In The Vampire Diaries’ second episode “The hybrid” our beloved characters are being tested. I will not go through what happened in the episode scene by scene because if you are reading this you probably watched it. The episode was both a sad and funny one, the dynamics between Damon and Elena dominate the episode. Those two are getting pushed closer together (Damon pushing Elena into the lake was a welcomed break from the intensity of the episode).
Damon: In this episode Damon is dealing with a lot, he gave up on Stephan and it eats him up inside. He doesn’t want Stephan back because he wants Elena and he wants Stephan back because he loves him. He is dealing with Andy’s death which as much as he liked to pretend was not easy on him. Elena doesn’t seem to clearly see his struggle and keeps pushing him to find Stephan. He realizes later that Stephan is not beyond saving and it hurts him to see Stephan trapped. He really loves his brother and hates him at the same time and when Damon feels too much he shuts down.
Elena: She is alone…lost and needs Stephan back because she both loves him and as crazy as it might sound he is her protector and guide to anything normal. Elena is always relentless but rarely stupid and in this episode she was both and that shows how desperate she is to find Stephan. Elena is also in need of guidance and after Damon fails her she turns to Alaric her only connection to adulthood. Elena is really trying to be put together but she has a lot of hurt and pain she is dealing with. On top of that she is taken aback by her strong feelings for damon because unlike Damon she was never open to them or about them. damon’s constant pushing her to be honest about her feelings even if she doesn’t act on them is not helping her struggle at all (say what you will those two don’t have a boring relationship at all).
Jeremy and Matt: Though I am not sure where this storyline is supposed to lead, I am giving it time.I feel so sorry for Matt and Jeremy they both live with too many ghosts…emotional ghosts. Their new found friendship is a good thing. (they should seriously ban Jeremy from using the internet, first he researches vampires then coming back from the dead and now how to talk to ghosts).
Stephan: The most lost of all, he lost himself and even though the show is showing us the soft side of Stephan I cant forget those bodies we’ve seen in the first episode of the season .Damon is brutal but quick he’s even a little bit tender with his victims, Stephan’s crimes are so animalistic and just so damn freaky. Stephan is battling the biggest baddest daemon around…himself, which makes me wonder why he is sticking with klaus…because he promised, he is afraid for Damon’s life or because deep down he wants to. I feel in need of a good reason . He was trapped on that mountain and as Elena rushes to Damon and they enter the car together there is nothing he can do but watch.
Alaric: He must be one of the angriest character in this episode and though he’s been in control in the face of everything for two seasons now is the time where he falls apart and throws in the towel…he doesn’t want to care anymore. As he is preparing to fall into nothingness Elena asks him for help then forces him to be a part of her broken family giving him a chance of a life again (there is a creepy air about Elena and Alaric’s relationship that wasn’t there before, I can’t put my finger on it but I feel it)
Caroline: Though she is not seen until the end of the episode, Caroline is the toughest character there is and she has some great adversity her coming her way, as she makes peace with her mother her father shows up to chain and torture her.
Klaus: Could we have seen the softer,melancholic side of Klaus in this episode. As his plans fall through in creating an army of hybrids, Comrades as he calls the…and I wonder does he mean friends? a family? it sort of reminded me of the monster of Frankenstein. Sitting on that log drinking beer he looked so miserable and lonely. Did his plan fail because Elena is alive? she died isn’t that the point?
There are many rewind worthy moments in this episode but the best one has to be the conclusion scene between Elena and Damon, the scene is almost an exact replica of the scene in season 2 episode 8 “Rose” where Damon first tells Elena he loves her then compels her to forget. In this scene they both now he loves her and he backs into a corner into admitting she cares for him to prove one thing that he needs her to know and admit how she feels about him when Stephan is gone.
Some might start to see that Damon is becoming more human this season and that Stephan is becoming more demonic and that could be the case but what if we are getting to know Damon and Stephan more and we as audience are starting to see who they really are. What if they way things are now has always been the case.
Here’s next week’s promo “The End Of The Affair”