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08 March 2012 @ 05:30 pm
Central character per episode (The Vampire Diaries), part 7  
Discussion came up in one of my Vampire Diaries posts about Damon being the central character in "The Descent", and crowandfog came up with the idea of listing the central character from each episode to see how it played out. (You can see that list here.) She wound up picking more than one character for certain episodes, and it was interesting to see her choices, but I wanted to take it a step further. I decided to make it harder on myself and just choose one character (as the show generally has an A, B, C and sometimes a D plot going per episode), the character focused on in the A-plot (unless a lead wasn't the central figure of that plot, but rather a recurring character was highlighted; in that case I then moved to plot B), and to explain why I chose that character using the following parameters:

1) Which character had the strongest emotional arc?
2) Which character drove the most story?
3) Which character had the most key focus in their scenes (and in scenes not involving them)?
4) Which character interacted with the most characters?

First of all, these are the characters that I consider lead: Elena, Damon, Stefan, and the secondary leads are Caroline and Bonnie -- they've driven multiple episodes, and have been the lead B-story in more than a few episodes). They are all regular cast members and main characters (ie, even though Katherine is played by lead actress Nina Dobrev, I don't consider Katherine one of the main characters). Alaric, Jeremy, Vicki, Jenna, Tyler, Klaus and Matt fall under the supporting roles for me. While we've seen them lead some stories, it's generally the B-story, and more often than not, they are supporting.

- Central Character Per Episode (The Vampire Diaries), part 1
- Central Character Per Episode (The Vampire Diaries), part 2
- Central Character Per Episode (The Vampire Diaries), part 3
- Central Character Per Episode (The Vampire Diaries), part 4
- Central Character Per Episode (The Vampire Diaries), part 5
- Central Character Per Episode (The Vampire Diaries), part 6


SEASON THREE, Episodes 10-15

3.10 - The New Deal | Damon Salvatore -- Damon began the episode upset about Stefan and in a state of near-Damonstyle-depression. By episode's end, however, he was a much happier camper, knowing his brother wasn’t lost to him, and he got to kiss the girl. So the emotional arc is his definitely. He also drove much of the story, in that he’s the one who pushed Stefan to make his move, which led to Klaus going after Jeremy. Elena also drove a lot of the story as well, but I’d go halfsies between her and Damon as he drove the first half of the episode, and she drove the second half. Of the lead characters, Damon and Stefan (along with Jeremy) were the focus of various characters, so that's rather a draw as well. Character interaction was evenly divided too among Damon and Elena, which leaves us with the emotional arc taking the cake and that would be Damon.

3.11 - Our Town | Caroline Forbes -- I went back and forth with this one a lot, trying to decide between Elena and Caroline, but I finally gave it to Caroline because she experienced a more pronounced – in this episode specifically -- emotional arc than Elena did, and she drove Elena to where she was at episode’s end. Caroline was also a key proponent in the Tyler/Klaus story, leading to the beginning of the Klaus and Caroline relationship. Elena was only the focus of Damon mainly, with Stefan being more focused on Klaus than her, and Bonnie only tangentially focused on Elena during moments of frustration, and Matt only in the final scene. On the other hand, Caroline was the focus of Elena, Bonnie, Matt, Tyler, Klaus and Liz. And, again, it was the focus on her life (and lack thereof) that played throughout all of the other stories to a degree. So Caroline finally gets one this season.

3.12 - The Ties That Bind | Bonnie Bennett -- Like with almost every episode that features Bonnie as the central character, she easily captures the title. She has the strongest emotional arc (with regards to her mother), and she drives most of the story being as how she is the witch who is necessary to open the coffin -– that is the key to kill Klaus -– and needs another witch, her mother. Elena, Stefan, and even Damon gets a little in on her story. She is the focus of Elena, her mother and ward, as well as Damon and Stefan to a smaller degree. And while she's tied with Elena for character interaction, she has a bigger pull with the other characters.

3.13 - Bringing Out the Dead | Damon Salvatore -- The closest thing to an emotional arc of sorts in this episode was Damon coming to the conclusion that he needs to stay away from Elena, and Caroline losing her father, but Caroline's story was the B-plot, while Damon's was the A-plot. And Damon definitely drove the most story. He undaggered Elijah, and cooked up a secret plan with him which led to the dinner. The dinner also was a cover-up for the un-daggering of the other Original!Siblings, and wouldn’t have happened had Damon not done the first undaggering. Damon was also the focus, even tangentially in almost all of his scenes, and was also involved in not only the Bonnie/Abby subplot, but also Alaric's story. And, other than Caroline's story and the other siblings, Damon interacted with all of the other characters.

3.14 - Dangerous Liaisons | Elena Gilbert -- Damon had the strongest emotional arc, feeling a part of the planning at the beginning, then it slipped out of his grasp throughout the episode before leaving him alone (well, from the group) in the end. However, other than Klaus' crush on Caroline, and Rebekah's revenge-yes, then no plan, Elena drove everything else that happened in the episode. As the key to the death to the Originals, Elena was pretty much the reason that Esther organized the ball, and brought all of those folks together. Her words and actions are also what led to Stefan walking off into the night, and Damon to walking into Rebekah's rejected arms. She also interacted with every single character on screen except for Matt (although, she did discuss him with Caroline), and was the focus of every character (again, except for Matt) at some point. So, this one’s all Elena.

3.15 - All My Children | Elena Gilbert -- Following the events of the last episode, this one features a lot of fallout from that episode (Esther's attempt to see her plan through, Damon pulling away from Elena, Elijah using Elena as bait to save his life and those of his siblings) and thus it falls on Elena again. She is the reason that most of the action took place in this episode, and was the focus of every character at some point in the episode, with quite a bit of focus on her from the episode's key players: Damon, Elijah, Rebekah and Stefan. Others interacted with a few more characters than she did, but not by much, so this episode goes to Elena as well.

Damon - (S1) 6 | (S2) 9 | (S3) 6 = 21
Elena - (S1) 7 | (S2) 7 | (S3) 4 = 18
Stefan - (S1) 6 | (S2) 1 | (S3) 2 = 09
Bonnie - (S1) 1 | (S2) 3 | (S3) 2 = 06
Caroline - (S1) 2 | (S2) 2 | (S3) 1 = 05

As we make more headway into the season, it's becoming clear that barring the majority of the rest of the season featuring Stefan as the central character, my original assumption that this season would be his (as season 01 was Elena's, and season 02 was Damon's) appears to have fallen flat. After the first batch of episodes, I wrote that "even though Damon is featured as the central character the most in this first batch, he doesn't feel like an overall central character. That feeling is more there for Stefan or Elena." At this point, I'm leaning towards the season going to Elena.

The last couple of episodes seemed to hint at an emotional awakening for Elena regarding her feelings about a certain Salvatore brother, and so much involved with the Originals, as well as her friendship with Bonnie and her status with Stefan, still seems likely to be played out. We know where Damon stands, so I don't see him grabbing too many more episodes, and Elena is only three episodes in the count behind him, so she could easily swoop in and re-take the lead.
 
 
 
sassy, classy, and a bit smart-assy: Castle: *g*badboy_fangirl on March 9th, 2012 01:28 am (UTC)
I think if we used your tally here as endgame data, we're right on the mark ;-)
Arabian: Feelings Journalarabian on March 9th, 2012 02:11 pm (UTC)
I just don't think that Stefan became what they expected through either writing, storytelling, (Ian Somerhalder's unexpected awesome which stole so much focus, including, clearly the writers!), Paul performance, or a combination of all of the above.
sassy, classy, and a bit smart-assy: TVD: Kat Damon carbadboy_fangirl on March 9th, 2012 07:24 pm (UTC)
You know, I've been reflecting on some of what I'd consider "bad acting" on Paul's part, and I'm trying really hard to believe he's doing some of it on purpose--like in the scene in 3x15 when he and Damon are talking about Elena messing up Esther's plan and he says that Damon's no good for Elena--it's so bad, and I had the thought last night that maybe he's trying to be bad in a scene like that because Stefan doesn't really believe that? Like, he wishes he believes it, but he sees who Elena is now, and he knows Damon had a hand in it, and that they are good together. Or maybe, I'm just being generous, because sometimes I really love Stefan and I've loved many of Paul's acting choices.

It's so hard to know for sure, not to mention how much of the actor's frustration with their character arc and all that could influence their performance--but then I can't help comparing him to Ian, who gave good performances while so sick last season, and though he has said many times that he misses S1 Damon, I've never felt like he didn't commit 100% to who Damon is now. It also strikes me as strange that he doesn't seem to get that he still has all the best aspects of S1 Damon, but that's a whole other discussion.
Arabian: Damon&Katherine04arabian on March 10th, 2012 01:38 am (UTC)
I don't think he's doing bad acting so much as not giving as much as not giving his all because he's not 100% into what he's performing. Which brings me to ...

I can't help comparing him to Ian, who gave good performances while so sick last season, and though he has said many times that he misses S1 Damon, I've never felt like he didn't commit 100% to who Damon is now

Right. And this is why the more I read and get to know about Ian Somerhalder, the more I respect him as an actor and a person. Sadly, I just can't say the same thing for Paul Wesley. Again, I don't think he's a bad actor, I just think that he COULD be better, and he just isn't giving it his all because, well, it appears as if it's because he doesn't like the role.

Like, he wishes he believes it, but he sees who Elena is now, and he knows Damon had a hand in it, and that they are good together. Or maybe, I'm just being generous

Unfortunately, I do think that's being generous because nothing in the script or Stefan's character previously has provided that possible characterization. The one thing we know from day one that Stefan is selfish about is keeping this good guy image of himself in Elena's eyes which is represented by her loving him, only him (and not Damon!), and his pride/jealousy for his brother, and that generous read doesn't jibe with those two things. That's just how I see it.
crowandfog: TVD: Stefan all this timecrowandfog on March 17th, 2012 02:07 am (UTC)
I also wonder if Paul's lack of commitment to his performance isn't forcing the writers' hands in certain instances.

You already know why I think it's so easy for Damon to win when he's so often at the emotional center of the story, but I think it's amazing how many times he is at the center of the plot as well. I mean, it's not like the writers don't know how to write an emotional arc that is separate from the plot arc--look at what they do to Caroline in almost every episode. You just stick someone in the B-plot and let them have a good cry (or in Damon's case, hissy fit). But Damon is always so crucial to the ACTION, and I think that has to reflect on the actors somewhat.

I mean, it's easy to rest the story on the shoulders of someone who is going to rise to any challenge and give an all-out performance every time (*cough* Ian *cough). How do you take risks with a character when the actor portraying him is only into what he's doing when it's something he likes to do?

Paul is excellent as Ripper!Stefan in the early part of the season, and he ALWAYS gets me when Stefan cries. But, otherwise, his heart doesn't seem in it. Is STEFAN detached and condescending? Yes, but, in certain scenes, it kinda seems like Paul is, too, and I don't like that. Makes it hard to enjoy the character, which makes it hard to enjoy the scenes he's in.

I get that some of the lack of Stefan in proactive mode is a genuine creative decision (Sigh. One day, I truly hope that the good brother vs. bad brother dichotomy will die and stay dead), but I would still LOVE to see Stefan DO SOMETHING every once in awhile. I'm not opposed to him being the lead in, like, one out of four episodes or whatever. He's supposed to be the third (or, even, based on past promotion, the second) part in The Main Three, but it's really starting to feel like The Main Two to me.
Arabian: Damon & Elena(PR)04arabian on March 17th, 2012 02:24 am (UTC)
I also wonder if Paul's lack of commitment to his performance isn't forcing the writers' hands in certain instances.

That definitely could be possible. Like you said, it's hard to commit so thoroughly to putting your actor in any and every kind of situation if you can't be 100% sure that he's going to there with you. With Ian, they know he will because he's proven that time and time again.

One day, I truly hope that the good brother vs. bad brother dichotomy will die and stay dead

See, this is something that I don't actually see on the show. Other than a line here or there from Stefan and Damon, it's more the central conceit from press and viewers. The creators have made it perfectly clear and it's what I've seen on screen with Damon since the end of "Friday Night Bites," and with Stefan since the reveal of his shady, manipulated beginnings with Elena in "Bloodlines" that both brothers are a mixture, who've just chosen to inhabit these roles because it's easier than dealing with their true, full selves. But season one was about setting Damon up to open himself up, and season 02 was all about getting him there. And we have, we did, in season 03, he's definitely that mix, good when needed, but willing to do the dirty deeds when necessary. And we've seen Stefan's journey growing gradually, on a slower scale, but it's still happening.

it's really starting to feel like The Main Two to me

It's just starting now for you? It began to feel that way around the end of season 01, and season 02 solidified that belief, while the first half of season 03 -- which I thought would be Stefan's turn to take the lead -- proved that neither the character, nor actor were leading material. It's DEFINITELY a two-lead show: Damon and Elena.

Edited at 2012-03-17 02:25 am (UTC)
crowandfog: TVD: Damon Stefan the brothers Salvatorecrowandfog on March 17th, 2012 04:49 am (UTC)
Other than a line here or there from Stefan and Damon, it's more the central conceit from press and viewers. The creators have made it perfectly clear ... that both brothers are a mixture, who've just chosen to inhabit these roles because it's easier than dealing with their true, full selves.

I'm not trying to say that I think either or the brothers is shown to be anything other than a mixed bag of good and bad. So, I agree with you in that I don't think we are SHOWN the dichotomy, but I do think that we are regularly told about it through dialogue. It exists to me because Damon and Stefan themselves think/pretend it does, and I don't like that. I want Damon to stop protecting Stefan's image (like he did when he hid Stefan's killing spree from Elena or when he killed Abby so Stefan didn't have to). I want Stefan to stop acting like if he isn't "good enough" for Elena, then Damon really, really isn't "good enough." As long as they keep telling themselves that one of them is good and the other one is bad, then everyone else has an excuse to treat them that way.

Mostly, I'm just super sick of Damon not getting credit for repeatedly taking on the responsibility of keeping everyone safe. The fact that Damon rarely, if ever, gets any kind of positive reinforcement from anyone is a real sore spot for me.

And I get that Stefan is fundamentally selfish and, therefore, will never pass up the opportunity to either be seen as a hero (except when he's in a particularly self-loathing mood) or to let Damon be seen as the bad guy. There was NO DOUBT in my mind that regardless of who one the coin toss, Damon was going to kill Abby. Period. Because that's just how this show works. But I feel like, at this point in the series, it's too predictable, and it's time for them to mix things up.

And we've seen Stefan's journey growing gradually, on a slower scale, but it's still happening.

Too slow for my taste. Or maybe I'm just bitter because I fee like his development was aborted earlier this season. I don't know. Like, in 3.16, they finally got back to the fact that Stefan HAD been struggling with his cravings again (which they started hinting at in 3.15), but it's too little too late for me to continue to care about his development like I did when the season started. Now all my "let Stefan change" feelings are rooted in my desire to see how those changes would affect Damon. It has nothing to do with wanting to see or know more about Stefan at all. It's a shame because I was so excited. I was very, very interested in Stefan and the Ripper and understanding (and possibly sympathizing with) this guilt that he's carried around with him the whole series, but that emotional investment is gone for me right now. D: With Damon becoming so actively involved now in Stefan's evolution, I'm hoping that I'll care about it again. (Maybe that's what the writers are hoping, too.)

It began to feel that way around the end of season 01, and season 02 solidified that belief, while the first half of season 03 -- which I thought would be Stefan's turn to take the lead -- proved that neither the character, nor actor were leading material. It's DEFINITELY a two-lead show: Damon and Elena.

Understandable. I just kept assuming/hoping that Stefan would get his season just like Elena and Damon got theirs, and that things would balance out. Now that we're at episode 16 (or should I say 17), I'm no longer holding on to that assumption. What we've gotten instead is Damon/Elena's season. That's very interesting and all, but it's tossed Stefan into supporting character land. 3x16 was the episode in which Stefan had his first breakthrough in blood-drinking moderation, and the focus was entirely on how Damon felt bad for abandoning Stefan before and is now committed to helping Stefan overcome his addiction, with an aside about how Elena is accepting that Stefan and Damon are vampires who hurt people but she loves them anyway and will continue to do so because she can't not love them. Viewers were calling Stefan irrelevant a long time ago, but it's even more apparent now that he's a supporting character in his own character arc.

Sigh. Sorry for the rant-like-ness.
Arabian: Stefan02arabian on March 20th, 2012 08:15 pm (UTC)
I'm not trying to say that I think either or the brothers is shown to be anything other than a mixed bag of good and bad. So, I agree with you in that I don't think we are SHOWN the dichotomy, but I do think that we are regularly told about it through dialogue.

That's fair enough.

It exists to me because Damon and Stefan themselves think/pretend it does, and I don't like that. I want Damon to stop protecting Stefan's image. I want Stefan to stop acting like if he isn't "good enough" for Elena, then Damon really, really isn't "good enough." As long as they keep telling themselves that one of them is good and the other one is bad, then everyone else has an excuse to treat them that way.

True, but I think that it being so explicitly THEIR issues, it is something that we will see them get over.

Mostly, I'm just super sick of Damon not getting credit for repeatedly taking on the responsibility of keeping everyone safe. The fact that Damon rarely, if ever, gets any kind of positive reinforcement from anyone is a real sore spot for me.

I agree completely. It drives me mad and I've certainly ranted about it enough. I'm still hoping that we'll get something in regards to that at some point (hopefully this season).

I feel like, at this point in the series, it's too predictable, and it's time for them to mix things up.

I think (again, hope?) that it's part of the journey.

Too slow for my taste. Or maybe I'm just bitter because I fee like his development was aborted earlier this season. I don't know.

It's awful to blame it on Paul, but I can't help it. When Ian, Candice, Nina, Kat, now Zach, are really stepping it up to the plate when they are giving new arenas to play, I just find myself more willing to blame the actor, than writer. I was saying to linsell_farm, in an older post that there were SO many little things, nuances, moments that Paul could have brought to play that weren't there. He played Ripper!Stefan as one-note. He plays Martyr!Stefan as one-note. He played Compelled!Stefan as one-note. He played Pretending-to-not-give-damn!Stefan as one note. There should be shades and mixes and nuance. Think of Ian and his portrayal of Damon. We ALWAYS see other sides, mixes of the good, the bad, the in-between. Even when Damon's struggle last season wasn't the forefront of the episode, we KNEW it was still going on due to his delivery of lines, the extra bite, or the hitch, or the play of vulnerability quickly hidden. Paul just didn't give us (or the writers) much to work with. He plays what was on the page. Period. I don't want to be dogging on the guy, I don't. I like him. I think he's a very good actor, I just think he would be better if he, I don't know, applied himself more? I don't know. He's just not giving his all whereas I see Ian, Nina, Candice doing so.

I just kept assuming/hoping that Stefan would get his season just like Elena and Damon got theirs, and that things would balance out.

I think this was supposed to be his season, but Paul didn't bring enough to the table, and just wasn't able to break out of the supporting role. Some actors are just not lead. I think Paul Wesley is one of those actors. You need a certain dynamism that is missing from his performance. Looking at the first half, "Disturbing Behavior," should have been his episode, so should have "The Reckoning" and "Smells Like Teen Spirit," but his character couldn't command the episode. Maybe the focus was SUPPOSED to play out being more about him, I can see that case in all three episodes, but he didn't bring it, he didn't stand out more than Ian's Damon, or Nina's Elena, or Candice's Caroline who almost nabbed one of those episodes.

Sigh. Sorry for the rant-like-ness.

No problem; always fun to civilly discuss potential issues with the show.
Azmiri Sultana Mridulmridul777 on March 9th, 2012 08:42 am (UTC)
for the organized hardwork that you guys did to arrange this elaborate thing and to calculate the pattern the show follows and to figure out possible endgame.. you deserve this:

Arabian: Alaric01arabian on March 9th, 2012 02:09 pm (UTC)
Thank you, but I'm curious as to what you mean by "you guys." I did this one all on my own. And I've been doing all of the episodes on my own. :)
Azmiri Sultana Mridulmridul777 on March 9th, 2012 02:16 pm (UTC)
Oh...

Uh.. you mentioned crowandfog coming up with the idea of listing the central character from each episode to see how it played out, so I thought, maybe you had help. My bad :P

So you did this ALL by yourself then... that 's even more awesome. :)

Edited at 2012-03-09 02:17 pm (UTC)
Arabian: Ian & Nina09arabian on March 9th, 2012 02:18 pm (UTC)
Yeah, I came up with the original thought, she did some episodes in season 01 and half in 02, and then I took it to this extreme, and have continued to do it all myself after every hiatus. :)
Azmiri Sultana Mridul: pic#115876392mridul777 on March 9th, 2012 02:23 pm (UTC)
Great work.

But you know sometimes, I wish I could see Ian, (especially Ian), Nina and the other members play a different characters in movies like in a comedy or rom-com or action, etc. I just wanna see how they look and feel in my screen when they're not sexy vampires or other supernaturals. Their older movies doesn't really have their newly achieved acting experience and finesse I think. I don't want TVD to end, for them to venture, I just wish I could enjoy other facets of them somehow..
Arabian: Ian & Nina(PS)01arabian on March 9th, 2012 02:34 pm (UTC)
Well, Nina has done some post-TVD work, and fingers are crossed that Ian gets a movie this summer hiatus. But I really just wanted to focus on the characters and the show here. I find it fascinating the reversal of lead characters when it was clearly supposed to be Elena/Nina, Stefan/Paul with Damon/Ian in a secondary leading role in the beginning, and now you've got Damon/Ian as the clear male lead, almost wresting the overall lead title from Elena/Nina, with Stefan not that much a step up from the surprising secondary lead of Caroline/Candice and not as surprising Bonne/Kat. (I think that Elena/Nina and Bonnie/Kat are the only two that have mainly stayed where the writers envisioned them.)

Edited at 2012-03-09 02:34 pm (UTC)
Azmiri Sultana Mridulmridul777 on March 9th, 2012 02:50 pm (UTC)
Well, Nina has done some post-TVD work, and fingers are crossed that Ian gets a movie this summer hiatus.

Nina's works aren't that .. how can I say this.... pronounced.. I mean I wanna see her in the lead role or like a very important role in the storyline, no matter how small....

And Ian, I wish (after effect of reading a zillion AU fanfics) to see him in a different human role, .... I wanna see his non-dick screen version... not that I don't enjoy the dick version very much.

I find it fascinating the reversal of lead characters

I think the funny thing is.. and maybe KW have even admitted it at one point that he expected the fans to be more lenient and lovable and crazy towards Stefan the hero, but as soon as Damon was introduced a total 180 happened. And in the first season the hedonistic, maniacal Damon, entertained and won the hearts much more than the righteous Stefan could. Kudos to Somerhalder's awesome acting (and hotness.. which goes without saying ;) ) and maybe because Edward Cullen managed to squelched the fun and beauty of being a righteous and "pure" vampire. Stefan did bear a good range of resemblance towards him.... that's my speculation.

Edited at 2012-03-09 02:51 pm (UTC)
Arabian: Ian Somerhalder04arabian on March 9th, 2012 03:03 pm (UTC)
Oh, they were totally going for Stefan as a better, more nuanced, better-acted, better-written Edward Cullen. And they succeeded, but what no one expected was that a different character was going to come in and blow everyone away, but Ian came in and was so SPECTACULAR, he did just that, thus changing the dynamic of the parameters the show had expected to operate under. NO ONE expected Ian to come in and do what he did. There's a reason so much press during and after season 01 revolved around how revelatory Ian Somerhalder was. It's not that Stefan wasn't a great character, a better version of Edward and that Paul didn't do a great job, it's just that Ian brought so much more -- charisma, charm, sex appeal, nuance, shading, depth -- to Damon that the writers (and viewers/critics) found themselves becoming so enamored of him that it changed the landscape of the hierarchy of the characters.

Edited at 2012-03-09 03:04 pm (UTC)
crowandfog: TVD: Stefan highlight of my existencecrowandfog on March 17th, 2012 01:40 am (UTC)
I haven't really seen a point in continuing to analyze it to this extent myself because, apart from back when I tried to convince you that Damon was the central character in 1x22 (which you've since changed your stance on now that you no longer allow for an "Ensemble" win), I pretty much agree with all of your decisions, even if for different reasons from yours.

Every time I read one of these posts, I think about your choices and try to imagine if I would have possibly picked anyone else as the central character for whatever episode. 99 percent of the time, that answer is no. :D

I absolutely love reading these because I feel like, since WE agree, all other arguments are obviously invalid, LMAO.

(It always baffles me how much we love the same show and so many of the same characters and even lots of the same episodes or whatever, and yet we disagree all the time while still totally getting along splendidly, IMO. So weird. So funny.)

Back to my point: THREE CHEERS FOR YOU AND YOUR FABULOUS WORK!
Arabian: Damon04arabian on March 17th, 2012 02:26 am (UTC)
It always baffles me how much we love the same show and so many of the same characters and even lots of the same episodes or whatever, and yet we disagree all the time while still totally getting along splendidly, IMO. So weird. So funny.

I know, right. We tend to disagree a lot about the show, yet we like so much about it similarly. It is odd, hee!

THREE CHEERS FOR YOU AND YOUR FABULOUS WORK!

Thank you. I'm glad you did this to begin with because I do enjoy doing it. :)
crowandfog: TVD: D/E and I'll be here in the morningcrowandfog on March 17th, 2012 02:10 am (UTC)
Now that I'm done butting into your other conversations (even though they were alreadyy over because, as usual, I am late to the party--can't believe I missed this one), I will comment on the post itself.

Once again, I think your choices are spot on.

The running score is rather suggestive of something (*points to icon*) that I wonder if the writers even realize they are suggesting. I mean, the show seems to be going in a rather obvious direction. Hopefully, they will let that play out (which is a bit odd coming from me, since I'm still in a fight with Elena, but I will ALWAYS prefer her with Damon over Stefan).

Okay. I'm done spamming your post now. :D
Arabian: Damon & Elena02arabian on March 17th, 2012 02:29 am (UTC)
Well, you know I've been claiming that she'll be with Damon at the end of this season since the end of season 02, so if it does go in that direction -- and I really, really, REALLY, don't see how it won't at this point -- I'll be truly shocked. I do think the writers realize exactly what they're doing, and what they're writing. Looking at the season as a whole so far, I really do see the parallel journey of Damon taking two steps forward, a few steps back,etc. last season in getting to a better fit for him in his life now with what has been happening with Elena this season.
crowandfog: TVD: Damon/Elena a work in progresscrowandfog on March 17th, 2012 04:59 am (UTC)
Unless the show goes on for another 3 or four years and something super crazy drastic happens (which I can't even imagine what that might be), it does seem like Elena and Damon not ending up together would be very surprising and unorganic--that is, as long as the writers don't decide to take the tragic route.
Arabian: Damon & Elena01arabian on March 20th, 2012 08:17 pm (UTC)
Well, I'm fairly positive we have 2/3 years for sure at least. I do think it will DEFINITIVELY be Damon/Elena endgame ... unless they go the tragic route. That's the only other alternative that makes organic sense. :)