The Vampire Diaries Round Table: "Founder's Day"

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The Vampire Diaries didn't just conclude its first season last night.

It concluded its first season in suspenseful, stunning fashion.

Read our detailed review of "Founder's Day" now and then sound off on the topics below. Our staff has a great deal to say about this episode, one that will keep us buzzing all summer long...

Did you see Katherine's return coming?
M.L. House: I was so in the dark about it that when my wife complained that Elena's kissing of Damon, immediately after expressing her love for Stefan, was "out of character," I told her to hush up and go with it. I learned my lesson: never doubt your wife, and never doubt the show's ability to surprise.

LJ Gibbs: Not at all. The show had the advantage of Katherine also being played by Nina Dobrev, but it was still masterfully kept under wraps. With everything else that just transpired, I wasn't even thinking about Katherine, making me as surprised as John (although fortunately not as impaled). Only a second viewing of the closing segment revealed minor, subtle character differences between Katherine and Elena.

The Barnacle: Did I see it coming? Gosh no. But did I have an inkling it was Katherine as soon as she glanced at Damon's ring? Yes.

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Do you like the new Bonnie?
M.L. House: I don't like her... I love her! Loyal TV Fanatic readers will know that I bagged on how slowly-paced her storyline was at the outset of the series. I wanted to see movement on the witch front, and we've certainly gotten it. At some point, Elena will have to choose between Bonnie and Stefan, a decision I can't wait to see unravel.

LJ Gibbs: Absolutely. Her clever deception in leaving the device functional, her compassion in helping Stefan save Damon, and her boldness in threatening to lay the supernatural smackdown on them if they cross her again were all tremendous developments for a character who seemed boring for so long. Plus, her hairstyle's hotter now!

The Barnacle: She's a bit of a drama queen. Yes, vampires contributes to your grandmother's death and once tried to kill you. You're a witch! Get used to it and don't take it so personally.

Will Caroline survive?
M.L. House: Yes. Not everyone on the series can be some sort of creature or have some kind of evil intention. We need the Matts and Carolines of Mystic Falls to ground the show in human reality a bit.

LJ Gibbs: I hope so. You'd think the writers would have killed her off last night had that been the intention. I feel like, as with Bonnie, Caroline is destined to have a greater purpose on the show at a later point, it's just a question of what.

The Barnacle: No. The show is likely to feature Tyler's transformation into a werewolf next season and it will add gravity to the storyline if he killed his best friend's girl.

Will Jeremy successfully turn?
M.L. House: Into a vampire? No. Into an interesting character? Yes, he already has.

LJ Gibbs: No. Those pill overdose suicide attempts rarely work. The EMTs always find you and pump your stomach in time - trust me. He'll probably throw up the vampire blood in the process, too! Not very well thought out, Jeremy.

The Barnacle: I doubt it. A key aspect of the series of Elena fighting to protect her loved ones. That will be difficult if yet another one of them ends up as a vampire.

What will you do on Thursday nights this summer?
M.L. House: Hello?!? There are Vampire Diaries reruns on AND the addition of Moonlight to the CW schedule. I'll be on my couch like usual, cloves of garlic in hand.

LJ Gibbs: Creep around the woods pretending I'm a vampire, preying on susceptible animals. That, or sleep more.

The Barnacle: Use the Founder's Day costumes as inspiration for my fashion collection: Bloody Beautiful, by The Barnacle.

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1. i watched vd on the internet because i live in austria where the vampire diaries isnt even on TV(in fact no good shows are!)and i already accidentally read a spoiler saying katherine's back. although i though it was going to be sooner during the episode and when damon kissed elena i wasnt even thinking about katherine just screaming stuff like "Finally!" or "delena forever!!!" so at the moment def not! 2. yes! ive always liked bonnie and she is getting more interesting with every episode! i also loved to see her showing some loyalty to elena after back stabbing her with the invention. 3. i hope so! although i would have chosen her if they had to kill off any girl but still....i have to agree with LJ Gibbs on that one: she has to have a greater purpose! 4. im not even sure if he actually overdosed! i mean what did we truly see: he stook the pills out of the box, took one in his hand -cut- they were gone -cut- he laid down on his bed. is that really a suicide attempt? maybe he just got cold feet! but....thats also what i thought about jaspers suicide attempt on 90210 and i was wrong about that so maybe i have to stop believing that none of those guys have the guts to actually go through with it. but if he truly took those pills- please let him survive! he sort of hot! and if he does- let him be human! otherwise there are going to be too many vampires on the show struggling on wether to be "good" or "bad" and seriously we pretty much had every version of that: damon going from bad to good, stefan being good but struggling with bad, isobel choosing to be bad but still a tiny bit of good inside, katherine being bad, and there are anna, pearl, the tomb vampires,...i dont think i want another version of the same storyline! 5. desperately searching the web for my weekly dose of ian somerhalder


Er... Not Damon's ring but John's ring right? Anyway, big shock all over. Mouth still hanging open 5 minutes after the end LOL. And @Patricia, Stefan a girl, you're so mean LOOOOOOOLLLL !!!


I was shocked when it turned out to be Katherine. I was screaming at my tv for them not to kiss. Now I want to see what happens when Damon confronts Elena and what will happen with Stefan and Elena. OMG can't wait for next season!!!!


1. Yes, since the australian promo spoiled it! =(
2. Nobody likes Bonnie, she's the ´Vampire Diaries answer to Gossip Girls Vanessa!
3. I hope so! If they keep killing off the girls on the show at this rate there will only be Damon left by the end of season two! Wait, that wouldn't be too bad (And yes, that was me calling Stefan a girl)
4. No! Jeremy and his revival of Emo hairstyle needs to stay alive and angsty when vampire girlfriend #3 comes around.
5. Crying and transfering all my vampire cravings onto the third season of True Blood.

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The Vampire Diaries Season 1 Episode 22 Quotes

Elena: What can I do?
Jeremy: You can go to Hell, Elena.

Elena : I think you should stop with the flirty little comments and the eye thing you do.
Damon: What eye thing?
Elena: Don't make me regret being your friend.