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The Vampire Diaries Round Table: "Memorial"

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We said hello (to one hunter) and goodbye (to another) on this week's outstanding Vampire Diaries episode.

Now, in the latest edition of the TV Fanatic Round Table, senior staff members Matt Richenthal, Eric Hochberger and Steve Marsi break down "Memorial," paying tribute to all who have departed the series and naming our Hero of the Week...

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What was your favorite scene from the episode?
Matt: I could go on and on about the concluding few moments, but I'll simply link to this Vampire Diaries quote and warn readers: grab a Kleenex.

Eric: I was a sucker for Matt Davis' small cameo as the show's ultimate bromance, Dalaric, enjoed a reunion. Alaric is the only ghost I'll ever forgive for an appearance on this show. And he'll probably get a tear out of me every time.

Steve: The memorial service, with various characters literally in the crosshairs and absolutely no clue how it would play out. The tension was ridiculously palpable.

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React to the introduction of Connor.
Matt: I was shocked: an African-American character who is NOT a witch?!? Actually, maybe it's too soon to make such a statement. But seriously, folks, I'm all in on Connor. His appearance raises numerous questions, from his connection to the Council to what the heck this quasi-tattooed guy actually is.

Eric: Meh. Dude has got to get some better weapons. You can draw all the cool icons you want on your bullets and wear the most stylish vervain gloves, but if they can't take down Tyler or Damon, what shot do you have? Guy has to kill at least one vampire before I even see a threat.

Steve: He didn't waste any time, did he? Connor may not have claimed any vampire lives, but he established himself as a force of nature. Of what nature, I can't even say. With the mystery ink only Jer sees and his emergence out of nowhere, he's as cloaked in mystery as he is dangerous. One suggestion, though: Go in for the bro-hug or the friendly back slap instead of the handshake, man. Less formal and likely more effective.

Would you be angry if your girlfriend drank from the blood of your brother?
Matt: Well... is she a vampire? Because, if not, I'd be more grossed out than angry. The relationship would be over faster than Klaus' 40-year dash time.

Eric: Definitely. You know, once I get over the fact she never admitted she was a vampire to me. Man, so many things are beginning to make sense now. Never going out in the sun. Her heightened emotions. Leaving empty blood bags around the house. Oh, anyways, yeah, totally jealous. Blood drinking is the worst form of cheating I can think of. And with my own brother?!?

Steve: You know, it's funny, I always wanted a brother growing up... until last night made me glad I don't have to worry about this sort of thing. Thanks, mom and dad!

More heroic this week: Matt, Tyler or Caroline?
Matt: Tyler. Taking a bullet will always win out over letting a hot girl suck on your neck and simply telling your BFF to take a chill pill in order to embrace her compelling new nature.

Eric: Please, Tyler had nothing to fear after taking way more bullets from Connor the first round. Matt gets no hero points now that I've learned how sexual it is to give your blood. Slut. The real hero this week? Caroline in her fight against Lyme disease and other Tick-borne illnesses.

Steve: Gotta give it to Matt for taking Stefan's advice to heart. Instead of moping around serving drinks and being useless, he "earned" his second chance at life by usefully serving Elena the most important drink she's ever had. Points for courage and execution - how he didn't writhe in pain and blow his cover is beyond me.

Which of the mourned characters do you miss the most?
Matt: Lexie. And not just because she was cool and fun and hot. But because her departure from TVD eventually led to her appearance on 90210, which is just depressing. That show is terrible.

Eric: I think this question was meant to read how much do you miss Alaric? On a scale of 1-10? 11. But, come on, did anyone else completely forget so many of those characters even existed until the list was read? Totes forgot the boys even had an uncle at the start.  Meanwhile, my lanterns are still on order from Amazon...

Steve: Were the words "besides Alaric" supposed to be inserted into this question? Is it even a question after that cameo? What I will say is that I enjoyed the reminder of how many key family members and friends the show has actually dispatched over three-plus seasons. The "wow, that's right" response to that scene made their mournfulness even more authentic. I'm also a sucker for those lanterns ever since we performed a similar ritual here at TVF for our favorite canceled shows last spring. RIP Secret Circle. RIP.

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The last scene between Alaric and Damon was so beautifully done. I love how they talk to each other but not talk to each other, that Ric wasn't a "real" ghost, that he was only there for us, watching and missing him.

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People are saying what about Elena's birth father (John). Of course everyone seems to have forgotten about Isobel. When lighting his lantern Jeremy said, "For OUR parents" and looked at Elena. When Elena lit her lantern she said, "For MY mom and dad" while this could mean Grayson and Miranda Gilbert, it could also mean John Gilbert and Isobel Flemming. Elena remembers the sacrifices made for her and she honored them that night.

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Anyone else notice that dear uncle John was not mentioned. He sacrificed himself for his daughter/neice.

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1. The Dalaric scene was perfect,so moving!As Matt said grab a Kleenex! 2.He's interesting.I would like to see more about his story!Nice choice the Todd Williams! 3.Hell yes, especially when i saw the face of Damon, he was really enjoying it!(sexual vibes) 4.Tyler, in the church,he saved them all!To be a hybrid has and good parts. So he has to thank Klaus for that... 5.Alaric and Lexie. Some notes:a)Damon has killed the half of them,or he was the reason to be harmed,b)Jeremy lost the most people in TVD,poor guy, Julie Plec must hate him,c)@kate was right, why Elena didn't mention John Btw, Where was Klaus and Rebecca in this episode? I really miss them!
Also,Stefan is such a nice guy, he helped Elena,Bonnie and Tyler, in one episode, without listen a thank you!

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i know it probably wont be any time soon but i cant wait til katherine comes back to town and se her reaction to elena being a vampire she as already showed her disgust if it were to happen in S2 E21 CANT wait for next weeks episode

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i don't think its that conner needs new weapons is that i dont think he really knows what to think like when jer mentioned his tattoo he looked puzzled and everything he has witnessed i dont think he knows what tyler is which means when rebecca get bak to town he really wont know what is going on like when he looked at matt about his bite YOU CAN TELL HE IS PUZZLED AT WHAT REALLY IS GOING ON IN MYSTIC FALLS and they made it clear that its the sharing of blood between vampires that is personal which you can see by the look in damons face when elena was drinking so thats why im sure stefan didnt mind elena drinking from matt the whole chuch scene was great just the right amount of intense i am really hoping that they will need alarics help to figure out the whole thing about the tattoo since only jer can see it any reason to have MATT DAVIS back on the show i think they will need his help just like when they used anna or rose i know it probably wont be any time soon but i cant wait til katherine comes back to town and se her reaction to elena

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@Kate I was really surprised too. I kept expecting her to say something about John, but she never did.

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1. Best scene was when Matt gave his blood to Elena. He redeemed himself. Also the wood sex was a good scene cuz I haven't seen Elena laugh and smile with stefan in a LONG time. It was nice. With Delena its all passion and hotness. But with Stelena is all of that plus smile and laughter. I'm still a Delena shipper- just my observation. 2. He's creepy and needs to die asap. 3. Yeah I would be pissed but Damon had to do it to prove to Stefan he can't assume that he'll be able to stave off the rage in Elena. She has to go through it. 4. Tyler and Matt. They really stepped up. Matt redeemed himself and Tyler has shown maturity. He's not the first class a-hole douche he was in season 1. 5. Lexie and Ric. It would've been nice for Lexie to help stefan with elena. Could have some classic scenes. She's like the queen of snark. Also SO glad Matt hates 90210 like I do! Great Taste!

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I was mildly surprised that Elena didn't mention her actual birth father just because he actually gave his life for her.

The Vampire Diaries Season 4 Episode 2 Quotes

Damon: You know what they are? Children. Like lighting a candle's going to make everything OK, or even saying a prayer. Or pretending Elena's not going to end up just like the rest of us murdering vampires. Stupid, delusional, exasperating little children. And I know what you're going to say: 'It makes them feel better, Damon.' So what? For how long? A minute, a day? What difference does it make? Because in the end, when you lose somebody, every candle, every prayer is not going to make up for the fact that the only thing you have left is hole in your life where that somebody that you cared about used to be. And a rock with a birthday carved into it that I'm pretty sure is wrong. So thanks, friend. Thanks for leaving me here to babysit. Because I should be long gone by now. I didn't get the girl, remember? I'm just stuck here fighting my brother and taking care of the kids. You owe me big.
Alaric: I miss you too, buddy.

You better hope she's not a fan of Bambi.

Damon [on Elena]
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