Critic Consensus: Vampire Diaries gets the best out of star Nina Dobrev, but could use some fresh blood on the page as plotlines struggle to move the series forward.
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News & Interviews for The Vampire Diaries: Season 4
If there's one thing you can count on from a Vampire Diaries season finale, it's a crazy-unexpected cliffhanger. And this year's conclusion did not disappoint.
All credit to Nina Dobrev who acts her little heart out, trying to portray the disorientation of the transitional phase, before she drinks her first blood (from a handy expendable-minor-guest-star-shaped dispenser) and becomes a full vampire.
I'm going to out and say it - I hate that Elena didn't get to make the decision to become a without being in a high-stress situation
Yes, probably too much was going on, but when you've had an explosion just seven minutes into the instalment you know you're in for a wild ride. I could complain that there was an overload, but I was just having too much fun to care.
Audience Reviews for The Vampire Diaries: Season 4
Everything changes in Season 4 of The Vampire Diaries as Elena finds her mortal life ripped away from her when she becomes a vampire. It's an electrifying season of twists and turns that takes the audience on an exciting journey. The season begins with Elena struggling to keep her humanity as a newly turned vampire, but she finds her old life slipping away; meanwhile Klaus reveals the existence of a vampire cure, which begins a race between the Salvatores and the Origins to find it (though each character has a different reason for wanting it). The characters are used quite well, and the story arcs do an impressive job at exploring new facets of their personalities. Nina Dobrev in particular does an especially good job, as she's called on to take her character to places she's never had to before. Yet there are a few misfires with a couple of plots that don't work out, but overall the tension and suspense gradually builds throughout the season. In more ways than one The Vampire Diaries: Season 4 is a game changer that allows the series to explore new territory and move in a new direction.
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