The Vampire Diaries Round Table Round Table: "Children of the Damned"

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Welcome to this week's edition of The Vampire Diaries Round Table!

From Alaric's back story to revelations about Anna, "Children of the Damned" was jam-packed with information and action.

As fans gather in our Vampire Diaries forum to discuss the episode, our staff has come together to pick apart various developments below. Reader feedback on these topics is always encouraged....

Grade Nina Dobrev's performance as Katherine.
M.L. House: A. In a recent interview, she said she based that portrayal on Ian Somerhalder's take on Damon - and you can totally tell. She was clearly having a great time playing someone so different than Elena.

LJ Gibbs: A Plus. She got to get it on with Damon and Stefan?!? It was clear she enjoyed taking on this sexy challenge, and I don't blame her.

The Barnacle: C. As in: I hope we get to "c" more of it! I love when the show flashes back.

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Is Alaric telling the full truth?
M.L. House: Chalk it up to Matthew Davis' quiet portrayal or my natural natural cynicism, but it felt like this teacher was holding something back, didn't it? I believe he's searching for his wife's body, but I think there's something else going on with Alaric.

LJ Gibbs: Maybe. It was hard to look into his eyes inside such a dark classroom. Turn on a light, dude.

The Barnacle: Who cares?!? Can we focus on the scene where he shot a wooden stake at Stefan and Stefan caught it in mid-air, please? That was awesome!

What was the most interesting fact you learned via the flashbacks?
M.L. House: That Damon's dad was disappointed him in for ditching the army. This doesn't play a role in the mythology, but I'm a sucker a sucker for well-written characters. This nugget of information shed light on how lonely Damon has always been and why it makes sense he'd yearn for Katherine.

LJ Gibbs: That Emily made it possible for Katherine and Pearl to not be affected by sunlight. Does this mean Bonnie has the same power? I feel like there's a lot of witch-related questions still needing to be answered.

The Barnacle: That Damon actually has a good reason to not trust Stefan. The more we learn about these characters and their relationships, the more layered and complicated everything gets. I love it.

What is Anna's plan?
M.L. House: She's gonna hold Elena hostage and force Stefan to get the grimoire back from Damon. The promo for next week shows these brothers having to work together in some way.

LJ Gibbs: She's trying to help Elena set a record: most times kidnapped on one season of a TV show.

The Barnacle: She's gonna turn every hot guy in town into a vampire and sleep with them. You gotta admit: it's a good plan.

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Vampire Diaries Quotes

You want a love that consumes you. You want passion and adventure, and even a little danger... I want you to get everything you're looking for. But for right now, I want you to forget that this happened. Can't have people knowing I'm in town yet. Goodnight, Elena.

Damon

Dear Elena, yes you heard that correctly. Hell has frozen over. I'm writing it all down. Granted, I'm half a bottle in thanks to my 1950 Chateau Cheval Blanc, a bottle I waited 65 years to open. I used to spend nights sitting in my wine cellar convincing myself I could hear it age, tannins growing, fermenting, but appreciating its beauty didn't make time go by any faster. The bottle just laid there on its shelf, torturing me while I waited for Katherine and time stood still. Eventually I convinced myself that no sip of that wine could ever taste as good as I dreamt it would. And that is the story of why I drink bourbon. I don't know who I am without you, but I know that as long as I'm with you, time will stand still. So who is Damon Salvatore without Elena Gilbert? A selfish friend, a jealous brother, a horrible son? Or maybe with a little luck, I'll do right by you. Because you may be a thousand miles away or a hundred years away, but you're still here with me and my heart is right there in that coffin with you. Until you come back to me.

Damon