Ever since Caroline (Candice Accola) put on her Nancy Drew hat and puzzled out that Elena (Nina Dobrev) is sired to Damon (Ian Somerhalder), we’ve wondered, What exactly does that mean?

Caroline and Stefan (Paul Wesley) ran through the list of ways Elena has followed all of Damon’s advice. “There’s something wrong with her,” the blond vamp fumed. “Every time Elena’s had a problem, Damon’s been the magic solution.” Damon told her not worry about Jeremy (Steven R. McQueen), so Elena chilled out. Elena’s only been able to drink straight from the vein, just as Damon predicted. Damon prefers a red dress, and suddenly, so does Elena. Stefan even thinks Elena only killed Connor (Todd Williams) on Damon’s orders.

Back the truck up. Beep. Beep. Beep. That’s a lot to process. Fans pointed out that Damon picked out a nice little sorority girl for Elena to chomp on at Whitmore College, and she refused. Plus, she couldn’t drink Damon’s blood any better than she could Bambi’s. How much free will does a sired vamp actually have?

There’s two things we’d like to point out here: One, in the scene we saw, Damon never once asks Elena to kiss him, rip his shirt off, or anything else of the sexy variety. In fact, she initiates the dance. Maybe the sire bond got them into bed a little quicker, but remember their motel makeout? If Jeremy hadn’t interrupted, who knows how far that would’ve gone?  

Second, sire bonds in hybrids and vampires might work differently, but Tyler (Michael Trevino) and Klaus (Joseph Morgan) never once hooked up. (That we know of.) Whatever the sire bond, it probably doesn’t inspire feelings of lust.

We’ll certainly get more info about how the whole deal works in Vampire Diaries Season 4, Episode 8, “We’ll Always Have Bourbon Street.” For one thing, a clip shows the Salvatores putting the sire bond to the test: Stefan instructs Damon to tell Elena how happy he’d be if she could drink bagged blood.

Something then inspires the brothers to make an impromptu trip to New Orleans, in search of a vamp named Charlotte. We’d stake a bet that this ex-GF of Damon’s was once sired to him. We’re speculating here, but if Damon has had experience with this sort of thing before, does that mean he knew Elena was sired to him all along?

Damon dismisses the idea of a sire bond in the clip above, but in the promo, Stefan doesn’t seem to believe it: “She was sired to you, and you took full advantage of that,” he says.

While Julie Plec said, “This could either make [Damon and Elena] stronger than ever or tear them apart,” we’re worried about what the revelation will do for the Salvatore brothers’ bond.


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