It’s been about 19 hours, and I’m still kind of reeling from the last scene of last night’s Vampire Diaries. As I saw someone tweet last night, as I was freaking out over the devastatingly quiet breakup of Stefan and Elena, the Gilberts’ porch is kept clean by tears. Even as a firm believer in Delena — which, how could you not be this season? — Paul Wesley’s performance had me tearing up and temporarily switching allegiance. (But so help me, Julie Plec, if you turn Elena back into a boring human, I will hunt you down.) The other thing that struck me about this moment was how well it fit into the show’s time-honored tradition of changing the game, or plucking our hearts out, in the last five minutes of the show, leaving us breathing heavily and pounding our fists on the couch as the title card floats onto the screen.
Here are some of our other favorite last-scene reveals:
“Founder’s Day,” Season 1: Damon kisses Elena ever so tenderly on the cheek, we squeeeeee, and then suddenly realize that it’s not Elena at all but Katherine, who then turns around and stabs John Gilbert.
“Rose,” Season 2: Damon confesses his love to Elena and then compels her to forget his confession. TEARS.
“As I Lay Dying,” Season 2: After all sorts of terrible Klaus-related tragedies, Jeremy returns home from the dead, accompanied by his two deceased ex-girlfriends.
“1912,” Season 3: Meredith reveals that Alaric has been the one murdering council members.
“The Departed,” Season 3: Meredith, deliverer of surprises, reveals that Elena had vampire blood in her when she died, and then Elena wakes up.
This is just a small sampling, of course, culled from my memory. But I’d love to hear from you about your fave last-minute TVD moments. And am I the only one who almost ALWAYS gets interrupted in the middle of the last scene? God bless DVRs.
Though I find Stefan’s self-help guru speeches on The Vampire Diaries to be a bit on the cloying side, he kind of has a point about Elena: She needs to enjoy herself more now that she’s one of them. And as she starts to realize that herself (and thankfully, no one uttered the phrase “heightened emotions” once during last night’s episode), we’re having a lot more fun watching her. The victimized little orphan of seasons past is making room for a much cooler girl who is not to be messed with. Here are 5 things that we love so much more about Elena 2.0.
1. She gets to make that scary veiny, black-eyed hiss face (above) a lot these days.
2. She’s got a toy boy of her own now. While she pretends to have resolved her Salvatore love triangle, it’s looking like her lust for ex-boyfriend Matt is a fun little thing on the side, too. They even met at their old makeout spot! Read more…
There was a while when The Vampire Diaries did its best to keep us just as torn between Salvatore brothers as Elena herself was (and Katherine before her!). We were equally in love with Stefan’s sweet nature (not to mention those perfectly sculpted shoulders), as we were with Damon’s wry humor and piercing eyes. Not so much, anymore. Elena said she chose Stefan once and for all last week — but her rationale was super shaky. She chose him because he would have saved Matt first, whereas Damon would have ignored her wishes and saved her? The path of “good” can only take you so far, hon. By last night’s “Memorial,” we were convinced that Kevin Williamson, Julie Plec and company are going to spend a lot of time building the case for Elena to change her mind. Here’s how:
1. Oh, god, that scene of Elena drinking his blood nearly gave us a heart attack. The chemistry between Nina Dobrev and Ian Somerhalder CANNOT be hidden.
2. Damon’s no longer the voice of unchecked impulses but of reason. “Vampires eat people. It’s part of the natural food pyramid,” he says. Stefan’s so intent on protecting Elena from his own “Ripper” fate, he’s blind to the consequences. Read more…
OK, I may have just watched the season premiere of The Vampire Diaries twice in a row, but I believe this is by no means a sign of an unhealthy obsession. I’m merely dedicated to my job! Also, after crying and yelling at Elena through the TV and trying to send Matt some kind of telepathic hug, hyperventilating during the Caroline-and-Tyler/Klaus scene and pausing the screen to gaze into Damon’s eyes, I realized I’d missed some choice quotes, so I just had to review the fundamentals, you know? Now that I’m an expert at everything that was said during “Growing Pains,” I’m going to challenge you to a little game. Name the characters that said these great quotes…
1. “And now the world has one more quarterback.”
2. “We’ll cross that bridge when we come to it.”
3. “I love you, and it’s because I love you that I can’t be selfish with you.”
4. “I am that selfish, but you already knew that.”
5. “I’ll be with you forever … if I want.”
6. “Easy, love. Wrong time, wrong place, wrong equipment.”
7. “You can’t possibly hate me more than I hate myself.”
8. “You don’t have to live with that; you get to live with that.”
“When do you ever get to see Alan Ball and Chris Meloni doing body rolls?” Joe Manganiello asked me shortly after the True Blood panel. When but at Comic-Con? After the trailer shown at the panel seemed to indicate that Pam is making Tara into a stripper, Joe, of course, took the opportunity to demonstrate his Magic Mike skills. And mayhem ensued (as in show creator Ball stood on his chair to show his moves, and Meloni did his version later, too).
The crowd was already worked up about sexy supes after the Vampire Diaries panel, where the stars themselves brought up all sorts of naughty ideas. Zack Roerig suggested that Elena could use Matt’s blood, or his body, for comfort now that she’s a vampire, and then went on to say he thinks Matt should get it on with Caroline’s mom, Sheriff Forbes. Not to be outdone, Paul Wesley said Elijah and Stefan should hook up. Later on, he floated the theory that vampire sex lasts only half a second, so it could even be done in line at Starbucks. That lead Ian Somerhalder to quip that vampire sex had happened right there in front of the audience and we didn’t even know it. Oh, we’d know it, Ian. We were watching you veeerry closely. Read more…
A few ladies from 90210 were also spotted — Shenae Grimes, Jessica Stroup and Jessica Lowndes. These were by no means the only shows that the CW presented. Rachel Bilson was there, pretty in Chanel, for Hart of Dixie, along with co-star Jaime King who looked tropical in a skirt and bandeau top by Proenza Schouler. AnnaSophia Robb was there scoring for The Carrie Diairies in a vintage-looking alice + olivia by Stacey Bendet dress with YSL heels. Have a look at our gallery to see who else was there! (And don’t miss our gallery of all the hot stars of fall’s new network shows.)
I’m not sure what hurts more after last night’s season three finale of The Vampire Diaries, my eyes from all the crying or my neck from all the head-spinning. Like every finale (and yeah, every other EPISODE) the show has given us before, this was a game changer for Elena, the Salvatores, their friends and their enemies. So, if you haven’t seen the episode yet, you definitely should stop reading now.
Though it was pure torment, I absolutely loved how everytime I started sobbing about a character dying, the next scene showed them to be alive and well. Perhaps because of all those twists, I was left feeling just a bit unsure about what went down after all. Here are my biggest questions — and a few answers.
1. Wait, so who’s alive and who’s dead now? And which actors aren’t coming back next season?Read more…
Is there anything sexier than a vampire? How about two sexy shirtless vampire brothers…who both happen to be in love with you…a woman who is also exceedingly sexy? The limit is zero…the sexiness limit does not exist! Entertainment Weekly’s three new Vampire Diaries covers feature all the best combination of stars Nina Dobrev, Paul Wesley and those notches under Ian Somerhalder’s abs. Is there a name for those? Can someone make up a spooky word for them if there isn’t?
The multiple covers also seem to solve the central dilemma of the show: just get a bigger bed, you guys! And extremely nice sheets! Check out all three covers in all their paranormal glory, as well as even more exclusive pics from the cover shoot, at EW.com. Because if Damon, Elena and Stefan can’t resolve their eerie love triangle when they’re at their most nude, then when can they? Then when can they?
The People have spoken. They apparently like Supernatural more than The Vampire Diaries, but we’ll forgive them for that, because they made some other good choices that wound up giving us a pretty cute People’s Choice Awards on Wednesday night. Like any awards show, there was singing, dancing and overly scripted jokes. Also there were kisses and giggles and sweet thank yous. We thought we’d highlight a few of our faves:
10. We saw Hunger Games star Jennifer Lawrence bonding backstage with co-star Liam Hemsworth’s gf Miley Cyrus. Good thing they get along nicely!
9. Emma Stone, daring to be different in her awesome green tux jacket, managed to make a clichéd message sound sweet: ” You have to stay true to yourself and don’t be afraid even if people say what you do isn’t cool.”
8. Paul Wesley called Ian Somerhalder “Smolderholder” as he opened the envelope for the Favorite Comedy Movie award.
7. Lea Michele pointed out her cousin in the audience WHO LOOKS EXACTLY LIKE LEA MICHELE.
6. Ian Somerhalder was sitting next to Nina Dobrev when she won Favorite TV Drama Actress, but he tweeted her anyway: Congratulations Nina!!! You won!!!! People DO like you;) You rock babe, truly.”
5. Chloe Moretz realized she’s too young to really say “when I was a kid” and then she ended her speech like she was on the phone with all of us, “All right, bye.” Bye, Chloe, see you soon! Read more…
So, we’re going to go out on a limb here, based on the fact that Damon Salvatore won our Favorite Vampire of 2011 poll by a landslide (sorry, Twilighters!) and Nina Dobrev came in a very close second place to Taylor Swift in our Best-Dressed Celebrity of 2011 contest, that you guys are pretty excited about the return of The Vampire Diaries tonight. Yeah, we’re counting down the minutes, too. And to pass the time, we thought we’d gather all the spoilers and teasers we’ve read about the second half of season three:
» Executive producer Julie Plec promised TVLine that “there will be a payoff” for all the Damon/Elena tension that’s been torturing us for years. “What it is and when it happens, may be surprising to people.” And Plec went on to tell TVGuide.com: “Now that Stefan is out of the picture, in her mind there’s a way to free herself up and allow that tension to come out and play.” But in the minus column for the elder Salvatore bro, he’ll be “acting out, day-drinking, pouting and being generally curmudgeonly.”
» Then again, E! Online’s Kristin says there will be an “epic kiss” coming soon, though she didn’t reveal whose lips were involved.