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The Vampire Diaries Round Table: "1912"

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The Vampire Diaries returned this week with a flashback, a beheading, a few brotherly bonding moments and one whopper of an ending.

What did you think of the trip back to 1912 and the events we witnessed in the present day? As always, our Round Table team of Matt Richenthal, Steve Marsi, Dan Forcella and Eric Hochberger is here to break down all the action. Won't you join in?


What was your favorite scene from the episode?
Matt: Probably the image of a blood-stained Stefan staring desperately at Elena after draining that poor woman in the alley. The look of shock on her face, of embarrassment on his, summed up by Damon's: Yeah. She's gonna need some time on that one.

Steve: It was more a collection of scenes: Damon's non-stop one-liners in the first half of the episode. Simultaneously helpful, hilarious and insulting, his interactions with Elena, Stefan and Rebecca were all priceless, even by Damon standards.

Dan: My favorite scene had to be the reveal of the Alaric twist, which we will get to in the next question.

Eric: Mine was almost more of a quote, but really anything related to Damon playing the sober coach. Can't wait continue along the road to recovery.

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What did you think of the Alaric twist?
Matt: Totally bad ass. Remember how much fun Alaric was when Klaus took over his body last season? We know Matt Davis has the range, so I can't wait to see how this plays out. And because we also know there's a good chance he's leading TVD, we can expect something substantial to go down.

Steve: Very well done. Even on a show where fans expect the unexpected, I doubt many saw that one coming. The flashbacks dovetailed nicely with the present-day action, too, in explaining the links between the Mystic Falls murders and the rings that unknowingly compelled their perpetrators.

Dan: I loved it... mostly because it took my idiot brain so long to figure out what exactly was going on. Using the comparison to the Gilbert girl from 1912 had my head all spinning, but once I finally realized what was actually going on with 'Ric, I was pleased with the twist.

Eric: As much as I was screaming RED HERRING with Meredith, I won't even pretend to claim I predicted Alaric as the killer. It's kind of beyond awesome. 'Ric has been one of my favorite characters from the beginning and it's exciting to seem to elevated beyond Damon's BFF.

Sage or Lexi: Which vampire from the Salvatore brothers' past would you rather... hang out with?
Matt: I'd say Lexi. But then she showed up on 90210 and I lost all respect for her.

Steve: Lexi. Cuter, and probably comes with lower odds of an ass whomping.

Dan: Yeah, it's definitely Lexi. Sage is way too scary. I'm afraid of her just watching through my TV. Awwww, I miss Lexi.

Eric: Lexi. As much as I like a little abuse while... hanging out... she might take it to a whole new scary level. One I don't live through.

More surprising development: That girl's head falling off in 1912, Meredith actually being on the side of good, or Matt playing a helpful role this week?
Matt: The second two options were certainly more of a big deal, and I didn't really see either coming. But in terms of actual shock? Of screeching like a third grader whose mom forgot to cut the crust of my peanut butter and jelly sandwich? Gotta go with the decapitation.

Steve: Gotta be Matt. Stefan decapitating that girl was surprising, for sure, but perfectly in character given his ripper roots (which we now know the birth of). As for Meredith's shadiness, nothing on TVD is what it seems, so it made sense that there was a twist. Matt threw me for a loop, though. Who was covering his shift(s) at the Grill, I wondering.

Dan: I absolutely loved the few bonding moments between Damon and Stefan. They're slowly but surely returning to their old ways, and each of them recognizes that they were better off that way. Damon did always make a better bad guy.

Eric: Oh, for sure Matt. Just being involved in a storyline alone warrants a surprise development, but helping out AND hiding in a closet with his beautiful ex-girlfriend and not trying to play 7 Minutes in Heaven? Dude wins across the board. Sorry, Return of the Ripper...

To what era should the show flashback to next?
Matt: The steroids era in baseball. Vampire strength and performance enhancing drugs? Damon would erase Barry Bonds from the record book!

Steve: The 1960s. We need to see Damon and Stefan kicking it backstage at some Rolling Stones concerts in rock and roll's heyday. Ian Somerhalder has thrown this out there multiple times, Julie Plec ... take a hint and make the talent happy.

Dan: How about some 80s? I heard Damon killed in Flashdance.

Eric: Ha, I have to agree with Steve and Ian on this one. It need not be 60s, but really I think we need to see the Salvatore boys following some rock band, snacking on some groupies back stage. Follow up: I could go for Paul's idea from the PaleyFest panel of Forrest Gumping some major moments.

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Damon was such an ASSHOLE in this episode. I hate him


1. The scene when they find out about Alaric. I was literally tingling in excitement towards the end. 2. A very clever and interesting twist to the story. 3. Sage. I like Cassidy more than Ariel. She is an amazing actress and has roots that goes all the way back to the originals. I def want to know her history with Finn. 4. Meredith actually being good especially from the start of the ep when it seemed that she was the evil one. As for Matt, I think that he and Elena should end up together. 5. It needs to flashback to 900 years ago and we need to see the back story between Sage, Finn and Rebekah. Its the most obvious choice. I am thinking she was probably the first vampire to be created after the originals. Should be an interesting story.


@ Jasmine you should read better. The phrase is: The team of (names) is here. The 'is' refers to the team, not the individual names.


What was your favorite scene from the episode?
Either Stefan and Damon's cute scene or all of Damon's hilarious jokes. What did you think of the Alaric twist?
Unpredictable, but underwhelming. They could have done it better, I didn't like Meredith's involvement. Sage or Lexi: Which vampire from the Salvatore brothers' past would you rather... hang out with?
HAHA Matt, but even though she was on 90210, still Lexi. I wanted to like Sage since she's more involved with Damon, but I just couldn't. More surprising development: That girl's head falling off in 1912, Meredith actually being on the side of good, or Matt playing a helpful role this week?
Stefan gets crazy around blood, so no. It was too obvious to be Meredith. So hands down Matt. Does anyone remember S1's Matt? He was the stupidest guy around! I didn't know he could read let alone pick a lock. Well done Matt!


Lexi was definetly cooler than Sage. First off I don't like Cassdiy Freeman I didn't like her on Smallville and I could care less about her on TVD. I don't think she is pretty at all she kinda looks like a bug in my opinion. Definetly not pretty enough for Damon.


I would love to be the editor for tvfanatic. In the paragraph: What did you think of the trip back to 1912 and the events we witnessed in the present day? As always, our Round Table team of Matt Richenthal, Steve Marsi, Dan Forcella and Eric Hochberger is here to break down all the action. Won't you join in? Shouldn't it be 'are' here to break down all the action.


Sorry but this show was boring, no surprises except for the Matt/Elena moments. Elena and Stefan's relationship is what drew me to the show but now it just seems to be getting worse each week. Don't care about Klaus and Rebecca, too much killing and not enough of a good storyline. I wish the writers would focus on normal issues with the characters and not all of this blood and gore. The show is going down hill in my opinion. Tired of all the brother bonding scenes. Sweet at first but now it's just too extreme. Poor Alaric...I guess he'll be killed of the show soon. Don't like Meredith. Season 1 has been the best thus far.


1. Can't decide
2. Cool
3. Lexi. Sage has been disappointing do far.
4. Decapitation
5. 1994. Matt and Elena playing in a sandbox.


- Damon. He was excellent this episode with everybody. I mostly enjoyed his time with his brother though. He was honestly and genuinely showing love and trying to help his little brother. That's what this show thrives,the most important relationship of the series.
- Once I finally realized what was going on (still don't know if I fully know honestly) I was intrigued. I like Alaric.
- Lexi. She was like Caroline except cooler.
- Meredith not being shady. Only because I still don't buy it and still don't trust her. The others weren't surprising. Matt 's been awesome playing therapist for awhile now.
-60's because I'd like to see the historical aspect...wonder if they'd avoid the civil rights movement like they avoid slavery? And 80's. That's just good times and great costumes.


@Spindae How could they make a flashforward? They have no idea what they're gonna do next, they're just riding along. Kinda charming, don't ya think? All that incoherency and plot holes really makes me feel like anything's possible, because hey, you know, screw logic. But if you mean like a prophecy or more Bonnie dreams I suppose that would be cool... but still, I doubt the writers would be able to live up to it.

The Vampire Diaries Season 3 Episode 16 Quotes

You date vampires, Elena. It shouldn't come as a shock to learn that your guardian is a murderer.

Dr. Meredith Fell

Damon: Nineteen-twelve: Or, as I like to call it. The last time Mystic Falls had a serial killer on its hands.