The Vampire Diaries Round Table: "Bringing Out the Dead"

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One tear-inducing death. One all-male dinner date. One shocking return.

The Vampire Diaries featured one OMG moment after another on "Bringing Out the Dead" and now, as usual, our Round Table panel of Matt Richenthal, Dan Forcella and Steve Marsi have gathered around to break down the latest happenings in Mystic Falls. Won't you join them?


What was your favorite scene from the episode?
Matt: Elena and Caroline's sit-down and emotional chat about fathers about halfway through the episode. It's what makes The Vampire Diaries unlike any other show on TV, really, this ability to throw 16 twists and 27 turns around truly heartbreaking, sentimental moments that ground those twists and turns in characters we care about.

Dan: As great as it was meeting the other originals, my favorite scene had to be when Klaus first welcomed the Salvatores to his dinner party. He was slyly making a mockery of their little get together, but at the same time, he was just making it as magnificent an occasion as he could. Klaus likes to go all out.

Steve: The introduction of the original brothers, followed by the bigger reveal of the mother immediately after. Most shows would spread these things out, but meeting them in rapid succession made it truly jaw-dropping. It's like TVD doesn't even begin until 8:58!

Eric: Don't worry, I won't take the copout answer two weeks in a row and pick the cliffhanger.  Besides, Steve did that this week.  I'm going to do an equally cheesy answer and pick the entire dinner party.  Who would have thought a dinner party with four dudes could be so entertaining?  Oh wait, every female reader.

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With which brother would you most want to dine: Klaus, Elijah, Stefan or Damon?
Matt: Probably Klaus. But not for my sake, for his! The guy is just really lonely and seems like he would hate to dine alone. We could talk about his family, his potential hybrid army, American Idol. Whatever he wanted.

Dan: I'd love to say Klaus, as my love for the King Hybrid is well documented, but that's only a "watching" love. I would be way too afraid of him to even eat any of my food. I'd go with Stefan. I'd be least afraid that he would kill me, and I heard he cooks a mighty fine steak.

Steve: Can I say all four? That dinner party was one of my favorite scenes in weeks, a perfect blend of humor and pins-and-needles intensity. If forced to pick one, I'll take Elijah, just because I missed that guy, and how can you run out of things to talk about with somebody who's been resurrected four times now, and been a sworn enemy of everyone at that table, yet remains so personable and likable?

Eric: Can I go with Alaric?  No?  Fine.  The definitely Damon.  Besides the fact I could just get lost in his eyes for hours, I think his snarky sense of humor could keep the meal entertaining.

Pen a eulogy for Bill Forbes.
Matt: You made Caroline cry. Hard. Often. I hope you rot in the fiery pits of Hell.

Dan: Bill Forbes was no Noah Bennett. He didn't even wear horn-rimmed glasses. He didn't bring much to the table, and I am not sad to see him go. Worst of all, though, is that he didn't allow himself to transition, in which case we could all call him Vampire Bill (see: True Blood).

Steve: Way to stand by your core beliefs, Bill. Mitt Romney totally would have transitioned and become the most boring, successful vampire ever.

Eric: Agreed with Dan here.  Dude never even donned a pair of horn-rimmed glasses and tortured my girl.  Just like he's not getting immortality, he's not getting a eulogy out of me.

Is Meredith Fell the Mystic Falls Stabber?
Matt: No. She shouldn't even be the prime suspect. That should be Katherine, d'uh! Why else would Elena's fingerprints be on the stakes? Why would Katherine do such a thing? Who knows. Does it really matter with her? She'll just escape the authorities anyway and not be heard from again until the writers decide to randomly insert her into a storyline.

Dan: At this point it is way too obvious that Meredith is the stabber, so it must be someone else. Who could it be though? Maybe it's Elena! She's blacking out, stabbing all of these people, and then forgetting all about it. If anything, I'm right about her killing one of them: Ric.

Steve: I'm inclined to believe the stabber is someone we haven't met yet, but I do like Daniel's theory. Elena's been dipping out more than The Situation on Jersey Shore and acting more unpredictable by the week.

Eric: Funny Matt.  I was wondering the same thing while watching.  Do Katherine and Elena have identical fingerprints?  And if I know Vampire Diaries, which I don't because the show is impossible to predict, it's going to be someone we know from the past.  Mason Lockwood or Vicki anyone?

Does Klaus have a point? Should Damon and Stefan let Elena go?
Matt: He has half a point. Is it in Elena's best interests to not be pursued by two ancient vampires, wrapped in a centuries-long battle between werewolves, witches, hybrids and Tim Tebow knows what else? Yes. But does that mean she should be forced to marry and procreate with Matt? Of course not.

Dan: Yes, they should let Elena go. Don't they know Tatia is the one everyone should be going after. What if all of Klaus, Elijah, Damon and Stefan were all going after the same girl? That wouldn't get too crowded, would it?

Steve: YES! At least for awhile. This will give Matt something to do by being the "safe" option for Elena ... only to get offed in a few episodes when Klaus' grand idea - keeping multiple rippers desperately in love with his doppelganger blood source - spectacularly backfires.

Eric: What!?  And let Klaus have yet another attractive female of the show to himself?  Throw Bonnie in the mix and the dude just monopolized Mystic Falls. 

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1.When Klaus, Damon, Stefan and Elijah dined together.
3.I don't really care about him.
4.No, but she stabbed Damon so why not just killing her?
5.Yes, for a while.

Kitanishi h mcdonald

Pen a eulogy for Bill Forbes.
"typecasting's a bitch, ain't it?". Thats pretty much all. Never cared about that character, never got a reason to care and it was obvious he will eventually get dead because hey, he is not main character(who never die) and he is an extra(who will always die) Is Meredith Fell the Mystic Falls Stabber?
Could not care less about Miss Cardboard#2 named Meredith.
Make Elena a sociopath serial killer! Of course that would be way too good of a plot and considering how this show LOVES to rip off BUffy/Angel, Elena would most likely be possessed by someone, ala Cordelia's story in ATS S4. Does Klaus have a point? Should Damon and Stefan let Elena go?
Yes. FINALLY kill Elena and free viewers from the pain and irritation she causes. Show would be thousand times better from that.

Kitanishi h mcdonald

What was your favorite scene from the episode?
Caroline's scene after her father is found stabbed. While I could not care less for the guy(sorry, extra character, its obvious he will die from day one of his appearance), C.Accola's performance was AWESOME. Its so SAD that she did not get the role of Elena. Maybe Miss Cardboard would not be such a miss cardboard then... With which brother would you most want to dine: Klaus, Elijah, Stefan or Damon?
Neither. All of them are serial killers and Damon is a serial rapist. While Elijah is most "competent" in terms of being a villain out of them all, I don't care about them at all and pretty much despise steffie&damon&klaus for being bland and wimpy.


1.The dinner party.I mean four of the hottest vamp brothers,knocking back drinks and making snarkies while exchanging looks?!AWESOME!
2.All of them.Klaus is so lonely I'd feel *compelled* to eat with him.I could swim in Damon's baby blues.Badass Stefan is hilarious and Elijah is f'n ELIJAH!But if I had to choose one...Elijah!
3.Bill Forbes died?Oh yeah. Umm R.I.P dude, maybe they'll bury you next to Uncle Daddy John.
4.I don't know.I don't like her though.
5.In retrospect, yes actually.


1. When both-Stefan and Damon-admit their love for Elena.
2. Damon.
3. Didn't like the guy
4. I don't care at all. Hate meredith.
5. No, klaus just wants Elena to be his human blood bag.
Damon should be with her.


1. Original family entrance!! It was so awesome!! I watch it over and over again.
2. Elijah!! :D
3. As it is trend in TVD, all parents die. Tell me at least 2 kids who have both daddy and mummy.
4. meredith is not interesting. i hope it will be someone more interesting behind these murders
5. Seriously i dont care about stelena delena anymore. but for all sakes, let Elena marry Matt and have a normal family life with kids without big dramas


1.Favourite scene
Must say the Talk between C and Bill, really emotional to see him stand up to what he belives in!The moment when he says that he loves everything she become, strong confident!
2. To Dine with!
Stefan or Elijah! Don't like the other brothers very much!
3.Bill Forbres!
A man of made of his believes in! Something we don't see so much in MF! He wanted the best for his town, his daughter and that is all U can ask for even when U don't agree withe their methods!
4.The Stabber!?
Mer isn't the stabber for sure! We must see who else had an agenda against the Council! Katarina is a good choice,but she wouldn't attack Alaric! Is it Lizz, she had a pact with Klaus to save C,and we never found out what!
5.Klaus?Right? Yes/no Katarina would appear either way, and Elena would be defensless! And Elena isn't the type of girl which would just let thing go she wouldn't be a Klaus bank!!


1. Original family entrance and Caroline heartbreak scene of seeing that her daddy died.
2. Klaus and Elijah
3. We saw your death coming, Bill Forbes.
4. Don't care, kill her off already.
5. Yes, they should both leave her alone.

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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.