Why even waste time with an introduction to this edition of The Vampire Diaries Round Table?
Is Stefan Salvatore really dead?!? That's all fans want to know following The Vampire Diaries Season 5 Episode 21.
And panelists Miranda Wicker, Leigh Raines from TV Fanatic, along with Crissy Calhoun and Heather Vees from Vampire-Diaries.net, are here to discuss that possibility and a lot more.
Ready to jump in to the debate?
What was your favorite scene or quote from the episode?
Miranda: I loved Damon and Stefan's snarky exchange about saving Mystic Falls. "Time to put on my hero hair" cracked me up.
Crissy: For some weird twisted reason, the guidance counselor telling her husband that she is actually a Traveler named Karl made me laugh deliriously. But serious fave moments might come down to all the Elena-Stefan friend time, particularly the donning of Caroline Forbes Hats.
Heather: I don't know if I have a favorite overall scene so much as a bunch of favorite little moments. Elena doing her hitchhiker makeover and asking if she could feed on someone was such a breath of fresh air for a character that's kind of been lacking in the personality department this season.
Leigh: Damon trying to handle the town himself just entertained me. I like when Markos was describing the travelers and Damon said "you just described all homeless people, aging hipsters and Matt Donovan." The world's on the brink of falling apart and the guys still rib each other.
Do you hope Stefan is truly dead?
Miranda: Absolutely...not. NO WAY. That can't happen. Damon and Stefan's relationship is as important to the story of The Vampire Diaries as any other, if not the most important. So no, no I don't hope he's truly dead
Crissy: I really, truly hope not. It would be bananas insane if he was gone gone gone.
Heather: Not even the people who are constantly complaining about Stefan want Stefan gone because then they would have nothing to complain about.
Leigh: Absolutely not. He's one of the three principals and I agree that his and Damon's relationship is far too central to the show.
Damon and Elena kissed again: Hooray or Enough Already?
Miranda: I'm planted squarely on the fence about this. I always let out a squeal of delight when those two kiss because Damon and Elena are magical together, but at the same time, can we just...let them be together?
Crissy: That was probably my favorite Damon-Elena smooch of the season. High stakes. Heightened feelings. Callbacks to the last episode. Two thumbs up for me.
Heather: I just don't see why them kissing is a big deal at this point, I guess. You can only have so many posed, swelling music, epic kisses before it's all a bit rote. I'm far more interested in what a comfortable Elena and Damon is like.
Leigh: Like, it was sexy but we don't always need a big lead in. Just let them decide already.
How does Markos compare to pass villains?
Miranda: He's creepy in that over-the-top, not-creepy sort of way. No one compares to Mikael.
Crissy: He's creepy in that over-the-top, not-creepy sort of way. No one compares to Mikael.
Heather: I am giving Markos major side eye. He's been quite one note so far. But props to Damon for making him more interesting last night.
Leigh: I really haven't been a fan of the Travelers. No one compared to the arrival of the originals back in the day.
Make one bold prediction for The Vampire Diaries Season 5 finale.
Miranda: Miranda: Bonnie will die - or real - and everyone else will come back.
Crissy: All spirit magic will actually disappear permanently from Mystic Falls, and season 6 will just be called The Diaries, because no more vampires! (Zero percent do I think this will happen.)
Heather: Yeah, I think we're getting a few surprises back from the Other Side before it's gone for good.
Leigh: Mystic Falls is over and season 6 will take place in another world entirely.