RIP, Katherine Pierce.
Or at least try to rest in peace from whatever dark part of the afterworld you now reside in.
Oh, yes, The Vampire Diaries Season 5 Episode 15 was literally Hell bent on killing off this long-time survivor, giving Round Table panelists Miranda Wicker, Leigh Raines, Crissy Calhoun and Heather Vee (both from Vampire-Diaries.net) PLENTY to discuss.
Let's get to it, shall?
What was your favorite scene or quote from the episode?
Miranda: There was much to be enjoyed in this episode, but I'll go with Damon luring Tyler into the room. It was classic Damon and Tyler fell for it hook, line, and sink-your-teeth-into-it.
Heather: The final few minutes of the episode were unquestionably my favorite, and I'm pretty sure that might go down as one of my all-time favorite moments on this show. Not only was it a twist for the ages, but everything about the way it was shot, the sway of the chandeliers, Katherine's "Bonnie?" and Bonnie's "I can't help you" - GAH. So utterly perfect, all of it.
Leigh: Katherine's goodbye to everyone was funny and a little poignant. She really has had such an effect on all of their lives. Plus, I just love the way she addresses everyone. "BonBon, see ya on the flip side."
Crissy: While I adored the final scene, I was not prepared for how emotional Nadia and Katherine's final moments together would be, so I'm going with the tear-inducing "tuck little Nadia into bed" sequence.
Pen a eulogy for Katherine.
Miranda: Katherine, you were often little more than a plot device who breezed into Mystic Falls and made mischief. But you grew on us over the years and we'll miss you, your sass, and your shoe collection.
Heather: All hail, Katerina Petrova, Favorite Doppelganger, Ultimate Survivor, Wearer of Heels, Snapper of Spines, Manipulator of Brothers, and Queen of My Heart. Raise some hell in hell.
Leigh: Wait...is she even gone? Was that it? I feel like we've said goodbye to Katherine a couple of times now and it's never been for real. If it was...well, damn. Most entertaining doppleganger ever, went out the way she came in: with a flair of drama.
: R.I.P., Ms Katherine. An original before there were Originals
, a villain with heart and the most compelling backstory. I'm not sure how I'll go on without you.
Pen a eulogy for Nadia.
Miranda: Nadia, you should've listened to Matty Blue Eyes and gotten out of Mystic Falls and away from your mother while you still had the chance. Peace out and say hi to Ric for us.
Heather: How was THAT for an unexpected cryfest, right? Nadia, even in death, you will be apart from your mother, and that would be the saddest thing ever if I wasn't so tickled about where she ended up.
Leigh: Nadia, you were definitely not my favorite and I found you super annoying, but you deserved better than to have to search for Katherine for 500 years only to have her not really care about you when she did. May you find peace on The Other Side.
Crissy: To lose two Petrovas in one night, it just doesn't seem right. Nadia, you will be remembered for having hair almost as glorious as your mother, determination almost as fierce, and a fondness for Matt Donovan that outdid your mother's.
Caroline's speech to Tyler: You go, girl! or Nice try, girl!
Miranda: Total "you go, girl!" Does it suck for Tyler that Caroline slept with Klaus, his mortal enemy? Sure it does, but he left her. Just walked away from their relationship for his vendetta. Caroline can do what she wants and it's good that she finally realized that last night.
Heather: Caroline's absolutely in the right here, especially since Tyler chose Klaus over her when he pursued his half-assed revenge plan in New Orleans. (I'm still irked.) Remember that time Tyler left Caroline in a cage to possibly die? Really. Let's not sit and measure our pain, Tyler. Live and let live.
Leigh: FINALLY. Tyler you are a hottie, but you up and left Caroline for revenge. I understand the need for revenge for your mother's death, I really do, but after you peaced Caroline you had to know there would be consequences. Caroline put it really well: it happened, she's sorry, but he left and she doesn't need to apologize anymore.
Crissy: Yes, yes, yes. Caroline's speech was so satisfying: she still takes responsibility for her actions but she rejects his guilt trips. Perfect.
Are you psyched for Ripper Elena?
Miranda: Yes? No? I'm undecided. I like the idea of Damon and Elena going all Bonnie and Clyde together but Ripper!Elena just means more saving Elena is coming and that shtick is getting kind of old. Give the girl some agency and let her do her thing.
Heather: I really have no feelings about Ripper Elena whatsoever. I've found Elena frustratingly out of focus since she became a vampire, too often defined by her Salvatore feelings, so if it helps inject her with some oomph beyond the usual, I'm all for it.
Leigh: This is kind of confusing. I feel like she'd be dying with the wolf venom, no? Whatever, as long as this isn't the usual "let's save Elena" I could be down. I like to see Elena when she's fun! Digging what Miranda said about the Bonnie and Clyde scenario.
Crissy: Elena dances on the table again! (Whenever she goes nutso, she kind of just has that one move?) But I like a character unhinged and am curious to see where they're taking this. So bring on Ripper Elena...