Episode 3.10 TVD “The New Deal” or “A Relationship Matures”

If you follow my posts, you know that I’ve never been much of a “shipper”.  Frankly, it took me a very long time to figure out exactly what a “ship” was when I first saw it referenced out on Twitter.  When I finally caught on, I could see there were two camps – Stelena (Stefan and Elena) and Delena (Damon and Elena).  Even after I figured it all out, I didn’t get it.

I never understood why Elena was so attracted to Stefan.  Stefan is NOT my favorite Salvatore brother – largely because I don’t go for the sensitive types.  Stefan was “too nice”.  Not enough passion there.  I like passion.

Damon, on the other hand, is the character that I’ve always found the most interesting – and despite being a vampire, the most human.   His pain is responsible for some of the best lines on the show – delivered by Ian Somerhalder with a mastery of his character that is a genuine pleasure to watch week in and week out.

In the past, I have felt that the tension between Damon and Elena was delicious, and that the push-pull between them provided Damon some of the best moments of the series (I am specifically recalling the single tear in “Rose”).  But I also felt that Elena was not “good enough” for Damon in a strange way.

Yes, Elena is fiercely protective of the people she loves and she would do anything – including sacrificing herself – to protect them.  But I could not get over the fact that her love interest was Stefan, who I have always seen as the weaker of the two Salvatore brothers.

However, this season, it is apparent that both characters have matured.  Elena is stronger and wiser.  Damon appears to have mastered his deeper emotions.   And we don’t really know how far gone Stefan is.  But I really loved Damon’s logic at the end – “if I am going to feel guilty all the time, I might as well do something to feel guilty about!”

Rather than being disappointed that the tension would be all gone if the relationship between Damon and Elena were “consummated”, I felt that they had finally arrived at a place where they deserved each other and a deeper relationship now makes perfect sense.  I was relieved when I didn’t get that sinking feeling – you know the one, like all the air is suddenly leaving the balloon.  (Last time I had this feeling was when House and Cuddy got together, and I haven’t watched that show since!)

I don’t know what will happen next in this relationship.  But what I believe is that although they’ve kissed (and therefore acknowledged their deeper feelings for each other), they will not rush into a deeper level of Intimacy.  At least that is what I am hoping.

These are two people who are serious about each other, but are still surrounded by incredible danger.  They are not a strictly “romantic” couple, the way Stefan and Elena have been.

They are partners.  Yes, they love each other, but it’s not all hearts and roses.

It’s life and death.

Other thoughts on this episode:

Jeremy – I understand the need to protect Jeremy, but I am going to miss him.  He has matured perhaps more than any other character on the show, and I was really enjoying him as an Alaric-like vampire hunter.

Bonnie – Now that Jeremy is not around, it’s a perfect time for the return of Bonnie’s mother and I am looking forward to seeing how that relationship plays out.

Dr. Meredith Fell – A very pleasant surprise!  Really looking forward to what the writers do with a character who can combine the history of Mystic Falls (she’s a Fell, after all) with the attributes of the book version of Meredith.

Rebekah’s absence – I hope it doesn’t last long.  I absolutely love her character and the way she interacts with Klaus.  Now that she knows the truth about her mother’s death, I want to see what happens between them.  And where is Klaus keeping her?  In the Salvatore basement?  He can’t put her back in her coffin, when and if he gets the coffins back.  One of the brothers will un-stake her and the cat will be out of the bag about Original Mom!

Who’s in the coffin that won’t open?  This is interesting because we know it’s not Rebekah, and Elijah, Finn and Kol are in the other 3, right?  So who can this be, and why is the coffin presumably spelled shut?

Original Mom (yes, Klaus, Elijah and Bex were standing over her grave, but who’s to say that Klaus didn’t dig her up to cart around?  He’s weird that way, no?

Perhaps it’s the Original Doppleganger.

Or maybe it’s a branch from the old White Oak Ash tree from which other stakes can be carved to kill Klaus!

My guess is that whoever or whatever is in there is definitely the key to eliminating Klaus – and since I love Joseph Morgan, I am hoping we don’t find out for a very long time!

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