‘Vampire Diaries’ Premiere Recap: Elena Beats Death

By: Lauren DiMascio / October 11, 2012

Kat Graham on 'TVD' S4
Kat Graham spills on 'The Vampire Diaries' Season 4.
All right, The Vampire Diaries fans, now that you’ve finally seen the killer Season 4 premiere of our favorite CW show it’s time for us to talk about everything that went down.

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.

After unsuccessfully kidnapping all of our favorite people in Mystic Falls including Elena, Stefan and Rebekah (Claire Holt), Pastor Young (guest star Michael Reilly Burke) blew up the entire council! THE ENTIRE COUNCIL! Did anyone see this coming?

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.

We knew it was inevitable, but Bonnie (Kat Graham) was determined to try her hardest to keep Elena human no matter the repercussions. However, killing herself to bring your friend back from the other side was going too far as she received a warning from her Grams (Jasmine Guy) to back off on the dark magic before the spirits decide to fight back.

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.

Meanwhile, Nina Dobrev knocked it out of the park during the episode playing Elena’s transition to the undead pretty much perfectly. She owned every single scene she was in during the hour. In particular, her first scene as a vampire in which she saved Matt (Zach Roerig) from a vengeful Damon (Ian Somerhalder).

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.

Buzz Moments:

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.

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