The Vampire Diaries Review: Family Matters

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I'm sorry. I'm still gonna need a minute...

I thought I'd be ready to write my review of "Bringing Out the Dead" by now. I thought my eyes had dried enough from the tears they shed over seeing Caroline Forbes lose her father - and that my heart had stopped racing from the shot of all Original family members standing side by side - but I was wrong. Talk amongst yourself for a few more moments please...

Klaus vs. Stefan

Okay. I think I can do it. But my goodness. The Vampire Diaries threw every conceivable emotion at us this week, didn't it?

Let's start with the raw pain of Caroline, who spent more time crying here than she did talking, proving once again that Candice Accola simply rocks and that even the strong veneer this character has built up since becoming a blood sucker is no match for the death of a parent. Especially not one as noble and loving as Bill Forbes.

You're strong, you're beautiful, you're good, he told his daughter before sacrificing himself for his beliefs, a truly impressive act. Can anyone out there comprehend doing such a thing? To not only die for your values, but to do so when you have it in your power to live... forever? Great work all around here by Accola and Jack Coleman as her father.

Elena came close to losing the person who has grown into her father, as well. Or at least her sort of unstable, funny uncle.

Alaric obviously isn't going anywhere, but he became the third council member to be staked, as The Vampire Diaries is making like Criminal Minds a bit these days - and I love it! It can be confusing sometimes to keep track of all the characters that come and go, all the yarns that are spun and new tales that are told. But, come on, who doesn't embrace a good ol' fashioned murder mystery?!?

Right now, there's only one real suspect, but no way is the killer Meredith Fell. At least not acting on her own. She'd have removed Alaric's ring before stabbing him, wouldn't she have? Not to mention that pesky alibi of surgery.

The bad doctor has to be involved in some way, but I say the culprit actually doing the evil deeds is someone we haven't met yet.

Then we come to the dinner every female viewer probably wished they could have attended. Elijah, Klaus, Damon, Stefan. Two sets of brothers, multiple sets of agendas, one thing in common: the shared love for a doppleganger. I didn't see that story abut Tatia coming. Can Nina Dobrev really take on a third role? (Or do we no longer count Katherine as a role any longer, just as a plot device?) When might we meet the original Petrova?

And what about that offer Klaus made to Stefan and Damon? He'll protect Elena forever? She can marry Matt, live a normal life? Granted, she should likely get a say in this plan, but what about it, Salvatores? If you truly love Elena - as you admitted to each other later in the episode - you must admit that you are not her safest options. She's better than both of you, right, Stefan? Doesn't she deserve to be free of this madness?

She compelled Jeremy for his own good. She did it out of love. Should the brother consider the same act now?

Finally, of course, we come to Mother Original. She was the leading contender to be inside that final coffin, but that didn't make the concluding scene any less memorable. Does she really want them all to be a family again? Can she truly forgive and forget? We don't really know the OW (Original Witch), but it's hard to believe she simply wants the family to live happily after in the house that Klaus built... right?

But that's a question for next week and beyond. For now, there's far to much to consider: Might Elena really end up with Matt? Who could Dr. Fell be working with? Did anyone else wish we had seen Klaus actually tell Elijah about their mother? And, seriously, is there anything sadder than watching Caroline cry?


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Interesting episode. Who is the mysterious killer? It's is pretty clear, isn't it? Katherine. Elena was suspicious because of the fingerprints.


Why do people think that it would be strange for Stefan & Elena to get back together now that Paul Wesley's wife is on the show?!? As far as I knew she wasn't a contender for a love story with Stefan. Also, his wife watches the show! I think it's strange that anyone would think that just because actors are married that all of a sudden they can't have relationships with anyone on a show or in a movie! It's called... their job. It's not like they would be having an affair. I have a suspicion that the people posting this are Delena fans! :-/


WTF i cried , laughed , smiled and i even got upset . I'm noting taking sides but i want Klaus


Oh, I must have missed that episode. It would be nice if theirs another child out there and its a guy to give us more eye candy to look at and bring more spice to the Elena story. Also I hope they bring the orginal werewolf family in the mix or maybe a cross breed with a vamp and a werewolf. I just love this show!


Good point about Jeremy. What if Klaus re-compelled him to kill or something? Though, I am really not sure...


How on earth is the mother alive if she is a witch that could not become a vampire...witches are not immortal. And Klaus thought he killed her. I am also getting confused about the doppleganger, the blood of Tatia was used to turn the OVs once dad staked them? Did the doppleganger blood have something to do with Klaus not being able to turn into a werewolf? My head spins sometimes trying to keep it all straight! Review, how could you not mention that Stefan said "I love her, Damon"?!?!?!?!?! It's confirmed...he still cares about Elena! He is NOT just a ripper! Though, I don't know why, but I am starting not to care about Stelena anymore...I prefer Delena which was SO not how I felt Season 1.. Also, I still really, really want to know where Kol and Finn were during the story about how the OVs came to be. Lastly, AWESOME acting by Joseph Morgan. So, so good. Especially when confronted by his mother... just excellent!


I always think it's funny how 'the olden days' are portrayed by guys with long messy hair. They had combs you know - and they washed often. They took pride in their appearance. Stop with the grubby hair please. It's annoying.


@ DamonandElijah " The only thing good about this show is Caroline and the original family." - Agree on Caroline.. How cool would it be to see Candice as the new Buffy TVS. Agent meet Joss Whedon , MAKE IT HAPPEN ... As this show is just getting awful. Back in Nov 11, I predicted the big bad witch would show. Who knew she turn out to be Glinda the good witch. Not me ! Still not enough to keep me watching this soap. Stefan, " I love her Damon. " Ruin my favorite character (Stefan) just to keep the awful triangle going. What's next the reveal as to why it has happen twice. That the Sal Bro's were linked into falling for the Petrova bloodline. To keep the Original Bro's free of such nonsense.


I was pretty sure it was going to be OW in the coffin, but what exactly is she? I mean she was a witch, Klaus killed her ... did he turn her? Could he turn her? I know Gloria lived a pretty long time but even she a aged a little in 80 years, this chick looks pretty good for a thousand!


@Michelle @Nyckec
Elena and Jeremy are biological cousins, their fathers are brothers. But, the Petrova line is carried through Elena's biological mother, Isobel. I also do not think that Katherine would have killed Bill Forbes or tried to kill Alaric. She would've known about Alaric's ring, for one. Second, she wouldn't have known who the medical examiner is unless someone told her, nor do I think she would stake him.

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The Vampire Diaries Season 3 Episode 13 Quotes

You're on speaker phone, dick.

Alaric [to Damon]

Help me destroy Stefan and I promise you our family will be whole again.