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The Vampire Diaries Round Table: "The End of the Affair"

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We're in a love/hate relationship with Katherine. We definitely feel badly for Caroline. And we're not entirely sure why Klaus needs an army of Hybrids.

Join Matt Richenthal, Steve Marsi, Eric Hochberger and Dan Forcella for the latest edition of The Vampire Diaries Round Table, as, just like the episode itself, these four go back in time and revisit "The End of the Affair' below...

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What was your favorite scene from the episode?
Matt: Stefan finding Elena hidden inside his former closet. I seriously didn't know what he would do or what would happen next.

Steve: For shock value, the revelation that Stefan not only massacred people, but enjoyed/recorded it all. For pure emotion, the look on Paul Wesley's face when Klaus permitted Stefan to remember their adventures. For humor, Elena waking up next to Damon, or Damon claiming he's more fun than his brother.

Eric: Caroline getting tortured. That stuff was hot. And way too much insight into my bedroom. And not at all creepy that I made that joke when it involved her father. Because it's fiction.

Dan: I loved everything from the '20s, but my favorite scene had to be when current Stefan remembered all the fun times he had with Klaus and Rebecca back in the day. TVD is so good at making us feel sympathetic for people who have done some pretty terrible things.

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Why is Klaus creating Hybrids?
Matt: In my review, I guessed it was a mission given to him by some higher authority... and promptly got shouted down by pretty much every reader. I'd appreciate if you leave my mother and sister out of this, people, but you did convince me. He's likely seeing protection for some reason. But, man, how evil must the person chasing him be if he needs an entire army of Hybrids?!?

Steve: I have no earthly idea, but I'm glad he apparently has a reason other than boredom. His desperation to do so didn't really make sense until we learned that even Klaus is vulnerable to... someone. Something. My guess is he needs these hybrid comrades to rise up against this force.

Eric: I like Steve's argument that's been for his defense. Isn't that what all creatures instinctively create hybrids for?

Dan: The need to rise up against a greater evil makes the most sense at this point. Like Matt said in his review, it's a bit tiresome that the Big Bad just continues to get Bigger and Badder every half season or so, but that seems to be the only logical situation here.

Who is the man trying to hunt Klaus down?
Matt: His step-father. His grandfather. His uncle twice removed. Someone related to Klaus dammit!

Steve: Elliot Ness. Probably confused Klaus for Capone.

Eric: Who cares? That man is from the 1920s and obviously dead. Like the witch. Oh... wait.

Dan: Oh, I got this one. Agent Nelson Van Alden: Federal Prohibition Agent. Wait, wrong show? Sorry.

Katherine is... under-used? Over-used? Used perfectly well?
Matt: Misused. It's almost easy to forget that she was THE villain on season one, THE number-one mystery. Then, she shockingly returned and her storyline never really went anywhere last year. I challenge someone to go back through season two and see if her actions and/or reasoning actually added up. I fear the show is only keeping her around because we all love Nina Dobrev's performance so much, but from a storytelling point of view, she's useless.

Steve: Maybe the writers are only starting to weave a complex, meaningful story here, but based on this week alone, Katherine phoning in tips to Damon out of nowhere felt... well, phoned in. Hopefully Kat won't become another Bonnie, called in periodically to plug whatever plot holes arise.

Eric: No way she can be over-used when I forgot she existed until his week. But, yes, she is quickly becoming the Bonnie this season: filling in plot holes when convenient. A kind of fun, sexy plot hole filler that I can't wait to see in Chicago next week, that is.

Dan: Too sporadically used. Sometimes I completely forget about her, and bringing her in for such a short amount of time here and there just seems to have no purpose other than moving our main characters around like chess pieces. Give her something to do, or get rid of her.

Caroline crying about her father: Understandable, or a total overreaction?
Matt: A total overreaction seems a bit harsh, but, hey, at least her father does love her in his warped, misguided, torturous way. The guy could have just killed her and gone back to looking for a new pair of horned-rimmed glasses. Silver lining, C, silver lining!

Steve: As if being strapped into a torture chamber by her own father wasn't traumatizing enough, she probably has Stage 4 melanoma after all that UV exposure. Rough day. I think we can forgive a girl for crying.

Eric: Yeah, if you're going to insult my Caroline you'll have to go through Dan. Then me. But come on, Round Table Question Creator Guy. Overreaction?!? Do I need Barney Stinson to sit down and explain daddy issues to you?

Dan: How dare you even think about criticizing anything Caroline does? We should all be so lucky to kiss the ground she walks on. It's not her party, but she can cry if she wants to.

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Katherine doesnt get enough credit. Yeah, she's MIA a lot...but people seem to completely disregard how vital she was last season. From episode one of season two, by killing Caroline she attained the first 'ingredient' for the sacrifice (or so she thought)....then, she made sure a werewolf was present (sending mason to find the moonstone, ...and remember who's responsible for mason triggering his curse? Yepp. Katherine) When Mason was gone, she triggered Tyler's curse. So....components of the sacrifice Caroline gets credit for: Werewolf. Vampire (yeah, she called Jenna too...so she gets credit for that as well). Moonstone. I think that makes her pretty important. All those cute Tyler x Caroline moments wouldnt happen if they hadnt been turned/trigged a curse. I guess what I'm trying to say is that even when it doesnt seem like Katherine's doing much as far as big crazy gestures, she is definitely pulling some important strings in Mystic Falls.

Strawberry-fields

I love how Eric and Dan reacted to the last question :) for the record, if my daddy had done that to me, I would cry my eyes out. Girls do that, you know. Granted, maybe Bill loves Caroline in a twisted way, but come on. He honestly thought he could cure her from vampirism? Train her like a dog? Did that ever actually work? It's hard to decide on a favourite scene this week. I loved every scene with Klaus, everything from the '20s and everything wih Forewood. But I think I will go with this sweet little chat between Damon and Nick :) when the witch stepped in and Klaus went "really?", I almost fell from my chair :)

Eneci

1. Fav scene! Klaus stabbing Becca, choosing between me or him! Ur betray U die ! ! It was so fast but so emotional! Ur live with me or die by me!
2. He was a Looner! The one who couldn't be killed and the one who was an outsider! And he wants some new familliaries, to create a line of his sons! But maybe there different reasons!
3.Antagonist! I think they'll make it the ying yang way! Everyone has his antidote and they will show him as that! And of course he is immortal, cause Klaus is haunted a long time and he is still on the run!
4.Katarina Petrova is amazing! She is a character who works just for her interest! She cares only for herself, and maybe for the brothers(big Maybe)! She is probably working with the bad bad man and she knows she won't rest til Klause is dead cause he wants her dead or to be his slave!
5.great! It shows her being great and emotional! Everyone said there is a switch too turn it of(the emotions), she didn't used it! She feels everything! And don't forget she is a 17 year old girl and not emotional matured (enough)! And she felt comfortable enough to cry infront of Taylor! Love. . .

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Personally I think that the purpose of the Klaus mini-me's and the Katherine story are interconnected. Remember what Katherine lined up in season two? A witch, werewolf, vampire and a moonstone... The question remains: Why? Did she know the sun and moon curse wasn't real? Did she want to break it? I think Katherine wants to get in Mr Anonomus' (aka Mr.'the biggest baddest vampire in the history of time is petrified of me) good graces and her true purpose will soon be revealed. Also:
I am in total and absolute shock at the Stelena break up scene. Did Stefan really never want to see her again or was he trying to protect her?
Does this leave a Delena opening? (Did anyone else notice the amp up in Delena teasers lately?) Forwood was adorable but...YES Tyler, that really was a bad time! If not for Caroline's awesome ability to not ruin a moment that scene could have ended really badly. Overall, I thought this week's dose was a little too potent. Without Damon and his lines the episode would have been too much. Until next week...

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What if Klaus "killed" his family and has them all boxed away as his way of protecting them from the Big Bad? Families seem to be a re-curring theme here, the founding families, the lengths they go thru to protect the ones they love...

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Klaus real Father is dead. Remember his step-father hunted him down and killed him and his whole family... Starting the war between vampire's and werewolves..

The Vampire Diaries Season 3 Episode 3 Quotes

You know you were dreaming about me.

Damon [to Elena]

Bringing back memories of the good old Ripper days?

Klaus
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