Alright, the TVD fandom has been exploding on social media since last night’s new episode, so I’ve just got to weight in. Many, many spoilers below!
First of all, I want to point out that it is not confirmed that Elena is sired to Damon. It’s a theory that Caroline came up with based on a comment from Klaus. We need to keep in mind that ALL Klaus wants is more hybrids, which means he wants human Elena. So of course he wants her with Stefan because Stefan wants her to be human too. If Elena is happy being a vamp with Damon, Klaus’s plan goes out the window. So, he WANTS Caroline to come to that conclusion! Is there evidence indicating Elena could be sired by Damon. Certainly. But let’s note that wanting the same things Damon wants is very likely because she is in love with him. And this isn’t something new. Her feelings for him have been building. There are many instances, but the kiss she gave him when he was dying and the steamy make out session at the motel last season are two that come to mind. Furthermore, there’s also plenty of evidence that she’s not sired to him. She has not done every single thing that Damon has told her to do since she’s been turned. Furthermore, Damon was surprised as anyone that Elena left Stefan because of him, so he didn’t seem to be working any sire juju. And when Tyler was sired to Klaus, Klaus had to specifically order Tyler to do things, not just think them. We haven’t seen Damon order Elena to do a single thing. Also, when Klaus forced Tyler to do things against his will, Tyler was very aware of it and did not want to do these things – like bite Caroline. When you are sired to someone, they can force your actions – not your emotions. Also, I don’t think Damon would want Elena to want him just out of a sire bond. He would want her to choose him of her own free will.
I know Team Stefan fans are upset with the Damon/Elena pairing. And if she’s sired to Damon and if he forced her to have sex with him, that would most certainly be upsetting. It would be rape. But, c’mon guys – Damon may be in touch with his bad boy side, but he is not a rapist.
I was most upset by the article I read on io9 today: “at this point, Elena literally has no free will. Or hardly any. She’s just a puppet.” Ouch. I don’t see it that way. At. All. The show has always emphasized the importance of choice, especially for Elena’s character. She chose Stefan – when she was human. And now, as a vampire, her heart and mind have changed. She has chosen Damon. I really don’t think there’s a sire bond. And if there is? I don’t think Damon is utilizing it. Damon said last night that he’s never seen Elena as alive as she is now. And I think that encompasses her being a strong, independent woman – making her own choices.
The io9 article also says that Damon likes Elena more now that she’s a vampire. Nope. Damon has always loved Elena for exactly who she is. He even made it clear earlier this season that he loves her either way – human or vampire. His love for her is unconditional. Stefan’s love, on the other hand, is not. It’s clear he doesn’t want her as a vampire. He hates himself for being a vampire – and now he hates her being one. He cannot accept her embracing her vampire side. I’ve been Team Damon for a while now, but still had a soft spot for Stefan. But now? He’s off his rocker.
I also want to add that I love Damon even more for many things in last night’s episode: when Stefan told him about the break up, Damon offered up brother bonding time before going to see Elena; when he did see Elena, he was a perfect gentlemen; the expression on his face when she told him he was the reason.
So. Those are my thoughts. Just had to share them. A lot of other things happened in last night’s explosive episode, but this is all I’ve got time for. Looking forward to the next couple weeks in Mystic Falls before we get our winter hiatus!