ashes, he forced her hand to reverse the spell she did on the Season 3 finale. After watching Klaus almost kill Tyler, she again pushed the limit to switch the Original back into his own body.
Only this time the repercussions went even further, as she had to devastatingly watch her grandmother die in front of her again.
The moments between both Elena and Stefan and Elena and Damon seemed to serve as a springboard for where their situation will be going in the season. We’ve heard Julie Plec call the premiere a re-launch of the triangle and we think she’s right. Both pairs had me moved but in different ways.
With Stefan and Elena, even though I knew there was no way she could die, I couldn’t help but get choked up when she told him, “Do you know why I was even on that bridge? I was coming back for you Stefan. I had to choose and I picked you because I love you.” Their scene when he gave her the daylight ring was also beautiful.
As for Damon and Elena, it was heartbreaking to watch him tell her that he would have saved her because then, “you wouldn’t be [dead] and you’d get to grow up and have the life you deserve. I would have gladly let Matt die because I am that selfish.
OMG!: Um, the whole council just blew up! What!? We weren’t expecting that at all. Thank you, TV gods: Elena remembering all the times Damon compelled her was necessary for the love triangle and my heart. It was nice to
Awk-ward: Pastor Young's speech moments before blowing up the council...What did it mean? and WHERE did that come from?
Hotness: Tyler/Klaus shirtless making out in the woods with Caroline…do we have to say more?
Fab-u-lous: Well we didn’t see much fashion we coveted during the episode, we'll go ahead and say that we thought the scene between Elena and Stefan when he gives her the daylight ring was simply beautiful.
Can. Not. Wait.: Elena as a vampire should bring interesting challenges to her life in
Celebuzz Meter (1-10): 9. The Season 4 premiere was everything I wanted it to be but I’m hesitant to give the episode a full 10 as I know there will be more episodes this season that exceed my expectations.