That was a pretty intense season premiere. Loved it, loved it, loved it!
Well, Elena has completed the transformation to vampire. After spending most of the episode trying to get the process reversed, she opted to save her life and complete the transformation with a little help from Stefan and Rebekah. Matt and Jeremy are guaranteed to be unhappy about this, but I do think that they will adjust to this new Elena. After all, is it better to have Elena in their life in some fashion or to not have her at all? I was impressed at the fact that she was able to hold things together as well as she did. When she had that memory of Damon in her room, I have to say that it took me a while to realize that it was a memory. Look forward to seeing how she deals with being a vampire over the next few weeks.
Bonnie got spanked hard by the spirits for how she has been using magic. I must say that I was surprised at how the spirits reacted. I would have thought that they would have liked one less vampire on the earth since vampires are abominations in their view. Guess the use of dark magic outweighed the virtue of less vampires. Also, it was nice to discover that what she did to Tyler was with his consent. I was under the impression that she did it without his consent in order to save her friends, so seeing that he consented to it makes the whole thing alot more palatable. I am thinking we are going to have a magic skittish Bonnie for a while.
Rebekah and Klaus have had a major falling out. Klaus chose to save Caroline from the van rather than Rebekah and she has retaliated by destroying the last of Elena's human blood that would allow him to create hybrids. He has chosen to renounce her as a sister and family. This is so not going to end well. The good thing is: no more hybrids. The bad thing is that now Klaus could very well be desperate enough to do anything to create a family. And Rebekah may choose to take her anger out on people Klaus cares about (aka Caroline). The fallout from this could be massive.
Stefan and Damon both reacted to Elena's change very much in character. Stefan was very focused on trying to fulfill Elena's wishes and having her not transform, but then when it became obvious that she would die if she didn't transform, he made sure she had blood. Damon, on the other hand, was being very selfish and wanted her no matter what she thought. He blamed Matt for what happened and tried to kill him 2 (or was it 3) times. He reveled in his selfishness and the fact that he would do what he wanted. And I think this is the real reason Elena chose Stefan. While I have no doubt that Damon loves her and that there is chemistry there, Damon is so fundamentally selfish that he would not be a good partner. Stefan is willing to set aside what he wants to accommodateothers, whereas Damon will insist on pushing his wants, needs and desires on the other person if *he* thinks it is best for them.
And how about that Council? Ok, now former Council. Not sure about the reason for the mass immolation, but that was interesting. First, they get the ascendancy and have the sheriff and mayor removed and placed under arrest. Then they get Stefan, Rebekah, and Elena. They also almost get Caroline. What I don't think they counted on was the fact that humans would be willing to help the Salvatores for Elena's sake; even if that help was in a different form than Matt thought it would take (don't think he counted on being bait!). So like I said, I am not sure why the priest chose to kill all of them, but something had to be done in order to prevent the entire group from scattering to the wind.
Next week, Elena continues to deal with the transformation.....