A new alliance was formed.
A dozen witches perished.
And Lexi got screwed on the roof by Damon... twice!
In this edition of The Vampire Diaries Round Table, staffers Matt Richenthal, Dan Forcella, Miranda Wicker and Steve Marsi breakdown "Because the Night." Won't you pull up a virtual chair and join them?
What was your favorite scene from the episode?
Matt: The opening. Psycho Killer, indeed! (Shameless Plug Alert: Visit our Vampire Diaries music section for even more from the episode!)
Dan: More of a moment: For some reason I was absolutely giddy at the way Rebekah smashed that one dude's head against the wall when he just so much as attempted to make a play at her. She is viciously attractive like that.
Miranda: Not a favorite scene, but a favorite quote: Caroline: "Do you even know how to read a map?" Klaus: "Yes, and do you know who taught me? My good friend Magellan."Oh, Snarky Klaus. You're better than Christmas.
Steve: Anything with Klaus and Caroline. I love their chemistry, even if it's more hateful and bitter than romantic these days.
The teams have shifted. Who is now most likely to get the cure: Rebekah/Elena, Silas/Klaus or Damon/Stefan?
Matt: Wesley Snipes taught me to always bet on black. But a lesser known caveat to that advice? When it's not an option, think pink. I'm on Team Elena.
Dan: While I want the new dynamic duo of Elena/Rebekah to get to it, I'm on board with it being the Salvatore siblings. Why would you count them out?
Miranda: I'm going with Damon/Stefan. The brothers always come through when they work together, even if they have different ideas about how to make their plans work.
Steve: Silas and Klaus. While they'd be more entertaining as adversaries, clearly the most agile, gifted and powerful of supernatural creatures cannot be defeated when they screw over the rest of the league by teaming up. Just look at the Heat. 24 wins in a row! The joke is on us.
Did Lexi make a welcome return?
Matt: Not especially. The flashback offered little insight and really made Lexi look pretty bad, if you think about. All it took was one Damon line and stare for her to fall prey to his sexual advances? Granted, that would work on 99% of warm-blooded females. But I expected more from her.
Dan: Welcome? Sure. Memorable? Not really.
Miranda: At least we got an explanation as to why Damon killed her? I feel like she's become a Flashback Fairy and I find it incredibly unlikely that she would've fallen for Damon.
Steve: Not really. It felt like a gimmicky way to show more flashbacks and have Elena turn the tables on Damon, but that's it. Made for a fun episode, but not one of the season's best by a long shot.
Who would make the better boyfriend, Damon or Stefan?
Matt: Matt. He'd do all the work in the kitchen and he's gotta be close to owning his own Grill franchise by now, right?
Dan: The correct answer is always Damon. For as much as everyone thinks Stefan cares, Damon does just as much, and he does it while being hotter and funnier.
Miranda: It pains me to say thi...s but Stefan. Damon's a little too love-em-and-leave-em, I think. But it would certainly be hot for however long it lasted.
Steve: Depends what she's looking for. Both rippers, but one is reformed, the other unabashed. One is stable, the other unpredictable. One the epitome of love, dedication and emotional support, the other the embodiment of unbridled passion and lust. Who will she choose?! NOTE: This is basically the Vampire Diaries Season 1 synopsis.
Now that Silas is done with her, what role will Bonnie the Plot Device play next?
Matt: She'll join Rebekah and Elena in the search for Katherine. Not because she cares about the cure. Because she needs advice on how to do this whole plot device thing from somebody who knows.
Dan: Bonnie will play the role of the teenage witch who makes valiant attempts to be as annoying as possible so that the audience of the television show she is a character on has someone to despise. The Vampire Diaries wouldn't be the quality television program it is today without our need to sigh every time Bonnie comes on screen.
Miranda: She won't. Her dad will probably ship her off to Hogwarts and we won't see her for three episodes.
Steve: Wasting her life away in the Stoner Pit and doing the thing where her eyeballs turn 100 percent white just to freak out the other slackers and make them give her free cigarettes.
Do you like Elena's new hair?
Matt: Yes. I am with nearly 80% of TV Fanatics (as of this writing). The streaks suit her rebellious personality. And they are a bit less risque than last week when she actually went streaking, sort of, in front of Damon, Caroline and Stefan.
Dan: I'm not looking at her hair.
Miranda: I. Love. It. So much so that I pinned it as inspiration for my next hair appointment.
Steve: I was pleasantly surprised. I wasn't like, "oh, I need to live Tweet about #elenashair and Pin the s--t out of this right now," but I found myself liking it a lot more than when other stars attempt the random color streaks.