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The Vampire Diaries Round Table: "Do Not Go Gentle"

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Wipe away those teams, viewers of The Vampire Diaries, it's time for the latest edition of the TV Fanatic Round Table.

While many are still in mourning over certain events on "Do Not Go Gentle," panelists Matt Richenthal, Steve Marsi, Dan Forcella and Eric Hochberger don't have time to grieve. There are questions to answer and opinions to state!

Follow along with them now and then chime in below with your own thoughts...

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What was your favorite scene from the episode?
Matt: I will assume we're all choosing the only real option here, so let me change up the question slightly: my favorite person NOT seen? Rose. Although it's comforting to know she's just chillin on The Other Side, munching on popcorn, taking notes on all the action below.

Steve: The look in Alaric's eyes after he feasted on Bon-Bon. Matt Davis is the best, but what made this particularly awesome, even by his standards, was that it really felt like his final farewell outside the tomb, making his revival a legitimately terrifying surprise, no doubt with severe consequences for others in coming episodes.

Dan: Is there an answer that doesn't involve our favorite inhabitants of Mystic Falls gathering around to stare intently as a certain school teacher says a quiet goodbye? Emotional doesn't even begin to describe it.

Eric: Unless there's some heartless jerk on the round table, I'm sure it's going to be a four0way unanimous vote for the tearful goodbye for Alaric outside that cave. We can admit it guys, who else was in tears?

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Who looked best at the Decade Dance?
Matt: Clearly not Bonnie, seeing as Jamie chose not to tap that to close his night. I'm going with Tyler. The young man can seriously rock a fedora. Give him a Tommy Gun and he could be starring in Boardwalk Empire tomorrow.

Steve: Stefan Salvatore. That chiseled face, that perfectly coiffed hair, that dapper suit. That guy should totally be an actor.

Dan: Female: Caroline. Male: Klaus. Screw all of you and your Forwood, I'm Team Klaroline 'til I die. Which, as Matt pointed out in his review, would basically be never on this show.

Eric: Caroline Forbes. See exhibit HOT.

Write a toast to the old Alaric.
Matt: Here's to Alaric, a man whose time on this planet was too short, much like the nickname everyone insisted on referring to him by. A student of history, yet a teacher of no one, we salute this perpetual ring-bearer. Say hi to Anna for us.

Steve: There once was a man named Ric/Who befriended the ultimate dick/He tried to play nice/But was thusly killed thrice/And this time it sadly will stick.

Dan: He came, he taught, he slayed. Ric, you were the best partner-in-crime Damon could have asked for. You were not the best guardian Elena and Jeremy could have asked for. You've died and came back to life more times than any of us could dream of. You had a good run, and we can't wait to see your good pal Dark-laric join you in the afterlife.

Eric: Well, I'm going to hope this show has said goodbye to the old Alaric for real before I spend any more emotion and energy. That said... let's all raise our glasses to Ric. The greatest father-figure, funniest half of a bromance, most amazing history teacher and most mediocre vampire hunter this show has ever seen. May you fix the last one in your death.

Esther: Powerful and interesting or... just die already!
Matt: She must die already. It's becoming painfully clear that OW should no longer stand for Original Witch. With her incessant living and embodying, it now more aptly signifies Ohmygoodnesswhenisthisomniscientcharactergoing to go aWay?!?

Steve: Esther is too randomly powerful. I know it's a supernatural show and she's the original witch, but come on. We already have Bonnie conveniently around to cast or undo whatever spell needs undoing. Now we have an even stronger version making up rules and compelling Bonnie do stuff? It's just a little over the top.

Dan: Just die already, not only because the lack of true death is becoming an issue on TVD, but also because she really isn't interesting at all. Get outta here, Mommy.

Eric: Die already! Why have we not lopped off her head and stuck it in another box. Let's see The Other Side sew that one back on.

Who should Elena choose?
Matt: TV Fanatics say Damon and you know what I say: the reader is always right. Unless they had said Stefan. The answer is totally Big D.

Steve: Stefan. Caroline knows it and so does Elena. He's her everything. To borrow the old adage, there are undead mass murderers you have flings with, and ones you marry. Stefan is the one you marry.

Dan: Damon FTW!

Eric: Stefan! Did you listen to him in the gymnasium? His lines may have bordered on cheese, but I fell for every one.

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Esther – just die already! She is such a bitch. Yeah, vampires are mostly evil and it's all her fault and she needs to undo it, bla bla bla, I get it. But the amount of collateral damage is just crazy. Aside from my love for Damon and Caroline, I find the plan to exterminate the entire race extremely problematic. Who should Elena choose? Seriously? Just give us Delena already!

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What an episode… I don't think I cried this much since last season's "The Sun Also Rises". That is what saying goodbye to Alaric does to me. Except… he's not really dead. Does that mean there is still hope for good Alaric to find his way back to his new vampire body? Favourite scene – Damon sitting with Ric and waiting for him to die. Two guys that shouldn't become friends, but somehow did. Who looked best at the Decade Dance? Caroline and Klaus obviously. Look, here's the thing. Forewood is still awesome and I'm definitely rooting for them, but Caroline and Klaus just look so incredibly hot together. Btw, I totally agree with Klaus – small-town life is not good enough for her. Too bad he's such a dick, terrorizing all of her friends. He might be charming as hell, but she'll never go for that.

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STEFAN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Who should elena choose? Easy! STEFAN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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1. Alaric's goodbye & Klaus' speech to Esther
2. Caroline and Elena
4. Get the freaking hell out of the world of the living, Esther -.-
5. Stefan, always and forever

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I guess that it's exactly because Elena has already lost so much that she will choose Damon. People keep dying around her, so she will eventually realize that she doesn't want to have any kind of regrets, wondering how things could have been, when it's already too late - and just go for it.
That, and for the sake of characters and story evolution.

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Damon should choose to get out of this doomed triangle and go find someone who doesn't go to the dance with his brother after jumping his bones a few days ago. But putting my personal feelings aside the girl should choose Damon and I'm only saying this for storyline purposes.

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it was so heart breaking watching alaric die. i wonder if the writers know what emotions they awaken inside of us. i dont even think there is a choice to make between damon and stefan, because she wants to go back to a time when she was just herself and not involved in all of this drama, she has lost and sacrificed so much, that its understandable that she would want to go back, because she blames herself for all that has happened till now. losing someone you love is the hardest thing to do. her love for stefan is pure, but it has always brought about so much pain in her life. she does care for damon, because he brings another kind of love into her life, but if she chooses him she knows that there will be more pain like she experienced with stefan. even bonnie wishes that their lives where simpler without stefan and damon being there, so maybe she will cast a spell that either takes them back in time, or a spell to change history as if damon and stefan never came to mystic falls. whatever is going to happen in the last two episodes, we all know there will be many cliffhangers, it is still so hard to watch, and like stefan said, to love someone you have to go through the pain as well, to find hope again... its hard but i guess there is nothing we can do whether or not someone will die, someone will survive and someone will be left to pick up the pieces, such is life unfortunately. ps i also wish they could go back to when it all started, when it was so much simpler, when stefan and elana found love and damon was his bad self. and there was nog friggin klaus... sorry tyler, but if there is one thing that needs to happen is to kill klaus, because he and his rotten family have done enough destruction to last a lifetime...

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I hate how people say that Elena should choose Damon because he deserves something good in his life. Damon deserves someone whom he loves and loves him back with out the baggage of her loving his brother too. Katherine choose Stefan because she loved him more, Elena should choose who she loves more not because someone "deserves something good" because they have nothing else.

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1. Favorite scene: I have two when Alaric came out of the tomb and saw everyone standing there...then when Stefan and Elena were talking during the dance (so charming that Stefan).
2. Who looked the best: Jeremy and Tyler
3. Alaric should have died the way he intended. As the tv fanatic staff have stated his death would have been more powerful and meaningful. We know that he is going to die "again" when its all said and done.
4. Esther: I am over Esther and we know that the plan to get rid of all vampires is not going to work. Plus who is the next big bad going to be if all the orginals are becoming humanized.
5. Who should Elena choose? Although I have a feeling Elena may explore things with Damon. Stefan is definately the one that you keep, marry, and have faith in even in his darkest moments.