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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Hmmmm...I found the whole story with Tatia kind of predictable....And i had expected that it would be her lying in that coffin afterall. But then the Family Reunion got place...I liked seeing them all together again but i don't see how the OW would be the one in the locked coffin.She ain't a vampire, plus i thought that her heart had been ripped out!
To tell you the truth...I can't really see what Klaus' intentions were...He was carrying his whole family with him, most (now all) of them resented him. Plus his mother, the one that he murdered, is a kickass, powerful witch that can shutter him to pieces. So what is it that he was expecting to happen so that they could have a happy family reunion without the rest of the family memebers wanting to erase him from the face of earth?!!


Honestly this episode was weak. I know that Delena wont fully happen until later in the series BUT. It is going down, but I admit the thought of SE is so boring. I hope she's alone for a while and Matt might be a temp fix but Elena could still become a vamp or Damon human...


We don't know that Elena and Katherine have the same fingerprints. I highly doubt it.
As much as I don't like Klau, he was 100% right about Elena and having a normal life. She never will with Damon and Stefan in it. She's said she wants to have a normal life so at some point those brothers will have to do the unselfish thing and let her live it. She needs a break from those 2 for a while.


@Uncle Jackass
Great comment! Thanks for making me laugh! And that was my favourite quote too. I loved the way Damon said xoxo, he is gossip girl, what a twist;-)


I seriously don't get the Delena fans like seriously?, Stefan has not offended Elena in any way, the only thing he did wrong was save his brothers life only to loose his girlfriend to him. Damon is sexy agreed but stefan is so handsome n with a great body, check out his arms!!!


I liked the scene with Stefan and Elena where he asked her if she had questioned Damon on the death of the medical examiner. The scene where both brothers admit that they love Elena was great. And it is true once the Salvatore brothers get rid of Klaus and make sure Elena is safe, it would be the best for Elena if they left her alone and maybe compelled her to forget so that she could have a normal life. But I for my part am a Delena shipper so I want to see DE happen.
Maybe Katherine has something to do with the murder of the council members? Does anyone else have the feeling that Katherine is attending the ball with the brothers and not Elena? Although I would rather want Elena to be there so that we could have the third epic delena dancing scene;-)


I liked the episode! To watch Caroline lose her father was heart-wrenching. But to be honest I completely understand Bill's decision. Even if I had the choice I would never want to be a vampire and to live forever. The Tatia story was interesting. The return of the Original's mother wasn't surprising to me because the preview for the next episode was on YT even before that episode had aired. So I already knew that she was in the coffin.


If you think about this murderer for a second, shouldn't it be considered that the killer is supernatural? Yhink about it, both Bill and RIc know how to deal with vampires and to be on their guard all the time, so would a human be able to attack them without that Bill and Ric getting at least a glimse of who it was. And everybody hasn't been invited into the Gilbert house, so it's either Tyler och Kat. Just a thought...


this week was seriously boring! There was just too much going on - the story line with the Alaric, then Caroline's father being staked and their goodbye and then the dinner party AND then the OR (Origninal reunion..) There was so much going on my emotions couldn't decide whether now I should cry with Caroline, laugh at the Salvatore & O-Brothers dinner talk (especially Stefan all pissed and Damon trying to kiss the O-Asses..), be afraid whether Alaric's ring is workin or decide what I think about Matt&Elena... oh dear. too much, and nothing too good, I think, it was a little boing!


I forget to mention the little speech of Caroline's father about death and humanity. It was nice to have at least SOMEONE left who waved the "normal people" flag ;-)

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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.