The Vampire Diaries Round Table: "Break on Through"

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What did you think of Sage's return? Abby's exit? Meredith's taste in condiments?

In the latest edition of Vampire Diaries Round Table, staff members Matt Richenthal, Steve Marsi and Eric Hochberger take a long, hard look at these key elements and more from "Break on Through." Gather around and join us now!

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What was your favorite scene from the episode?
Matt: Call me cheesy, and call me mistaken, Delena lovers... but I enjoyed Elena and Stefan teaming up to save Meredith, with the latter coming-oh-so-close to going full Ripper, until looking at his one true love and taking on the hero route instead.

Steve: Gotta call it a tie between Elena's phone call to Jeremy and Alaric's attempt to kill Meredith. Not because I wish the pretty doctor to be Felled (booo!) anytime soon but because Matt Davis unleashing his dark side is awesome, and that scene was both unexpected and legitimately frightening.

Eric: Agreed with Steve on his second choice. Absolutely seeing the dark side of 'Ric. I didn't think Matt Davis, who's been playing the nice guy so well, would pull it off. But the second he went through that MRI and was looking at a different man in the reflection? I was sold.

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Should Bonnie have forgiven Elena so easily?
Matt: No. The Bonner let Elena off the hook way too quickly here. Even if her intentions are typically pure, Elena is responsible for some seriously messed up stuff in Mystic Falls and her only consequences seem to be having to choose between two gorgeous vampires. Bonnie could have at least made Elena do her laundry for a month or something. 

Steve: Sure, fine. But when are she and Jamie going to get together, that's what I want to know.

Eric: It's Bon Bon. The girl forgave her mother for abandoning her.

Least believable: That Rebekah would jump back into bed with Damon, that Caroline would let a new vampire just get up and leave, that Meredith dislikes mustard or that anyone would love Finn?
Matt: Caroline was so wrapped up in the emotion of her exchange with Abby that she failed to think practically. Who cares that Bonnie's mom wanted to leave again? She's a new, untrained vampire! She won't be able to help wreaking some major havoc. Everyone's favorite cheerleader should have been A LOT more forceful.

Steve: Hmmm. Just because Finn is the least interesting and most morose of the Originals doesn't mean a woman couldn't find him attractive in the early 12th Century. Beks getting back in the sack with Damon makes sense to any female who has seen Damon. Mer's dislike of mustard is odd, to be sure, but you can't consider a food preference a plot hole. That leaves Caroline, by process of elimination. Did seem out of character.

Eric: I don't want to imagine a world without mustard. That's scarier than one with vampire, werewolves, ghosts, witches and serial killing Alarics.

Make like Len Goodman. Critique Damon as a dancer.
Matt: He was a little pitchy... wait, wrong show. The guy clearly has some rhythm, but he wasn't really in sync with Sage. You and your partner need to be like one. Can't go higher than a 7 here.

Steve: AMAZING! EPIC! MAH-VELOUS! Sorry, I chose to make like Bruno Tonioli instead.

Eric: How about I critique him for his gratuitous towel scenes this week? This is me making like Len Goodman and holding up a "10" sign. That's what he does, right?

Most likely fate for Alaric: Death, jail or freedom from his curse?
Matt: I hate to say it, but I'm already preparing the eulogy. On the plus side, Alaric will still be able to return for one totally pointless episode down the line.

Steve: Option A. I hope I'm wrong for the sake of my favorite character, but I have a hunch Ric's going down in spectacular fashion.

Eric: Wait, do people actually go to jail in Mystic falls? I don't think they're going to kill Ric. After all, you can't write the amazing Matt Davis out of your show for good. Who knows how Cult will do?

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The Vampire Diaries Season 3 Episode 17 Quotes

Ric, the world can't stop just because you're an accidental serial killer.

Damon

Take him out for martinis, feed him some chicken soup. Don't let him kill anyone.

Damon