The Vampire Diaries flashed all the way back to the 12th century on "The Five."
And while TV Fanatic staff members Matt Richenthal, Miranda Wicker and Leigh Raines aren't delving that far into history, they are here to analyze events from last night and break down all we witnessed and learned...
What was your favorite scene from the episode?
Matt: Probably Klaus positively losing it on Rebekah after he killed Alexander. For multiple reasons: Joseph Morgan is never better than when he's angry; Claire Holt never better than when she's crying; and it was a flashback scene. Those get me every... single... time.
Miranda: ELIJAH FLASHBACK!!! Ah. Sorry. Got a little carried away with myself. But, yeah, seeing Daniel Gillies on TVD again is always great. My runner-up favorite was Klaus, Rebekah and Stefan at dinner and Stefan's wry "there's a million other people I'd rather have dinner with right now." Stefan provides a weird sort of balance to Klaus and Rebekah and I like seeing the three of them together.
Leigh: Even though it shouldn't be my favorite for moral reasons, it was watching Elena and Damon dancing at the frat party. Elena never has fun. Seriously, never!
Should Stefan really make a secret alliance with Klaus?
Matt: Of course not. But, as I wrote about in my review, Stefan is the Grand Chess Master of The Vampire Diaries. He's always thinking multiple steps ahead and likely has plotted out a course of action for how to turn on Klaus before Klaus turns on him. Just think of how well all other schemes involving getting rid of Klaus have worked out... oh, right. Damn.
Miranda: Not ever. After last season, our gang should know one thing: never trust a vampire you can't kill. Which means never trust Klaus. Or Rebekah, for that matter.
Leigh: No! Klaus is Klaus. It's nice to see Stefan's humanity and to see him want to trust people... but no.
Okay, NOW do you feel sorry for Rebekah?
Matt: Yes. But do you know who I feel sorry for the most? Myself! No more Claire Holt on my screen for who the heck knows how long?!? Thanks, Julie Plec. Thanks a lot.
Miranda: After last week's Round Table, I'm feeling positively clairvoyant. Unlike Beks, apparently. How did she NOT see what was coming when lover boy had that dagger and ash and started talking about how it kills vampires? HOW? Even if she didn't know what exactly that dagger was yet, she had to know he knew! Last night didn't make me feel sorry for Rebekah. It made me want her to vamp-punch Klaus in the face for being such an ass, though.
Leigh: I think so. If you lived 1,000 years with Klaus are your brother, you'd probably go a little psycho too.
More surprising: Jeremy being useful, the existence of a cure or Professor Shane being aligned with Connor?
Matt: I may not have been flabbergasted by the Shane/Connor alliance, but I'm the most excited over its potential. Both characters have been well integrated into Mystic Falls and there are just so many directions in which this story can go.
Miranda: Professor Shane! I thought I was creeped out by his Mr. Robinson vibe with Bonnie. Turns out I was creeped out because he's Team Five. Is it just me or does anyone else think the "cure" will most likely be something very much like "death" and not so much like an actual cure?
Leigh: I love when Jeremy is useful. I don't believe there's really a cure and saw that professor was shady from a mile away.
Elena and Damon feeding at a frat party: Dumb idea or REALLY dumb idea?
Matt: This never made any sense from the outset to me. Why did Damon and Elena accompany Bonnie to the college in the first place? Damon needed a lesson from a professor he never heard of about feeding on humans? The dance scene was fun and it was freaky to watch Elena get so into it, but the reason for placing Damon and Elena there never came together.
Miranda: Plain old dumb idea. The dumbest part of it was leaving all those bite wounds behind. Otherwise, Frat Boy Buffet was a great cover. Damon and Elena sure seemed to enjoy themselves. At least until Buzzkill Bonnie showed up. Witches. So judgy!
Leigh: That roofie guy totally deserved it. Besides, it was a murder party, people were drunk and the blood was masked. Dare I say it was a good idea?