The Vampire Diaries Returns: The Birthday (S03E01)

Finally! After the long wait, The Vampire Diaries is back for season three with its all new fresh, eye-popping, jaw-dropping, and heart-stopping episodes. We’ve only seen one episode but I can already tell that the rest of the episodes in this season are going to be mind-boggling that you wouldn’t want to miss a thing.
This season began with the ‘The Birthday’ episode, where Elena (Nina Dobrev) celebrates her 18th birthday. It started off with a scene that showed Klaus (Joseph Morgan) and Stefan (Paul Wesley) in Tennessee. Klaus was looking for a Ray guy and he seemed to have gone to quite a few places just to find him. Of course, being an original and a half vampire half werewolf himself, it was easy for him to get the answers that he wanted, especially when he’s got Ripper Stefan by his side. Last season, I really wanted Klaus dead because he was just so dangerously evil. But in this episode, I think I’m starting to fall for Joseph–err Klaus and I can’t imagine TVD without him. *wink*
First highlight in the episode was the very naked-with-bubbles-on Damon (Ian Somerhalder) walking in on Elena. He totally caught her off guard but unfortunately, his hot nakedness wasn’t enough to make Elena forget about her nowhere-to-be-found boyfriend, Stefan. I’m a die hard Delena fan so.. tsk tsk tsk. Elena’s been trying to track Stefan and she thinks that Damon is not being cooperative. But contrary to what she thinks, Damon is actually tracking Stefan with Alaric without telling her because he doesn’t want to get her hopes up.
Then there was Jeremy (Steven McQueen) being haunted by his two dead ex-girlfriends. Unfortunately for him, Vicki (Kayla Ewell) and Anna (Malese Jow) have become not so dead to him since he was brought back to life by his super witch girlfriend, Bonnie (Kat Graham), who only made an appearance in this episode via video call. He has been seeing them at his house, work place, in his car, and so on. He confided his dilemma with Matt (Zach Roerig) but that had been of no help. Just imagine experiencing death not just once, but twice! After all he’s been through, I wouldn’t be surprised if Jeremy goes insane. Just kidding! Now the creepy thing is, Vicky said “Help me” to Jeremy when she appeared to him inside his car. I wonder what else they’d say to him in their next appearances.
Meanwhile, things became emotionally and physically intense between vampire Barbie Caroline (Candice Accola) and werewolf hottie Tyler (Michael Trevino). First they had an awkward conversation when Tyler declares he’s horny all the time and Caroline admits being on overdrive and feeling like going to explode. They both say it’s a vampire/werewolf thing. Boy oh boy.. I can only imagine how intense that is. Tyler and Caroline love team is also my favorite so their ‘thing’ was my second favorite part in this episode.
FORWOOD’s Vampire & Werewolf Thing
At Elena’s birthday party, Damon gave her a present. It was her necklace, the one that Stefan gave her. Somehow, Alaric (Matthew Davis) was able to recover it after the ‘sacrifice’ ritual happened. That was the second time Damon returned that thing to her. Only that, Elena doesn’t remember the first time because Damon compelled her to forget about it after his tearful confession of love. The scene where Damon put the necklace on Elena was emotional for me because the I-love-you-but-i-can’t-have-you was written all over Damon’s face. At least, Delena fans like me weren’t left without a touching Delena scene even if it’s a one-sided love team, but only for now *fingers crossed*.

Elena refuses to move on without her beloved Stefan by her side. She holds on to her love for him and said that her birthday wish was to find out whether he’s alive or not. She doesn’t believe that Stefan has gone back to the Ripper side of him. Unfortunately for her, Stefan is no longer the gentle and good vampire boyfriend she knew.

Stefan had agreed to become Klaus’ slave in exchange for the cure to Damon’s deadly werewolf bite. He doesn’t need saving. And he made this clear by killing Damon’s compelled girlfriend, Andie (Dawn Olivieri). Yet, all the strong and heartless facade he’s been trying to pull off crumbled when the unconvinced Klaus told him that he’ll never stop caring about family. This then lead to a very poignant phone call that Stefan made to Elena. Stefan never really spoke anything but Elena felt that it was him. So she just went on saying the most reassuring words that Stefan could hold on to; You’ll be okay. I love you. Hold on to that. Never let that go.

That phone call scene really broke my heart. I was teary-eyed  and I just had to watch it again and again. And darn! I’m not even a fan of their love team! It was just so touching it hurts until now, which, therefore makes it the best part of this episode. *sniff*

Then at the end, Mrs. Lockwood went from being clueless mother to vampire slayer, shooting Caroline with loads of Vervain. Oh no, looks like Mrs. Lockwood is not that clueless after all.


So here are my thoughts:

  1. Tyler and Caroline hook up– So is there any chance for them to have a child? If yes, wouldn’t they have a hybrid child? Tyler and Caroline becoming parents? Uhmm, okay. Perhaps my imagination going too far.
  2. Vicki’s “Help me”– I have this idea that maybe, as consequence of Jeremy’s ‘resurrection’, he’ll also have the ability to resurrect dead vampires. But then why can he only see Vicki and Anna? Maybe since Bonnie used her power to bring him back to life because of love, then Jeremy can also resurrect people that he loved? Haha!
Well, these are just my thoughts, guys. There’s nothing left for me now but to wait and see what the real deal is. Anyone who wants to share what they think? Feel free to leave a comment. 🙂

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