The Vampire Diaries Round Table: "Heart of Darkness"

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The Vampire Diaries took one step Forwood... and then a couple backward in the romance department on "Heart of Darkness."

How is our Round Table panel of Matt Richenthal, Steve Marsi, Eric Hochberger and Dan Forcella feeling about events and characters these days? They chime in on the latest episode below...


What was your favorite scene from the episode?
Matt: The final one, only because I can legitimately say I didn't see it coming. The show has teamed up many characters in nearly three seasons, but a dark alter ego of Alaric's and the Original Witch taking on her daughter's form? Yeah. I couldn't have predicted this one.

Steve: The instant you knew Dark-laric had finally resurfaced. Matt Davis sold it with one look ... and help from a shift to more eerie Vampire Diaries music. But still.

Eric: This whole episode belonged to Alaric and Stefan. Do I really need to pick a scene? Fine, Klaus popping in and hilariously killing Alaric to make him pass out. I'm glad it didn't work and it was The Ripper to save the day.

Dan: Looking back, my favorite scene was probably the calm before the storm. It was Damon having a drink, shirt completely undone, looking out the window... and Elena completely taken by it.

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Hotter kiss: Delena or Forwood?
Matt: Hotter kiss? Delena. Hotter action after the kiss? Forwood. Sex underground will beat getting interrupted by your brother any time.

Steve: Delena. More of a surprise, and actually more of a plot advancement than I've come to expect from the world's slowest-evolving love triangle.

Eric: Two words for you: dungeon sex.

Dan: Delena. I'm over Forwood, and all for Klaroline. I'm so happy she kept the picture my boy Klaus drew for her. That's real love right there.

Grade the return of Rose.
Matt: Can I go lower than a F? She led them to a random vampire; she talked down to the audience; and she somehow claimed to Jeremy that she's "rooting" for Damon and Elena. Come on. They want us to believe the Other Side is just free to hang out and look down on events from the real world? Are they taking bets up there?

Steve: F. See spot-on tangent in Matt's review.

Eric: B. Relative to the last trip to Ghost World her visit was short, sweet and to the point. I deducted a few points for her terrible cliched relationship advice. But gave her back a little because, again, it was that much better than Ghost World.

Dan: I guess D. I wasn't as angry about the whole thing as some others, but the ease in which ghosts can return is kind of silly. Rose was pleasant enough in her return, but I wish they would have been able to get to Mary another way.

More surprising: Jeremy's inability to hit a pitching machine fastball, Caroline still having Klaus' drawing or the concluding Esther reveal?
Matt: My first answer covers this, so I'll ask a question instead: wasn't Jeremy compelled to forget most everything about Mystic Falls? He seemed well-versed right away in ghost whispering and the Originals here.

Steve: Are options A and B even surprising? Jeremy's not exactly a star athlete, and who would toss that work of priceless art? I definitely didn't see the Esther reveal coming, although her reappearance and "death" did seem a little too random and prompt.

Eric: Jeremy! I never knew there was a grown man out there with worse batting skills than me.

Dan: The final Esther reveal. I like that Dark-laric had me thinking back on the times Klaus was inside his body all episode long, but I still didn't have a clue Esther was in Rebekah until she stepped into the cave.

Should Matt hook up with Rebekah?
Matt: Yes. Yes. A million times... yes.

Eric: If Rebekah returns to her body? Absolutely. If not, it'd be the same as hooking up with Rob Schneider in Rachel McAdams' body. It may look right, but it'd just be wrong.

Steve: As Eric says, it depends who he's really hooking up with. As the old adage goes, if you're putting the movies on a middle-aged woman in Claire Holt's body, but unaware said body is being possessed by a middle-aged woman, does it matter?

Dan: Does this keyboard have volume? How loud can I type YES! I don't care if it's Esther, Rob Schneider or whoever else is in her body, go for it Matty!

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David and sabrina 2014

This episode was very depressing and I just want the story of love to be retold again. I want the Stelena fans to rise again and make the Delena fans drop down for good. I don't understand why Elena is lying about her feelings to Damon without letting Stefan know. This love triangle seems to end up more indestructible every time this happens. XO


Cant remember anything except DE. I'm not a fan of the triangle but starting to think its because DE is endgame and SE and the 'struggle' ie Elena's fickle immaturity is ruining the awesomeness that is DE etc...Seriously, if they give DE a chance they set the screen on fire while I literally pick at myself to make sure my pulse is working when SE is on.


I liked Sage and Damon she is good as a Vampire not on Smallville though.

Allison berry barbieri

Should Matt hook up with Rebekah? Provided it's actual Bex, then yes :-) Their exchange was sweet in the car and it was sort of heartbreaking when she told her mother "I haven't lived"...she needs some love!

Allison berry barbieri

More surprising: Jeremy's inability to hit a pitching machine fastball, Caroline still having Klaus' drawing or the concluding Esther reveal? Matt, I am fairly sure that Jeremy was only compelled to think going to Colorado was a good idea...not to forget anything else, really. That said, I guess the Esther reveal was surprising but I dislike the jumping into bodies thing (now witches can do it?!), so I am not thrilled....

Allison berry barbieri

Grade the return of Rose. Is "meh" a grade? I don't love the whole ghost thing in the first place. Too easy and now, it seems, another Bonnie-saves-the-day like plot device. A way for the writers to explain things or move the story along. Plus, it takes any of the finality out of death for the characters...the stakes (pun intended) are lowered...

Allison berry barbieri

Hotter kiss: Delena or Forwood? Ummmm...DELENA! Ian and Nina! Whatever...all I know is that I think I stopped breathing for the entire duration of that make-out session. Forwood can NEVER do that to me, despite (kind of creepy) dungeon sex.


hanging on to see some Klaroline dungeon sex LOL!! Delena kiss was hot, but ii was so FRUSTRATED that elena still can't choose between stefan/damon - so tuning out and shipping KLEFAN, KLEBEKAH and MABEKAH, oh and KLAROLINE of course. Looking forward to 3x20 and the dance, going to be epic!!! Dark Alaric and ESther are going to be insane!! I just hope none of the originals die... please, they are too epic!!!

Allison berry barbieri

What was your favorite scene from the episode? Dan, SO agreed! That motel room scene...Damon with his shirt open...Elena all hot and bothered. Wow. I also liked the little argument Delena had, and that one moment on the phone in which Stefan contemplates the fact that his brother is in the motel with the girl he loves...


Reposting this got cut off...where is the char limit on this? I don't see the big deal about what she said either...some people feel she talked down to the have seen some comments on certain websites where you have to literally spell it out that Elena actually does have feelings for Damon because they constantly want to deny it. This felt no different to me. Despite that...some people will continue to complain that it isn't true love even though one thing that was pointed out was that they could be best thing for each other.So I grade it an A...because the real purpose was Delena not the bloodline and I love Rose anyway.

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The Vampire Diaries Season 3 Episode 19 Quotes

Elena: Why don't you ever let anyone see the good in you?
Damon: When people see good they expect good. And I don't wanna live up to anyone's expectations.

You're good Stefan again. You're in control. You might get the girl, but you lose the edge.


The Vampire Diaries Season 3 Episode 19 Music

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