Thursday, September 8, 2011

Vampire Diaries Promo: Sex, Blood and Birthday Cake

As regular readers of this blog may remember, I absolutely love The Vampire Diaries. The show returns in only one short week and, as if I wasn't excited enough, the TV gods provided me with this promo that has left me salivating in excitement (although that may also be the prominently featured cake):

The main message of the trailer - other than the fact that, on closer inspection, that cake does not look delicious - is that this season is all about Elena. I love that because, as I may have mentioned before, Nina Dobrev is one of my favorite actors working in television right now, and her Elena Gilbert gets tougher and more badass every episode. More Elena is never a bad thing.

The teaser also promises lots more Klaus in the upcoming season. Joseph Morgan is pretty damn fantastic - and he is looking fine in that old-school tux, complete with tails - and I can't wait to see he and the newly bad Stefan (Paul Wesley) leave a trail of murder and mayhem in their wake. Neither can Wesley, who told Ryan Seacrest, "I think it's always more fun to play a bad boy," and promised more "bad Stefan" this season.

I am also loving the promise of a darker, more twisted love triangle between Elena, Stefan and Damon (Ian Somerhalder) this year. That shot of Stefan pulling Elena's hair hints that their relationship is quickly going to get less romantic and more obsessive as Stefan embraces his dark side (EW's Mandy Bierly is predicting a storyline that parallels Buffy's Angelus, and I would be all for that), leaving the door open for Damon to romance her. Dobrev and Somerhalder have great chemistry (which could explain rumors that the two are a couple in real life) and with Stefan out of the picture, Damon could finally have a chance.

I had only a few, minor quibbles with the promo. Much of the supporting cast was left out; I wanted a tease of what was happening with Caroline and Matt, or how Jeremy is dealing with the ghosts of Anna and Vicky. Also, more Alaric, please; the poor man spent most of last season babysitting Jenna, so let's get him a good storyline where he gets to hunt vampires, stat. I'm sure that these characters will be addressed in the season premiere - after all, it centers on Elena's birthday, and Caroline has never been one to stay away from a party - but it would have been nice to see even a glimpse of them in the trailer.

Who else is excited for the new season of The Vampire Diaries? Do you want to see bad Stefan as much as I do? And can someone please get Elena a real cake? The poor girl has been through enough.

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