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The Vampire Diaries Round Table: Season 3 Preview Edition!

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Welcome to a special edition of The Vampire Diaries Round Table.

Editor-in-chief Matt Richenthal and staff writers Steve Marsi and Eric Hochberger have watched the clips, read the interviews and devoured the spoilers - and they simply can't wait for "The Birthday" to air tomorrow night, so these TV Fanatics are looking ahead to season three right here and now.

As always, reader feedback is encouraged on the following questions and answers...

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What storyline are you most excited for?
Matt: Alaric and his quest to make everyone stop referring to him as "Ric." At least I hope that happens. But I'll go with the return of Jeremy's ex-girlfriends. I always found this character boring, but it's amazing what the revival of two dead vampires can do.

Steve: I think we're all excited to see Stefan return to his ripper ways. Killing runs counter to the Stefan we know and love, but it's so ingrained in him and given the circumstances that prompted it - saving Damon - you can almost forgive the forthcoming bloodshed. Let 'er rip, Stef.

Eric: Definitely seeing Stefan going on his bloodlust rampage. Why should Damon get to have all the fun?

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Will Elena hook up with Damon this season?
Matt: No. I asked Ian Somerhalder about his season-ending kiss at Comic-Con and (shameless plug alert!!!) he told me there was little to it, considering Damon's dying state. As much as VD likes to tease Delena, I don't see these two ever living up to that nickname. They may be featured a lot together this season, but only in the hunt for the man they both love, Stefan.

Steve: This is not unlike the question "Will I be filling in for Matt on tomorrow night's review?" The answer to both is "unfortunately yes," but unlike my stint as TVD critic, expect Delena to last more than a week.

Eric: I desperately try to avoid Vampire Diaries spoilers, so I'm sure I'll come across as an idiot here when I say no. That kiss stemmed from sympathy (and raw attraction, have you seen Damon?!?) when she thought the man was dying. I saw no passion in that smooch. It was like the girl was kissing her brother. Our girl is loyal to Stefan.

Why are Anna and Vicki back from the dead?
Matt: It's all about a spin-off. Prepare yourselves for The Vampire Diaries: Ghost Hunters.

Steve: Because Jeremy clearly hasn't had it rough enough. Not only does everyone close to him die, some of them must now mess with his head as well.

Eric: They've come to haunt Jeremy with the scariest words a man could hear: we're pregnant. And dead. Figure that one out.

What relative of Klaus and Elijah's do you hope to meet next?
Matt: Their sister. Considering how handsome Klaus and Elijah are, the only proper casting here figures to be Megan Fox or Mila Kunis.

Steve: Their black sheep younger brother, Todd. You know, the sibling who for whatever reason just cannot get it done - unable to secure a job, make his own bed or clean up after himself when slaughtering unsuspecting humans. There's one in every family.

Eric: Their father. The original Original.

Make one bold prediction for the season.
Matt: Caroline will get knocked up with Tyler's baby.

Steve: N/A. How can you make a "bold" prediction about a show that makes up its own rules and changes the game on a routine basis? The Vampire Diaries redefines bold. It's why we watch.

Eric: I'm going crazy bold here and predicting the death of Matt this season.  Unlike some other vampire shows (cough cough, True Blood...), this series actually likes keeping things fresh and killing off main characters. Who better to off than my least favorite and the least useful character, Matt? Now that Tyler is clearly stepping up to the plate as Caroline's love interest, the pretty blonde doesn't even have that going for him. So long, sucker.

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I loved how delena know each other and demon and alarick are coooool steven make me sad

Hochberger

@patricorn - True Blood only kills off new characters it introduces for that purpose. Like Jesus. Characters like Tara are just brought back. Every season I feel like True Blood just adds too many supporting characters and story lines it can't follow through with.

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Most excited for anything forwood or delena. So over cutesy stelena. There's no attraction no heat. It was so 2010.

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I'm most excited to see more Forwood! :)

Tilly

1. Most excited for more Forwood, to see exactly what Klaus' plans are for Stefan and more Alaric. 2.Don't see Delana happening either, they may tease it now and then but don't see it happening this season. 3. May just be me but Vickie's ghost seems a little menacing while Anna seems more comforting. 4. Would love to meet the original Mom who had an affair with a wolf. 5. My bold prediction is I will keep watching because I never know what is going to happen.

Danforcella

As of two minutes ago, I am finally caught up on this fantastic show. Here are my two cents... 1. Stefan the Ripper, but only because he and Klaus will run into Klaus's brother Jack the Ripper, who will undoubtedly be mad at Stefan for stealing his monicker. 2. Hook up? No. Have another meaningless smooch? Maybe. And that's enough to get any room steamed up. 3. Of course Anna and Vicki are back because there are "consequences," but now that they're in town, I think they're looking to have some dinner at the Grill. 4. As I said above, Jack the Ripper! 5. Bold Prediction- Tyler is fed vampire blood and then killed, therefore becoming the second hybrid and takes out Klaus!

Gaby-ee

1) Stefan the ripper.
2) I'm not sure. Elena will remain loyal to Stefan, but there is definitely chemistry between her and Damon.
3) To torture Jeremy, apparently.
4) The original Original!
5) I can never tell with this show. That's why I love it :)

Mrsbass3

Delena will ALWAYS be a tease for fans, but true love is Stelena. No doubt about it. Like another user said, Elena is not Sookie...that girl doesnt know the term LOVE.

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Opa12

Delena is amazing together. I'm actually surprised people at this point love Stefan and Elena together; it's like watching a "wet-blanket." I'm sorry that's just my opinion. Can't you all see the chemistry between Damon and Elena? Yes, there is a certain beauty in Stefan and Elena's love...and I do love him, but I feel like it was "first love" - "high school romance"....finding Stefan will only bring Elena and Damon together even more. Sure it will be a slow process, but it will do justice to them. They wouldn't keep having them come together like they have if nothing was going to happen. I kind of just wish Katherine and Stefan would get together, but I highly doubt that would happen. I don't know if Delena will be endgame (wish they would), but at some point something big will happen. I do feel that. DELENA FOREVER!!! (Must say though, cannot wait to see Stefan as the Ripper. Time to spice up his character.)

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

Damon: You know what they are? Children. Like lighting a candle's going to make everything OK, or even saying a prayer. Or pretending Elena's not going to end up just like the rest of us murdering vampires. Stupid, delusional, exasperating little children. And I know what you're going to say: 'It makes them feel better, Damon.' So what? For how long? A minute, a day? What difference does it make? Because in the end, when you lose somebody, every candle, every prayer is not going to make up for the fact that the only thing you have left is hole in your life where that somebody that you cared about used to be. And a rock with a birthday carved into it that I'm pretty sure is wrong. So thanks, friend. Thanks for leaving me here to babysit. Because I should be long gone by now. I didn't get the girl, remember? I'm just stuck here fighting my brother and taking care of the kids. You owe me big.
Alaric: I miss you too, buddy.

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