Welcome, readers, to the latest edition of The Vampire Diaries Round Table. It's been far too long, hasn't it?
The show returned to the air last night and answered a number of questions: why might Elena resemble Katherine? How did Stefan first meet her? Did Damon go to college?
As usual, we've reviewed the episode in depth and now we're back to analyze various developments. Reader feedback is encouraged on the topic below...
Were you surprised Elena helped save Damon's life?
M.L. House: Not considering the state she was in. This was a girl scorned and lied to by her boyfriend... immediately following her first sexual experience! She likely would have taken comfort in Spencer Pratt if the guy had offered her a shoulder to cry on at that point. Plus, Damon truly did seem to care about her emotions.
LJ Gibbs: No. Despite his murderous tendencies, he is Stefan's brother, and clearly he cares for him deep down. You can't just let the guy die. Plus he's just so charming, and not even in a misleading way this time. He and Elena were both trying to uncover bits of truth last night, and united in their effort.
The Barnacle: Yes. Silly girls and their "emotions." If Elena had stopped and thought rationally, she'd have realized just how many future lives will be saved if Damon is dead.
Will Jeremy discover the Salvatores' true identity?
M.L. House: He already has in some ways, but then Damon made him forget. I think Jeremy will start to unravel the clues about vampires in town one of these days, but he won't connect the Stefan/Damon dots for awhile.
LJ Gibbs: They've gotta give Jeremy something to do, so sure, have him piece together the clues while writing book reports. Cute!
The Barnacle: I think the better question is: will he tap that new piece known as Anna? (Sorry, too soon, Vicki fans?)
Has Stefan revealed everything he knows about Elena's past?
M.L. House: I doubt it. A girl whose life he saved looks identical to his long-deceased love... and he doesn't dig any deeper because it would raise suspicions? It may be because he kept his shirt on for the entire episode, but I sourced a bit on Stefan this week and am not sure how trustworthy he is right now.
LJ Gibbs: I'm gonna go ahead and say no here. He may not have bad intentions, and confessing what he did last night was obviously bold. But there's probably a lot more he knows that he feels he can't tell Elena right now out of fear for her safety - and his own.
The Barnacle: No. He's totally gonna use that sex tape against her during their next fight.
What is Alaric's end game?
M.L. House: He seemed to be sporting a ring like Damon and Stefan's. And we don't know for certain that Damon actually killed his wife. Hmmm... I say Alaric's wife was a vampire and is somehow buried in the same tomb as Katherine.
LJ Gibbs: Well, he doesn't appear to be a vampire ... or someone who hunts vampires. He seems to be keenly and increasingly aware of the strange things going on in Mystic Falls ... for reasons unknown. In short, I have no freaking clue. With all its unanswered questions and slowly-unraveling mystery, this show is becoming somewhat Lost-esque. I kind of hate it. And am already counting down the minutes until next week!
The Barnacle: To help his students brush up on their local and global history - and he'll kill any vampire that gets in the way of their education!