The “I survived the most awful stuff” award goes to Caroline (Candice Accola) for Vampire Diaries Season 3, Episode 21, “Before Sunset.” Every time she breathed during Alaric’s (Matt Davis) little torture session, she got a lungful of vervain, and that has got to burn. Yet let’s not discount what Elena (Nina Dobrev) went through. Klaus (Joseph Morgan) tried to bleed her dry then knocked her to the floor.

That’s rough for a human, and something clearly went down at the end of the episode — Elena dropped like a de-hearted hybrid at one of Klaus’s parties. There’s the fact that Elena mixed tequila with blood donation, which is hardly a good idea considering how many pints she lost. Yet she also hit her head when Klaus took her out and was slammed into a locker by Alaric. Basically, she should’ve gone to the hospital instead of a rager in her kitchen, but maybe it’s more than that.

Elena is magically bound to Alaric now. Bonnie (Kat Graham) got all dark magic-y and vein-y trying to desiccate Alaric, and maybe that bond is taking a toll on E. We’ve been wondering if Elena’s on the cusp of a vampire transformation, and maybe this spell is the reason she needs to turn.

There are a lot of possibilities, so you tell us what’s up Elena.

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