Thoughts on The Vampire Diaries Season 4 Premiere – Growing Pains

This post is a bit delayed (bad me!) but at long last The Vampire Diaries Season 4 is here! The season kicked off with episode 1, “Growing Pains,” and it was a hell of an episode, jam packed full of action and bloodshed. Check out my thoughts on this episode and the promo for the next episode below! And make sure to leave a comment letting us know what you thought of the episode.

Plot Description for “Growing Pains:”

“Elena (Nina Dobrev) awakens on the morning after the accident to find the thing she dreaded most has come true – she died with vampire blood in her system and now must go through the terrible transition to become a vampire…or face certain death. Stefan (Paul Wesley) promises Elena that he and Bonnie (Kat Graham) will exhaust every possible way out of the situation, but Damon (Ian Somerhalder) is furious with his brother for letting Elena die in the first place. Bonnie pays a terrible price for her attempt to change Elena’s fate, while Damon takes out his frustration and rage on Matt (Zach Roerig). In a rare moment of empathy, Rebekah (guest star Claire Holt) is deeply touched by Stefan and Elena’s devotion to one another. Finally, Pastor Young (guest star Michael Reilly Burke) and the Town Council members begin rounding up the vampires and their supporters, leading to an unexpected tragedy.”

Overall, I didn’t hate the episode, but I didn’t love it either. I am not a fan of the pastor hunting down all of the vampires, but, I understand that’s where the story needed to go. I also didn’t like how everyone acted like Elena becoming a vampire was the end of the world. Yeah, it’s not what she or anyone else wanted, but it’s not horrific. Oh well, Elena is a vampire now (yay!) so they will have to deal. Something in the episode I did find interesting was that very last scene with the pastor burning everyone up, I am curious to see what comes of that.

Here are a few of the things I liked and disliked in this episode…


  • Elena getting her memories back! Hurray for the glamouring being undone!
  • Klaus coming to Caroline’s rescue and the short sexy times that followed.
  • Rebekah helping Elena get blood (even though Elena’s death was her fault).
  • Elena is a vampire!


  • The pastor jackass firing everyone and taking vampires down. I don’t like!
  • Grams being punished for Bonnie’s actions.
  • Klaus being so cruel to Rebekah when all she wants is love and family.
  • Matt’s moodiness.

What did you think of Growing Pains?

Here’s the promo for the next episode “Memorial:”

– Moonlight

By Moonlight

Moonlight (aka Amanda) loves to write about, read about and learn about everything pertaining to vampires. You will most likely find her huddled over a book of vampire folklore with coffee in hand. Touch her coffee and she may bite you (and not in the fun way).

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