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The Vampire Diaries Round Table: "Homecoming"

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Homecoming was anything but a celebratory occasion on The Vampire Diaries this week, as a villain fell, a brother was freed and many corpses were stolen.

What did our Round Table panelists think of the 2011 finale? Matt Richenthal, Steve Marsi, Eric Hochberger and Dan Forcella chime in below. Reader feedback, as always, is encouraged...

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What was your favorite scene from the episode?

Matt: I'll be very specific: when Mikael pulled in that Hybrid to prove he can compel members of Klaus' army. It was just the latest shift in an episode full of twists, turns and tense moments. Mikael and Klaus were akin to offensive and defensive coordinators trying to out-strategize one another. In the end, the former got sacked.

Steve: Klaus and Mikael squaring off in the doorway. Edge-of-your-seat stuff right there. Besides Eric's obligatory "any scene with Caroline" response, is there be any other choice for this question?

Dan: Steve's right. There's no other choice for this question. The climax of that showdown between Klaus and Mikael was magical. Tell me you had any idea how that was going to go down.

Eric: Haha, thanks to Steve I don't even even need to make my obligatory Caroline reference here. And for that, much like Dan, I can rip off his scene choice. Not that we had any other option.

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Was Mikael killed off too soon?

Matt: I don't think so. We were treated to the great exchange everyone referred to above, providing even more layers to Klaus and, let's face it, this show can only juggle so many characters at once. We only see Alaric once every four weeks as is.

Steve: Yes. I like that the show actually provides resolution to story arcs and has the guts to kill off characters rather than dragging things out endlessly for the sake of it, but Sebastian Roche was great and I feel like there was more material there.

Dan: No. I don't think so. At times it seemed like TVD got into a habit of just bringing out a bigger and bigger bad guy as the weeks and seasons went on, so bringing out a new big bad and killing him off so quickly was a bit refreshing. Klaus should remain the main target for a while because he's that awesome.

Eric: I actually think so. I do agree that we have enough bad guy in Klaus, but I can't help but feel like Mikael was a waste of good talent. Maybe we could have saved the Vampire Vampire Hunter for later in the season...

More surprising: when we learned Katherine had been posing as Elena, the abduction of the Originals or the fact that no male high school student asked Rebekah to the dance?

Matt: Rebekah all the way. She's been practicing all these cheerleader moves in front of the football team for weeks, right? Where's the cocky quarterback who has taken notice of this new girl and wants to diagram a play in her end zone... if you know what I mean? Come on.

Steve: Rebekah is new in town, mysterious, intimidating and almost unattainably hot for the general population, so I can kinda see that. Katherine as Elena ... it's hard to be thrown for a loop by something that's been done almost too often at this point. Which leaves us their abduction of the Originals by default. I definitely didn't see that coming and it set up a great arc for the spring. You would think Stef and Kat would refrain from poking the vampirical bear that is Klaus after all they've been through, but revenge is a powerful motive.

Dan: Yeah, we've seen the Katherine thing before and no normal high school student would have the courage to ask out the incredible Rebekah, so I will go with the Original abduction. Way to go, Stef!

Eric: While I admit I definitely was shocked by the classic Katherine swap (I mean, it's been awhile!), I have to give it to Rebekah not finding a date! Look, clearly I was never a jock in high school, but I've watched enough television to know the cheerleaders always go out with the football players. There's no way they didn't see her at cheerleading practice wearing those short shorts and ask her out on the spot. Right? Support me here Mr. Athlete, Matt.

Could you beat Klaus at beer pong?

Matt: Probably not. But Never Have I Ever?!? I'd have him wasted in 30 seconds. Never Have I Ever... lied about yanking my mother's heart through her chest? DRINK!

Steve: Does Eric worship the ground Candice Accola walks on? No offense to your boy, Dan, but I am the man at beer pong. He'd get schooled unless he compelled me to lose, but that would just be pathetic on his part.

Dan: No. Neither can Steve. Nobody can.  ou can't beat Klaus at anything. You can't even get your murder plan correct against him. He is the absolute man!

Eric: God no. Did you see how badly he was stomping that other team? It was like one cup to seven at that point. I'm much more interested in challenging him for a little 2-on-2 guy/girl teams. His ego would probably pick the most useless supernatural on his side, Elena. I got dibs on Bon-Bon. Sorry, Caroline, but I'm taking a witch in case I need her vampire migraines in the clutch.

Name one thing you hope to see happen on The Vampire Diaries in 2012.

Matt: How about one thing I hope NOT to see? Katherine. She really has to go.

Steve: Two words: For. Wood.

Dan: I hope to see no dead people return to Mystic Falls.

Eric: Steve! Stop stealing my Caroline answers! You make me come up with real answers here. As much as I love Klaus and Rebekah bonding with the gang, I want to see some serious Good V. Bad in 2012. Let the real evil come out. And more Forwood.

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I don't think that Mikeal was killed off too soon. The story lines this season have moved along at a good pace. Many of our questions were answered but, there was still enough of a plot twist to keep us all hanging until January!

Akalillyt

MATT y u hating on Kat?? What i wanna see next yr is: Charlotte the original Petrova face!

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FORWOOD LOVE CHILD!!!!!!!

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Name one thing you hope to see happen on The Vampire Diaries in 2012. Elijah Elijah Elijah Stefan Elijah Elijah Elijah Elijah Klaus They killed off Mikael too soon, but I can understand the trouble with juggling too many 'all-powerful' beasts. I have a feeling Klaus will find loyalty in someone else, someone other than his hybrid slaves.

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I loved this Ep! esp Kat being all bad-ass and saving Damon! My favourite part was the Klaus/Mikael standoff! Epic! Amazing acting by both JM and SR!! I wasn't surprised at all by this Ep though! As soon as Damon told Elena about his secret contingency plan, I automatically knew there'd be a Doppleganger swap! Plus It was even obvious from the promo pics it was Kat, Elena has bad taste lol! Even Stefan stealing the OV corpses...Its natural Katharine would want to take Klaus's family away after he killed hers! Revenge! Classic.. The biggest surprise for me was Elena stabbing Becks.. HARSH!! Im hoping we see all the remaining OVs plus Elijah! Then all the siblings will team up (including Becks)against Klaus!

Danielle50

Name one thing you hope to see in 2012: Elijah and the rest of the Originals but mainly Elijah!

Eneci

1.Fav scene!
CYLER! but just third best!
Second best was Delena! I don't like Delena i don't see them as a couple! But i felt the rage, the crazyness, the despair everything!
1st place THE CLIFFHANGER! Stefan U sneeky little bastard!
2.Mikael!? Yes and NO!
He was to Bad to stay but a a to real threat to kick Klaus ass! Klaus is our main bad guy and Mikael wasn't near his knees! So it was his time to go!
3.Surprise!? The abduction!
U saw in Damon's eyes he won't give up on Elena and that he is so scared!
The abduction came from nowhere! No one was even thinking of that! And hiding them at the Witch grave! SMART!
4.Beer Pong!? No one Beer Pongs like me! hahahahaha
5.To come!?
More Originals! Stefan going back to the start! Where he come from!? More witches! A way to kill Klaus!? And a some more sexy and less mysterious talk!
More witch and werewolf history! XD

Kitanishi h mcdonald

Was Mikael killed off too soon?
YEs. Yes. And only yes. His example poses a very ominous warning about the lifespan of originals nt named ELijah or Klaus. Mikael went out pathetically, unfittingly.
For a family of Originals that had such an amount of hype, the payoff so far is nowhere near as big and Originals look quite puny in comparison. They just don't feel any least threatening nor dangerous nor OLD. They feel less dangerous than Katherine with the newest episode. Also with Mikael's death, there's no bigger danger to Originals and I fear the whole FAMILY PROBLEMS stuff will swallow whatever promising is left from that plot. when we learned Katherine had been posing as Elena, the abduction of the Originals or the fact that no male high school student asked Rebekah to the dance?
Neither? Frankly this episode did not surprise. The execution of twists was very lacking and the conclusion was obvious way before the twist happens. Name one thing you hope to see happen on The Vampire Diaries in 2012.
Steff and Originals plots being finally put of its misery. Whatever build up Ripper Steff has was lost ith this half of season of going nowhere and show made convenient excuses for Steffan's behavior now, since hey! Its not Steffan(TL;DR version: Steff story right now is plagued by VERY SAME problems Robo-Sam story was plagued by in Supernatural).

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I for one wanna see more Katherine! ^^ As much Katherine as possible! I fell in love with her all over again this episode!
Right now I have to stomach that TVD diaries isn't returning until next year?? For real?? WTF? It just started god damn it! I hate this breaks sooo much! >.<
What about Gossip Girl? I'll scream if they also have a break after only 7 episodes!!!

Teamdamon4ever

Name one thing you hope to see happen on The Vampire Diaries in 2012.
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That's all I need to see next year!

The Vampire Diaries Season 3 Episode 9 Quotes

He fell in love with his ghost girlfriend and lied about it. What's done is done.

Bonnie

Whatever father rubbish you're thinking, save it. Nothing you say matters to me.

Rebekah

The Vampire Diaries Season 3 Episode 9 Music

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Dont stop 2 Don't Stop Only Children iTunes
Free like you make me Free Like You Make Me Cary Brothers iTunes
You wanna freak out You Wanna Freak Out My Morning Jacket iTunes