This whole discussion about Elena's slutiness and Caroline's bitchiness clouded the most awesome and important subject of the episode: FREE WILL and it's complications - because they made it VERY complicated!
- Jeremy lost his free will - now that he is a Vampire Hunter, he is compelled to kill vampires, even his own sister, whom he loves. His choice has been taken away.
- The hybrids struggle so painfully to break the sire bond and regain their liberty, the ability to do whatever they want, and not have to do Klaus bidding. Kim is smart to point it out: I thought the whole point of breaking the sire bond was so that we did not have to do Klaus tells us to - why to we have to do what you are telling us to?
I think it would have complicated the matters if one of hybrids really liked Klaus, or felt something that made him or her unwilling to break the bond...
- but they gave this option to Elena. She is aware of the bond, but has no urgency in breaking it - specially if it means loosing Damon now that she is with him. She is willing to submit to him in order not to loose him, because she loves him. I was actually reminded of Anastasia submitting to the will of Christian Gray in 50 Shades of Gray (no, I did not read the book, just the summary - but I know he makes her sign a contract where she submits to him, in a BDSM Submission contract.) If you surrender yourself to another on your own free will, have you retained your free will or have you given it away?
- In another twist, the hybrids must submit to Tyler as their Alpha. As werewolves, their instinct is to obey the Alpha, but they could rebel and leave the pack if they wished, and became "lone wolves". They are not obligated to submit, but they do because they recognize that Tyler is a strong leader that can lead them to their objective: get rid of Klaus.
-And while Bonnie and Hayley think they are acting on their own free will towards their objectives, they actually are being manipulated by Shane.
Last season it was all about CHOICES: Bill Forbes choosing to die instead of becoming a vampire, Abby Bennett choosing to fee and complete the transition, then choosing to abandon both her children (Bonnie and Jamie), Stefan choosing to go with Klaus and Damon choosing to help Elena find him, etc. This season it looks like it boils down to CHOICES. After all "It is our choices, Harry, that show what we truly are, far more than our abilities"
Feel free to chime in with your oppinion about this...