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The Vampire Diaries Round Table: Making His Mark

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The Vampire Diaries featured a break up, a hallucinatory return and one seriously bloody axe murder this week.

Indeed, with an awakened hunter in town and a shady professor wanting to know his every move, there's plenty for this week's Round Table team of Matt Richenthal, Leigh Raines, Miranda Wicker and Steve Marsi to discuss.

Pull up a virtual chair now and gather around, TV Fanatic. Let's talk about "We All Go a Little Mad Sometimes."

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What was your favorite scene from the episode?

Matt: I'm holding a tumbler of bourbon in my hand as I type this and acknowledging two more references to Alaric. I absolutely love how the show hasn't forgotten about everyone's favorite history teacher. These small touches expose Damon's soft side... and mine, dammit! I really miss that guy.

Leigh: Elena's fight with Katherine. Considering it was a really a fight with her own psyche, it was like a schizophrenic therapy session on steroids. It was all of Elena's own thoughts, so it was really interesting to hear her admit certain things.

Miranda: Elena and Damon on the bridge. He was the only one she could actually see during her hallucinations. The only one who didn't appear to her as someone else. I have theories in my head about why this is, none of which would probably turn out to be true. Runner-ups are Alaric mentions and the hint of a Damon/Matt Bromance. Am I the only one who thinks that'd be awesome? Because I think that'd be awesome.

Steve: Matt and Miranda have already discussed the best two, so I'll go with the random, almost off-handed line by Klaus that The Five once haunted him for 52 YEARS before they "just stopped." Took the new generation of hunters quite a while to find a vampire to murder, I guess. As Damon said, Klaus is like a billion years old. Half centuries are like drops in the bucket of undead life for that guy.

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More surprising: Jeremy killing Chris with an axe, Jeremy making a funny joke about killing Damon or there being a worthwhile storyline involving Jeremy?

Matt: That Van Helsing line killed me. We've been building for a bit toward Jeremy as an axe-swinging hunter... but who knew he could also crack me up? Who is this guy and what did producers do with the old Jeremy Gilbert?!?

Leigh: Don't you have to behead hybrids to kill them? Jeremy knows enough by now to do things right. I guess overall it would be Jeremy having a worthwhile storyline.

Miranda: Jeremy killing Chris with an axe. I thought his weapon of choice was the meat cleaver. But really? They had the element of surprise on their side and Jeremy's first kill couldn't have been a good, old fashioned stake-to-the-heart? Lame.

Steve: He really was killing it last night in many respects. Glad Jer is finally getting a storyline - arguably the show's most intruging one no less. So many directions this could go in.

Will you miss Chris?

Matt: Yes. Can we just move on? I can't talk rationally about losing him yet.

Leigh: Who?!? Just kidding. I think Caroline needs to care a little more about Tyler and Hayley in mourning. Everyone is always trying to save Elena. Other people suffer losses, too!

Miranda: I shed exactly no tears. Someone had to die and it obviously wasn't going to be one of our main vamps. Sorry, Chris. It was for the greater good.

Steve: I feel bad for the guy and all, but the writing was on the wall. Or Jer's wrist. Epitaph: R.I.P. Chris, The First of Many Supernatural Beings Dispatched In The Name of Young Gilbert's Mark Filling In.

React to Elena splitting with Stefan.

Matt: It was very well done. I think we all grew tired of the love triangle last year, but Elena's turn had already freshened it up on The Vampire Diaries Season 4. I was shocked here by how open and honest she was with Stefan. An adult, mature, sensible conversation?!? It looks like Elena learned something from Hayley about teen drama. She doesn't have time for it at this point and had to just cut to the Damon-loving chase.

Leigh: Natural progression. They love each other but it wasn't working anymore. It would've been unfair for Elena to stay with Stefan when she knew she had feelings for someone else.

Miranda: YES! FINALLY! Sorry. I've been waiting for them to break up so we can have more hot balcony scenes with Damon and Elena. Stefan and Elena haven't sizzled for me outside of The Vampire Diaries Season 1, but Damon and Elena? The hotness. It burns.

Steve: Unlike the overblown, underwhelming "choice" Elena struggled with throughout The Vampire Diaries Season 3, her enhanced connection with Damon has felt organic this fall, and has been integrated nicely into the season's overall narrative. I also like that they broke up abruptly last night when this could've dragged on for months. Stelena vs. Delena needs to be kept fresh in order to remain interesting.

Who should Stefan date next?

Matt: Let's just say he has a history with her; she's desperate for love; she's already lying in wait for someone to awake her from a slumber; and her name rhymes with Treebekah.

Leigh: Hmmm, let's get a sexy guest star up in here!

Miranda: Easy. Dr. Fell. Stefan likes his girlfriends human and she needs a vamp-blood supplier. It's a win-win. And then this show would be so meta it hurts.

Steve: Hayley. Tyklarolineley is just not getting it done as a Love Square. Add Stefan and make it a Love Pentagon, though? Feel the excitement.

On a scale of 1-10, how evil is Professor Shane?

Matt: I'm going as low as 1.5. I don't believe he's actually evil. His intentions are likely pure, he may think he actually has the best interests of the town in mind. But that doesn't mean he's not a danger to our supernatural heroes and heroines. (NOTE: Either that, or the answer is 49 because he's somehow Silas The Witch and just wants to live forever and everyone is screwed!)

Leigh: I'm going with 5 because I still haven't made my mind up about him yet. Need more info.

Miranda: 11.5. If I didn't trust him after seeing the map on his wall, I really don't trust him after hearing that Silas talk. And I think he witchy ju-ju'ed Bonbon with that "come to me" business. And Matt doesn't trust him. I'm thinking he's the keeper, or bringer, of the greater evil coming to Mystic Falls. Plus, an exhibit on the occult at a high school? No. That doesn't happen. Creepy creeper.

Steve: I'm with Leigh here. TVD has done a nice job of keeping us guessing with Shane; shrouding his motives, past and well of knowledge in ambiguity makes for a definitive, non-committal 5.

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1. Damon and the second bourbon. Bromance is missed.
2. All of the above! The killing Damon line, though, was pure lolz. That kid was growing on me from the very first time i saw him, now he's my full grown crush. (after Klaus and Damon)
3. How about no?
4.I would love it, but it's very obvious what's gonna happen next - Elena will get with Damon for a bit, it'll be very... not what we want it to be, then they'll find the cure, and Damon, completely out of character will do something stupid, like hide it from her or something, and Stefan will swoop in, give it to her, she will feel betrayed by Damon, and say that everything was because she was a vampire and now she's back to seeing things clearly, and it's Stefan, it's always gonna be Stefan, and Damon will be a ruined character for the rest of the show.
5. Katherine.
6. I'll give him a 5..

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Great episode, and definitely loving Matt and Damon.

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Damon/Matt Bromance. Am I the only one who thinks that'd be awesome? Because I think that'd be awesome.
Mee too :-) And Matt would have a bit more of a storyline... Who should Stefan date next?
Rebekah! These two were SO MUCH FUN in the Twenties, I loved them wreaking havoc together.

Kouture

I love all of the scenes when Elena's having her hallucinations. It's interesting to see her thoughts and her conflicts cause everything the hallucinations are saying, they're were all her. We get to glimpse deeper into her transition and how it's changing her. Stelena's break-up has been a long time coming. Elena has been annoying me for a couple seasons now. She's always flip-flopping between the Salvatore brothers. Even when she supposedly makes a decision, when she 'chose' Stefan, instead of sticking with him, she goes to Damon. I love the way the break-up was handled. Very mature and straight-forward. Hopefully, this vampire transition will also make her character more mature just like it was for Caroline. Tyler and Hailey will definitely hook up, no doubt about it. I'm surprised nobody mentioned Hailey's face when Tyler and Caroline kissed. She has feelings for Tyler, it's obvious. And after the fight between Forwood, Caroline doesn't understand his pack mentality. So this will definitely drive them apart. He'll go to Hailey more and more, I'm sure of it. Not bothered by this though because that means more Klaroline. They have such chemistry with each other, I love watching them! Klaus is SO patient with her no matter how many times she plays him. I love how she brings out his soft side. He's not like this even with his own siblings lol.

Fortyseven

1. The ending
2. The last
4. Hopeful
5. Ghost Lexi j/k. Nobody.

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I like Stefan over Damon so the break-up made me sad only because it hurt Stefan. I'm glad that Elena and Stefan are not together anymore though and that Stefan didn't put up with her crap anymore. He deserves better.

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Finally! I was so glad that Stefan and Elena broke up, its been dragged along for so long. Honestly it felt forced when she chose him at the end of season 3 and all through this season. I didn't agree that "human" Elena loved Stefan but not Damon (that's a slap in the books face!) I think it was just a way for the writers to justify why Elena would leave Stefan in this season.
We can only hope that once Elena is turned back into a human that she still chooses Damon, but my poor Delena heart has been teased and disappointed so much over the past three years that I have ceased hoping anymore.
I predict that Damon turns Elena down because of Stefan (Damon is all too noble) and we'll spend the rest of the season with more tension between Elena and Damon with little morsels here and there. Ultimately Julie Plec will kill it. I feel so jaded, sigh...but this is what happens to a girl who has been strung along for three years.
My favourite moment was Damon at the bar. I love that he is still mourning Alaric. I lost a friend recently and everyday I think about him. Its not easy to move on and I love seeing Damon actually addressing the loss.

Stakeinurheart

1. Faux-Katherine's convos with Elena, giving her a much needed reality check, putting her in her place and basically saying what we all have been thinking!! Bring her back for real writers!! 2. All three! I havent really enjoyed Jeremy since his Anna period s1. Finally he's getting a decent storyline! 3. No! I was very shocked though that stefan and Jer were willing to killl an innocent guy (for Elena), hypocrissy, maybe they should be the ones with the guilty conscience, atleast Elena was protecting herself from Connor who staked her.. 4. Finally!! And it was a beautiful scene too, Stelena just lost its spark after s1.. This was bound to happen, we all knew it from day 1. 5. Klaus haha! Paul agrees with me!! 6. 7...I like professor Shane but after the whole Silas lecture, the way Damon paused and everyone heard him, Im sure Silas is the new evil, and Shane is trying to revive him or something..

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I agree with Miranda about Professor Shane. I think that the "greater evil" the pastor mentioned is this Silas guy and that Shane wants to bring him back...bring him forth...whatever. Anyway, Shane hopes that awakening Silas will make him Silas' right-hand man and give him power. In other words, he's an idiot.

Jovanica007

Now bring Katherine back for real, please :) And give me some Delea and Steferine :D
Bonnie needs to go, she's annoying. And so are that new guy and April.
And finally, please, please, please have Matt become Damon's drinking buddy! :)

The Vampire Diaries Season 4 Episode 6 Quotes

Jeremy: What happened?
Damon: Long story. Buy the e-book.

Damon: You should have called Stefan.
Elena: I don't trust him right now.
Damon: P.S. I called Stefan.

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