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Zach Roerig Speaks on Bond with Elena, Moral Compass, The Matt Hatter

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What does The Vampire Diaries have in common with Saving Private Ryan?

On the show's Georgia set this month, I sat down with Zach Roerig and discussed the responsibility Matt will experience on The Vampire Diaries Season 4 now that Elena has basically sacrificed her humanity for him.

Will he feel a need to earn that second chance, a la Matt Damon's title character in the aforementioned film? Click Play to hear his response, and also to learn what sort of drink he'd make for himself at the Grill...

Other interviews conducted on the set include:

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Amie

Moral compass is not in TVD's dictionary...

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Bored now somehow you destroy every article with your comments underneath it. please just stop commenting if you won't stop watching the vampire diaries...!
nobody needs your lousy comments

David-and-sabrina-2014

I'm not sure how Matt will be like for this season but it seems nice for him to keep helping out his friends especailly when Elena sacrificed her life for him. I can't wait for season 4. =)

Kitanishi-h-mcdonald

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And Matt is not that. TVD has nothing like that, which leads to TVD characters not having any consequences for their fuck-ups, nor reacting to the events at hand. Which leads to dull and boring show with completely incomprehensible and unrelatable characters who are incapable of EXPERIENCING the events they participate in, nor reacting to them.

Kitanishi-h-mcdonald

Now, according to Zach in this interview, Matt's the moral compass because he does what he thinks is right. As in, what his heart tells him to do. Which is to protect Elena. You figure something witty to say, I'm stunned
by this idea, EVERYONE is moral compass, even the rapist serial killer Damon, because he ALSO does what he thinks is right. That's the thing with morality for most of the time character morality is depending on point of view - most of those doing wrong have a perfectly valid reason to justify it as right. Which is why storylines usually have someone who is impartial to situation, not clouded by the emotions and has correct values and experience in life to judge. Character does not need to be flawless, is allowed to make mistakes, but the common factor is that the Moral Compass does not act upon what he is thinking is right - he is acting upon what COMMON MAJORITY Of audience and society thinks is right. And Matt is not that. TVD has nothing like that, which leads to TVD characters not having any consequences for their fuck-ups, nor reacting to the events at hand. Which leads to dull and boring show.

Fruit-salad

@Bored Now Actually, I think they've gotten the meaning of the word 'Moral compass' entirely wrong. A moral compass is someone who says 'Hey guys, this is wrong. We shouldn't do this.' Now, according to Zach in this interview, Matt's the moral compass because he does what he thinks is right. As in, what his heart tells him to do. Which is to protect Elena. You figure something witty to say, I'm stunned Now someone please kill this stupid, useless character off, PLEASE

Fruit-salad

@CL We have commercial breaks for that. Matt is completely unnecessary.

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@ Fruit Salad His scenes are the best to go get a snack or watch grass grow. You know, interesting/beneficial stuff.

Fruit-salad

Go away, Matt. Just go away.

Jtl

Saving Private Ryan was such a great movie. What are we talking about hear? Lol

Vampire Diaries Quotes

You want a love that consumes you. You want passion and adventure, and even a little danger... I want you to get everything you're looking for. But for right now, I want you to forget that this happened. Can't have people knowing I'm in town yet. Goodnight, Elena.

Damon

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.

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