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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1. Evilaric
2. Forwood
3. F--
5. Yes if she kills him after Black Widow style. Otherwise, no.


Did I miss out an episode? Why am I the only person that feels Elena did chose Stefan, but he pushed her back repeatedly....that's the reason why she's even considering/nurturing her feelings for Damon.


@ Norovirus


Getting really tired of the whole vampire love triangle. Boohoo you have two completely smoking guys vying for your attention, how hard life must be for?! Just choose one!
I really hope Rebekkah gets her body back eventually and does date(not hook up, becuase she deserves too have atleast one decent relationship) Matt.


All I know is that around this time last season,I was on edge with the impending "Sacrifice" that was coming ahead.....This season not so much . . . Boy how the mighty have fallen.


1. The much anticipated Delena moment when finally SHE makes the move instead of Damon. To be honest it came as a total shock and the chemistry was unbeatable. The script writers played that very well.
2. Delena by far! It was much more steamy and the outpouring feelings held in for so long made it that much better!
3.I liked the way Rose came back, even though it was only one episode. It made Elena realize Damon's good side and I liked how, even though Rose had hooked up with Damon a couple times, that she was still team Delena all the way, and how she told Jeremy her thoughts on Stelena and Delena. Spot on! Almost like Julie Plec ;)
4. The concluding Esther reveal, because it was so unexpected and you didn't realize until the moment she stepped into the cave and the look on evil Alaric's face!
5. As long as it's not Esther in her body that would make an amazing twist on the story! I like Rebekah and I truly believe she's just a girl that wants to be loved. I feel sorry for her sometimes. GOOD JOB TVD WRITERS! KEEP IT UP! But I'm just saying, Stephen left Elena and Damon was there for her the entire time and after that kiss? Whew! You can't possibly go back to Stelena. B-O-R-I-N-G!


Yeah!!! Thanks Matt for using my question in the Round Table!!! My Answer is Delena ten thousands times Delena!!!


Gotta hand it to you guys for the reference to Rob Schneider in Rachel McAdams' body.... LOL


- all of it. I loved each and every time when poignant heartfelt convos were had. Stefan and Alaric had a couple which was great cuz they rarely interact. Rose and Jeremy. Damon and Elena.Matt and Rebekah ...for giggles I'll toss in the battle of the vampire barbies.
-delena. It was kind of unexpected and heated and animalistic.
-C. She was pleasant and sweet and I loved the Damon and rose friendship thing. I admit it was silly that she was telling Jeremy almost verbatim what viewers express all the time. It was like a fan crossed into the show and was explaining it to a clueless observer.
- Jeremy. That Esther is diabolic and I suspected something hinky with how she appeared than collapsed.
-sure. She's surely becoming a Mystic Falls rites of passage.


i don't understand how anyone was surprised that Esther took over her body. wasn't it fairly obvious that it happened right as she died? Rebecca gave a look right after it happened and i knew right away

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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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