'The Vampire Diaries' 'Stand By Me' rips our hearts out: Nina Dobrev kills it, and 9 more things to talk about

We probably should've seen this coming months ago, when Elena declared that Jeremy was the only thing keeping her together -- because this is "The Vampire Diaries," and this show never misses an opportunity to make its characters desperate and miserable. Since the cast had already revealed in multiple interviews that Jeremy's death was permanent, I figured tonight's episode might be a bit of a wash -- what's the use in an episode about trying to save someone's life if we know he's been sent packing? -- but I was wrong. When the talents of Julie Plec and Nina Dobrev combine, anything is possible, and tonight's episode, "Stand By Me," was undeniably the show's best one yet. It proves that the strengths of "The Vampire Diaries" lie in the emotional connections and the family bonds, not the romantic dalliances or will-they-won't-they 'shipper-bait. There's a lot to talk about here, so let's dig in.1. Nina Dobrev...



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