The Vampire Diaries celebrated a milestone this week, as the CW hit explored Katherine's "500 Years of Solitude" and brought back a host of familiar faces.
Indeed, as the series' big 100th installment, The Vampire Diaries Season 5 Episode 11 was a trip down memory lane for more than just the dying antagonist.
Was it a quality one? Our Round Table panel of Miranda Wicker, Leigh Raines and Steve Marsi is here to answer that question and various others right now:
1. In a word (or a few words), The Vampire Diaries Episode 100 was...
Leigh: Almost perfect. (My hate for Nadia can be discussed at another time)
2. What is your favorite all-time Katherine moment?
Miranda: Meeting her for the first time in 1864 and learning about the doppelgangers. It was an interesting layer to the story and Katherine quickly became one of the most fun part-time characters, even if she was a plot device half the time
Leigh: The Vampire Diaries Season 1 finale when she let Damon kiss her and then you thought it was her in the kitchen until BAM, Uncle John's fingers. Those were the days...
Steve: Gotta go with Leigh's pick here. I was never a huge fan of Kat, but that was some vintage TVD episode-ending head-turning.
3. Klaroline getting conjugal: Totally hot, totally random or both?
Miranda: Both! Klaus is waging war with witches for New Orleans. He's moved on from his grievances with Katherine. (Except not because grudges are what he does.) But there's no way Caroline will be able to walk away from hot sex with Klaus, so I'm betting that's not the last time they get busy through the remainder of both shows!
Leigh: Both, but I thoroughly enjoyed it. Of course Klaus would pay a visit to his favorite victim. And he and Caroline had unfinished business. That little grin he had after she first kissed him, before all the whooshing, so perfect.
Steve: Random for sure. We need some kind of term for this kind of crossover hookup the writers only facilitate because they can (not that I blame them, because it's Joseph Morgan ... but it's still sorta pointless).
4. Whose return was most welcome?
Miranda: Alaric. Forever and always the answer is Alaric.
Leigh: You know that Miranda and I will always answer Ric. You might as well ask us, who besides Alaric, were we excited to see. Second place, it was nice to see Aunt Jenna. Elena needs her.
Steve: 'Ric, because the rest of them either feel like they never left, or wouldn't have been missed until they were brought back and you stopped and thought about it. With 'Ric, the loss hurt the most and the void has yet to be filled. Miss you buddy.
5. If they actually went shot for shot, which regular character would be the first one out? The last one standing?
Miranda: Bonnie's out first. She strikes me as a lightweight. Damon, of course, lasts forever, but Matt would give him a run for his money. It's his secret non-supernatural power.
Leigh: The supernaturals have an unfair advantage! But I also kinda feel like Matt could crush everybody.
Steve: Damon, obviously. Guy was locked up and had experiments done on him for years, and has been targeted for death I don't know how many times. Pretty sure going shot for shot with the world is part of the fabric of his being. First out? Paul Wesley once told us that Michael Trevino would go down easy in TVD-themed Hunger Games, so I'll say Tyler.