The Vampire Diaries Round Table: "The Walking Dead"

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Jeremy and Alaric returned. Elena embraced her full humanity. And Bonnie... died?!?

Yes, the penultimate episode of The Vampire Diaries Season 4 gave our Round Table team of Matt Richenthal, Leigh Raines, Miranda Wicker and Steve Marsi plenty to discuss.

So gather around now and let's breakdown "The Walking Dead," shall we?


What was your favorite scene from the episode?
Matt: Locker 42. Bro-on-bro hug. The swiping of The Cure. It's safe to say I loved everything about Alaric's appearance.

Leigh: I have a feeling a lot of the Round Table is going to rank this scene pretty highly too: Alaric and Damon's reunion in the hallway. The use of the words "best friend," Locker 42, the bro-hugging. Cult is cancelled... can we have Matt Davis back now???

Miranda: Five words: Alaric.Saltzman. "Need a hand." AHHH!!! Can he pleasepleaseplease stay forever? Julie, make nice with Matt Davis and keep him around!! Let him be good. Let him be evil. Just get him back. STAT.

Steve: They're totally setting up Stefan and Caroline. That is all.

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Which return was most welcome?
Matt: Alaric is the only acceptable answer. But I'll also give Lexi a shout-out because she rules and because she teased the possibility of Staroline next season. And who doesn't want to see that?!?

Leigh: Duh! See above! Alaric. But to chill with my gushing, I'm also gonna pick Lexi. I do adore that one.

Miranda: Uh...Alaric. Followed by Jeremy. Except, has Steven R. McQueen been slacking off at the gym? Why didn't we get a sweet gratuitous shot of his biceps? Bonus answer: Lexi. Wouldn't mind it one bit if they found room in the cast for her since Rebekah's hitting the Big Easy.

Steve: Kol. I had been wondering about that guy literally every week since he died.

Which return was least welcome?
Matt: Kol. There's a reason why no one likes getting lumps of him in their stocking.

Leigh: Ugh all the hunters (save for Jeremy). We JUST got rid of you guys for good, whyyyyy???

Miranda: Kol. I just cannot even care about him. And then the psychotic vampire hunters. Unless one of them is Buffy, I'm not interested.

Steve: Alaric. What did that guy ever do for the show?

Is Bonnie really dead?
Matt: At this exact moment? Yes. There's no other way to interpret that closing scene. But will she remain with Grams in the Great Beyond? I highly doubt it. Between some spell or some loophole, I'm confident Bonnie will return in full human and non-smiling form this fall.

Leigh: I think she is. But since the veil is still down, she is still around. Besides, Kat Graham is only used as needed on this show so it's kinda time. Maybe she can find a project to utilize her full time. However, what will we do without our resident witch?

Miranda: I say yes. Can we talk about how RIDICULOUS the "you've had the power all along" thing was? Really? That's all it took? Bonnie clicking her heels together three times and saying "There's nothing like a calcified Silas"?? Witches on this show aren't exactly known for ability to stay alive and Bonnie, as much as I love Kat Graham, has outlived her lifespan. RIP Bon-bon! Here's to a happy afterlife with Jer.

Steve: Let's hope. Not because I any harbor any ill will toward the CW's sexiest, most versatile plot device, but the show needs to clean house, and some of these "shocking" deaths have to stick or else they'll soon become as non-shocking as TVD's routine neck-breaking.

More impressive athletic display: Elena's dart throwing, Jeremy's arrow aiming or Stefan's cellar tackling?
Matt: Elena all the way. Did you see that bullseye?!? While being distracted by Rebekah and Caroline... after downing a shot? She should be channeling all her energy toward the professional circuit, not toward killing Katherine.

Leigh: Hmmm, Elena's got that vamp advantage, Jeremy is trained, and Stefan's strong. I think I'm more impressed that he took down his precious Elena like that!

Miranda: Hmmm. Tough call. If Elena can throw darts like that, why couldn't she hit Katherine in the heart on the first stake? Oh, right. Because then she couldn't BURN KATHERINE'S FACE on a hot pipe! ::shudder:: Do Vampire Hunters train in the after life? Has Jeremy been practicing? I'll go with Stefan. He did play football after all.

Steve: Elena still throws darts like a girl, and Jeremy isn't looking quite as cut these days, so Stefan by default.

Who will take The Cure on the Season 4 finale?
Matt: The only intriguing options are Damon or Stefan. Either Salvatore brother becoming human would make for an interesting cliffhanger, as well as a nice bookend for how this season started in the opposite fashion with Elena. My money is on Damon.

Leigh: I can't think of anyone, unless Stefan or Damon ends up taking it, that would really throw us all off. The hunters want it, just give it to them. Let's get rid of all the annoying things at once.

Miranda: Alaric did tell Damon to get the girl, so my guess is he'll present it to Elena and she'll decide she wants to be human after all. Except something will happen and she'll trip and fall and pour it into Damon's mouth instead. Then The Vampire Diaries Season 5 will be Damon's quest to find someone to turn him back into a vampire.

Steve: Alaric. I know he's not a vampire, but it would be awesome to see him grab it and down the thing just to see what it would do (presumably nothing). Plus, Silas would be so pissed and who KNOWS what that uber-annoying freak would do then.

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Does anyone know the name of the song and who sings it that was playing at the beginning where Elena and Stefan were busting bricks and doing pull-ups?I would really be grateful if someone did.


Vampires are immortal, the cure makes them mortal... My bet is it would make a ghost mortal as well. My money is on a ghost taking the cure and coming back to life. Probably Bonnie ugh.


1)Damon and Alaric's scene when they were getting rid of Silas' body. Of course every scene with them was doing strange things to my heart, but at that scene they felt so much like the hot, alcoholic duo we all love and miss that i couldn't help but tear up. Plus the..''get the girl'' line... This bromance will be one for the ages!!!!
2)Alaric!!! But Lexi's was a pretty emotional comeback too. The look on Stefan's face... I was hoping for Anna to appear too...well...maybe next episode.
4)Well,here's to hoping. I would tell them to try out Sophie from the Originals...i already like her better than Bonnie...but i'm saving her for Elijah.
5)Stefan 6)I want the cure for Rebekah but i see it having sth to do with the walking dead member who will stick around for fall (Lexi plz????)


Alaric's return was most entertaining for me. I do enjoy the Alaric/Damon bromance.
My least welcome was definitely the hunters. With the exception of Jeremy.
I don't really care either way about Bonnie. I didn't believe Elena really threw that dart so I go with Stefan. Come on, it was pretty hot the way he tackled her. I think that was actually my favorite scene of the episode.
It wouldn't surprise me if Damon took the cure. the actor is getting older now and if he starts to show his age a little bit, it's easier to explain if he's human.


1. Alaric/Damon
2. Alaric
3. Hunters
4. Yes


1. Elena and Jeremy having a chance to say goodbye the right way, and then Stefan's expression when he realized his best friend was there. Oh ,oh! Caroline's B-word too!
2. I can't really pick but I would say Lexi and then Jeremy. They surely have some unfinished business. Also great to see Alaric every time, it's just that I've accepted him dying. So sad we did not get to see Jenna.
3. Kol. I can't stand him. Sorry. So much noise for nothing - he is not even scary.
4. Probably not dead. What about the pictures of her graduating?
5. Definitely Stefan - not because he did anything impressive but because there's no competition.
6. Pretty sure it's Damon the one who gets it. Stefan wants it, he does not want it, and it will complicate things even more for the love triangle. I'm interested in watching him being human for awhile.


1. Alaric. Anything Alaric. He's so awesome he gave Damon his mojo back and made *him* awesome again. (But Steve, you came in close second. I would LOVE to see that.)
2. Alaric.
3. Honestly? Lexi.. I never got all the love she gets...
4. No one is ever really dead on this show.. she's dead now.. There's no telling how long this will last..
5. Oh Elena for sure. I loved that scene way too much.
6. One of the brothers... Probably Damon. Which will suck. Or rather, stop sucking. The second this stupid plot line came to be I started parting with my bad ass favorite vampire..

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1. Fav scene?
-Yes Alaric-Damon interaction ruled the episode, but best scene by far Silas confronting Bonnie and shapeshifting his ass multiple ways. It was intense scary real VD style.
2.Best comeback!
Alaric for sure he head the most scenes so U can't argue there.
3.Worst Comeback
Jeremy he didn't had anything good, except Elena seeing him and the Bonnie hug.
4.RIP to Bonnie!
I don't know, I want her back and I don't. Witch fan since Charmed started 15 yeara ago. But come one they are misusing her. since S2 she is a bland maybe its better a new college witch comes and mixes things up.
Stefan for sure,tell me someone who doesn't want to have that body.
6.The cure goes to. . .
I don't know. Is it a cure at all? best guess Damon and I believe he could pull it of. Or maybe Bonnies mom so she can rescue her.

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The Vampire Diaries Season 4 Episode 22 Quotes

You're gonna flood Mystic Falls with dead creatures so you can ask a 2,000-year old witch for not one but two favors?


I just want to kill her. It's that simple.

Elena [on Katherine]